Global Affairs

The decision on Breonna Taylor’s case sparks national outrage

On the 13th of March 2020, Breonna Taylor was shot and killed during a failed no-knock raid by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison, and Jonathan Mattingly. On the 23rd of September, over half a year later, a charge was finally made. The indictment has little to do with Taylor’s death.

Culture Music theatre

Behind the Scenes with the Raise Your Voice Theater Collective

Perhaps you were lucky enough to catch RENT! in Hilary 2019, the very first musical by the St Catz theatre society. Well, the cast is back, this time through the new endeavour Raise Your Voice Theater Collective, a virtual musical theater fundraiser in support of Color of Change and UK Black Pride.  I talk to Read More…

Books Culture

Girl, Woman, Other: the multifaceted reality of Black British womanhood

Bernadine Evaristo opens her eighth novel with a dedication that reads: “For the sisters & the sistas & the sistahs & the sistren & the women & the womxn & the wimmin & the womyn & our brethren & our bredrin & our brothers & our bruvs & our men & our mandem & the Read More…

Current Affairs

‘Decolonise our education’: Government responds to calls to review history curriculum

The UK government is facing calls from politicians and members of the public to remedy perceived disparities in schools’ history curriculum and “decolonise” British education. A petition calling for Britain’s colonial history to be made a compulsory part of the curriculum has now reached 262,645 signatures and prompted a government response on Thursday. This response Read More…

Current Affairs

Oxford City councillors may not be able to participate in the future of Rhodes statue

Oxford City Council’s Liberal Democrat opposition leader has raised objections to a letter signed by 27 Labour councillors protesting the controversial Cecil Rhodes statue at Oriel College, Oxford. In a virtual council meeting on 20 July, Andrew Gant said: “the wisdom of councillors signing and thereby removing themselves from their proper role in actually deciding Read More…

Current Affairs

It can happen here: IOPC announces investigation into racial bias in stop and search incidents

Last week, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced that it will be investigating racial bias in the use of force and stop and search incidents in England and Wales. With the intention of driving “real change in policing practice”, the announcement comes after Black British athlete, Bianca Williams, was stopped and handcuffed by Read More…