gal-dem’s most viewed articles and videos of 2015
30 Dec 2015
Earlier this year, Yero shared her experiences of house hunting in the UK when you have a ‘foreign’ sounding name. The article went viral, with responses from large media outlets and MPs.
Trishna deconstructed the microaggression of being labelled ‘exotic’, explaining that, rather than complimenting her, such a label deemed her to be different or somehow abnormal.
Remember that skit Ellen did, where actors pretended to be Nicki Minaj’s younger self, adorning a large butt in a family with similarly large butts? Well, Paula had something to say about the tired stereotyping and objectification of black women’s bodies.
Oh no… did they really say that? Liv spoke to women of colour at university and broke down how not to be racist at uni for people who lack a basic filter. This article was shared by Afropunk, and was the first article we posted.
Too expensive, too light, too dark, too thick, too thin? Xena shared her experience of deciding enough is enough and dropping make-up all together.
Charlie caught this story as soon as it dropped: a young black woman had her job offer revoked due to the fact that clients would supposedly be unhappy with her braids. Charlie broke down the significance of braids for people in the African diaspora and how discrimination of this sort must be stopped.
Following on from the devastating attacks in Paris, Jamila reflected on the media’s response and the value of all human life
ifama has been busy working on interlude, and part one was picked up by the likes of Afropunk. This episode featured some of our lovely contributors discussing the white-washed version of history we are taught in the UK.
Varaidzo wrote a beautiful and personal piece discussing her decision to change her name as a way of reclaiming her identity. She discussed the trials and tribulations of having teachers who were unwilling and unable to pronounce her name properly, and the discrimination she is likely to face because of it.