Race & multiculturalism
Necessary Truths: Fatima Bhutto and Mona Eltahawy
There's a million reasons why we're told to keep quiet on difficult subjects: propriety and decorum, convention and status, fear of retribution. When women try to introduce nuance into certain public debates, it doesn't usually go well for them. Western media conglomerates are often more interested in protecting power than interrogating it. If a woman offers an unvarnished analysis of…
Tressie McMillan Cottom
With Thick, Tressie McMillan Cottom delivered a treatise on beauty, media, money, misogyny and race, a searing analysis animated by the ‘radical idea …[that] black women are rational and human’.
An award-winning sociologist, professor and author described as ‘transgressive, provocative, and brilliant’ by her Hear to Slay co-host Roxane Gay, McMillan Cottom works her way through politics, history, sociology…
A World of Difference: Decolonising Feminism
Nearly 20 years ago, Aileen Moreton-Robinson’s pioneering work Talkin’ Up to the White Woman took a sledgehammer to the idea of a unified sisterhood serving the common good of all women. It was Australia’s first ever analysis of feminism from an Indigenous woman’s standpoint. So, how far have we come?
It’s a problem faced by women everywhere: against a backdrop of…
The Wheeler Centre
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah: Friday Black
Areej Nur and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Endorsed by the likes of Roxane Gay, Colson Whitehead and George Saunders – and by the New York Times bestseller list – Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a star on the rise.
The 27-year-old African American author made his debut last year with Friday Black, a mind-bending and provocative collection of short stories about consumerism, race, technology and the violence of the modern world. By turns absurdly surreal and brutally recognisable, and often humming with dark humour, the book’s stories coincide with many of our moment’s most urgent issues; Adjei-Brenyah describes them as concerned with ‘problems inherent to the project of America’.
Appearing for the first time in Melbourne for our Mayhem series, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah speaks with Areej Nur about his six years of writing, workshopping and rewriting Friday Black – and what comes next.
Toxic Femininity: White Tears/Brown Scars
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In 2018, Sydney journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for the Guardian that touched a nerve with readers around the world. The article, ‘How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour,’…
Not Racist, But …
Racism and the Criminal Justice System
For the next edition of our Not Racist, But series, we’ll discuss racial bias in the criminal justice system – from policing and legal aid to jury selection and sentencing.
Indigenous Australians account for just 2% of our country’s overall population and more than a quarter of our adult prison population. How, specifically, is this a function of explicit and…
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