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Michaela Coel: Actress, Director and Game Changer

Since British-Ghanaian actress, screenwriter, director, producer and singer Michaela Coel first came to the public eye in 2012, she has become the foremost example of Black female success. Perhaps more so than any other actor or singer working right now, the 33-year-old truly is a jack of all trades, and her recent haul of acting,…

The top 5 Rap Artists of 2010

While no one could bring hip hop to the heights of popularity it reached when Tupac and Notorious B.I.G ruled the industry; the decade of 2010 to 2020 featured a slew of amazing calibre artists that are great in their own right.Travis Scott’s Astroworld bookended the decade, while Kendrick Lamar quietly piled up Grammy’s in…

The Investment Series: Economic Recovery & Inflation

With the global vaccine roll out in full swing and a staggered return to normality in sight, governments around the world are hard pressed on getting their economies back up to pre-pandemic levels of output. The public health catastrophe of COVID-19 has put the economic status of many nations in less than ideal positions, calling…

Is Ralph Lauren Losing Its Cultural Relevance?

Few brands can match Ralph Lauren’s standing in fashion – but amidst financial struggles and a difficult retail climate, is the brand losing its cultural relevance? Ralph Lauren’s significance – both culturally and in fashion – can hardly be overstated. His is less of a fashion brand, a place to simply buy new clothes, and more of a…

Why Are We Not Talking About Colourism?

“Sometimes my experiences are dismissed. For example, they say things like it didn’t happen which is quite funny because it’s coming from a place of privilege on their part.” Colourism. The hideously ugly little sister of racism. It causes discrimination among people of the same race. Hatred and divide. It is an issue that when…

My Entirely Virtual Grad Scheme

An Orwellian experience of the future of work. 21st December 2020. My department is holding it's annual Christmas party. The upbeat humdrum of seasonal tunes reverberates around my vicinity. My glass, tightly pinched, is awash with blood-red wine, my lips blunted by thesweet acidity. The room is packed with faceless colleagues existing only as initials,…

Is It Worth Rushing?

I hope everyone is blessed! I want to first give a shout out to all of us for making it this far and surviving all the lockdowns that we went through. This post is aimed at the creatives, content creators, entrepreneurs… anyone who has started up a new venture recently. I’ve had my own blog…

George Floyd, One Year On

The American dream is a really good story. It’s been told in words, songs and films for centuries, captivating the imaginations, ambitions and dreams of people all across the world. That dream (we’re told) belongs to all, regardless of where they come from. Or, as the framers of the American Constitution put it: “We hold…

The Investment Series: Financial Markets

Welcome to the second issue of The RealTalk Blog’s Investment Series!  In this series, we aim to simplify and debunk the mysteries of the financial world to encourage financial literacy for all. If you missed the first issue (we forgive you), click here to read up on our introduction to Stocks and Bonds.  In this…

Social Mobility is a Ladder to Alienation

Conversations regarding social mobility predominantly focus on wealth, but rarely about the emotional impact of such a drastic change in social class. I always knew that one day I would walk into M&S, pick up freshly baked sourdough, and indulge with a spread of pâté. I just never thought it would make me feel so…

From North London to The Oscars: This is Daniel Kaluuya

Following a somewhat slow Oscars ceremony on the night of 25 April, it was Daniel Kaluuya who caught the headlines with his slightly too graphic celebration of life, leaving his mother’s head in her hands with embarrassment. After delivering a powerful speech commemorating the life of American activist Fred Hampton, whom he plays in his…

Seven Things Sex and the City Teaches Us

As a recent city girl, I found refuge in binge-watching all 94 episodes of Sex and the City, as well as the two films that were made years after. There is something quite comforting knowing that in a world full of what seems to be perfect people, underneath the Dior and the Manolo Blahniks, there are still normal girls…

The Rise of Rihanna’s Fenty Brand

For the past 15 years, Rihanna has become an icon for all things fashion, music and girl power – but in 2017 she branched out from the music scene, followed her other passions and launched her critically acclaimed cosmetics company, Fenty Beauty. The Fenty Beauty brand prides itself on producing inclusive cosmetics for consumers (across…

What’s Wrong With My Blackness?

I hate talking about blackness. [noun] blackness [blak-nis]‘the quality or state of being Black. the quality or state of being a Black person. Negritude’ Not because it’s not important or because anti-blackness isn’t a real thing, but because I think it’s so nuanced that the more we try to comprehend it, the more it evades…

“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 and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

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 later. Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is having regular/uncontrollable worries about a variety of…

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…