#BLM, TV, Venue / 04/08/2020 Race in TV adaptations

Adapting a popular book or comic into a TV series is always a tricky task. People become attached to the characters as they envision them to be, so when a TV show alters a character, it’ll never please everybody.  Film companies in recent years have made efforts to diversify their productions. One way in which...

#BLM, Film, Venue / 04/08/2020 Hamilton: Race, Disney Plus and the arts

Since its debut in 2015, Hamilton has become a Broadway sensation, and its release on Disney Plus means it’s now available for more than just those who can afford a ticket. Chronicling the life of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, the musical has been praised for its racial inclusion. It has a diverse...

#BLM, Gaming, Venue / 04/08/2020 Does the fantasy genre often focus solely around Western culture and ideals?

The fantasy genre is incredibly broad, fitting many RPGs. but also occasionally platformers, visual novels, and point and click adventure games. It is noteworthy that even in JRPGs – a confusing term referring to both Japanese RPGs and RPGs with certain gameplay elements – a European, medieval aesthetic is common. This is most clear in...

#BLM, Film, Venue / 04/08/2020 Diversity in Disney animation

Research shows that children develop a racial bias from as young as five years old. Professor Jennifer Steele conducted a study of this behaviour and concluded: “when we ask children to categorise by race, both younger [5-8 year olds] and older White children [9-12 year olds] show a pro-White bias”. This research bears witness to...

#BLM, Music, Venue / 04/08/2020 A sign of the ages: Pieces of a Man

Gil Scott-Heron’s 1971 timeless debut album, Pieces of a Man, is a staple of powerful genius, a commentary that still proves as relevant almost fifty years on from its release. Scott-Heron’s statement of well-crafted intellect was built on a recipe of jazz, soul, funk and spoken-word that ultimately gave him the alias ‘The Godfather of...

#BLM, Music, Venue / 04/08/2020 Iconic voices in music

A voice in music is not always vocal. For centuries, musicians with intimate understandings of their instruments have used it to express emotion like you would a voice. As many jazz musicians have said, what they play, is their voice.  While John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, or Mary Lou Williams demonstrate technical ability and a distinguishable...

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Hollywood, the Academy, and race

Let’s start with a harrowing statistic. The first Academy Awards were hosted back in 1929, and since then over 3,000 awards have been handed out. Only 43 recipients were Black. There is no denying there is a huge disparity in the number of BIPOC creatives being nominated for the Academy Awards, with the peak of…

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The power of the slogan-tee

The way we present ourselves to society has always been a powerful tool of self-expression. Today, the slogan tee is both a fashion trend and a political statement. The first political t-shirt emerged in the 70s when Vivienne Westwood established the now legendary “SEX” boutique in London. The collection in question featured depictions of homoeroticism…

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Boris Johnson, a figurehead for covert racism

On Monday 8th June, following the spread of Black Lives Matter protests across the world, a spokesman for Boris Johnson announced the Prime Minister denies the UK being a racist country. On June 13th, Johnson also tweeted: “racist thuggery has no place on our streets.”. The use of the word “thuggery” mirrors the language used…

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13th – Netflix film review

Ava DuVernay’s BAFTA award-winning documentary 13th has recently seen a 4,500% increase in streams in light of the murder of George Floyd. The title is a reference to the thirteenth amendment, which states that American people should be subjected to “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime”. The film charts how…


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