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Review: Both Sides of the Blade

Both Sides of the Blade begins with a brief scene of romantic bliss. Sara and Jean (played by veterans Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon respectively) are enjoying a passionate tryst together by the sea, with the camera weaving around them in the water to capture the intensity of the moment. Inevitably given the original French […]

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Ida B. Wells: Journalist, Activist, Inspiration

The month of October is Black History Month. All month, The Student will be releasing articles about the black icons that inspire our students. If you have someone you want to write about, contact us at features.thestudentnewspaper@gmail.com. TW: Race-based violence When I think about my future as a journalist, I often think of the greats […]

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Lifestyle

Racial bias in retail

There has long been a racial bias in retail, from racially profiling customers in corner shops, to a lack of diversity amongst make up products. The majority of people do not understand what a privilege it is to enter a shop and not have to worry about how you will be perceived by either the […]

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Culture Literature

An unflinching and intimate debut: Raven Leilani’s Luster

Raven Leilani’s 2021 debut novel Luster is a transfusion of a ‘fuck it’ kind of vitality through its urgency, authenticity, and cutting satire. The story takes an unflinching eye to Edie, a 23-year-old Black woman perpetually messing up in a world that is openly hostile to her in its sexism, racism, and capitalism.  It’s unsurprising that, in […]

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Culture Literature

Poem of the week: Morgan Harper Nichols’ ‘Let July be July’

Morgan Harper Nichols’ 2019 poem ‘Let July be July’ successfully creates a bubble of serenity and security with words of encouragement from its first line, “Even here, you are growing” – a message that is most needed in uncertain times such as these. With Boris Johnson announcing dates leading to the return of a pre-coronavirus society, […]

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Lifestyle

Are racially diverse casts the future of period dramas?

Shonda Rhimes’ hit series Bridgerton has now been renewed for up to eight seasons. This is not surprising considering over 63 million households binged the 19th century period drama over the festive period. Whether it was an ill-advised selection for the family or snuggled up on the couch alone, most of us were surprised by its modern portrayals […]

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New name: who dis? DHT renamed to 40 George Square

Amid the maelstrom of political events that defined the summer, the resulting change from the George Floyd protests has been the most striking. Not a single event since the Civil Rights Movement has encouraged such a deep analysis into the presence of police brutality and other racial grievances in Western society. While renaming academic buildings […]

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Teach out: Edinburgh’s role in the slave trade

Last week, Edinburgh University’s History Society and African Caribbean Society hosted a Teach Out, called ‘How Slavery Changed a City: Edinburgh’s Slave History’. Speakers Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE, Professor Diana Paton and Lisa Williams, led a conversation as relevant today as it was 200 years ago. Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, Scotland’s first black professor, […]