Category: Race

Every few years, I see an image of the Gulabi Gang circulating the internet. Dressed in pink saris and armed with sticks, the caption tells us that they are a gang of women in India who beat up domestic abusers and rapists. This public image of the gang is central to the debate on the existence of the Gulabi Gang in...

‘The Warrior in a Pink Sari’, a ‘Woman of the Revolution’… just two of the terms used to describe the Indian social activist Sampat Pal, whose life is depicted in the groundbreaking play ‘Pink Sari Revolution’ – running this November at Northern Stage. Our reviewer Humera Mahzar caught up with director Suba Das ahead of the...

2017 has brought with it a plethora of political change. Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called and won a controversial referendum to extend his power over the state, and Theresa May formed a minority government with the DUP. With such...

Looking back, I can hardly believe how long it took me to go vegan. It seems crazy that I was an advocate for human rights for so long before coming to the conclusion that I should be advocating for animal ones, too. Let’s be clear: I don’t think meat eaters are bad people. I was one for over 25 years, my boyfriend is,...

There is power in the stories we tell; the stories we tell matter. The impact that a story, a character, or an artist can have on a person’s life can’t be stated enough. Music. Theatre. TV. Film. Books. No matter the medium, telling or listening to a story can not only be an outlet, but a lifesaver. Being surrounded...

    Refugees They have no need of our help So do not tell me These haggard faces could belong to you or I Should life have dealt a different hand We need to see them for who they really are Chancers and scroungers Layabouts and loungers With bombs up their sleeves Cut-throats and thieves They are not Welcome here We...

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York City, you may or may not have noticed the inscription that reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Clearly, something has changed in America. This line comes from the sonnet New Colossus by Emma...

Whether on film or in the flesh, Asma Elbadawi has an undeniable, almost electrical presence – it’s no wonder that she’s shot to fame over the past year as an outstanding performance poet. After leaving Aljazira in Sudan shortly after her first birthday, Asma grew up in Bradford with her parents and brother, attending...

Last Friday 17,410,742 people voted to end the UK’s membership of the European Union, and every time I open up Facebook on my phone, it’s with a pit of dread in my stomach. I keep seeing racist incident after racist incident, and as a Muslim woman of Pakistani origin, it simultaneously breaks my heart and terrifies...

Comic books have become my new thing. Once daunted by all the timelines, and a wall of the same superhero, I’ve jumped straight into blissful nerdery. As a Pakistani Muslim, I never expected to find Muslim characters in comic books, but it turns out comic books are much better for representation than TV or film (can...