A Moving Image: telling the story of gentrification in Brixton

by Shane Thomas Content note: this review contains minor spoilers I’ve always found watching a movie, especially in the cinema, to be an act of psychological – albeit synthetic – transport. Being taken to a space different than the one I inhabit, engaging with new people, perspectives, and locations that I would never otherwise encounter. However,… Read More

Women of Colour: Their Courage. Our Cowardice

by Shane Thomas We’re going to start with a football analogy (don’t worry, we won’t be here for long). Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson – two of the game’s most venerable managers – have long thought that bravery is not revealed in players who throw themselves into hard tackles, but in the creative player… Read More

‘Blood’ Shows That There’s Room For Everyone

by Shane Thomas   From London to Baltimore, rioting often occurs as a consequence of the public making their voices heard. However, the aftermath often focuses on the damage done to property, rather than the damage done to people. Borne from the reductive and simplistic analysis of the riots in Britain in 2011, Emteaz Hussain’s… 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

Britain’s Unwanted House Guests

by Shane Thomas Last Sunday, I was on a train, coming back to London from Leeds. Knowing that this trip would be lengthy – and accompanied by a hangover – I booked a window seat nearest the door, ensuring I would be close to the exit, and relatively secluded from the rest of the passengers,… Read More

Football Beyond Borders

by Shane Thomas Walking up to a floodlit pitch near Oval Station, the first thing that struck me were the sounds. The thwack of boot on ball, and the skid of rubber sole on sandy astroturf. A cacophony of onomatopoeia, and a mnemonic that made me wistful for my own teenage years. This was all… Read More

Imagined: Lupita Nyong’o as Cleopatra (and other film remakes we would love to see)

by Shane Thomas CONTENT NOTE: This piece contains plot spoilers, and some of the embedded links are NSFW. With the news that Ghostbusters is to be remade with an all-female cast, I’ve been pondering the topic of movie remakes. For some, the notion of remaking a heralded story from the past is creative heresy. However, I’ve never been… Read More

Actors of Colour

A list of actors that could affect progressive change in Britain by Shane Thomas CONTENT NOTE: Some of the video links in this piece are NSFW due to strong language. While it’s less of a rarity to see non-white actors on our television screens these days[1], there’s no doubt that it remains difficult for actors… Read More