“We don’t need any more writers as solitary heroes. We need a heroic writer’s movement: assertive, militant, pugnacious.” ~Toni Morrison
Hassan Abdulrazzak is a British-Iraqi playwright, best known for his highly successful play Baghdad Wedding, which was staged at Soho Theatre (2007). He lives in London and has been widely published, including in The Guardian, The Edinburgh Review, Arab Stages, and Snakeskin. His latest play, Love, Bombs & Apples, which was sold out, was performed at the Arcola Theatre in June 2015, as part of Shubbak Festival, London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab arts and culture. It will return to the Arcola Theatre in summer 2016 as part of a UK wide tour. Hassan can be found on Twitter @abdulrazzak
Amal Abu-Bakare is a doctoral student at Aberystwyth University, studying racialisation and counterterrorism in the context of International Relations Theory. She identifies as a Black Muslim Feminist, and is interested in social justice, art, and media projects that address the intersections between race, gender, and religion. Amal frequently writes and comments on the politics of race on Twitter @nawalabu_72 and her blog colouredacademia.
Shahd Abusalama is a Palestinian journalist who was born and raised in Gaza’s Jabalia Refugee Camp. She is a graduate of the Media and the Middle East MA program at SOAS, University of London. Shahd is the author of Palestine from My Eyes blog and book. She can be followed @ShahdAbusalama.
Shereen Abyan is a writer based in Canada.
Yemisi Adegoke is a freelance print journalist and documentary maker. A graduate of the Arthur L Carter Institute of Journalism at New York University, she is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. She writes about Nigeria and feminism. Read some of her work at briticoyem and follow her @briticoyemo.
Joyce Adjekum is an educational editor and writer currently based in London, whose interests include African and Middle Eastern social issues and non-western music. She has just finished co-writing and editing a play about the intertwining lives of Africans and Arabs in London and hopes to find more time soon to write critically about issues that make her tick! Find some of her essays at A Voice. Tweet her @JoyceA321
Kamal Ahamada is an educator, traveller, and activist who grew up in France, studied in Denmark and is now based in London. He holds a teacher degree and a M.A in postcolonial studies. He is co-founder of educational- intercultural NGO, “the M.A.D. project” that aims to counter stereotypes and challenge mainstream narratives about marginalized/discriminated communities through creative workshops.
Dr Rohail Ahmad has a PhD (2013) and an MA (Distinction, 2010) in Creative Writing from Brunel University. He is a college lecturer in English, and is also a visiting lecturer in “Writing Global Fiction” at Brunel University. His MA novella, The Dancing Girl of Lahore, jointly won the Curtis Brown Prize at Brunel, and was also longlisted for the Paris Literary Prize. One of his MA stories was shortlisted for an anthology of British Asian fiction (Too Asian, Not Asian Enough) by Tindal Street Press. His PhD novel, Pure Mafia, is the only contemporary novel about child labour. His third novel, The Jihadi Couple, is a leading-edge work about ISIS. Find his books on Amazon Twitter @HaveYou_Read_It
S U Ahmad is a London-based editor and contributor at The Platform. He is a medical doctor, and has in the past also written for Critical Muslim (Hurst Publishers) and pulsemedia.org. He tweets on occasion at @saffi_ua
Dr. Nafeez Ahmed is an award-winning investigative journalist, bestselling author and international security scholar. He is establishing a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project for the global commons, Insurge Intelligence.
A former Guardian environment blogger, he writes the ‘System Shift’ column for VICE’s Motherboard, and is also a weekly columnist for Middle East Eye. He is the winner of a 2015 Project Censored Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for his Guardian work, and is featured in the Evening Standard’s ‘Power 1000’ list of most globally influential Londoners.
Nafeez has also written for The Independent, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Scotsman, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Quartz, Prospect, New Statesman, Le Monde diplomatique, New Internationalist, Counterpunch, and Truthout, among others.
He is the author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It (2010), and the sci-fi thriller novel ZERO POINT, among other books. His work on the root causes and covert operations linked to international terrorism officially contributed to the 9/11 Commission and the 7/7 Coroner’s Inquest.
Sara Ahmed is an Australian and British academic working at the intersection of feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory and post colonialism. Sara is a Professor in Race and Cultural Studies. Born in Salford, England to a Pakistani father and English mother. She has published 6 single-authored books: Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism (1998); Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality (2000); The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004); Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others (2006); The Promise of Happiness (2010), which was awarded the FWSA book prize in 2011 for “ingenuity and scholarship in the fields of feminism, gender or women’s studies”; and On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012). Buy books
Shireen Ahmed is a writer, public speaker and Sports Activist focusing on Muslim women in Sports. She is an athlete, advocate, community organizer, and works with Youth of Colour on empowerment projects and is an avid sports coach and mentor. She is a regular contributor to Muslimah Media Watch, a Global Sports Correspondent for Safe World For Women and works on the Muslim Women in Sports website. Follow her on Twitter @_shireenahmed_ Her website is shireenahmed.com
Shuheda Ahmed is a 25-year-old recent MA graduate in Film Studies, specialising in South Asian Cinema and representation of South Asians in Western cinema. Born in Bangladesh, she moved to the UK at a young age with her family. Find her on Twitter @shuheda
Sofia Ahmed is an activist, writer and aspiring journalist. She currently resides in Manchester and works in the Health Care sector. She is the founder of Muslim Women Against Femen and #MuslimahPride. Find her on Twitter @sofiaahmed1
Hamja Ahsan is an activist, artist and curator. He co-founded the DIY Cultures festival and Other Asias collective. He was shortlisted for a Liberty Human Rights award for Free Talha Ahsan campaign His book Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Introvert Militant (Bookworks) is due out in 2016. Twitter: @Hamjaahsan
Yosra Akasha is a Sudanese blogger and activist based in Khartoum. She works as Sudan Outreach Officer for the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Network. Previously she joined several health promotion campaigns and regional peace campaigns. She writes about human rights and social issues in Sudan with more focus on advocating for women rights, peace and the rights of displaced persons. Yosra has been selected as a correspondent for Voices of Our Future 2013, a programme on citizen journalism offered by World Pulse website. She blogs in English and Arabic at: Sudanese Dream Twitter: @sudanesedream
Sabeena Akhtar is a London-based mum, writer and blogger at thepocobookreader.com. Specialising in reviewing Post-Colonial literature and books by PoC, she is also interested in the legacy of Empire, Islam and women’s issues. You can find her on Twitter @pocobookreader
Folarin Akinmade can never quite decide if he loves or loathes writing about himself in the third person, but he’s prepared to put his complicated feelings to one side for the sake of expediency. Folarin works as a creative copywriter, but has a wondering pen that sees him attempt essays, short stories, and comics, too. You can catch him making bad jokes on Twitter. @BellatorRex.
Emmanuel Akinwotu is a History and History of Ideas student at Goldsmiths, University of London, with a special focus on the Arab Uprisings of 2011. He has written for the Guardian in Lagos, covering Politics and Education. He has been a commentator on Nigerian politics on Ben TV and has also written for student publications and online news forums. He tweets at @ea_akin and blogs at britiko.
Sophie Alal is a writer, freelance journalist and editor. She has been published in The East African newspaper, Global Press Journal, African Colours, the Kalahari Review and Lawino Magazine amongst others.
She is the founding director of Deyu African, a cultural heritage space. Her creative and professional work, for the last four years, has been committed to expanding understanding of indigenous knowledge systems, art and culture through local voices. She earned her bachelors degree from Makerere University School of Law; where she drew deep interest in economic, cultural and social justice.
Her loves include raising plants and enjoying good food. She has lived in Japan, Norway and now shares her time between Uganda and Scotland.
Abdullah Alhomoud is an Arabic tutor who’s passionate about his mother tongue and loves sharing it with the world. He provides free Arabic lessons at arabictutorabdullah.com. He’s also a writer and editor (in English), and you can find his work at aalhomoud.com.
Firdos Ali is a UK-based playwright who writes about the Black, British, Muslim experience. Her works include Struggle, Stripped Black and How I Feel. She is currently on commission, working on her latest play. She mostly (re)tweets from @Firdoswrites.
Hina Ali is a final year undergraduate, studying Fine Art for Design (B.A Hons). A 23 year old female British Pakistani, born and raised in the North of England, in a small town called Heckmondwike her art work explores her experiences of her cultural heritage. The experiences she has faced in life, her family, culture and other South Asian women are the source of her inspiration. Hina’s work consists of the uses of typography, Indian textile designs and mehndi patterns. See her work at OfTheMysteriousVoice Twitter @OTMV1 and Facebook
Sanaa Alimia is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Political Science Department in the University of Peshawar. Here she is teaching ‘Critical Migration Studies: Migration in a Global Racialised World’. She is also a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Political Science Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Sanaa completed her PhD from SOAS in 2013 where she focused on Afghan refugees and urban poor Pakistanis in Karachi and Peshawar. @SanaaAlimia
Noor Alnaqeeb is a Kuwaiti postgraduate Filmmaking student at the University of Sussex. Her work explores cultural identity and the ways in which we collect stories through our environments. She is interested in combining documentary and fiction as she did in her 2014 graduate film Walk On. Her current focus is to challenge stereotypes within the media surrounding cultural identity.
David Osa Amadasun is an award-winning cultural entrepreneur with a passion for widening access to the experiences that help a child develop into a future innovator. Being a creative thinker, problem solver, and entrepreneur helped him survive the tsunami of adversity that he experienced as a young father. When he’s not strategising on how to solve social issues relating to social mobility/diversity via Project U.N.C.L.E (his action research initiative), you’ll find him scooting along the Southbank or in the Royal Festival Hall with his daughters on his black scooter that has a red bandana tied to the handlebars. @DavidOAmadasun
Iman Amrani is a British Algerian freelance journalist based in London. She presents and produces content for digital media channels and has a special interest in marginalized voices, minority issues, culture and immigration. She can be found at @imaniamrani
Anthony Anaxagorou is an acclaimed British-born Cypriot writer of poetry and fiction. He’s the writer-in-residence at several secondary schools around London and works closely with children in care, prisoners and refugees. He’s published eight books of poetry, a collection of short stories and a spoken-word EP while having also written for theatre. In 2012 he founded London’s Out-Spoken night for poetry and live music and their sister publishing house Out-Spoken Press.
Kayla Ancrum is an American YA novelist. She graduated from Dominican Universities with her BA in English. She currently runs the blog KAYLAPOCALYPSE, where she provides information about the writing and publishing process for other young authors, as well as original articles about writing tropes and diversity in media. Find her on Twitter @Kwritesfiction
Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet, performer and educator, born and bred in East London, Hackney. He is one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word Education.
His poems have been published in magazines and literary journals such as The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Oxford Diaspora’s Programme, British Council Literature, Shooter Literary Journal, The Missing Slate, Morning Star, Media Diversified, and Bloodaxe’s Ten Anthology.
Raymond has read and performed his poetry at festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival and universities including Oxford, Goldsmiths, and Warwick. He has also read internationally in South Africa, Kenya, North America, Jamaica, Sweden, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
Twitter: @RaymondAntrobus Website: www.raymondantrobus.com
Youlendree Appasamy is a South African student at Rhodes University. Budding brown journalist interested in the intersection of post-colonial and feminist literature and politics (in all its vainglorious forms). She has lived in a small Afrikaans town all her life, and her parents are of the strict Hindu variety which has led her to adopt interstitial spaces as her own. She’s passionate and patriotic about Africa and writes what she likes. Find her on Twitter @_youlendree
Ryka Aoki is the author of Seasonal Velocities, He Mele a Hilo (A Hilo Song) and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. She has been honored by the California State Senate for her “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” Ryka has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is a former national judo champion, and is a professor of English at Santa Monica College. Please visit: www.rykaryka.com.
Roya Arab is a musician, archaeologist, cultural curator and consultant. Currently Honorary Research Assistant at the IoA at UCL researching the disappearance of heritage in the MENA region, whilst promoting the region’s culture. She is also a PhD candidate at City University studying music in Iranian film. Website: Roya Arab
Margarita Aragon is a sociologist whose research focuses on histories of racism, and in particular on the experiences of Mexican and African Americans in the United States. She recently completed her PhD at Goldsmiths College in London and is the mother of three young children.
Felipe Araujo is a freelance news journalist based in London. He spent five years at CNN International and covered the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for Germany’s public broadcaster ZDF. He writes about race and minority issues, sports and culture.
