#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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The unheeded Black muses of art history

Black subjects in fine art have often been overlooked by art historians’ Eurocentric focus on White subjects. In Western art, Black figures integral to our history have been grossly underrepresented. The descriptions of paintings which do feature Black subjects often outrageously belittle their significance, and sometimes even leave them unidentified. Black subjects have also historically…

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One Huge Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Diversity

At the 1968 Olympic Games, Tommie Smith, setting a world record, came first in the 200m sprint, with John Carlos placing third. After the event, the duo wore black socks and no shoes to protest Black poverty and made the Black power salute on the podium. Avery Brundage, President of the International Olympic Committee had…

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The Wire: Undeniably America

When it begins, The Wire seems like a regular police procedural, where the bad guys are drug dealers who are ready to get taken down and the police are all the heroes. Over the succeeding five series, it becomes something else: a story about the ways the Black community has been left behind in America…

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Being brave off the pitch: Football’s new generation

Marcus Rashford is the latest of a wave of young footballers using their immense online presence to affect change off the pitch. It was announced recently that the Government would make a U-turn on cancelling the school meal voucher policy after Rashford wrote an open letter to MPS calling for exactly that. It is clear…

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Forced Diversity: A Myth or a Real Issue?

“Forced diversity”, or forced representation, is a concept that people throw around on the internet regarding Black characters or those of other ethnic minorities. But what makes diversity in television feel forced, and therefore, how should television approach representation? Or is the whole concept simply a myth? Diversity can appear forced when characters and their…


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