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British-Indian’s Need More Narratives of Joy

When I was ten, I picked up a book that was lying on the table in my aunt’s house. The girl on the cover looked too much like me to resist. She had Indian skin, black hair in pigtails, and exuded youth. The only difference was that I couldn’t see …

The Message Dove’s Advert Sends Shouldn’t Be Tolerated

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure that you’ve heard of the latest controversy involving Dove last weekend. The skincare brand came under fire for an advert showing a dark-skinned woman removing a shirt, revealing a light-skinned woman underneath. Is @Dove soap’s marketing strategy Before – black & …

What White People Need to Learn About White Supremacy

All white people are racists.   That got your attention, didn’t it? Before you start on the whole ‘How dare you’ thing, I’m white and, while I try my very hardest not to be prejudiced, I am – because that’s what I was taught by society as I grew up. I don’t always realise it, but that is …

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 …

The Pecking Order of Progress

Across science and the arts, the first people to achieve something new–first to discover new countries, first flight, first on the moon–are overwhelmingly male. Not only that, but they are overwhelmingly white, straight, cisgender and of a relatively high social and economic standing. In the hierarchy of human achievement, there’s no question …

America’s Next Top Model is Progressive AF

I’m a big fan of trashy TV. For a long time, my favourite programme was The Only Way Is Essex; and my idea of a banging weekend is binge watching Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl in my pyjamas. Sure, I love a good documentary as much as the next …