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When the British press takes notice of a budding royal romance, there is usually a familiar theme. They spot the couple “getting flirty” at a polo match, for example, or leaving a nightclub in the early hours. But when it came to Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle, the first clue that there was something different was the tabloids’ unfamiliar, almost cryptic reaction. His new girlfriend was described as a “glamorous brunette” who was “something of a departure from Prince Harry’s usual type.” Markle, the public was told, was “not in the society blonde style of previous girlfriends.” This language was code for something the press was simultaneously obsessed with and uncomfortable addressing directly: Markle is a woman of color.

Some references were less covert than others. A few were blatantly racist. Markle, who grew up in Hollywood and went to private schools, was referred to as “(almost) straight outta Compton” by one publication. Her family didn’t escape notice either. “Miss Markle’s mother is a dreadlocked African-American lady from the wrong side of the tracks,” wrote another publication. Her mother is a social worker and yoga instructor.

Markle’s arrival in the British public’s consciousness was accompanied by a complex—and at times subtle—mix of romantic fairy tale, change of tradition and racial slur. Her heritage continues to attract immense attention from the public and press, partly because it is such a visible departure for a British royal. At the same time, there has been an aggressive tendency to pretend that nobody notices her race. Instead, the only reason for any hesitation about Markle stems, some in the commentariat claim, from the fact that she is American, an actor, divorced or went to Catholic school.

The story of Harry and Meghan has become a metaphor for the state of multi­cultural Britain itself. For some black Brits, there’s a sense of pride that a woman of color is joining the royal family. For others, their union is yet another reminder of deeply entrenched class prejudice and tradition.

Markle was not born into poverty, but neither has she lived with aristocratic privilege. Her career and relationships both appear to have stumbled and then succeeded through a combination of merit and luck. She built an acting career and embraced her interests, using her platform to champion causes like feminism and the environment. She also happens to be marrying Prince Harry, the fun-loving and somewhat renegade royal, who has landed in trouble in the past. But his recent charity work and openness about his struggle with mental-health issues has endeared him to a public hungry for authenticity.

Wrapped up in all this is the question of the British dream—whether such a thing exists, and if it does, what it means for a class system that is anti-meritocratic and socially immobile at its roots. And wrapped up in all that is the changing racial and cultural makeup of Britain. A 2011 census shows that one-third of British people are in relationships with people of a different ethnicity, and those who are biracial, like Markle, comprise the fastest-growing demographic group.

Which brings us to the wedding. The historian Eric Hobsbawm, analyzing the “secular magic of monarchy,” suggested that while it’s tempting to ask what role a royal wedding plays in a time of social change, it is often because of that change that the weddings have such significance.

It is the perfect stage for a drama that brings together Britain’s love affair with its tradition, in the figure of Prince Harry, and the symbol of its future, in the character of a brown woman.

Rather than reject the monarchy, the couple are participating in its greatest contemporary act of renewal, by marrying with a huge amount of pomp and circumstance in a ritual seen by millions.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Millennium Point on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Millennium Point on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England.
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To be biracial—or mixed race, as it is more commonly known in the U.K.—was not always a talked-about phenomenon. Growing up in Britain in the 1980s and ’90s with, like Markle, a mother of African heritage, I was acutely aware of my visible otherness, especially in a society that was highly racialized but also deeply uncomfortable talking about race.
Britain is a cluster of islands populated by immigration. But the diaspora stretches back so many thousands of years that few Brits imagine it this way. Most are unaware that groups now considered indigenous, like the Angles and Saxons, were themselves migrants in the first millennium A.D. Their presence is predated by people of color, including ­Africans who have lived in Britain since at least the Roman times.

Many contemporary black British people trace their family history to the British empire, and especially the period of mass immigration shortly after World War II. The changing face of Britain’s communities during the 20th century was an integral part of its postwar renewal, and yet it created a hostile backlash that still reverberates today. It’s a hostility that many British people of color perceive instinctively in the political debate that has weaponized immigration and one that is rooted in the idea that Britishness is at its core a white identity.
The royal family has not traditionally been an agent of change in this respect. During my childhood, the spectacle of an exclusively white monarchy and aristocracy helped reinforce the notion that Britishness was white. It was taken for granted that the royals appeared to make up a deliberately, permanently, white institution. Their main role in my life was to make me feel excluded from the country.

