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Faces of discrimination: “It’s shocking because you don’t expect it to happen.”

Faces of discrimination: “It’s shocking because you don’t expect it to happen.”

Featured, Investigations, Podcasts, Specials, UK
Religious hate crime has risen by 40% in England and Wales – and more than half is directed at Muslims. A writer, who wishes to remain anonymous, agreed to be interviewed by the Voice of London; her family are among those who have faced Islamophobic discrimination, even though they do not actively practice any religion. But discrimination found its way in.   Her husband is of Sudanese heritage, and they have two young sons together. They live in a rural, coastal community, which she describes as “one of the least diverse places in the UK.” Here, she says, they are in the minority as a mixed race family. During a phone call with the Voice of London, she started sharing her story “when you come up against something like this, it’s shocking because you don't expect it to happen.” For th
Hearst BAME network “not a box-ticking exercise”

Hearst BAME network “not a box-ticking exercise”

Activism, News, Podcasts, UK
A leading minority rights campaigner at the publisher of Cosmopolitan and Elle believes inclusivity in media is about conversation. Dionne Maxwell, who works at Hearst Publications UK told Voice of London exclusively about how she set up the BAME or Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups network at the media giant. https://twitter.com/DMpire/status/1056481712069324800 She says the network is about education and not pressuring people to increase diversity, but getting them to understand the benefits. As UK celebrated Black History last month - Maxwell, pointed out that a better understanding of Black history is required as "reading African stories or making badges in the library do not constitute as celebrations". See Also : Africa on the square Maxwell who grew up in Tottenham
Kid-Mafia, why London’s youth carry knives

Kid-Mafia, why London’s youth carry knives

Crime, Featured, Investigations, Specials, UK
Knife attacks and casualties are on the rise. Since the beginning of the year there has been more than 100 murders in London. The perpetrators are getting younger and so are their victims. With the police overstretched, gang warfare has seemingly taken over the streets of London. Youth clubs have closed and budget constraints have made it harder for the police to keep the capital’s streets safe. But why do young people carry knives and turn to gangs? The Voice of London went out to investigate by interviewing an ex-gang member known only as TJ. TJ used to be in a gang and carried knives everyday wherever he went. Nowadays, Knives are still very easy to get whether from the kitchen or a shop where they may not even check for identification. They are not that expensive either a
The anonymous Instagrammer forming a sisterhood

The anonymous Instagrammer forming a sisterhood

Arts, Entertainment
Instagram is predicted to soon pass Facebook in users, advertisers and revenue, so it’s no surprise bloggers are turning their attention to the social media platform. With 500 million daily active users - most of which are aged between 18-24 - and features such as your post making it to the explore page, blogger content is reaching more people all the time and helping them to gain a following at a rather rapid rate.   I spoke to Layla, 36, from North London who runs a somewhat anonymous blog about relationships, sex and dating in 2018 under the name of Lalalaletmeexplain. She knows what she’s talking about too having worked with victims of domestic violence, supported them through leaving bad situations, as well as helping prisoners to change their behaviour before they are rele
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