AZ Creative Fund Recipient Kandace Siobhan Walker On Being a Writer and Filmmaker

Recently, I had the honour and the delightful experience to speak with Kandace Siobhan Walker, award winning-writer, filmmaker, and a recent recipient of AZ Mag’s Creative Fund. Kandace is funny, honest, insightful, and inspiring. Our interview touches on themes of creativity, inspiration, artistic practice, and craft, winning awards and her new short film Cleaning Ladies. […]

Is This Character ‘Quirky’, or is She Just Autistic?

Exploring the relationship between autistic coded fictional characters in media and womanhood in a patriarchal world built for neurotypicals. Introduction Growing up, I was always drawn to fictional girl characters that were a bit odd, perhaps graceless at times, fanatic about their interests, who sported a goofy but loveable demeanour. Although I was unaware at […]

How Young People Are Attempting To Overcome The Colonial Origins Of Anti-LGBTQ Sentiment In Trinidad and Tobago

It’s no secret how society within the West Indies perpetuates a tight-lipped, conservatively religious mindset, a culture that has not significantly changed since the days of British rule in the 60s. Unchanged and outdated laws on abortion and LGBTQ rights are merely a reflection of the societies, reluctance or even fear of adopting a more […]

The Joy of Queerness

The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, signed by former president,  Goodluck Jonathan in 2013 was a horrible time for queer people in Nigeria. I remember feeling so defeated the day I heard the news. Everything felt hopeless and I felt obligated to perform compulsory heterosexuality before I officially came out to myself and met other amazing […]