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Photo by Dainis Graveris on Unsplash Originally written for Quench magazine Shadow banning, also known as stealth banning and ghost banning, has been around since the 1980’s and is used to block comments and posts by certain users. Recently on Instagram, many accounts that use the platform for sex work and education have found their … Continue reading Instagram is shadow banning sex positive content and it’s not okay
Gay bars have always served as a central pillar to the LGBTQ+ community and have always taken their place as one of the few spots where the community could truly express themselves. Unsurprisingly, evidence of gay bars dates all the way back to the 18th century, but the first ‘official’ gay bar is assumed to be … Continue reading The History of Gay bars and Their story of liberation
The literary blurred lines of an interracial relationship Interracial relationships have frequently been depicted in forms of literature and film such as the ground-breaking Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by Stanley Kramer and, more recently, Jordan Peele’s Get Out. These relationships have always varied in their presentation, but, due to the societal basis of slavery, … Continue reading How deep are the roots of slavery in Kindred and Sing, Unburied, Sing? Part 3
The hand me down life It is written in Michael Hanchard’s essay on Afro-modernity that ‘Legalized segregation, the maintenance of separate and largely unequal institutions, meant that blacks, as a consequence of prejudicial treatment, received health care, education, police protection, transportation, and a host of other services only after those same services were provided for … Continue reading How deep are the roots of slavery in Kindred and Sing, Unburied, Sing? Part 2
The African American inheritance Kindred, a novel ‘which strikingly reimagined the neo-slave narrative genre’ managed to accurately depict the modern-day entanglement with slavery that African American’s are forced to endure daily. Gabrielle Bellot wrote that, ‘Time heals, but also hurts; the past is indeed a different country, but less so than we may think’ and … Continue reading How deep are the roots of slavery in Kindred and Sing, Unburied, Sing? Part 1
Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash Due to both University reading and personal interest, I’ve found myself delving into the world of dystopian literature more than ever. Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood has become anew favourite of mine as I found myself flying through its 500 odd pages. Set during a period of … Continue reading The Year of the Flood; Dystopia or reality?
Photo by Jacob Thomas on Unsplash The 1970’s, described as a pivot of change in world history, saw post war economic booms, fights for equality and strong movements towards environmental activism. The food was garish and often consisted of layers and show stopping looks. Dinner parties were all the rage, and it was all about … Continue reading Time to throw your own 70s dinner party
Photo by Federico Scarionati on Unsplash Travelling should not just be about a tan or memories, it should also be integral to your educational journey as you learn about the world’s history and culture. Everyone loves a beach holiday, lazing about in the sun, grabbing a beer or cocktail from the bar, but it’s important … Continue reading An Immersive History Lesson: Touring the Globe
Photo by Proriat Hospitality on Unsplash The 80’s cocktail culture was characterised by sexual innuendo, neon colours, sour mix, Southern Comfort, Baileys, Peach schnapps and glasses that was either huge or tiny. The cocktails were sickly and lurid, adorned with rainbow coloured swizzle sticks and sparklers. Drinking was largely popularised by the American sitcom Cheers, … Continue reading Cheers! The 1980’s cocktail trend
Photo by Anthony Fomin on Unsplash Written for Quench magazine They always say that you remember where you were when you heard about a life changing event, and I think 9/11 is one of those occasions. I was just a one-year-old baby when it happened, cradled in my mother’s arms, as a breaking story suddenly … Continue reading Remembering 9/11
A 20 year old English lit student based in Cardiff and Bath
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