On the anniversary of her death, MAYA WILSON AUTZEN reflects on how this year’s BLM movement has shed new light on Toni Morrison’s novels.  The fifth of August marked a year since the passing of the iconic novelist Toni Morrison, and the legacy she left behind echoes powerfully amidst the recent resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. As the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, her work retains great significance. The current climate surrounding the BLM resurgence has made many of us realise that too often black literature has been omitted and ignored. Morrison’s works have the capacity to disrupt the traditional canon as they educate and move readers. Whatever reason you may choose to pick up one of her texts, I personally could not recommend them enough for the enthralling marriage of brutality and beauty.  Born in 1931, Morrison experienced segregation in the…Continue Reading

Remembering Toni Morrison

AIDA MULUGETTA-LOPEZ’s testimony of her experiences as a Black person of colour, in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.  Individual and institutional acts of racism have always plagued the Black community. Now, with the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement (in 2020 particularly), the only difference is to do with the platform. The BLM movement has allowed Black people to express the racial injustices that they continuously face to those who, until now, have been able to live their lives without ever needing to worry about discrimination. I’d like to outline my visible privileges, firstly by pointing out that I am mixed-race (Black African and White European). So, while racism impairs me, colourism (whereby people within the Black community with lighter skin are favoured over those with darker skin) also benefits me. Secondly, I am a cis female. So, I will never have to face the additional discrimination…Continue Reading

Aida’s Experience

SHANTI GIOVANNETTI-SINGH reviews George Tillman Jr’s The Hate U Give.   There is a particular poignancy which arises from works of fiction that resemble reality. Watching films like Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later… amidst a pandemic is, at the very least, eerie and unsettling. Even more disturbing are those fictional works whose image of a dystopian future increasingly resembles the broken present. Perhaps the most notable examples include Orwell’s 1984, or Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. These tales respectively depict a failed society, in which misinformation prevails, the subjugation of women is mainstream, and government surveillance abounds. These often sensationalised works serve as a warning, as a desperate call for help. They represent an artist’s fervent plea for their dystopic vision of the future not to materialise.      There is, however, a very different kind of horror associated with the ‘fiction’ that not only reflects reality but is indistinguishable from it. The…Continue Reading

The Hate U Give

SAVAGE Sounds presents ‘Intersect’, the first podcast of the year.  In their first outing, George Horner and Alizay Agha discuss the relationship between Black Lives Matter and music. From Beyoncé to emerging artists such as Tiff Massey, they investigate the symbiotic relationship between their music and the movement. In addition, they discuss the different attitudes towards Islam within the British press, including Channel 4’s polemic documentary ‘My Week as a Muslim‘. Also mentioned in this podcast: British Black History Month, Harvard BLM   Links to everything mentioned in the podcast: