“Pouring my heart out” by Tylor Hurd.

Written by Clementine Glen.

All my life, I’ve felt like I’ve never truly found my place, and I’m forever chasing after people who don’t care about me. My mom keeps saying I’ll find my people someday but whenever she specifies that someday, it never comes to fruition and just gets pushed back. Sometimes the rejection is immediate but other times, it feels like I’m about to find my place, only for it to keep eluding me. Over the years, I’ve mastered the art of the first impression, but it rarely lasts or progresses much beyond that. To say I’m completely…


Libya: A Modern-Day Slave Trade

Written by Olivia Opara

Within the state of Libya, a humanitarian crisis is occurring: human lives are being auctioned off. Modern-day slavery is, unfortunately, a common occurrence — this isn’t happening in isolation. It takes place in over 130 countries worldwide affecting about 21 million, many of which are children. They are exploited typically for labour purposes (most common within the fast fashion industry) as well as sold into human trafficking rings. In Black Sister’s Street by Chika Unigwe, we see young girls sent to Europe under the guise of being employed as nannies, but end up in the sex…


Respect, Solidarity, Compassion and Survival: One Hand Cannot Clap Without the Other. We need to mutually co-operate to move forward.

“Side Effects of Division” by Oreofe Ogunkoya

Written by Josephine Abimbola Ibiwoye

Post-Apartheid South Africa birthed the utopian concept Ubuntu: ‘I am because we are;, from the Zulu phrase ‘Umuntu ngumuntu ngabatu’ (a person is a person through others). Since 1863 when diamonds and gold were discovered in South Africa by the Dutch, seeds of racial dissection were consistently planted through the Apartheid system. The bigoted laws solely amplified the domination of the Dutch by oppressing the native South Africans. Therefore, the ideology, Ubuntu opposed the aims of Apartheid by emphasizing on the appreciation of humanity despite diversity. …


The influence of African artwork on Cubism

“Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”, 1907.

Written by Danique Bailey

The contributions that Black people have made to society have been undermined throughout history, which is reflected in the fact that the education system still teaches very little Black history in schools. Organisations like The Black Curriculum want to see Black British history taught all year round in schools, highlighting the current lack of education about Black history (1). Lavinya Stennett founded The Black Curriculum because ‘the education system is built to bury white guilt’ and needs to be reformed (2). …


Written by Jaz

‘Lesbian’, ‘Pansexual’, ‘Non-Binary’, ‘Androgynous’, ‘Stud’, ‘Femme’. Labels seem to be all we talk about nowadays. Even now when the LGBT community has progressed the farthest we’ve ever seen, everyone seems intent on fitting in a box. Labels can be our curses or our blessings, but most times they’re both.

Choices, Choices, Choices And The Magic of Glee

From the young age of 5, I knew that girls were included in my vision of love and affection. Pretty girls made me smile and I wanted to hold their hands. The next 6 years would be me learning that this was a taboo and an error against…


SS. Sergius and Bacchus. Constantinople. 6th or 7th century.

Mainstream rhetoric will have you believe that people like me do not exist. That there can be no such individual who is both queer and a believer in Christ. I say this confidently because it is an analogy that I too believed for a long period of my childhood. Having been raised in Africa for a notable part of it, it was a given that the two could not live together. I don’t remember having any explicit conversation about how “being gay was not okay”, but the message was quite clear. The church didn’t speak on it, neither did family…


Source: https://twitter.com/Premauj/status/1267954592945487872/photo/2

I’ve been seeing a lot of people talking about sexual violence against women, seemingly spurred on by the recent rapes and killings of Jennifer and Uwa in Nigeria. As usual, both girls got a hashtag commemorated to their tragic rapes demanding justice, and for some time #JusticeforJennifer and #JusticeforUwa were trending on Instagram and Twitter. Coming at a time when African-Americans are also protesting racialised violence from the police after the terrible murder of George Floyd, Nigerians seem to be taking a page from their fellow Black brothers and sisters in recognising that enough is enough. …


Elizabeth Eckford, part of The Little Rock Nine. Source: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/central-high-school-integration

It’s May 2020, and black people approach every month holding their breath, waiting for the next hashtag; the most recent being George Floyd, a black man killed at the hands of a white cop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Maybe it’s quarantine, or divine intervention but many of us have realized enough is enough. We cannot and will not sit back and observe our white classmates watch another black man killed and be desensitised to it because of course “they’re not racist”, “they would never kill someone”. There is a righteous misbelief that this thing, “racism”, is an American problem because there…


Source: New York Times

When people ask me to recommend television, it is doubtful that Westworld is not on that list. They usually follow up with “Why?”, which I often cannot answer simply. How do you minimise such a complex and stylish show into a three-line paragraph? I’m aware that there are quite a few people who are opposed to sci-fi. It is a genre that is expected to present in worlds that are too polarised from the one we know. But Westworld goes beyond that; it presents a world that is telling you more about the world you know. …


BY CAMPBELL ADDY/UNIVERSAL.

Many spent their Valentine’s day holding hands with their significant other, clandestine meetings and fine dining in dimly lit restaurants. I, on the other hand, was at MacDonald’s, my hands gesticulating with vim whilst deforming my Big Mac in the process, ranting to my friends about the film we had just watched,’ Queen and Slim’. The lyrics of VickeeLo’s intro in the soundtrack for the film ricocheted through my head: “If his name on it, then mine right beside it/ Real f — king ride or die.” What does that even mean? …

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