Black History Month | My Experience Growing Up Black in a White Area

Race isn’t something I’ve talked about a lot here, although it is a topic I really enjoy writing about and base a lot of my university work around as a journalism student. Today, I want to share a little bit about my experience as a mixed (black and white) woman growing up in the United Kingdom. More specifically, growing up in a predominantly white area. In my twenty years of living, I’ve learnt a lot about race. I know what it feels like to not belong. I know what it feels like to want to change yourself. And I know…
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The Importance of Staying True To Yourself

“I can’t think of a better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself” – Emma Stone It’s something we all want to say we’re doing, but the truth is that staying true to yourself is incredibly difficult. It’s something that requires a lot of integrity and self-acceptance, not to mention a hell of a lot of ambition! The journey towards self-acceptance is an extremely long and difficult challenge, although it’s one that’s necessary in the search for true happiness. This is the hardest lesson I’ve ever had to learn, and it’s taken me over twenty years to…
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Dear White People…

Based on the film of the same title released in 2014, Dear White People is a Netflix original series that follows a group of black students attending a predominantly white Ivy-League University in America. It successfully tackles a number of social issues, including racism, homophobia and police brutality, and it does so brilliantly. Before the show was even released, it received a lot of criticism from people claiming the trailer was offensive and “anti-white”. Dear White People is not racist, nor is it prejudice. Logan Browning, who plays Samantha White, advises people to “watch the first episode. In the first seven minutes, anything you…
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My Body, My Choice: Why I’m Pro-Choice

Trump is only a matter of days into his presidency and has already made some extremely controversial changes, angering many across the world. One of these, is the reversal of the abortion policy. This means that federal money will no longer be sent to international groups to perform or provide information about abortions. In defence of this decision, his press secretary claimed that Trump “wants to stand up for all Americans, including the unborn”. The picture that surfaced was of Trump sat at a table surrounded by a group of male politicians. They appear to be signing a paper. We have…
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