#BLM, Sport / 30/10/2020 Clive Sullivan MBE (1943-1985)

To honour Black History Month, I wanted to write an article about an inspirational Black sporting figure. The choices were plentiful; from Jesse Owens to Serena Willams, many have led the way in their respective sports as we as a sporting community continue to strive for racial equality. However, in the end I settled upon...

#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...

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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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Tackling climate change and pollution means tackling racism and inequality too

What do Scott Morrison, Jair Bolsanaro and Donald Trump have in common? Well, they are all national leaders who have been accused of climate change denial and racism in their terms in office. The countries under their leadership are severely affected by climate change, suffering through January’s Australian bushfires, 2019’s Amazonian wildfires and the US’s…

#BLM, Science

Innovations and contributions to science by Black scientists

George Washington Carver was born into an enslaved family during the American Civil War. Carver was separated from his mother and sister when they were kidnapped by raiders. The kidnapper’s returned Carver to the plantation after an agreement was made with the owner, however Carver’s mother and sister were not returned with him. His educational…

#BLM, Science

Racism in the healthcare setting

Racial biases within medicine have been rampant and prominent across history. With many doctors and scientists throughout history, reinforcing racial stereotypes and hierarchical systems within the quality of health care they provide. History shows decades of biased education, the exploitation of racial minorities as subjects for medical teaching and training, and unethical scientific experimentation such…

#BLM, Film, Venue

Righting our Wrongs

Films can be a great educational tool, but how do we use them to educate without continuing to give offensive media a platform? HBO Max sparked a conversation when they removed Gone with the Wind from their streaming services because of its highly problematic representation of themes including slavery. While many people agree this is…

#BLM, Fashion, Venue

The issue with ‘blackfishing’

The term “blackfishing” stems from the term “catfishing”, which describes people who are pretending to be something they are not online. With “blackfishing”, people alter their racial appearance to appear Black to gain followers and capitalise off of the “coolness” of appearing Black. This is often done by fake-tanning several shades darker than their natural…


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