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X Factor’s Ben Haenow gives homecoming performance

X Factor’s Ben Haenow gives homecoming performance

The nation’s favourite Croydon van driver came home last night to give fans a special performance and rally even more support before the X Factor final this weekend. Crowds of at least 600 Ben Haenow fans braved the wind and rain outside Croydon’s Whitgift shopping centre yesterday evening to hear the…

Angela Davis on racism, feminism and Beyoncé

Angela Davis on racism, feminism and Beyoncé

Leading radical academic and feminist Professor Angela Davis, visited Goldsmiths, from which she holds an honorary degree, last week for the renaming of a building in honour of the late Stuart Hall. She talked to Alice Harrold and Olivia Blair.  Angela Davis has had a long journey from a childhood in segregated…

This generation’s Orwell? Owen Jones meets ELL

This generation’s Orwell? Owen Jones meets ELL

Owen Jones admits that he never intended to be a writer. Yet since he graduated from Oxford in 2005, he has produced two books, “Chavs” and “The Establishment”, that to some has made him the spokesperson of Generation Y. And for Russell Brand – that other vociferous anti-establishment figure –…

Lives not Knives founder has big plans for the future

Lives not Knives founder has big plans for the future

Last year she was named “Young Star” at The Women of the Future Awards. Since then she has climbed Mount Snowdon, been listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women of 2014 and spent another year developing her widely renowned organisation, Lives Not Knives. At 21 years old, Eliza Rebeiro has…

Lutfur Rahman: residents react to criticised Mayor

Lutfur Rahman: residents react to criticised Mayor

Mayor Lutfur Rahman has come under intense scrutiny after an investigation into Tower Hamlets Council ordered by the local government minister, Eric Pickles, which found fault with its financial management. As the Government sends in commissioners to oversee grant-giving, property deals and electoral administration, Eastlondonlines took to the streets to…

Charlotte George: Green challenge to red stronghold

Charlotte George: Green challenge to red stronghold

In the first of an occasional series of profiles of prospective candidates for local seats in next year’s General Election, Alexandra Rogers meets Charlotte George, the Green Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch. Hackney has been a Labour stronghold for all but four years since the borough…

Can indie documentaries change the world?

Can indie documentaries change the world?

A media forum hosted at Goldsmiths University this week informed students about the importance of documentaries in changing the world and how to get involved in making their own films. The forum, which was chaired by Tony Dowmunt, a senior Lecturer in Communications at Goldsmiths, who was joined by two…

Meet the Trader: Lewisham’s My Jamii

Meet the Trader: Lewisham’s My Jamii

Honor Oak Park has a new café called My Jamii, a not-for-profit social enterprise which trains young people. It is named after the Swahili word for community and it serves as the ethos co-founders Sam Fennell and Zoe Slater are trying to establish locally. Excited about her new project, Slater…

Nick Davies discusses media power at Goldsmiths

Nick Davies discusses media power at Goldsmiths

Investigative journalist Nick Davies has called on the British public to be aware of the power that media moguls have on politicians in the UK in the wake of the Leveson enquiry and the phone hacking scandal. Davies, speaking yesterday at Goldsmiths, said: “The media mogul’s power lies in fear,…

Meet the Trader: Tower Hamlets’ Founder

Meet the Trader: Tower Hamlets’ Founder

With a park on each side and over-looking a canal, Founder is a bright, light, new co-working space in Palmers Road, East London. Waving behind a big glass door stands Samina Raza, 27; she opens the door and gives a warm welcome. A big window is filling out the front…

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