Priya Atwal is a doctoral student in History at the University of Oxford, and is currently working on a research project about the evolution of Anglo-Indian royal relations during the nineteenth century. Hailing from a British Sikh background, Priya has long been interested in exploring the history of the British Raj and the British Asian community, and is committed to making historical research more accessible and engaging for the public. Find her on Twitter: @priyaatwal
Haseeb Azad is a 22-year old writer of South Asian descent based in London. As both a Person of Colour and a Muslim, he aims to tackle problems facing both communities. He mainly writes and campaigns around issues pertaining to racism and bigotry, be it street-level and/or institutional. Twitter: @HSnake1
Assed Baig is a print and broadcast journalist based in London. He has reported from around the world, including Somalia, Libya, Myanmar and Pakistan. He is currently working as a freelancer and directing documentaries. He has previously worked for the BBC in the Midlands as a reporter and is well acquainted with stories relating to the Muslim community. Assed has lived and studied in Syria and Mauritania. He contributes to the New Statesman, Vice, Huffington Post as well as other outlets.
He specialises in international current affairs as well as UK domestic politics. His expertise lies in the relationship between the West and Islam, radicalisation and conflict. His recent exclusive uncovered Burmese military rape camps. Tweet him @AssedBaig
Sita Balani is a PhD student at King’s College London, writing on contemporary literature, national identity and modernity. She is also a freelance journalist and an editor of fiction and non-fiction. Recent articles on migration, Islamophobia, and fascism can be found on The Multicultural Politic. She is editing an anthology called Queers Talk Lesbian Notions to be published in 2014. @sitainshort
Rajeev Balasubramanyam is an award-winning novelist, and the author of In Beautiful Disguises (Bloomsbury), The Dreamer (Harper Collins), and Starstruck, which will be published in May by the new multi-mediate digital platform thepigeonhole.com. He is the winner of the Betty Trask Prize, the Ian St. James Award, and the Clarissa Luard award, and was longlisted for the Guardian First Fiction Prize. He is a graduate of Oxford and Cambridge universities, and has a PhD in Black British literature. He is currently a fellow of the Hemera Foundation for writers and artists with a meditation practice. You can sign up for Starstruck here: https://thepigeonhole.com/books/starstruck and follow him on Twitter @Rajeevbalasu
Yasin Bangee is a writer based in the North West. He writes about his main passions – football, social justice and inequality – and offers thoughts on all things political. As a a British Muslim he has first-hand experience of the rise and impact of Islamophobia.
Hailing from London – Via Freetown – Siana Bangura is a History graduate of the University of Cambridge, a writer, blogger, journalist, and Black British Feminist. She is the founder and editor of No Fly on the WALL, a platform to discuss, celebrate, and engage with Intersectional Feminism, with a special focus on the voices of Black British women’s experiences. Follow her on Twitter @sianaarrgh
For more, visit: www.noflyonthewall.com and online at: www.dontgotheresiana.com
Shannon Barber is an author from Seattle, Washington where she lives with her partner and a small collection of oddities. She is an avid writer, reader and blogger. Her most recent work has been seen in The Camel Saloon, an interview in Luna Luna Magazine and non fiction in Literary Orphans. To see more of her work please visit her at Shannon-Writes or tweet her: @Weebeasty
Grace Barber-Plentie is a writer and one third of Reel Good Film Club, a film club focused on highlighting the contributions of people of colour through inclusive and non-profit screenings and events. Her passions when it comes to both writing and programming include depictions of women of colour, issues of “high” and “low” culture, and the importance of music videos as a pop culture medium. Tweets as @gracesimone
Rabia Barkatulla is a freelance writer and an Arabic Language Specialist Data Executive at Cengage Gale Digital Referencing. Originally a Londoner of Indian descent, she studied and lived in Syria and Egypt and returned to the UK to read Arabic Literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She lives in Farnborough with her husband and tweets as @RabiaIndian
Aaron Bastani is the co-founder of Novara Media and Silke Digital. He has published with, among others, the Guardian, Vice and the LRB. He is currently completing a Ph.D at the New Political Communications Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London. @aaronbastani
Efua Bea is a writer, artist and events curator whose work navigates explorations of race, liminality, diaspora and feminism. With a bachelors in performance art and a resume of feminist event curation, Efua is a queer woman of colour focusing on the decolonisation of critical creative spaces and LGBTQI discourses. She has worked in La Paz, Accra, New York and across the United Kingdom.
Gemma Bedeau is the writer and co-creator of the Glyph Award nominated comic series Afroella, a blaxploitation sci-fi comedy. She is the co-founder of Kromatron, a company specialising in costume and set design and illustration for television, commercials and online digital content. Gemma also scripts short films and is currently working on scripting an animated series for children. @GemmaBedeau
Yasmin Begum is a 20-something graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She enjoys reading and writing.
Anike Bello currently works as a policy advisor specializing in migration in EU politics. Born and raised in London, she enjoys travelling and has lived in Spain and Belgium. Her interests are in human rights, African history, writing as well as trying to become more of a polyglot. You can reach out to her on Twitter at @AnikeBello_ or follow her blog at aniketalks.tumblr.com.
Jendella Benson is a photographer, writer and filmmaker based in London. She writes about issues of faith, race, identity, feminism and the arts for various publications online and offline, and is also an occasional public speaker and workshop facilitator. She tweets regularly from @JENDELLA and more of her work can be found at www.jendella.co.uk.
Jay Bernard is a Londoner; is currently part of the Complete Works II and was joint winner of the Cafe Writers Prize 2014. He was also Cityread Young Writer in Residence at the London Metropolitan Archives 2013.
Jesse Bernard is a freelance community manager and writer based in London. He writes about a variety of social issues, including feminism, race, mental health and education. He is the editor of Marvin’s Corridor and is currently writing his first novel, which touches on depression, domestic abuse and self-expression. Jesse has carried out an empirical study assessing the effects of hypermasculinity on men. Find him on Twitter: @MarvinsCorridor
Khaled A. Beydoun is a professor at the UCLA School of Law. Critical Race Theory and Criminal Law are his primary areas of expertise. He has published at top law reviews, including the Harvard Journal of Policy and the Howard Law Journal, and frequently writes for Al-Jazeera English. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and tweets at @KhaledBeydoun.
Kavita Bhanot grew up in London, lived for many years in Birmingham, then moved to India, where she directed a literary festival, worked as an editor for India’s first literary agency and set-up and ran a guest house in Himachal Pradesh. Kavita is enrolled on a PhD at Manchester University, and has Masters in Creative Writing and in Colonial and Post-colonial Literature from Warwick University. Her short stories and non-fiction have been published widely in anthologies, magazines and journals, two of her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and she is the editor of the short story collection Too Asian, Not Asian Enough (Tindal Street Press, 2011). She is a reader with The Literary Consultancy.
Sudip Bhattacharya is a PhD student in Political Science at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he focuses on race and identity in American politics. He is also a staff writer for AsAm news, which concentrates on Asian Americans in the U.S.
Before, he worked as a full-time journalist, writing articles for CNN Politics, the Washington City Paper, Lancaster Newspapers, The Daily Gazette (Schenectady), the Jersey Journal, and The Aerogram (a website dedicated to South Asian American issues). You can reach him @ResistRun on Twitter.
Leona Nichole Black is a feminist writer and cultural critic based in London. She is an MA graduate in Race and Resistance, School of History, University of Leeds. Her special interests are comparative Black studies; namely diaspora and Black internationalism. As an honours student in English and American literature she filters her love of the arts and popular culture through a lens of close analysis, bringing critical theory to new audiences and raising Black consciousness. You can read her articles and listen to her podcasts here – NicholeBlack.com. She can be found at @iAmNicholeBlack
Jasmine Boadi is a 22-year-old English Language and Literature graduate and recent Law postgraduate. Born and raised in central London with West African origin, she began writing by contributing to company websites during summer internships and publishing material for her own online blog which focused on questions of social and cultural identity, literature and current affairs. As a writer, her main areas of interest include postcolonial discourse, the educative system in Great Britain and feminism/gender equality. Recent essays can be found at 60 Days of Thought. Find her on Twitter: @whatjazzthought.
Jeffrey Boakye (@unseenflirt) is Head of English at a London-based secondary school. He runs a blog focussing on teaching, pedagogy and ‘Hiphop Education’, intersecting critical analysis and popular culture.
Eva-Grace Bor is an Anthropology student and BME students officer at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has written for ZERO Magazine, Smiths and The Leopard, on decolonisation, art and activism, music as a tool of political resistance and student politics. Twitter: @evagracebor
Khaleb Brooks is a digital storyteller seeking the revival of indigenous creative methods and innovation. Nothing is impossible. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, he was inspired by a multitude of art-forms, the reality of injustice and the diasporic happenings of youth culture and making home. Since traveling to Cambodia in 2007 and working with street youth, he has dedicated his life to social justice work. He has worked with Ayamara and Coetchwa peoples in Bolivia, Nicaraguan refugees in Costa Rica, victims of sex-trafficking and the caste system in India, and conducted research in Panama, Chile and Cuba. After recently completing an MSc in Violence Conflict and Development at SOAS University of London, he has hit the road to pursue free-lance writing, sculpting and acting. Website: artisrevolution.org Instagram: @khalebsalah_ Twitter: @FirstAmmendment
Dr. Lawrence Brown is currently an assistant professor of public health at Morgan State University. His research explores the intersection between the social determinants of health and global health outcomes, particularly with respect to historical trauma, European colonization, and American Apartheid (which is segregation plus serial forced displacement). He is also engaged in Baltimore communities as an activist for equitable redevelopment and is a frequent guest host on the Marc Steiner Show (88.9 FM). You can reach him on Twitter @bmoredoc
Veronica Brown-Comegys is a former freelance writer for United Press International in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ms. Brown-Comegys earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, and for five years enrolled in anthropology graduate study. Currently, Ms. Brown-Comegys is updating a manuscript about Brazil. Twitter: @Brown9501Brown
Maira Butt is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science where she completed her LLB in Law. She is currently completing her MEd in Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester. She is an aspiring writer and writes at her blog: thegatesofparadise.wordpress.com. Find her on Twitter @mairaibutt.
Arnab Chanda is a Comedy Writer, Actor, Producer, and Director. He was born in England, and grew up in Saudi Arabia and the U.S., before moving to London in 2004. He has written and worked for the BBC, MTV, ITV, Channel 4, and Mother London, amongst others, and has been part of BAFTA-winning and nominated films and TV shows such as Black Pond, Hunderby, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Find him on Twitter @arnabacus
Sukant Chandan is one of the coordinators of the Malcolm X Movement. He has been involved in global solidarity with struggles of the people of Global South against neo-colonialism for nearly twenty years including work around struggles in Palestine, Colombia, Korea, Turkey, Zimbabwe and Libya. He was one of the co-founders of the radical youth coup the Che-Leila Youth Brigades in the early 2000s, which was launched from occupied Ramallah, Palestine at the height of the Second Intifada in 2002. He has also been involved in grassroots work in initiatives such as the Culture Move and other projects around issues of police brutality and racist and religious hate crimes. He appears regularly on Russia Today and Press TV in advocating for the rights and resistance of peoples against neo-colonialism.
Phelan Chatterjee is a student of politics and sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is active in the Students’ Union BME Campaign and Decolonise Cambridge, a group seeking to address institutional racism and shine a light on colonial legacies at the university. He is also the founder of FUSE, a Cambridge network for queer students of colour. Find him on Twitter @LiftsGoingDown and check out his writing here.
Screenwriter, playwright and prose writer: Sharmila Chauhan’s work is often a transgressive meditation on love, sex and the diasporic experience.
Sharmila has had two short films produced: Oysters (2016) and Girl Like You (2015). She was also part of the Film London-Cinestan Microschool (2016) where she developed her feature Heart of the City.
Her plays include: The Husbands (2014), Born Again/Purnajanam (Jan 2012) and 10 Women (with Bethan Dear, 2014). Shortlisted for the Asian New Writer award (2009 and 2012), Sharmila’s short stories have been published. She is currently working on her novel Seven Mirror. She lives in London with her husband, children and cat Tashi. www.sharmilathewriter.com
Sunil Chauhan is a freelance writer, specialising in music, who has been published in titles including Echoes, DJ Mag, Music Week and Hip-Hop Connection. When not listening to music or annoying people around him with air/table-drumming, he is happiest in a darkened cinema, marvelling at birds in Regents or St. James Park, or cycling. He writes short stories and is writing his first play.
Garikai Chengu endeavours to utilize his intellectual and financial capacity to develop Zimbabwe. He has conducted Zimbabwe focused research for Columbia University’s Institute for African Studies, Stanford University’s Centre for African Studies and Harvard University’s W.E.B Du Bois institute for African and African American Studies and is a Harvard Postgraduate.He has worked for Goldman Sachs and is the Founder and Chairman of Chengu Gold Mining Pvt. Ltd., one of Zimbabwe’s fastest growing indigenous private gold companies. More importantly he is directly involved in several projects designed to directly benefit the people of Zimbabwe.
