Engaging Urban Youth: Community, Citizenship and Democracy

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Last Friday saw the Greater London Authority’s Peer Outreach team host a stakeholder engagement workshop with academic Professor Robert J Chaskin of The University of Chicago and UNESCO Chair for Inclusive Urbanism. He discussed his research and it was a chance for people who had an interest in engaging urban youth with politics to access his findings and feed into his research.

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A student’s plea for SOAS to decolonise curriculum

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Recently the Director of SOAS University , Baroness Valerie Amos, said she is “looking at how to decolonise knowledge and in particular decolonise our literature and pedagogy” to ensure better representation for all students. I caught up with Angelica, a BA International Relations and Politics third-year undergraduate who studies at SOAS, to discuss her thoughts on what this all means for her.
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Wakanda: Visions of a new African Politics

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Wakanda, the fictional nation that came to life for thousands of people all over the world who were lucky enough to watch Black Panther. This Marvel breakout film was finely woven to illustrate how a different culture and politics can still have an impact in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although a fictional story, I think it contains two underlying truths that African leaders would do well to grasp.

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50,000 Reasons to Celebrate

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Last night I went to The Common Sense Network, a news company that is set on the path to permanently revolutionise British media. After a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised £50,000 the team and supporters behind The Common Sense Network celebrated in style with delicious red-velvet cake and topical conversation about Beyonce’s legendary status. You could literally feel the energy and desire for these young people to create change in the British media landscape, and that’s why I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next!

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The Face of Grassroots Activism: Isis Amlak

 

 

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Activist Isis Amlak

 

 

Last Friday after watching the Young Historian’s ‘We Our Are Own Liberators’ film, a woman asked me to take a picture of her, because as she needed one for her next Spoken Word performance in THE GAMBIA. I took one, she then told me how she used to WORK for ‘Grassroots’, the home of Black Liberation Front, and a major part of the UK’s Black Power movement. I was happy when she offered to tell some more, we exchanged emails. Here’s what she had to say.

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