So the first thing is: never repress. The first thing is: whatsoever is the case is the case. Accept it and let it come – let it come in front of you. In fact just to say “do not repress” is not enough. If you allow me, I would like to say, “Befriend it.”

You are feeling sad? Befriend it, have compassion for it. Sadness also has a being. Allow it, embrace it, sit with it, hold hands with it. Be friendly. Be in love with it. Sadness is beautiful! Nothing is wrong with it. Who told you that something is wrong in being sad? In fact only sadness gives you depth. Laughter is shallow; happiness is skin-deep. Sadness goes to the very bones, to the marrow. Nothing goes as deep as sadness.

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“Say NO to paying for something that happened 100s of years ago,” screamed one meme that was doing the rounds on social media around the time tabloids began to claim that Caribbean nations were “suing” for reparations. They aren’t, strictly speaking, and nor can something which ended only in 1838 be compared, as it often is, with the Viking invasions or Roman conquest. The CARICOM group of nations, led by Barbados , is really calling for a wider dialogue about historical justice. Why should Britain – or any other former slave-trading nation – shy away from it?

After all, in almost any other sphere, historical continuities are acknowledged, even venerated – aren’t we told ad nauseum that the monarchy is important because it represents continuity? Even something like the “Commonwealth” – whose Games will be held in Glasgow this summer – celebrates the international “links” forged by Britain’s Empire and its apparent historical achievements. Britons are constantly reminded by politicians and some historians to take pride in having “given” former colonies those two old chestnuts, the railways and the English language. Seems a bit odd, if not thoroughly hypocritical, to then swiftly put distance between our “proud” present and the Empire’s rather less flattering legacies, which include gargantuan impoverishment and dislocation across swathes of the globe. How is it possible to keep up the endless national self-congratulation for the abolition of the slave trade while insisting that no one today has any connection to slavery itself?

Priyamvada Gopal for the New Statesman | brilliant piece on reparations that really opens out the discussion (via derica)

She is not “my girl.”

She belongs to herself. And I am blessed, for with all her freedom, she still comes back to me, moment-to-moment, day-by-day, and night-by-night.

How much more blessed can I be?

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This is one of the most freeing statements I have seen in a while

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love is not possession

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again, love. Is. Not. Possession. (via verucadarling)

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THE HENRY PAPER: Increasing Ethnic Diversity Across The UK’s Media Output Based On The Success of Increasing Regional Diversity

On the 20th January The Minister of Culture, Communications and Creative Industries – Ed Vaizey – called a special meeting to address a problem that we’ve been going on about for years: The lack of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people (BAME) working in television and the media.

A lot of the TVCollective regulars were there including our very own Pat Younge and Marcus Ryder as well as other major players with an interest in diversity issues from Danny Cohen – BBC Director of Television to Kwame Kwei Armah.

The meeting primarily came about due to the recent SkillSet Census figures that showed things were getting worse for BAME people in the media and the very public pronouncements over the last few months by Lenny Henry that diversity in TV needs to improve.

At the meeting Lenny Henry circulated his proposal as to how the industry could be radically overhauled and diversity increased. It quickly became known as the “Henry Paper”. We have been able to get our hands on that paper which we now publish below.

Is this the roadmap for changing the face of British television?

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