Glen Chisholm is a UK-based town Councilor of mixed Jamaican and English descent. He is deputy portfolio holder for communities on his local council also sitting on the Police and Crime Panel and also as Equality and Diversity advisor for a local charity. Glen has previously blogged for a mental health charity to raise awareness of the stigma around mental health. Twitter: @glenchisholm
Tanzil Chowdhury is an associate lecturer and PhD student in the School of Law, University of Manchester . His current research interests include Critical Legal Theory and Race and Third World Approaches to International Law. He has published work on current affairs, including Israel-Palestine and the ICC, and commits much of his time to various community groups (primarily the Northern Police Monitoring Project, of which he is a co-founder – npmp.org.uk).
Anh Chu is a former TV editor/producer, journalist, food critic and communications specialist, turned actress and playwright. Her plays Something There That’s Missing, Bonk! (co-writer) are both playing at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has written sustainability and lifestyle pieces for Canada’s The Globe & Mail, Avenue magazine, Metro, and more. Tweet her: @AnhChuWriter
Wendy-Ann Clarke is a sports writer and multimedia journalist based out of Toronto, Canada. As a former track athlete, she specialises in athletics coverage and is one of only a handful of women of colour in her industry. She is currently in Rio, Brazil covering the Paralympic Games. Twitter: @WendyAnnRuns
Dr Ornette D Clennon is a Visiting Enterprise Fellow in the department of Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also a composer and singer and has worked with a variety of bands, orchestras, artists and ensembles, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Halle, The Smith Quartet and Soul II Soul. His work explores the intersection between Arts, Culture and Social Agency. Ornette also works with communities, as a NCCPE (National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement) Public Engagement Ambassador and is interested in researching the applied outcomes of his cultural theory research in the communities with which he works as a music practitioner and composer. Find him on Twitter: @revkollektiv
Emma Dabiri is an Irish Nigerian writer and commenter. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Sociology. Her doctoral research explores the multiple ways being ‘mixed-race’ has come to be gendered. Her major passions include African and African Diasporan performative and literary cultures, critical race studies, feminism and folklore. She is regularly invited to contribute to discussions on diverse issues ranging from performance, to race and feminism at various settings including the Africa Writes festival, Film Africa, UK Feminista, WOW Southbank Festival and BBC Radio 4. She blogs as The Diaspora Diva. Follow her on Twitter @TheDiasporaDiva
Take Back The City community activist and co-founder of Our Fathers and Us, a research project on Black British fatherhood, Zahra Dalilah‘s truest loves include hip hop, Lewisham and theories of revolution. Also a trilingual travel addict, you can usually catch her skipping borders across continents whilst trying to understand the true meaning of diaspora. Twitter: @ZahraDalilah1
Cameron De Chi is a blogger and writer, focussing on politics, society, and current affairs. He likes ranting, meta humour, and writing about himself in the third person. Find him on Twitter @camerondechi
Rachel Décoste is a motivational speaker and software engineer in Ottawa, Canada. Ms. Décoste has been a community activist since her youth, working with organizations such as Children’s Aid Society, the Famous 5 Foundation, and the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund, to name a few. Her commitment has not been limited to local activities: she has traveled abroad to provide aid in South and Central Americas. In 2008, Ms. Décoste worked on then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign and again in 2012. Ms. Décoste was named in Ottawa’s Top 50 Personalities by Ottawa Life magazine. Web: racheldecoste.ca Twitter: @RachelDecoste
Zaneta Denny is a London-born writer and poet from of Caribbean-Guyanese origin, she studied European Studies with French at King’s College London. Her blog Creolita Culture explores hidden narratives from the African and Indian Diaspora. Through her work she hopes to halt the negative patrimony of colonialism and open the eyes of those in the West to injustice. In her spare time she consumes spoken word, bubble tea and foreign film. She works for a global publishing house. Follow her on Twitter: @zanetadenny
Sukhwant Dhaliwal moved over to academia after ten years of working on violence against women and girls, including for Southall Black Sisters. She joined Women Against Fundamentalism in 1995. Her experience in the voluntary sector complements an academic/research career that has covered projects on five out of six of the equality strands – ‘race’, gender, disability, age, religion and belief. She recently completed a PhD from Goldsmiths Sociology all about religion and local politics. With Nira Yuval Davis, she is co-editor of the forthcoming Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity to be published by Lawrence and Wishart this June 2014. Twitter @UnRepresentativ
Bidushi Dhungel is a Nepali feminist who grew up between Kathmandu, London and NYC. She has a degree in Politics from SOAS, London and has worked as a Kathmandu-based journalist and editor covering issues related to foreign aid, neo-colonialism and imperialism, politics, gender, identity, nationalism and human rights in South Asia. Currently based in London, she is leading a research on the link between gender-based violence and mental health in rural Nepal. She is also working for Zubaan Books, the largest feminist publishing house in the global South on their Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia project. @bidush
Mustafa Dikeç is professor at the Institut Français d’Urbanisme in Paris, and member of the Society & Space editorial board. He is the author of Badlands of the Republic: Space, Politics and Urban Policy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), and Space, Politics and Aesthetics (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). His new book on urban revolts in liberal democracies, Urban Rage, will be published by Yale University Press in 2017.
Haris A. Durrani is an M.Phil. candidate in History and Philosophy of Science at University of Cambridge. He holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University, where he co-founded The Muslim Protagonist Symposium. He writes fiction, memoir, and academic essays. His debut, Technologies of the Self, received the Driftless Novella Prize and is forthcoming from Brain Mill Press. Haris can be found on Twitter here: @hdernity
Imogen Sian Edwards grew up in South London and is of Mixed African/Welsh/English hodgepodge ancestry. She is a third year History student at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She focuses on Middle Eastern history and her thesis exams African Eunuchs in the Ottoman Court in the Late 19th Century. Imogen has produced and presented an online radio programme on travel and is Secretary General of the university newspaper The SOAS Spirit.
Cristine Edusi is an aspiring solicitor and a freelance writer. She is currently trying to change the world a mind at a time through her blog thepromisciouspen and PenTalk, a series of discussion events that will unpack sociological and economic issues within society. She has a passion for displacing stereotypes, gender relations, emerging markets and personal development. When she is not working on her master plan to become the British equivalent to Ally McBeal, you will find her writing. She is a graduate of Politics and History and wrote a thesis on the Arab Spring with a particular focus on Yemen. She also recently completed a graduate diploma in law. Find her on Twitter: @iamcroe
Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994 to earn her PhD at NYU. Her writing has been published in several anthologies, and her plays have been staged in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. Her essays have appeared in Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, and The Huffington Post. She is the award-winning author of four books for young readers: Bird, A Wish After Midnight, Ship of Souls, and The Deep. Zetta Elliott is Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethnic Studies at Borough of Manhattan Community College and currently lives in Brooklyn. zettaelliott.com Twitter @zettaelliott
Rooney Elmi is the founding editor of SVLLY(wood) magazine, a new publication geared toward curating a new cinephilia, with the first issue slated for an October release on the theme of horror for the fourth wave feminist. You can follow her on Twitter @commiecoppola.
Ashley Evangelista is a 23-year-old aspiring writer from Baltimore, Maryland. She recently spent a year teaching English in Ningbo, China where she found a great deal of time to read, write, and play the ukulele. She has a passion for multicultural education and contemporary art, and hopes to one day utilize both to make a positive impact in her community. Find her on Twitter @KaboomxPow
Ugochukwu Eze is a graduate student in the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford. His research interests focus on the normative content of State obligations to protect against violent extremism. Deeply interested in leadership, youth participation, and democratisation processes in Africa, he co-founded the Young African Research Arena (YARA) in 2012, was a youth facilitator at the 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa, and is currently the Deputy-Chair of Oxford Pro Bono Publico an organisation which promotes public interest law. Ugochukwu is a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholar. He tweets at @theugoe
Farah Al Farhan is a Research Intern at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. She received her BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. She is interested in identity, group politics and post-conflict nation-building. Find her on Twitter @joythejoyful
Taimour Fazlani is an activist with with a keen interest in subject matters, ranging from metaphysics to economic systems. Born and raised in Karachi he has since lived in Glasgow and London. A book addict with a passion for documenting injustices encompassing the whole globe. When not at a protest, demonstration or social events, he can be found training in Muay Thai. Twitter: @beardedtalker
Bushra Ferjani is an MA student in Postcolonial Studies at SOAS University. Her research interests include decolonial theorising and ethics, political and social philosophy, liberation theologies and the sociolinguistics of politics. Twitter: @13thcatsmeow
R. Benedito Ferrão is a Mellon Faculty Fellow in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the College of William and Mary, Virginia. A former resident of the United Kingdom, he completed his Ph.D. at Birkbeck College, and went on to be an Endeavour Fellow at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a writer of fiction, op-eds, and literary criticism. In 2014, he was awarded the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s Analysis Prize. Find his writing at thenightchild.blogspot.com or on Facebook at The Nightchild Nexus.
Christina Fonthes is a Manchester-based translator and Afrofeminist blogger. Born in Kinshasa, Congo and raised in London, she is an advocate for LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer) rights. She is a founding member of Rainbow Noir, a safe space created for and by Queer People of Colour in Manchester. Christina is a regular contributor at Black Feminists Manchester She can be found on Twitter at @CongoMuse and Musings of a Congolese Lesbian blog
Ellie Freeman is a freelance writer with a background in community media, but is currently teaching English in South Korea. She is a Korean Australian adoptee and writes about racial identity, family, adoption and Asian culture. Ellie blogs at https://roknrollradio.wordpress.com/ about her Korean birth family and travels in Korea. Find her tweets at @irrellievant
Lisa Fritsch is an author and speaker on social and political strategies that advocate for the underrepresented. For the last fifteen years, she has canvassed these very issues as a writer, talk radio show host, and political commentator on television and radio. The mission of her work and messages is to inspire others to create a world where all have the power and promise to rise up and step into the fullness of their humanity. Visit her website: http://www.lisafritsch.com/ Her latest ebook, The Freedom to Be the Angry Black Woman, is available here.
Sidney Fussell is a 24 year old writer, critic and editor from the American south. He writes on the politics of inclusiveness, including discussions of race, feminism, mental health, violence and sexuality into his investigations of videogames, social media, film and television. He enjoys public speaking, be it in front of a classroom or an audience at a comedy club, and has a talent for connecting the political and the personal. Tweet him: @sangfroid_san. His personal site and nom de plume is Sangfroid Fussell
Amna G Riaz writes poetry on the themes of identity politics which covers racism, (neo)orientalism (neo)-colonialism and neoliberalism. She also make videos of some (as spoken poetry) on YouTube channel . Apart from poetry, she writes about neoliberal theory and practice, capitalism and the politics of development, Islamophobia and intersectional feminism at her blog. Tweet her @AmnaGRiaz
Bobby Gardiner is an aspiring writer and student at Durham University. Very much still learning his trade, he publishes original writing, political commentary and more general pieces on his personal blog (www.bobbygardiner.me). Find him on Twitter: @BobbyGardiner.
Hareem Ghani is a third year History undergraduate at King’s College London. She is an occasional writer, with a specific focus on Muslim women in mainstream feminist discourse. She founded the Women of Colour Network, and was recently elected NUS Women’s Officer – the first Muslim woman to hold the position.
Alia Al Ghussain is a British-Palestinian born and raised in Dubai. She holds an MA in Human Rights from the University of Sussex and has been published in The News Hub, and The Electronic Intifada. Alia can be found on Twitter @little_a91
Dr Aisha K. Gill is a Reader in Criminology at the University of Roehampton. She has been involved in addressing the problem of violence against women and girls at the grassroots level for the past 15 years. She has extensive experience of providing expert advice to the government, Ministry of Justice, Scotland Yard, Crown Prosecution Service and the voluntary sector on legal policy issues related to so-called ‘honour’ killings and forced marriage. Her current research interests include rights, law and forced marriage; gendered crimes related to patriarchy; ‘honour’ killings and ‘honour’-based violence in the South Asian/Kurdish diaspora and femicide in Iraqi Kurdistan and India; missing women; acid violence; post-separation violence and child contact; and sexual violence and exploitation. She is often in the news as a commentator on forced marriage, violence against women and so-called ‘honour’ killings. She writes for mainstream popular as well as academic audiences. @DrAishaKGill
Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost spoken word artists and poets. A regular performer at literary festivals in a career that is now entering its third decade, Salena tops the bill at literary events both nationally and internationally. She’s appeared as a guest and writer for many BBC Radio programmes including The Verb, Saturday Live, Loose Ends and Fact To Fiction and she has written and presented several arts documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. Burning Eye Books published her first full collection, Fishing In The Aftermath: Poems 1994 – 2014, marking twenty years of poetry and performance, with the majority of the work included previously unpublished in book form. Her literary childhood memoir Springfield Road was successfully crowd funded and published with Unbound Books in 2014. Widely recognised as a trailblazer for fellow performers, Salena has also dedicated herself to mentoring newcomers to the scene. Her voice is distinctive and unique, her performances are electrifying, hilarious, intensely powerful and full of warmth.
