Art Identity & Talks My Musings

Lockdowns, Art and Identity

Beautiful people, I hope this little note finds you well and safe.

I’ve always loved to be an occasional hermit and hibernate however, making the conscious decision to do so is obviously different from having no choice at all. The last year has, among many devastating things, stripped us of our freedom of choice. As much as it was and still is scary, confusing and frustrating, I do have to say that I have embraced the moments of deep self reflection resulting from it.

The pandemic has most importantly brought to light a lot of very disturbing realities that aren’t always acknowledged accordingly and actively fought against. We could easily say that systemic racism, sexual and gender based violence, social class inequality, access to proper healthcare, mental health are all among a long list of pandemics of their own. Confronting these constant matters has proven to be quite overwhelming but absolutely necessary for actual change, for we do not grow when we stay inside of our comfort zones, especially if those are in any way to the detriment of others. 

I am convinced Covid has played a role in bringing these real, constant issues to the surface again. Also, I am aware of how privileged I am to have my family healthy, by my side and be able to deal with the pandemic while staying safe at home. The lockdowns have forced me to look inwards, making me more grateful everyday for the little things I might have taken for granted in the past, for the people that fill me with love and positive energy and the voice I am getting more confident to use. I believe that we have been provided with the time, the space for important discussions to take place and I hope we take this into serious action, valuing, respecting life and the planet much more once this passes.

As I have previously mentioned, for the past few months (and through the various lockdowns), I haven’t been able to stop thinking about identity, race, gender and the crucial role they play in the world we live in. Hence, the birth of The Identity Talks. I have always found myself drawn to artists that explore these intricate, important themes, which is why I couldn’t be more excited to host my next #TheIdentityTalks guest, the talented, thoughtful, conceptual visual artist and art photographer, Àsìkò.

Àsìkò Lockdowns Identity Talks

Àsìkò creates pieces with photography, mixed media and film. His artistry is anchored by emotional experiences as a Nigerian born (and raised) British citizen, who is on a lifelong, cultural and spiritual exploration of a nuanced Yoruba heritage. His work is motivated by a drive for greater self-awareness, authentic creative expression and therefore the development of a visual language that articulates new ways to understand the liberatory possibilities of African diasporic identity.’

Àsìkò Lockdowns Identity Talks
onijo by Àsìkò

I am sure you understand why Àsìkò is not only a perfect guest for this next edition but beyond that, just one of those artists you should know, recognize and cherish for his beautiful contribution to the visual art world.

Join us in conversation this Thursday, February 25th at 5pm GMT / 12pm EST on my IGlive @marielaly

With this I bid you all farewell for now, stay alert, hopeful and grateful, spread that love however you can.

Love and light,


Haircare Identity & Talks My Musings

It’s Been a While

Hello beautiful people, Marie Humbert here. I hope everyone is well and managing to stay safe during these difficult, uncertain times. Please remember they are a test for all, a strong reminder that life is fleeting, we should always appreciate the little things and the people who make up our tribe. To those on the frontline and helping people in need, I salute and thank you. To those who have lost loved ones, I send you love and light.

As some of you already know, following the early Covid lockdowns and the global protests against systemic racism, I started hosting a series of IGTV interviews called ‘The Identity Talks’. I am hoping to take this on further this year. 

‘The Identity Talks’ #TheIdentityTalks were created as an attempt to use my platform to share stories of remarkable, talented people who own a strong sense of self, of their unique identity. During these conversations, we will take a well deserved moment to share beautiful, insightful life journeys that will undoubtedly inspire, inform and educate. I will be interviewing a range of trail blazers composed of artists, musicians, fashion experts, actors, entrepreneurs, activists and many more. These distinguished guests all share a common goal which is to have an impact, their stories are a testament to the power of determination, resilience and love. 

I strongly believe in the importance of communication, sharing our stories can only make us wiser and ultimately bring us closer. Hence, it will also be a great opportunity for each of you to participate, we will have some time for questions at the end of each talk, hoping to take the conversation further. You know I am all about community and unity, sharing truly is caring, however cliché it may sound.

Charlotte Mensah for Marie Humbert
Charlotte Mensah

To kick it off with a bang, I am beyond thrilled to host my next guest, none other than the force of nature that is Charlotte Mensah. Charlotte is a multiple award winning hair stylist but I prefer to say guru, a fierce entrepreneur, mentor, teacher among many other talents, who has recently added author to her incredible list of achievements. Her first book, ‘Good Hair’ was published last December, it is a great read about the history of Afro hair and Charlotte Mensah’s incredible journey. Do trust me when I say that if you have Afro, textured or curly hair, this book will become your hair bible, an essential guide filled with tips, information, styles and recipes to keep your crown glowing like it ought to. Charlotte really wants you to love, appreciate, respect and own your hair in all its forms and textures, her bold dedication is contagious. 

Good Hair by Charlotte Mensah
Good Hair by Charlotte Mensah

Join our conversation Thursday, February the 11th at 5pm GMT / 12pm EST on my IGLive @marielaly

In the meantime please take care of yourself, especially your mental health. I urge you to check on people you haven’t heard from in a while, call, send videos, treats, flowers or anything at all. Re-connecting, knowing someone is thinking of you in this time of isolation is so very nourishing, for the mind and the soul.

Looking forward to seeing all of you on February the 11th, when I finally get to wear proper clothes!

Love and light,