It was only recently that Labour MP Diane Abbott became a vindicated woman after decades of relentless vitriol being swung her way from all, in every direction. However the dregs of humankind in the Right-wing press are at it again, stirring up the anti-Abbott sentiment we’re so used to in order to counter our recently … More Dear Diane
Ruth is back with the second instalment of her monthly No Fly on the WALL column. This month she reflects on ‘blackness’, Americentrism, and identity. I love being black. In more recent years, that love has become even more unapologetic, self-preserving and relentless in nature. A saying I coined through discussion with some African American and … More Column #2: The Face of Global Blackness?
No Fly on the WALL now has columnists! In the lead up to the General Election on Thursday (May 7th), Ruth Taiwo reflects on the increasing political engagement of the millennial generation. With sixty per cent of young people registering to vote this time round, are we right to be hopeful that positive and meaningful … More Column #1: Millennial Political Engagement
It’s been months since the infamous video of Ray Rice beating up his wife surfaced in the public sphere and since then we’ve had another Super Bowl. Now that the dust has settled, most people would be inclined to ‘move on’ until the next such messy incident. Most people, but not everyone. In this post … More Are You Watching? Ray Rice Revisited
‘I’m on your side’. As comforting as it can be to hear these words from someone in the majority group, this declaration comes with responsibilities to the group you are giving your allegiance to. Words are not enough. Actions must be well thought out. It is no good becoming the face of the movement, over-shadowing … More ‘I Got You’: On Allyship and Partnership
It’s 2014 and there are still women on Twitter creating bizarre anti-Feminist trending topics. It’s 2014 and there are still men out there who refuse to take no for an answer when a woman declines their advances. It’s 2014 and a woman’s sexual agency is still deemed a crime and she remains subject to gender-specific … More The “Trouble” With Feminism: On Friendzones, Frustrations, and Robin Thicke
Over two months ago, on the night of the 14th of April 2014, 276 school girls were abducted from their dorm rooms in their secondary school in the village of Chibok, Northern Nigeria. Nine weeks on, as the world forgets them, we at No Fly on the WALL, after a long period of mulling over … More The Westerner’s Guide to Nigeria and Boko Haram: An Introduction