White Feelings First, Black People Second: The Constant Silencing of Black Peopleby ArenaCommerce Collaborator
Silencing is something I’ve come to expect when discussing white supremacy and racism with white people. When I talked about feminism as a young woman, it felt like the whole world wanted to hear what I had to say. I was encouraged to join in on topics like ‘girl power’ or ‘#freethenipple’. As a young […]
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In The Age of Over-Sharing, Are Our Thoughts Every Really Our Own?by J'Nae Phillips
We’re living in an age where public opinion is in overdrive, and everywhere you turn people are sharing their unfiltered opinions about the latest news event, celebrity drama, or current debate. We’ve never had more insight into the workings of our minds, never had more opportunity to express our opinions, yet we still need constant […]
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Is Black Creativity a Scapegoat for London Youth Violence?by ArenaCommerce Collaborator
The establishment and mainstream media have been pointing the finger at everything between social media, gang grooming and now Drill music as the cause of what has been described by the Metropolitan Police as “a national emergency” in the streets of London. But attempts to diagnose the cause of the recent rise in knife crime […]
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Sylvia Rivera: Remembering A Queer Heroby ArenaCommerce Collaborator
Every Pride it seems we’re getting better and better at acknowledging the Stonewall riots’ roll in the gay liberation movement, and how we literally would not have a Pride march today without it. Marriage equality, same-sex adoption and the acknowledgement of trans people have all come about because of people like Marsha P. Johnson who […]
Nipsey Hussle: The Desensitization of Death on Social Mediaby ArenaCommerce Collaborator
This past week, social media has been filled with images and posts of Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper who was shot dead outside his Los Angeles clothing store. He went from an artist whose songs I’d seen briefly on Spotify playlists, to a community activist who I learnt so much about in a short space […]
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Why are we willing to romanticise evil ass white men?by ArenaCommerce Collaborator
Obviously, you can interpret art however you want, that’s the nature of art. However, we should really be asking ourselves why we interpret certain themes in art the way we do. We should start asking ourselves this question in relation to You on Netflix. On the 26th of December, Netflix released this psychological thriller based […]
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Meet Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old who is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prizeby ArenaCommerce Collaborator
Climate change is the largest threat to our safety as a species, and we have little time to reverse its effects – 15 years, in fact. If we don’t act now, there won’t be a tomorrow. No more polar bears, bees, plants, and eventually, humans. No more post-apocalyptic movies to scare us into action. The […]
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BHM Recap: Will An Eventful Black History Month Lead To Actual Change?by ArenaCommerce Collaborator
Is it just me or did Black History Month feel a bit more eventful than usual? It’s as if this baby month had different entities– people, brands, and publications– either contemplating their effect on black people or just not giving a fuck, almost going out of their way to offend. Well, February seemed to have […]
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I stand with you, Justine Skye: A Plea to the Music Industryby ArenaCommerce Collaborator
Use the darkness of your past to propel you to a brighter future. – Donata Joseph, Author Before I proceed, I would like to make myself crystal clear. I am writing this article from a place of severe rage, anger, and disappointment. I am […]
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Nappily Ever After: Black Muslim Women and the Natural Hair Conversationby ArenaCommerce Collaborator
The natural hair conversation is something I have taken part in for five years. I waved goodbye to chemical relaxers and never looked back. Since then, I have seen the movement continuously grow as more and more Black women have embraced their natural hair. The Problem Despite its growth over the years, as a Black […]
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The Double Standard of Infidelity in the Industryby ArenaCommerce Collaborator
2018 has definitely been a year of monumental highs and lows for Cardi B. With her debut album followed by number one singles, numerous feuds, a new baby, five Grammy nominations, and now an impending divorce from her husband, rapper Offset, it has been one rocky road for the singer. Recently, Cardi announced that she […]
Life After Graduation: 10 Things They Don’t Tell Youby Dan Bennett
Earlier this month, figures revealed that the number of unconditional offers handed out by Universities has risen from 2,895 in 2013 to an eye watering 67,915 in 2018. With the Government describing Universities as having a “bums on seats” mentality, more graduates than ever are being churned out. With more graduates competing, and that mound […]
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