CELEB: Nicola Adams is the most talked about Strictly contestant this year

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Are you loving Strictly’s first same-sex dance pairing?  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM If you’re anything like us here at DIVA, Nicola Adams’ appearing on Strictly Come Dancing as part of their first ever same-sex dance pairing at the weekend was enough to cure all the pain of 2020.  The day where LGBTQI individuals [….]

EVENTS: Aké Arts & Book Festival 2020 kicks off today!

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Here’s our top picks from this four day celebration of creativity in Africa BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Now in its eighth year, Aké Arts & Book Festival has brought over 700 artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, filmmakers and thinkers together to dialogue and celebrate creativity on the African continent through panel discussions, art exhibitions, [….]

NEWS: Pope Francis backs civil unions for same-sex couples

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“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family”  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Speaking in a new documentary about his life entitled Francesco, Pope Francis has officially called for same-sex couples to be “legally covered.” The ground-breaking statement was first heard in Rome where the documentary premiered on Wednesday.  It marks a dramatic shift [….]

SCREEN: Tegan and Sara’s high-school memoir is being developed into a comedy series by Clea DuVall

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How many queer icons can you handle in one series?  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM As if Clea DuVall wasn’t already a certified queer legend with the upcoming release of her queer Christmas film, Happiest Season, starring the one and only Kristen Stewart, she’s got more where that came from up her sleeve.  High [….]

MUSIC: Arlo Parks announces debut album alongside a dreamy new track

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The hotly anticipated debut, Collapsed In Sunbeams, will be released early next year  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY ALEX KURUNIS It really is the year of Arlo Parks – she’s pretty much unstoppable at this point and we still can’t get enough. Just yesterday, the rising star released her brand new single Green Eyes, alongside [….]

FILM: Isis Davis on her journey to the big screen

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“We’re seeing queer characters and Black characters and different races represented on screen now, and that’s great, but behind the scenes it needs to change” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES BY DAVID REISS Isis Davis is a British actress and writer who you need to have on your radar right now. Most recently Isis had a [….]

MUSIC: Get to know MICHELLE

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A sextet on the rise, MICHELLE are here to create soulful tunes and spread powerful messages  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY SOPHIA WILSON New York City collective MICHELLE are bringing so much to the music scene right now. With six members, they are a predominantly queer group with several members of colour, each bringing their [….]