What Makes the Quintessential Englishman?

by Shane Thomas A Scotsman, a Welshman, and an Irishman walk into a casting call. No, it’s not the start of a joke, but a roundabout allusion to James Bond. The latest 007 adventure, Spectre, has hit our cinemas, no doubt to make a shedload of money[1], but a sidebar from the media circus around… Read More

Women of Colour: Their Courage. Our Cowardice

by Shane Thomas We’re going to start with a football analogy (don’t worry, we won’t be here for long). Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson – two of the game’s most venerable managers – have long thought that bravery is not revealed in players who throw themselves into hard tackles, but in the creative player… Read More

Trevor Noah: America’s New Storyteller

by Shane Thomas  A new era in American culture begins next Monday, when Trevor Noah replaces Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. When the appointment was announced, the reaction was one of surprise, teemed with acknowledgement of it being a bold creative move. The reins aren’t just being handed to a black man,… Read More

Jeremy Corbyn: One of Them, or One of Us?

by Shane Thomas Anyone remember, “I agree with Nick”? Come on, it wasn’t that long ago. Have a think… yeah, that’s right, April 2010. This guy. I knew you’d remember. For what ended up as little more than a political intermezzo, Nick Clegg briefly threatened to have a transformative effect on British politics. While that… Read More

Why Do We Show Such Loyalty To Royalty?

by Shane Thomas The Sun’s front page of a young Queen Elizabeth II appearing to make a Nazi salute, generated all the attention one would expect from the “look over there” school of journalism. However, there was another recent Royal Family-related story, which was more revealing in how Britain mediates with its monarchy. With the… Read More

Why saying “haters gonna hate” is just not good enough

Normalising The Marginalised by Shane Thomas  https://twitter.com/Karnythia/status/416287095078932480 Remember this Mikki Kendall tweet. We’ll be returning to it in a few minutes. Kylie Jenner is not cultural appropriation’s worst offender. She’s just the most recent. While the litany of acts that reinforce structural oppression, year-on-year, are extensive, they’re not commonplace. And it’s the shelter afforded to… Read More

Serena vs. Tennis. There’s Only One Winner

by Shane Thomas In The Departed – the movie that finally got Martin Scorcese an Oscar – the first words spoken are from Jack Nicholson’s baleful Frank Costello: “I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me”, he declares in a racist opening monologue. You… Read More

Love or Hate Him, Kanye’s Headlining Gig at Glastonbury illustrated Hip-Hop’s Uneasy Festival Alliance

by Shane Thomas  So, Kanye West declared himself, “the greatest living rock star on the planet.” Well of course he did. If you were surprised by such an utterance, you haven’t been paying attention. But why did so many deem him unsuitable – maybe even unworthy – to headline Glastonbury? I'll bet £10 that @WritersofColour… Read More

The Problem with White Liberals

by Shane Thomas When one has to live with oppression as an everyday facet of their existence, how does it feel? It feels isolating. It’s a parasite that clamps onto one’s self-esteem, and metastasises into a calcified affirmation that one is worthless. So what can be done to counter such an outcome? Maya Goodfellow recently wrote… Read More

#ShekuBayoh: 365 Days and Counting

Text Updated 03/05/2016 to reflect 1 Year since Sheku Bayoh was killed. by Shane Thomas  365 days, and we don’t know why Sheku Bayoh is dead… For those who missed Siana Bangura’s piece last week, 365 days ago Sheku Bayoh died in police custody. He was 31 years old. He leaves behind his partner, Colette, and… Read More