Joy Goh-Mah is based in London and writes about feminism at Crates and Ribbons. She has a background in management and human resources and is passionate about equality and diversity. Joy is a triple threat: ‘WOC, a threat to patriarchy & all forms of oppression’. She is on the board of trustees for NIA (Ending violence against women and children). Read her first Telegraph article Why are black female victims seemingly invisible? Find her on Twitter @CratesNRibbons
Yasmin Gunaratnam is a writer and academic, interested in illness, death, migration, the body and feminism. She teaches in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths College on research methods, culture, representation and difference and feminist theory. Yasmin is the curator of Media Diversified’s academic space. Her latest book Death & the Migrant (Bloomsbury Academic) is about transnational dying and care in British cities. Buy books She’s on Twitter @YasminGun
Otamere Guobadia is a law finalist at University College, Oxford. Activist, former editor of Oxford based queer and trans publication, No HeterOx and President of the Oxford University LGBTQ society. He hopes to one day speak French, Have roses and apologise to no one.’ @otamere (and queer photography blog intheimageandlikeness
Joseph Guthrie is a UK-based IT professional, musician, and writer. Originally from south London, most of his education was set in central Florida (United States). He’s now back in the UK. When he’s not working for a major public internet service provider, he’s the frontman for the band Colourblynd. He also contributes to music blog Sampleface. Away from music, he is an avid writer. Primarily contributing to his own blog, he writes opinion pieces typically about gaming, sports, and politics. @theauracl3
Leena Habiballa is a global soul of Sudanese origin and Co-Editor at Qahwa Project. She graduated with a BSc in (neo-liberal) Genetics from University College London in 2014 and has since been doing social work in Khartoum. Her talents include 7.9 Richter-scale-measuring sneezes, half-reading 10 books simultaneously and playing the drums. Follow her on Tumblr: All Sudan Everything
Lamisse Hamouda is a youth worker and graduate of the University of Sydney. She currently resides in Brisbane, Australia and is a Global Voices Scholar. As part of her scholarship, Lamisse produced a research paper on intersectionality as a pedagogical tool in sexuality education and will be attending the 60th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York in March.
Claire L. Heuchan is a Black radical feminist from Scotland. She graduated in Politics and Journalism from the University of Stirling, where she is presently working towards an MLitt in Gender Studies. Both professionally and personally, Claire is committed to mapping the intersection between race and sex. Claire is a volunteer with Glasgow Women’s Library and blogs as Sister Outrider. Tweet her @ClaireShrugged
Tanuja Desai Hidier is an award-winning author, singer-songwriter, and innovator of the “booktrack”. Her groundbreaking 2002 first novel, Born Confused, was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and was recently hailed by both Rolling Stone Magazine and Entertainment Weekly as one of the greatest YA novels of all time (on lists including classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, and Little Women). Her adult/crossover sequel Bombay Blues received the 2015 South Asia Book Award. The music video for “Heptanesia”, from BOMBAY SPLEEN, Tanuja’s album based on Bombay Blues) is airing on MTV Indies. Her first album, When We Were Twins (based on Born Confused), was featured in Wired for being the first ever “booktrack”. www.ThisIsTanuja.com
Paul Courtenay Hyu is an actor, director and writer with over 25 years’ experience. Born in London in the 60s to a Chinese-Guyanese father and white English mother, he has appeared in numerous theatrical productions in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and the US, as well as many film, TV and radio productions.
As Chinese Elvis, a cabaret character, has performed around the world and is the only Elvis act to appear at a major UK music festival – 2012 Latitude Festival. Chinese Elvis has appeared on CNN, Sky News, BBC World News, BBC Breakfast News, GMTV and countless radio shows as an Elvis expert, and was the front man for AOL’s broadband commercial campaign for two years.
Joshua Idehen is a poet, teacher and musician. A British born Nigerian, Joshua was the founder of one of the most successful poetry events in London, Poejazzi. His poetry has been published alongside Linton Kwesi Johnson and Anthony Joseph and he has performed at festivals and respected venues across the UK and Europe. He is a member of electro/R&B band: Hugh, who’ve recently been championed by Huw Stephens, Diplo and Aluna George. He recently collaborated with The Comet Is Coming on their debut album Channel The Spirits which was nominated for a Mercury Award.
Angela Inniss recently graduated with an MA in Translation and Interpreting studies from the University of Manchester and also holds a BA in Languages with Tourism. Born in Manchester Angela is of Bajan/ Nevisian descent and is now based in London where she works as a translator and content writer for a sports company. Aside from her day job Angela also volunteers for the charity C.A.N Community Arts North West (a Manchester-based arts development organisation working with urban communities across Greater Manchester) and also contributes to the Lisapo blog which aims to raise awareness, highlight issue and inform people about daily life in the DR Congo. Find her on Twitter @Angieyaya
Amna Iqbal works as a Visual Journalist at The Express Tribune in Karachi, Pakistan. As she tried to do away with labels of class, sects, religion and gender, she has landed in an undefined space where she is making her way around falling off severe hand-me-down templates of dos and don’ts. Her work today encompasses her creative practice as a designer, writer, a journalist and a woman in a state of constant discomfort. Website: Off The Grid @amna_iqb
Somayra Ismailjee is an Australian-born, South Asian Muslim writer living in Perth. She hopes to pursue an intersection of creative and academic work with an interest in issues of racism, misogyny, classism, queerphobia, Islamophobia and the arts. Her work has appeared in independent left-wing news site New Matilda, Australian human rights blog Right Now, arts and culture magazine Pilerats, among others. Find her on Twitter @somayra_
Colin Joseph is an experienced journalist and communications professional based in London. He has worked as a print journalist for national, regional and local newspapers and has worked as a senior broadcast journalist at the BBC where he specialised in Community Affairs focusing on BAME communities. Also skilled in public relations, he has worked for many charitable and public sector organisations focusing primarily on media PR campaigns. @ColinJoseph5
Natasha Kalantar is an 18-year-old Iranian writer. Passionate about feminism, addressing inequality, mental illness, music, superheroes and shouting her opinion from every rooftop. She wants to be everything from a UN speaker for the unheard voices of gender violence in the Congo to the Minister of UK education. Aims to save the world because what’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable? She blogs at Write Me Into History Books You can find her on Twitter @NatashaKalantar.
Wei Ming Kam is a bookseller and blogger who writes about diverse books, travel and food at www.raremediumwelldone.co.uk. She’s breaking her way into the publishing world one step at a time, and is currently working at Curtis Brown Creative. Tweets about books, publishing and politics at @weimingkam
Kelly Kanayama is the Arts and Culture Editor at Media Diversified. Originally from Hawaii, she now lives in Scotland and carries out PhD research into contemporary transatlantic comics at the University of Dundee. She has written on comics and related media for SciFiNow, NPR: Code Switch, Bitch, Paste, and xoJane. Her poetry on comics and pop culture has been published in the award-winning Lighthouse Literary Journal, Room Magazine, and Ink Sweat & Tears. Other writing can be found on the intersectional feminist geek culture site Women Write About Comics and on Mindless Ones.
Her favourite comics include Judge Dredd, Preacher, (almost) anything by Grant Morrison, and Garth Ennis’ Punisher MAX. Find her on Twitter at @KellyKanayama.
Kiri Kankhwende is a Malawian journalist and blogger specialising in immigration and politics. She has a background in French and Chinese language studies and holds an MSc in International Political Communications, Politics and Human Rights Advocacy. An accomplished public speaker, she has also written for the Guardian and the Independent, and been a contributor on BBC TV and radio, Al-Jazeera and Fox News, both as a member of the Media Diversified network and in her role directing media advocacy for CSW, a human rights charity specialising in freedom of religion and belief. Twitter: @madomasi
Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab is the author of Contemporary Arab Thought: Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective (New York: Columbia University Press 2010.). Her forthcoming publication Critique, Enlightenment and Revolution: Arab Intellectuals and Uprisings will be published by Columbia University Press, in 2016.
Rudy Katoch is a twenty-four-year-old writer. He delivered talks from 2010-12 on style and cognition at the Sorbonne, Zurich, Rome, and UCD, the application of which can be seen on @KAT0CH. Essays and criticism can be found at RudyKatoch.
Gurmeet Kaur is an educator, researcher and writer. She was a Secondary English Teacher through the Teach First programme in London. She will be travelling around the globe to research and develop strategies for a more globally minded UK education. She is an avid traveller and her political interests have spanned her work in voting rights, workers rights, poetry and travel writing. You can connect with her on Twitter at @gurmeetkaur01 or follow her blog here
Sarah Keenan is a London-based writer, teacher and activist. Her work focuses on understanding and subverting structural racism, particularly as it is produced by law. She is a lecturer at Birkbeck Law School and has previously written for The Guardian, The Conversation and Critical Legal Thinking. Twitter: @sarahjkeenan
Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert, activist and black feminist. Sociology lecturer and researcher in the politics of food, gender, social change and race. Deep appreciation for radical earrings.
Follow her on Twitter: @WanjiKelbert
Ibram X. Kendi is an assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida and author of the new book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. He also authored the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement. Kendi has received research fellowships and visiting appointments from a variety of institutions and associations, including the American Historical Association, Library of Congress, National Academy of Education, Spencer Foundation, Brown University, and Princeton University. A frequent public speaker and writer of commentaries, Kendi lives in Gainesville, Florida.
Amr Khalifa is an Egyptian analyst who writes regularly for Al Araby Al Jadid, Daily News Egypt and more recently for Ahram Online, Mada Masr, Muftah and Tahrir Institute. You can follow him on Twitter here: @
Arooj Khan is a British Pakistani Muslim based in Romford. She is currently employed as the Mentoring and Befriending Project Coordinator for a campaigning charity called Housing Justice. She has also worked in many front-line services within the homeless sector including the YMCA, the 999 Club and Single Homeless Project.
In her spare time Arooj also works as a researcher for the Centre for Urban and Community Research based in Goldsmiths College. Her research interests lies within the social construction of British migrant identities, and re-reforming social welfare policies. She can be found cross-country running, blogging, or at sociology related conferences. aroojkhanwrites.blogspot.co.uk Twitter: @arooj88
Coco Khan is a London based journalist writing on the arts and politics with a pop culture skew. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of arts and lifestyle magazine, Kensington and Chelsea Review, Culture Editor at Complex UK and is a blogger for Independent, Huffington Post, New Internationalist and more. @cocobyname
Naima Khan is a London-based freelance writer, radio producer and presenter. She currently writes theatre reviews for The Arts Desk and hosts a weekly panel discussion show called Shamaj Views. She was the Theatre and Film Editor at Spoonfed Media from 2010 to 2014. Her journalism explores the arts, feminisms and inclusive religion. naimakhan.com
Nashwa Khan is currently living and learning in the Greater Toronto Area. She is an avid storyteller and lover of narrative medicine and public health education. Feel free to tweet her at @nashwakay or find her at nashwakhan.wordpress.com or thefeministburrito.wordpress.com.
A graduate of English, Shohana Khan writes about issues affecting women in contemporary society and specialises in explaining Islamic values in a modern society, seen in a blog with the Huffington Post. She has written about issues affecting the Muslim community in the UK, such as the criticisms on gender segregation and niqab including producing an open letter for MP Sarah Wollaston following her discussion on the niqab (veil). She has spoken at many events, as well as debated feminism at a London University. She is married with children. Tweet her @ShohanaK
Usaamah Khan is a Pakistani national based in Islamabad. Currently he’s completing his degree in the field of accountancy. He’s a political enthusiast and hopes to give back to his community once he’s finally done with his coursework. Find him on Twitter @Usamaa_K
Purple Rain was the first cassette Rosamond S. King, Ph.D., purchased. She is a critical and creative writer whose collection Rock|Salt|Stone is forthcoming from Nightboat Books, and whose poems have appeared in almost thirty anthologies and journals. King has memorized lyrics to dozens of Prince songs. She has also performed around the world, most recently at the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dixon Place, Movement Research @ Judson Church, and the Encuentro Festival. Her scholarly book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination received the 2015 Caribbean Studies Association best book award. www.rosamondking.com
Guilaine Kinouani is a French woman of African descent, an amateur writer, an independent trainer and a race, culture & equality consultant currently working toward a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and accreditation as an integrative psychotherapist. Before this, she completed a degree in Cultural Studies and studied Counseling Psychology after obtaining a Masters in Transcultural Mental Health. She blogs at racereflections on the interface of psychology, mental health, social justice, inequalities and difference. Tweet her @KGuilaine
Dena Kirpalani is a practicing lawyer in the City of London. She is of Indian heritage and currently based in South London, having grown up in Hong Kong and previously lived in Beijing. She is passionate about theatre and the arts as a medium for modern political and social discourse. She also blogs at Making Herstory, a grass roots organization aimed at tackling abuse, enslavement and trafficking of women and girls worldwide and empowering local networks.
