When the Police Shot a Black Mother In Her Bed

30 years ago today, 28th September 1985, Metropolitan Police officers in Brixton burst into the home of Dorothy Groce, known to her friends as Cherry, and wrongfully shot her while she was in her bed in front of her young children and family. Soon after the shooting, members of the local community came out to find… Read More

Black Rock – Decolonising Rock Music

By @MarvinsCorridor Content Note: references to domestic violence and violence against women Rock music is one of America’s most influential cultural exports, associated closely with white bands and white artists, we’re seldom informed of rock music’s true origins. Whilst the explosion of rock music took place in the 1950s and 1960s, the creation of rock… Read More

Dear White People – Movie Review

by Shane Thomas  Content Note: This review and the embedded links contain spoilers, and are NSFW. Given its punchy title, one may expect Dear White People to be a frenzy of righteous anger, and coruscating dissent. But while the film is a tractate on contemporary American racism, it’s also a coming of age tale. The… Read More

Are Britain and America’s Drug Laws Racist?

By Kojo Koram That Justice is a blind goddess, Is a thing to which we black are wise, Her bandage hides two festering sores, That once perhaps were eyes. Langston Hughes,Justice (1923) Last week, at the annual convention of the NAACP, President Obama recognised that the US criminal justice system is in critical need of reform.… Read More

Towards a structural view of cultural appropriation

Towards a structural view of cultural appropriation By Adam Elliott-Cooper / @adamec87 I’m the real ambassador! It is evident I was sent by government to take your place, All I do is play the blues and meet the people face to face; I’ll explain and make it plain I represent the human race, And don’t… Read More

Brutalising Black and Brown People: the UK’s hostile environment

By @graciemaybe Britain is under siege, the headlines tell us: foreigners are sneaking into Britain from “the Jungle” in Calais, taking British jobs; stretching Britain’s public services to breaking point; endangering Britain’s children with their excessive criminality. Time and again Parliament has tried its hand at placating the press and the public, and the policies… Read More

Black Feminism: A Black Male Sexism & Anti-Black Racism Detox

By @Femininja4q White supremacy is one hell of a drug. But couple white supremacy and patriarchy and you enter the world of a black woman. The effects of structural racism are covered extensively; from institutions who kill black people that they’re meant to protect and serve to black people being rejected from work. Misogyny, a… Read More

Why the Charleston AME Church Shooting was not a “hate crime”

By @KojoTheLibSoc Dylann Roof’s bloody slaughter of nine Black church attendees should not be called a “hate crime”. To sit in a church for an hour before opening fire on its constituents because they simply exist is a calculated act of awesome terror. But this was not any church; it took place in Emanuel African… Read More