Otobo says as president she felt “powerless” to stop racist incidents. In a Twitter thread she describes being grabbed by a male student who called her a “black bitch” at a ball. She says she was “advised by a senior staff member who tried to help that there was not much they could do” and that CCTV footage of her shouting at the student would be bad for her image as president. … [Read more...] about It’s not banter, it’s racism: UK students accuse universities of brushing complaints aside
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“A lot of universities we have seen with Black Lives Matter have been putting out statements about ‘we’re in support of black lives’ but we hear from black students all the time that they leave university traumatised,” says Owusu. “They fail. They experience racism all the time and the university doesn’t necessarily deal with that in the best way, or deal with it at all.” … [Read more...] about Payback time: academic’s plan to launch Free Black University in UK
But perhaps the most significant decision in terms of the future film landscape was that of Universal, with Trolls World Tour. The second film in the popular animated gonk karaoke franchise bypassed cinemas and went straight to VOD, catering to a grateful audience of frazzled families grasping for entertainment options. It was the biggest digital debut ever and later surpassed the revenue total of the first Trolls. Add to that the fact that online distribution recoups the studio a greater percentage of the revenue – around 80% compared to 60% of cinema ticket sales, and the implications become clear. While the extent of the film’s success was called into question by US entertainment website The Wrap (a story quoted an executive who suggested Trolls’ figures were less impressive once you took into account the amount spent on marketing), it was still enough to ignite tensions between Universal and AMC Theatres, one of the UK’s “big three”, which owns … [Read more...] about The future of film: can cinema survive Covid-19?
It seems obvious to say, but the two are clearly very compatible. I assumed they had lived together, though they never actually did. “I have to say, Ann, we would have been very successful roommates,” says Sow. The key to this, they think, is a careful alignment of food shopping habits. They know each other’s snack requirements: salty crisps, popcorn, “a gummy element”, says Friedman. Sow picks up the list: “A spicy nut situation. A sriracha nut, if you will, is good. A lot of tangy dips. And a lot of things to make smaller desserts. We make a good guacamole in this family. We are very good at making a delicious breakfast for each other.” (The “in this family” tells you a lot about their closeness.) They make each other an excellent breakfast; Friedman recommends a frittata, and pre-chopping your vegetables the night before. “I honestly never processed that, Ann,” says Sow. “It’s so true. We do a good grocery … [Read more...] about ‘We went to therapy to save our friendship’
Were this to become a reality, Israel would be responsible for 2.6 million Palestinians in the West Bank. It will have to decide whether it will be both Jewish and democratic. Binyamin Netanyahu, who returned to power as Israel’s prime minister in 2009 after 10 years out of office, has stated that Israel needs to reach an agreement with the Palestinians to avoid becoming “a binational state”. However, his statement has yet to be translated into a coherent policy. Netanyahu is either unwilling to provide, or incapable of providing, the leadership required to end the occupation and bring forward a two-state solution. … [Read more...] about The British vote to recognise Palestine won’t change a complex reality