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The Spill is a UK-based online publication working exclusively with contributors from marginalised communities. Committed to amplifying the voices of people who have been pushed aside for too long, we want to bring interesting content that matters to us and them: stories about life experiences, culture, arts, politics, the environment, and explorations of the self. You can find all our stories online at www.thespillmag.com
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Mursal Saiq on Life as an Afghan Refugee in the UK, and Building a Food Business that Gives Back
With Afghan refugees already numbering 2.2 million in the countries surrounding Afghanistan, and another 500,000 estimated to attempt escaping via land borders, Pakistan and Tajikistan have now declared that they simply don’t have the resources to host any more refugees. Author: Anmol Irfan Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Life-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/life
05:20
September 16, 2021
Dear Priti: You Can’t Always Wait for a ‘Safe and Legal’ Route When Your Country Is Thrown Into Chaos
As the world watched the Taliban take back control of Afghanistan, after being defeated by Western forces twenty years ago, we’ve also witnessed the last of the Western efforts, including the UK, in evacuating Afghans from their country - ahead of the then-31st August deadline for the Western allied forces to leave the country. The Taliban rule could mean instability and violence for so many Afghans, especially those who have worked alongside Western forces all these years.  Author: Shahed Ezaydi Category: POLITICS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Politics-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/politics
05:46
September 14, 2021
Exploring the Generational Gap in Mental Health Awareness, and How We Can Close It
Have you ever tried to discuss your mental health with your parents, or even grandparents? Or dared to ask about theirs? Being Nigerian, I knew for a fact that I could not go to my mum or dad when I started getting consecutive depressive episodes. How they handled mental health issues with my brother told me everything I needed to know about how they'd react.  Author: Edikan Umoh Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Life-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/life
05:41
September 9, 2021
Heartbeats: Sleep Deez on Blurring the Lines in Music, Finding Success and Inspiration in Lockdown, and Shaking Up the Industry
We’re kicking off Heartbeats, our new music section, with an interview of Sleep Deez, Grammy nominated producer for BTS, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna and Usher, to name a few. The multi-platinum hit maker shared his thoughts on his career and the music business – and his advice for aspiring artists from marginalised backgrounds. This interview was recorded on 13th August 2021. When we started what turned out to be an hour and a half long conversation, Sleep Deez, whose real name is Deryk Mitchell, explains he is, in fact, very much awake: “My grandma started calling me Sleepy when I was a kid and it became a family nickname, cause I have sleepy eyes –  everybody thinks I’m sleepy all the time, but I’m not.” Author: Jennifer Hakim Category: ARTS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Arts-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/arts
01:05:28
September 7, 2021
The Damage Already Done By OnlyFans Reinforces The Stigma of Sex Work
In less than a week, OnlyFans controversially banned, then quickly reinstated sexually explicit content - in a move that reeks of prejudice. When OnlyFans (sometimes shortened to OF) launched in 2016, it steadily became a startup that was synonymous with providing a safe and secure platform for sex workers to create various content. In a day and age where sex work still maintains the unfair taboo that it has carried for centuries, a website like this one appeared to be a haven sorely needed. Author: Emma Flint Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
05:44
September 2, 2021
An Incomplete Guide to Ableist Language
‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’- who ever thought of that? It is terrible advice. Words can not only hurt you. They can make you feel small and insignificant and can completely derail you. I am not just talking about any old words, I am talking about ableist slurs that still get tossed around in 2021. Author: Meg Fozzard Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
04:40
August 31, 2021
Afghan People Deserve Better than the West’s Islamophobic Media Coverage
Following the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August 2021, news agencies, media organisations, and social media were quickly filled with stories regarding the horrors of the Taliban rule, and heartbreaking coverage showing Afghans trying to flee the country while they could. While people across all cultures have been crying for justice, in the midst of a humanitarian crisis that has shaken most of the globe, the Daily Mail’s coverage of the ‘Trendy Taliban’ is rightfully being called out – for possibly being the worst way to cover the issue. But is it actually the worst? Author: Anmol Irfan Category: POLITICS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Politics-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/politics
05:55
August 26, 2021
Plastic in Paradise: How a Trip to South Asia Inspired an Environmentally Conscious Retail Destination to Help Consumers Shop by Ethics
It was during a trip to South Asia in 2018 that eTHikel founder Amerjit Briah saw the devastating consequences of plastic pollution first-hand. It was an instant awakening. What was portrayed to be paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean was in fact a catalyst for mountains of pollution, created mainly by luxury holiday dwellers, threatening the beautiful coral reefs and sea life. Author: Jennifer Hakim Category: ENVIRONMENT Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Environment-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/environment
