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 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…

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…

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…

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus

From FO's Perspectives Since coming to our attention in Wuhan, China in November 2019, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has rapidly spread throughout the globe, destabilizing communities, nations, and continents as its impact starts to become more pertinently felt with steeply rising infection numbers and death tolls. Coronavirus is a disease caused by SARS, where the virus…

Asking for help could kick start your happiness!

*say the below out loud* “I am ready to receive all obstacles and opportunities, required to successfully execute my vision for my life. Aka I’m ready beat 2020’s ass & get what I deserve” – Aaliyah Mckay Ever heard of the saying if you don’t ask you don’t get? Well, this little statement is something…

So, you want to be a lawyer? | The Commercial Law Path

Having the Direction Choosing to become a commercial/corporate lawyer is easy – pursuing that career choice with the necessary tenacity, energy, and vision, to realise it, is tough. Furthermore, different people can become a ‘lawyer’ – indeed, most City law firms focus on having a ‘diverse range’ of hires, both in their physical characteristics, but…

Meaning over Money?

You meet someone for the first time, smiles are being frequently exchanged and theconversation is flowing like a river on a summer's day. You've talked about interests, life and even those banal, but oddly addictive sitcoms that we often spend time watching in guilt because we promised ourselves, we'd be in the gym this weekend.…

Placement Year – Lessons learnt

As I begin my final year at Loughborough University this week, I have taken some time to reflect on the year that has passed. I have been so lucky to meet some inspiring people, who have really pushed me this year. I was fortunate enough to have a great placement year with an even more…

My Year In Industry

Wow hi - feel like I haven't blogged in ages lool! It's been a while. Just thought I'd do a quick reflection on my Year in Industry and touch on some key things I've done/learnt. Firstly for those that don't know, a Year in Industry is when you (an undergraduate student) takes a year out…

White Supremacy & Privilege?

I was recently asked to fill out a survey for my friend's dissertation. It was on the topic of 'White Supremacy and Privilege'. According to Wikipedia, white supremacy or white supremacism is the racist belief that white people are superior to people of other races and therefore should be dominant over them and the 'privilege'…

When the Headlines Become your Reality

Dealing with the Death(-by-Knife) of a Loved One (A Young Person’s Perspective) You watch the news and think you’re safe, that your world is a world away from such matters, as if these types of things could never happen to you. London. A place I – like many others – call “home”. A place that’s…

Property Picking

How many people can say they’ve got a plan for how they’re going to retire early or how they’re going to buy their first property? I can’t even lie these are questions that I’ve recently been asking myself. Maybe it might relate to you also, but I think we’re currently living in a generation where not…

Consent.

I was raped twice within four months of my first year at university. What a way to start a blog post lol. But by God’s grace, I’m writing this as someone that’s doing pretty well on my journey of healing from trauma. Consent is something I’ve been wanting to raise awareness about for a while.…

The Changing Face of Capitalism

Wants are a funny old thing, human beings all have something they want. You, me, a pauper or a billionaire- despite our differences in race, income or education- all have common ground in one thing, we all "want" something. This forms the premises of what economists call the basic economic problem, to sum it up…