A tribute to Olive Morris

Olive Elaine Morris (b: 26th June 1952, St Catherine Jamaica) has left behind a prominent legacy as a community leader, as well as an anti-discrimination and squatters’ rights activist.  In celebration of Women’s History Month, Brits + Pieces will be celebrating her contribution to British history throughout her short life in the 1960s-70s. Morris’s arrest…

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Dating while dark skinned

Illustrator: Princess Karibo Race and romance can be a very contentious topic. Particularly within the realm of colourism, conversations about dating within the black community more often than not lead to divisive spats, as opposed to general resolve. After a candid conversation with a close friend at a particularly fed up time I realised some…

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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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