08:24
August 24, 2021
Never Have I Ever’s Devi is “One of the Messiest Main Characters in Existence” - and I Love It
Netflix’s hit series Never Have I Ever has received quite the fanfare in pop culture last month with the release of its latest season, which features the return of our favorite Indian-American teenager, Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan). While most of the reactions comprised shippers who broke out into Team Paxton vs. Team Ben, a fair share of them included viewers’ frustrations with the portrayal of Devi’s character this season. Author: Sadia Parveen Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
04:29
August 19, 2021
Colonial Violence: The Fight for Palestinian Homes in Sheikh Jarrah Continues, And It Has Nothing to Do With Real Estate
The violence in Palestine may not be appearing on mainstream news outlets anymore, but the lives of Palestinians under a colonial apartheid system, in the form of the Israeli state, is still ongoing. On Monday 2nd August, the Israeli Supreme Court heard the delayed appeal from four Palestinian families, which totalled around 70 people, who are fighting against the forced expulsion from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood. Author: Shahed Ezaydi Category: POLITICS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Politics-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/politics
04:30
August 17, 2021
Modern Feminism Has Dangerous Double Standards, and Is Excluding Muslim Women From Its Narrative
In July 2021, and to widespread criticism, the Norwegian women's beach handball team was fined by the European Handball Federation (EHF) for wearing “improper clothing”. Read: shorts, similar to their male counterparts, instead of bikini bottoms. In the same week, Germany’s female gymnasts wore full bodysuits instead of leotards at the Tokyo Olympics. The team explained they wanted to feel comfortable and to protest being sexualised. Author: Yasmin Al-najar Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
07:20
August 12, 2021
Black Women Are Not Just Here For Your Entertainment - They’re Allowed to Protect Their Mental Health
Simone Biles’ recent withdrawals from many of the gymnastic events she was tipped to win have sparked a global conversation about mental health. Biles was effectively the headline event for the whole competition, and her decision to withdraw sent shockwaves across the world. There was an outpouring of support from the public and many fellow sporting stars, as likely the greatest gymnast of all time spoke candidly about her struggles. However, it wasn’t all a positive reaction. Author: Nadine Batchelor-Hunt Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. Category: CULTURE For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
05:09
August 10, 2021
Wait… Even the Paralympics Are Ableist Now?
In July 2021, US Paralympic swimmer Becca Meyers pulled out of competing, after her mother and Personal Care Assistant (PCA) was denied access due to Covid regulations. The Olympic Committee is standing firm in their decision, and the ableism - as surprising as it was coming from the Paralympics officials - felt all too familiar. Author: Dayna Latham Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
06:56
August 5, 2021
On returning to “male” spaces when you’re no longer male
I’m sitting in the living room of my friend’s house, where she lives with her boyfriend. It’s just me and two couples, including my brother and his girlfriend; we’ve ordered noodles and sushi, and we’re watching the second season of Too Hot To Handle. The conversation has moved to the topic of coming out, of the idea of people presenting as ‘visibly queer’. Author: Sam Moore Category: SELF Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Self-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/self
04:26
August 3, 2021
Switching to Period Pants Is the Ultimate Act of Environmental Activism - And Self-Liberation
Every single day, around 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads, and 700,000 panty liners are flushed down a toilet in the UK - with 200,000 tonnes of menstrual waste landfilled each year in the country (Source: City to Sea). I’ve never been a fan of single-use menstrual products anyways. I don’t feel comfortable wearing tampons. This is just my experience, and I know others may have different feelings about them (especially harmless plastic-free tampons). Author: Amira Arasteh Category: ENVIRONMENT Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Environment-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/environment
07:32
July 29, 2021
I Don’t Actually Want Love Island to Become More Inclusive
This year, I decided to watch Love Island for the first time. Being both bisexual and slightly tomboyish, the show represents a slight enigma: I’ve never quite understood the motivations of the demographic it represents, which, let’s be honest, is straight, slim, and largely white. I’ve never wanted a guy who “goes gym”, and I’ve never been bothered about fake tanning. Author: Eleanor Noyce Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
04:53
July 27, 2021
“Just because you have limited mobility should not mean you have limited choices” - An Interview with Funmi Lawal, Founder of Clip Knix
Designing for people living with disabilities is a necessity, not a trend, as the adaptive clothing market is forecast to be worth nearly £280bn by 2026 (Coherent Market Insights). We talked about all things adaptive clothing with Funmi Lawal, the founder of Clip-Knix, the premier retailer of clip-on underwear in the UK, as well as her personal journey finding adaptive undergarments when her own mobility was reduced. Funmi Lawal, a British mother-of-two, of Nigerian Heritage, had a stroke soon after childbirth at the age of 35 and saw her life change. Unable to dress like she used to, she thought of a solution for herself and others who experienced the same. This is what she had to say about the fashion industry, and how Clip-Knix was born. This article is sponsored by Clip-Knix, the premier retailer of clip-on underwear in the UK. Author: The Spill Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Life-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
