by Winnie M Li Content warning: includes references to rape and sexual abuse A few months ago at the Golden Globes, Isabelle Huppert won a Golden Globe for playing a rape […]
Media Diversified is a non-profit organisation. Our aim is to help writers and journalists of colour be published in national newspapers and magazines and get their voices heard in the broadcast media. We do this by giving them advice, contacts and promoting their work online. As well as providing a resource for the media, Media Diversified serves as a much needed life-line and vibrant forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. It’s a mothership of affirmation and nurturing for writers, building resilience for the future and supporting people to take risks in tackling controversial topics and subjects that others aren’t. By including a great diversity of writers, Media Diversified applies the brakes to banal racism and crude stereotyping in the mainstream media. It also articulates how racism works in so many areas of life be it from colourism to the fashion industry. The worst of this can be seen in the moral panics but more positively/subversively what if having more writers of colour in the media undermines racism? Which affects us all.
by Jendella Benson You haven’t experienced the fullness of a Nigerian wedding if you haven’t left with at least one souvenir. These souvenirs can be anything from a dish-drainer or […]
by Kiri Kankhwende It almost sounds like the start of a joke: three migrants walked into a bar. One of us had received some bad news on the way to […]
by Shane Thomas Content note: this review contains spoilers It’s often said that a key facet of healthy relationships is open, honest, and clear communication. Perhaps less emphasised is that this […]
Diversity initiatives don’t work, they just make things worse: the ideological function of diversity in the cultural industries
by Anamik Saha edited by Yasmin Gunaratnam Dev Patel might have won the award for Best Supporting Actor (that’s Dev Patel and not Riz Ahmed, Burberry), but when the nominees for […]
by Guilaine Kinouani Content warning: contains detailed descriptions of sexual abuse On 2 February, a 22-year-old black French man named Theo was allegedly violently raped with a police truncheon, gang […]
by Henna Zamurd-Butt This article is based on a lecture delivered by Claudia Roden at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London on 8th February 2017 as part […]
The grass is always bloodier: what will it take for us to acknowledge violence against black people in Europe?
by Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert Content warning: detailed description of rape On Thursday 2nd February, police officers were in Aulnay-sous-Bois, on the outskirts of Paris, conducting identification checks, the sort that […]
Caramel queen or white man’s whore: #HashtagLightie, the play exploring the realities of modern mixed-race lives
by Zahra Dalilah Women and men of mixed heritage, especially black/white, are often called upon in media to provide an inoffensive face of diversity, a fetishized vision of exotic beauty […]
by Jendella Benson “I hate how women think that they are doing me a favour by having sex with me,” he began. “What about me? My intimacy is just as […]