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Art Culture

ISAAC JULIEN: Lessons of the Hour

National Gallery Scotland, Modern One. Until October 10th 2021 Fredrick Douglass asked: What is a slave to the fourth of July?  The most photographed American in the 19th century, yet frequently forgotten by history, Douglass was born into slavery, became a free famed orator, novelist, statesman, philosopher, intellectual and freedom-fighter.  International acclaimed artist Isaac Julien creates […]

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Lifestyle

Gen Z: Internet Addicts or Digital Revolutionaries?

Gen Z are truly an intriguing set of individuals – they have little to no memory of the world before modern technology, they grew up alongside the creation of social media, and for many the internet served as a surrogate parent, adding a new dimension to their worldly education. The raising of Gen Z feels […]

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Lifestyle

How this year’s Sainsbury’s Christmas ad uncovered a roasting pot of ugly racism

Christmas adverts are an annual highlight across the nation, with many eagerly counting down the days in anticipation for the latest clips of Christmas cheer. After the trials of 2020, there is seemingly no better time for messages of unity, family, and celebration. However, this year’s Sainsbury’s advert has sadly had the exact opposite impact; […]

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Music Reviews

Anderson .Paak takes a step back

2 stars Anderson Paak’s latest single acts as funk-pop infused meta-commentary on his previous successes, which ultimately overshadow this new track. Everything about the song is filled with bling and glitz, unfortunately in a way that moves us back to the era of Little Mix and tacky pop tunes. This is seen most notably in […]

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Art Culture

Faith Ringgold: the queen of quilts and political paintings

The ideological Black Arts Movement brought the art world and politics together to reflect the anger expressed over continuous oppression of African Americans, and powerful events occurring in response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s USA. Within this movement the painter, poet and activist, Faith Ringgold produced some of the most radical artworks to […]

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Art Culture

Black History Month: Highlighting black artists – Saoirse Amira Anis

Even though black history should always be taught, understood and thought about, this year’s Black History Month feels even more urgent after the recent growth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Scotland is not exempt from racial issues, and can learn a lot from the Black Lives Matter mural trail, organised by Wezi Mhura. The […]

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Could this be Trump’s October Surpise?

By all traditional measures, Joe Biden is favoured to win the US presidential election in November. The most recent 538 simulation puts him in the White House 77 out of 100 times. The main factor in his success so far has been events. The BLM movement has helped convince young people he is their best […]

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The Summer of the Apocalypse: June, George Floyd & Black Lives Matter

Thursday the 25th of June marked one month since George Floyd’s tragic death at the hands of the police, on May 25th of this year. It also marked what should have been Tamir Rice’s eighteenth birthday. He was shot by the police when he was twelve years old, for playing with a toy gun. Catalysed […]