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One-Of-A-Kind UK #BlackLivesMatter Module Launched For MA Students At University of Hertfordshire

By Zoe Fripp The University of Hertfordshire has introduced a new module as part of their MA in Literature at Culture, inspired by the political activist movement #BlackLivesMatter. The one of its kind in the UK module, entitled ‘US Culture and #BlackLivesMatter’ means that students can now learn about the significance and contexts of the internationally recognised movement. Students will be able to examine and study contemporary cultural texts, which forms part of the moveme

Nigerian society’s cultural night

By Pelumi Agboolaa “The beauty in cultural diversity” was the theme of the cultural night on the 18th May and showing cultural diversity is exactly what the Nigeran society did. Hosted by Ayomide Sodia and Blossom Odubu. We got a massive insight into the vibrate, exuberant and delightful culture of Nigeran and from all around Africa. The room was buzzing with members of the society and others not only Nigerans but Gambians, Ghanaians, Europeans and many other people all came

Born Without Racism

[Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer] The kids shout her name as she enters the classroom and they all run over stroking her braids. I’m in a small village near the Andes in Peru with some University of Hertfordshire students on a volunteering trip, and the children are all in love with this one girl, Vicky, a black girl. They ask about her braids and why she’s got black skin in Spanish, and our translator explains to us that they’ve probably rarely or never seen a person of

Why #StarringJohnCho is important

Image: John Cho as Sulu in the rebooted Star Trek film series. The role was initially played by George Takei, who has been vocal about Hollywood’s lack of diversity. [April Wilson | TV Director] It has not been a great year for Hollywood in terms of racial diversity. Things did not start off well when the Academy of Motion Arts and the Sciences announced this year’s Oscar nominations in which all of the acting nominations were white actors. The internet did not take the news

Comfort food from around the world

Image: Harald Groven, Flickr, CC BY 4.0 [Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer] What’s your comfort food? What food do you eat when you’re sad, happy, or even drunk? Does it change depending on your mood, and does it depend on where you’re from? I decided to ask some of my friends from around the world and find out! Kathie Harb: student at Leiden University, Netherlands. From the United Arab Emirates. “My favourite comfort foods are dark chocolate and dates. The chocolate coz i

Hackney Holi Colour Beach Festival

[Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer] “I’m sorry!” says my boyfriend as I sit there, my eyes full of orange powder paint, which he had just blasted straight at my face. It hurt a tiny bit at the time, but after a while, I saw the funny side and soon everyone was throwing colour into each other’s faces. Holi, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love, is a spring Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal and India. And this weekend, on a beautiful and cris

Around the world in seven books

[Katie Noble | Entertainment Editor] Student budget too tight to go abroad? Don’t fret – you can travel the world in books. Here’s a handy list to aid your literature jet-setting. Can you visit every continent before the summer is over? Europe My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante (Italian) ‘A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable

Why UK students have it better, as told by an American exchange student

Image: Unsplash – Rochelle Nicole [Emily Alvarenga | Contributing Writer] As I prepared to go abroad, I heard all the talk about UK universities. Whether it was that the grading scale was ten times harder than the US or that the classes were way more advanced, I admit that I was pretty nervous. But when I got here it didn’t take me long to realise that going to university in the UK is so much better. And although I’m sure all the movies make it seem like college life in Ameri

Let’s talk about diversity in Young Adult fiction

Image: Unsplash – Glen Noble [Nariece Sanderson | Contributing Writer] Back in December, the world was faced with a re-imagining of the characters of the Harry Potter series. The casting of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (due to hit the West End in July) caused an online eruption of opinion. The matter of an older Hermione being portrayed by a black woman (Noma Dumezweni) provoked a variety of opinions. Thankfully, Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, stepped in on Twitter t