Part B

Arts and Culture reviews, previews, and comment pieces.

Dr. Shirley Tate and Black Academia

For Black History Month, I would like to shine a spotlight on Dr Shirley Anne Tate, an author, academic, and feminist. Her book Black Skins, Black Masks, (a re-imagination of Frantz Fanon‘s Black Skin, White Masks) focuses on recorded everyday…

Toni Morrison: The Power of Truth and Language

Toni Morrison died on August 5, 2019, at the age of 88. Morrison‘s work shed light on truths of American society that were largely missing from mainstream literature. Morrison’s writing was both popular and illuminating; her work forced many to confront American realities that they were not ready to.

On Beauty, disappointment, and the temple of the golden pavilion

When I read Mishima’s novel, the Golden Pavilion mystified me. But seeing it in person was a different story. No one warns you about the beam of sun burning on your skin, or the sea of crowds barring you from an uninterrupted viewing.

Brexit and Ego Death

There are two underlying forces in debate, and the formation of political discourse in general. These two forces dictate the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ of debate, and in turn can determine the ideas that shape the political narratives of subsequent generations.…

The Freedom of the Nightclub: Art and Politics at DRAF’s Annual Evening of Performances

On 3 October 2019, Ministry of Sound played host to something well outside its usual fare. While the pulsating thrum of techno and grime could be heard down the street, the London superclub became a gallery, the site for this year’s Annual Evening of Performances, a performance art event by the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF).

Femininity is not a Weakness

In 2019, women are widely accepted in the Western world as equally valuable in potential, ability, and rights relative to men, in contrast to men’s history of privilege. But is this only a formality?

Baghdad to Manchester: Coming to the UK as an Iraqi refugee

In honour of Refugee Week 2019. A written piece to commemorate a journey and internal struggle often experienced by thousands.

Le spleen n’est plus à la mode (c’est pas compliqué d’être heureux)
Title credits - lyrics by Angèle and Romeo ElvisPicture credits - Jamaica1802 (Pixabay)
Sleep with, not on, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Starring two of the finest (and finest-looking) actors of their generation, this underrated gem is as much a study of the baggage of thirst as of its timeless appeal. “Take off your clothes” “But you saw everything last night” “Well,…

after

What gets me most is that he’ll never go through an ounce of the sickening aftermath that I have lived. The first person I told about the assault was my 7th grade English teacher, over facebook messenger, almost 5 months…

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