How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria, storytelling, and post-colonial recovery – Part 2

As part of  our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Read Part one here The Algerian novelist Ahlam Mosteghanemi chose to write in Arabic instead of French, as part of… Read More

How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria

As part of  our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Part One Language is a fundamental hallmark of the human experience. Without language we cannot express trivial things; “Pass… Read More

Anti-blackness in South Asian communities – how do we break the cycle?

In the first of a series exploring the issue, Dhruva Balram discusses the history and social implications of colourism in South Asia and diaspora communities,  and how this relates to anti-Blackness worldwide. Colourism, and its close relative anti-Blackness, is a pervasive scourge that underpins any notion of progress the South Asian community attempts to make.… Read More

Why I don’t code switch

Code switching – or the act of altering how one expresses oneself based on the audience – is a fact of life for many Black Americans, with pressure to adopt figures of speech seen as more “white” in professional and other situations. LeRon L. Barton explains why he has learned to resist the practice of… Read More

How we study music: navigating the whitewash

Dr Hannah Marie Robbins discusses how the teaching of music can be white-washed, and how teachers and researchers can disrupt the all too familiar narratives I was raised in North-West London in the 1990s, not so far from Wembley Stadium and minutes from the Notting Hill Carnival, which meant that “music” was part of the… Read More

To be a Literary Native: Lessons in diversifying the London literary scene

In a personal essay, Salma Ibrahim discusses her experiences as a woman of colour in the London Literary scene and how she created Literary Natives to break the mould. In the beginning, I wasn’t prepared for how lonely the business of writing a novel could be. I had to look inwardly for my subject matter and… Read More

Creatives of colour are the Fela Kutis of our time

Media Diversified founder Samantha Asumadu on what feels like a burgeoning movement for black, brown and Asian theatre makers. There are a few perks to being the founder of Media Diversified and this week that perk was getting to see Barry Jenkins’ feature film If Beale Street Could Talk. It is in effect one of… Read More