Love Magazine

Celebrating black female identity through a renaissance lens

Ties, ropes and ribbons … The woven ties of ancestry and family trees are knotted together with patterns and pathways that displace any notion of colour or class. Yet, attitudes towards Afro-Black ancestry within the British monarchy and the pictures painted within our history lessons place a spotlight on white supremacy. It’s rare glimpses, like this description of Philippa of Hainault from the fourteenth century, that illuminate the rarity of women of colour in our history lessons as “pleasant” celebrated and established women. Bound in the ropes of slavery, or the dirty secrets of illegitimate relationships, commonplace representations of women of colour in literature and art from these eras are in stark contrast, which illuminates the ways in which our vision may have been obscured...