Review: Arab Christmas “Christians have been part of Gaza’s fabric since time immemorial”

by Hamja Ahsan    It is a Friday night and I am inside the Rich Mix, a venue at the foot of East London’s Brick Lane, where three musical acts organised by Arts Canteen transport me into a Byzantine Temple, during Queen Zanubia’s reign of Palmyra in Iraq and Syria (269CE). The venue is where… Read More

Review: God Bless the Child by Toni Morrison

by Sabo Kpade  Chief among the preoccupations of God Bless The Child is skin shade: a slight variation from the skin colour that is a main raw material in many of Toni Morrison’s previous works. The lens is still aimed on the same target but the focus has been narrowed. Bride is a young woman… Read More

Review: WORD by JJ Bola

by Samira Sawlani “Hype your writers like you do your rappers”, says JJ Bola. If ever there was a writer who deserved that hype, it’s Bola himself. This Kinshasa born, London raised poet, educator and speaker arrived in the UK at 7 with his family as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As… Read More

Dear White People – Movie Review

by Shane Thomas  Content Note: This review and the embedded links contain spoilers, and are NSFW. Given its punchy title, one may expect Dear White People to be a frenzy of righteous anger, and coruscating dissent. But while the film is a tractate on contemporary American racism, it’s also a coming of age tale. The… Read More

Review: Educating Rita

by Sabo Kpade Lenny Henry’s rebirth as a stage and screen actor is as surprising as it is admirable. By taking on Othello and Troy Maxson in Fences, roles that have been played by powerhouse actors he hasn’t chosen the easy route. In these productions, he played against his strengths as a stand up comic.… Read More

Exhibition review: The white washing of Marie Stopes’ eugenicist beliefs

By Dana Khalil Ahmad “Certainly there are very real differences between us of race, age, and sex. But it is not those differences between us that are separating us. It is rather our refusal to recognise those differences, and to examine the distortions which result from our misnaming them and their effects upon human behaviour and… Read More

‘Blood’ Shows That There’s Room For Everyone

by Shane Thomas   From London to Baltimore, rioting often occurs as a consequence of the public making their voices heard. However, the aftermath often focuses on the damage done to property, rather than the damage done to people. Borne from the reductive and simplistic analysis of the riots in Britain in 2011, Emteaz Hussain’s… Read More

Review: Boi Boi is Dead, Watford Palace theatre

by Sabo Kpade  Boi Boi is Dead/Watford Palace theatre A formidable stage actor in his own right, Lucian Masmati directs debut playwright Zodwa Nyoni’s Boi Boi is Dead, a play about long brewing family tensions that are brought to a boil after the funeral of the eponymous character Boi Boi in Zimbabwe. His ex-wife Stella (Lynette… Read More