We need to address the racialisation of crime and deviance | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

With recent reports showing that half of young prison inmates are from a black and minority ethnic background, Basit Mahmood argues that it’s time for a new approach other than criminalisation without addressing underlying causes A report cited by the Voice newspaper in 2011 revealed that black boys made up 40% of the prison population,… Read More

Will Sudan’s Uprising Reunite the North and South?

The international media has simplified the reasons behind the current uprising in Sudan, citing rising costs of bread and fuel as the the ignition for the intense protests. Adhieu Majok discusses the vast historical context for the clashes and the dilemma for those heralding from South Sudan as they support the uprisings in the north. This… Read More

In developing countries, climate change is destroying our communities first

Growing up without running water in Kabanana Compound, a community on the outskirts of Zambia’s capital, Beatrice Phiri discusses how she got to see first-hand the dramatic effects of climate change.   Much of my life has revolved around the pursuit of water.  Living in my community was challenging because we all endured the difficult… Read More

The government is reviewing the Prevent strategy – will it listen to the communities most affected? | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

The government is set to review its much criticised Prevent counter-extremism strategy, however in his first column for Media Diversified, Basit Mahmood asks will they actually listen to the real-life experience and concerns of members of the Muslim communities most affected? Note: the featured image above is a stock photo. Earlier this week, the government’s… Read More

The Weeknd’s lyrics are the tip of a queerphobic iceberg

The Weeknd’s new hit “Lost In The Fire” unfortunately contains queerphobic lyrics, in 2019. Shivani Dave writes how a seemingly throwaway line reinforces a violent reality for many queer and trans women. Content note: This article contains discussion of sexual assault. Lost in the Fire was supposed to be The Weeknd”s hot track with French… Read More

Sorry To Bother You and the politics of the call centre

The film Sorry To Bother You on the face of it explores the world of the underemployed working in call centres. However as Aranyo Aarjan writes, it has much to say about capitalism and the nature of workplace struggle Note: this article contains extensive spoilers Recent years have seen some of the least inspiring films… Read More

When will we stop blaming Black single mother households for violent crime?

Once again, Black single mother households have been cited as a cause of violent crime. As Miranda Armstrong discusses, these notions are not only based on stereotypes that do not reflect the reality for many, but can also prove harmful to Black mothers and their children. Picture is a stock photo. From #MDAcademics We are… Read More

Does America really love Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

Every year, on Martin Luther King day, quotes from the “I Have A Dream” speech are shared and seemingly everyone mourns the civil rights leader. Like many, LeRon Barton asks – does America really love them man himself, or just a carefully edited and sanitised idea? Between the months of January and April, there are endless… Read More

Editor’s letter: Kickstarting the future

Media Diversified Editor in Chief Marcus Daniel has some good news about our funding drive. We made it! A big thanks to all who contributed to, or shared our Kickstarter on social media. 341 backers pledged £6,576, and Kickstarter themselves promoted it as a “project we love”. We were overwhelmed by the support and the funds will… Read More

South Asian women in Britain: Finding a voice, 40 years on

“If we remember our rich collective past, we will find ourselves stronger in the battles ahead” Gouri Sharma talks with journalist and activist Amrit Wilson, forty years after her influential feminist book Finding a Voice: Asian Women in Britain. Featured photo: Amrit Wilson speaking on behalf of Awaz at International Campaign for Abortion Rights rally, Trafalgar Square,… Read More