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

Affleck v. Harris and the Different Shades of Islamophobia

Millions of Muslims around the world, both in Western nations as well as others, experience Islamophobia every day as a lived reality. A genuine discussion of what really IS Islamophobia is beyond the scope of a standard, blog-length article. Suffice to say that Islamophobia, if understood as structural oppression of Muslims, is a form of racism. WHOAH – comes the response – Muslims are not a race, so how can Islamophobia be racism? This binary, and/or question appears to have left Muslims in a kind of limbo, where they end up excluded by their oppressor (generally the White Western hegemon) whilst simultaneously being separated from their co-oppressed (e.g. Jews or Black people) in their struggle for equality and justice. Read More

Reconciling being British, Asian and Muslim – a tale of modern times

By Huma Munshi The recent killing of Alan Henning has again put the spotlight on British Muslims. There have been calls for them to condemn these heinous acts apparently carried out in the name of Islam. A recent campaign on social media, “#NotInMyName”, sought to tackle the distorted narrative of Islam from the extremists and… Read More

If there is one continent which has shouldered the burden of the celebrity it is ‘Africa’.

by Samira Sawlani In recent weeks Israel – Palestine has probably taken up more column inches worldwide than it has in years. In fact the ‘conflict’ has enjoyed a showbiz makeover, gaining a place in every Hollywood rag and becoming a topic of conversation on daytime talk shows. It’s entry and new found status is… Read More

The New Dr. is….. @tokenbg

by Shane Thomas This post first appeared on The TV Collective Since Matt Smith announced his departure as the titular lead in Doctor Who, conversations have spread throughout geekland, speculating on who the next Doctor would be. And throughout these conversations, I kept coming back to the same conclusion; it’s going to be another white,… Read More