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

Why My Son Needs Feminism

by Jendella Benson Once upon a time I seriously considered not having children. “Why bring an innocent life into this world of tragedy and pain?” I reasoned. Now, as a mother-to-be, the thought of what this world has to offer my child still scares me, and yet the thought of what my child has to… Read More

Decolonising my gaze through Twerk

Movement as a Tool to Remember and Resist By Eva-Grace Bor If there was ever evidence of the need for self-determined narratives and alternative discussions on race identity and the freedom of sexuality, the contestation of the image accompanying Fannie Sosa’s Facebook event page for ‘Resistance is in the Cracks’ was it. This inclusive space offered… Read More

Black – Political vs. Ethnic?

by Nathan E Richards Next month Goldsmiths University is to host an event on black feminism, with two guests from the institution to speak on this important topic – the event is billed thusly: “Conversation on Black British Feminism”. Two of Britain’s internationally acclaimed professors of race and gender will talk about Black British feminism… Read More

Visual Subversions: At the Intersection of Art and Identity

Stunning traditional henna designs on hands, backs and legs are the subject of artist Hina Ali‘s photo essay, exploring skin as a ‘repository of honour & canvass of oppression’. with Rakshi Rath The Artist’s Journey: I am a final year undergraduate, studying Fine Art for Design. My search for mediums of artistic expression during my studies has also coincided… Read More

Black British feminism then and now

Professor Heidi Mirza reflects upon her involvement in black feminism and the changes she has witnessed over the past 30 years. She is hopeful about new generations of activists and reminds us that “black women’s activism has been central in tackling problems within our local communities.”   ‘Thank you for organising this. I thought black feminism was dead!’ wrote a young woman in an email to… Read More

The Electric Lady

by Shane Thomas I’ve written before about Janelle Monae. Writers such as Emily J. Lordi and Trudy from Gradient Lair have  reviewed Monae’s sophomore album, The Electric Lady, at length. My review will go through the record track by track, and see if it justifies its warm critical reception: 1) Suite IV: Electric Overture This… Read More

Photo Gallery: #BlackIsBeautiful

Alice Walker’s Definition of a “Womanist” from In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose. WOMANIST 1. From womanish.  (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color.  From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “you acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman.  Usually referring to outrageous,… Read More