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I got sent it in a group chat. That video circulating on Facebook. The one of teenage boys talking about the type of girls they like. It’s all seemingly harmless stuff at first glance – VanBanter, a popular young vlogger takes his camera across London, asking boys what type of girls they are into. Their eyes light up as they tell him: ‘obviously mixed race’; ‘light-skinned, big back, big tits’; ‘light-skins and Latinas’; ‘Coolie hair,  no dark skins’; ‘curly hair, ’. And it goes on. Answer after answer; boy after boy, describing their light-skinned girl fetish. There are several problems with this; several reasons why I didn’t send an obligatory ‘lol’ back.  Firstly, many of the boys talking are dark-skinned. They unapologetically dismiss, disown and…

Let’s start with this: I LOVE Bell Hooks. Ever since I wrote my dissertation of the representation of black women in music back in the mid 2000s, I suddenly found writing which explained everything I was feeling as a young woman. She articulated why sexism and racism never seemed to be able to co-exist as it should, the history and reasons behind black male sexism. I read my borrowed copy of ‘Aint I a woman: Black Women and Feminism ’ cover to cover and was ecstatic when my grandmother bought it for me that Christmas. To this day it still sits the coffee table in my apartment. So when Hooks responded to Beyoncé’s Lemonade visual album, I read her critique carefully. I must say, I fell…

Last night I watched Lady Gaga dedicate her Oscar performance to victims of sexual abuse, in solidarity with pop singer and alleged sexual abuse victim Kesha, and the performance made me cry. After I finished watching the Oscar highlights – Chris Rock’s funny (and at times not so funny) navigation around the issue of racist Hollywood, to Leonardo Dicaprio’s passionate speech about global warming – it got got me thinking: As society becomes more and more focused on celeb culture, and more and more politically apathetic, do celebrities have a responsibility now to speak up on important issues? More and more stars seem to be taking up the challenge to address important issues with their platform. Both Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce recently gave amazingly brave…

“Wow what a week. It is in a very deflated state I lie on my sofa this Saturday morning munching Oreos. Quite a contrast to earlier in the week when I was literally buzzing around, urging people to vote, excited about possible change. Now it’s like- oh, you voted (well 66 percent of you of you did). And you voted to keep them in. I can barely raise my head above the covers – how utterly depressing. My genuine disappointment is partly realising the bubble of views on my social media feeds, family and liberal friends, artists, teachers – are just that: my little bubble. What this election has taught me is that most of the country (bar most of London) just don’t feel the…