Tolani Shoneye

Beauty & Lifestyle Writer, BuzzfeedLondon, United Kingdom

Tolani Shoneye

Beauty & Lifestyle Writer, BuzzfeedLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Creative online lifestyle writer specialising in fashion, beauty, food and drink. Enthusiastic and hard working, with over three years experience in the industry, including print and online.
  • Article: 8 Men Tell Us What It's Like To Be Black
    Black British men talk about growing up black, the police, mental health, sexuality, and love. (Article originally posted on October 20, 2016, at 3:03 p.m on Buzzfeed by Tolani Shoneye. See full article here.) (All image credit: Rebecca Hendin) For UK Black History Month, I talked to eight black men between the ages of 21 and 31 and we explored what it's really like to be black, British, and male. After our conversation, it was pretty obvious being a black man comes with many different narratives. According to these men, being black means dealing with racial microaggressions and subtle racism every day, because racism only seems to be overt when people are drunk or in big groups. It is keeping your head down and your eyes averted when around black boys you don’t know. It is having your dreams and aspirations dulled because the British media only celebrates black rappers and athletes. It is knowing that you are not really English, because to be authentically English is to be white. It is to know that your definition of black British is connected to African and Caribbean traditions. It is to have a strong sense of "home", even if you have never been "home".
  • Article: These Carefree British Black Girls Will Inspire You To Live Your Best Life
    Slay in your lane. (Article originally posted on October 31, 2016, at 1:28 p.m on Buzzfeed, by Tolani Shoneye, see full article here.) #BlackGirlMagic, the hashtag coined by Cashawn Thompson, is used to celebrate and illustrate all that is glorious about black women. Search the term on any social media platform and you’ll find images and stories of success, brilliance, and pure beauty. So to celebrate UK Black History Month, we spoke to 10 black women who are magical in so many ways.
  • The Receipts Podcast
    #TheReceiptsPodcast is a fun, honest podcast fronted by four girls who willing to talk about anything and everything. From relationships to situationships to everyday life experiences, you can expect unadulterated girl talk with no filter. Hosts: Ghana's Finest Twitter: @Ghanasfinestx Instagram: @Ghanas_Finest Phoebe Parke Twitter: @PhoebeParke Instagram: @PhoebeParke Tolly Twitter: @Tolly_T Instagram: @Tolly_T Milena Sanchez Twitter: @Milenasanchezx Instagram: @milenasanchezx
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  • GUAP Magazine Issue 13 - Lead The Revolution Edition
    #LEADTHEREVOLUTION This was made by and for young people. We are young. We are creative. We are the future. Right now is a monumental time in history. There is a revolution taking place where young people from diverse backgrounds are taking control and making things happen for themselves. They are being the change in the world they want to see. In this issue, we wanted to capture this moment in history. We wanted to showcase individuals who we feel we are breaking the barriers of what's poss
  • Championing Diversity: this Black History Month, meet 100 creatives inspiring change
    Claud Williams Claud is the founder of Dream Nation - a personal development brand empowering a community of practical dreamers. For Claud, Black History Month "represents a time to encourage people of all cultures and backgrounds to dive into a deep and rich global history.” He also shared that after looking back to pioneers of the American Civil Rights Movement, his own story took shape: “During a period of soul searching, I read the biography of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, which had a p
Work history
    Staff Writer
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    Creating well-written engaging content across the fashion & beauty, food & drink and love & sex sections of the website. Content, that is innovative, ranks in google and leads to social traffic. Working on content that is not just engaging but also stays true to SEO, PV and viral. I also manage and grow engagement on the sites Facebook account.
    Beauty & Lifestyle WriterBuzzFeed
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/tolanishoneye
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Education
    BSc Communication and Media Studies
     - London, United Kingdom