Shona Meets: Pearl Natasha

Zimbabwean-Irish singer Pearl Natasha has enjoyed critical acclaim in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi. She has played  international stages including Live & Unsigned for Sea Sessions, Lake of STARS Festival & HIFA; radio and TV including Highland Radio, ZiFM Stereo, ZBC TV and Ocean FM Ireland; sharing her unique blend of Diasporan-Pop, featuring heavy African roots, lyrical ballads reminiscent of Irish

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A girls story: By Shaunagh

The year my parents separated was the year my whole world completely crashed and to say my mental health suffered was an understatement. I went from being a severely athletic young girl who loved her body and everything that she was to a complete hermit who hated any sort of interaction with the world and

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A chat with Zlata Filipovic: By Libby

In her first post for shona.ie, Libby had a chat with Zlata Filipovic, a hugely accomplished writer and filmmaker who lived through a horrendous war which forever changed her home country. Take it away Libby… “I think I’ve managed to retain this complete optimism and love of humanity and belief that people are good.” Ladies

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The Girl Who Made Periods Cute…

Nobody likes talking about periods. Period. They may not be fun, but they’re for sure nothing to be ashamed of. And the more we talk about them, the more empowered we are to deal with issues such as menstruation. Californian artist, Annie Wong wanted to shift the stigma and turn periods into something positive, and

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Calling All Future Rock Stars!

Calling all Rockers!! Our good friends at Girls Rock Dublin do great work to encourage girls to empower themselves through music. Each year they run an amazing summer camp, which allows the next Joan Jett or Alanis Morissette to learn from the best Ireland has to offer.  Girls Rock are basically our cooler, edgier friend who

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Kesha Celebrates LGBT Love in her New Video

You guys know how much we love Kesha. We have mentioned it once or twice. For her new music video ” “I Need a Woman to Love Me,” Kesha, who has been an ally of the LGBT community since forever, actually legally officiated a lesbian wedding. The couple; Lindsay and Dani had a beautiful day filled

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This Kid…. ❤️

Yesterday in the US, tens of thousands of young people marched to demand stricter gun control. The speeches were all eloquent, heartfelt and unyielding, but without a doubt the star of the day was nine year old Yolanda Renee King. Yolanda, who is the Grandaughter of Martin Luther King, took to the stage with Parkland

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The Amazing Story of Maya Angelou: Streetcar Conductor.

Maya Angelou has had a profound effect on so many of us. Her poems, songs, books and speeches have lifted the hearts and minds of so many. Oprah herself considered Maya to be a mentor and called her “Mother”. Before Maya passed away in 2014 aged 86, she told Oprah the amazing story of how

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Meet The World’s Best Teacher

Meet Andria Zafirakou, who is now officially the best teacher in the world. Andria, or Ms Zafirakou to me and you, beat 300,000 applicants from all over the world to win the World Teacher Prize, and €1 million in prize money. Andria is an arts teacher at Alperton Community School in a deprived area in London,

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Jameela Jamil Wants To Know What You Weigh??

If you watch “The Good Place” on Netflix, you will already be familiar withe the be-oootiful and talented Jameela Jamil. The English actress, presenter and model has just launched a unique Instagram account called “I Weigh” after a post she shared on her personal account last month was applauded by pretty much everyone who saw

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Students in the US Walkout of School to Protest Against Gun Laws

Today marks one month since the horrendous shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and as a mark of remembrance and protest, thousands of students and teachers began walking out of the classrooms as part of the #Enough! National School Walkout. They protested for 17 minutes, and each minute represented one of the lives that

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Why Frances McDormand’s Oscar Speech Won the Entire Oscars

Frances McDormand’s Oscars acceptance speech just further proved how much of a legend she truly is. When the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actress took the stage to accept the award for best actress, she began her speech looking like she was so overwhelmed she was about to spout illegible nonsense, but oh lord did she pull

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US Teen Raises 25K So 1000 Girls Can See ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

A 14 year old american legend called Taylor Richardson has raised, as of today, over $25,000 via GoFundMe so that 1,000 girls can go and see the movie A Wrinkle in Time. In an interview on Good Morning America, she said “I wanted all girls, especially girls of colour, to know they can be whatever they want

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11 Rupi Kaur Poems To Squeeze You In The Feels…

When you’re feeling low, or unsure, or lost, or broken, and you need the universe to send you a sign, 99.9% of the time, a Rupi Kaur poem will show up in your Instagram feed and you will wonder how she knows and understands your soul on a cellular and cosmic level. At 25, Rupi

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Emma Gonzalez Proves That One Voice Can Create Change

As young people, we so often feel that there is little we can do to change the problems we see in the world around us. They are just so BIG and COMPLICATED. Where do we even start? Over the weekend, an 18 year old American high school student provided a masterclass in how to channel

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Its International Day of Girls and Women in Science!! Woop!

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! History is a funny thing. In school, it feels like history is a dead subject, a series of static, solid facts that are the absolute version of the truth. In that sense it probably feels a bit like science to some people. Fact #1: Both History

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Today, We celebrate 100 years of Votes

Today the women of Ireland and the UK celebrate 100 years since we were give the right to vote. Well, some of us did. When the Representation of the People Act in 1918 became law on February 6th 1918, it initially only applied to women over 30 who owned land, or were educated, but it was

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