The Black Panther Movement is part of Black British History too

by Amber Fletcher The Black Panthers are well-known for their fight against racist oppression in America, but the importance of their work was not limited to the US. Their commitment to equality for black lives inspired black people around the world to stand up for their rights, including here in the UK. With that in… Read More

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

So Nadiya won the Great British Bake Off, why the big deal?

By Henna Zamurd-Butt  Surely in “melting pot Britain” no one should be batting an eyelid at Nadiya Hussain’s win of the Great British Bake Off? Well yeah. But clearly the pot’s not as melted as we’d have hoped because the media has been flipping out about it all week. The Mail even broke its three-year run… Read More

You cannot mention Grime and not mention Blackness, you cannot mention the art form and erase the people

by Shereen Abyan  To try to come up with a set definition of Black British culture would be difficult. The very idea of Black Britishness is relative. It relies on the intricacy of localities and waves of immigrant communities, melding into each other as they adapt to the limited institutional access given to them by the… Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES: “You can’t do that! Stories have to be about White people”

  Although Media Diversified is on a site break for the month of August while we develop exciting new projects, we still want to continue delivering challenging, insightful content to our readers — so we’ll be going into the archives to bring back some of our most-read articles. Darren Chetty’s “You Can’t Do That! Stories Have… Read More

Why I’m staying in on the 7th of July

by Momtaza Mehri the seventh You are not going out today. This is a note to the self to lay low, play safe, shrink inwards. Today is retreat behind closed minds and opened doors. It will be a day of fat turtle clouds and burgeoning dampness. She in the citrus dress on TV said so… Read More

Muslim children as young as 7 are being branded radicals by their schools

Please Can I Tell You About A Child Who Is Muslim? by Shohana Khan He didn’t answer back to his teacher, because his parents taught him the importance of respecting those who you learn from. This respect comes from the tradition of Islam – the child is Muslim. Can I just tell you about a… Read More

It’s Time To Talk About ‘British Values’

by Neda Tehrani Following their election victory, last week, newly appointed cabinet ministers were pressing policies, and future plans. Ultimately, the all-permeating sentiment in Conservative rhetoric, was the notion that British citizens have a duty to uphold British values. With the repetition of this phrase by Cameron and his team, comes the question of which… Read More

Black, British & Muslim; We’re not just a “Complication”

by Momtaza Mehri The last UK census undertaken in 2011 showed that Black Muslims made up 10.1% of the British Muslim population, not counting Muslims of mixed Black heritage. The British Black Muslim reality is whispered in hushed tones: it is the Jamaican converts frequenting inner-city mosques, the Nigerian doctors administering your prescriptions, Somali working… Read More

The Suffocation of British Muslim Civil Society Space

by Omayma El Ella In the run-up to the General Election it is important to consider the political engagement or lack thereof of the major parties with minorities in this country. From a Muslim perspective, the majority of that engagement has been predominantly centred on “counter-extremism” via the PREVENT programme. As with most minorities, Muslims… Read More