Category : Features

Making Black History

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A few months after its release, Jessie Jones reflects on the impact of Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’. If you speak to any hip-hop fans about 2016, somebody, and something, will almost definitely be the first thing they mention: Frank Ocean and his stunning album ‘Blonde’. This was THE album. After 2012’s … Read More

Is #Hashtag a movement or not?

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As social media becomes more and more politicised, Somya Mehta looks at Facebook and Twitter as platforms for change. Is this straying away from a tradition of activism? Or is it a new and innovative way to bring issues to all corners of the globe? Social media activism has become … Read More

“Black lives matter on their own –and that doesn’t mean that white lives don’t matter.’’

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On Monday 10th October, the event ‘A Discussion on Black Mental Health’ was held in the LUU as a part of Black History Month. The Gryphon speaks to Melissa Owusu, education officer at LUU and organizer of the event, in order to gain a greater understanding about mental health issues … Read More

Night at the Circus: An International Student View on Shopping in Leeds

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With a large number of Asian students in Leeds, Meng Xian highlights areas of student life that make fresher’s week seem more of a culture shock than expected. From shopping to cups of tea, this is an insight into the difficulties international students may face when coming to little old … Read More

"Wellness did not serve me well" – the pitfalls of clean eating

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So called ‘Wellness’ bloggers such as Ella Woodward and the Hemsley Sisters have turned the clean eating craze into an immensely profitable industry. Recently, this trend has attracted backlash, especially from medical experts. A recent BBC3 documentary also spoke out against the potentially dangerous health myths perpetuated by these bloggers. … Read More

The Labour Dilemma: LLS Chair on why we must not forget the centre left

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Joshua had been a keen Labour supporter for most of his life and has this year taken up the position of Chair for the Leeds Labour society. He’s worked in Washington and Parliament, and campaigned hard with Ed Balls during the general election. Oisin Teevan talks to him here about … Read More

“Where are those 30 million missing girls? Where was their right to live?” The effect of China’s One-Child Policy

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Xue Xinran has spent the past forty years researching and interviewing the people of China, from the poor in the countryside to those whose lives have been overtaken by the isolation of the technological age. Here she chats to Editor-in-Chief Jessica Murray about her latest book, Buy Me The Sky, … Read More

Learn Your Lines: Should all British citizens speak the English language?

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In a country that does not offer foreign language lessons as early as other European countries, it seems rich that England is increasingly pressurising immigrants to learn the language. We question the motivation for this: is this another mask for xenophobia, or helping immigrants to integrate? Assimilation and integration of cultures is … Read More

Nipple-Bocker-Glory: “I wanted to capture nipples whether they’re big, small, inverted, hairy or bumpy”

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Inspired by the Free The Nipple campaign, Josie Partridge has created Nipple-Bocker-Glory, a jewellery range created using casts of nipples in all shapes and size. Here she talks to editor-in-chief Jessica Murray about inclusive feminism, body shaming and her grandma’s 84-year-old nipples… It’s been two years since the Free The … Read More

Bandaid for a bullet wound: tent city and the homeless of Leeds

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With funding for houses in such contention these days, the issue of homelessness is becoming ever-more public. Rabeeah Moeen discusses homelessness in Leeds and its ‘Tent City’. Being a student at Leeds means inevitable familiarity with Yorkshire’s largest city. It is a growing metropolis; but like everywhere, there is a … Read More