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Welcome to the Kelis guest edit

Presenting a week-long takeover with all things Kelis, as the legendary artist guest edits the site with some of her favourite things.

Welcome to the Kelis guest edit here on gal-dem, a week of editorial curated by a living legend.

Check back in over the next few days to find out more about her favourite reads, Instagram pages, hobbies and recipes, with conversations about everything from Black hair history to the work of Octavia Butler. Plus, we asked some of our favourite writers to get into Kelis’ style and artistry.

We’re so excited to share this with you. Hopefully you enjoy this ‘tasty’ week (I’m so sorry) and join us in giving Kelis her flowers.

You can check in here for all the Kelis guest edit items as they come in through the week.

Through her bold, unapologetic hair, Kelis helped me discover who I am

Through her bold, unapologetic hair, Kelis helped me discover who I am

As a young Black girl who in many ways did not fit in, I saw Kelis as a way out – a version of myself I could be in 10 years time.

Haaniyah Angus
15 Oct
Speaking to the brains behind in.hair.itance, Kelis’ favourite historical hair inspo page

Speaking to the brains behind in.hair.itance, Kelis’ favourite historical hair inspo page

What’s on Kelis’ phone screen when she’s scrolling on Instagram? Kyle Ring’s archive of photographs celebrating the beauty and diversity of POC tresses.

Zainab Kwaw-Swanzy
14 Oct
From hemp houses to regenerative farms: how Kelis wishes we lived

From hemp houses to regenerative farms: how Kelis wishes we lived

For Kelis’ guest edit, the artist shares four ways for a more sustainable future

Malvika Padin
13 Oct
The Parables of a Beloved Writer: Kelis on Octavia Butler and the beauty of sci-fi

The Parables of a Beloved Writer: Kelis on Octavia Butler and the beauty of sci-fi

As part of Kelis’ guest edit, we speak to Black British readers to discuss her favourite author, Octavia Butler.

Sofia Akel
13 Oct
A love letter to ‘Flesh Tone’, the Kelis album that fortifies me when I need it
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A love letter to ‘Flesh Tone’, the Kelis album that fortifies me when I need it

On her fifth album, Kelis’ catharsis became communal. Flesh Tone is a record that shows originality has always been the artist’s calling card.

Grace Medford
12 Oct
Kelis’ recipes for some actual midnight snacks

Kelis’ recipes for some actual midnight snacks

Given her new track is called Midnight Snacks, we couldn't resist asking the artist for some of her favourite late night eat recipes.

gal-dem staff
12 Oct
‘Am I going to die if people don’t like my work?’ Kelis on getting comfortable with  herself

‘Am I going to die if people don’t like my work?’ Kelis on getting comfortable with herself

To kick off our Kelis guest edit, the singer talks us through her new song Midnight Snacks and the art of being carefree

Kemi Alemoru
11 Oct
Welcome to the Kelis guest edit

Welcome to the Kelis guest edit

Welcome to a week-long takeover with all things Kelis, as the legendary artist guest edits the site with some of her favourite things.

Tara Joshi
11 Oct