Response to complaints against Radio 1 playing Dave’s ‘Black’.

Opinion piece… Yesterday Radio 1 played the song ‘Black’, by Dave, and some listeners complained saying it was ‘reverse racism’ for him to talk about being proud to be Black. I’d say if they see this song as a problem, then it is they themselves that are the problem. Arguably however this is where communication

Art Education DNA

Went to the Arnolfini with my youngest and brought back a poster by the artist for the eldest. When the eldest saw it she said thanks but she’s already got it, and had it signed by the artist. Ok then. 😂👍🏾 #JobDone #YoungArnolfini #Proud

Decolonising the curriculum

For the record, I did my MA at SOAS 17 years ago, and in one of the essays I wrote there talked about Kant’s racism, Marx’s dismissive blind spot to race, and today I continue to talk about Franz Fanon and Paulo Freire (who was directly inspired by Fanon) in most lectures I give about

Black Nerd Bullet Points

I made this graphic in honour of Zadie Smith, who on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs told Kirsty Young, “It’s good to be a Black nerd — I enjoy it.”  I totally agree! It would be great to hear more Black people in the public eye in the UK and US say this .  It’s time.  Especially those

Anecdote of media’s domino-effect impact on a child

This morning on a lazy Sunday, watching ‘Good Luck Charlie‘ on the Disney Channel with my 9 year old daughter, two of the characters talked about a game of chess.  My daughter then said to me, ‘Let’s play chess’, and promptly got out the dusty multi-games compendium from its hiding place, leaving the remainder of