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Why TV needs more of the ‘awkward black experience’ chewing Gum, Kettle mag
Donald Glover’s wildly successful and critically acclaimed series ‘Atlanta’ has returned to FX this year and with Issa Rae’s equally genius ‘Insecure’ cited to return to our screens later on this year, along with Michaela Coel working hard on the hilarious ‘Chewing Gum’, exciting times are in store for audiences. Their respective shows finally depict...
The Cyntoia Brown story: 5 fast facts Cyntoia Brown, kettle mag,
Here are 5 Fast Facts to familiarise you with the young woman behind the social media interest: Who is Cyntoia Brown? Miss Brown was arrested in 2004, at the age of 16 for the murder of a man named Johnny Allen after she robbed him during a transaction for sexually ilicit services. Cyntoia was sentenced...
#MeToo: Sexual harassment at work in the wake of the Weinstein scandal Harvey Wienstein, kettle mag
The Demise of Weinstein The exodus started with Rose Mcgowan - the actress who settled a suit of sexual harassment against renowned movie producer executive Harvey Weinstein. Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Lupita Nyong’o were just a few of those who came out with their Weinstein experiences over the past couple of weeks....
Why Rihanna’s new cosmetics symbolises so much more than just a make-up line fenty.png
Rihanna’s launch of her new cosmetics line: Fenty Beauty, represents so much more than just another beautiful celebrity with clout, money and a strong brand who is here to sell us one more foundation that we don't need. Her strut into the beauty sector; a place where women of colour are often a mere afterthought and rarely the...
Donald Trump and the LGBTQ community LGBTQ community, Donald Trump, United States, Laura Hackshaw, Kettle Mag
Since Donald Trump became US President, many issues regarding the anxieties surrounding his presidency have been vocalised; from his promised to build a wall along the Mexican border, to his sexist remarks about women and most recently his hiring of prominent white - supremacist affiliate and Strategist of Trump’s camp Steve Bannon. One thing that...
How to Deep Condition Your Hair – with Non-Toxic Ingredients! hairwashing.jpeg
Winter is officially here and with the change in weather, our hair can suffer from the cold, wind and rain - not to mention air pollution. So what better than treating your hair to some therapy? This is especially great for hair which has to withstand a lot of heat damage or styling and constant...
Zadie Smith’s NW: A Tale of Symbolism Zadie Smith, NW, TV, Kettle Mag, Laura Hackshaw
NW - the novel by renowned author Zadie Smith- was delivered to audiences in a TV production screened on BBC 2 during the Black and British season this month, in which the BBC dedicated programming to celebrating black British culture. The director Saul Dibb and Rachel Bennette (responsible for the novel to screen adaptation) intricately...
Nigerian Actress Creates Natural Beauty Range ‘Eden’s Theory’
Nigerian born Nollywood actress and producer Nse Ikpe-Etim has taken to mastering another industry; the beauty industry. She has launched a brand new and innovative hair, fragrance and skincare range. Her  range of  products include natural oils and butters to which Ikpe-Etim says she has always used in favour of expensive items.  After being asked...
The Recent Death of Dalian Atkinson prompts questions about the use of Tasers by Police Kettlemag
Last week saw the death of retired Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson at the hands of the police force. New details are beginning to emerge about what really happened when Atkinson’s father called the police to inform them that his son was agitated, and he did not know whether he had taken “drugs or alcohol.”...
Social media horror: innovative or unoriginal?
A new sub-genre of horror has recently materialised in the form of internet-based plots and scares. Horror films have now made the likes of Facebook and Skype their new home. But, has the growth of these social media horrors proved to be an innovation or is it something that just doesn't work?  Then and now Back in the day, the likes of Hammer...
Stalking: The Silent Crime
Between 2013 to 2014 it was reported 10,535 people were prosecuted for stalking. And that’s only taking into account the number of cases reported to the police. In England and Wales, stalking is dealt with under The Protection from Harassment Act of 1997.’ Although police are receiving higher reports of stalking each year, the question still has to...
The Disguise of Gentrification Kettlemag Laura Hackshaw Gentrification
Last Tuesday I stumbled across the BBC’s ‘The Estate We’re In’, a documentary piece on the reality of "regeneration." In this case it was Hendon under the spotlight, as the secure tenants faced an uphill battle to convince local councilmen to either pay them the value of their house or to let them remain, in the place...
Why isn’t the land of TV cooking more diverse? Jamie Oliver, cooking, chef, TV, Laura Hackshaw, Kettle Mag
Why is it that in a time where so much has been said and done to bring forth a fair amount of equality and inclusiveness among people of all races, genders, faiths and sexual orientations – that we are still seeing such an erasure of modern British chefs? Many of whom represent these things that...