24-Hour Culture of Speed: Just Take 5by Amara Lawrence
In this current age we have seen the natural cycle and rhythm of life disrupted. No longer does the working day finish when the sun sets, nor does it begin when it rises. We have created societies where everyone lives by their own means. 24-hour culture is “the city that never sleeps”, 24 hour gyms and supermarkets, instant […]
Polyamorous or Not, That is the Question. (A Story of Love)by Brittni Alahmar
When initially contemplating this piece, I was unsure of where to begin. What message was I trying to convey and what line was I presuming to cross? Did I want to educate, relate, or flat out retaliate to the ideas presented to me about a foreign, but equally intriguing topic. The conversation at hand is […]
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It’s not just Sex Workers who sell their bodiesby Amara Lawrence
I remember watching the documentary series Sex in Strange Places (unfortunately no longer available on iPlayer) in which Stacey Dooley looks into the sex trades of Russia, Brazil, and Turkey. It is a series that opened up to my mind to the ways cultures impact the sex industry and the toll of the industries on […]
When Eastern Culture Collides with a Western Awakeningby Shajahan Chaudhry
“When are you getting married?” “No, don’t tan, you’re much prettier when you are fairer!” Are those tattoos, are they permanent?” That dress is too short, the pants are too tight…” Those and many other questions are what I have had to listen to growing up, 35 years old and thankfully some of them have […]
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Black History Month: Reclaiming My Identityby Aisha Rimi
1st October marks an important date in Nigerian history; the day the nation gained independence from its British colonisers. Every year the “Happy Independence Day” messages stream in from family all around the world on the group chat, and my timeline is filled with celebratory posts and well wishes for our country, always without fail […]
Carnival, Consent and Visibilityby Aubri Elle
I’m tired of non-Caribbean people speaking on Caribbean culture. Exhausted. Carnival is an exciting time of year where people get together to celebrate their culture. However, sadly, many encounter the parts of Caribbean culture that have been boiled and stripped down to gentrified Bob Marley tees and wearing the Rastafarian colors with no actual idea […]
Disproving the Myth of Black Britishness and Classby Aisha Rimi
As a black woman born and raised in Britain, conversations about the lack of representation of black people within different spheres of British society are not unbeknownst to me. We are underrepresented in the education sector, particularly in higher positions. We are underrepresented in the boardrooms across the country. And of course, we are underrepresented […]
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Growing Up in a “Broken Home”by Aman Sangha
Growing up, approved no rx my family home consisted of my single mother and myself, medical this was and still is considered your typical broken home. Although there was never any pressure on me to help with the household income or maintenance of the home, it was very much clear that we weren’t like most […]
Defining My Cultural Identity in such a Mixed Worldby Rossana Rocas
Us Millennials are the future, malady but we are stressed as fuck. But I guess it’s no surprise when we’ve been hit with huge post-uni debt whilst juggling unpaid internships, order zero-hours contracts and extortionate rent prices. Lack of help and money means we are struggling to buy or even rent a property and to make matters worse, our lives are under constant comparison and scrutiny on social media.
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