Writing Africa in America, living between two worlds

by Samira Sawlani  Over the years I have observed the many ways in which we diaspora folk stay connected to ‘back home.’ For some it is through cooking, for others it is music and dance. There are the hours spent trawling through the websites of local newspapers and days filled with the deliciousness of Skype… 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

Politicians Must Acknowledge the Link Between Negative Media Stereotyping of the Somali Community and Marginalisation

by Faisa Abdi and Hamdi Issa What are the implications when British society as a whole strongly associate Somalis with intractable problems? Over the past decade, media reporting on the Somali community has been disproportionately negative and perpetually centred on moments of crisis. The typical captions are all too often the pirate, the benefit cheat,… Read More