Malia Bouattia the NUS President has lost her job and the NUS has elected a new leader But I want to talk about, is the shit she has had thrown at her through her career as the president of the NUS.
Racism, Islamophobia,Sexism is what has been throw at Malia Bouattia all the way through her term as the NUS president .I am personally proud of her .The way she shoulder on despite dead threats.The way she didnt try to plenty to be white for a easy ride in this world rule by the colour of your skin.
She didnt deny her Black African ancestors for her white ancestors or middle east ancestors. She stood tall. She didnt claim she was Arab and ignore the fact that her parents are from Algeria which is in Africa not the middle east.Like so many mixed north Africans do.
She fought hard for black students darker then her as she fought for lesbians ,gays ,trans people ,refugees,women, migrants ,muslims etc.I think that makes her a damm good president in my book .A president for all people.
But I do think the shit she has had thrown at her shows you just how bad Racism sexism and Islamophobia is in Britain today.
I am a mature student and value my NUS card ,even though I struggled to afford it this year.
But Malia story highlights to me just how racist Britain is today. I made a YouTube video in the past about the online racism I have faced.And its funny some of us dark skin women always like to think that light skin black women or mixed black people have it easier but Malia has faced the same kind of shit Diana Abbot gets .Its disgusting really.And the funny thing is NUS have elect another black women to be president of the NUS.Its amazing how strong black women are in the face of torrent of abuse. (I personally don’t think enough is done to protect people of colour from racial abuse in Britain)
Just wait for the comments talking about the new president Shakira Martin appearance, her being a single mother and being black.
Any women of colour or a Muslim women in the public eye better have thick skin because Racism aka White supremacy rules Britain.If you are brave enough to stand up too it .Expected to be scared and for someone to threaten to kill you for believing that black people are just as human as white people . Peace and love family. Congratz to the new president Shakira Martin
Why blog about politics I ask myself ? When this blog is supposed to be about beauty ,fashion ,travel & lifestyle.
Politics effects everyday life, decision are made about your life whether you like it or not.The political structure of Britain is one of little input from the people who are governed.The political class govern and everyone else is just met to follow. Its truthly patience .I am amaze there’s not a revolution tomorrow.
I remember political decision effecting my everyday life as a kid.I remember the local library being bulldozed, cause apparently to many drug dealers were peddling there trade outside. Eye roll.
The library was called Moss Side Library , it was a safe haven for the local kids. A place where the gang banger and drug dealers didn’t both to go inside the library ,as that wasn’t there thing. There business was making quick fast money. Me and my friends were in the business of trying to stay out of the boys with guns way .
I was totally devastated when the Local Government knocked it down.( Moss Side Precinct Shopping Centre was also knocked down, as it was attach to the library) Its was a great place and all the adults put off the gang bangers from coming in and causing trouble .Plus there wasn’t any bullying unlike in the Moss Side youth club, me and my big sister had to stop going there as there were too many bullies.
Me and my big sister had to walk 45 minutes to the next library , my mum couldn’t give us bus fare as single mother ,she was skint. And my dead beat father was hiding out in Africa ignoring hes responsibility like a lot of men do.Eye roll .Hope your not resting in peace Dad.
We use to struggle to the library, rain or shine , in the dead of winter even when it was dark .I must admit it was hard and scary .It was 45 minutes there and 45 minutes back on foot. Plus the gangbangers were also out at night also day too.
Lucky we survive but I wouldn’t recommend 8 and 10 year old walking around crime infested Moss Side in that era or any other area like that.It wasn’t safe .But you know Government didnt give a shitty about the local kids.
And funnily enough that library was never replaced. Thats politics for you .
Thats why I blog about politics, as you can’t escape it in your everyday life ,even you kids can’t escape it.
If anyone in any doubt just how dangerous Moss Side was, Benji Stanley was shot at 14 years old. I remember playing in the Moss side swimming pool with Benji few years before .He was a friend of a friend.We must have been about 10 or 11 years old. He was shot dead a few years later at a local takeaway.
