Poem: Women Activists

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Your unmatched courage
and freedom fighting instincts
were ingrained with ancestors’ blood
whose strength and heroism
broke barriers and conquered their plights
so that we can stand today — emancipated.

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.”
— John Lennon / Paul McCartney


The global case of skin bleaching and the Western ideal of beauty

(Left) Image of a vintage advert for Nadinola Bleaching Cream, (Right) Artra skin tone cream advert in Ebony magazine 1963.
(L) Vintage advert for Nadinola Bleaching Cream by Envisioning the American Dream, (R) Artra skin tone cream advert published in Ebony magazine 1963, (pg.107)

While this long read is primarily based on skin bleaching, it’s impossible not to write about the influence of Western standards of beauty in its entirety as it stems from promoting society’s belief in whiteness as the most beautiful and worthy of respect and admiration. A quick google search (eg. type beautiful women), proves the common sentiments of who is deemed attractive. It’s evident, spreading and pervasive influence sets a precedent in these conversations. They both go hand in hand, intertwined in a union that can’t be ignored as it has affected many aspects within society.

The issue of colourism…


Haiku

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Photo Credit | The author Allison Gaines created and owns this photo | made via Canva

Black Women Matter

their feelings are valid too

makes space for anger

Society puts unrealistic expectations onto Black women, namely that they must act accordingly or get slapped with the angry Black woman trope. While some view this stereotype as a harmless generalization, diminishing Black women’s feelings is no laughing matter. The harm caused by racist tropes are two fold — they dehumanize the marginalized group while simultaneously trying to control them. The angry Black woman trope aims to characterize Black women as over-the-top, out of control, and monstrous.

In the aftermath of slavery and the resulting social, economic, and…


Let's dismantle these microaggressive comments

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Photo by Roberto Okaka from Pexels

As black women, we encounter an abundance of remarks that are clearly offensive to us as a whole. However, society doesn't realise that some of the remarks they make towards us are derogatory, when they may think they are harmless in effect.

From my personal experiences, I can account for why these are disrespectful and wrong. It may be simple to say "just ignore it'' or ''it doesn't matter, they didn't mean it like that'' from an outside perspective, but as someone who has heard these remarks first hand, it is far more damaging than that.

As a society, we…


Criminal Prosecution Must Be Next for The Sake of Democracy

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Photo Credit | Senate TV via AP | Deadline

Following the acquittal of former President Trump on February 13th, there are clear winners and losers.

For starters, Donald Trump won. The white supremacists won. And Trump enablers won.

But with the acquittal of Mr. Trump, democracy lost, our constitutional institution lost, America has lost.

But it doesn’t have to stay this way.

The Senate should have voted to convict former president Donald J. Trump. It’s appalling that he was not.

I firmly believe Donald Trump was behind the insurrection. Now, of course, the rioters could have chosen not to rampage the Capitol. Still, it is undeniable that Mr. …


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Image: Migrant Caravan: Thousands Move Into Guatemala, Hoping To Reach U.S., NPR.org

In the weeks leading up to president Joe Biden’s inauguration, thousands of Hondurans, in a desperate plea to escape their poverty-stricken, violence-ridden, and hurricane tormented country, attempted to make their way through Guatemalan and Mexican borders in the hopes of a better life in America.

In his presidential campaign trail, former President-elect Biden proclaimed that the United States and Central America are “bound together not just by proximity, but by our shared history and values, and the deeply rooted connections of family and friends that inextricably link our futures.”

The previous administration blatantly disregarded these shared values while dehumanizing the…


Politics and Race

The last year has been incredibly hard for me and many black people. I have felt so many emotions: Rage and anguish and sadness and frustration.

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One of the most frustrating things that I found is the fact that people keep on telling me that racism doesn’t exist as much in the UK or that things are much better off here. As a black person, I know that racism exists in the UK and it is not any better.

I came to the UK when I was very little but even from there, I have experience racism almost constantly. There are so many things that I could talk about in this article. I could talk about when I was in year nine and a guy came…

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