“It Don’t Move”: Lessons from the Gorilla Glue Girl Saga

Being able to lay down edges and slick ponytails is an elite skill. It comes with a combination of excellent handcraft and the perfect product. After years of consulting with friends, endlessly scrolling through product reviews and many failed attempts, I am yet to perfect this skill and find the perfect product to lay down…

How To Nail Your Virtual Interview

A normal job interview is tricky enough. Throw in the uncertainty of technology, and you may have a nightmare to contend with. From showing off your personality on camera to finding the right angles, there are many tricky elements unique to virtual interviews. And given that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, your next…

The Investment Series: Stocks and Bonds

You've probably heard of the name Warren Buffett, possibly Ray Dalio and perhaps less likely, Jack Bogle. Each of these men can attribute, partly or wholly, their successes and financial affluence to their investments in the markets. With a current net worth of $85.6 billion, Warren Buffet is one of the most well-known investors in…

Uighur Muslims: The 21st Century Holocaust

In history lessons based on the Jewish Holocaust, we were told 'never again.' It is the year 2021. It's been going on, it's still here, and it's been silenced for long enough. Who are the Uighurs? Xinjiang is China's largest administrative territory, bordering eight countries – Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and India.…

Seven Ways to Stay Positive During Lockdown

As we enter another week of lockdown, for some of us it hasn’t gotten any easier. Whether you’re a key worker keeping busy or are staying at home exhausting all corners of Netflix, anxiety can affect us all and it’s important to deal with it in a healthy way. It’s completely normal to feel worried…

“Soro Soke!” #Endsars: From Twitter to the Streets.

End Sars protests in London With chants of ‘Soro Soke!’ (Yoruba word for Speak Up) and ‘Buhari is a bad boy', African communities in the UK shouted, walked and prayed in solidarity with their fellow Nigerians against SARS and police brutality across Nigeria. Protests spread over London, Manchester, Birmingham and other cities. ‘I'm only here…

WFH? WTF?

Whilst many of us are lucky to be working, a vast majority of us are working from our kitchen, spare bedroom, makeshift office spaces. COVID-19 rocked the world in many ways we could not comprehend, we were introduced to some new ways of living. One of the biggest changes was where people worked, the whole…

Plans don’t always plan out.

I’ve always had a plan. Always planned out how my life was going to turn out. It was my goal to achieve my plans. I’m an organiser. A planner. My own personal assistant. Even from young I knew what I was good at and I would research jobs that would allow me to use my…

Small Beginnings

As with all new years, there comes a period of goal setting and also reflection. So, lets reflect. Sometimes I think about how life once was, how I once was. I use this to review how every experience has shaped the person I am today. The highs, the lows and everything in between has amalgamated…

Looking Back to Look Forward: The Year 2020

As with most organisations/companies, the end of the year (or financial year) presents a time to reflect on the period that has just passed. An opportunity to celebrate wins, ponder over shortcomings, and ultimately prepare for what the future has in store. At The RealTalk Blog, we thought it would be good to do the…

Emotions and Decision Making

Having emotions is a major part of being human and to be honest I think it's fair to say anyone that has no emotion is pretty close to inhuman as you can get. Emotions are a huge part of who we are as people and are often the main driver when we make our decisions…

How to Write a Great CV

It is currently job hunting season for many people, and you may be facing the daunting task of submitting applications after applications. With the increased uncertainty in the job market and the sheer competition for a job, it is important to be the best candidate possible. The very first hurdle you will have to face…

The Green Economy Isn’t Coming, It’s Already Here

Climate change has become one of the most important issues of our time. With increasing demand for change, entrepreneurs and innovators have sprung into action, bringing with them the green economy.

Invest in Black!

Invest in your friend's, invest in your family, invest in your community! I saw some stats the other day on Twitter, not sure of the original source but either way they really fascinated me: Black spending power on the UK is £300 billionThe black community makes up 3% of the UK populationBlack businesses generate £10…

Black Lives Matter & The Fight Against Prejudice [via ssozinha.com]

Black Lives Matter is not a fight against white people. It is a fight in attempt to dismantle the shackles of white supremacy and prejudice, from our feet, our hands, our necks and our futures. When people get offended by the recent, countless calls for 'Black Lives Matter!' and they label it as an attack;…

Take Control!

Discipline What I’m about to share is how to become super human, take it in and implement it. Time to take control. To start with, I have some questions for you…are you disciplined? If so in what areas in your life? Are these areas the ones that are most important? Just take step back and…

To be Black and to be a Slave

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY BY EZIPROSE To be BLACK and to be a SLAVE is one and the same is a first class dissertation by yours truly to fulfil the requirements of my Bachelors’ degree in Politics and International Relations. (Yes you read correctly. I said FIRST CLASS because we celebrate our achievements around here, and…

Not so ‘United’ Kingdom

The year 2016 saw one of the biggest referendum events of a lifetime – the EU referendum. Four years and three prime ministers later, the future of the UK’s European position still hangs in a precarious limbo. But alas, we wait on the looming no-deal Brexit of 31st December 2020 (this my personal pessimistic prediction).…

Race, masculinity, emotion work and black men in Britain today: A case study of generational change

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARy BY Israel Enock-Fagbemi Background My motivations for choosing this topic for my dissertation came from my own personal experiences. In 2017, when I heard that my close friend had died from cancer, I just broke down. I have never cried like that before in my life or felt that type of pain.…

Exploring the Experiences of Black Students at Elite UK Universities

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY By Rhia Gibbs Introduction Most recently, the impact of Covid-19 has meant that A Level students did not get to sit their final exams. Many students who had wanted to take up places at Russell Group universities may have missed out on the opportunity due to receiving predicted grades that did not…

What’s Your Credit Score?

