Were you already aware about it?

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Garden of Earthly Delights (1490–1500), painting by Hieronymus Bosch. Image by WikiImages from Pixabay

This is quite a sobering read, apologies in advance.

Throughout various points of our world history, doomsday proclamations have been made about the end of the world. …


It’s getting out of hand

Like every other buyer, I read through product reviews before potentially making a purchase. It’s paramount to do so to avoid returning things that don’t meet expectations. However, I’ve been coming across a lot of one-star reviews from buyers not because the products had minor issues like a scratch etc but because they are fake. I don’t know when this shift started as I’ve only recently become fully aware of the dodgy things happening on the site.

Over the years, Amazon made it more accessible for people to sell things on the site and be their own entrepreneurs. Although, the rise of ecommerce has unfortunately created room for crooked vendors to sell fraudulent products or advertise false products. …


Once the biggest star of the Jazz age but when she stood up against racism and segregation, the establishment blacklisted her and her name vanished into obscurity.

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Hazel Scott in 1956. Photograph by James Kriegsmann, New York / Public domain at Wikimedia Commons.

Part two from the series I started on my instagram page Art History Talks, to commemorate Black History Month.

This post is about the iconic Trinidadian-born jazz pianist, actor and singer Hazel Scott. Throughout her outstanding career as a performance artist, she was always a champion for civil rights, speaking out against racial discrimination, state violence and oppression, even at the cost of her own career.

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on June 11th in 1920, to a West African father scholar from Liverpool and classically trained pianist and pianist mother, Hazel and her mother moved to Harlem, New York, in 1924. …


A Brazilian warrior and Quilombo leader

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A bust of Zumbi dos Palmares in Brasilia, Brazil. Photo by Elza Fiúza for Agência Brasil / Public domain at Wikimedia Commons.

A series I started on my instagram page Art History Talks, to commemorate Britain’s Black History Month 2020.

Whilst researching for iconic black figures to write about for my art page, I realised that many of their stories are largely forgotten or whitewashed. …


Is time running out on celebrity culture?

I recently came across the song ‘The Cult of Personality’ by Living Colour and was not only blown away by the musical artistry (who said black people can’t do rock), but the lyrics rang astonishingly true leaving me pause for thought. Even though the song came out in 1988, now more than ever, it’s relevance speaks volumes today:

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Track cover. Photo courtesy of Discogs.

I sell the things you need to be
I’m the smiling face on your T.V.
I’m the cult of personality
I exploit you still you love me

– A small part of the lyrics by Living Colour.

We might think of the cult of personality being about politicians who are presented as this big figure to be appreciated and respected. But really, it can relate to an individual who creates an identity for the consumption of the masses through lies, the media, the arts and through social engineering. Sounds a lot like reality TV (think Keeping up with the Kardashian’s), but the disconcerting thing is that we come across these characters all the time. …


How the Raft of the Medusa shines a light into the elite establishment of 19th century France

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Théodore Géricault: The Raft of the Medusa (Le Radeau de la Méduse), 1819, from Encyclopaedia Britannica by Age Fotostock

Today’s art world considers The Raft of the Medusa painting one of Théodore Géricault’s greatest works. It’s also regarded as one of France’s most celebrated work of art.

When it was first exhibited in 1819 at the Paris Salon, it received a mixed reception. …


Why do they constantly throw sensationalised news stories at the public to the detriment of others?

After sitting on the sidelines and observing troubling stories circulating in the media– occasionally ranting about it on twitter, I’ve decided it was time to put my thoughts together regarding the press treatment of Meghan Markle and other public figures. Here it goes:

THE UNITED KINGDOM HAS A TOXIC PRESS CULTURE.

Yes you read it right in bold. By now, pretty much everyone knows about the media’s behaviour with Meghan Markle and co, and more recently Caroline Flack. If you haven’t, well I suggest doing a quick google search to put you up to date with this area of conversation.

Throughout the history of the printing press in Britain and the formation of newspaper publications, the media has had the upper hand on many occasions in shifting public opinions and influencing the masses. …


The world famous festival has built a reputation known for its decadence and excess. Yet, its rich history is often forgotten in the news.

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Photo by Peter Molnar from shutterstock

We’ve all seen the colourful and extravagant images of Rio carnival either through experiencing it in reality or on our TV screens, in newspapers, online and in magazines. Floats, scantily clad samba dancers shining like golden cherubs from their well-oiled bodies, dancing with joy and elation through movement and joyous sounds.

Hundreds of drums such as the tamborims play a vital part in the bateria (samba band), and other instruments beating in rhythm of the music. Everyone sings along to the theme tune of the various samba schools parading in the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

This costly multi-million pound affair that commences on the Friday before Shrove Tuesday and ending on Ash Wednesday, marks the forty-day Lent period before Easter. During certain days of the religious calendar, Roman Catholics and some Christians refrain from eating meat and poultry, bringing forth the term ‘carnival’ from the Latin word carne levare, meaning to remove meat’. …


The brilliant film by Bong Joon Ho reflects the extreme inequality of South Korea– a fact that is prevalent elsewhere in the world

Warning: some spoilers ahead

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The main cast of the film. Image from Amazon

First of all, what an amazing film Parasite is. A film of so many layers, it’s hard to find a genre to categorise it in. But maybe it doesn’t need to be put in a category? The film elegantly interweaves the economical situation of the country, the politics (think the bunker scene story), family dynamics, dark comedy, and suspense. I went to the cinema without knowing anything about the film, except from being drawn to the ominous sounding one worded title.

While its easy to point fingers at the characters and blame them for their actions, we must face the cold hard truth. So many societies of the world including South Korea, are becoming increasingly divided to the extremes. The gap between the rich and everyday people are so drastic that there no longer is a middle ground that can breach both worlds. In South Korea like many East Asian countries, the top 10 percent of the country hold almost 70 percent of the country’s wealth. Similarly like in the UK (where I live), a 2019 Guardian article reported how the 1 percent of the population own half of Britain. …


Looking for somewhere tasty to eat? Check out these popular Afro/Caribbean restaurants in Britain

I love good food, you love good food, everybody loves good food. We eat to keep are bellies and souls happy.

The food culture in London and throughout the UK is booming. Every so often, new, trendy and interesting restaurants are opening up in places near you and while this is a good thing– giving us endless options on where to eat, some restaurants and eateries are a bit overpriced, overrated or culturally appropriated (think Jamie Oliver’s jerk rice). Some white chefs have tried and failed to cook our food in all it’s authentic glory. Often charging unreasonable prices while the food at home was made for way cheaper and with a dose of that good good seasoning.

Black-owned eateries have taken a stand on the food culture of the UK and putting Afro and Caribbean menus on the map. It hasn’t been an easy road since politics, racism and gentrification have a hand in it. However, they are on the rise. Many have opened up in the capital as well as throughout the rest of the UK over the years despite the challenges and continue to do so more than ever, gaining momentum. Not only are they gracing us with a delicious array of food, but they’re also creating spaces to host cool events. …

About

Emi Eleode

Writer and visual artist // I write about societal issues, culture and politics~ Website: www.emieleode.com. Founder of www.instagram.com/arthistorytalks.

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