The NHS is still failing Black women – and the pandemic hasn’t helped

Allyiah navigated the NHS during the pandemic as a young Black woman with chronic hip pain and found a world of closed services, waiting lists and learning to manage pain on her own “There will be a significant wait and you may be overlooked due to the colour of your skin”– okay well what’s new? It’s… Read More

Trojan Horse: And then they came for me | THE TWERKING GIRL

As the backlash from the Trojan Horse podcast continues, Media Diversified columnist Ava Vidal wonders why some didn’t see the affair coming You must have your head in the sand if you don’t know the story of The Trojan Horse Affair by now. The false plot that Islamists were taking over a school in Birmingham… Read More

How technology abuse enables gendered violence and femicide

Technology is often seen as part of the solution to gendered violence – but as Beauty Dhlamini explains, it also presents a new set of challenges and chilling effects Content note: This article contains descriptions of methods of committing violence against women Throughout my lifetime the news has been dominated by narratives of people, especially women… Read More

Trojan Horse: A failure of British journalism

Long time contributor Raf ponders the media response to the Trojan Horse Affair New York Times podcast and once again finds British journalism standards to be lacking The Trojan Hoax podcast is giving me farce, high drama, soap opera and comedy characters on a par with Four Lions the film by Chris Morris. It has… Read More

Inside the strikes: When ‘being realistic’ is social value reduced to pure economics

Photo credit: Vincent Møystad As Goldsmiths UCU strikes to prevent 52 workers being made redundant in a ‘restructure’ desired by university management, Goldsmiths lecturer Kiran Grewal speaks on the rationale behind the action As a lecturer at Goldsmiths participating in yet another round of strike action, I have been asked quite a lot recently what the… Read More

THEATRE REVIEW | Queens of Sheba: If you know, you know

Luke Elliott reviews Queens of Sheba at the Soho Theatre and finds Black sisterhood putting out the fires of misogynoir I took my seat for Queens of Sheba on the balcony of the Soho Theatre to Tems playing on the speakers overhead – a pretty good start. I didn’t know what to expect from this… Read More

War Inna Diaspora | THE TWERKING GIRL

In a welcome return, Media Diversified columnist Ada Vidal discusses the diaspora wars that often rage on Black Twitter and whether the debates are as harmless as they first seem Diaspora Wars have been around since the beginning of… well actually I don’t know when it started to be honest. The earliest ones that I… Read More

Dialect snobbery reinforces power in the British class system

Jacinta Nandi discusses how dialect snobbery relates to classism in the UK and how we should be proud of how we speak even if it’s not “received pronunciation”. Back in the olden days, i.e., the early 2000s, when I still wanted to become a stand-up comedian, my friend and I were going to an open-mike… Read More

Media Diversified View: The #Colston4 acquittal raises questions of whose activism gets to be celebrated

If you are looking for a campaign that is opposing a miscarriage of justice in 2022 look no further than #Justice4MohamudHassan The Colston Four’s acquittal for taking down the statue of the murderous slave trader Edward Colston was celebrated with an opinion piece from one of group with the headline “I’m one of the Colston 4,… Read More

Priti Patel is smashing glass ceilings not windows

In a truly inspirational piece, our mysterious satirist Raf turns his lens to the home secretary Priti Patel and looks at her motivations, her smashing of stereotypes and her ultimate aim to remove the citizenship of British people who look like her without notice or right of appeal in her Nationality and Borders Bill Bring… Read More

The Nationality and Borders Bill evokes a chilling history for the UK’s East And South-East Asian Communities

Clause 9 of the UK Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill exempts the government from giving notice of a decision to deprive a person of citizenship if they believe the person can apply for citizenship elsewhere. This clause has potentially chilling effects for the UK’s people of colour, and as Daniel York Loh writes, recalls a… Read More

The revoking of Shamima Begum’s citizenship sets a worrying precedent for the children of immigrants

Following her discovery by a British journalist in Syria, The Home Office has written to Shamima Begum’s parents to revoke her British citizenship. Shahnaz Ahsan writes that it is a reminder that children of immigrants will never be British enough British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced that he will be using his special privileges… Read More

“Some People Are Gaysian – Get Over It!”

Article first published in February 2015 by Khakan Qureishi Last year, I participated in a project whose aim was to explore the issues surrounding people who identify as LGBT amongst South Asian communities in the UK. The interviewer asked the following three questions: 1) Why are LGBT South Asians still “hidden”? 2) Why aren’t there… Read More

Bad enough MPs are gaslighting us about food poverty, will the trolls please just stop?

In October 2020 former barrister and legal skills lecturer Snigdha Nag wrote a viral twitter thread imploring the internet to “stop quoting pasta prices”. In 2022 as we are submerged in a ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ and food poverty is a reality for millions the government’s response is to gaslight us. Now Snigdha wants to… Read More

True Victims of Domestic Abuse Don’t Have Teeth

by Jacinta Nandi True victims of domestic abuse don’t have teeth like her, did you see her teeth shitty evil teeth narc teeth bitch teeth True victims of domestic abuse don’t have eyes like her, did you see her eyes sharp eyes evil eyes cold eyes witch eyes True victims of domestic violence don’t have… Read More

The Student to Activist Pipeline and Its Flaws

Trauma-informed yoga guide, Taimour Ahmed stresses the importance of retaining our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing as activists, proposing that we need as many healers as we do fighters and people can be both 2022 marks a decade since I became politicised. It’s been a transformative ten years, and I’m now thirty-two. In those ten… Read More

Labour’s local election lies and the sham of democracy

Exasperated socialist Simon Vessey has had enough of Labour’s local election campaign lies and the resulting sham of democracy where entire communities of working class and marginalised people have no chance at true representation via the major parties The truth about Barnet In early April, Labour launched their local election campaign in Barnet at an… Read More

The Tories’ Economic Model Kills the Most Vulnerable

Samantha Asumadu taking cue from an investigation by Tortoise Media urges us on International Workers Memorial Day to remember those who died because of the economic model that brutally oppresses the working class Today is International Workers Memorial Day. Never heard of it? There’s a reason for that. The workers we need to commemorate, who… Read More

Bend It Like Beckham, Blair and Trade Unionism

Assessing Bend It Like Beckham in the social and political context of Blairism, Sacha Ismail considers the Gate Gourmet industrial dispute at Heathrow and union bureaucracies’ longstanding failure to fight for workers, particularly black, brown and migrant workers I must have watched Bend It Like Beckham a dozen times – most recently on the twentieth… Read More