05:48
July 22, 2021
This Is Not Freedom Day for Vulnerable Disabled People Like Me
From today, all covid restrictions are being pulled back in England. People are no longer required to social distance, nor do they have to wear a mask indoors or on public transport. There are no more limitations to how many people you can meet indoors and outdoors. The day is being touted as "freedom day", but for those of us with disabilities and chronic illnesses, it's anything but. Author: Rachel Charlton-Dailey Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Life-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/life
04:46
July 19, 2021
The Good Asian
(Trigger Warning: Mentions of violence, deaths, explicit language) On the first sunny day of 2021 in London, Victoria Park is alive and packed. Large families stroll with frolicking dogs. A group of friends huddles over cigarettes by the canal. Cyclists brush past people’s shoulders. No one wears a mask. An air of anticipation. The pandemic, now in its second year, has an end in sight. When all this is over, they seem to think. When all this is over, there will be no more lockdowns. When all this is over, things will be good again. When all this is over, we will be free. Author: Michelle Fan Category: SELF Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Self-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/self
19:57
July 15, 2021
Is It So Hard to Hold our Friends Accountable for their Predatory Behaviour?
(Trigger Warning: References of violence, sexual assault, and rape) In December 2020, fashion designer Alexander Wang faced multiple accusations of sexual assault. It began when male model Owen Mooney shared a series of TikTok videos detailing a 2017 incident where Wang allegedly groped him in a New York nightclub. The story went viral after being shared on Instagram by Shit Model Management and fashion watchdog, Diet Prada, prompting others with stories about the designer to come forward. Such stories ranged from having their genitals exposed to being slipped MDMA without their knowledge, and rape. Author: Bec Oakes Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
05:54
July 13, 2021
An Ode to Online Friendships - And Why They’re Very Much Real
The past year has been the era of online interactions. Perhaps like many, I have found a community on Twitter to fill the void of what I wasn’t receiving in real life. And over time, people who were initially strangers have become my friends. Friends I may have never met in real life, but whom I have formed a genuine bond with nonetheless, rooted in our mutual understanding of various topics from photography to films - and niche memes.  Author: Sabrina Fearon Melville Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Life-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/life
03:50
July 8, 2021
My Coming Out: A Chat with Eleanor Noyce
Welcome to the new instalment of My Coming Out, a monthly interview series sharing the unique stories of people all over the world, who came out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, or questioning. This month we chat with Eleanor Noyce (she/her), a 23 year-old freelance journalist, who identifies as bisexual. Eleanor’s work can be found on Metro, Refinery 29, Diva, and The Spill. Author: The Spill Category: SELF Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Self-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/self
10:24
July 6, 2021
Why Bi+ Representation Still Matters So Much
Every few weeks, the internet tells me I don’t exist. I’m a bisexual woman in a monosexual world, and that means I am constantly fighting for my identity to be recognised and taken seriously. Bi+ erasure takes many forms. More so than any other orientation, we bi+ folks face demands to “prove” our identity (often by disclosing our sexual histories.) If we refuse these invasive questions, or if our answers aren’t to the asker’s satisfaction, it is taken as proof that we are not really bisexual. Many people still believe that bisexuality is a pitstop on the way to identifying as gay or lesbian, rather than a complete and complex identity in its own right. Author: Jess Amy Dixon Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Life-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/life
04:19
July 1, 2021
Why the Period Positivity Movement Can Be Toxic for Some
The ‘Period Positivity’ movement is creating space for more open and honest discussions about periods, but for some, menstruation can be a traumatic experience - which is why Natracare is encouraging a more nuanced conversation. ‘Period Positivity’ is a progressive movement for many, and in the last few years, we’re seeing more conversations than ever about periods. You only have to quickly flick through a social media feed and women’s weeklies to see post upon post dedicated to topics surrounding menstruation, including how it relates to further social and environmental issues. These taboo topics are finally allowing half of the population to confidently ask questions and seek the right answers about their periods. Author: Sharna Waid Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Life-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/life This article is sponsored by Natracare. Natracare is a cruelty-free, vegan, plastic-free, biodegradable, and compostable period and intimate health products company campaigning for better choices for people’s bodies, the environment, and the animals we share our home with. To join Natracare’s open, honest, and shame-free conversation about periods and keep creating space for gender-inclusive conversations about periods, read the Shades of Red zine here.
