Don’t trust the trust: how the community in the shadow of Grenfell is battling to rescue its cultural identity

Sophia Akram investigates how a one West London Caribbean community’s cultural identity has been eroded Read More

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Immigrant hustle in the face of gentrification

by Zain Dada and Bushra Ferjani  Gentrification emboldens the individualised silos we exist in. It is the preemptive conversion of lifestyles which began collectively when we landed on this rainy Island from former colonies. We interact less in post-gentrification London, our markets, community centres, our homes destroyed by councils moonlighting as property developers. Our commutes… Read More

Did you hear about the Hipster Safari?

by Kiri Kankhwende  London is a city of contrasts. The “society” parties pictured in the Evening Standard are a world away from the clubs in Croydon where the police introduced bans on bashment. Gentrification is transforming neighbourhoods all over the city, often accompanied by eye-watering rises in house prices and new residents – including hipsters.… Read More

Gentrification and complicity in South London

If you’re a black artist from Brixton, can you still be complicit in the area’s gentrification? An interview with Shola Amoo by Zahra Dalilah It’s no secret that London has changed drastically in the last decade. For many, the areas we grew up in and have loved fiercely, despite rumours that across rivers and over… Read More

The Police’s Ban on Bashment Reveals Their Fear of Blackness

by Shane Thomas When thinking of police interactions with black citizens, one often visualises the nuisance of harassment and the tragedy of death. But long held anti-black maxims also appear in their involvement in the most innocuous areas of British life. The Metropolitan Police were recently in the news after they allegedly instructed Dice Bar in… Read More

Why Won’t Hipsters Integrate?

by Raf   While I was listening to Eminem, the story of a struggling white man trying to eke out a living within a reverse-racist black dominated rap industry, with nothing but a handful of witticisms about how craps his mum was I stumbled across the biggest cultural appropriation heist since Europeans started doing Yoga tutorials… Read More