‘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

Racism? Apparently, it’s not their fault

by Shane Thomas   In case you missed it, Ben Affleck was in the news recently. No, not because of the Batman vs. Superman trailer[1]. It was revealed that while being featured on the PBS programme Finding Your Roots (a show similar to the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?), Affleck requested the show omit… Read More

Britain’s Unwanted House Guests

by Shane Thomas Last Sunday, I was on a train, coming back to London from Leeds. Knowing that this trip would be lengthy – and accompanied by a hangover – I booked a window seat nearest the door, ensuring I would be close to the exit, and relatively secluded from the rest of the passengers,… Read More

Where Has Television’s Anger Gone?

by Shane Thomas As a child, one of the personal highlights of my week was being allowed to stay up late to watch Spitting Image on a Sunday night. The show used caricatures of puppets to satirise and lampoon those in the public eye, especially Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government. Not long after David Cameron was… Read More

Whitewashing a Reputation

by Shane Thomas CONTENT NOTE: Some of the embedded links in this piece are NSFW. “This is the first time in the history of the world where white men have to watch their tongue.” – Chris Rock – Kill The Messenger. That quote was from Chris Rock’s most recent stand-up special in 2008. And it’s… Read More

Imagined: Lupita Nyong’o as Cleopatra (and other film remakes we would love to see)

by Shane Thomas CONTENT NOTE: This piece contains plot spoilers, and some of the embedded links are NSFW. With the news that Ghostbusters is to be remade with an all-female cast, I’ve been pondering the topic of movie remakes. For some, the notion of remaking a heralded story from the past is creative heresy. However, I’ve never been… Read More

Selma: A Necessary Story

by Shane Thomas For those not familiar with the work of Ava DuVernay, one of the features of her movies is her ability to scrutinise the everyday. She has always been superb at shining a spotlight on the little things, the intimate moments, which so often go unnoticed, but in aggregate, are the ones that… Read More

“Thugs, skets, and thots” There is no ONE black story

by Shane Thomas  Around this time last year, a large part of the discussion around the cinema award season focused on 12 Years A Slave, and its possible chances on winning prizes at the Academy Awards. While there are myriad problems with the Oscars, the reason why it matters is because it remains the closest… Read More

London’s clubs where “white is right” and “if you’re black, get back”

by Shane Thomas It’s Friday, so chances are that you may be heading out to socialise tonight (or tomorrow). Even if you’re like me, and prefer to spend most of your weekends away from the prospective nightlife of music, dancing and alcohol, there’s no doubt that it makes up a major part of some people’s… Read More

Four Athletes Who Could Change The Game In 2015

by Shane Thomas The ubiquitous nature of sport gives it a huge breadth of audience in the ongoing struggle for social justice. We saw this recently in America, with the way some athletes used their platform to reassert that #BlackLivesMatter. Listed below are four British athletes, who could end up as lodestars for their own… Read More