The Tragedy Of Otello: A layperson’s view of racial politics in 21st Century opera

 by Daniel York  The English National Opera have recently announced that the role of Otello in their upcoming production of Verdi’s opera of the same name, which is based on Shakespeare’s Othello, will be played by the renowned Australian tenor, Stuart Skelton. Othello is of course Shakespeare’s famous (and in many ways infamous) “black” character.… Read More

#WeAreAllMonkeys Today. Tomorrow You’ll Be Human Again [Don’t Bait Me!]

by Matthew Simmermon-Gomes As a doctoral student who researches the intellectual foundations of black slavery in the Americas and as a black man who writes about race and queer issues online, I am no stranger to having offensive or upsetting content tweeted at me or in my blog’s comment moderation queue. Threats, slurs, accusations, visual… Read More

Clipping Racism [Don’t Bait Me!]

Donald Sterling has been exposed as racist, what now? by Imogen Sian Edwards It’s the playoff. If you are a basketball fan like me and countless other sleep deprived lunatics, you’ll be up at one in the morning desperately refreshing a dodgy internet stream to watch a match up that will occur seven times. Imagine my… Read More