07:56
June 29, 2021
If We Want to Avoid Future Pandemics, Then Maybe, Just Maybe, We Should Examine How We Eat
As more and more people around the world receive their vaccinations against COVID-19, it feels like an end to the pandemic is finally in sight. Images flash through my mind of a world where masks exist only as dust-covered relics, stuffed haphazardly into a random drawer, entangled in a mess of black and white cables. Life suddenly feels like it’s about to go back to normal, and the sense of freedom that we’re on the cusp of reclaiming is something none of us ever want to give up again. And we won’t have to, until the next pandemic. Author: Jack McGovan Category: ENVIRONMENT Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Environment-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/environment
05:20
June 24, 2021
An Interview with Tabara N’Diaye, Founder of La Basketry
Over the past year, you may have picked up a brush or baked your own bread, or you may have enrolled in a virtual arts and crafts workshop. Craft has played a major role in our lives while we were stuck at home, which is also proven to be good for our mental health - with psychological benefits ranging from stress relief to enhanced confidence. Tabara N’Diaye, founder of La Basketry, hosted many of these workshops throughout the pandemic, connecting customers to the joys of traditional basket weaving. Author: The Spill Category: ARTS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Environment-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/arts
09:03
June 22, 2021
What the World Can Learn from ‘K-Pop Activists’
When you hear the word ‘K-Pop’, you may think of talented singers with bright hair and unrivaled dance moves. At some point during the past year, you may have taken a dive into the K-Pop side of ‘stan Twitter’ (where millions of accounts of K-Pop superfans reside), and seen countless fancams of BLACKPINK’s Jisoo or BTS’s Jimin, littered under top trending hashtags. On that day, without realising it, you may have been witnessing an online activism campaign - disguised under vibrant outfits and hypnotic choreographies. Author: Bashirat Oladele Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
06:17
June 17, 2021
Why Do I Know So Little About Periods, and Whose Fault Is That?
Not long ago, I came across an image on Instagram. It featured 5 different elements within the ‘female reproductive organs’ map, with letters attached to them, to match with their actual names: womb, vagina, cervix, ovaries, and vulva. Alongside the picture came a simple question: “Can you name these?” And it got me thinking. Why? Because I wondered, could I confidently say what was what? And if the options were not offered to me, would I even be able to answer what each one was, off the top of my head? I’m ashamed to say this, but I probably wouldn’t. But then, I thought, when was the last time I actually had to figure out what the attributes of my birth sex were, and when did I learn any of this? Author: Shems Rocha Category: SELF Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Self-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/self
06:18
June 15, 2021
Five Indigenous Activists and Organisations to Follow Today
Every June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month, to honour the heritage, contributions, and cultures of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities across the country. The US celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day every 11th October, while the rest of the world commemorates World Indigenous Day each 9th August, raising awareness of the needs of Indigenous peoples -  their traditional knowledge, voices, and wisdom. But that’s definitely not enough. Author: The Spill Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.  For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
05:33
June 11, 2021
Sacred Cyberspace: How Technology Has Advanced Spirituality in Black Communities
In Black Transhuman Liberation Theology, published in 2019, author Philip Butler evokes “the construction of a practical approach to liberation for Black folks through the combination of technology and spirituality”. In the book, Butler explains how this theology must engage current and emerging technologies to dismantle systems of oppression. That Black spirituality, Black biotechnology, and technological advancements coming together “may prove to be the perfect tool in the fight for liberation now, and well into the future.” Author: Tali Ramsey Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
05:31
June 8, 2021
Our Consumption of Fish Keeps Growing. Where Do We Go from Here?
