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CIAD Winter Exchange – Colourism Part 1: The Beauty Hierarchy by Costume Institute of the African Diaspora

Friday 22nd February 2019
The issue of colourism effects all cultures in one way or another and has long-lasting and detrimental effects on the self-esteem and self-worth of the people it effects. Colourism is incredibly prevalent within the fashion and entertainment industries and although steps to redress the balance are being made there is still a limited discussion on the significance of this topic within a wider fashion discourse. As such honest, critical dialogue and analysis remain long overdue.
This event marks the first of CIAD’s year-long investigation into the subject of colorism which will focus on the hierarchies of skin tone and hair texture within popular culture.
Stacey Balfe, CIAD researcher, and staff writer will deliver a presentation which will be followed by a panel discussion & Q&A with special guests from the world of broadcasting and entertainment.
There will be limited tickets available on the door so please do buy tickets in advance.
As always the event will be two hours long so please do arrive on time so as not to miss out.
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Featured Event

Rye Here Rye Now Lunch Edition

Thursday 28th February 2019

Being part of the creative industries can mean being involved in a lot of exciting and fast-paced teamwork, but it can also mean working from home studios or hot desking in a different space each week, which can be a solitary affair. Rye Here Rye Now is a community born to bring graphic designers, illustrators, design thinkers, web designers, product designers, textile designers, designer-makers, photographers, filmmakers, artists and other creatives together, encouraging collaboration and creativity. Imagine what we can build as a group!

Rye Here Rye Now has invited Peckham Palms & Mae J’s to talk at February’s Lunch Edition.  

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Mae J’s Cafe and Bar

Mae J’s is The Palms welcoming café and bar, named after Dr Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space. Available for private hire, please visit our site or email us at

Mae J’s Cafe Opening Hours:

Monday Closed  
Tuesday 10:00 — 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 — 17:00
Thursday 10:00 — 17:00
Friday 10:00 — 23:00
Saturday 10:00 — 23:00
Sunday 11:00 — 17:00