Rest in Peace Benji
The body countdown is endless in Moss side and the neighbouring areas.
You can imagine just why having that library close down really effect me and the kids of the area.I will never forgive the local government for that decision.Thats one of the things that made me care about politics. Its literally, you even roll with the political class and know what decisions will effect you and your family .Or you will get rolled over.
Fight the power that be.
To be continued.
Gosh diversity is now in fashion and British Vogue has finally give Alexander Shulman the editor of British Vogue the push after 25 years .And its bringing in a new editor of the Cocoa Brown variety. Pic below.
This may not since like a big deal.But for a high end magazine like Vogue which is mainly targeted at British White Upper Class and middle class women .Its amazing.
The fashion world in the west has been accused of white supremacy aka racism for constantly showcasing only women and men of European descent for years now.Whether its USA or Europe.Its constantly ignores the fact that ,people of European descent are minority in the world.
The penny starting to drop especially since the fastest growing economies are in Africa and Asia not the west.If the western fashion industry wants to survive ,they can’t keep ignoring brown and black people. And due to western colonialism more of us wear clothing even western clothing. Are birthday suits just wont do anymore.Yes folks there are still people in Nigeria the land of my ancestry,that don’t wear clothes. Koma Tribe of North Nigeria and Cameroon Pic being the birthday suit type Pic below
There like my folks before the British came ,with there bible in one hand and a gun in another .We only wore raffa skirt ,leaves etc.And if we were a bit rich ,we would get some cloth from the muslim tribes of Nigeria e.g Hausa,Fulani ,Yoruba who are especially good at weaving cloth. And wrap it around are waist until the corrupt Christian missionaries e.g Irish ,Scots told us to to wear tops ,to cover are bare breast ,so they could flogs us manufactured British cloth .And the cotton was taken from northern Nigeria at place called Kano processed in Britain the sent back to us and flog back to us.
The British,Dutch,French we forever trying to find new markets for there manufactured goods.And British and Europe jobs depended on it. Theres no point being able to create mass market clothing if not enough people are buying them. I tell you taking people resources making something out of it, then having the cheek to sell it back to them is a piss take.
Back to the topic.The new editor is Edward Enninful ,hes a British Ghanaian ,a former model and stylist. He learnt hes love of fashion from hes mom who is a dressmaker.
I really hope he actually puts some brown and black models on the cover ,as there was only one black model on the cover of British Vogue Naomi Campbell .Then last year Jourdan Dunn make the cover.British Vogue doesn’t do much of anything but white and rich.Its about time folk realise not everyone in Britain is white or of European descent. Theres are people of African descent like me who are Cocoa Brown and speak with English accent. And I can’t wear leaves or my Birthday suit as Britain is just to cold.
Edward will have ,a uphill struggle as racism aka white supremacy in the British ruling classes is worsen then in the working classes.
Good luck Edward you will need it.
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Goddess Locs seem to be a new hair crazy in the kinky curly hair world and I love the look.I personally don’t have the patience to do it myself but there look beautiful.What you think folks?
I thought I would review my favourite brand of curly hair extension. Which I use for my crochet braids.I wear crochet braids because there easy to manage ,cheap to do and the only hairstyle I can do without anyone’s help.And there a great way of protecting my hair and reduce hair styling time.
The hair l am wearing in this picture is Aftress Bohemian bulk in colour 1.Its a lovely brand of hair soft and a beautiful size curl.And Aftress brand has more hair in the bag compare to Freetress and Glance model model.I usually buy three bags which cost me £4.99 each.I only use 2 bags and a half for the crochet style .And refresh it over the weeks as the hair gets flat with the left over hair.Its suppose to be curling iron safe but I havent use heat on it.I would recommend it the curls are smaller then water wave Freetress brand but its beautiful all the same.