Since Seaspiracy came out, millions of people have been considering giving up fish or changing the way they consume it, and the conversation around overfishing has finally opened wide. We talked to Shameek Upadhya, co-founder of Omvits, a British vitamin and supplements brand that creates sustainable and cruelty-free Omega-3 from algae that will protect our planet for future generations. Author: The Spill Category: ENVIRONMENT Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Environment-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/environment
08:54
June 4, 2021
My Coming Out: A Chat with Emma Flint
Welcome to the fifth instalment of My Coming Out, a monthly interview series sharing the unique stories of people all over the world, who came out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, or questioning. This month we chat with Emma Flint (she/they), a 30 year-old freelance writer and journalist, who identifies as genderfluid and abrosexual. Author: The Spill Category: SELF Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Self-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/self
15:11
June 2, 2021
When He Was Called Out, I Called Myself Out Too
I used to think I have complete control over my body. Every anxious feeling, every desire, every shrapnel of shame that clogs up my oesophagus and holds me hostage – it all passes through me with consent. Only because I allow myself to feel a certain way, even the terrible stuff, do I have to withstand it? Author: Ami Venrar Category: SELF Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Self-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/self
04:19
May 28, 2021
“Thirst Trapping” Is Not the Setup You Think It Is, It's a Liberation for LGBTQIA+ Folks
The last ten years have seen social media evolve beyond recognition. From the days of MySpace to the reign of Instagram, trends and subcultures have changed at lightning speed, but one thing has remained consistent: our use of social networks to paint an alluring, enticing image of ourselves for potential love interests and followers alike. So much, in fact, that terminology has emerged to label this behaviour. Welcome to the era of thirst traps.  Author: Eleanor Noyce Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
05:03
May 25, 2021
The Past Year Has Made Environmental Racism Even Worse for People of Colour in the UK
Environmental racism isn’t new, but it has never been worse. In the UK specifically, marginalised and ethnically diverse communities are thrice as likely as others to be exposed to pollution daily, and live in areas close to waste incinerators (Source: Guardian). Author: Aishwarya Jagani Category: ENVIRONMENT Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Environment-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/environment
08:58
May 21, 2021
An Interview with Monika Radojevic, Author of Teeth in the Back of My Neck
An arresting debut collection from a young poet, Monika Radojevic’s Teeth in the Back of My Neck was the inaugural winner of the #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize, launched by Stormzy and Penguin Random House UK in 2018. Author: The Spill Category: ARTS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Arts-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/arts
09:49
May 18, 2021
5 Ethical Unisex Clothing Brands We Love
If you’re anything like us, you may have cultivated a love/hate relationship with fashion over the last few years. Between the industry’s lack of inclusivity and its catastrophic contribution to climate change, there are good reasons to give up on fashion brands altogether. But all is not lost, and there are still incredible labels out there making sure everyone is feeling included and represented, while also not costing the earth. Here are five of our favourite unisex ethical clothing brands. Author: The Spill Category: ENVIRONMENT Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Environment-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/environment
05:41
May 14, 2021
My Period Ruined My Life and Worsened my Disability, But I Took Charge
I got my first period when I was ten and still in primary school - before all my friends. I felt too young to feel my body changing so rapidly. I have Spastic Triplegic Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder caused by brain damage. In my case, the brain damage was caused by a lack of oxygen during labour and after birth, although it can also occur in other ways.  Author: Francesca Hughes Category: SELF Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Self-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/self
05:60
May 11, 2021
Navigating Mixedness in Modern Britain Today: An Interview with Natalie Morris, Author of Mixed/Other
In Mixed/Other: Explorations of Multiraciality in Modern Britain (out now), Mancunian writer and Metro columnist Natalie Morris explores the multifaceted experience of mixed-race people in the UK. Examining identity, dating, family life, beauty, culture, and more through a plethora of people across the UK, Mixed/Other shines a light on what it means to be mixed race today. Author: The Spill Category: ARTS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Arts-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/arts
09:55
May 6, 2021
My Coming Out: A Chat with Jo Maenzanise
This is the fourth instalment of My Coming Out, a monthly interview series sharing the unique stories of people all over the world, who came out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, or questioning. This month we chat with Jo Maenzanise (they/them), a trans non-binary lover of coffee, comedy, and pitbulls' smiles. They are “their ancestors' wildly queer kid”. Author: The Spill Category: SELF Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Self-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/self
