An Open Letter To My Son

by Antoinette Scott My Dearest Son,  “DON’T TELL YOUR DAUGHTER NOT TO GO OUT. ASK YOUR SON TO BEHAVE AND RESPECT” When I read these words on a campaign placard pictured on the Southall Black Sisters (SBS) website, I felt compelled to learn more about the group. As I read on, I started wondering whether… Read More

Hanif Kureishi: sex, race and identity

by Huma Munshi Hanif Kureishi, like many of the male protagonists in his novels and screenplays, comes across as slightly nervous and awkward. He deploys a healthy dose of dry wit while reading from his new book, The Last Word, in the Purcell Room at the Southbank, London. His success in giving voice to the… Read More

Beards: Applause for You, Stigmatisation for Me

by Taimour Fazlani The male beard, what can I say about the male beard? The traditional epitome of male masculinity, and the outwardly bearings of your ‘man’s man’. The bearded man is the kind of man synonymous with hypermasculinity, ideals of strength and dominance. A recent study in Evolution and Human Behavior found women now… Read More

Fathering While Black Part 2 – On a Path of Forgiveness

by Zun Lee Read Part 1 of Fathering While Black Father absence was a personal double-whammy for me: I grew up with a Korean father who was married to my mother, lived at home with us, provided materially but was emotionally distant, and extremely physically abusive. From a census perspective, he’d be considered “present”, yet… Read More

Fathering While Black

Part 1 – Reimagining the Singularity of Media Representations of Black Fatherhood by Zun Lee Black fathers continue to be profiled in the media, and not just by the usual suspects. Why a broader perspective on representations of Black fatherhood remains largely outside of the public realm and what role visual storytelling could play to… Read More

What’s the problem with Black Masculinities?

by Dr Ornette D Clennon  Like so many of us, I was spellbound by the recent conversation between bell hooks and Melissa Harris Perry that showed beyond any doubt the lively power of an intersectional analysis that concerns itself with the entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in history and in everyday life. One… Read More

Footballers, rappers and drug dealers – the need for positive role models

by Lee Pinkerton The recent Channel 4 series Top Boy came in for much criticism from some quarters. There are those that argued that this gritty urban drama set in east London which depicted a young Black drug gang was yet another negative depiction of Black males on our TV screens. No wonder, they argued,… Read More

Dark-Skinned Black Women Are IN!

NO FEMALE EQUIVALENT by Anti-Intellect In the Black community, there can be no female equivalent of the often heard expression “Light skin men gone out of style.” White supremacist notions of beauty and femininity have seeped too far into the Black community for us to ever be comfortable with saying that “Light skin women have gone… Read More