Recent Posts by Monique Dixon

Stephanie Johnson’s 5 Life Lessons

As the protagonist in Once Bad Intentions, Stephanie Johnson’s story is one that transcends the darker realms of society. Wilfully embracing anger and resentment. Her developmental journey welcoming change and ending with love and redemption, makes for valuable life lessons. Lessons that I think are worth sharing…

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What’s Beef

‘Beef’ was a term that was popularised through hip-hop. It denoted a fracas, something far greater than a verbal dispute. In the nineties, when rappers mentioned they were in beef with another rapper…you knew what time it was. They weren’t going to have a dance-off or DJ spin-off like they did in the eighties – things had evolved since then.

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Kirkdale Books

Located in the heart of Sydenham, Kirkdale bookshop is a local favourite for all age groups interested in new and second-hand books across varied genres….

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Herne Hill Books

Herne Hill Books is located just by Herne Hill station housing an arrange of books suited to a variety of age groups. The frequent destination to local book lovers, this small independent bookstore is now stocking Once Bad Intentions…

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Romance within London’s Grittiest Society

Writing a coming of age story about growing up within South London’s darker segments of society, love and romance can be difficult to unearth in its purest, simplest and most innocent form. But it does exist. So for me it was important to bring these gritty characters at their prime of puberty undergoing the hormonal changes that make the most prudish of us fantasize, to life.

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Blacker Dread Supports Local Author

Blacker Dread has been well renowned in the UK reggae scene from as far back as I can remember. His music store in Brixton’s Coldharbour Lane is one of the UK’s key distribution outlets for reggae music on vinyl, tapes and CD’s.

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In the nineties, when rappers mentioned they were in beef with another rapper…you knew what time it was. They weren’t going to have a dance-off or DJ spin-off like they did in the eighties – things had evolved since then.
— Stephanie Johnson

Murder She Wrote

We passed the middle of the dance floor where girls were ‘butterflying’, a dancehall move where you rotate your knees together in opposite directions, but these girls were doing it on their backs. I hadn’t seen this dance live before, only in music videos on TV.
 
Stephanie Johnson

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I felt numb. Unsure if I had done something good or bad, my memories of our former friendship were absent and without sentiment. I was standing there, unbalanced, with arms by my side, staring at Shannon and my missing shoe behind her.
— Stephanie Johnson

Role Models

To be a role model is to be someone who is regarded by others, particularly younger people, as a good example to follow. That’s a pretty huge burden to bear. And whilst I’m happy…no, scrap that. Whilst I want to play such a role for my child, nieces and other young people in observation of me, like I’d imagine most parents want, it is a role that I deem a choice and not a given because of celebrity status.

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