Reproduced below is a short article I wrote for a Black History Month blog being hosted at the University of Birmingham.
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Acknowledging Birmingham’s Multicultural Music Heritage
The summer of 1976 is remembered primarily for it having been one of the hottest summers in living memory. Things though weren’t just hot because of the sweltering temperatures: temperatures were also rising on the streets because of the growing spectre of racism.
To read it on that website, click here. Alternatively, it is reproduced below:
From Miley Cyrus to Banning Veils: The Problem Men Have With Women and Their Bodies
Women and their bodies have been big news of late.
Just a few weeks after the public outcry about Miley Cyrus ‘twerking’ in a ‘nude’ bikini at the MTV Video Awards the last two weeks have seen a similar public outcry gaining apace about the wearing – or more precisely the banning – of the face veil worn by Muslim women. Let me clarify, the face veil worn that is worn by a somewhat insignificant number of Muslim women in Britain today.
For Cyrus, the outcry focused on what the Daily Mail described as a “jaw-droppingly lewd dance routine”, clarifying its disgust by noting how Cyrus’s performance was little more than an “excrutiating display of pornographic innuendo”.