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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At the start of the academic year, I was a panel member at Sheffield University "ACS Great Debate Tour". There were two civil servants in the audience, who had been invited to speak to the audience about career opportunities in their profession and the first thing they did was to acknowledge their whiteness. More on... Continue Reading →
The idea of Rockstar creating a subversive game is nothing new. The GTA series is an astute critique of consumer culture, Michael Di Santa’s empty life and emotional detachment despite his wealth serving as a modern-day morality tale. It is impossible to talk about Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2), Rockstar’s latest gaming behemoth, without looking... Continue Reading →
University has been wonderful. One of the seminars that I am in is my new favourite place. We are an odd bunch and all the better for it: queer, multi-ethnic and working-class to name but a few. Our group chat is a melting pot of ideas, enhanced by the different areas of interest and life... Continue Reading →