Working with your best friends is something that we both live and highly advocate at BabyFace, so our next collective, BORN n BREAD, made of members, Abigail Jackson 24, Olivia Jackson 26, Adelaide Lawson 26, Chika Wilson 27, Stephanie Sesay 27, are particularly close to our hearts. These five South London girls who all met through a combination of family, school and university started to have conversations about how much Peckham had changed after returning home post university. From these discussions came the shared consensus that not only did they not recognise their hometown, they also didn't recognise themselves in the media they were digesting daily; on their phones, online and at the news stand. So, naturally, they created a zine that celebrates both South London and being a young black female in 2016 with a crackling verve that's this group's signature.
The zine is a beautiful, DIY, collage-heavy tribute to a fuller life lived offline and a stance against black culture being a "trend". Each issue is bound by an overarching theme; Issue one was about growing up in the 00's; Issue 2 about a long hot month the crew spent in NYC and issue 3, called African Tales was all about expressing appreciation for their individual cultural inheritances- Sierra Leonean, Nigerian and Ghanian. They're open about how real the graft is- all five of them have regular jobs and the zine, at least for now, is a passion project. But that looks set to change.
The group have already held zine-workshops at the ICA, events at Peckham's Bold Tendencies and of course there's their regular fortnightly show on NTS which is just about the most riotous, outrageous and enjoyable listens out there. We'd highly recommend their weekend show to soothe a hangover, where the girls discuss everything from dating, to the career ladder and people asking to "touch" their hair…In a world full of celebrity selfie-takers it's handy to have crews like BORN N BREAD to redress the balance and provide more diverse role models for young women, and, us.