Does Black music need to “get its house in order?”

A new event aims to get to the heart of music scholarship and how ever-evolving genres of Black music are researched, engaged with, and social significance discussed We find ourselves in a bizarre cultural moment, again. Black music, and specifically this digitally-mediated, largely homegrown and magnetic form which draws influence from across the diaspora, has… Read More

A never-ending affair – India, Pakistan and Kashmir

Following recent tensions between India and Pakistan, forthright opinions were expressed on both sides, by nationals and across the diaspora. But as Neha Maqsood writes, one thing was forgotten: the status of Kashmir. “It seems that these two nations, India and Pakistan, cannot seem to give the other up. And they’ll always be connected over… Read More

Majority white newsrooms are still treating BAME journalists as subordinate, second-rate assets   

There’s been much debate around the lack of diversity in journalism and how to resolve the issue. However as Lucrece Grehoua writes, what’s not so much part of the discussion is what happens to BAME journalists once they enter majority white organisations The world of journalism remains a shocking 94 per cent white according to a… Read More

Comic Relief and Stacey Dooley’s responses to David Lammy betray deeper issues in the aid sector

Shaista Aziz and Alexia Pepper de Caires of NGO Safe Space discuss how Comic Relief and Stacey Dooley’s insensitive response to David Lammy’s discussion of th white savour complex in the aid sector betrays deeper issues in many NGOs What does Stacey Dooley’s insensitive Twitter invite to David Lammy MP to visit ‘Africa’ have to do with decades… Read More

Skin whitening creams – the movement for change

In the fourth of his articles discussing anti-Blackness and colourism in South Asian communities, Dhruva Balram discusses skin-whitening creams, how they link to anti-Blackness and the movement for change. Around the turn of the century, a string of controversial commercials appeared on television screens in India. The advertisements had viewers in an uproar. These commercials, which… Read More

Open Letter: The industry press body IPSO is failing to protect minorities from press discrimination

The industry press body IPSO is failing to protect minorities from press discrimination. The so-called ‘regulator’ refuses to take complaints about discriminatory language aimed at minority groups seriously  making them complicit in the hate directed at minority ethnic communities. At this point every member of every vulnerable minority knows IPSO cannot and will not protect… Read More

Why we can’t Live With The Lams and British television’s historic East Asian problem – Part 2

In the second part of his article, Daniel York Loh discusses the historic and ongoing issue with British East Asian representation, recently highlighted in the controversy around the BBC’s Living With The Lams  Read part 1 here Featured image: promotional picture from the BBC’s Chinese Burn I grew up with The Chinese Detective on TV in… Read More

Why we can’t Live With The Lams and British television’s historic East Asian problem – Part one

In the first of a two part article, Daniel York Loh discusses the controversy around the BBC’s Living With The Lams and how British TV still has a major problem with East Asian representation There’s an old entertainment joke which goes like this – “everyone is an expert on two businesses: their own business and… Read More

Why doesn’t the media portray Islamophobia in the Conservative Party as a scandal? | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

  As The Independent Group welcomes three Conservative MPs, Basit Mahmood wonders why the widespread Islamophobia within the Conservative party has garnered little media attention As three Conservative MPs quit their party to join the new Independent Group of MPs, I wondered if, among the reasons for their departure, any would make reference to the… Read More

The revoking of Shamima Begum’s citizenship sets a worrying precedent for the children of immigrants

Following her discovery by a British journalist in Syria, The Home Office has written to Shamima Begum’s parents to revoke her British citizenship. Shahnaz Ahsan writes that it is a reminder that children of immigrants will never be British enough. British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced that he will be using his special privileges… Read More