Tea Time

Classism and Ableism in the UK Government’s COVID Control

Social distancing and going into lockdown are two of the government’s main preventative methods in the bid to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. And the theory is a not just sound, but it's logical, and it’s a method that has repeatedly been used throughout history in times of pestilence and disease. But the… Continue reading Classism and Ableism in the UK Government’s COVID Control

Coffee Hour

Loc’s of Love

So I wanted to talk about hair because with my birthday coming up ( Big 26 😭), I’m going to be going through a lot of the self-care motions and hair is a big part of that process for me. I just wanted to talk a little bit about my hair journey, my choices and… Continue reading Loc’s of Love

Book Talks

Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism and ‘Fast Girls’: A Review

I read Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism a few weeks ago, just as something to do. But I must say I was very impressed, particularly as it helped me to contextualise some of the issues in the current social media climate regarding female sexuality and social media algorithms. But first a little about the book itself.… Continue reading Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism and ‘Fast Girls’: A Review

For The Culture

Netflix’s Self-made: A Review

I was really against watching the Netflix show Self-made: inspired by the of Madam C.J. Walker. Most of what I knew about Madam C.J Walker growing up was centred around the fact that she created the hair relaxer and as a result became the first black female billionaire. But having grown up and experienced my… Continue reading Netflix’s Self-made: A Review

Coffee Hour

Oshun’s Descendants

Why we shouldn’t shy away from African folklore Black Ballad’s writer, Jumoke Abdullahi, recently released an article discussing how hard it was for her to connect to her Yoruba heritage because the traditional beliefs of Yorubaland were shied away from by her family. As a classicist, this got me thinking (and feeling more than a… Continue reading Oshun’s Descendants

Coffee Hour

Divide and conquer in the aftermath of BLM

As the fire of Black Lives Matter is starting to die down what we are being left with all the scattered smouldering flames of activists and speakers talking about the less brazen everyday acts of racism enacted either against or within the black community. Many of these issues, such as colourism are serious issues which… Continue reading Divide and conquer in the aftermath of BLM

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The Real Loss of Liberty: Experiencing Isolation in Isolation

We spend a lot of time talking about creators during lockdown, about missing people and restricted freedoms during lockdown, but one thing that hasn’t been spoken about is what it's like to have a loved one in prison during this time. If you have a person in prison, it is already likely that you don't… Continue reading The Real Loss of Liberty: Experiencing Isolation in Isolation

Coffee Hour

Anti-Blackness in British Islam

In the midst of fighting for Black lives, I think its important to remember that we are fighting for black lives in every corner of society. That being said, it is really crucial for all people of colour out there to understand that this movement is a call for you to change your attitudes towards… Continue reading Anti-Blackness in British Islam

For The Culture

Fantasy as a Vehicle for Social Change

Sci-fi and dystopian and fantasy fiction has always been the medium for rebellion. We’ve seen it with The Hunger Games and The Handmaid's tale. This genre often manages to tackle human rights issues better than social commentary, or literary Fiction, who usually discuss it rather than tackles. The symbolism that sci-fi, dystopian and fantasy fiction… Continue reading Fantasy as a Vehicle for Social Change