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To Be Black

Ooretoluse Delano | August 20, 2020

With the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the public outrage that followed these unfortunate events, I have been thinking about what it means to be black and African. A common sentiment amongst my fellow Nigerians is this idea that they did not know they were black until they moved to a Western country.

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Black Lives Matter: Materials to Support the Cause and Educate Yourself

Jireh Blessing A. | July 30, 2020

After my previous blog post, I figured it would not make much sense for me to suggest educating yourself and understanding how to support the cause for a change if I did not show you how. So, these are few of my suggestions of what you can do to help and sources to educate yourself.

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Black Lives Matter

Jireh Blessing A. | July 29, 2020

For the past weeks, I have desired to post about this very crucial matter, but I just couldn’t get myself to. Because just like every other black person, I was not only hurting but I was angry. So angry that I understood that I was not in the right state of mind to write, more so about it. So, after the steam had cooled off, I took some time to educate myself about all the different parts of the story that had eventually led us to this point.

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Fifty Shades of Beauty

Aleena Udas Sharma | July 22, 2020

It was 6:30 am and, as usual, we were late. I thought my son would miss his school bus, but thankfully we reached the bus stop well on time. Everything seemed normal at the stop except for an unfamiliar face. There was a pretty little girl. She stood close to her mom and was happily reciting a nursery rhyme:

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A Personal Perspective on Race & the UK Criminal Justice System

Joanna Veimou | July 20, 2020

This piece is my personal attempt to address a problem that I believe exists in the UK criminal justice system. I basically draw from my experience as a student at the Bar Professional Training Course, which is the program that qualifies you to practice as a barrister at the courts of England and Wales. During studying for the program, I decided to volunteer at an organisation with an admirable cause. The one I chose was a program through the Inns of Court, which paired current law students with prisons and youth offenders institutions via the teaching of debating.

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Nightmares In the Daylight

Sydney M. Jones | July 13, 2020

I love the feeling of floating as I day dream. I often forget about reality, time feels non-existent, and the pace of my breath has slowed to the speed of a tortoise’s steps. I sometimes sit with my eyes gazing at nothing in particular, usually catching the glimpse of dust particles in the sun rays that peek through the blinds. This dream state is a luxury of mine. It’s the short lived yet unmissable opportunity I get to escape the nightmares I face when my conscious flickers on, and my quite analytical brain and emotive personality process the world that hates who I am. The world that hates who we are.

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