Review: Kara Walker’s Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First at Victoria Miro

Throughout her work, Walker challenges the often romanticised imagery of the Old South. Disrupting the quotidian depiction of this historical period in America. Read More

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Review: God Bless the Child by Toni Morrison

by Sabo Kpade  Chief among the preoccupations of God Bless The Child is skin shade: a slight variation from the skin colour that is a main raw material in many of Toni Morrison’s previous works. The lens is still aimed on the same target but the focus has been narrowed. Bride is a young woman… Read More

Review: WORD by JJ Bola

by Samira Sawlani “Hype your writers like you do your rappers”, says JJ Bola. If ever there was a writer who deserved that hype, it’s Bola himself. This Kinshasa born, London raised poet, educator and speaker arrived in the UK at 7 with his family as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As… Read More

Review: Educating Rita

by Sabo Kpade Lenny Henry’s rebirth as a stage and screen actor is as surprising as it is admirable. By taking on Othello and Troy Maxson in Fences, roles that have been played by powerhouse actors he hasn’t chosen the easy route. In these productions, he played against his strengths as a stand up comic.… Read More

Exhibition review: The white washing of Marie Stopes’ eugenicist beliefs

By Dana Khalil Ahmad “Certainly there are very real differences between us of race, age, and sex. But it is not those differences between us that are separating us. It is rather our refusal to recognise those differences, and to examine the distortions which result from our misnaming them and their effects upon human behaviour and… Read More

Interview with Lucian Msamati, the first Black Iago at the Royal Shakespeare Company

by Sabo Kpade One thing that tends to never change in past iterations of Othello are the central roles: Othello, the Black or “blackened” flawed general, and Iago, the scheming and racist subordinate. These characters have always been left intact, for their different races and ranks contribute to the strongest charge around which the entire… Read More