Aude Konan is a London-based French-Ivorian who writes on gender, race, sociology and culture. Her work has been published in Live Mag UK, Afriscope and Amina, among others. She has been writing short stories, poems and novels for more than a decade, and has signed a book deal with French publisher Dagan to publish her second novel later this year. Find more about her here: http://audekonan.com
Sabo Kpade’s stories have been published in Verdad, Glasschord, The Writer’s Room, Sable and Gertrude Press. His play Have Mercy On Liverpool Street was staged by Talawa Theatre Company. He is currently at work on his first novel Anyone’s Ghost. His story Chibok has been short listed for the London Short Prize 2015. You can find him on Twitter at @Sabo_Kpade
BK Kumbi was born in the Congo, when it still called itself Zaïre. Her first President was Mobutu, the same guy who organised that famous match opposing George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. She left Zaïre at the age of 5 and landed in Romania. Later she found herself in Switzerland, where she now lives. She studied history, English literature and political science in Geneva, and now works as a teacher, which she would not trade for anything in the world.
Yahia Lababidi is an Egyptian-American writer, editor, and creative thinker, whose been featured on NPR, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and CNN. The author of 5 well-received books, as well as widely-published articles on arts, culture and philosophy, he’s had 10 years working experience with the United Nations in an editorial and communications capacity. Lababidi has also been a Commissioning Editor at Search for Common Ground, Publicist at the Heritage-O’Neill Theatre Company, and Editor/Writer at Deli Business Magazine. Chosen as a Juror for the 2012 Neustadt Prize (a biannual award widely considered the most prestigious international prize after the Nobel Prize in Literature), he has also participated in international literary festivals in the USA, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, with his work translated into nearly a dozen languages. The Artist as Mystic Buy books Find him on Twitter @YahiaLababidi
Sonya Lalli is a Canadian writer, journalist and lawyer of Indian heritage. Her debut novel The Arrangement will be published by Orion Fiction in summer 2017. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves travel, yoga, piano, reading and cocktail bartending. Tweet her @saskinthecity or find out more here.
Ali M Latifi is a Kabul-born, California-raised journalist. He has traveled to 10 Afghan provinces and reported on migrants in Greece and Turkey. He has also appeared on radio and TV in Washington, Doha, London and Cape Town. Find him on Twitter @alibomaye
Mara Lee is an award-winning Swedish novelist, poet and scholar, and a former student of Trinh T. Minh-ha (UC Berkeley). Lee’s work, including her most recent novel Future perfect and her Ph. D dissertation in artistic research The writing of Others: Writing conceived as resistance, responsibility and time, revolves around issues of power, otherness, femininity and desire. Throughout her writing, Lee approaches the mechanisms of othering, and of writing/living as Other. Another main focus is temporality, and how an investigation of the temporality of the writing of Others might disclose alternative methods of resistance – counter inscriptions.
Zun Lee is a physician and visual storyteller in Toronto, Canada and member of Aletheia Photos. He was born and raised in Germany and has also lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago. Zun focuses his photographic work primarily on social and human rights issues in communities that are often overlooked. His aesthetic aims to uncover unseen aspects of identity and connection.
In his current long-form documentary project, Father Figure, Zun challenges prevailing visual stereotypes of father absence in African-descended communities. His work has been published in Burn Magazine, New York Times’ Lens Blog, Revista Photo Magazine and other publications. Zun tweets @zunleephoto. His website is at zunlee.com
Winnie M Li is an award-winning writer, activist, and filmmaker. Her debut novel, DARK CHAPTER, will be published worldwide in 2017. She is Co-Founder of the Clear Lines Festival, the UK’s first-ever festival addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. A Harvard graduate, Winnie has written on the topic across a variety of formats. Through her PhD research at the London School of Economics, she is exploring the impact of social media on the public dialogue about rape and recovery. Previously, she worked as a producer on six independent feature films. Follow her on @winniemli or visit winniemli.com
Eleanor Lisney is a founder member and coordinator of Sisters of Frida. She is an access advisor, an NUJ member on the New Media Industrial Council and the Equality Council. She is also on the British Council Disability Advisory Panel and the web team of the International Network of Women with Disabilities. Twitter: @e_lisney
Elijah J. Magnier is a Senior Political Risk Analyst with over 32 years’ experience covering Europe & the Middle East. Acquiring in-depth experience, robust contacts and political knowledge in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan and Syria. Specialized in political assessments, strategic planning and thorough insight in political networks. Created and coordinated network of decision makers to provide key insight into the complex political developments of the Middle Eastern region. Experienced in dealing with intrinsically difficult situations in a broad spectrum of situations when interacting with leaders and fundamentalist movements in war zones and areas of growing instability. Find him on Twitter @EjmAlrai
Mark Bou Mansour works in communications in the UK charity and policy sector. He grew up in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia before moving to the UK to complete his studies on the interplay between media and politics. Twitter: @markboum
Yasmin Maydhane is a 25 year old Human Rights Officer working for the Somaliland National Human Rights Commission. Born and raised in Mogadishu, she later migrated to London in 2000. She has interest in human rights, education, social justice, race, identity and all things related to women. An aspiring journalist and writer. Find her on @YMaydhane
Maurice Mcleod is a social commentator with Jamaican/Swazi heritage. He is director of his own communications company, Marmoset Media, and of the Media Diversified. He writes regularly for The Guardian and The Spectator among other titles. He has commissioned for the Guardian, Media Diversified, Engage Magazine, Open Mind, Single Step and Voluntary Voice. Before setting up Marmoset, he had a 15-year career as a national newspaper journalist working for The Express, The Independent, The Voice, The Evening Standard and The Sunday Times among others. He is vice chair of campaign group Race on the Agenda. Maurice often appears on Sky News as a talking head and writes about social issues, behaviour, racism, politics, culture, diversity and housing. On Twitter he is @mowords
Jamal Mehmood is a writer, poet and committed people watcher living in Kent and working in London. As well as poems and essays he is currently writing his debut film script which you can follow online. Jamal also works in arts and cultural affairs for Restless Beings – a human rights organisation focusing on marginalised communities. He loves Yasiin Bey, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Nina Simone. You can find him tweeting @_jamalbhai and find his work at jamalbhai.com.
Momtaza Mehri is a Medical Science student and passive aggressive writer who is interested in decontextualizing knowledge production and exploring how it informs race, gender and nation theory. Her writings inhibit a world where the big C also denotes capitalism and colonialism. She currently works in the community sector, running mentoring schemes and educational support involving BAME youth. Her thick-rimmed glasses disguise a love for intersectional hip-hop analysis, bubble tea, and long, hot summers abroad teaching English. Her work will be featured in an upcoming poetry anthology showcasing new London talent. Laugh with her @RuffneckRefugee
Dubem Menakaya is a 23-year-old graduate and aspiring entrepreneur. He is an avid believer in changing the way things are done and sparking off a change and debate into the mindsets of young people and how we can come together to create a better future for ourselves. He writes on subjects of entrepreneurship and personal development and has a passion for politics and history. He believes that everything is connected and awareness of these connections will make the world a better place. Find him @dmenak
David Kwaw Mensah is a London-born and based photographer, creative writer and film critic. His obsession with all things cinematic has led him to numerous experiments with filmmaking and eventually to the world of photographic stills, where, from behind the camera, he weaves stories, philosophical queries and poetry, attempting always to find the beauty in everyday life. On his blog, shortsighted.blogspot.com, which mostly explores all of the above, he is currently addressing the significance of the photographic portrait in a series titled Everyday People, and the ways in which a portrait can be deemed as an integral part of the narrative of a human life.
Jordan Minor is a 22-year-old freelance journalist writing about video games, entertainment, and technology. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and splits his time between Chicago and New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter: @JordanWMinor.
Heidi Safia Mirza is Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, and Professor Emerita in Equalities Studies at the UCL Institute of Education. She is known for her pioneering research on race, gender and identity in education and has an international reputation for championing equality and human rights for women and young people through educational reform. As one of the first female professors of colour in UK she was awarded the prestigious Eight Women of Colour Awards in 2014. She is author of several best-selling books, including Young Female and Black, which was voted in the BERA top 40 most influential educational studies in Britain.
Sangita Mistry’s photography is informed by her personal experience of changing cultural environments. Following a number of successful exhibitions in England she completed an MA in Photography at the University of Bolton in 2010.
Her social documentary project ‘Caring for the elderly in a multicultural UK’ has been exhibited at the International Orange Photo Festival in China (2009), at the People’s History Museum, Manchester (2010) and at Look 11 Liverpool International Photography Festival (2011). She is continuing to develop this body of work by examining care provision for the elderly in India.
Sangita’s experiences in the educational field has enabled her to work on many projects with schools and colleges both in the UK and overseas and is currently working for the Manchester Secondary Pupil Referral Unit. Find her on Twitter @sangitamistry76 and more of her work at www.sangitamistry.co.uk
Montré Aza Missouri has produced narrative and documentary films in the UK, the US, Ghana and Nigeria. She is an Associate Professor in Film at Howard University where she teaches Directing, Scriptwriting, Film History and African Cinema. She is also the founding director of Parallel Film Collective a nonprofit organisation dedicated to producing, distributing and promoting “local equals global” film that transcends limiting racial, cultural and gender identities found in mainstream media. A former fellow at the Center for Media, Religion and Culture, Montré is completing her book Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-religiosity for Palgrave Macmillan. She is on Twitter @MontreMissouri
Rowena Mondiwa was raised in the UK and Africa and currently lives in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a first-year graduate student of International and Intercultural Communication. Rowena is interested in education, the arts, literature and cultural and diversity issues. She blogs at Les Reveries De Rowena and can be found on Twitter @RowenaMonde
Naleli Morojele is a South African writer and feminist. She is currently doing her PhD in Political Science. She holds an MA in Africa Studies from The University of the Free State and a BA in Women’s Studies & International Economics from Wheaton College, MA. Her areas of interest include the intersections of gender, class, and race with politics and development. Her previous research looked at women’s rights and roles in post-conflict transformation in Africa, particularly in Rwanda and South Africa. In her current research she is looking at contemporary socio-political constructions of gender ideology in post-Apartheid South African politics. Tweets @NaleliMorojele
The White Pube is Zarina Muhammad and Gabrielle de la Puente, and it is art criticism for the modern thot. We are Critic baby-gods. We picked The White Cube’s old man pube and made something special out of it. We are self-aggrandising and have legitimised our respective working class / WOC voices, together. To be perfectly honest, we really enjoy our own belligerence. We summarise shows in 3 emojis, and we focus on subjective gut-feelings in relation to criticism as an intellectualised objectivity. We have the best of both worlds. (Zarina Muhammad wrote these words, she especially doesn’t care if she sounds belligerent.) Follow us on Twitter @thewhitepube and Instagram at thewhitepube. Read our work at www.thewhitepube.co.uk
Vaidehi Mujumdar is an aspiring physician, clinical advocate, activist, and writer who strongly believes health and social justice are part of the same story. Her interests primarily focus on narrative medicine, social determinants of health, and mixed-methods clinical research. Vaidehi’s past professional experiences include ethnographic research, health program development/evaluation, and science policy work with non-profits, NGOs, and medical centers in India, South & Latin America, and the Southern and Eastern U.S. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Vaidehi’s published work has focused on women’s sexual and reproductive health, self-care, trauma, and health advocacy in minority communities. Follow her on Twitter at @VeeMuj.
Huma Munshi is a writer and poet. She is passionate about addressing inequality through her writing at HumaMunshi on feminism, forced marriage, mental illness, films and her trade union activism. She is a regular contributor at the F-Word and Black Dog Tribe amongst others. Find her @Huma101 She sees writing as a mechanism to overcome trauma and connect with others. Huma on BBC 10 O’clock News
Karim Murji is an academic who works on culture, ethnicity, race and racism, specifically in relation to identities and belonging, and policing, diversity and policy. He works at the Open University and is an editor of the journal Sociology. His latest book, edited with Gargi Bhattchyyrra, is Race Critical Public Scholarship (Ethnic and Racial Studies special issue, 2013; Routledge, 2014). @km49
Mako Muzenda is a Journalism and French student at the University Currently Known as Rhodes. When she isn’t blogging or chasing assignment deadlines, she’s engaging in her passion for science fiction and learning more about Africa’s many cultures and languages. You can read her musings on Twitter @NzouSuwani.
