K-pop has become a global phenomenon, and the use of social media within its fan – or ‘stan’ – culture, has only amplified it. From Twitter to TikTok, fans and K-pop idols have harnessed social media platforms and are practically everywhere: think BTS, TWICE, Red Velvet, SNSD and more.
The Real Reason Why Netflix's Blood and Water Was So Good
For Meeting of Minds, I reviewed the real reason why Blood and Water was so good. It told a human story with petty teenagers, it wasn't about race either. Teens were left to be teens without having adulthood projected onto them.
#PasToucheAMonHijab: How France is Erasing Muslim Women and Girls from Society
“2004 was the opening of the Pandora Box when Islamophobia became a legal form of discrimination and not just an opinion.” Anti Muslim hatred isn't a new phenomenon in France - it's important to understand how the history of colonial France and former French Algeria has contributed to the bills and legislation around the hijab in modern society.
The Exploitation of Black African Women through the Kafala System
We always hear about the migrant crisis in a European context, but the social and economic ramifications of the August 2020 explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, evidenced how the discourse concerning expatriation needs to be expanded beyond a Western lens. I wrote about the exploitation of Black African women in Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries through the kafala system.
As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said: the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
In print for CRXSS Magazine
If COVID-19 Doesn’t Kill Us, Capitalism Just Might
As lockdown restrictions ease in England, I wrote about the shortfalls of the British government throughout the pandemic - from ‘Eat Out to Help Out’, cronyism and the lack of concern for public health.
The recent surge in activism surrounding Black Lives Matter has exposed the failings of some universities when it comes down to acknowledging the colonial legacies that remain detrimental to their ethnic minority students, particularly those who are Black. By protesting for liberation and anti-discrimination, Belgium remains hypocritical by banning 'religious symbols'.
Woke-Washing: When Anti-Racism and Sustainability Become a PR Stunt
We’ve seen brands go green for climate change, rainbow for Pride, blue for the Sudanese Revolution and in June 2020, black for Black Lives Matter. Businesses and influencers alike posted a black square on their social media accounts in an effort to raise awareness for the movement, and a sign of support and allyship - whether it was going to be life-long support or completely performative allyship was going to clear only a few weeks later. What does woke-washing mean in 2020?
As Black Women, our hair is deeply important to us. Historically, the sector is extremely lucrative for Black Women, yet it’s unfortunate that many of our local hair shops aren’t even Black owned. Despite this, it’s important to consider how damaging synthetic hair is for our environment and even our health. I investigate the importance of being sustainable and ethical in pursuit of hair extensions for Meeting of Minds.
Maybe We Should Stop Romanticizing British Monarchy
Hollywood has a fixation with imperialism that needs to stop. This piece argues about the importance of remaining critical when watching scripted television about British aristocracies and monarchies in this op-ed.
Milan Fashion Week’s online collections demonstrate creativity in the execution
As Milan Fashion Week was the first of its kind to be held entirely online, I consider whether this demonstrates the creativity of high fashion brands or whether it still remains inaccessible to the majority of consumers.