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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
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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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