Influencers - A global pandemic through rose tinted filters
Hannah Rose Brownbill explores how luxury getaways and designer goods has made the lockdown harder. With insight from students and NHS workers.
Why right-wing populist leaders are botching Covid
Worldwide the countries struggling most to contain Covid are ones led by right-wing, populist, male leaders. We explore why.
Men Ruin Everything: Gym Edition
Josephine Ewoma of the fitness page Just Josephine speaks to her own experiences and those of countless other female gym-goers having their workouts jeopardised by predatory men. After posting on her Instagram asking for other's accounts of harassment she was inundated with troubling stories. She speaks to her's and countless other women's testimonials here
Anything But Change
The replacement of Edward Colston's statue with Jen Reid is a nice moment. But is symptomatic of a culture of symbolism in lieu of action.
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Halima Nashir unpacks the origins of anti-black racism and explains the way a necessity for cheap labour under capitalism set the beginnings of Britain and Europe's love affair with anti-black racism.
Q&A with Chinwag Call
Chinwag Call is a creative project centred around opening up a dialogue amongst recovering addicts. We at the Sludge Magazine office sat down with it's founder Jacob Newton to discuss the project
Billionaire brunches and black liberation
As Kanye West reportedly joins Jay-Z as rapper turned billionaire it’s important to remind ourselves that more black billionaires doesn’t equal liberation for black people.
Why it’s okay to lack motivation whilst under lockdown
We're really proud of all of you who are spending this time working on yourselves, but if you're just getting by or even a bit fed up that's okay too. Our new article by Emmie Cosgrove tells you why
LOCKDOWN: Couples Edition
Are you tearing your hair out isolating with your significant other? If so our new article by Lauren Dorling is here to help with four top tips for surviving Lockdown: Couple's Edition
The root of modern medicine's failings towards black mothers
Recently a disturbing statistic began recirculating via Twitter: That black mothers in the U.K. are five times more likely to die during childbirth. Martyn Ewoma's new article explores the deeply entrenched synergy between racism and modern medicine that contributes to this. As well as accounts from his own birth
Four Ways To Find The Will To Live When You've Lost It
The dust from Mental Health Awareness month has settled, but unfortunately adversity exists all the year round. Lauren Dorling offers us her four top tips for conquering introspective quandaries.
The Politics of Apathy
Far-right rhetoric and legislation is slowly becoming more publicly palatable, whilst challenges are being shaped as an infringement on the expression of ideas. Ellen’s reasoning that her friendship with George W. Bush is nothing more than “being friends with someone that doesn’t share the same beliefs that she does” is evidence of how the gravity of political ideology is being undermined.
The De-politicisation of Mental Health Discourse
Mental Health Awareness Week is an example of how far society has come in terms of de-stigmatising mental health issues. It is now time for government to be as proactive as the people they represent.
My milkshake makes for a forlorn Farage
In a landscape of British politics mired by political violence. The throwing of milkshakes at fascists, has proved a step too far for the liberal left wing and far right alike
Caster Semenya: When Fairness Is False
Writer Tariyé Peterside delves in to the ever political world of sports to explore the IAAF's decision to deny Caster Semenya the right to compete in the sport she has long dominated
Performative “cancel culture” is only reproducing societal inequalities
In the wake of Finding Neverland and Surviving R Kelly, conversations around whether entertainers’ personal misdemeanours should impact people’s relationships with their work have been renewed. Unfortunately, condemnation is often hypocritical and disingenuous.
Does the Pope's stance of the death penalty matter?
Pope Francis' renewed stance on the Catholic Church has taken a huge 180 and the clergy are less than impressed
Pejoration for Power
How the right wings co-opting of left wing terminology has rendered political discourse illegible.
Freedom of speech ≠ freedom from consequence
Whilst drill rappers are literally being imprisoned for their lyrics, and professional athletes careers are being destroyed for speaking out against discrimination, sections of the far-right believe the biggest affront to freedom of speech in the modern world is being held accountable for spreading racial hatred. Martyn Ewoma explores why this is and the deadly consequences.
What do bank holidays mean to working Brits in 2018?
The evolution of automated technology is changing the landscape of work in the U.K. but is legislation keeping up? We spoke to range of workers who've ditched the 9-5 life for other work pursuits to see if they're better off or just as subservient to the rat race.
Climate activists: Pull it out before the earth puts out.
As youth protests for politicians to take firmer action on climate change, Lauren Dorling explains some climate activists' theory that the reproduction of youth is the biggest problem in itself.
Why Trump and team owners are missing the point
Now the poster boy for Nike's foray in to social justice, in 2016 Colin Kaepernick created a media storm by kneeling during the national anthem. So much so that President Trump saw fit to weigh in. Nicholas Borghesi explores the president and NFL's disdain for peaceful protest.