How black sports stars are risen to be dropped from a height

by Ahmed Olayinka Sule  On 29 April 2017, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko by a technical knockout in front of an audience of 90,000 to become the IBF, WBA and IBO World Heavyweight Champion. As a result of his victory, Joshua, a hugely talented athlete, has now become one of the most popular… Read More

Music Across Pipelines: Songs from Standing Rock

by Priya Parrotta Natarajan, edited by Adefemi Adekunle   And here we stand, at the doorway, to this hallway life brought us here, to this crossroads of lost hope and undeniable promise where we choose between paths, beyond rightness or wrongness that will bring us to the brink of the planet’s exhaustion, or the age of… Read More

Brown men belong in documentaries, not fine art: in conversation with photographer Mahtab Hussain

by Jamal Mehmood These are trying times for the subjects of Mahtab Hussain’s latest work. The artist’s series of portraits titled ‘You Get Me?’ is a timely look at young, working class South Asian men, who identify as Muslim. A community that is at once under pernicious state surveillance, as well as increasing intimidation from… Read More

A Moving Image: telling the story of gentrification in Brixton

by Shane Thomas Content note: this review contains minor spoilers I’ve always found watching a movie, especially in the cinema, to be an act of psychological – albeit synthetic – transport. Being taken to a space different than the one I inhabit, engaging with new people, perspectives, and locations that I would never otherwise encounter. However,… Read More

MP accuses BAME book prize of discrimination

by Sunny Singh Equalities and Human Rights Commission demands justification from Jhalak Prize, following complaint from Philip Davies MP March 17, 2017: The date that the very first Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour was awarded. It was an evening that all of us involved with the prize had… Read More

Music in education: a living relic of Western Europe’s colonial mentality

by Nathan Holder Since music entered the National Curriculum in 1988, the UK’s approach to musical education has been grounded in Western Classical traditions. From Palestrina to Schoenberg, Baroque to 20th Century Experimentalism, students are routinely taught the fundamentals of the art largely by studying ‘The Great Composers’, by learning the conventions of western classical… Read More

Denial, shame and the Armenian Genocide

by Robert Kazandjian The identity I was constructing for myself collapsed around my L.A-Gear-clad feet when I was six or seven. My friend Kirilos arrived from Sudan, and joined our school. The teacher, encouraged by my proud declarations of Egyptian heritage, told me to speak ‘your language’ with him. ‘Parev, inch’pes es?’ (Hello, how are… Read More

General Election: Seven weeks to save Britain

By Maurice Mcleod  So Theresa May has done it. After saying the country needed stability and that she would let Parliament run its course, she’s had her head turned by positive opinion polls and she’s going for a land-grab general election on 8 June. With all theatre she is becoming known for, she announced on the… Read More

Theresa May’s real Easter message: colonial nostalgia and hypocrisy

  By Ali Meghji  Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ. But Theresa May’s Easter message displayed another type of resurrection, that of a nationalism which reeks of Empire, colonialism, and religious superiority. The Prime Minister spoke of the role that Christian values have to play in British society. Yet, Christian values, just like any other… Read More