On the last Friday of Ramadan Muslims all over the world gather to protest against Zionism, condemn the Israeli occupation and show their solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine. Quds Day, as it is known, started in Iran at the time of the Islamic revolution in 1979 and since it’s inception has turned into an international annual event. It was our first time joining the demonstrators in London this year and we marched from Portland Place near BBC Radio to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. A few photographs after the cut…
Although many of us saw it coming, the news of the George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin was still in a way, shocking. For some reason, every major injustice that we as a generation witness comes as a shock to us. Maybe it’s because a small part of us wants to believe that racism and prejudice are on the decline, that things are not as bad as they used to be and so these things shouldn’t be happening anymore, even though we know full well that these ideas are at the core of every major institution and continually filtering down into everyday life.
In a way, I have nothing to say that hasn’t already been said about the case, or about racism or injustice in general. But what do we do now? Racism and prejudice are so deep rooted, founded and perfected in centuries of history that there’s nothing we can do about it, right? Wrong. We should never have a defeatist attitude when it comes to the suffering of our fellow humans. We unite, we speak up and we fight back. We make it harder and harder for these things to be allowed to happen. Whether they are happening in our back yards or on other continents, we should never bite our tongues.
To quote Dean Atta “…our struggles need not be separate”. In his wonderful new piece inspired by current events, Black Britain and Black America, Dean Atta speaks of racism and struggle, how he refuses to ignore the struggles of others and how he feels all the oppressed should unite. My sentiments exactly. Listen below or read the entire poem here. I salute this man. Writing beautiful poetry like this is a big step in the right direction, reaching out to people and bringing like minded souls together.
We might not all be able to express ourselves artistically, but we all can stand together in protest for what we be believe in. Want justice for Trayvon? Why not speak up about it this time? Here’s what’s happening in London tomorrow.
The Jewish Museum in Camden opened the other day an original exhibition dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse. Put together by her brother Alex Winehouse and due to run until September, the exhibition celebrates all the things she loved and includes many of her personal belongings such as her first guitar, school uniform, as well as her record collection and many unseen family photographs.
The curators have aimed to look beyond the tragedy of her death and the events which led to them and show her in a more positive light than the media did at those times. According to the museum, the exhibit is “the perfect place to find out about the woman behind the music and beyond the hype”. Check it out for yourself and for further details click here.
The Endurance in Soho has been housing When Mac Met Cheese for the past couple of weeks and yesterday we stopped by the pop up restaurant for a spot of lunch. With only three mac and cheese variations to choose from, ordering was easy and we both opted for “Carlos the Cactus” which included mozzarella and jalapenos. Topped with breadcrumbs and served up in no time at all “Carlos the Cactus” wasn’t as spicy as we were warned it was but just as we had hoped, was full of hot, gooey, cheesy goodness. After a short while we decided to place an order for the deep-fried Oreos and boy are we glad we did, those things were so much better than we could have imagined and it took a lot of willpower to fight our inner fat girls and resist placing a second order (have a look at our pictures below)!
Last night Tech returned to London, and with support from Akir and Hasan Salaam gave the people of our city a truly wonderful show at the Royal Festival Hall.A mistake we seem to be making a lot recently, we assumed that the 7.30 time printed on the tickets was doors opening (not showtime), and so we arrived at about quarter past 8, missing the supporting set. Completely annoyed at ourselves, and adamant we’d never make the same mistake again, we waded through the buzzing crowd to find our seats. And I can only imagine that his set was LIVE, because the atmosphere as we entered the hall was ELECTRIC and this was before Tech was even introduced on stage. I had honestly never felt so much collective excitement contained within one room before, but somehow it doubled when the main man came out.