Hanan Omar A Ben Nafa is a 2nd year, PhD student in Sociolinguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Hanan has been in the UK since 2009 when she moved to pursue her studies. Hanan is working in the areas of Bilingualism, Applied Linguistics and Language Variation & Identity. The title of her PhD project is: ‘Code-Switching & social identity construction among Arabic-English bilinguals’. Alongside academia, she is interested in starting a part-time career in translation and interpreting. Passionate about languages and (bilinguals’) everyday language use. Find her on Twitter @HananBenNafa
Yasmine Nagaty is a political science graduate of the American University in Cairo currently working in a Cairo-based NGO Misr El-Kheir. Her interests include postcolonial theory and feminism as well as creative writing and poetry. She was raised in Botswana and the Gambia and is especially interested in the construction of identity and the process of narrating the self and the other. Find her writing at landscapesofcairo and on Twitter @yasmine_nagaty
Scot Nakagawa is a 34-year veteran in the field of social justice. Scot was the first staff person of the Coalition for Human Dignity, an organization formed to combat vigilante white supremacist hate groups in the Pacific Northwest. He has also served as Field Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Associate Director of the Western Prison Project (now the Partnership for Safety and Justice), educator on the staff of the Highlander Research and Education Center, and as an executive and philanthropic adviser in the field of social justice philanthropy. Scot has also been a literacy teacher, and has organized homeless shelters and community-based food and medical assistance programs. Scot’s primary work in social change has been as a social movement analyst and organizational strategist. He is the publisher of the blog Race Files, which addresses race and racism in U.S. politics and culture. @nakagawascot
Jacinta Nandi is a writer and journalist who lives in Neukölln with her twelve-year-old son. She’s written three books in German and has had articles and stories published in Jungle World, Neues Deutschland, Missy and taz. She blogs in English for the taz as Riotmama.
Nandini grew up in London and currently reads history at the University of Cambridge. A second-generation Indian woman, her writing and academic interests include postcolonial studies, feminism, modern British politics, and international relations. Tweets at @_nmtr
Courttia Newland is the author of seven books and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing. His work focuses on Black British culture and its interaction with the African diaspora. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in February 2013. He co-edited IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, staged 7 plays, and was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award and the Frank O’Connor award. He is currently working on a non-fiction book for Bloomsbury on the short story, a play, Trim Palace, and a collection of speculative fiction. Buy books @courttianewland
Damilola Odelola is a 21-year-old English Literature and Creative Writing graduate, and poet. She is a Nigerian-born London girl, with a passion for African Literature which she intends to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She loves to teach and work with youth, tutors English Literature and has just begun running poetry writing and performance workshops. Raised in a Christian home, Damilola enjoys writing about religion and faith, as well as race, feminism, and other random stuff that can’t be easily categorised. She stores her work at Damilodelola and she can be found talking far too much at @damiiscribbles
Tele Ogunyemi is based in London and is the co-founder of Diaspora Philes, a podcast series exploring questions on migration, identity and home which you can listen to here: www.diasporaphiles.com. She has lived in Nigeria, Chile and Colombia. You can find her on Twitter @girloguns or @DiasporaPhiles.
Awale Olad is the Public & Parliamentary Affairs Officer at MRN, coordinating the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, supporting parliamentarians and policy makers on establishing a cross-party consensus on immigration policy. He is also a local Councillor in the London Borough of Camden and takes part in local decision making and campaigning.
Jayne Olorunda is from Belfast. She works in the cross community sector and is passionate about creating a peaceful Belfast. She is outspoken on racism and recently became Northern Ireland’s first electoral candidate of African descent. She has worked in the voluntary sector for over five years and is a well known advocate of equality for all. Jayne’s book Legacy was a bestseller on Amazon’s racism charts and documents her experiences in northern Ireland. Legacy is available on all digital platforms. @jayne_legacy
Florence Okoye is an aspiring Igbo-British speculative fiction writer with a passion for the history of science and technology, dead languages, programming and comics. Much of her writing and research deals with the intersection of technology and society, particularly religion, gender and sexuality. Her ongoing projects include a recovery of Igbo histories and an investigation into the pre-colonial technologies of Nigeria but she is always on the look out for new ways of communicating research and local activism to the wider community. She currently organises the MancsterCon indie sequential art convention. She tweets @FINOkoye. Her work is at F.Okoye
Yosola Olorunshola is a London-based writer and co-founder of Diaspora Philes, a podcast series exploring questions on migration, identity and home which you can listen to here: diasporaphiles.com. She studied History and French at Oxford University before completing a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. You can find her on Twitter @YosolaYosola or @DiasporaPhiles
Charles Onyango-Obbo is managing editor for multimedia operations for The Nation Media Group in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Currently based in Nairobi, he is the former editor of Uganda’s leading independent newspaper, The Monitor, for which he writes a weekly current affairs column, “Ear to the Ground.” He is a weekly columnist for The East African, a prestigious regional paper. In 1997, Onyango-Obbo published a collection of political and social essays about Uganda in his book Uganda’s Poorly Kept Secrets. Awarded many prizes for his columns and feature writing, he was named Uganda’s Journalist of the Year in both 1992 and 1995. Onyango-Obbo was a Nieman fellow in 1992.
Danika Parikh is an archaeologist from New Delhi whose research focuses on the Indus Civilisation, urbanism, material culture, technology and social identity. She is currently doing a PhD in archaeology at the University of Cambridge. She is interested in history, food, gender, race, Indian politics, and the South Asian diaspora. You can find her on Twitter @induswaliarch
Rianna Jade Parker is a reader before anything else and a writer who writes for other readers. Her curatorial, artistic and social practices are as informed by Stuart Hall, bell hooks and James Baldwin as they are by Biggie and Lil Kim. When she is not frying platanos in coconut oil she is busy hitting life’s snooze button.
Jagdish Patel spends his time working as a photographer and writer in London and Nottingham. Previously, he worked in the charity sector with different communities, including spending 10 years as the Assistant Director of human rights charity the Monitoring Group. He is interested in using photography as a research tool to explore the relationship between place, belonging and identity. The territory covered when we think about this can be vast, covering the issues of ecology, our relationship to land and land ownership, equality and human rights, migration, the politics of race and class, and the act of memory and remembering. He continues to work commercially and manage Saffron Moon Photography. He also co-founded the Nottingham Photographers’ Hub, a social enterprise which helps vulnerable communities through photography. Find him on Twitter@jagdish__patel
Amanda Paul is a law graduate with a particular interest in public and comparative law. Amanda is currently working as a freelance marketing consultant, having worked for a variety of establishments in advising on structural adjustments for more efficient and cost-effective means of marketing, selling and the streamlining of man power.
Amanda also has a very keen interest in the performance arts, notably acting and spoken word being comfortable expressive fortes for her. These various forms of expression for Amanda are a means of therapeutic exploration for many of the ideas that occupy her thought life. Find her on Twitter @Mmarmyte
Michael Peters is a Freelance Writer and Founder of Tiemo Talk of the Town and Tiemo Entertainments. Tiemo Talk of the Town is a sharply observed blog sharing views on topical news, culture and politics. His writing has been published in InsideMan, New Nation and The Voice. He has appeared on OHTV and BEN TV. He has been a regular guest on BBC Radio London, Colourful Radio and Voice of Africa Radio. Find him on Twitter @Tiemotalk
Stephanie Phillips is a journalist and blogger who runs her own blog about women in music called Don’t Dance Her Down Boys and contributes to feminist blog The F-Word. She is the singer and guitarist in Black feminist punk band Big Joanie. You can follow her on Twitter @stephanopolus.
Aisha Phoenix writes about colourism, racism, gender, belonging, diversity, occupation and justice. She is completing a PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London on Palestinian students negotiating life under occupation. She has worked as a media reporter at Bloomberg News and has written for Open Democracy, the Voice, The Royal Television Society’s Television Magazine and The British Council. She also writes for academic journals. She has a postgraduate diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University, a BA in Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies and Masters in Social Research and Social Anthropology of Development. Twitter: @firebirdN4
Originally from Brooklyn, Marly Pierre-Lewis is a writer currently living and loving in Amsterdam with her family of 3. For the last 3 years, she’s been working in tech where she attempts to write persuasive copy that converts for an e-commerce company. When she’s not doing that, she’s schooling her 5 year-old son on menstruation and consent, running workshops on intersectional feminism and writing on parenting, race and sexuality. She’s also the co-founder of the Amsterdam Black Women, a meet-up group for black women expats living in Amsterdam. She tweets as @
Lee Pinkerton was born in London, the child of Jamaican and Guyanese immigrants. After studying Sociology and Psychology at University he spent the 90s as a music journalist, first as a freelancer for magazines such as Mix Mag, Echoes, and Hip-Hop Connection and then as the Arts Editor for ‘Britain’s Best Black newspaper’- The Voice.
In addition to this he also wrote a book the Many Faces of Michael Jackson published in 1997.
His latest book The Problem With Black Men examines the causes of the social problems facing Black men in Britain and America today. Buy books
He can currently be heard as a regular on-air contributor to the ‘ACE show’ on BBC Radio Derby and his political polemics and cultural criticism can be read on the blog-site The Black Watch and his daily musings on Twitter @_Runawayslave.
Nirmal Puwar is a senior lecturer in the department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, (London). She is the author of Space Invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place (Berg, 2004). She has co-edited several volumes, including South Asian Women in the Diaspora (2003), a special double issue of Fashion Theory on Orientalism (2003), a special issue of The History of the Human Sciences on Intimacy in Research (2008) and a special issue of Sociological Review on Post-colonial Bourdieu (2009). In addition, as a member of the editorial collective of the journal Feminist Review, she has co-edited ten issues on a range of topics, including labour migration, fashion, Italian feminisms and empirical interrogations.
Asim Qureshi graduated in Law (LLB Hons) and LLM, specialising in Human Rights and Islamic Law. He is the Research Director at CAGE, and since 2004 has specialised in investigations into the impact of counter-terrorism practices worldwide. In 2009, his book, Rules of the Game: Detention, Deportation, Disappearance, was published by Hurst, Columbia University Press and later by Oxford University Press. In 2010, he began advising the legal teams involved in defending terrorism trials in the US and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Zainab Rahim is the joint editor-in-chief of a comment website called The Platform, which is a space for writers and researchers seeking to advance marginalised narratives. Her own writing focuses on arts and culture, local history and global politics. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @zainoted.
Aamer Rahman is a Melbourne-based standup comedian and one half of the award-winning Fear of a Brown Planet. After years of performing as half of the critically acclaimed duo Fear of a Brown Planet, Aamer Rahman finally appears in his long-awaited debut solo show. Find his writing at Tumblr Tweet him @aamer_rahman
Farzana Rahman is South Asian, and is rather fond of writing, learning languages (including Spanish and Japanese), reading books, peanut M&Ms and tattoos. She has taught English abroad and is currently finishing her first novel. She writes quite a bit about the complexities of romantic relationships, social injustice and racism here Bananas Are Not The Only Fruit She does not bite, but may bark endlessly if provoked.
Rakshi is the former editor for Media Diversified’s articles. Studied psychology to become a mind-reader. Failing that, has settled for social psychology (curses!) and peering through labels. Intersectional-humanist. Atheist. Indian. Psychologist. Pro-trans-feminist. The wrathful bird flits between Scotland & India, tweeting @dr_wRath
Gee Ranasinha is the founder of KEXINO, a marketing company based in Strasbourg, France, helping start-ups and small-to-medium-sized businesses in North America, Europe and Australia to develop their marketing and value communication. Find him on Twitter
Priya Rane is a University of Warwick History graduate, with a postgraduate diploma in Law. Her interests lie in British domestic policy, identity politics, and post-colonial History. Follow her on Twitter @ran92ep
Ananya Rao-Middleton is a graduate of History and Anthropology BA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is a part-time researcher, soon-to-be student of the MPhil Modern South Asian Studies at Cambridge and currently blogs for Tutorhub.com. Her academic interests include neoliberalism, structural violence and Hindu nationalism in South Asia. She writes on intersectional feminism, resistance, issues pervading the War on Terror, capitalism and neoliberalism. Follow her on Twitter @ananya_rm
Alex Reaves is currently an undergraduate student at Dartmouth College. In her free time she writes, and has been published in places like Thought Catalog and Affinity Magazine, among others. One day she hopes to be an academic and own at least one cat.
Kareem Reid is an artist, cultural critic and creative director of Body Party based in London. His work examines the intersections between nightlife, black cultural production and identity.
Hana Riaz graduated with a Masters in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies at the London School of Economics and completed her undergraduate in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
She is a queer (politically) black muslim feminist, a british south asian woman, writer, blogger and believer in the transformatory power of love. She has a particularly passionate interest in the role art and culture play in social justice and equality at grassroots and academic levels, but also as a crucial transformatory space of personal and political healing for groups deemed on the margins. She hopes to continue to produce work that critically engages with the role of representation as narratives of belonging within these spaces. You can follow her writing on hanariaz.com, her personal Tumblr InbetweenLove or catch her tweeting on @hanariaz.