12:04
May 4, 2021
Tears in a Suitcase (and Refuse Bags): How Two Women Got Away From a Silent Heist
"No tyres screeching, no blaring of sirens and no panicked shoppers scattering across aisles," said News24 South Africa of the Mall of Africa silent heist in 2019 - one that saw its prime suspect vanish into thin air. When I hear of bank robberies and heists, my thoughts immediately shift to armed bandits, masked and ready to shoot any person between them and the money they are after. But a few people are now changing how I am viewing heists - at least, real world heists. And one of them is a woman from my own country, Zambia.  Author: Fiske Nyirongo Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Culture-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/culture
05:29
April 30, 2021
Five Artists from Marginalised Communities to Follow in 2021
Art galleries and museums around the world may have seen sporadic opening hours and all too many cancellations in the past year, but behind the scenes and away from white gallery interiors, the world of arts has been working hard to adapt. From inherent issues of neoliberal capitalism laid bare by the pandemic, to the movements addressing the Global North’s systemic racism that has permeated popular discourse, art makers are at the forefront of these developments.  Author: Sandy Yu Category: ARTS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Arts-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/arts
05:27
April 27, 2021
How Distance Brought Me Closer to the Cuisine of My Disappearing Minority
On many mornings in my new home in upstate New York, my partner and I wrestle over a bowl of semolina pudding, which my family in India would call ravo. We eat the sweet, milky concoction for breakfast, even though it tastes very much like dessert. Back home, it’s more birthday breakfast than a morning meal, but my partner is new to ravo and wants it as often as he wants nankhatai biscuits - the melt-in-the-mouth shortbread flavored with cardamom - which is often. #ParsiZoroastrians Author: Rhea Dhanbhoora Category: SELF Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.  For more Self-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/self
06:29
April 23, 2021
The UK’s In-Work Poverty Shows That Wage Stagnation Is a Racial Issue
It’s an issue that’s come to the fore in the face of the coronavirus crisis: almost 700,000 more people* in the UK have been driven into poverty over the last year, including 120,000 children. Images of tuna in moneybags, quartered peppers and a thumb’s length of wizened carrot took social media by force just months ago, exposing the government’s failure to adequately provide free school meals for many of those eligible children. Author: Sumaiya Ahmed Category: POLITICS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Politics-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/politics
05:58
April 20, 2021
Racism Among Immigrants Is Real, and It’s Our Generation’s Job to End It
Being born and raised in London, I have always been in a multicultural environment. However, being surrounded by people of different ethnicities and backgrounds doesn’t always bring the feeling of familiarity and acceptance we often think it does, when there is a deeply unsettling racism beneath the surface. I have seen first-hand people from different ethnicities, especially immigrants, be pretty racist towards each other, sometimes even towards their own people – something I have noticed amongst my own Pakistani and Bangladeshi peers. But where does this even stem from? Author: Sumaiya Ahmed Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Life-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/life
08:08
April 12, 2021
Charities Were on the Frontline for Vulnerable Families Disproportionately Hit by the Pandemic
In February 2021, right in the middle of our third national lockdown, we sat down for a virtual chat with Saiqa Pandor, family liaison manager at Home-Start Camden & Islington, for an honest chat about the vulnerability of so many families in the UK, and what their reality looks like. Home-Start is a local community charity of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. As of 2020, Home-Start has supported 56,000 children in 27,000 families, in communities across the UK. The charity has been working in Camden since 1995, and expanded into Islington in 2018, providing support to parents of children under the age of five who are struggling. The Camden & Islington branch works with around 170 families in the two boroughs every year. Author: The Spill Category: POLITICS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read. For more Politics-related stories, head to https://www.thespillmag.com/politics
15:54
March 29, 2021
Islamophobia Is Much More Than Just a ‘Phobia’
The most common reaction I tend to get when talking about Islamophobia with people is: ‘it’s not really racism though, is it?’ Even after everything Muslim people have been through in the last couple of decades, from overt discrimination and harmful stereotypes to physical and terrorist attacks, Islamophobia still is a widely misunderstood form of prejudice and racism. And this misunderstood belief that Islamophobia is somehow a lesser force than other forms of racism - or even that it isn’t real - may come from the term itself. Author: Shahed Ezaydi Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
06:22
March 19, 2021
Are Ethnicity Filters on Dating Apps Problematic, or Necessary?
