Race Debates

Covering all things regarding race in the UK and worldwide. Read my opinion – as well as the opinions of various guest bloggers – on the world around us!

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Being Mixed Race: My BBC 5 Live Interview

Recently I was lucky enough to be contacted by BBC 5 live in regards to a series they are doing on diversity in the UK (please see the video above). 50 years ago, the Race Relations act outlawed discrimination on the "grounds of colour, race, or ethnic or national origins" in public places. The focus of this series is to see whether, 50 years on, discrimination and racism still exists within the UK. Having spoken openly about my experiences of growing up mixed race in the past, I jumped at the opportunity to discuss this with a larger audience. Read on to learn more about my experiences of discrimination, and listen in on our conversation!

The Power of The £: Why Protesting Outside DSTRKT Isn’t Enough

'On December 1, 1955, Mrs Rosa Parks refused to move when she was asked to get up and move back by the bus operator. Mrs Parks was sitting in the first seat in the unreserved section. All of the seats were taken, and if Mrs Parks had followed the command of the bus operator she would have stood up and given up her seat for a male white passenger, who had just boarded the bus. In a quiet, calm, dignified manner, so characteristic of the radiant personality of Mrs Parks, she refused to move. The result was her arrest.' - Martin Luther King
The image of Rosa Parks protesting for the rights of herself and fellow black people in Alabama is infamous, but change most definitely did not happen in one day. What is easily forgotten is that following that event that caused such a huge media explosion, black people in Montgomery refused to use the buses that drove them many miles on a daily basis, to and from work, for over a year until they were desegregated. It was only after this act of solidarity that real change was made. Fast forward to 2015, and after the news that DSTRKT nightclub in London's West End refused entry to a group of black women as they were 'too dark' and 'too fat,' the black community in the UK is left outraged. Images and videos of protests outside the venue were splashed across twitter and other social media, but is that really enough to create change? Here is why I know it is necessary that we must boycott DSTRKT.
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The Conscious Vibes Documentary

Back in April, a friend of mine reached out to me, asking if I could be of any help to his friend and her dissertation. I of course said I was happy to, and I was soon introduced to the lovely Kehinde (@kaybadmus) who informed me that she was in the process of creating a documentary about natural hair. Have a watch of the shortened version of the original film where she talks us through the advances of natural hair in the UK.

Aduna Baobab: Sharing the Vibrancy of Africa

Recently, I had the pleasure of receiving a parcel from Aduna*; a business on a mission. A mission to breathe the vibrancy of Africa into the daily lives of people all over the world. Aduna is building a smallholder supply chain in Upper East Ghana, one of Africa’s most poverty-stricken regions, to empower female producers to harvest and process their baobab fruits. They are already working with 1,100 women from 11 communities who are benefiting from regular income flows. Find out more about the company that is helping thousands, the health benefits of the baobab fruit and how you can support them!
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Words of Empowerment at Curlvolution 2015

It's that time of year again! May Bank Holiday weekend; the weekend of two huge Afro hair events - Curlvolution and Afro Hair and Beauty Live. Last year's Curlvolution was the first natural hair event I had ever gone to, having only set the blog up a few weeks before! Now one year on, and with my blogger pals around me, it was time to come together again to celebrate the beauty of Afro hair. However, none of us were prepared for how eye-opening and empowering the event would be. Read on to see what we got up to at Curlvolution 2015!

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@HairOfHeritage: Natural Hair in Sweden

On www.LondonCurls.com, I love sharing the experiences of men and women from all around the world - not just our beautiful city. In this article, the lovely Nandi aka @HairOfHeritage, returns to the blog to share what the natural hair scene is like in Sweden, how she has contributed to the scene and gives us an idea of how she thinks it will grow in the future. Enjoy!

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ThandieKay.com feature: My Thoughts on the Zendaya Locs Controversy

Recently, I had the opportunity to write for the amazing www.ThandieKay.com, sharing my thoughts on the criticism Zendaya Coleman received for her locs at the Oscars. I was honoured, as this website - created by make up artist Kay Montano and actress Thandie Newton - inspired me to start my own blog!
      Please be sure to head over to their page to read my own - and other women's - opinion on the issue in their latest article 'The Salon of (Hair) Acceptance.' Until then, check out my thoughts on the controversy below!
      When I first heard the remarks of Giuliana Rancic, I was unsure of how to feel. On the one hand I am aware of the toxic bitchiness that 'Fashion Police' spews after every award show, and felt it was almost expected that women -regardless of ethnicity, shape or size - would fall victim to Joan Rivers-esque verbal abuse from the self-righteous women on the panel.
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Selma: Film Review

For months, I have waited for the release of Selma – a film documenting an intense three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent, racist opposition in Alabama. There has been much controversy recently as it was not nominated for an Oscar in the 2015 Academy awards, set to take place this Sunday. I finally got the chance to watch the film a few weeks ago and, as always, here is my honest review of one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year.
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Black Panthers Revisited

It is as important today as it was 50 years ago that people stand up to the establishment and refuse to accept racial profiling. Dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin who would have been 20 today had he not been murdered by George Zimmerman.

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