People often think that our credit score is irrelevant at our young ages but realistically you could begin to build when you’re as young as a child by being educated on the matter. There’s evidence to suggest that educating kids about money will pay off in higher credit scores later. This topic first came to…

Comparing Narratives of White-Administered Police Brutality Against Black Adolescent Males in Contemporary American Young Adult Fiction

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY BY ASHLEY Fontaine Introduction In an analysis of the current state of literature in The News & Observer, Susie Wilde asserts that in the era of #BlackLivesMatter, the literary world has faced a “‘wake-up call’” (Wilde 2019), and this statement is particularly true of contemporary American young adult (YA) fiction. Following the…

The Islamic translations of biomedical mental health concepts implemented in practice, by Islamic healers in East London

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY BY TASNIA CHOWDHURY Background: The premise of this dissertation was based on my own experiences of always feeling at war with myself when it came to mental well-being and spirituality. Too many times I heard emphasis on the healing power of God's words and the spiritual explanations of mental health symptoms but…

Inner City Communities: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

“So many man my age have PTSD and they don't even know it” What is PTSD & what is Generalised Anxiety Disorder? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. The condition affects roughly 1 in 3 individuals and it can develop immediately, weeks or even years…

An analysis on whether women’s relationship status shape their attitude towards housework in the UK

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY BY GRACE LANLOKUN I was first introduced to the Sociology of Housework in my first year of my Sociology degree and I was fascinated that something that is done daily, could be studied and reveal so much about the society that we live in. This falls under the umbrella of Sociology of…

Are we really listening? Exploring the Media’s Social Construction of Drill Music Artists in the UK

RTB DISSERTATION SUMMARY BY TIF SHO Abstract Drill music has become increasingly popular in the United Kingdom. With the rise in popularity has come a moral panic due to the nature of the lyrics which often includes themes of violence and drugs. Due to this, not only have the songs been demonised but the artists…

The Imperfect Reflection

Having just handed in my dissertation on the presence of patriarchal stereotypes and female objectification in Disney films, I began to think about how my exposure to the portrayal of perfection has impacted the way I see myself. Self-criticism is something I think everyone faces. Black, white, male or female, I believe everyone looks at…

The Silver Lining

Finally, the month of results and graduation is among us. The end of an era, the end of a chapter. Going through the motions of something that feels like it’s never ending makes it hard to take a breather and look at the journey. You kinda get all focused on when it will all come…

The End of a Chapter

Well, where do I start? My university journey has flown by and I can now say that I am a graduate after 4 long years. 2020 has been a particularly weird year for many reasons – Pop Smoke, Kobe Bryant & his daughter, George Floyd, Corona, the cake craze on Twitter and Premier League football…

What’s Next?

For the first time in 4 years I have no commitments, no coursework, no exams. Literally nothing to do. University no longer has me in a chokehold, and I couldn’t feel freer. I won’t even front and act like University was easy because it wasn’t but graduating during a global pandemic, now that is extra…

It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint

2020  What a year to graduate ay? They say graduation should be a day filled with jubilation and ecstasy. A sense of accomplishment should engulf you as your hard work and late nights grafting in the dungeon will all be remunerated when you walk across that stage, shake your dean’s hand and do a little…

Run Your Race

Uni complete. Boy has it been a journey. It's been full ups and downs. Periods of depression and self-doubt, periods of excitement and joy and it’s a feeling of alleviation just to be able to say “I am done”. To even really deep that a good few times I really wanted to drop out, I…

Existential Crisis

What’s your calling in life? Big question I know. I personally think I know the answer to this question, but life hands you a few curveballs and then you’re doubting myself, like proper doubting yourself.  An existential crisis is when an individual starts to wonder what life means, and what their calling or purpose is.…

Where are you going?

So, where are you going? An incredibly ambiguous question right? You might already have some idea of where this blog is headed. In any case, lets progress. I’ll start with an incredibly powerful quote from a book I’ve recently started: “Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a…

The Person With The Biggest Smile

Hey, my name is Hajera and I wanted to share my story on depression and anxiety from childhood. I come from an Asian-Bangladeshi background and I grew up as a Muslim. I have 2 older sisters and 1 older brother who is autistic. From my earliest memories I have of life, my life at home…

Why are 3 out of 4 Suicides Men?

- Progress that has already occurred and solutions - Men and mental health Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. In 2015, 75% of suicides registered in the UK were men. It’s important that despite all the great progress occurring we continue to push towards tackling this problem within our…

A Silence in the Black Community Around Mental Health?

Introduction – the effects of institutionalised racism, wealth inequalities and social structures In all communities within the UK and around the world there is a silence around mental health, it’s a societal and worldwide issue. From research I have done, conversations with peers about experiences, as well as learning about it last year one in…

Protect your Peace

3 min read So where should I start? The year of 2020 has been a roller coaster for us all. This year has disturbed the inner peace of many and some may feel absolutely overwhelmed because of the current climate we have been forced to inhabit. I would just like to spread this message, a…

Does University Worsen your Mental Health?

- The education system & wellbeing - Introduction Throughout the early stage of our lives we spend a lot of time, if not the majority, at school. From primary, secondary and all the way to university. 9am – 4pm, 5 days a week, 40+ weeks a year. It’s routine and it’s the way we are…

Race and Politics – Is there a place for ethnic minorities in the current system?

From FO's Perspectives At the end of Last year, I wrote an article touching on the relationship between ethnic minorities and their voting patterns, highlighting how they tend to stay to the left of the political spectrum due to their voting rational (individual vs community). One of the key premises was that they tend to…