A Human Zoo For The ‘Post Racial’ 21st Century

Brett Bailey and the new white supremacy by Simon Woolley I guess it’s one way to get international fame, lauded by liberals, and thanked by Black actors for getting some miserly short term employment. But in the real world for the vast majority of Black Britons, and other Africans on main land Europe -where this… Read More

The Price Tag on Slavery is Beyond Pounds and Dollars

By Patrick Vernon CARICOM, an organisation representing fifteen Caribbean countries, is in the process of taking legal action against the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark in pursuit of reparation for the enduring suffering caused by the Atlantic slave trade. A ten point plan which will form the basis of the… Read More

Challenging Mistaken Assumptions about Honour-Based Violence

Honour-Based Violence is part of a spectrum of violence against women that all too readily has become associated with certain cultures. Drawing from her research and activism Dr Aisha K. Gill *[1] tackles the racialisation of HBV and women’s complicity with it Violence against women and girls (VAWG) committed in the name of ‘honour’ is attracting increasing attention around the world.… Read More

In fear of dishonour – when the perpetrators are family

 by Huma Munshi Fleeing a forced marriage ten years ago was an instinctive act of survival. Staying would have put me in grave physical harm and may have been the death of my spiritual and emotional self. I left with a carrier bag of clothes and my passport. I left without knowing I would have anywhere… Read More

If there is one continent which has shouldered the burden of the celebrity it is ‘Africa’.

by Samira Sawlani In recent weeks Israel – Palestine has probably taken up more column inches worldwide than it has in years. In fact the ‘conflict’ has enjoyed a showbiz makeover, gaining a place in every Hollywood rag and becoming a topic of conversation on daytime talk shows. It’s entry and new found status is… Read More

Hair, Platforms and Politics

I write to speak my truth by Huma Munshi Who am I to demand, to desire, to dream? Who am I to think, to create, to break? Who am I to lie naked, to arch my back? Who am I to breathe, to live? Who am I? Who am I?[1] Shonda Rhimes, creator of TV… 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

“I Want One Just Like Me!” Black Dolls Expo

by Aisha Phoenix Ama Gueye, a former teacher and community activist, could be relaxing in her retirement. Instead she is using her savings to organise an annual black dolls exposition because she is so convinced that black dolls are imperative for the well-being of black children. Gueye felt retailers selling dolls were failing children of… Read More

Value Added Skin Colour

by Aisha Phoenix When I was four years old, I told my mother that I didn’t believe in God any more because I prayed to God to make me white and he didn’t. I had lots of black dolls, books with black protagonists and posters of prominent black people including Nina Simone and Thelonious Monk,… Read More