Just over a year ago, Swedish retailer H&M was forced to apologise after a promotional image showed a black child wearing a t-shirt with the slogan: “coolest monkey in the jungle”. At the time, this error was almost unbelievable, causing many to accuse the fashion giant of racism. In recent months, there have been several instances of fashion brands offending the black community with clothing that panders to offensive and, in my view, racist imagery. Last week, Italian fashion powerhouses Gucci stopped selling a “balaclava knit” that featured a roll neck design that was criticised for resembling blackface. Just days later, singer Katy Perry has been forced to apologise after a pair of shoes from her latest range drew similar comparisons. In the issued apology, Katy Perry and her representatives at Global Brands Group insisted that their recent collaboration was “never meant to inflict any pain”. Yet, with incidences like this happening more … [Read more...] about Opinion: Gucci and Katy Perry’s ‘blackface’ designs are a symptom of the fashion industry’s whiteness
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JESS Glynne has joined the line-up for the Brit Awards. She has signed up to perform at next month’s star-studded ceremony, bringing five-time Grammy Award nominee H.E.R. along too. The pair worked together on Jess’s top five single Thursday and will join forces again on stage at the O2 Arena. Confirming the news, Jess said: “So excited to bring one of my favourite artists, H.E.R., to the UK and perform at the BRITs together... Y’all in for a treat!” Jess had the UK’s biggest-selling female album of 2018 in the UK with Always In Between and she is nominated in the Best Video, Best Single and British Female categories at the ceremony. She joins a line-up including Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, Rag’N’Bone Man, George Ezra and The 1975 for the bash on February 20, hosted by Jack Whitehall. Despite having been nominated for six Brit Awards in the past, Jess is yet to ever win one. H.E.R., whose real name is Gabi Wilson, said: “I … [Read more...] about Jess Glynne to perform at next month’s Brit Awards with five-time Grammy Award nominee H.E.R.
People across the entire Liverpool City Region will have to pay a new 'Metro Mayor tax' to help pay for Steve Rotheram, his team and what they want to do. The region's top politician - who was elected in 2017 - has put forward plans to charge all residents in Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Halton an extra payment on what they already pay in council tax, in order to raise an added £7.6m each year. He says the precept is needed to cover the running costs of his office - but will mainly go towards allowing the Combined Authority that he runs to 'develop and deliver' its initiatives around jobs, skills, transport, housing, economic development and super-fast digital connectivity across the city region. It will raise an extra £7.6million per year. But as our video shows, there were plenty of people out in Liverpool City Centre who said they wouldn't be too happy to pay an added charge for a Metro Mayor and a Combined Authority that they know very little … [Read more...] about Steve Rotheram will charge YOU a new ‘Metro Mayor tax’
Do you remember your first time? While some may have the envious bragging rights of catching Rock City's first ever headliner (the Undertones on December 11, 1980) or Nirvana's intimate set just before Smells Like Teen Spirit blew up in everyone's ear drums (December 3, 1991)... others perhaps lie in the realms of guilty pleasures. Bjorn Again (December 24, 1992) anyone? Whatever the gig, there was one unifying factor; it was the same sticky floor fans were dancing on from December 1980- January 2019. Now that the original floor has been ripped up and replaced after nearly 40 years we thought it was a good enough time as any to look back on all the bands who contributed to the spilt pints, high heel dents and general wear and tear that comes from thousands of epic nights dancing on those iconic floorboards. So beloved are those wooden slats in fact, that 9,000 people have already registered their interest in buying a piece of the Talbot Street venue's floor. There's still time to … [Read more...] about The definitive list of every band that has ever headlined Rock City
Rock City's little brother, the Rescue Rooms, turns 15 this month and so to celebrate we thought we'd take a wander down memory lane and look back at the hundreds of gigs to have taken place there over the past decade and a half. From The Killers to The Libertines, the venue has hosted some seriously big bands on their journey to fame and fortune. How many of the below have you been to? If you are on a desktop computer press ctrl+f to search for your favourite act. February 2003 Sat 22 – Echoboy Sun 23 – Longwave Mon 24 – The Immortal Lee County Killers Tues 25 – The Libertines Wed 26 – Ex-models Thurs 27 – The Majesticons 15 years of the Rescue Rooms - in pictures View gallery March 2003 Sat 1 – Part Chimp Tues 4 – Hrvatski Sat 8 – Boom bip, doseone Sun 9 – The black madonnas Tues 11 – Numbers Wed 12 – Athlete Sat 15 – The Thrills Tues 18 – Tybalt Wed 19 – Antihero Wed 26 – Foreign … [Read more...] about The definitive list of every act to headline the Rescue Rooms