Part 2: Britain: A history of shopkeeping, empire and racial tensions

Space, smells and cosmopolitanism in the British Asian corner shop by Sita Balani In my last post I sketched out a history of the corner shop as a key and mundane site of English nation building, subverted and reconfigured by post-war migration and the movement of colonial others into the heart of this national institution.… Read More

GTA is America

by Haseeb Azad When Dan Houser, head writer of the GTA series, commented on the prospect of a future 3D London-based GTA game he remarked ‘GTA is America’1. Grand Theft Auto has been around for over two decades and since its inception, it has put the player in the driving seat of an anti-hero character.… Read More

Media agenda; race and child abuse

This Week in Islamophobia by Yasin Bangee TW; this piece will discuss the media reporting of the North Yorkshire child abuse story, with a comparison of the well publicised Oxford grooming case. Google “North Yorkshire Child Abuse” and the entry of relevance appears 5th in the results. Google “Oxford Grooming” and the predictive searches practically… Read More

The Taliban are nasty people but they are not the root cause of the lack of education in Pakistan

The truth is that the selective saving of Malala, along with things like “aid” are part of the “humanitarian facade” which masks the continuing exploitation of the East byDr Rohail Ahmad Much has been made of the Malala Yousafzai case recently. The backlash has already started, with some accusing the West of exploiting and using her… Read More

Tracking the Police

Aaron Sonson recently won a Human Rights Award, why? Because he is one of the Co – Founders of the Stop & Search Mobile App, created to bring fairness and transparency to the Stop & Search procedure. Winners of Liberty Human Rights Close to Home Award 2012 Human Rights “Close to Home” Award Aaron Sonson,… Read More

Black Consciousness: an intersection of theory and praxis.

by Youlendree Appasamy In a South Africa where political machinations are the modus operandi and the political actors are simplified to greedy, corrupt individuals (often for good reason), it is difficult not to think of George Orwell’s political fairy tale: Animal Farm. In response to South Africa’s ambiguous, yet ominous political landscape and the 36th… Read More

Malala Yousafzai and the White Saviour Complex

by Assed Baig When Malala Yusufzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen simply because she wanted to gain an education it sent shockwaves around the world. The Western media took up the issue, Western politicians and the public spoke out and soon she found herself in the UK. The way in which the… Read More

Britain: A history of shopkeeping, empire and racial tensions

by Sita Balani   This Is England directed by Shane Meadows (2006) is explicit in its concern with race and national identity: eponymous England is a place heaving with racial tension in the story of Shaun, a white working class boy in the North East in the early 1980s, who finds friendship and guidance in… Read More

No ‘honour’ in killing young women, it’s a hate crime

by Huma Munshi Banaz: a Love Story directed by Human Rights activist, Deeyah, won an Emmy this week for Best International Documentary. I remember when I watched this harrowing film and was overwhelmed by a sense of frustration and anger. We hear statistics about the numbers of young people, mainly women, experiencing ‘honour’ based violence and… Read More

Photo Gallery: Black Actors on Stage and Screen

Vintage images from stage, film, vaudeville, radio, and early television Kicha‘s images represent vintage snapshots into the lives of African Americans. The good, the bad and the ugly. “Even today the motion picture has not quite outgrown its immaturity. It still uses talented Negro players to fit into the ~d stereotypes of the loving Mammy… Read More