A Belly Full of Stories: exploring the history of Caribbean food in the UK

by Henna Zamurd-Butt When Riaz Phillips, founder of Tezeta Press, tried to look into the history behind the food of one of the UK’s most prominent and influential diaspora communities all he could find, from the British Library to the Black Cultural Archives were tantalising but passing references to Caribbean eateries. So he spent over… Read More

“But, do you think Empire was really all that bad?”

by Maya Goodfellow  “But, do you really think Empire was really all that bad?” Everyone in our corner of the pub went silent as one of our course mates brazenly put this question to our Indian professor. “It was an absolute catastrophe – all we got out of it was the railways, and even that… Read More

The Koh-i-Noor diamond and why British Historians must be de-colonised

by Marcus Stow  India would like some of the British Empire’s spoils back, and have made it known with a campaign to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond, worth £105m and currently set in the Queen Mother’s crown. It’s not of course a unique situation, as campaigns for the return of the Parthenon Marbles and other loot… Read More

Racism? Apparently, it’s not their fault

by Shane Thomas   In case you missed it, Ben Affleck was in the news recently. No, not because of the Batman vs. Superman trailer[1]. It was revealed that while being featured on the PBS programme Finding Your Roots (a show similar to the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?), Affleck requested the show omit… Read More

The Price Tag on Slavery is Beyond Pounds and Dollars

By Patrick Vernon CARICOM, an organisation representing fifteen Caribbean countries, is in the process of taking legal action against the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark in pursuit of reparation for the enduring suffering caused by the Atlantic slave trade. A ten point plan which will form the basis of the… Read More