Review: The Death And Life of Marsha P Johnson

With the 28th anniversary of Marsha P Johnson’s untimely death having just passed us on 6th July, some of us may be revisiting the 2017 documentary The Life and Death of Marsha P Johnson, available on Netflix. Having been directed by David France and presented by LGBT rights activist and a case manager for the... Continue Reading →

No, Its Not Chai Tea

As turmeric, yoga and chai become ever more popular in the western world, there are little things that may get lost in this cultural transmission. Looking at the boards of your local Starbucks as a non-Indian, you may think chai is something additional to the tea, like Starbucks may mislead you to think buy calling... Continue Reading →

A Comprehensive list of British Asian Diaspora Films

This list encompasses movies only on the British Asian diaspora within the UK so there is no Slumdog Millionaire or colonialism tinged flicks. Disclaimer #1: ‘Comprehensive’ here means ‘ever-growing’. I am sure I have missed several out, so please let me know if I have so I can add it to the list!

Blindian (Black & Asian) Intercultural Relationships in Film

Blindian: A person of mixed Indian and black heritage; A couple where one person is black and the other is Indian. #Blindian Project: An amazing social media project which aims to shatter stereotypes across social media and celebrates blindian relationships. I watched the film Mississippi Masala a short while ago. The movie may sound unfamiliar... Continue Reading →

International Women’s Day As A British Asian

This day of women (and men, hopefully!) in solidarity to advocate for women’s rights means something different to everybody, both around the world and to women living side by side in the same cities. Whilst we should be advocating for gender equality around the year, today is a good day to celebrate how far we... Continue Reading →

Bollywood Meets Nollywood in Namaste Wahala

Bollywood combines with Nollywood, in a film that will excite audiences of both industries. Namaste Wahala is the directorial debut of Hamisha Daryani Ahuja, an international speaker and entrepreneur. The movie will be eagerly awaited by black and brown audiences that view movies of both industries as the worlds converge and grace our screens on... Continue Reading →

Decolonizing our history

I went to an event entitled ‘decolonizing history’ at the School of Oriental and African Studies in November 2019, which displayed a series of audio stories, created all by women of colour. It is 2020, yet that sentence still has a slight novelty about it. It is still not as common as it should be... Continue Reading →

A Short Introduction to Kenyan Indians In Britain

Whilst this cultural combination might seem paradoxical to some, the two go like the biscuit to your masala chai. North Indians, notably Gujarati’s migrated during the 1890's to help build the Kenya-Uganda railway. Since then, more Indians migrated to settle in the east African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. There were often culture clashes... Continue Reading →

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga: A Different Romance Story For Bollywood

You may have heard of the recent Bollywood film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. Although Hollywood films generally take more attention worldwide, this movie is ground breaking because it is the first mainstream Bollywood movie to feature a lesbian relationship to not be banned in India. It has received great attention and whilst... Continue Reading →

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