Lola on AMJoy: Discussing the shocking slave trade in Libya + Trump’s continued attacks on the media

http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_joy_libyaslavetrade_171203The enslavement of migrants in Libya, as exposed recently by CNN, is so very sickening that it's hard for me to actually express and articulate the depth of disgust, horror and anger that I feel about this issue. From a human perspective, slavery is fundamentally wrong and should be offensive to us all, but it... Continue Reading →

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In conversation with AirBnb & Etsy: Talking diversity, inclusion and creating more human workplaces

I had the honour of hosting and facilitating a fascinating conversation between AirBnb's Mark Levy (Global Head of Employee Experience) and Etsy's Carissa Menendez (VP of People and Workplace) at LiveGrey's Life@Work conference. The title of this conversation was "Your culture is your brand"; both Etsy and AirBnB are well known for having built brands... Continue Reading →

Lola in The New Statesman: The rise of anti-semitism in Trump’s America

Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise in America. Since January alone, there have been 67 bomb threats against Jewish Community Centres in around 27 states around the country. On Monday, a Jewish cemetery in St Louis, Missouri was desecrated, with over 100 headstones overturned. There has been a large increase in online anti-Semitic threats and hate speech. Swastikas have... Continue Reading →

Lola in The New Statesman: “Make America White Again” – how US racial politics led to the election of Donald Trump

[Originally published in The New Statesman]Just as Richard Nixon’s Southern Strategy came after civil rights protests, the President-Elect’s campaign followed an African-American president.When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and 2012, there was much talk of the “Obama effect” and what his presidency would mean. In some circles, that talk leaned towards the optimistic, with... Continue Reading →

Lola in Buzzfeed: A “Slave Candle” Has Been Pulled From Sale By Selfridges After Complaints by Lola Adesioye

Responding to the backlash, the high-end department store said it agreed the candle, priced at £160, could be viewed as inappropriate.posted on Jun. 21, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.Fiona RutherfordBuzzFeed News ReporterLuxury department store Selfridges has removed a £160 “liberated slave” candle from sale after customers complained it was inappropriate.TwitterLola Adesioye, a writer and commentator from... Continue Reading →

What England means to me

[Essay originally published on What England Means to Me]England to me means home. It means fond memories of school days; Sundays holed up in a pub drinking wine and eating a succulent roast while discussing the state of the weather with good friends; running to catch a train from Victoria station after a hard day’s... Continue Reading →

Lola in The Tablet: KNOW WHAT’S SCARIER—AND MORE OF A THREAT—THAN EBOLA? THE RACISM IT’S FUELING.

[Originally published in The Tablet]A hysteria-fueled media paints a continent’s people in grossly stereotypical strokes. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.Over the past few years, those with an interest in Africa’s future have sought to overturn what the writer Chimamanda Adichie has termed “the danger of a single story.” Until recently, the single story about... Continue Reading →

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