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Naila Missous

Teacher of children. Presenter and writer.

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Art Deep Rooted In

Art Deep Rooted In Algeria

A tangled branch and a bent twig that can distort the imagination and send it into overdrive. How the mind of an artist truly works is something that can never be put into words; rather the creation speaks volumes. And indeed, that is so with Djeloul Esahli, resident and artist of Tipaza.
19/09/2016 13:29 BST
Algeria to New Caledonia: An

Algeria to New Caledonia: An Exile

Algerians of New Caledonia, known as <em>Algerians of the Pacific</em> are a group men that were deported by French Authorities to labour camps on the islands of New Caledonia in 1873, just off the coast of Australia. Why? As punishment for participating in the 1871 uprising against the French Colonial Administration in Algeria.
12/07/2016 10:05 BST
Female Empowerment isn't just a Woman's

Female Empowerment isn't just a Woman's job

Female empowerment is something that is slowly coming to the forefront, and it is refreshing to see men and women alike on board with it. Women all over the world are challenged by a number of obstacles that restrict their ability to play significant roles in their communities and the broader society.
19/07/2013 11:31 BST

Eastern Promise

One could write a novel about ethnocentrism and the way it has infected society. It is saddening to think that the colonialist mentality is still alive in the hearts of the mass media.
18/07/2013 12:25 BST
Real Bad

Real Bad Muslims

In light of the Channel 4 decision to play the adhan (Muslim call to prayer) daily during the holy month of Ramadan, I thought a post from the perspective of a Western Muslim would be much needed...
08/07/2013 16:18 BST
The Dying Art of Beauty: Skin

The Dying Art of Beauty: Skin Bleaching

The glamorisation of the 'white face' because of western values inflicted upon Asian and Black cultures contribute to low self-esteem, mental illness and always wanting to be like the 'others'. How did being light or fair-skinned ever evolve to becoming the standard of beauty?
13/06/2013 10:49 BST
'The Importance of This Art? To Move the

'The Importance of This Art? To Move the World'

Romero brings his poetic oratory together with a white background: he only wants you to hear the words. With a great focus on the language, his spoken words usually tends to focus on the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, facial expressions and body language. Actions, sometimes speak far louder in a performance.
11/06/2013 12:19 BST
Middle Eastern and North African Women Need to Challenge Prevailing Restrictive and Legal Practices Not from the West, But Fr...

Middle Eastern and North African Women Need to Challenge Prevailing Restrictive and Legal Practices Not from the West, But From the Islamic Tradition Itself

Muslim women, just as women off all religious affiliations and backgrounds, struggle against various forms of gender discrimination. What is important, is to distinguish between constraints imposed by Islam as a religion and the Patriarchal cultural norms that predate Islam. Legal restrictions on women's autonomy are often an amalgamation of the two.
04/06/2013 16:42 BST
'We're Hard-Wired to Do Good. I Believe

'We're Hard-Wired to Do Good. I Believe That'

Meet Tim Armoo: an 18 year old A-level student based in South West London. His vision? To raise awareness, through the medium of design for charitable causes via his company Doodlar.
30/04/2013 15:45 BST

Society Branding

The individual at hand insinuated that Hip-Hop was indeed "black music, that's all I'm saying". Whether this was to suggest my friend was less of a black individual because she didn't enjoy this music, was something to consider. He quickly turned his attention back to me, but did drop heavily the mention of 'white rappers' who may take my interest more.
29/04/2013 16:01 BST
Realness Lies in the Reality of the

Realness Lies in the Reality of the Lyrics

To mark out the qualities of a skilful rapper, one must look out for verbal mastery, delivery, creativity and personal style. Successful rappers in the grime scene, be they male or female, entice an audience through their stage presence, persona and what their lyrics have to say.
05/04/2013 14:06 BST
'My Culture Is Not for

'My Culture Is Not for Sale'

Lolla opted for the social media platform of Twitter to get her message out: hashtags (#MYcultureNOToutfit), blog entries and open letters and tweets to Urban Outfitters themselves, Lolla has made it her mission to educate, elevate and inform not only Urban Outfitters but all about her cultural heritage and its misuse.
28/03/2013 14:59 GMT
Since 1911

Since 1911 til...

It is sometimes too easy to think that those with greater power and a greater following have more authority to make a change or make a difference. I believe anyone, as long as they have the compassion and passion can do just as much.
08/03/2013 11:58 GMT
Do Arab Women Have a

Do Arab Women Have a Voice?

Women of the Middle East: oh those poor oppressed souls; forced to cover themselves from head to toe by their polygamous, blood relative husbands who consider them like a commodity. Or are they?
06/03/2013 15:59 GMT
Pretty Green

Pretty Green Things

From student journalists, part time designers and society workers, students around Britain are finding new and exciting ways of enhancing their CV, gaining experience on the go as well as building a bigger and more productive network.
18/02/2013 14:53 GMT

Catch 22

Plumping your CV with experience doesn't guarantee any success after graduation. Job profiles state that experience is must, but what does experience equate to? One week? One month? A year? It brings into light the idea of networking also; it's about who you know not what you know.
15/01/2013 11:41 GMT
Beauty and the

Beauty and the Label

Sunday morning and the three-stop southbound journey from London Victoria to Stockwell is largely unremarkable. Those present, engrossed in their daily newspapers or quietly nattering to neighbours, are dulled to the journey south of the river.
24/12/2012 11:19 GMT
The Stay at Home

The Stay at Home Student

University. It's about meeting new people, living on a diet of baked beans and getting as far away from your parents as possible. Isn't it? Not anymore.
17/12/2012 11:44 GMT
Changing Society: The Multicultural

Changing Society: The Multicultural University

As a student from an ethnic minority background, I have often found myself interested in the situation of race, ethnicity and youth culture among British students at University.
12/12/2012 12:57 GMT