*Editor's note - I will be reviewing plays throughout the next year. I applied for, and got accepted onto, a new theatre critic course, funded by the wonderful people at Middle Child. Also, I know things have been quiet on the site; I can now confidently say that dissertations don't write themselves. Once it is... Continue Reading →
Boris wasn't a racist. Not really. He was a...provocateur. To him there was no difference between the two words, but one sounded better, so provocateur he was. He was also a lad. What made him a lad no one really knew. Or people would say they knew but couldn't articulate. Or they could articulate it... Continue Reading →
Today marks a year to the day since I started to the site. Thank you to all that have read and shared. It means a lot. Thank you to my friends, new and old, family, old and young. On with today's post. To hear some people tell it, snowflakes are ruining the planet. These young,... Continue Reading →
The air is thin and the climate cold atop Moral Mountain. It's inhabitants stay warm by gathering under smugs, sorry, snugs, and basking in the warmth of their moral superiority. Monday night was a good one for them. The England football team played a game in Eastern Europe (I didn't watch as I still haven't... Continue Reading →
Tom, 24, is white. He's single. He has no education past 16 and most of his friends are online. Below is a day in his life. On waking, he fires up his computer and logs onto Facebook, Reddit, 4Chan and Twitter to check in on the news. This is the first image he sees: He... Continue Reading →
My second of the article of the year to be published at Media Diversified. Angela Smith didn’t realise how right she was when she said that British politics was structurally racist. She may have been talking about the Labour Party, but her comments show that her new party (if it ever becomes one) will have the same issue
The launch of The Indepedent group of former Labour MPs was much derided following the debacle of Angela Smith referring to BAME people as a “a funny tinge”. However as Angelo Irving writes, the remark reveals much about the institutional racism the fledgling party professes to abhor
Monday 18th February. A day that saw a new political movement birthed. Seven Labour MPs resigned from the party citing Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, his handling of Brexit and structural antisemitism as their reasons for doing so. Appearing on Politics Live, one of the self-styled Independent Group, Angela Smith, savaged her former party over its record on antisemitism, claiming “the culture of the Labour Party is vicious, it’s bullying, it’s unpleasant”.
Smith wasn’t alone in her criticism. Shortly before a clip of fellow Labour deserter Mike Gapes had aired with the MP saying he was “sickened that the Labour Party is now a…
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How’s your week going? Good? Good. Mine started with a group of young men cycling past me in the street and slowing down to call me a “big black nigger”. The next day Liam Neeson, whilst promoting his new film, recounted a story where, after hearing his friend had been raped, asked her what colour... Continue Reading →
I made a vow to myself, a resolution of sorts, for the site this year. I was going to try and be less polemical. Seek the middle ground more often. And like any good resolution, I have failed at the first step. Failed because of the news coming out of Japan that their Supreme Court... Continue Reading →
My first post of 2019, written for Media Diversified, looks at R Kelly, who is back in the news and considers what role disgust has played in keeping him out of jail. Thank you for all the support – I plan to make 2019 even bigger than last year.
With the recent documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly, many are asking why the self-styled “Pied piper of R&B” has got away with it for so long. Angelo Irving asks if our disgust really translates into action.
Content Note: This article contains explicit reference to acts of child sexual abuse, please read on with caution.
Editor’s note: We are not linking to any R. Kelly songs or videos from this piece.
I wrote about R. Kelly last year after a number of music streaming services decided to stop promoting his music. At the time I expressed mocking surprise that they had done anything, because his victims, black women and girls, have been historically invisible.
Lifetime released a docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, which has once again shone a light on the history of Kelly’s alleged transgressions. However it does more than that. It highlight the complicity of so many who…
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