For those who have gone through the slightly painful task of filling in their likes and dislikes, choosing photos with the perfect lighting, and getting ready to be scrutinised with one flick of the thumb, creating a dating profile is a memorable process. But one particular aspect that has sparked sustained controversy is the ‘ethnicity filter’, where people can both place their ethnicity on their profile and filter out ethnicities in their matches.  Author: Asyia Iftikhar Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
06:57
March 16, 2021
South Asian Representation Isn’t Perfect, but It’s Complex and Debate Worthy, and That Matters
The last few months have been a flurry of binge-worthy TV dropping on streaming services, and surprisingly, two of the biggest hits included South Asian shows. While shows like Indian Matchmaking and Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives got all of us talking, a few other comparatively quieter ones have added complexity to the mix. The truth is, people around me within the South Asian community practically jump at any sort of representation because it’s been lacking for so long. If you ask me, we’ve gotten sick of being the punchline, the single story, the brown character that is there both for comedy and pity. Author: Anmol Irfan Category: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
05:24
March 11, 2021
Anti-Asian Racism Is On the Rise - And It’s Not Just a US Problem
In case you haven’t noticed, attacks on people of Chinese heritage - or even appearance - have escalated to new heights over the last year. And it’s absolutely no coincidence that the violence against East and South East Asian (ESEA) communities has increased over the course of the pandemic, given the racist rhetoric peddled by world leaders and right-wing groups about the origins of Covid-19. After all, impeached president (and notorious xenophobe) Donald Trump did call the coronavirus the “Chinese virus” and “kung flu” at every chance he got, and words have consequences. Author: Kate Ng Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
07:53
March 4, 2021
What Are We Actually Doing About Women Political Prisoners?
We all know this: women have long stood and fought for the rights and freedom of others. Perhaps because they didn’t have the choice, too. And this is exactly how many countries have established women’s rights to vote, their rights in healthcare, and their right to work. Women’s political activism is something most of us probably take for granted today, especially in the West. But there are women who are still standing up and fighting for their rights in many parts of the world, and just because we don’t hear about it doesn’t make it any less true. These women are held captives for speaking out publicly on issues around human rights, or against their repressive governments, and a new generation of women activists are also at risk of becoming political enemies and prisoners of their state. Author: The Spill Category: POLITICS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
08:53
February 1, 2021
Why Does the Internet Want to Bash Bridgerton So Bad?
Very much akin to Cressida Cowper, 2021 seems to be on a mission not to be outdone. From bringing in its first week with sedition and white hypocrisy to stripping its narcissist leader all the way back to the good ole days of pen and paper, it seems that anyone who is not a fascist has a front-row seat to the best scandal since… well, Scandal. For those of us who haven’t been glued to the news, a bit of escapism has arrived in the perfectly wrapped package of Bridgerton, Shonda Rhimes’ latest production of intrigue, drama, and of course, romance. Author: K. Alexandra Mills Ctegory: CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
05:45
January 18, 2021
New Year's Resolutions Don’t Suck as Much as You Think. Please Let Me Hope
Every year, as I feel the end approaching, a specific kind of panic sets in. The faint remnants of the year gone come to me in a flash  -  the good, the bad, and the ugly. The things I wanted to do but couldn't, and the things I shouldn't have done but did. And each December, I promise myself: “The next year will be different.  I will do better this time around.”  Author: Sakshi Udavant Category: LIFE Listen to the full story read by Gemma Harvey, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
04:38
January 11, 2021
What Is Net Zero, and Can We Actually Get There?
If you’ve ever followed what is going on in the environmental news, you may have heard a lot about ‘Net Zero’ last year. Short for ‘Net Zero emissions’, Net Zero supports the idea of reaching a balance between the greenhouse gas emissions we produce and the greenhouse gas emissions that are taken out of the atmosphere. Several institutions are currently fighting to raise awareness about the necessity to reach Net Zero, including the House of Commons in the UK, which approved a draft legislation for a UK Net Zero by 2050, following the CCC (Committee on Climate Change)’s recommendation. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has been clear all through 2020: we have no choice left but to limit global warming to below 1.5°C if we want to avoid the catastrophic repercussions of the climate crisis. Author: The Spill Category: ENVIRONMENT Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
05:14
January 1, 2021
What It’s Really Been Like to Date in 2020
I had my first date with my current partner just weeks before the lockdown started. As is the case with many queer couples in India, we met on a dating app. We had both just moved to the city we are now in, unaware we would be told to stay home soon after. Before we knew it, the pandemic would make this city our default home. Oblivious to what the future had in store for us when we first met, we spent a grand total of a month quickly and surely falling behind the usual — and what now seems extraordinary — rituals of dating.  Author: Sohel Sarkar Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
07:54
January 1, 2021
An Open Letter from our Founders
The Spill was born in a very interesting year, and it feels like we have seen it all. A health crisis named Covid-19 spread out globally, the Black Lives Matter movement took a major turn, Australia declared a state of emergency amid large bushfires, terrorist attacks hit France again, the Uighur community in China remains persecuted, major explosions killed and injured thousands in the port of Beirut (Lebanon), US. President Donald Trump carried on with his modern dictatorship, a civil conflict continues in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The list is long and this is just the tip of the Iceberg. 2020 happened to be mostly disastrous, sometimes reflective, often nerve-wracking, and somehow a very inspired year for our two co-founders Jennifer Hakim and Chourouk Gorrab. Author: The Spill Category: ABOUT, CULTURE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
08:21
January 1, 2021
Is Sustainable Fashion the Future in Pakistan?
