Chardine Taylor Stone is an award winning cultural producer Black feminist activist and writer. She was featured in The Voice newspaper as one of the Women Who Rocked the World in 2015, Diva Magazine’s LGBT Power List 2016 and Buzzfeed’s ‘The Most Inspiring British LGBT People Of 2016‘. A regular on the Pride Power List, in May 2017 Chardine won the British LGBT Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ life’. In 2021, she returned her award in protest at the ceremonies sponsorship by MI5 and MI6.
In 2018 she was nominated by Diva Awards for LGBT Activist/Campaigner of the Year and has again been nominated by Diva Awards in 2020 for “Unsung Hero”. A committed trade unionist she is vice-chair of the Musician’s Union Equalities Committee and newly elected member of the London Regional Committee.
Chardine is also a newly appointed trustee of London Black Women’s Project, a specialist and dedicated organisation for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women and girls who have experienced violence and abuse.
Chardine previously founded Black Girl’s Picnic, a movement in collective self care for Black women and girls, and Stop Rainbow Racism which worked to stop racist performances in LGBTQI venues. In 2017 she facilitated and guided the writing of the Women’s March London principles alongside other Black feminist women.
As a writer, educator and anti-racist activist Chardine often uses music, art and fashion history to instigate socio-political analysis. She lectures and facilitates workshops on topics such as Black feminist histories, Black Queer identities, Afrofuturism, music subculture histories and Black involvement in the esoteric, weird and downright bizarre!
She is regularly asked to speak and consult on these topics for media such as Channel 4 news, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, London Live and TedXTottenham as well as film/culture festivals, conferences, museums and art institutions such as the BFI, Tate Modern, ICA and British Library. Chardine has also been an invited speaker at universities in the UK including Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester and many more. Chardine is a former board member for the Museum of Homelessness, Duckie Youth and Schools Out UK LGBTQ History Month.
To some she is best known as the drummer in Black feminist punk band Big Joanie whose album Sistahs was released in 2018 to positive reviews. Big Joanie have regularly toured across the UK and Europe, were selected by the British Council to play at music industry showcase SXSW in Austin USA and have opened for legendary feminist punk bands such as Bikini Kill, Gossip and Sleater-Kinney.
Chardine is currently working on her first book Sold Out: How Black Feminism Lost its Soul, a critical analysis of the neoliberalisation of Black Feminism, to be published by Cassava Republic press in 2022.
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