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Ben Arogundade
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I am a London-based writer and entrepreneur. I originally trained as an architect before launching 'Extract', a cult style magazine about the lives of non-celebrities, in 1996. My first book, 'Black Beauty', was released in 2000, and was later the subject of a BBC documentary. The eBook edition is out now, under my own imprint, Arogundade Books.

My latest venture is 365 Positivity, a cool app (now recommended by the National Health Service), that pings original inspirational messages direct to your mobile each day.

I tend to blog about a jumble of different things — black history and culture, contemporary Shakespeare and sport, amongst other subjects.

http://www.365positivity.com
www.arogundade.com

Entries by Ben Arogundade

The Ten Most Popular Black Celebrity Hairstyles

(41) Comments | Posted September 2, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Internet search statistics yield valuable insights into the things people are thinking about, and the questions they most want answered. I recently posted a blog about female celebrities with the most Googled hair in the world. The winner was Lady GaGa, with 40,500 global monthly searches.

Next, I...

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The 1936 Olympics: The Man Who Beat Jesse Owens

(7) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 12:49 PM

With the Olympic games opening in my hometown, London, my thoughts turned not to today's athletes but to some of the amazing stories from past tournaments. I detailed one of them in my new e-book, Faster Than Jesse Owens: The Story Of Eulace Peacock and the 1936 Olympics.

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Black Beauty: The 10 New Rules

(65) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 3:03 PM

This is an exciting time for black beauty. Black women all over the world are discussing their hair and beauty choices as a result of the so-called natural hair revolution that is sweeping across many parts of America. Over 10 years ago, I wrote a book called

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The First Ever Black Othello

(8) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 4:17 PM

When Othello was first performed by William Shakespeare's theatre group the King's Men, at London's Whitehall Palace on November 1, 1604, the role of the Moor was played by white actor Richard Burbage in blackface make-up. At this time there was no prospect of using a black actor in the...

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Is Beyoncé the New Michael Jackson?

(135) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 12:37 PM

In August 2008, recording artist and actress Beyoncé Knowles featured in a magazine ad for cosmetics giant L'Oréal Paris and their Feria hair colour range. The ad drew controversy when the company were accused of deliberately lightening her skin in the photograph. (A charge they vehemently denied). This...

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10 Steps to Ebook Success

(10) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 1:22 PM

I recently set up my own e-publishing imprint, Arogundade books, after 20 years working in print. Before launching, I did a lot of research into the market, and read many of the experiences of the first wave of self-published ebook money makers. Here are my top tips for...

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Olivier's Blackface Othello

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 4:29 PM

With the World Shakespeare Festival underway in London, The Bard's most popular plays, Othello amongst them, are coming under renewed scrutiny. Since it was first performed by Shakespeare's theatre group, the King's Men, on November 1, 1604, scholars have debated the Moor's origins. Some argue that he is black, others...

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The Five Most Popular Eyes in Modeling

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 9:16 AM

Internet search statistics yield valuable insights into the things people are thinking about, and the questions they most want answered. I recently posted a blog about female celebrities with the most Googled hair in the world. The winner was Lady GaGa, with 40,500 global monthly searches.

There is...

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How Did William Shakespeare Die?

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 9:47 AM

William Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon, on April 23, 1616 -- his 53rd birthday. His burial was recorded in the register of the Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.

Five years prior, the playwright had returned home to Stratford after almost 20 years of success in London. He was taken seriously ill in...

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Lady GaGa -- The Most Popular Hair in the World

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 4:10 PM

Internet statistics are the new oracle. By tracking the words and phrases people around the world type into the browsers of their computers, search engines gain valuable insights into the things people are thinking about, and the questions they most want answered.

I was recently doing some research on...

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Is Othello Really Black?

(42) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 10:00 PM

William Shakespeare's character Othello is generally regarded as a black African. But is this true? Could he have been an Arab or a Spanish Moor?

With the World Shakespeare Festival just beginning in London, a myriad of interpretations of the Bard's work will be on show, including my book,

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Salvador Dali's Favorite Supermodel

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 9:23 AM

Supermodel Kate Moss has been the muse of artists Lucien Freud and Mark Quinn, in a tradition stretching back to the earliest models of the late nineteenth century. The association is an obvious one. The world's great beauties synergising with those obsessed with image.

Perhaps the most striking of...

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What Supermodels Owe Martin Luther King

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 3:44 PM

Supermodels have never had it so good, and that generally includes the black ones, from Naomi Campbell to Jourdan Dunn. But how did things come to be this way? Indeed, how many black supermodels realise that they owe much of their success to the terrifying events of April 4, 1968,...

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Digitally Deconstructing Shakespeare

(14) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 4:47 PM

What do you get if run the works of Shakespeare through a computer program that randomises the dialogue, then reconstitutes it again in a different order? This was exactly the task I undertook in the gestation of my new eBook, The Shakespeare Mash-up.

Inspired by the mash-up's...

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The Wire Tangles With Shakespeare

(3) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 4:42 PM

On September 15 at The Crucible theatre in Sheffield, England, two stars from the highly acclaimed HBO epic The Wire, will debut in Shakespeare's quintessential psychological drama, Othello. Clarke Peters (who played detective Lester Freeman) will feature in the title role, opposite Dominic West (detective Jimmy McNulty) as Iago.

The...

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Fashion's Response to the London Riots

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 6:59 PM

For the shopkeepers within London's Notting Hill Carnival area, riot preparedness is a routine annual affair. Ever since the first disturbance, back in 1976, each late August bank holiday sees the area's hippest fashion boutiques, from Paul Smith to Jade Jagger, erect temporary boardings to protect their shop windows from...

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Most Memorable Othello Adaptations (PHOTOS)

(34) Comments | Posted August 20, 2011 | 11:38 AM

Originally entitled "The Moor of Venice," "Othello" was first performed by Shakespeare's theatre group, the King's Men on November 1, 1604, in the Banqueting House of London's Whitehall Palace. Today, over four hundred years later, it remains as popular as ever. Its central themes of racism, love, jealousy and betrayal...

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