Ronke Adeyemi is the founder of Brown Beauty Talk, an online destination covering beauty for women of colour, which relaunched last week. We caught up with Ronke to discover more about the music, films and theatre productions that inspire her.
The last film I saw was Hidden Figures. It was right before the Oscars hype and as a fan of Taraji, Octavia and Janelle, I had to see this. It was everything and more. Watching a mainstream Hollywood film depicting three strong women working in the aerospace industry was a unique experience.
The first concert I ever attended was Bobby Brown in 1990. I remember it so vividly. It was at Wembley Arena at the height of his success, my friend was crazy about him and decided that we should get there hours ahead of time. We got to Wembley and waited around for ages in the cold. I had never seen so many people in one space. The concert was great even though we were miles away from the stage. I will always have fond memories of Bobby and the recent New Edition movie brought it all back.
I was an avid reader when I was younger, so picking the book that had the most impact on me is really hard so I will go for authors instead. The authors that had the most impact on me were Enid Blyton, Rosa Guy and Judy Blume. Also the Sweet Valley High and Sweet Dreams series. These books really shaped my outlook on teen life and gave me the tools to become a writer.I will be forever grateful. It also gave me a real insight into the way teenagers lived in America.
The song that describes my life is Optimistic by Sounds of Blackness – it really lifts me up.
The first record I ever bought was Thriller by Michael Jackson which is pretty cool when you think about it. I think I still have it in my attic.
My TV guilty pleasure? I have lots – I am a real TV person and I love a reality show or two. However, my biggest guilty pleasure is The Real Housewives of Atlanta. I love the glamour and the drama.