The Left And Englishness

Rabbil Sikdar | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
Rabbil Sikdar

For the Left to reclaim Englishness cannot be done by ignoring the diversity of the working class it's seeking to appeal to, nor by simply erasing what Englishness meant to many people. It means understanding that this identity meant many things, some were good, but many, unfortunately, were not.

International Mindedness - Teachers Are Talking About It, But What Exactly Is It?

Carolyn Savage | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Carolyn Savage

Most schools have their own definition of what it means to be internationally minded. Policies have been written, curricula developed and special even...

One Religion Isn't Enough For This Girl

Caroline Bourne | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Caroline Bourne

Religions are really about the community and the people connecting behind the scenes. It's about coming together and sharing an experience, whether it's fasting together for Ramadan, singing hymns together in church or meditating together in a temple. It's about knowing what to do and where to go in times of need or change. Londoners can do this. We can figure this out.

Sexual Politics In The South Asian Muslim Community

Shazmeen Khalid | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shazmeen Khalid

Being South-Asian and Muslim are not to blame here, I'm merely acknowledging that as a female, South Asian Muslim, my intersecting identities have enabled me to notice gender inequality first-hand and experience the troublesome nature of sexual politics that have affected women for generations and are still affecting many of us today.

Tackling The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

I believe characters in stories should be as diverse as the people who read them, but only a very small handful of children's books feature a deaf character. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Most are born to hearing parents and go to mainstream schools where they may be the only deaf child, so they can feel quite isolated.

Campaign To Dismantle Narrow Beauty Standards

Lekia Lée | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Style
Lekia Lée

banner The problem is not that we appreciate beauty but that the definition of beauty is so narrow, too narrow to include afro textured hair, so while society is waking up to the damaging effects of its narrow definition of beauty, advocating for body acceptance, even skin colour acceptance, hair discrimination still goes largely unopposed.

The Global Cooperation Needed To Fight Hate Crime Is Under Threat

Marghoob Saleem Butt | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Marghoob Saleem Butt

For the sake of religious minorities everywhere, for multiculturalism and shared peace and prosperity, let's hope that's a message today's governments take heed of - before it's too late.

Integration - A Language Problem?

Michael Abberton | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

Just like the Casey report, this report is flawed in that it completely fails to address its own cultural bias, and rather than looking at the whole picture which includes deprivation, education levels, historical ethnic divisions, collapse of industry, austerity and the populist exploitation and creation of mass immigration myths, it points the finger of blame squarely and solely, once again, to migrants - and not just new immigrants, but long established migrant and minority communities.

Are We Living In A Divided Society?

Edward Adoo | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Edward Adoo

Many Americans were hoping for a positive election result to improve race and community relations. With Trump elected the future seems uncertain but will the result have any effect on how we deal with community relations across Britain? The new era of right wing politics has not just taken effect across America but it has led to a far right uprising across Europe.

The Rumbling Storm About Fiction And Identity Politics

Ravinder Randhawa | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Ravinder Randhawa

I'm a fiction writer, and yet when people ask me what I write about, I go speechless - I stutter, stumble and nervously laugh off the question. Because there isn't a label or a pithy description which I can comfortably reel off, there isn't only one idea that I'm interested in; fiction is a freedom I don't wish to circumscribe. And yet, I can see a sentence already sitting in their heads, just waiting for me to speak it...

The Search Is On For More Black And Asian People To Feature On Blue Plaques

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK

Less than 4% of hundreds of commemorative blue plaques in London are dedicated to Black and Asian figures from history - but English Heritage is now d...

London Musings

Amelia Amin | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amelia Amin

A few weeks ago, after a stressful day at work in the city I came home to find Ed stretched happily across the sofa like a contented cat who'd got the cream. He told me he'd realised that in London you can do literally anything you want. And I guess that, funds allowing, that's pretty much true.

Can the Three Lions Dictate the EU Decision?

Jess Melia | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Sport
Jess Melia

What's more, if England, Wales, or Northern Ireland win their group, the joy could resonate into feeling good being part of Europe. Lose of course, and that changes the mood. Nothing does this quite like football. You can guarantee that the English national team will have a say on how people vote come June 23, win, lose, or draw.

Fear of a Black Hairstyle - Cultural Appropriation? No Thanks

Roger Dubar | Posted 08.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Roger Dubar

Asking people as a matter of courtesy to be sensitive to issues of cultural appropriation is one thing. Laying this request out as a demand that people conform with unchallengeable rules of behaviour is a quite another.

10 Things to Consider Before Having Kids in an Interracial Relationship

Fariba Soetan | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Parents
Fariba Soetan

If you're planning to have children and you're in an interracial relationship, consider these most common complications every parent of mixed heritage children has faced at one point or another.

Why There Is a Long Way to Go for Black Women

Charlene Flash | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Charlene Flash

If you visit your local newsagents, all those beautiful glossy magazines with stunning women on the front cover, how many black faces do you see gracing the covers? Being specific, how many Black British female cover models do you see?

Why Are Some Muslims in Britain Choosing Sharia?

Rumy Hasan | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

Groundbreaking research on Sharia councils in Britain was presented at a debate in the House of Lords on 12th January. Chaired by Labour MP George How...

The Diversity prize is a great one, but are you ready for it?

Zaid Al-Zaidy | Posted 28.01.2017 | UK
Zaid Al-Zaidy

The lack of ethnic Diversity in our creative industries is a little like Global Warming. Some deny it's happening, some say that we're not responsible...

Why Multicultural Communities Are What Makes London (and Britain) Great - and Why We Must Protect Them

Jermain Jackman | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jermain Jackman

It's a veritable melting pot of trends, music and culture. The area has produced a diverse array of talent who are widely celebrated today; from esteemed writer (Edgar Allen Poe), to top businessmen (Alan Sugar) and even man-of-the-moment Idris Elba. Local institutions like the 115 year old Hackney Empire has helped provide platforms for this multicultural talent over the years, and the Industrial and Jungle electronic music genres even originated from the area.

The Rise of the European Right Is a Wake-up Call for the European Left to Abandon Multiculturalism

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

In the name of multiculturalism, we cannot allow an infantile liberal-Left deny and denigrate all that is radical and emancipatory about Europe. Because only the far-Right, which hates egalitarian European values as much as the Islamists, will be the eventual beneficiary of this.

Gezellig: The Joy of the Untranslatable

Emma Healey | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Healey

The power of language is so amazing- and all the untranslatable words to me are the most beautiful. I guess partially it's the mystery, but also its seeing what is valued in a community or country, and the fact that each culture differs just slightly.

It's Not Just About the Money!

David C. M. Carter | Posted 15.10.2016 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

Lord Rose of Monewden, the former CEO of Marks & Spencer, has now launched his 'let's stay in Europe' campaign based on a simple piece of dubious mathematics. He claims that every Briton will be 'better off' by £450 a year if the nation remains in the EU.

Tasting Food From Different Parts of the World

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Preetam Kaushik

What can open the home and hearts of people to something beyond token secularism? Food festivals, says modern economics, are going to be the next big issue where policies can be put to test. Will you allow yourself a gastronomic sense and experience delight when you taste food from different parts of the world?

How Embracing Your Background Can Empower Your Life: May J. Talks About Her Mixed Race Heritage, Music, and Pursuing Her Dreams.

Emma Leverton | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Emma Leverton

Achieving a dream career requires determination and drive, and when we look towards success it's easy to forget that our histories are much more than ...

'Major' Change Is Needed To Educate Youths About Tolerance And Different Beliefs, Report Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A major shift in education policy is needed in order to educate young people about tolerance and different faiths, a report has warned. The paper, ...