I wonder about it.
What I heard when you spoke to me that first time. We let our tongues loose on topics like travel and gender inequality in the workplace. You expressed scepticism over whether the latter really still exists, and I went to work trying to convince you with facts. I didn’t remember for long moments that you were a straight white male, that you had little knowledge or need for empathy towards those that didn’t look like you. The ones that carried more than your three monikers.
Continue reading “white boy”
So last weekend I was travelling on a train minding my own business, on my way to see Do The Right Thing at the Kino Cinema on Collins Street. They were celebrating 30 years of being open in Melbourne, and so were showing 80s and 90s films, and offering tickets at 1987 prices, as well as $1 popcorn, so you know I was down. I was excited, I was running a little late, and also, I noticed that I couldn’t see that well. And so the eye saga began.
Continue reading “Eye openers”
This is just a quick post I wanted to make. So yesterday I went to a place called Dandenong (quintessentially Australian in name) to do some practical things like open a bank account and buy an Australian sim card.
Continue reading “Making an ass”
Anger for me is a funny sort of thing. I haven’t always been able to express it, identify it or even understand it. I have undoubtedly felt its effects; the sneaky way it erupts in my too-pointed sentences, or festers in my stoic silences. Yes I am familiar with it but I haven’t always embraced it, which I think most of us could do more of.
Continue reading “Build your own room”
Yesterday morning (6 September 2016) 9 people belonging to the Black Lives Matter UK (BLMUK) movement lay on the runway of London City Airport, disrupting dozens of flights and causing delays to people’s holidays, business trips, and journey’s home. As police attempted to remove them from the runway, reports of the groups reasons for the protest were shared; climate change and its effects on poorer, non-white communities, the refugee crisis, and the wealth of the people using City Airport.
Continue reading “Divide or unify? How Notting Hill Carnival and Black Lives Matter UK influence Britain’s race relations”
Lately I’ve been considering how I fit in. Or more accurately, how my blackness fits in with the whiteness I have grown accustomed to being surrounded by. My experience for the most part has been positive, and any aggressions I have faced would have been nuanced and almost unnoticeable to my previously untrained eyes. Still though, I’ve been thinking about it.
Continue reading “Not quite there yet”
In this time of instant gratification and Instagram, getting your work seen or heard as a creative can be instantaneous. Whether you’re a visual artist, a musician, or even a writer; there are about ten times more opportunities to get your art out there compared to what was available 20, 10, or even 5 years ago.
Continue reading “Becoming an author: Do they publish in colour?”
I know what you’re thinking; oh no, not another rant about race. If you’re thinking this, according to the film I watched last night, it means that you’re a racist. OK, so it’s really not that simple and that film (Dear White People) was actually a tongue-in-cheek, humorous but also very real depiction of the issue of race today. At least amongst America’s youth anyway.
Continue reading “It’s a race”