The co-opting of Black culture in the South Asian diaspora, hip hop and the n-word

In the third of his articles discussing anti-Blackness in South Asian communities, Dhruva Balram discusses how South Asian people often gravitate towards Black culture and music, and how use of the n-word became an issue.   Moving to Canada from India at the cusp of adolescence, I instantly felt different, out of place – ‘othered’. Within… Read More

Book Review: It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race

Mariam Khan’s It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race is an anthology of seventeen British Muslim women speaking frankly about their lives, from the hijab and wavering faith, to love and divorce, feminism, queer identity, sex, and living in a hostile environment. Asim Qureshi reviews the book that showcases voices too often… Read More

“A state of constant anxiety and hypervigilance” – Islamophobia and how it affects the mental health of Muslims

With hate crime on the rise in the UK and continuing discrimination in many areas of life, Basit Mahmood discusses an issue that gains relatively little attention – the effect of Islamophobia on the mental health of Muslims We usually have no problem accepting that the environment we grow up in and experience has an… Read More

How to decolonise the university

The Rhodes Must Fall campaign at the university of Cape Town ignited a worldwide discussion about decolonising universities and other further education institutions. Now, a new book Decolonising the University brings together resources to help academics and students to resist. Talia Dundoo talks to the book’s editors In 2015, students at the University of Cape Town… Read More

Liam Neeson’s revelation unmasks the dark heart of toxic white masculinity

The response to Liam Neeson’s recent revelations of his plans to randomly kill a Black man as an act of revenge has now switched to the impact on the actor’s career. But as Kristel Tracey writes, it reflects the fact there is still much work to do around toxic white masculinity and structural racism You… Read More

The government is reviewing the Prevent strategy – will it listen to the communities most affected? | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

The government is set to review its much criticised Prevent counter-extremism strategy, however in his first column for Media Diversified, Basit Mahmood asks will they actually listen to the real-life experience and concerns of members of the Muslim communities most affected? Note: the featured image above is a stock photo. Earlier this week, the government’s… Read More

The Weeknd’s lyrics are the tip of a queerphobic iceberg

The Weeknd’s new hit “Lost In The Fire” unfortunately contains queerphobic lyrics, in 2019. Shivani Dave writes how a seemingly throwaway line reinforces a violent reality for many queer and trans women. Content note: This article contains discussion of sexual assault. Lost in the Fire was supposed to be The Weeknd”s hot track with French… Read More

Sorry To Bother You and the politics of the call centre

The film Sorry To Bother You on the face of it explores the world of the underemployed working in call centres. However as Aranyo Aarjan writes, it has much to say about capitalism and the nature of workplace struggle Note: this article contains extensive spoilers Recent years have seen some of the least inspiring films… Read More

When will we stop blaming Black single mother households for violent crime?

Once again, Black single mother households have been cited as a cause of violent crime. As Miranda Armstrong discusses, these notions are not only based on stereotypes that do not reflect the reality for many, but can also prove harmful to Black mothers and their children. Picture is a stock photo. From #MDAcademics We are… Read More

Editor’s letter: Kickstarting the future

Media Diversified Editor in Chief Marcus Daniel has some good news about our funding drive. We made it! A big thanks to all who contributed to, or shared our Kickstarter on social media. 341 backers pledged £6,576, and Kickstarter themselves promoted it as a “project we love”. We were overwhelmed by the support and the funds will… Read More