I was not alone in feeling this way. “The royal family don’t stand for us. They never have,” says Candice Carty-Williams, author of a forthcoming novel, Queenie, which has already been referred to as the “black Bridget Jones.” “Black people would have been slaves to them. They are not friends with any of us. When we watch The Crown or Downton Abbey, there are never any black people. There is a history of them not having any interest in us.”
There is discernible weariness among some black British people that the idea of a biracial woman’s joining the royal family would make any discernible difference to race in Britain, where the odds remain stacked against people of color. Forty percent of families from black African and Caribbean backgrounds live in low-income households in Britain, compared with 19% of white families. Twenty-three percent of young black people and 25% of young Bangladeshi and Pakistani youth are unemployed, more than double the number of white job seekers of the same age. And there is some evidence that these figures are getting worse.

Others, however, regard the royal family as a symbolic institution, where the visibility of a woman of color in a position of such status sends a powerful message. “Black excellence in the royal family is a cool idea from a contemporary point of view,” says Lola Adesioye, a British writer and journalist, who is based in the U.S. “How did this girl—who is not only of color, but didn’t go to the same schools or universities as the royals, who wasn’t even raised in the U.K., and so has all these points of difference and otherness—get to this place? It says a lot about diversification.”

Either way, this royal wedding has triggered a debate about black British people. TV networks, newspapers and magazines traveled to Brixton, Coventry and Nottingham—parts of Britain with a historic black community—to ask how different generations of black British people, with their own very different experiences of Empire and identity, feel about the state of the nation.

There is recognition too, in some cases for the first time, that black Britain is a complex society with no single story or voice. Some who are skeptical about the institution of monarchy have even expressed an interest in this wedding. This interest is compounded by the fact that the couple have, deliberately it seems, chosen to use the occasion to showcase black British talent. Performances will include a 19-year-old black cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and the gospel Kingdom Choir, directed by a black British woman, Karen Gibson. The African-American Episcopal Church leader Bishop Michael Curry will deliver a sermon.

This is not the first time there have been black people involved in or closely associated with the royals. The Queen’s equerry major, one of the most senior members of the royal household staff, is now for the first time a black man, Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah. Other people of color have married into the aristocracy, including the viscountess of Weymouth, Emma Thynn, whose father is Nigerian. And there are credible theories that at least one and possibly two previous English Queens may have had African heritage. But this is the first royal wedding in Britain where racial difference has played a visible role, with a bride who has owned—rather than sought to downplay—her black heritage. The media chatter around this romance may have started in predictable fashion, but it is culminating in something uniquely new.

 Source Article: time.com

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10 Tips For Getting Your Life Together When You’re Lazy AF

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If you’re a true lazy girl, you probably can’t be bothered to deny it. You hate exercise and effort and you enjoy fries, Netflix and romantic naps on the beach. You have a ‘live fast, die whenever’ mentality, which is all tea and roses until you wake up one morning to find that your life is in shambles. Here’s a quick-fix list of ways to loosely glue your life back together.

1. Repair Your Exterior

The quickest way to get your shit together is to create the illusion that your shit is together. If your hair is a nest of dead-ends, your eyebrows are reminiscent of a rare snow Yeti and your favourite pair of shoes reek of vodka, get a haircut, fix your eyebrows, throw out the shoes. Paying attention to little details such as the state of your nails is an easy way to appear polished and together.

2. Drink Red Wine

Studies show that drinking a single glass of red wine is equivalent to completing one hour of cardio in the gym. This is either a filthy lie or a personalized gift from the universe (personally, I choose to believe). If you hate wine, the next best thing is tequila and soda water–it’s low calorie and has less sugar than most alcohols.

3. Set Your Alarm 15 Minutes Early

If you’re always late and show up to work looking like Pete Doherty, it’s time for change. Sacrificing a mere 15 minutes of sleep can give you the edge you need to put your eyeliner on straight and unwrap a damn granola bar.

4. Hide Your Vegetables

Chances are, you’re not a huge fan of salads or bowls of raw beetroot. However, there are several ways to disguise antioxidant-packed veggies as snacks you actually  want to eat. Try making kale chips (they taste like regular chips!) or a green smoothie with cucumber, broccoli and pineapple. You won’t taste a thing and your booze-ravaged organs will thank you!

5. Minimize Your Hangovers

We’ve all had mornings where we wake up naked in the bathtub with a club stamp smeared across our face and chip crumbs tucked into our neck folds. When you’re lazy, recovering from this condition can be particularly difficult. To prevent the above from happening, take a shot of pickle juice before you start drinking. It’s an old wives trick that helps your body store electrolytes, preventing headaches and dehydration.

