The Taming of the Shrewd

…or the incessant need for *PWIs to make black icons “safer”   by Joseph Guthrie Throughout my lifetime, there are three things that have continued to remain a permanent mainstay in society: Politicians are the masters of manipulation. It’s always darkest before dawn. When an iconic black activist dies, mainstream media rush in to distort said… Read More

Zindagi bhar nahin bhoolegi woh Purple barsaat ki raat

Or: Prince, my mother, brother, father (and ur sister 2), & me by Tanuja Desai Hidier **2016 BPM** Dearly Beloved, My mama she loved U Wrote me when they found U New England—North London En route 2 our girls’ school   Trans-Atlantic we mourned U WhatsApp; Gram-on-phone too… What’s funny and so true My memories… Read More

The Holy Riverman

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam  An insecure, bullied child in darkest, whitest Lancashire, I wanted two things: to fit in, and to be weird. Fitting in was never a realistic proposition. I was the only non-white kid for miles around; far shorter than everyone else, barely knew the rules of football (I loved cricket), left-handed, South Indian (a… Read More