It’s Not About The Genes Stupid

by Ahmed Olayinka Sule  In the aftermath of Usain Bolt’s victory in the Olympic men’s 100 metre final, Murad Ahmed of the Financial Times wrote an article titled “Usain Bolt and why Jamaican sprinters are so fast“, in which he addressed the issue of Jamaica’s sprinting dominance. However, rather than analyse the various factors contributing… 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

Meeting Stuart Hall

We have come together as black feminists to commemorate Stuart Hall who died on 10 February, 2014. ~ Sara Ahmed, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Yasmin Gunaratnam,Vera Jocelyn, Patricia Noxolo, Pratibha Parmar, Ann Phoenix, Nirmal Puwar, Suzanne Scafe Suzanne: I first heard Stuart Hall speak in the early 1980s, when he gave the keynote speech for the Norman… Read More

Being Mixed Race: Am I A Human Rorschach Test?

by Glen Chisholm Just last week I was standing at a bus stop when a gentleman; a complete stranger came and joined me. Nothing unusual about that, we then politely nodded at each other and a conversation started up. Me: “Evening” Stranger: “Evening” Me: “it’s still quite warm isn’t it” Stranger: “yes it is”; pause;… Read More