Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and the Multicultural Imagination

by Rod Thomas DOWNTON ABBEY, GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD and the Multicultural Imagination Image provided by LiveJournal There are three popular television shows that I, for the moment, refuse to watch. No one would deny the cultural power levied by George R.R. Martin‘s A Game Of Thrones, Robert Kirkman‘s The Walking Dead, and… Read More

Richard Dawkins- One Man’s Atheist is Another Man’s Bigot

‘This Week in Islamophobia‘ by Yasin Bangee Trigger warning. This short piece will cover Richard Dawkins and his views on sexual assaults, rape and other violence perpetuated against the vulnerable. I hate talking about Richard Dawkins. But every week he comes out with new levels of bigotry that I feel need some counter balance. The… Read More

Inter-minority prejudice in the UK and East Africa

by Samira Sawlani In my family we were told you “never marry a BMW, that’s Black, Muslim or White”, these are the words of UK born Hindu, 25 year old Daksha Parekh. Is this racism or simply an innocent foundation upon which certain communities are built? According to Daksha, the opinions of her family and a… Read More

#fuckhonour and #fuckshame, when it silences young people reaching out

by Huma Munshi In the film Monsoon Wedding an adult survivor of sexual abuse comes face-to-face with the perpetrator at the wedding of her best friend. As a result of the close familial ties and the need to uphold community “honour”, she is forced to take part in cultural ceremonies despite disclosing the abuse. At… Read More

The Colour of the Prize #ManBooker

Three of the six nominees for this year’s Man Booker Prize are women of colour. Does this fact have significance? If so, what is it? by Rudy Katoch Within the infographic below, I’ve compiled the data of all nominations from Tuesday’s shortlist to 1969. I recognise each nomination as a unique case irrespective of the… Read More

The Blueprint of Structural Inequality

by Scot Nakagawa When discussions of racism come up, folks are quick to remind me that race is not a real thing – it’s just a social construct. I agree. Race isn’t “real” in the sense that it’s not based in biology and it sure isn’t based on geographic difference. I mean, just check out… Read More

Top Boy and Black Stories

By Damilola Odelola Top Boy returned for its second season in September, after a year-long hiatus, it resumed a comfortable spot. The story follows a group of young (and sometimes older) people on a fictional Hackney estate, Summerhouse, involved with drug dealing and gang violence. During it’s first season, it was often likened to America’s The… Read More

Sexual Exploitation, Islam and the Media

by Amna G Riaz A few months ago I wrote ‘Is there a problem of grooming and rape in the Muslim Pakistani community?’ I argued that I was sick of grooming being framed as something inherent with British Pakistani Muslim men. I also argued that criminals should be treated as criminals, the media and politicians… Read More

Dear FIFA

by  Joseph Guthrie I usually begin my letters with the typical pleasantries but my patience with you has indeed worn thin and I’d rather just get right down to business.  I have questions that require answers and I hope you are prepared to answer them. Frankly, your fight against racism is nothing but lip service and… Read More

Book list for black girls: promoting self-love and empowering young black women

by Christina Fonthes [twitter-follow screen_name=’CongoMuse’] It is 2014; Nicola Adams is the first (black, lesbian) woman to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal. Michelle Obama is the first black woman to occupy the White House. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Joyce Banda are Africa’s first women Presidents. Malorie Blackman is Britain’s first black, Children’s Laureate. Hope Powell… Read More