Taking Up Space

My university experience, based on ‘Taking Up Space’.

How to exercise in self-isolation.

Two weeks ago, my university emailed to inform myself and my flat mates that we would have a fourteen-day period of isolation. This meant that we would be forced to remain in our rooms as much as possible as a precautionary measure to stop the virus spreading within our kitchen group and beyond. The onlyContinue reading “How to exercise in self-isolation.”

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)”

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)”