"'And this is what is great about England - we're inter-racial and we're inter-sexual. We can be whatever and it's fine. This why we're so good and this is what makes us the best people in the world. We're exciting, interesting and exhilarating. We're much better than we used to be and we need to keep that.

Obviously, the fact that I'm black is an issue, but I don't really worry about it. It's not my problem that I'm black and I'm female. If people have issues with it then, fuck them. I use the fact that I'm black and I'm female to my advantage. It makes me interesting and multi-dimensional.'

~ Skin, former lead singer of 90's rock band Skunk Anansie, speaking to The Guardian Unlimited about what it's like to be a black rock star. She is a long term heroine of mine.