#BLM, Arts / 13/10/2020 Interview with Turkish artist, activist and scholar, Işıl Eğrikavuk

“[Living] in Germany, I started to hear this comment ‘But you don’t look Turkish’ often. What does a Turkish person look like? What is a Turkish woman supposed to look like? What are the stereotypes people attribute to others based on their kinships, passport and nationalities?” Işıl Eğrikavuk is a Turkish contemporary artist and scholar....

#BLM, Arts, Uncategorized / 13/10/2020 Major Philip Guston retrospective cancelled due to KKK imagery

Philip Guston’s first retrospective in 15 years has been postponed yet again. The event, which was supposed to commence on June 7, has now been postponed until 2024 amidst heightened racial tensions, as well as the current global health crisis. Guston’s portfolio contains multiple paintings of Ku Klux Klan figures, including a painting of himself...

#BLM, Arts / 13/10/2020 First ever Indigenous winner of Australia’s Archibald Prize receives $100,000

Vincent Namatjira, an Indigenous artist, has won Australia’s 2020 Archibald Prize, an annual award for portraiture painted by a resident of Australasia. It comes with a cash prize of $100,000. Namatjira’s winning painting, entitled ‘Stand Strong for Who You Are’, features retired Australian footballer, Adam Goodes, as “a proud Aboriginal man who stands strong for...

#BLM, News / 30/09/2020 Black Lives Matter Seminar Series: Review

Organized to combat the colonization of humanities subjects, the Black Lives Matter Seminar Series that took place from the 7th to 11th September saw academics both from UEA and outside UEA discuss various points about Britain’s colonial past and how it has rippled through our curriculums in the present day. Concrete writers followed up on...

#BLM, Sport / 22/09/2020 Increasing minority representation in cricket

The one-off Bob Willis Trophy recently got underway and is providing excitement to cricket fans across the country, who are very glad that the county game has finally resumed. The competition has so far been heralded as a major success, yet there are fewer than 10 Black cricketers born or raised in the UK taking...

#BLM, Gaming / 22/09/2020 The Sims 4 has a major diversity issue

The Sims is a real-life simulation game, aimed at recreating real life in a way that has been wildly successful. While it is obviously impossible to simulate all aspects of the human experience, the game has been heavily criticised for its focus on American, white, middle- class, suburban life. Compared to past versions, The Sims...

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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…

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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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I May Destroy You: an eye-opening watch

Michaela Coel is such an amazing creative force. She’s completely unapologetic and tells it like it is. Her portrayal of sexual assault in I May Destroy You is no different. The main character, Arabella, is a young Black woman who is struggling to finish her novel when she is date-raped on a night out. The…

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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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