Race has always been a prevalent topic of discussion. Before we were black, we simply existed as people. Black didn’t become a race until whites coined it. With any dialogue regarding race comes a field of eggshells, people are cautious as they don’t want to defend and rightfully so. Many people, notably my closest friends, […]Read more "Being Unapologetically Black"
For some, purchasing music is a ritual. Stores such as HMV resemble ghost towns now and the very mention of going to one to buy a CD seems alien. Once a hobby for many, browsing through shelves looking for physical music now appears to be a trend on the rise again. Nowadays you’ll find recent […]Read more "Vinyl’s ‘Resurgence’ and Music Ownership"
Black History Month has always raised a few eyebrows. People question why we only have a month to celebrate it, or why it even exists. Nevertheless, whilst it exists, we may as well use it as an opportunity to educate and to learn more about our history and community. What’s important to understand is that […]Read more "More Than Melanin: A Film Series on Black Experiences"
Feminism: Oxford Dictionary: the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Wikipedia: Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or […]Read more "Feminism Is Really Simple….If You Just Listen"
If you’re a committed Marvin’s Corridor reader (probably not) and you’ve read some of my posts for VS Notebook, you’re aware that I touch on a number of social issues quite frequently. More often than not, however, I find myself regurgitating the same principles but I relate it to a current story. That’s okay and […]Read more "Forget What You Think You Know About Transgender Identity"
You’re probably sick to death of seeing the word ‘privilege’ being thrown around of late. You’re also probably sick to death of the word ‘feminism’ too, right? A problem that a lot of men have is that they don’t see a lot of the problems women face because we are stuck in a position of privilege. […]Read more "A Message To My Fellow Men"
By Blake Valentine Aaron “Rambo” Ramsey has just scored the wining goal and collected the man of the match award in the FA Cup Final of 2014, which told, as it abruptly spat in the face of the hurt and torment of the 9 years that preceded it. It was around 3,287 days since Patrick […]Read more "Aaron Ramsey"
I must have been a mere ten year-old lad when I first heard Craig David’s Rewind and from the first listen I knew that he was a talented artist. It was Christmas of 1999 and the world was going crazy about the Millennium and the pending bug that was going to affect every computer. Meanwhile, […]Read more "Why We Don’t Deserve Someone Like Craig David Again"
Culture – noun 1. The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. E.g. 20th century popular culture. 2. The ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society. E.g. Afro-Caribbean culture. I’ve written about culture in past and how the definition has often been blurred to fit with an individual’s idea of what it means. […]Read more "Why Do We Accept Culture?"
Throughout history, men have been fed images of what the archetypal man is supposed to look like. From a young age we’re told that the men with mesomorph body types are superior to those possessing endomorph and ectomorph body types; He-Man, Hercules, Superman, Batman, the list is endless. Whilst these are all cartoon characters, it’s […]Read more "Muscularity and Insecurities"