LGBT representation in music: measuring the success of #20GAYTEEN – The Badger

Personally, music has always been about connection and expression, which is why I value diversity and representation. From Tchaikovsky to Freddie Mercury, LGBT people have made important contributions to the music scene. Yet visibility has generally been limited to cisgender white gay men. On 1st January 2018, Japanese-American artist Hayley Kiyoko – affectionately titled ‘Lesbian Jesus’ by her fans – declared we were entering “#20GAYTEEN”. As we find ourselves in a new year, how successful was

In conversation with Josey Marina: musician, activist, student – The Badger

Last week I met with musician and second-year Sussex student Josey Marina, who recently released a new climate change-inspired single, ‘Moors’ (available across various streaming platforms.) We sat down to chat music-making, political activism and making time for both amidst university life! How would you, in your own words, describe the music you make? I’d describe it as having a haunting sound that’s within the pop realm but varies quite a lot in style. My newest song is very stripped down

Katy Perry’s latest controversy captures contemporary Pop’s key problems – The Badger

In July, a six-year-old song struck a chord in pop culture for all the wrong reasons. Following a four-year legal battle, a Los Angeles jury declared that Katy Perry’s 2013 track ‘Dark Horse’ had copied Christian rapper Flame’s 2008 track ‘Joyful Noise’ – a decision that has proved to be controversial. With Perry’s notorious industry status, the ruling generated a strong reaction, with some commentators stating its implications for songwriting are ‘chilling’ as juries with limited musical knowl

DuVernay and Kaepernick unite for Netflix series on NFL star’s early years

On Monday, Netflix announced that Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick have joined forces to create a six-episode scripted series. Currently titled Colin in Black & White, the series will explore Kaepernick’s early life and his journey to become a great quarterback and a critical voice against police brutality and racial inequality. The announcement feels particularly timely, with the George Floyd protests sparking renewed interest in DuVernay’s work and Kaepernick’s political activism. However, D

Gaming News: Epic Games Removes Police Cars From Fortnite

With the latest season of Fortnite, Epic Games has reportedly removed police cars from the popular game. This comes amid ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism in the United States and worldwide. Launched last week, Chapter 2-Season 3 of Fortnite introduces new water-themed gameplay to the survival shooter, which as of May has more than 350 million players. Amongst an array of advertised features, players took to social media to note the sudden absence of police cars in t

Complicating Britain’s Heroes: How the Black Lives Matter Movement has brought to light uncomfortable truths in British history

Last weekend, during an anti-racism protest in Parliament Square, a statue of the late Winston Churchill was graffitied to read “ was a Racist”. This followed an earlier event in Bristol, where protesters pulled down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston and pushed it into the harbour. While this earlier instance did attract controversy, with home secretary Priti Patel calling it “completely unacceptable,” the treatment of Churchill’s statue proved particularly divisive. In a discussion over

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