UK Race

Don't Blame the Oscars for Its Lack of Diversity, Blame Yourselves

Iman Qureshi | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iman Qureshi

It's an industry where diversity means Denzel Washington. It's not news that a disproportionate number of directors are male, resulting in an inevitable plethora of egotistical, navel-gazing, cock-yanking films like Birdman, Boyhood and Whiplash, that feature women as little more than glorified set design.

Why Me Calling Myself Black-British Troubles My Mum So Much

Fisayo Fadahunsi | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Fisayo Fadahunsi

I agree with my mum that acknowledging my African heritage is important, both for the way I understand the world and the way that the world understands me. However, I would argue that how I identify is not entirely my choice.

"You Are Hot, But I Don't Date Monkeys"

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

I do not want to live in a colour-blind society; we should not pretend that our individuality does not exist; the problem does not lie in acknowledging differences but rather in being ignorant. What distinguishes us does not make us inferior or superior, it makes us diverse.

Being Black and Brown in Britain

Joshua Virasami | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Racism, the point where power meets prejudice, is something we shy away from discussing in Britain, but it is a lived reality for millions on a day-to-day basis, a one-way stream of continued offense on varying scales.

This Is What Frozen's Elsa Would Look Like As A Black Woman

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An 18-year-old from São Paulo, Brazil has posted incredible drawings on Tumblr of Disney princesses reimagined as black and hispanic women. Julia,...

Life as a Foreigner in Germany in Times of Pegida

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Sandhya Matthes

Germany has a way to go before a 'multi-culti' side-by-side living is taken as a given, but I don't believe it to be impossible. Which is why I sometimes can't help thinking: pull yourself together! Show the world what a big nation you are!

Bleach Blood: Against All Odds

Clara Cullen | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

What Bleach Blood is exactly is difficult to define. Dance punk? Electro-rock? Forget genres, they often make things unnecessarily confined, and Bleach Blood were never going to fit neatly into a box anyway.

Brown Faces in Tech Spaces

Damilola Odelola | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Tech
Damilola Odelola

If the industry is dominated by white men - as most very profitable industries are - that automatically means that others have a harder time breaking through and getting some of those riches. Women are already paid less in tech making it harder for them to get a piece of the pie.

Nigel Farage's Defence of Kerry Smith Demonstrates that Casual Racism is the Norm

Zahra Wynne | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

It seems that week after week, we're hit with another story of Nigel Farage or one of his UKIP counterparts spouting racist, sexist and homophobic comments left right and centre. It's become worryingly predictable, and it seems that although there is a candidate step down here and there, a half-hearted apology and a tepid reassurance that this is 'not representative of UKIP', they continue to receive support.

Street Harassment Isn't Just About Sexism, It's Also an Issue of Racism

Zahra Wynne | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

Street harassment: a frequent occurrence for many people, yet always it's always as just as nasty as the last time. Many women experience street harassment on a regular basis, and more and more discussions regarding it are debunking the tired excuse that catcalling is a 'compliment'.

What Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Says About the Film and Television Industry

Zahra Wynne | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

Now, it's hardly a controversial view that people residing in North Africa and the Middle East during the era of the Old Testament weren't white. They were likely to be of an Arab or Black complexion. So imagine my disappointment upon watching this trailer, to see that pretty much every single character, other than a few background thieves and slaves, were white.

Race Inequality Is Real, Whether We Choose to Recognise It or Not

Dr Omar Khan | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Dr Omar Khan

The first step in ensuring that a third generation of British-born ethnic minorities doesn't experience the same imbalance is recognising the extent of these inequalities. It's no good to argue that race doesn't matter anymore, when all the evidence shows that BME people still experience disadvantage over every significant measurement of quality of life in Britain.

Remember The Guy Who Raced A Tube Train? Now He's Up Against A Boat

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Comedy

When he raced a Tube, he won. Now take a look at what happened when James Heptonstall and his friend Noel Carroll tried to race the Thames Clipper...

Men's Health Survival of the Fittest

Lucy Karsten | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Karsten

Survival of the Fittest is a 10km obstacle race run by Rat Race Adventure Sports. Written like that, it looks fairly manageable. Waking up on Saturday morning, schlepping to Wembley and then joining 1000s of other, much fitter and happier looking people, it was less so.

On Remembrance Day Who Are The Real Patriots?

John Wight | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

With Remembrance Day almost upon us we have entered another period of debate and discussion over the symbolism of the poppy. It's a debate which offers irrefutable proof of the increasing politicisation of this annual event, one which rather than unite the country around a shared narrative and set of values instead reminds us of a history of conflict that is contested over the question of whether it should be considered a source of pride or shame...

A Note on Censorship - Some Final Reflections on the Human Zoo Campaign

Akala | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Akala

To those that crying that our discussions of white supremacy and empire somehow constitute reverse racism or victimize white people, please. It is you who make this accusation that are in fact anti-white, because it is you who assumes that there are not white human beings with enough intelligence to understand the discussion and the history at hand and engage with it in a meaningful way, clearly you are wrong.

The Scottish Solution

Andy Cope | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Cope

So, a simple plea. Can we not let go of the past and just share our island? Sure, there are a few unfairness issues that need ironing out. You have poverty in Scotland just the same as we have it in the other corners of the UK. And I know that 'Yes' voters will scream that this blog is too simple and that, as an 'Englander', I don't understand how it feels to be a 'Scot'.

What Happens When A Mixed-Race Woman Is Photoshopped In 18 Countries

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

After constantly being asked "What are you?", Priscilla Yuki Wilson (who is of mixed-race origin) sent her photograph to editors from 18 different cou...

When Systems Kill our Youth

Daniel Weeks | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Daniel Weeks

When one black boy like Michael Brown is shot and killed by the police, it is a tragedy. When hundreds of black youths in their teens and twenties are shot by the police each year, it is an outrage.

US Vogue Features First Non-White, Non-Celeb Model On September Cover In 25 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Bethann Hardison's diversity campaign has highlighted the lack of racial diversity in the fashion industry and it looks like US Vogue may have finally...

Acting for a Change

Phina Oruche | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phina Oruche

I have just left the Young Vic in London where the Act for Change project took place. It's started after actor Danny Lee Wynter watched a trailer from ITV for their impeding TV releases and saw all white characters and decided along with his partners, a group of actors of all colours genders and ages, that enough is enough and something had to be done.

Stop Search - Less of Them, Targeted and With Outcomes or the Damage Will Continue

Nick Glynn | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Glynn

In her announcement to Parliament last month the Home Secretary, Theresa May recognised that the misuse of stop and search is "unfair, particularly to young black men". Organisations like StopWatchUK, Open Society and the Runnymede Trust have been saying this for years, so what has changed?

My Ordeal in the Hands of Ukrainian Immigration Officials

Shamim Chowdhury | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK
Shamim Chowdhury

Many years ago, back in the mid-nineties, I was employed for a number of years as an immigration officer. It was a deeply unpleasant job on many levels, not least because our task was to enforce immigration policies that essentially existed to prevent certain kinds of people from passing through our borders; those who were likely to find work illegally or to overstay...

Durham Student Union Votes To Campaign Against 'Blacking Up'

The Huffington Post UK | Cristina Criddle | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student union has voted to campaign for students to actively stop "blacking up" in fancy dress parties and at other university events. Following...

Macklemore: The Performance That Divided a Minority

Patrick Cash | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Cash

When I heard 'Same Love' for the first time, it blew me away. I had never heard anything like it, and I never hoped to imagine hearing anything like it in my lifetime. The fact that it was by a straight man, whatever his colour, made those words all the more pertinent and, for me, touching.