Author: Lateefah Jean-Baptiste

Are Universities Too Tolerant of Racism?

Trigger Warning: This piece contains discussion of racism, racial abuse, and racial slurs. — Last month, two incidents of black university students being racially attacked garnered a lot of online attention. I am saddened to say, one of these incidents took place at De Montfort University where I graduated from …

Film Review: Black Panther

Last Thursday night, celebrities headed down to the Eventim Apollo for the European premier of the movie Black Panther.  Stormzy, Michaela Cole and John Boyega were just some the faces who walked the red carpet in true Black Panther style, incorporating their traditional wear in their outfits. “Of course this …

We Need to Do More to Help Female Ex-Offenders

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Bronzefield annual report recently revealed that “Up to 50% of women [are] leaving prison homeless, despite being in a vulnerable state.”  HMP Bronzefield is London’s only female prison and, like most prisons, state that they pride themselves on helping all their inmates assimilate …

Pop Culture’s Love Affair with Feminism

Feminism has undoubtedly now become an integral part of pop culture, whether we’re willing to accept it or not. But it seems that feminism just can’t win. Back in the 80’s, the f-word was associated with women who were inaccurately stereotyped as being aggressive, undesirable and masculine. Nowadays, with celebs …

The Unfair Treatment of Black Female Celebrities in Mainstream Media

Imagine achieving everything you set out to achieve in life, and then add some. Let’s say you’re a multi award-winning artist or an unbeatable tennis player, and whilst you’re up there on cloud nine living your best life, you’re having to read malicious articles that dismiss all your achievements.  You …