#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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Racial inequalities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic to be further investigated

A new report carried out by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) aims to explore how coronavirus has contributed to “the loss of lives and livelihoods” within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. A government-driven report was published in June that showed the heightened Coronavirus death rates within minority communities. The Labour MP…

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Norwich School accused of an ‘extremely disappointing’ response from accusations of institutional racism by current and former students

A top private school in Norwich has faced criticism for its “extremely disappointing” handling of allegations of “rampant racism.” The allegations were originally raised in a letter sent to the school in mid-June. The letter requested staff at the Norwich School to be better trained to deal with issues of racism, as well as detailing…

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Pose FX: intersectionality in race

The first episode of Pose FX opens on a disco ball; we see a New York apartment filled with gorgeous guys and girls. While Pose is indeed a show filled with fun and glamour, it also deals with heavy themes. All the girls in the apartment are trans women and are either Black or Afro-Latina….

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Fiction against racism

Race, racism, and racial injustice continue to stain the fabric of our society, as they have done for many years. As they do, the importance of education as a tool to recognise, comprehend and dismantle racism, as well as its associated institutions, has moved to the forefront of conversations surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement….


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