Having a full-time job and a side project is a complete Tamagotchi experience; we know the feeling of keeping one eye on your beloved little digital pet while “real” life, and a 9-5, too often get in the way of nurturing what you love. That’s maybe part of the reason we feel such infinity with Liv Little, founding Editor-in-chief of 'extended family of women of colour' feminist magazine, gal-dem.
Day to day Liv works in factual TV, by night (read as on the commute, weekends, under the table at dinner), along with her 70-strong band of women, is busy working on gal-dem and promoting the most inspiring women of colour in the UK. That is of course a tough task- to cut through the din of the whiter than white media landscape we all currently call “home”-and for someone less vivacious and steadfast than Liv and her team, an overwhelming one.
Liv founded gal-dem after becoming increasingly frustrated at being the only person of colour in a sea of white faces in her university lecture halls. Provoked by an exhaustion from being fed the same archaic white-mythologies badly hidden in the prescribed reading lists, celebrated online platforms and widely read literature that still fill our newsagents, Liv decided she’d create her own magazine.
Alongside the magazine, Liv's keeping busy organising events. Their humongous, fabulous and moving takeover of the historic V&A Museum last year was the wax seal on gal-dem’s official arrival. In Liv’s own words: “when have there ever been so many people of colour in an institution filled with stolen artefacts?! That was a night to remember, we all cried about it the next day and I'm sure we'll be crying about it for years to come.” Part two of their V&A series is due to happen this year in an exciting new space, and we’ve already dogeared our diary on March1st, for gal-den’s women of colour comedy night at the London EDITION.
More than just a platform, gal-dem is a space that cracked open previously muted conversations about what it is to be a young, millenial woman navigating multiple identities and habitually facing the prospect of being ignored, or worse, censored. A shining beacon, a new post-digital approach to a one-size-fits-non feminism; rich with stories around feminist porn and black beauty, the ethics of joining in with the predominately white Women’s March and dating, now; quality, varied, complex and a breath of fresh air in these troubling times, gal-dem.