Tag: cultural appropriation

Arts, OldVenue

Cultural Celebration

The concept of cultural celebration is central to discussions of art, of whatever kind, but cultural appreciation will always attract the odd charge that it is instead cultural appropriation. There will always be someone who claims that enjoyment of the products of another culture is in fact a form of theft or ridicule or offence….

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Whilst white supremacy exists, racial fluidity cannot

A curious story surfaced recently, when the parents of Rachel Dolezal, an American civil rights activist, revealed their daughter to be a white woman ‘passing’ as black. With racist ideology still embedded in American society, this triggered a national conversation, raising issues which I will aim to address as respectfully as a white, British, cisgender…

Music, OldVenue

Hip Hop Through the White Face

Azealia Banks’ Instagram is plastered with the familiar comments section prerequisites for any young, attractive female with a record deal. “QUEEN!!!”, yells one. “Yaaaaas bitch!”, screams another. Then there are fellow Instagram users like ilumi_boy, whose response to a photograph of Banks holding a coconut reads, “If I’m white can I listen to your music?…

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