Rohan Rice is a writer and photographer who graduated from the University of Kent. His writing covers a range of topics including, but not limited to: race, gender, contemporary art, literature, politics, film, and football. You can find both his writing and photography at: rohanpages.wordpress.com. Twitter: @RohanRice
Nathan Richards is a freelance digital journalist specialising in digital video production for the web. He is currently a doctoral researcher at Goldsmiths University with a focus on Digital History, and online communities. @umanyano (photo Lee Townsand)
Swazi Rodgers is a radio presenter and blogger. Having worked for domestic and international charities she has written fundraising appeals including for Radio 4. As an equality and diversity professional she has worked with prisons and probation and now the higher education sector. She is also a proud member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network.
Meriam Sabih has a BA in English and Psychology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She blogs at Meriam Sabih. She has also been featured on popular Pakistani blog site Pak Tea House. Find Meriam Sabih on Twitter @meriamsabih
Sujay Sabnis is a doctoral student in school psychology at the University of South Florida. His research interests involve understanding how micro-processes in schools connect with broader political and cultural issues such as race, ability, and gender. He is also interested in exploring the applications of critical race theory to the context of caste in India. You can find him at @luking_glass
Samah Saleh is a PhD candidate in the Sociology department of Goldsmiths (London). Her doctoral research is about the experience of Palestinian women’s incarceration in Israeli prisons. She is following women’s lives before, during and after imprisonment. As a women’s rights activist in Palestine she has also been involved in a research on violence against women and has worked on women’s rights issues in her position in An-Najah National University as a social worker and academic.
Minna Salami is an award-winning writer, blogger and commentator. Her work focuses on African feminism, society and popular culture and as such she has written for various publications such as The Guardian and The Independent. She is a contributor to the Guardian Africa Network.
Minna is the founder of the MsAfropolitan blog. She is a guest speaker at settings such as the African Union (AU), the Southbank Centre, The V&A Museum and Channel 4. Tweet her @MsAfropolitan
Sara Salem is a PhD researcher at the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. Her work focuses on historical and institutional perspectives on political economy, and centers specifically on the recent wave of uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa. Her interests include decolonial theory, third world feminism, critical political economy, and theories of post-development. She has lived in Zambia, Egypt, and the Netherlands, and is especially interested in Southern Africa and the Middle East, and formulating new forms of knowledges through decolonizing discourses that were naturalized through colonial processes. Blogs at Neo-colonialism and its Discontents Tweet her @saramsalem
jasmine n. salters is a black feminist, writer, and doctoral student. Her work, which covers topics such as race, gender, culture, media, and politics, has appeared in numerous publications such as The Feminist Wire, Huffington Post, MadameNoire, and Black Voices. she is currently a doctoral student at the annenberg school for communication at the university of pennsylvania. she holds a b.a. in creative writing and m.a. in english from the university of pennsylvania. Her research explores the intersection of race, gender, class, and sexuality in rights to privacy, black cultural production, identity politics, sex work, ethnography, law and criminal justice, and visual culture. her current project focuses on black women’s (lack of) citizenship. jasmine’s academic life and activist life work hand-in-hand. she advocates for human, labor, and civil rights; black women’s rights; and race and gender equality. jasmine uses emancipatory research as a path toward equality and social change. Website: jnsalters.com Twitter:
Kalwinder Sandhu is a black feminist activist, writer and researcher. She is currently researching British South Asian women’s experiences of departing from arranged marriages and choosing their own partners.
Millie Sansoye is a writer, feminist and linguist. Her writing specialises in sexism, race and mental health, having experienced how life can be impacted by all three. Although she is just starting her career, she is a familiar name in online print, having contributed throughout her education at the University of Exeter to many media outlets. She has several years’ experience in writing. Born and bred in London but of Indian heritage, her work often explores the conflict between her British and Asian identities whilst combatting the sexism within both communities. Her interests include studying feminism, learning languages and exploring the unknown in all walks of life. Blog: jsansoye.wordpress.com; Twitter: jazzykinks (private), MillieSansoye (public).
Samira Sawlani is a writer/journalist specialising in politics, economy and development of East and Horn of Africa. A holder of an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Aside from journalism she has also worked in the emergency humanitarian relief and refugee care sector. Twitter: @samirasawlani
Antoinette Scott was raised in Ghana and the Gambia and is currently settled in the UK. She is a final year mature student in Journalism and Creative Writing. She writes literary fiction as well as addressing issues that affect the BAME community. When she is not writing, Antoinette enjoys creating meals that not only excite the palate, but heal as well. She has guest edited BBC London radio The Dotun Adebayo Show and interviewed Reverend Jesse Jackson, amongst others. She was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, a rare auto-immune disease that affects the major muscles, and is actively involved in raising awareness about this little known condition. @manibron1
Gilda Seddighi is a PhD candidate at the Center for Women and Gender Research and the Department of Information and Media Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her PhD research focuses on social media users’ expressions of emotion in the production of grievable lives in the aftermath of Iranian Presidential Election of 2009. She tweets at @GilSedd.
Akwesi Shaddai is a working-class law student and social entrepreneur of African-Caribbean-European descent. As a born-and-bred black South Londoner, he writes about the inter-connected barriers that impede social mobility for the most disenfranchised among us. Unsurprisingly, his musings have been known to provoke the Hegelian elephant in the room. Follow him @IAmAkwesi
Amika Shah is a 20-year-old English literature student of Indian descent from North London. She has always taken an interest in issues relating to social justice, race, identity and pop culture and has been writing about them herself since she was around 17. She hopes to study for an MA in social anthropology and to continue to keep writing for as long as possible. Find Amika on Twitter at @amikashah
Shiri Shah is a pansexual literature student from London, UK. With a passion for post colonial, gender, and queer theory you can always find her tweeting @shirilurve and blogging and Meta Third Culture Porn. She loves a good debate and challenging ideals. Currently in the process of writing a children’s novel with heavy racial undertones, she also writes poetry embracing her Pakistani and Indian heritage.
Dr Sanjay Sharma is a senior lecturer in Sociology & Communications, School of Social Sciences, Brunel University. He is the author of Multicultural Encounters (Palgrave, 2006), co-edited the collection Dis-Orienting Rhythms (Zed book, 1996) and a special issue of the journal Theory, Culture and Society on ‘Music and Politics’ (2000). Recently he co-founded the radical online race journal darkmatter, for which he has co-edited a special issue of ‘Race/Materiality’ (2008). He has published widely in the areas of critical multiculturalism, radical pedagogy, racialized subjectivity and cultural politics.
Karl Sharro is an architect, writer and commentator on the Middle East. He is a Director at PLP Architecture in London and co-author of Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture. He has practiced architecture in London and Beirut, and taught for five years at the American University of Beirut. He wrote a chapter on Density vs Sprawl in the The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated.He also wrote a chapter entitled ‘The Visionary City’ in The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs.
He has spoken on a range of issues such as art, architecture, urbanism and politics. He appears regularly on the BBC and other media outlets. He presented his argument for open borders in a TedX talk in London in 2011 and an argument for removing planning constraints and allowing people to build whatever they want in BBC Radio 4 ‘Four Thought’ broadcast. Find him on Twitter: @KarlreMarks
Halimat Shode has just completed a degree in English with Creative Writing and is planning to have a career in the publishing industry. She enjoys writing social commentary pieces and can be reached on Twitter at @Halimat_Writes.
Nikesh Shukla is a writer of fiction and television. His debut novel Coconut Unlimited was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. Metro described it as ‘…a riot of cringeworthy moments made real by Shukla’s beautifully observed characters and talent for teen banter.’ In 2011, Nikesh co-wrote a non-fiction essay about the riots with Kieran Yates called Generation Vexed: What the Riots Don’t Tell Us About Our Nation’s Youth. His Channel 4 Comedy Lab Kabadasses aired on E4 and Channel 4 in 2011 and starred Shazad Latif, Jack Doolan and Josie Long. He likes Spider-Man comics. A lot. Tweet him about that @nikeshshukla
Matthew Simmermon-Gomes was raised in Ottawa, Canada and is of mixed white Canadian and Afro-Caribbean descent. He is a doctoral student in history at the University of Aberdeen. He researches the formative role slavery played, as a policy of early European colonial imperialism, in the development of modern rights theories. He blogs on race, queer issues, and his research at The Molonist and has previously appeared on The Marc Steiner Show. @matthewddsg
Amit Singh is the editor and founder of Think Football and also works on a number of human rights based projects. He occasionally dabbles in freelance journalism writing about race, politics and also football. Follow him on Twitter @asingh11189
Dr. Reenee Singh is a psychologist and Consultant Family Systemic Psychotherapist, currently working at the Child and Family Practice in London and as an independent trainer and researcher. She is the co-director of the UEL and Tavistock Family Therapy and Systemic Research Centre. Reenee has published two books: Race and Culture. Tools, Techniques and Trainings (2010) (co-authored) and The Process of Family Talk Across Culture (2013), and numerous papers in the areas of ‘race’, culture and qualitative research. She is the Editor of the Journal of Family Therapy. You can find out more about Reenee at reeneesingh.com.
Sunny Singh was born in Varanasi, India and studied at Brandeis University (USA), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) and University of Barcelona (Spain). She has published two critically acclaimed novels and a non-fiction work on single women in India. Now based in London, she is teaches creative writing at the London Metropolitan University. An expert on Bollywood, she is currently finalising a book on Amitabh Bachchan for BFI/Palgrave’s series on Film Stars. Her new novel, Hotel Arcadia, ispublished by Arcadia Books. More information on her writing can be found at: sunnysingh.net Tweet her @sunnysingh_nw3
Fan Sissoko is a visual storyteller and ethnographer. She currently works as a service designer atInnovation Unit, a social enterprise aiming to improve public services in the UK. She is interested in participatory multimedia storytelling as a way to people having their voice heard. She writes about design, empathy, social change and identitary minefields. She is half French, half Malian, and lives in the UK. Twitter: @whatfandoes
Iesha Small is passionate about education and social change. She is an associate at LKMco think tank working for a future where all young people have great chances in adulthood. She has extensive experience across the educational sector as a teacher, senior manager and governor. She writes and speaks about education, leadership, authenticity and challenging the status quo. @ieshasmall
Dr Iyiola Solanke is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, University of Leeds, where she teaches EU Law, Discrimination Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is author of a textbook on EU Law (Pearson 2015), Discrimination and Stigma (Hart, forthcoming 2016) and The Evolution of Anti-Racial Discrimination Law (Routledge 2009). She has lived and conducted research in Germany, France, Spain, the USA, Australia, Canada and Tanzania.
Over the past 14 years, Greta Solomon has worked as a magazine journalist, freelance writer, English tutor and PR account director. She is currently a writing coach – creating and delivering writing skills training courses for corporate clients. She is the author of Just Write It! (McGraw-Hill, 2013). Website: gretasolomon.com Twitter: @greta_solomon
Ahmed Sule is a CFA Charterholder, Chartered Accountant, photojournalist and social critic. He also obtained a Certificate in Photojournalism at the University of Arts London. He has also worked on various photojournalism projects including Obama: The Impact, Jesus Christ: The Impact, The Williams Sisters etc. He cites Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Kwame Nkrumah and W.E. Du Bois as his major influences. Find him on Twitter @Alatenumo
Sara Tafakori is a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester researching the emotional politics of sanctions on Iran. In her pre-migratory life as a journalist and reporter in Iran, her commentaries and articles featured in national newspapers and journals. Her interests include migration, gender and sexuality, Western mainstream media, the intersection of social media and the politics of belonging and nationalism. She tweets at @SaraTafakori.
Tamara Tamimi is an activist and writer from Jerusalem, Palestine. She obtained a major in Biology and a double minor in English Literature and Translation, from Birzeit University, Palestine and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Human Rights Law, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a member and participant of the AFSC’s “Palestine Youth: Together for Change” project, which aims to empower Palestinian youth in their struggle for the right to freedom of movement and against the fragmentation of a collective, national Palestinian identity.
Chardine Taylor-Stone is the founder of Black speculative fiction book club Mothership Connections. @MCBookClub She is also a DJ, playing records from the 1940s -1970s playing festivals and clubs at home and abroad. She plays drums in Black feminist punk band Big Joanie and is currently in her final year studying for a BA (Hons) Arts and Humanities at Birkbeck. Chardine is interested in art, technology and music with a particular focus on the history of subcultures and Black involvement in the esoteric, weird and downright bizarre!
Neda Tehrani is a graduate of Religion, Philosophy, Ethics BA from King’s College London. She has written on the subject of politics and current affairs for New Internationalist and Consented, and she is based in London. She has a strong interest in intersectional feminism. Find her on Twitter @neda_t92.
