Bodyguard shows drama cannot be truly subversive unless those creating it are

The controversial ending to The Bodyguard has divided opinions, Tashmia Owen explains why so many people felt disappointed (spoilers) Read More

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‘This is an industry rife with cronyism, nepotism, racism and sexism’ writes Kolton Lee, calling for change in British film

Many in the ‘creative economies’ discuss ‘diversity’ in such an abstract and intellectual way that it de-politicises real and everyday injustice, writes filmmaker and academic Kolton Lee  Read More

On being exceptional: the trap of thinking we can do (and be) diversity “differently”

Shana Almeida discusses her research on diversity in Toronto In 2016, BBC Radio 4 officially declared Toronto, Canada to be the most diverse city on earth. According to BBC reporter Ed Davey, Toronto is most diverse because approximately 51% of its population is foreign-born, with over 230 nationalities living there (“WS More or Less: The… Read More

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