At times like these, it's even more important than usual to have a variety of voices making sense of events. The diversification of online media has started to see a wider range of journalists, bloggers and social commentators developing their voices. But we need diverse artists too, to help us re-examine the past, question the present and imagine the future.
A few days before the carnival, I was warned that I should possibly get out of the neighbourhood with my young daughter. "It's going to get dirty and there is a lot of violence...shops are locked down," said a stranger waiting behind me at Gails. "You're better off going somewhere safe." I was curious to face the looming carnival and coming out alive.
In 2015, a massive 58% of live births in London were to mothers who themselves were born outside the UK. For contrast, this compares to 11% of births in the North East region of England (the lowest proportion) and 27% for England and Wales as a whole.
The long and the short of it is that I genuinely believe living in London (or nearby - I spent a couple of years commuting in from Reading, but that's a separate story) over the last decade or so has made me a slightly worse person.
Our current approach of criminalising drug use, in the hope that it dissuades people from taking drugs, is a failure; the numbers of drug-related deaths in England, Wales, and Scotland are currently the highest ever recorded. It's time for the UK to change its approach to drug use.
Much of the conversation since has been on the cost of funding to Olympic Sports (although most comes from the Lottery Fund). Is it worth it? Here in this park, watching young people come together to do calisthenics (body-weight exercise), the answer is definitely yes.
Make no mistake, as London expands its Night Tube operation with the goal of being a fully 24hr city in the next decade or so, there will be a massive impact on London's economy, but it won't be more clubbing.
Many artists have used stunts to gain attention. For example, Christo caused a blockade with oil barrels in 1962 in a Paris street, which claimed the front page the following day. It is essential for artists have to promote themselves or they will sit with their work in a vacuum.
The breakdown hit me hard, it was manifested in a powerful wave of dread and fear that came inexplicably, but instantly rendered me almost crippled. Being in any closed in space was unthinkable - transport, impossible.
So often in the UK we only see or hear the stories of women of colour if we are in trouble or if something terrible has happened to us...yes, it's critically important that these stories are told, yet these are not our only stories.
The Metropolitan Police Service's recent announcement to create a new online hate crime hub to improve their response to online hate crime is an important step in tackling one of the most prevalent forms of hate crime.
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I saw The Libertines live for the first time this summer. I thought I had missed my chance to experience the Libs the way God intended-in a tiny pub with one hundred sweaty indie kids-but just as I was about to tap my Oyster Card at Finchley Road I got a call from my friend, Josh. "Where are you? If you're already on the train you're going to kill yourself."
In the late hours of Wednesday night one woman died and five others were injured in a horrific stabbing in central London. Even after these facts were known, #PrayForLondon was top UK trend on Twitter. It's about time we tried something different.
We're never going to be a Tinder, but to grow it's become clear that our product is the app and that's a new financial and business burden to bear. So watch this space.
Let me start off by saying I feel wrong doing this. It shouldn't come from a 25-year old. It seems defeatist and premature. But I'm so glad I am no longer clogged up in your veins. It took a lot to leave you, with my tail tucked between my legs, begrudgingly so, but it was a decision that made itself in the end.