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Jackie Robinson: Athlete to Activist

  Jackie Robinson is a significant figure in African American history. He raised issues of race relations, not only in sport, but in society as a whole by becoming the first African American to play in Major League Baseball, erasing the colour line in the United States’ national pastime. When…

The American Playboy

  “Sex is the driving force on the planet. We should embrace it, not see it as the enemy.” – Hugh Hefner. The man who men wanted to be, and who women wanted to be with. Throughout his college days, Hefner admired the likes of Esquire magazine and felt inspired.…

Angela Davis: Feminist & Fugitive

  Angela Davis is undoubtedly an iconic figure in 20th century American history. The Rolling Stones’ Sweet Black Angel was dedicated to her, and it was reported last year that a biopic of her is now in the works. Yet, the same Angela Davis was fired from her professorship by…

Michelle: An Icon 

Michelle Obama is recognised globally for her position as First Lady of the United States, a position she held from 2009 to 2017. Being the first African American First Lady, Michelle Obama is an icon of the progressive and more liberal America which was practiced under the Obama administration.    …

A Lost Egalitarianism? Reflections on the US Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” When conflict broke out between bands of American revolutionaries and British soldiers in April 1775,…