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Celebrating Black Brits’ Contribution to Seven Decades of Free Health Care

This summer not only marks the 70th anniversary of the docking of the Empire Windrush, but also the creation of the National Health Service (NHS). NHS England, NHS Wales, NHS Scotland and the Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland were established together in 1948 as one of the major social reforms following the Second…

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PhD’ing whilst black

Let’s start with the fact that I went to a predominantly black secondary school. When I got to college there were less black people, when I was at university there were even less black people and by the time I started my PhD… well… our rarity indirectly catapulted me into the involuntary position of ‘spokesperson…

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The Godfather of Multiculturalism: Stuart Hall

You may be in favour of Black History Month. You may hate the idea. You may believe that Black History should be a year-round affair and that giving it just one month is an insult to Black Culture. Truthfully, I understand both arguments. It’s why Brits + Pieces have a dedicated space for Black History…

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The British Black Panthers: A Fight for Justice, an Advocacy of Black Education

We do not dream for one moment that the Black people in Britain can organise themselves as a unit totally separate from other Black forces in the world. Black Power is an international concept. – Obi Egbuna (founder of the BBPM) Civil Rights movements are often remembered as being based in America to fight against…

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A ‘little ’ bit of racism is still racism

There was a comment made by a white male on BBC Question Time that has understandably caused quite some controversy: ‘The UK is one of the least racist societies across Europe.’ There are so many problems with this statement my fingers are itching in disgust as I type this article. In the words of the…

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Black History Month: A #LondonBraids Story

Instagram is not just a place for the hallowed selfies or holiday pictures. With an ever-growing user base, the photo-sharing app has established itself as a ubiquitous social media marketing tool that’s here to stay. In 2017, there were an estimated 17.2 million Instagram users in the UK, with 61% of the total being 18-34,…

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Black British Tattoo Artists: An interview with Chanelle Jasmin, Sambeezus and Sammy Inks.

Photo credit: cover image is a tattoo by Sammy Inks Yes, they exist! I went to tattoo studios Ink Lounge and Inkhouse London to find out a bit more about some Black Brit tattooists. My first stop is Ink Lounge in Palmer’s Green, North London. I don’t have any tattoos myself so I don’t really know…

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Who said you can’t have a lit motive this Autumn?

Summer has officially come to an end after a longevity of heatwaves, frozen bottles of water and melted foundation.  It’s finally time to welcome back our English weather with a smile of chattering teeth and wave goodbye to your autumn/winter blues before they even begin.  Life is way too short to be locked up at…

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Connecting with family history abroad as a Black Brit

Be the person who connects the branches to your family tree. There is so much more to us than just being Brits.  We are Black Brits and for some of us, our identities derive from a variety of countries – which we should be visiting – at least once.  As the Christmas season creeps up…

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Top tips to help maintain your hair while you workout!

Our relationship with our hair has been historically complex – everywhere between school, to the water cooler and even the gym. Although our hair grows from our own scalps, it’s still perceived as a peculiarity. For many years, mainstream media has cast black hair as ‘unattractive’ and ‘unprofessional’ in the eye of European standards of…

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