Miss Black and Beautiful: A Review

Shoreditch is synonymous with gentrification in London — a cheap area in a rough neighbourhood, usually occupied by immigrants, slowly becomes a hub for artists and students who can no longer afford the rent in the city centre. The grime and rust of the area adds to their legitimacy as ‘struggling’ artists, but the voices,…

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Language and Liberation

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Yesterday, a strange man in asked me where I live. I told him that I’d rather not share my address with him—nothing personal, I said, but I’m from a big city where we don’t disclose our exact location to strangers. “My bad. The first thing everyone here asks me is where I’m staying.” I’ve been…

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An Attempt at Checking My Post-Brexit White Privilege

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Your Fear. My Life.

Committed to preemptively end what he perceived a threat to his future, a white graduate student sat down to pen a letter vowing to kill all black students at my school. Signed and delivered, his letter was the beginning of the end for many of us. Although these threats are common events in the United…