It has been five years since I lay curled up on the floor of the girl’s toilet at school. I didn’t remember someone bursting into my cubicle and begin to stab at my chest but there it was, the pain that sees normal take a nosedive into the toilet and drown a slow and painful death. My lips were numb, my breathing heavy and help, … Continue reading Reinventing My Prescription For Happiness
As media coverage surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement dies down, it is important to keep the momentum going whether that is on the micro or macro scale. By now, I’m sure you’ve seen an abundance of posts advocating for “allies” to actively raise the voices of ethnic minorities in the fight against racism. However, one thing that should be underlined here is that the … Continue reading Allyship: Keep the Momentum Going
Have you ever considered jumping into freezing cold water? Here is why you should. Continue reading The Big Chill: Shock Away The Lockdown Fatigue With Open Water Swimming
Saying you aren’t racist is not enough. Saying you’re simply “not racist” is taking the neutral ground. There is no neutrality in the fight for justice and the fight against racism. White silence is violence. For friends to sit there and say that they don’t need to post things on social media or “send massive opinions on group chats” hurts. It really hurts because silence … Continue reading Why Being Silent is Being Complicit.
At the murder of George Floyd, a fire ignited, and its embers have scattered across the globe. Conversations surrounding racial inequality have emerged in new and unexpected places, causing greater comprehension of a vastly important, yet often ignored topic. I’ve always been passionate about equality thus has never considered that I could be complicit with abusive behaviours and attitudes. However, the colour of my skin … Continue reading Racism, Resistance and Roots; How George Floyd Helped Us Reconsider Our Reality
‘Real Ones Know!’ – Stormzy, And Other Reasons Why Malorie Blackman Is The Author To Start With When It Comes To Tackling Your White Privilege
When millions of people across the globe must put their lives at risk by taking to the streets in protest during a global pandemic, you know something is severely wrong. The recent murder of Mr George Floyd by a US police officer has sparked an eruption of some of the most widespread and powerful protests the world has seen in recent years as the message … Continue reading ‘Real Ones Know!’ – Stormzy, And Other Reasons Why Malorie Blackman Is The Author To Start With When It Comes To Tackling Your White Privilege
To fully appreciate this article, and its innumerable shortcomings, a cursory knowledge of the film’s plot (or the UK’s domestic affairs) is required. You would be forgiven for thinking that Ali G was little more than a stereotyped, dole-seeking, boyakashing stooge (albeit a lovable one) hell-bent on saving the John Nike Leisure Centre – amongst smoking skunk and hosting Driveby FM. However, are there parallels between … Continue reading Keep it Real – The Cummings Saga And The Omnipresence of Ali G Indahouse
Callum Lea: The Teenager Behind The UK’s First Ever Charity Supporting Athletes With Mental Health Difficulties
Not your standard gap year. I suppose that’s one way to describe Callum Lea’s creation of the UK’s first ever registered charity to support young sports players experiencing mental health issues. Although vintage upon vintage of volunteering ‘gap yahs’ before him have taken the well-trodden, admirable charity route; building wells in ‘Indyah’ or ‘Tanzaniahh’ – either out of the genuine goodness of their heart or … Continue reading Callum Lea: The Teenager Behind The UK’s First Ever Charity Supporting Athletes With Mental Health Difficulties
If you have been living under a rock (or as is permissible in the circumstances – your duvet) for the entirety of lockdown, you will have been greatly deprived of Normal People’s Mr Connell Waldron in the glorious shape of Paul Mescal. Not only has it been suggested that Mescal has “redefined” the term sex symbol, he has even been dubbed as a future James … Continue reading Normal People: We All Want To Be Mrs Connell Waldron, But Have We Massively Missed The Point?
You know who you are. It’s all fun and games calling yourself independent until you actually have to prove it. No amount of ‘self care days’ could have prepared the notorious promoters of self love for this one. I mean, let’s be honest – did that face mask and new set of acrylics honestly give you a new lease of autonomy? Or did it just … Continue reading ‘You Complete Me’ And Other Irrational Bullshit Which Makes Us Fear Our Own Company