6. Multi-task Whenever Possible

When you go on your lunch break, take a walk around the neighbourhood park while you eat, simultaneously consuming and burning calories.

7. Buy An Impressive-Looking Planner

Something leather and embossed should do the trick. Sit down and write out all your important dates and reminders so you don’t have to keep writing out and losing hundreds of sticky notes.

8. Get An IUD

It’s a must for any lazy girl who struggles to remember to take their pill at the same time every day. Oh, and most IUDs are more effective than the pill!

9. Just Dance

Going to the gym simply isn’t going to happen, it takes too much discipline. Dancing alone in your room, however, requires no travel, no membership and it’s just as good for your heart-health as other forms of cardio. Pick your favorite banger and commence.

10. Start A Vitamin Regimen

When you can’t find the time or the energy to worry about minerals & such, vitamins are the perfect solution. In fact, a lack of iron or B12 might be the reason you feel tired and run-down all the time. Extra benefits include better skin, nails and hair!

Article Sorce: collegetimes.com

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Why it’s so important that Hollywood’s powerful women are standing up for all female workers

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It appears that 2018 is already shaping up to be the year of women working together across race and class divides to fight back against sexism and sexual harassment. On the very first day of January, new movement Time’s Up was announced via an open letter from women working in the entertainment industry. While it could have just been a statement against the alleged sexual assault and harassment of those working in Hollywood, this was a message of solidarity to all “sisters”.

Some very powerful women in the entertainment industry created Time’s Up, but this is not about personal gain – they are using their status to help the disempowered. Time’s Up is all about high profile women using their privilege to highlight and counter sexual discrimination against all women in employment, whatever industry they are in.

The movement is the work of more than 300 female professionals from the fields of television, film and theatre, including producers, actresses, writers and directors. Just a selection of the starry names leading and contributing to the initiative are Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Rashida Jones, Selena Gomez, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria and Ellen Page, as well as Donna Langley, the chairwoman of Universal Pictures, and top lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen. As the days have gone on, more notable women have been publicly adding their names to the campaign and contributing to the fund, too, using the Twitter hashtag #TIMESUP.

Hollywood’s feminists have previously been accused of representing an elitist group, who are far removed from the struggles of ordinary, less glamorous women. The Time’s Up movement is a serious attempt to counter these accusations through showing solidarity with working women of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

Their aim, is to raise $15m for a legal defense fund that can benefit low income victims of sexual misconduct. They also want to campaign for new legislation to protect women from harassment, and work towards gender parity at studios and talent agencies. A request has also been issued for celebrities to raise awareness by wearing black while walking the red carpet at the Golden Globe awards on January 7.

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The campaign’s cross class solidarity was prompted by a letter of support from the predominantly Latina Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. This national female farm workers organisation wrote to the women of Hollywood who had spoken out against sexual abuse following allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others.

In a moving section of their letter, the farm workers wrote:

We do not work under bright stage lights or on the big screen. We work in the shadows of society in isolated fields and packinghouses that are out of sight and out of mind for most people in this country. Your job feeds souls, fills hearts and spreads joy. Our job nourishes the nation with the fruits, vegetables and other crops that we plant, pick and pack.

Even though we work in very different environments, we share a common experience of being preyed upon by individuals who have the power to hire, fire, blacklist and otherwise threaten our economic, physical and emotional security.

While the farm workers might be expected to level accusations of elitism against their wealthy sisters, they stood with them. Despite the enormous gulf in social and economic status, they offered their support – “Please know that you’re not alone. We believe and stand with you.”

This act of solidarity clearly touched the entertainment professionals who have, through the Time’s Up movement, taken the first concrete steps to support poor working women. The Time’s Up letter mirrors the language used by Alianza, while intiatives like the legal defence fund are a clear demonstration that this is more than just a PR exercise

To the members of Alianza and farmworker women across the country, we see you, we thank you, and we acknowledge the heavy weight of our common experience of being preyed upon, harassed, and exploited by those who abuse their power and threaten our physical and economic security.

This collective action taken by so many women in the film, television and theatre industries is unprecedented. Using the celebrity status created by the very industry in which they have suffered might just be the best way to seek to protect all women from abuse, harassment and sexism​.

Source of Article : theconversation.com

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