First year of Jhalak Prize paints a grim picture of diversity in publishing 

Sunny Singh takes a look at the entries for the first year of our prize for writers of colour and found an industry that is missing more than one trick. Read More

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Black Lives Black Words is a conversation held across continents | Madani Younis

It’s on us. It’s always been on us. From Claudia Jones to Michael X, from Frank Crichlow to Darcus Howe to Doreen and Neville Lawrence, there is a rich and fierce tradition of resistance that has defined the past century in this great city. 2016 was a significant year in the UK. Following the Brexit… Read More

Diversity initiatives don’t work, they just make things worse: the ideological function of diversity in the cultural industries

by Anamik Saha  edited by Yasmin Gunaratnam Dev Patel might have won the award for Best Supporting Actor (that’s Dev Patel and not Riz Ahmed, Burberry), but when the nominees for the 2017 BAFTA Awards were announced, the lack of racial (and class) diversity amongst the nominees felt wearingly inevitable. What is more troubling is how… Read More

White Men Dancing: We’re all cleaners

By Maurice Mcleod Cleaning the corridor For some, the revelation that black MP for Brent Central, Dawn Butler, had been mistaken for a cleaner by one of her fellow MPs came as a shock. ‘In these prim and proper days, when diversity is shoved down your throat from every angle,’ they ponder, ‘how can anyone… Read More

The future of on-screen diversity – black-led projects can show the way

By Anthony Comber-Badu  ‘How many black faces do you see on the BBC?’ was my parents’ first question when I told them I had decided to pursue a career in broadcasting. Diversity in media and broadcasting, and particularly the issue of opportunity for people of colour, has been a recurring issue for decades. Tonight’s Oscar… Read More

Diversity is Dead, and Whiteness Killed It

by Shane Thomas “People like the idea of diversity. They just don’t like being around different people” Diversity. One of those idioms that’s been widely established as a good thing. Like “world peace”, or “green energy”. However, this appeal remains superficial, with only society’s powerful having the option to implement it; an option they often… 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

Walls of Whiteness

by Sara Ahmed It has been heartening to witness a heightened concern with race and higher education. An increase of concern helps to expose the lack of previous concern. But is it a welcome exposure. We have had articles in the mainstream media reflecting on the extraordinarily low numbers of black (especially black female) professors… Read More