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Black is king, but the green dollar is God

A little more than a year after an aesthetically pleasing, empowering, and moving film, arresting us with the ancestral glory and depths of various continental Afrikan beliefs and cultures was released on the streaming platform owned by the rat corporation, I mean Disney+, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z made their appearance in Tiffany’s flashy ABOUT LOVE campaign with Knowles-Carter wearing the famous Tiffany yellow stone. Black may be king ,but that mighty green dollar is god. Before looking at how stark
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Black is king, but the green dollar is God

A little more than a year after an aesthetically pleasing, empowering, and moving film, arresting us with the ancestral glory and depths of various continental Afrikan beliefs and cultures was released on the streaming platform owned by the rat corporation, I mean Disney+, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z made their appearance in Tiffany’s flashy ABOUT LOVE campaign with Knowles-Carter wearing the famous Tiffany yellow stone. Black may be king ,but that mighty green dollar is god. Before looking at how stark

The Imperialistic toddler: America puts down a toy and costs millions of lives

The events of the last month have been utterly heartbreaking but not surprising. Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban. While America’s presence in Afghanistan has been a completely unnecessary, violent, and greedy venture, how they are withdrawing with no regard to refugees, civilians, and issues such as data handling, can tell us a lot about the tyrannical fickleness of colonialism, Western capitalism, and American exceptionalism. America stands on the world stage as a toddler, picking up coun

Climate change: it’s not all “our” fault

This week the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) dropped its landmark climate change (6th) assessment. It’s the verdict: global warming will hit 1.5°C by 2040 without radical intervention. In the IPCC’s most up-to-date special report on climate science, AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, scientists have written that “it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land.” Looking back, scientists found that human activity has i

Emancipation Day? We’ll never be free under this current system

August 1st, unofficially Augirst (a play on the day, like Juneteenth, the US equivalent of Emancipation Day celebrated June 19th) marks Emancipation Day across some of the Commonwealth of “Colonial” Nations. Earlier this year, Canada’s House of Commons voted unanimously to designate August 1st Emancipation Day officially. It’s official. Now for all the symbolism in our refusal to accept enslavement and recognition that the enslavers could no longer continue slavery without consequences, the pas

It’s coming home? Racism is home

Three Black England players, Marcus Rashford, Buyako Saka and Jordan Sancho (23, 19, 21 respectively) took penalties in the EURO Finals 3-2 shoot-out against Italy, they all missed and England lost. What happened next? RACISM! Post-game, within the hour, videos of Black and Brown people being violently assaulted began circulating on social media; and emojis of monkeys left in the comments of the Blacks players’ social media posts. Hardly a post-racial moment, eh? And where are the clips of “d

Is Britain’s Nostalgia for Whites Only?

We thought the days of ‘No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs’ pubs were a thing of the past, think again! A search for The Venue* online, a thriving, growing bar and restaurant venue, reads: “The Venue provides you with a sense of being somewhere special with a hint of nostalgia.” What White people want in a pub, Black people have historically unable to access. A staff member’s former Black colleague also asked when he visited, “Is this legit? It’s reminiscent of the days when we could not get served

Before he passed – an interview with Menelik Shabazz

Pioneering filmmaker, educator and writer Menelik Shabazz has passed on at the age of 67. Let’s keep his loved ones in our thoughts and his powerful legacy living on. In this unheard interview with the legend, six months before his death, Kehinde Andrews discusses Blood Ah Go Run, a film about the response to the New Cross Fire, being part of the moment then and now, and other historical works of the Black British experience.

Skin Deep Meets: Black Fly Zine

Earlier this year, the collective behind Black Fly Zine announced their manifesto: an exciting pledge, full of energy and idealism, to support the wellness of Black and Brown bodies past, present and future. Their aim is to centre the sexual lives of Black and Brown people, recognising the colonial legacies of sexual trauma, and honouring intergenerational experience. Using each other as inspiration, they collectively unpack binaries, embrace the complexity of desire and see the journey to sexua

Who are the celebrities digging deep to support Black Lives Matter?

Last week we showcased the Black British Queens who are using their voices for positive change, this week we take a look at some of the personalities who are digging deep into their pockets to support the movements for racial justice. Always leading from the front when it comes to supporting the Black community, earlier this week Stormzy announced he would be donating £10 million to Black British causes over the next 10 years as part of a lifetime commitment to lift fight racial inequality and

Tales of fake news and homeless elephants from the director of Amy – podcasts of the week

Producer pick: What Matters with Alex Reads Chosen by Oliver Taylor (Positive Action Scheme participant) What matters to you? Is a question podcaster and journalist Alex Reads asks us all in his podcast about living with purpose. Alex interviews guests who explore how to live with more energy, focus and clarity. It’s an enriching listen as Alex intimately delves into what makes people tick. Guests include lifestyle writer Tonia Buxton and author Mariezain Kabba, whose vision for her book came to her in her sleep. Several of the forthcoming episodes will particularly focus on men and on mental health and wellbeing. His guest next week is Medical Director Dr. Earim Chaudry from the website Manual.co, who say they’re “challenging the outdated notion that real men shrug their shoulders and carry on.” Since you’re here ...
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