Remembering Eqbal Ahmad: A Conversation with Stuart Schaar

This week marks the anniversary of the passing of a heavyweight radical intellectual few now remember by S U Ahmad  ‘In addition to being an oral person – a sort of peregrine Muslim sage, and all of us his chelas, or disciples – he shouldn’t leave his words scattered to the winds or even recorded on… Read More

Facing Blackness: Interview With Ashley Clark

Film critic (and sometime guest on Film 2016) Ashley Clark has featured on this site before, when we discussed the Afrofuturism season he curated at the BFI in 2014. He has just written his first book, Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled. We spoke about the book, the merits and demerits of Bamboozled,… Read More

Black Cyborgs

Interview: TMC Collective by Rianna Jade Parker  The three-year project led by Autograph ABP, The Missing Chapter, saw its second chapter open in January to a crowd of merry Londoners escaping the cold and spilling onto every floor of Rivington Place. The exhibition showcased the visual work of eight different artists using mediums ranging from… Read More

Interview with Lucian Msamati, the first Black Iago at the Royal Shakespeare Company

by Sabo Kpade One thing that tends to never change in past iterations of Othello are the central roles: Othello, the Black or “blackened” flawed general, and Iago, the scheming and racist subordinate. These characters have always been left intact, for their different races and ranks contribute to the strongest charge around which the entire… Read More

Lessons from Scotland: Offer People a Vision

Interview with Sofi Taylor by Kiri Kankhwende “Whether we agreed with the SNP or not, what they gave us was something beyond five years, they gave us a vision that Scotland could be like Sweden: good education, healthcare, socialist policies.” Depending on which poll you prefer, and every poll had a different result, the Scottish… Read More

“We can’t allow the scapegoating of migrants in the political arena to go on.” – Interview with Benali Hamdache

Benali Hamdache has worked as a campaigns coordinator for a migrants’ rights charity as well as having helped to set up a charity that advocates on behalf of young people with mental health problems. He is currently the LGBTIQ Greens Co-chair and has campaigned for marriage equality and against the blood ban. Benali became a… Read More

The musing of a romantic liberal – Interview with Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera

Ruwan, who is of mixed-heritage descent (Sri Lanka/British Jewish), is a former national and international advisor and a campaigner in the fields of community cohesion and equality and diversity issues within the British police service. He is also a founding member and the first elected General Secretary of the National Black Police Association (UK). Ruwan… Read More

“The Conservative Party is a broad church” Interview with Walaa Idris

by Kiri Kankhwende What first motivated you to get into politics? What issues are you passionate about? This might sound a little cliché, but I was moved by a sense of duty and responsibility, and a huge desire to make a difference. My feeling of duty was towards those around me: my family, my community… Read More

“It’s an exciting time to be a politician”: Interview with Reema Patel (Labour Councillor)

by Kiri Kankhwende Reema Patel is a councillor in Barnet and the Secretary of the Fabian Women’s Network. She also sits on the Labour Party’s Disability Labour executive committee and has campaigned on a number of issues, including libraries, housing rights for domestic violence survivors and better working conditions for care workers. 1. What first… Read More