19 FOR ‘19

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We se­lect the top names to watch out for in Ir­ish mu­sic, film, sport and more over the next 12 months.

Emma Dabiri Any­one on Twit­ter look­ing to have their world­view ex­panded, chal­lenged and educated should be fol­low­ing Emma Dabiri. She is an Ir­ish-Nige­rian au­thor, aca­demic and broad­caster, whose in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary work spans African stud­ies, his­tory, so­ci­ol­ogy and the arts. A teach­ing fel­low in the Africa depart­ment at SOAS and a well-known broad­caster in Ire­land and the UK, Emma is a reg­u­lar BBC face. Her writ­ing bril­liantly blends is­sues of race, rep­re­sen­ta­tion, pop cul­ture, his­tory and pol­i­tics. This tal­ent for identifyin­g fas­ci­nat­ing links be­tween his­tory and mod­ern cul­ture fu­els her rst book, Don’t Touch My Hair, which will be pub­lished by Pen­guin on May 2. It’s about why black hair mat­ters and how it can be viewed as a blueprint for de­coloni­sa­tion. Dabiri’s the­sis is that black hairstylin­g can be un­der­stood as an al­le­gory for oppression and, ul­ti­mately, lib­er­a­tion. Multi-talented and hard-work­ing, Dabiri is cur­rently nish­ing a PhD in Vis­ual So­ci­ol­ogy at Gold­smiths, Univer­sity of Lon­don, and lm­ing se­ries four of Bri­tain’s Lost Mas­ter­pieces.

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