It’s 2013, a bustling Monday night and autumn has finally started eyeing up winter clothing. Inside my chosen venue, the walls are lined with baby-faced images of the alternative comedy elite: faces who make you laugh, but with a clear conscious. Up there, in their pre-pubescent glory, Baddiel, Skinner, Merton, I kid you not, are [...]Read more →
The Good Ole Days
It’s that time of year, war wounds are brought out, camera phones revealed. Pub tables are pulled together and people yell in your face about how mad it was. Yes Glastonbury festival is over and still people can’t stop talking about it. I’m especially pissed off as this year I didn’t go. [...]
By Tafadzwa ShakaRa Mbandaka
“HE’S SO DUMB INNIT. I DON’T MEAN TO SOUND RACIST YEAH, BUT HE IS AFRIKAN”
These are the words of English Frank to a room full of Afrikans at a Hip-Hop showcase in London. I don’t have to run down the sequence of events. Most of you by now have seen the video [...]
By @JustinTheLibSoc & @Mod_Charissa
According to Spin Magazine, Lupe Fiasco has mansplained his way into a terrible mess, he attempted to challenge misogyny in rap only to be attacked for doing in it in misogynistic way. Lupe has denounced Spin for resorting to personal attacks and has launched #BoycottSpinMagazine as a response. Is the charge right or is [...]
On what would be Curtis Mayfield’s 70th birthday, Kerem Nisancioglu explores the soul artist’s musical legacy and the political context in which his music found its resonance.
“We’re believing very strongly in equality and freedom for all, but especially we people who are darker than blue… we’re not trying to offend anyone, but basically telling it like [...]
By Mhairi McAlpine / @Mhairi_McAlpine
Growing up in the 1970s, I didn’t have the most politically correct upbringing. A gollywog adorned the jam jar I stared blankly at as I woke up over my morning toast, in school we read “Little Black Sambo” – complete with illustrations, for pleasure I read about how evil Gollywogs were, [...]
After Monday night’s mini-spill outside the Tate Britain, enacted by the artist-activist group Liberate Tate, there has been a flow (‘scuse the pun) of press coverage from around the world, opening up the debate around corporate sponsorship of the arts (which is, in my personal opinion, a victory in itself).
Much of the arguments that are [...]
A 5 minute video of a “Liberate Tate” action which is part of an upcoming documentary:
Balloon Power from Sharon salazar on Vimeo.
For more info on this action, read Sunny Hundal’s post on Liberal Conspiracy
By Hanna Thomas
A few years ago I was at drama school, waiting to launch myself into the world of showbiz and being prepped for life out in the “industry”. This consisted mainly of being told to lose half my body weight, wear chicken fillets and look either more or less asian (pretty hard for a [...]
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