Tag : jodie yates

An Ode to Leeds’ Nightlife

5 months ago / 0 comments

It’s the end of the academic year, and that means that some of us will soon be leaving Leeds for good. With this in mind, we gave our writers the chance to send a farewell message to a part of our city’s nightlife that means something to them. Here’s what they … Read More

Leeds Launch BME Conference

7 months ago / 0 comments

Following the BME Leadership Conference last Wednesday, The Gryphon Features explores the lack of Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities in leadership and academia roles at the University of Leeds, the Union and further afield. According to LUU, only sixteen percent of home and EU students at Leeds are of … Read More

‘Creating To Survive’ in the African Diaspora : an interview with Kaozara, Sistren and Zodwa Nyoni

9 months ago / 0 comments

On Thursday 30th November, the English department presented an exciting and dynamic event called ‘Creating to Survive’, exploring and celebrating art and expression in the African diaspora whilst challenging the notion of the ‘diasporic everyday’ in contemporary society. The event included discussion, spoken word from Kaozara and art. The members … Read More

In Conversation with Caryl Phillips: ‘It’s not the first asshole that America has elected as president, but it’s definitely the biggest one’

11 months ago / 0 comments

When I first met Caryl Phillips, it was at an event for the David Oluwale Memorial Association in February 2016 hosted by the School of English. The writer, as he has constantly since moving there in the nineties, flew from America for the occasion. America then was a seemingly different … Read More

Process by Sampha

2 years ago / 0 comments

The death of a loved one is often described as a dream-like experience and Process, an album inspired by the death of Sampha’s mother in 2015, entirely embodies this. An ethereal feel circulates through the album, emerging from Sampha’s unmistakable soprano articulating tortured lyrics, against an equally unique blend of … Read More

Barack Obama: the Pop Culture President

2 years ago / 0 comments

Adored by many for the freshness and modernity he has breathed into American politics, Barack Obama may not be remembered for his concrete policies, but rather as one of the greatest pop culture icons in recent years. Jodie Yates takes a look back on the Obama administration’s relationship with popular … Read More

Review: The Get Down

2 years ago / 0 comments

Created by Baz Luhrmann, music co-produced by East Coast hip-hop golden child, Nas, and costing $120 million to produce, The Get Down is a melting pot with all the right ingredients to rival Stranger Things to the title of Netflix’s best original series of 2016. Like Stranger Things, The Get … Read More

“You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation.”

2 years ago / 0 comments

Jodie Yates takes a look at Beyoncé’s powerful new visual album Lemonade.   It is a truth universally acknowledged that Beyoncé is a goddess. Lemonade’s narrative of sexual, racial and feminine liberation is a political and artistic statement that the goddess is every black woman. Effortlessly sliding back onto her … Read More

Cruel Britannia: Remembering Oluwale

3 years ago / 1 comments

An artistic insight into racism, police brutality and mental health, ‘Oluwale Now’ is a daylong event celebrating the life and death of David Oluwale, a victim of terror at the hands of Leeds City Police. The Gryphon explores the life and death of David Oluwale. His body found lying face … Read More

Discobituary: A tribute to Maurice White

3 years ago / 0 comments

With 2016 becoming a unforgiving, musical black hole, consuming some of the most visually and sonically mind-altering stars to emerge from the 20th century, we pay homage to rhinestone-adorned, hip-bending, groove-creating frontman of the genre-defying Earth, Wind and Fire, Maurice White.   White was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1941, … Read More