University

On the first day of school; whether that’s primary, secondary or sixth-form; everyone begins with a blank canvas. We are all lined shoulder to shoulder on the starting line: some geared to go, heels poised upwards, ready to sprint off; others listlessly kicking the ground around them wondering when home-time is. Many situate themselves somewhereContinue reading “University”

Ur turn: university? (w/ Elizabeth & Benaya)

From U grades to a U turn.  The government went back on their decision to determine A Level grades based on Ofqual’s algorithm on August 21st, instead opting for teacher assessed grades. It seems as if the student protests worked in overturning the government’s initial decision yet Gavin Williamson remains the Secretary for Education, despiteContinue reading “Ur turn: university? (w/ Elizabeth & Benaya)”

Results Day

A level results not great? Don’t worry, you can protest against the downgrading that’s shafted almost 40% of students. Little consolation I know, but still more reassuring than Jeremy Clarkson’s annual results day Tweet. It was always going to be difficult to determine students’ grades once exams were cancelled in March. There was never goingContinue reading “Results Day”

Wot Do U Call it? Racist? (w/Matt)

Two weeks ago, Wiley took to his Twitter and Instagram, as he does, and pissed some people off, as he does. It seems he’d had enough of targeting Jeremy Corbyn supporter, Stormzy. And this time he didn’t specifically take aim at the Jewish, mixed-race rapper, Drake. Instead, he decided to vilify the Jewish community. TropesContinue reading “Wot Do U Call it? Racist? (w/Matt)”

The danger of celebrity

Last week, we heard Kanye West at a presidential campaign rally in North Carolina, covering a range of topics, from his marriage with Kim Kardashian West, abortion and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. We’ve read a couple series of Tweets, some of which have been deleted, again about his marriage with Kim, the film Get Out andContinue reading “The danger of celebrity”

I watched these non-English speaking films and here’s what I learnt

I wanted to stretch myself. I was getting bored of the same old bilge on Netflix. The big film stars and even bigger budgets. I wanted to be challenged. I wanted to learn. So, I picked three different languages, three different cultures and three different stories. And I wasn’t disappointed. Chungking Express One of theContinue reading “I watched these non-English speaking films and here’s what I learnt”

Afrobeat vs Afrobeats

Fela Kuti influenced the spirit of modern day Afrobeats but not the overall message and sound. Fela Anikulapo Kuti, originally Olufela Ransome-Kuti, is a name known by all Nigerians. Political activist, rebel and the pioneer of the music genre Afrobeat. Today however, there is a new sound coming out of Africa and the African diaspora;Continue reading “Afrobeat vs Afrobeats”

Black owned business (w/Kuties Hair)

Recently, I have been learning about the politicisation of hair. Phoebe Waller-Bridge said that “hair is everything” in an episode of Fleabag; “it’s the difference between a good day and a bad day…we’re meant to think that it’s a symbol of power, that it’s a symbol of fertility”. And in the black community, hair’s importanceContinue reading “Black owned business (w/Kuties Hair)”

Representation (w/Hani)

I would like to use my platform to give other people a voice and because sometimes I get bored of hearing my own. So, when Hani messaged me to collaborate on a piece about how her identity as a Muslim young woman has shaped her, I was intrigued. Furthermore, a black, Muslim young woman. ThisContinue reading “Representation (w/Hani)”