The New Dr. is….. @tokenbg

by Shane Thomas This post first appeared on The TV Collective Since Matt Smith announced his departure as the titular lead in Doctor Who, conversations have spread throughout geekland, speculating on who the next Doctor would be. And throughout these conversations, I kept coming back to the same conclusion; it’s going to be another white,… Read More

What can the gaming community do to reduce bigotry against LGBT gamers?

by Sangfroid Fussell  DOMA is dead. And good riddance. But the cause of death wasn’t a spontaneous, nationwide chanting of kumbayah. It was a hard fought, computer mediated battle to re-humanize the LGBTQ community. Propelled by viral activism, supporters and allies pushed back against the marginalization of the LGBTQ identity as threatening, deviant, and irrelevant to the… Read More

Ooh, tell me more about what you don’t know…#Islam

by Natasha Kalantar  Some local cultural practices (such as wearing a headscarf) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world’s general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on core beliefs? Asma.S@Asooom_S Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam http://www.ted.com/talks/mustafa_akyol_faith_versus_tradition_in_islam.html… Read More

‘Acting white’ – Bounty and coconuts

Black/Brown from the outside, white from the inside by Amna G Riaz I often hear this term ‘acting white’ being thrown about amongst people of a black or minority ethnic background (I will use people of colour or PoC from now on). Or the term ‘bounty’ or ‘coconut’ is used to describe PoC who in… Read More

Don’t Call Me B.M.E!

Luis Suarez, Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, Tiger Woods, & racial identity. by Lee Pinkerton and Samantha Asumadu In January 2012 Liverpool player Luis Suarez was given a £40,000 fine for calling Man United player Patrice Evra ‘a negrito’.  Suarez claimed that he meant no offence by it, since in his country ‘negrito’ is a term of affection. … Read More

Photo Gallery: Jazz Artists of Old

What is jazz? “If you have to ask, then you’ll never know.” ~Louis Armstrong Kicha’s images represent vintage snapshots into the lives of African Americans. The good, the bad and the ugly.   Click on the images for photo descriptions Find Kicha on twitter @RollinOnARiver For more vintage photos of African Americans visit KICHA A… Read More

It’s a Year Since #Israel’s Anti-African pogroms. What Now?

by Robert Kazandjian, Ali Hocine Dimerdji and Samantha Asumadu Thursday, May 23, 2013, marked exactly one year to the day when a thousand Jewish Israelis ran rampant through the streets of Tel Aviv, smashing and looting African-operated businesses and physically assaulting any dark-skinned person they came across. Sadly, the Israeli economic, political and religious establishment… Read More

The Oxbridge Mafia

by Lee Pinkerton Earlier this year the Today programme reported the story of a performance by Black comedian Reginald D. Hunter at the Professional Footballers’ Association’s annual awards dinner.  Hunter is known for using the ‘n-word’ in his comedy routines, and this night’s performance was no exception. This was particular embarrassing for the PFA as… Read More

#UKBA Papers please

by Yasin Bangee It’s difficult to put into words the confusion and second guessing the last week has caused me. I’m normally sure of myself, of my environment and I know how to look out for my own interests. Not to say I’m selfish, but in a capitalistic regime which champions “every man for himself”,… Read More

Why I, An Asian Man, Fight Anti-Black Racism

by Scot Nakagawa I ’m often asked why I’ve focused so much more on anti-black racism than on Asians over the years. Some suggest I suffer from internalized racism. That might well be true, since who doesn’t suffer from internalized racism?  I mean, even white people internalize racism. The difference is that white people’s internalized… Read More