Why Make a Caricature of what are Complex Feelings for Some Black Women?

by Leona Nichole Black A video has been circulating my Facebook news feed this week. It stages a scene in which a Black man brings his white girlfriend into a barber shop. A hairdresser who is a hired actress says a number of inappropriate things about the couple and the presence of this woman. The… Read More

“but everybody on TV is white and all the nice people are blonde.”

by Hana Riaz Earlier this summer, my beautiful then five-year-old Nepali nieces sat with me in our garden enjoying the warm and easy sun. What started as a conversation about what happens to melanin when it finds home in all that glorious vitamin d, looking at our skin browner than it’s winter shade, turned into… Read More

Doctor Who: The Day of the (White) Doctor

by Shuheda Ahmed Doctor Who celebrated its 50th Anniversary on the BBC this weekend in the UK and 93 other countries, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama reaching an audience of 10.2 million in the UK alone not including cinema screenings. The Doctor: a 1200 year… Read More

Doing the Right Thing: Black Film and TV in a Biased World

by Micah Yongo  ‘You know, where I come from, there are a lot of different ways of being black.’ ‘Well, then you one lucky black man. But see, blood, ‘bout now, where you come from ain’t where you at… Roun’ here, they only got the one way of being black, and sooner or later that’s the… Read More

Actors of Colour

A list of actors that could affect progressive change in Britain by Shane Thomas CONTENT NOTE: Some of the video links in this piece are NSFW due to strong language. While it’s less of a rarity to see non-white actors on our television screens these days[1], there’s no doubt that it remains difficult for actors… Read More

Racism on the Runways

by Kiri Kankhwende Burberry Prorsum, Antionio Berardi, Osman – these are just a few of the designers showcasing their creations at London Fashion Week today but who will also find their names on another, less flattering list – of designers who consistently use one or no models of colour in their runway shows. The London… Read More

Top Boy and Black Stories

By Damilola Odelola Top Boy returned for its second season in September, after a year-long hiatus, it resumed a comfortable spot. The story follows a group of young (and sometimes older) people on a fictional Hackney estate, Summerhouse, involved with drug dealing and gang violence. During it’s first season, it was often likened to America’s The… Read More

The New Dr. is….. @tokenbg

by Shane Thomas This post first appeared on The TV Collective Since Matt Smith announced his departure as the titular lead in Doctor Who, conversations have spread throughout geekland, speculating on who the next Doctor would be. And throughout these conversations, I kept coming back to the same conclusion; it’s going to be another white,… Read More