Fashion may be part of our everyday lives, but not everyone realises the impact it will have on the world we leave behind. With current trends evolving at the pace they are today, the fashion industry will make up for a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050. But despite conversations around sustainability and hard-hitting statistics like these, it still seems almost impossible to infiltrate the bubble that fast fashion has created. No matter where you are in the world, one thing remains common - the idea that fashion trends are ever-changing and that you have to be on top of them in order to feel included. Author: Anmol Irfan Category: ENVIRONMENT Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
09:06
January 1, 2021
7 Reasons Why AOC May Make America a Better Place
In 2021, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ve probably heard the name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or the initials ‘AOC’, which is how she is commonly referred to. The Democrat that took US politics by storm in the 2018 midterm election not only was the youngest woman ever to be elected into congress (aged 29) but also, defeated the 10-term incumbent, Joe Crowley. A huge political upset for Crowley, who was once seen as a possible Democratic leader of the House. AOC is the whole package, and the world is watching. Here are 7 reasons why we love her, and why we think she may actually help make America a better place. Author: Shahed Ezaydi Category: POLITICS Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
08:15
January 1, 2021
Hey White People: Here’s How to Deal with Your Racist Relatives
Internal biases exist within all kinds of communities and generations — biases each one of us is responsible for exploring, challenging, and undoing, regardless of where we come from, how we were raised, or what we believe in. But when someone possesses discriminatory thoughts and beliefs toward people of colour and stigmatised faiths such as Islam, action mode must be activated. In fact, we can feel very comfortable labelling this type of special someone as racist, even if they’re a member of our own family. Author: Adrianna Nine Category: LIFE Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
06:42
January 1, 2021
What an 11-Year Age Gap Has Taught Me About Sisterhood
I love my little sister Tonia. She is the best person I know. These days she’s not so little, at the grand age of 22, but that still means I am 50% older than her. There are 11 years between us (I’m 33) but we are super close. Do I wish we were closer in years so we had similar friendship groups and current experiences? No, I don’t think I do, because an 11 year age gap has taught me a lot about sisterhood.  Author: Francesca Baker Category: LIFE Listen to the full story read by Gemma Harvey, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
03:36
January 1, 2021
A Look at the British Museums' Troubling History with Stolen Treasures
The first time I came in contact with Benin bronze sculptures and plaques, I was mystified. As a Nigerian, I was astonished to learn that such a large collection was held in a British museum, in an industry dominated by white people, and generally kept in spaces that don't really welcome those whose culture is displayed.  Author: Emi Eleode Category: ARTS Listen to the full story read by Gemma Harvey, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
06:19
January 1, 2021
Woke-Washing: When Anti-Racism and Sustainability Become a PR Stunt
In the course of the last twelve months, we’ve seen brands go green for climate change, rainbow for Pride, blue for the Sudanese Revolution, and in June 2020, black for Black Lives Matter. Businesses and influencers alike posted a black square on their social media accounts in an effort to raise awareness for the movement, and a sign of support and allyship - whether it was going to be life-long support or completely performative allyship was going to clear only a few weeks later. Author: Bashirat Oladele Listen to the full story, or read it online - also available in Easy Read.
11:06
January 1, 2021
We Are the Invisibly Disabled — We Don’t Have A Box
I'm one of the one billion people worldwide who live with some kind of disability, and the number is growing. Seventy-five percent of these people don't use a wheelchair or obvious aid. We are the invisibly disabled.  Author: LaVonne Roberts Listen to the full story read by Gemma Harvey, or read it online - Also available in Easy Read.
09:24
January 1, 2021