How the fashion industry have commercialised black culture

In tribute to George Floyd, prominent brands among the fashion industry took to social media to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement on ‘#blackouttuesday’. However, critics fear that this display of solidarity was merely lip service. The fashion industry does not have the best reputation for encouraging diversity or for being representativeContinue reading “How the fashion industry have commercialised black culture”

Juneteenth: what freedom looks like today

Last Friday, the 19th June 2020, marked the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, otherwise known as Liberation Day, Freedom day or Emancipation Day. On the 19th June 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free from emancipation and that the civil war had ended. Now, 155 years later, people in cities and townsContinue reading “Juneteenth: what freedom looks like today”

Grenfell: a fire fuelled by racism

This week marks the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower blaze which claimed the lives of 72 people on the horrific morning of the 14th June 2017. As Black Lives Matter protests are taking place across the country, and with greater awareness of structural racism in the UK, the anniversary this year has been particularlyContinue reading “Grenfell: a fire fuelled by racism”

Confronting British History

Due to the recent protests, awareness of systematic racism has highlighted the discriminative ways in which black people are treated in society and portrayed in British culture. Racist TV programmes like ‘Little Britain’ and statues like Edward Colston for example, which for a long time have gone unchallenged, now face scrutiny. The focus going forwardContinue reading “Confronting British History”

Calling time on racism

George Floyd is the most recent victim in the long list of black lives lost to police brutality and institutional racism. The overtly callous nature of his death, being suffocated by a police officer, shocked the world. The riots and protests which followed have reignited the conversation about racism and racially motivated attacks. Racism oughtContinue reading “Calling time on racism”