Trudy is a writer and culture critic at Gradient Lair (@GradientLair) and a photographer and writer at Drift Sojourn (@driftsojourn). She has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with additional graduate work in Psychology. She identifies as a Womanist. Her interests include critical media studies, media representation, race/gender and criminal justice, race/gender and atheism, and intersectional perspectives on various sociopolitical issues. Follow her daily musings on Twitter: @thetrudz
Rod Thomas is a writer and religious blogger based out of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, USA. He earned his Master of Divinity with a concentration in Black Church Studies, and obtained a Master of Theology in History and Theology as well. His thesis was on a Postcolonial Interpretation of Early Christian and Black liberation theology. In his spare time, Rod loves to keep up with politics, daydream about the possibilities of a nonviolent politics, read Science Fiction, watch Sci-Fi shows and movies, and engage in Critical Fandom studies. You can find him on Twitter at @h00die_R and at his blog, PoliticalJesus.
A mixed-race film graduate, Shane Thomas comes from Jamaican and Mauritian parentage. He has been blogging about sport since 2010 at the website for The Greatest Events in Sporting History. He is also a contributor to ‘Simply Read’, the blogging offshoot of the podcasting network, Simply Syndicated. A lover of sport, genre-fiction, and privilege checking, Shane can be found on Twitter, both at @TGEISH and @tokenbg (and yes, the handle does mean what you think it means).
Vilissa Thompson is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) from Winnsboro, South Carolina. Vilissa is the Founder & CEO of Ramp Your Voice!, an organization focused on promoting self-advocacy and strengthening empowerment among people with disabilities. Being a Disability Rights Consultant, Writer, & Advocate affords Vilissa the opportunity to become a prominent leader and expert in addressing and educating the public and political figures about the plight of people with disabilities, especially women of color with disabilities. Being a disabled woman of color herself, sharing her life experiences, and tales from the women she has encountered during her advocacy work, has empowered her immensely because it validated the struggles and successes she endured in her young life. Twitter: @VilissaThompson
Isabel Togoh is a recipient of the Guardian’s Scott Trust Bursary for 2015/16 and has written for and edited thelondonglobalist.org, and eastlondonlines.co.uk. She is of Ghanaian origin and was born in Paris, and lives and studies in the UK. Find her on Twitter @bissieness.
Reem Abd Ulhamid is a Palestinian freelance journalist based between France and Palestine, specialized in writing feature stories in English and Arabic. He is interested in writing stories that reflect peoples’ realities in combating oppression and injustice and has a Master’s degree in Global Communications from the American University of Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Birzeit University.
Alok Vaid-Menon (@DarkMatterRage) is a queer South asian activist and artist who has worked with queer movements across the world. He is 1/2 of the queer collective DARKMATTER (www.darkmatterrage.com), which currently organizes for racial & economic justice in New York City. They write about the politics of race, desire, empire, and social justice. You can read more of their work at www.returnthegayze.com
Varaidzo is a black mixed-race writer based in South East London. Her work consists of fiction, poetry and pop culture reviews. Raised by the internet, her focus is currently centred around exploring stories of the African diaspora in the digital age. Find her on Twitter @veedzo
Sinthujan Varatharajah is a PhD student in Political Geography at UCL, University of London, and holds a Masters degree in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies from the LSE. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Roots of Diaspora, a narrative project on refugeehood and migration of Tamils from Sri Lanka. Follow him on Twitter at @varathas and Roots of Diaspora at @rootsofdiaspora as well as on Facebook or their forthcoming website: www.rootsofdiaspora.com
Patrick Vernon OBE is a leading expert on African and Caribbean genealogy in the UK. Founder of Every Generation Media and 100 Great Black Britons Patrick was selected by the Queen as Pioneer of the Nation for Cultural History in 2003. He has researched family history and Swahili culture in East Africa and Oman as a Clore Fellow and has advised the BBC, The National Archives, The National Trust, Royal Geographic Society, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Council. In 2012 he was awarded an OBE for his work tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities in Britain. Having worked for the Department of Health, NHS and the voluntary sector Patrick is an Associate Fellow at the Department of the History of Medicine at Warwick University, England. See his website www.patrickvernon.org.uk or find him on Twitter @ppvernon
Samuel Victor is a graduate student of anthropology at the University of Montreal, and a student-member of the Laboratory for Research on Intercultural Relations (LABRRI). His research explores how the structural aspects of community sector organisations reflect (or not) the dynamic between diverse perspectives and definitions of the “successful” integration of immigrants and refugees into the host society. Other interests include North American history, US politics and economic anthropology.
Judith Wanga is an editor, activist and writer. She was the subject of the BBC3 documentary titled The World’s Most Dangerous Place for Women, examining the use of rape as a weapon of war and the attitudes towards women in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Jude also campaigns and speaks at events highlighting the plight of women in the DRC and around the world. @judeinlondon
Désirée Wariaro is a Swedish – Kenyan – Finnish copywriter and freelance writer, whose writing has appeared in newstatesman.com and This Recording. She studied English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto and The University of East Anglia. Her obsessions are literary fiction, revolutions, as well as the black girl’s place in popular culture and beyond.
Clare Warner is an FE lecturer and PhD student in the educational studies department at Goldsmiths. She is currently researching the experiences of African-Caribbean practitioners/organisations in applying to open Free Schools. She is a critical race theory enthusiast and uses the framework to help her think through issues of race and racism and their intersection with class and gender in the history, policy and practice of education. Twitter: @44paisley
Gemma Weekes has produced work in a variety of media. Author of critically-acclaimed novel Love Me (Chatto & Windus), she is also a screenwriter, musicmaker, published poet, performance artist and singer/songwriter who has devised pieces and performed all over the UK and beyond at venues including The Royal Festival Hall, the Jazz Café, The Drum, MC Theatre (Netherlands), New Jersey Performing Arts Centre and at Bestival and with BBC Radio 3. An Inscribe contracted writer, she is currently working on several projects including a stage piece with an accompanying chapbook, a TV series, and her second novel.
Dan Whisker received his doctorate in 2008, and spent the period from 2008-12 teaching at the University of Birmingham. He worked in secondary schools across Birmingham from 2008 until 2014. He has written about the religious right in the USA and about the history of Anthropology He is presently a lecturer in Working with Children, Young People and Families at Newman University.
Karen Williams works in media and human rights across Africa and Asia. She was part of the democratic gay rights movement that fought against apartheid in South Africa. She has worked in conflict areas and civil wars across the world and has written extensively on the position of women as victims and perpetrators in the west African and northern Ugandan civil wars.
Brittney White is a 25-year-old wife, mother, gamer, and blogger currently living in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Most of her writing centers on racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression and how they intersect with videogames, the gaming community, and other forms of media. She also offers commentary and criticisms on the mainstream feminist movement and how it interacts with differing oppressions. When not talking about activism or oppression, she can be found discussing music, movies, games, politics, and new technology. You can find her on Twitter at @TheAngryFangirl.
Vanessa Willoughby is a freelance writer and full-time editor. Her work has appeared on The Toast, The Hairpin, Literally, Darling, Bitch Media, and The Huffington Post. She is the Creative Director for the literary journal Winter Tangerine.
Ytasha L. Womack is an author, filmmaker, dancer and futurist. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy explores black sci fi culture, bleeks, black comix, and the legacy of futurism.
She is author of the critically acclaimed book Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity and 2212: Book of Rayla. She is also the coeditor of the hip hop anthology Beats, Rhyme & Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. Her films include Love Shorts (writer/producer) and The Engagement (director). Ytasha is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and studied media management at Columbia College in Chicago. She resides in the Windy City. Read her work at iafrofuturism.com Find her on Twitter @ytashawomack or @iafrofuturism
Simon Woolley is co–founder and Director for Operation Black Vote, the first comprehensive campaign to focus exclusively on the Black and minority democratic deficit. His recent achievements include leading the campaign to get Mary Seacole reinstated on the national curriculum and also helped ensure that pre-eleven history curriculum included Black and other world histories. He led the EHRC’s campaign to persuade the Home Secretary to look again at ‘Stop and Search’. Along with the Black church leadership he launched the biggest BME voter registration campaign in the UK. Simon is a visiting lecturer at Nottingham University in their Social Sciences Department. In 2012 he received a honorary Doctrate for his work in equality and Human Rights by the University of Westminster. Simon is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Comment is Free website and also writes for the Guardian, The Huffington Post and the Independent newspapers. He is a regular contributor for the African, Caribbean and Asian press. He regularly appears on national TV and radio programmes. He speaks fluent Spanish and has an understanding of Italian.
Ytasha L. Womack is an author, filmmaker, dancer and futurist. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy explores black sci fi culture, bleeks, black comix, and the legacy of futurism.
She is author of the critically acclaimed book Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity and 2212: Book of Rayla. She is also the coeditor of the hip hop anthology Beats, Rhyme & Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. Her films include Love Shorts (writer/producer) and The Engagement (director). Ytasha is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and studied media management at Columbia College in Chicago. She resides in the Windy City. Read her work at iafrofuturism.com Find her on Twitter @ytashawomack or @iafrofuturism
David Wood writes and speaks on issues of Politics, Faith, Community, Race, Education, and occasionally, sport in Britain, whilst retaining an interest in the politics of the US and the Caribbean. And Croydon. He is a member of the First Martin Luther King Twelve and a School Governor, and has worked extensively on education issues surrounding black boys, community engagement, serious youth violence and interfaith relations. He is Chair of his Trade Union branch, a local political activist and is a cricketer and goalkeeper. Find him on Twitter @WoodyDave39
Carolyn Wysinger is a thirty something masculine of center womyn from Richmond, Ca. She is a writer & Social Entrepreneur. She earned her B.A. in English from California State University, Long Beach and her M.F.A. from Antioch University.
She has created queer events like LA’s NFL Sunday Funday and the Long Beach Blue Party. She has served on the steering committees for BUTCHVoices and Black Lesbians United. She is a board member of the NIA Collective for same-gender loving women of African Descent. Her first book “Knockturnal Emissions: Thoughts on #race #sexuality #gender & #community” is currently available on Glover Lane Press. Twitter @knockturnalpro Instagram: theknockturnalproject
Sairah Yassir is a graduate in French and International Politics who currently works as a Research and Editing Officer for an organisation promoting non-European civilisations’ contributions to the sciences. She is active in international, national and community campaigns and has a keen interest in social and political affairs. Find more of her writing at elghuraba and on Twitter @ElGhoraba
Micah Yongo writes about creativity, literature, culture and film. He is part of the Writers of Colour collective and has been published at mediadiversified.org. When he isn’t busy writing articles he can be found, with knuckle to chin, at his blog Thoughthouse or else working on his own fiction writing. Micah tweets as @micahyongo.
Daniel York has worked as an actor at the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, Edinburgh Traverse and The Gate. He has also appeared in the feature films Rogue Trader, The Beach and Act Of Grace. His full-length stage-play The Fu Manchu Complex was directed by Justin Audibert at Ovalhouse. His short film Mercutio’s Dreaming: The Killing Of A Chinese Actor was commissioned by BBC Writersroom. He is currently Chair of the Equity Minority Ethnic Members Committee. Find him on Twitter @danielfyork
Palwesha Yusaf is a Pakistani Australian writer, photographer and development worker. She is currently based in Dili, Timor-Leste where she works for a local peace and research institute. Palwesha is interested in anti-oppressive social work, post-colonialism and applying feminist intersectionality in international development work. She spends much of her time sipping on coconuts with a furrowed brow trying to unpack the many contradictions in the world of international development. Some of these unpackings can be found on her blog https://cyclingthethirdwave.wordpress.com/. She tweets @Shutterseed
Afroze Zaidi Jivraj recently completed her MPhil at the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, she did her research around Islamophobia in the media, requiring the analysis of comment sections on the Guardian and Telegraph websites.
For her academic research, Afroze has sought a more holistic understanding of Islamophobia which goes beyond the popular scholarly and policy focus and looks critically at Islamophobia as a form of racism in the truest sociological sense. She blogs for the Huffington Post on media representations of Islam and Muslims. Find her on Twitter @AfrozeZJ
Rubab Zaidi is a freelance writer who is currently working in Sales and Training. She loves shopping, fashion (especially the modest kind), and socialising over cups of tea. She is an eternal optimist and believes that good communication skills can make life so much easier. She is a single mum to a beautiful boy who is her biggest fan. Life has taught Rubab to prioritise her own health and well-being without paying heed to the opinions of others. She tweets @Ruby2805.
Amena Ziard is Religious Affairs Editor at The Colony. She is Prose Editor at Peril, an Asian-Australian digital arts and culture magazine, co-host of Race Card, and former editor of Lot’s Wife, Monash University’s student publication. Tweet her @amenaziard
The Media Diversified Directory is an interactive online directory consisting of entries representing individual non-fiction writers, journalists and experts. Entries may be added, deleted and edited as required using a simple online interface. Each entry within the directory will have their own page representing themselves including a photograph, personal information, interests, a remit, contact details, location, languages and previous work. Users will be able to search entries in the directory by either name or category, and filter their search results by location, language and remit. When searching by name, users will input a name and the search will return results most relevant to that search term. When searching by category users will specify categories of interest and entries that fall within that category will be subsequently displayed.
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