racism

My Life

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!
Colorism/Shadeism Project

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.
Guest Bloggers

@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!

My Life

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.
Projects

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.
Guest Bloggers

Abigail: TWO Fro’s ONE Heart!

6MONTHS !!!...I’ve reached reached my first mini milestone in my journey. Boy has it been a bumpy one with a few certain wrong turns along the way, but I can honestly say for now I’m smooth sailing…. but when I say smooth sailing I mean there are still days I want to jump ship & swim to shore, wave my white flag…or even give myself up to the the sharks. (Ok have you guessed I'm kidding). For someone like me with an attachment complex to my hair (i.e. obsessed with length, dying it and then needing weave), I found the decision to go natural quite difficult. At one point I was 100% certain that having grown my hair to 16inches long there was no way I was going to just CUT IT ALL OFF…I mean, I used to pay for this kind of length! But luckily, I did not go through my journey of discovery all alone... I had my beautiful baby girl with me along the way.
Colorism/Shadeism Project

Light Girls – My Honest Review

So much promise, yet so many BLATANT pitfalls... here is my honest review on the much anticipated Light Girls documentary. Now if you have been a follower of my blog, my Instagram... or any other form of social media, you will know that I have been dying to watch the Light Girls documentary. The documentary promised to give a light skinned perspective on shadeism after the Dark Girls documentary shared a dark skinned view. I welcomed this prospect with open arms as I felt - and still feel - that the issue of colorism from both perspectives is such a key topic that needs to be discussed in order for us to move forward together; so much so in fact, that I began a project that invited people of all shades to share their experiences of colorism and shadeism in the run up to the documentary's release on the 19th. I eagerly waited for the documentary to finally become available in the UK, cancelled all my plans, sat down to watch it only to feel... let down. Let me explain...
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