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My Interview with rapper Common for The Guardian

I was recently able to spend some time with the rapper Common, talking about life, his evolution as a man and as an artist and his new music. The result is this feature article for The Guardian. Enjoy! Common: ‘I wanted to be the dopest. Then I found a higher purpose’ Lola Adesioye   He […]

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MSNBC panel discussion – Democrats need to take responsibility for the country’s economic growth

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Happy MLK Day

View this post on Instagram “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Reflecting on the life and […]

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Video: Is freedom of speech really under attack, or has it been hijacked by the far right?

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Beychella and Beyonce’s Homage to Black Culture

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Lola on Sky News: Will The #CrimingWhileWhite Hashtag Make A Difference? [video]

After a spate of black people being killed by white police officers, America is taking a closer look at discrimination. But will the “Criming While White” hashtag make any difference?     

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Lola in The New Statesman: The Republican Party’s future: evolve or die

[Originally published in The New Statesman] If the GOP is to avoid becoming completely irrelevant, it needs to embrace people who actually understand modern America. While President Obama’s supporters bask in re-election glory, America’s conservatives have been left asking themselves how and why their man managed to lose this election and what they can do […]

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Lola in The New Statesman: As a white student sues a university for alleged racial discrimination, is this the end of affirmative action?

An educational system that has historically been set up to reinforce inequalities will take a lot of work to dismantle, says Lola Adesioye. In 2008, high school graduate Abigail Fisher of Sugar Land, Texas, was disappointed to find that her application to the University of Texas at Austin, a leading public college, had been rejected. […]

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Lola in The Guardian: Shirley Sherrod’s case exposes ugly media flaws

[Originally published in The Guardian] The hasty sacking of Shirley Sherrod shows how easily we are manipulated by ‘journalism’ based on inaccuracies When Shirley Sherrod spoke at an NAACP event and shared a 24-year-old story of overcoming her prejudices, little did she realise the same speech would come back to in a new, highly edited form, putting […]

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How Jay Sean & Taio Cruz Took the US by storm

Jay Sean and Taio Cruz have achieved something very few British acts have managed – selling R&B and urban pop back to the US. They tell Lola Adesioye how they did it  ‘You have to keep the dream alive’ … Jay Sean performing in Los Angeles. Photograph: Angela Weiss/Getty Images Every few years, the US […]

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Teach students financial literacy

[Originally published in The Guardian] Barack Obama’s new student loans legislation won’t help young people who have grown up accepting that debt is the norm After graduating from Cambridge, I considered doing further study in America. I checked out some of the top colleges and looked into how much it would cost to study at […]

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Lola on MSNBC: Should the New York Times have a gift guide for people of colour?

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The wisdom of Oprah

After all her success as a talkshow superstar, Oprah Winfrey’s ability to stay grounded makes her an inspiring role model In 2004, I took part in a BBC documentary series called Black Ambition, which documented the lives of six black students, including myself, in our final year at Cambridge University. My most memorable line in that […]

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Lola in The Economist: The NAACP at 100: Much still to do

[Originally published in The Economist] But America’s oldest civil-rights outfit is redefining its role DURING the summer of 1908, riots raged through Abraham Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois. The quiet removal of two black men who had been held in prison as suspects in two separate attacks on white people enraged the white community. They […]