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Where does the persecution of slang come from and why does it continue?

Hood’, ‘ghetto’, ‘unprofessional’ are just a few of the phrases that have been used to describe the vernacular commonly used by young people from inner-city areas.

In 2021, a South London school came under criticism for trying to ban slang words such as ‘bare’ and ‘innit’ from being used in school.

The revelations of ex-cricketer Azeem Rafiq have shown that racism in sport is much wider than football

For the last few weeks English Cricket has been under the microscope following Azeem Rafiq’s experiences at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Despite the sport being very popular among South Asian communities, Rafiq has highlighted the long-standing difficulties South Asian sports people face. In a world where racial abuse is considered locker-room banter, is it any surprise we don’t see many British South Asians in sport?

How elite sportswomen have helped put mental health on the agenda

Following the cancellation of most major events last summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was great to see our stars reunited with their fans. However, as well as the titles and accolades, some sporting events brought the topic of mental health to the news agenda, demonstrating that we must continue to educate people on this problem.

Two Decades after the 911 attacks, British Muslims still feel the impact

Two Decades after the 911 attacks, British Muslims still feel the impact writes Yusef Alam.


THIS WEEK marks the 20th anniversary of the horrific 9/11 terror attacks on the USA in which over 2,900 people lost their lives. The event stunned the world and the impact is still being felt today.

14 dead, nothing said - The New Cross Massacre 40 years on

If black lives didn’t seem to matter in 2020, they mattered even less four decades earlier.

Forty years ago this weekend (Sunday 18 January 1981), a joyous 16th birthday party in a South London home, turned into a tragedy after 13 black youngsters were killed when the house became a deadly inferno.

Governmental Gaslighting from the Equalities Minister

Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss set out the Johnson administration’s overhaul the Government’s equalities work this week, but it turned out to be nothing more than gaslighting on a governmental scale.

Truss declared the fight for equality should be led by ‘facts, not fashion’ and claimed notions of structural racism, protected characteristics and intersectionality were simply the flavour of the month and had all been proven worthless.


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