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The Woman King – A Depiction of Black Pride or an Uneducated Step Backwards

“Terrific”, “Inspirational” and “Rousing” are only some of the descriptors applied to Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King (2022). With a star-studded cast that includes academy award-winner Viola Davis, alongside British black royalty Lashana Lynch and John Boyega, The Woman King has drawn in audiences across the globe and has grossed $77.3 million worldwide. However, Prince-Bythewood’s […]

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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, […]

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The University of Glasgow’s move to abolish its historical connections to the slave trade

Content warning: mention of rape The University of Glasgow has announced a programme of reparative justice after the publication of two years’ worth of research regarding the institution’s historical connections to the slave trade. In a paper titled ‘Slavery, Abolition and the University of Glasgow’, Dr Simon Newman and Dr Stephen Mullen write about the […]