Can a Film be Successful without Representation?

Over the last couple of years, representation has become more and more important. People are no longer putting up with any form of art that doesn’t represent the whole of society. Which begs the question, can something be successful without representation? Can a piece of art be ‘great’ without reflecting society in its truest form? … More Can a Film be Successful without Representation?

Are Mixed Race people experiencing identity issues?

Being of mixed race myself- with a black mum and white dad- I choose, and have always chosen, to identify as black. This is not because I’m ‘denying’ my white half, or because I’m ‘confused’ which are both things I’ve heard before. Growing up in a single-parent household, I grew up admiring black women. The … More Are Mixed Race people experiencing identity issues?

Jordan Peele: “I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie,”

“I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie,” he added. “Not that I don’t like white dudes. But I’ve seen that movie.” This was a statement made by Jordan Peele in regard to the casting of all black actors in both of his movies. In my understanding of the … More Jordan Peele: “I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie,”

White Saviour Complex: Is it a thing?

Earlier last week, social media exploded in response to MP David Lammy’s tweets about the White Saviour Complex. Lammy suggested that in sending people like Stacey Dooley to African countries and the media circulating photos as such only further perpetuates the idea that African countries are in constant need of help. More specifically, they need … More White Saviour Complex: Is it a thing?

Let’s face it, none of us are ‘woke’.

No matter how ‘woke’ your friends are they’re still ignorant and they can’t help it (you’re probably ignorant too and that’s okay). Now let’s make this clear, I’m not attempting to romanticise or glamourize ignorance, but rather suggest that we have all been ignorant and we will all continue to be ignorant. Don’t worry, it … More Let’s face it, none of us are ‘woke’.

“Can I just apologise for being racist…?”

There have been multiple accounts of various people and organisations having to apologise for the previous racist and/or colourist comments. Yet, many are not buying these apologies anymore. These apologies have been accused of being insincere; they are apologising because they got caught and not because they truly mean it. Some have even argued that … More “Can I just apologise for being racist…?”

The Conservatives are the true bastions of Patriarchy ~ Corbyn’s #Stupidgate was small-fry against their record.

First, there was of course Watergate. The 1972 scandal involving a break-in at the Democratic National Convention’s HQ, leading to the unravelling of a conspiracy that led to the heart of Richard Nixon’s presidency. Many years later in 2015, there was ‘Emailgate’ where Hilary Clinton was found to have been using a private email server … More The Conservatives are the true bastions of Patriarchy ~ Corbyn’s #Stupidgate was small-fry against their record.

Doctors: “Black women don’t feel pain.”

As an 18-year-old Black woman with one less ovary and fallopian tube than the average female reproductive system, I’ve had to learn the hard way why advocating for myself at the GP, hospital or indeed, any medical setting is so important. Let’s start with some background. A study by Hoffman et al. (2016) investigating the … More Doctors: “Black women don’t feel pain.”