“Angelou’s ‘and still I rise’ brings to light “the history of oppression of the African-American experience” To what extent do you agree with this view?

Angelou has been called “the black woman’s poet laureate”. This suggests a focus on femininity and black African American women’s struggle rather than the entire race in specific. Thus, whether the history of oppression faced by all Black African-American people is explored remains debatable. For something to be brought to light, information must be brought to the attention of the reader and encourage recognition of history and events perhaps otherwise concealed regarding the oppression of African-Americans. Maya Angelou’s poems are also described as the “anthems of African-Americans”, which explore the oppression faced by African-American people in Angelou’s lifetime. This suggests that they do in fact bring the oppression to light.

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The social anxiety blog post (yikes)


By definition, social anxiety is the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. It is a disorder which comes into the umbrella term of general anxiety disorder. Today mental health is a subject that’s being more rapidly acknowledged; especially in western countries and in the millennial (an onwards) generations -yet is still seen as ‘taboo’ by many cultures, communities, and people.

Some form of anxiety effects 1 in 6 young people at some part in their lives, and over 50% of all ill mental health has already started by the age of fourteen, with 75% of it having become developed by the age of 18. I have struggled with social situations in this way consciously since I started secondary school although I only became aware that it was a real disorder aged fourteen.

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My first year as an undergraduate law student

Seeing as a new year of university is upon us, I thought I may as well write this post now. I know it’s pretty common for blog posts to be written about university but there’s two things about my experience at university that are a little less common I guess. 1) I commute to university every day, 2) I’m a Pakistani with social anxiety.

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New talent: ‘Russo’ with “House with a Pool”

New Band: Russo

Genre: Alternative

Type: Debut EP – House with a pool

Release date: July 13th 2018

Although nostalgic to listen to, this fresh, alternative pop rock band are a four piece who only got together this year so it’s refreshing that they’ve released an EP and gone on tour (as a supporting act) so soon. The band are fronted by the eponymous and former model, Cailin Russo -previously envied by beliebers all over the world for not only starring in TWO of Justin Bieber’s music videos*: but actually locking lips with the star in one of them.

This isn’t her only musical project, however. She previously released a few tracks under her own name which are available to stream on most platforms; most notably ‘September Rose’. As a frontwoman, she’s said to have found inspiration within her own family (her dad was the lead singer of rock band ‘Unwritten Law’) as well as other artists such as Amy Winehouse and Eryka Badu.

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Yates’ ‘Revolutionary Road’ and what it says about women


By the end of “revolutionary road” more questions are raised rather than a simple conclusion to the story. In reaching it, yet another woman is side-lined by a male for simply expressing herself when Mr. Givings, the most minimal character in the book, turns off his hearing aid because he doesn’t want to listen to his wife any longer. Questioning women, every female character is judged distastefully by a male narrator at some point in this novel. Earlier in the book, we even find out that Frank forced April to keep an unwanted child, and this similarly supports the idea that Yates captured the 1950s need for women’s liberation, at a time where women were described as facing a “problem with no name” by Betty Friedan in ‘The feminine mystique’. Several instances cause feminism to be a valid critic for this text, yet the narration from Frank Wheeler and his role in an unfulfilling day job also evoke pity. The male characters in the novel also experience dilemma, often seen as a result of the rigid roles and conformity of suburban life in 1950s America following the war.

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I’ve had suggestions to start a blog for the past few years. Theres a few weeks left till uni starts up again after the summer so I thought “why not now?”

This is gonna be a bit of a mish-mash of a lot of things that interest or concern me. I’m an artist in many senses of the word and I have a business I will probably comment on, poetry that I share though social media, and other things such as music which I work on privately. Passions like music, television, pop and internet culture as well as linguistics, language, poetry and literature are also part of subject matter I will use to draw from and write about.

As a nineteen year old British muslim woman from a Pakistani background studying undergraduate law, certain blogposts are bound be written  regarding my culture, stereotypes, immigration and policies regarding islamophobia, culture V religion, balancing cultures, and politics will also make an appearance.

I’m not expecting much of an audience with this, just somewhere to write professionally and express myself on a more intellectual platform.

Peace be with you,

M x