I'll be honest, I've never really thought of myself as a teacher. In fact, I barely think of myself as a speaker, despite having delivered talks at events, in workshop settings, community settings and in other venues on a number of occasions now. It's just always been, to me, more of an acquired skill than… Continue reading 3 Surprisingly Simple Things I’ve Learned About Public Speaking (For Those Who Don’t Like Public Speaking)
Originally a rapper, and then a poet, for the last year Tom Bishop has been occupying that loose sliding space that lingers between the two, the stripped down art known as spoken word. After connecting with him during one of his live performances last month at Sandbar's grime and hip hop night, Mic Check, I… Continue reading There’s Nothing New About The News
So I had the recent pleasure of sitting down with upcoming UK soul artist Samm Henshaw to interview him for Manchester-based newspaper, The Nubian Times. Samm, recently signed by Columbia Records, is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player... basically he's a ridiculously talented artist and, pleasantly, incredibly humble too. You can check out some of… Continue reading “Music is for people”: The Wisdom of Samm Henshaw
I remember the vague and brief puzzlement when my mother told me there were no words, in our mother tongue (which is Tiv, a Nigerian language, of which, incidentally, there are several hundred), for ‘he’ or ‘she’. It was hard for me then – kind of still is – to get that to sit right. I mean,… Continue reading Why Media Diversity Matters
So here’s the thing. Charlie Beckett is a former news editor with more than 20 years’ experience of international journalism. He’s worked in established mainstream outlets including the BBC and ITN’s Channel 4 News. He is also a professor at the London School of Economics and the founding director of POLIS; a think-tank for researching the… Continue reading Why is Good News No News?
‘You know, where I come from, there are a lot of different ways of being black.’ ‘Well, then you one lucky black man. But see, blood, ‘bout now, where you come from ain’t where you at… Roun’ here, they only got the one way of being black, and sooner or later that’s the black you… Continue reading Doing the Right Thing: Film & TV in a Biased World