Stephanie Phillips

Stephanie Phillips is a London-based freelance journalist and content writer, specialising in music, race and feminism.

Pre-order new collection of music essays Under My Thumb

I wrote an essay for the upcoming book Under My Thumb: Songs that Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them edited by Rhian E. Jones and Eli Davies. Under My Thumb … Continue reading

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Growing Up As An Alternative Black Girl

Did anyone really want to be popular as a teenager? I mean it would have been nice to experience life with perfect hair, teeth and skin, a natural disposition to … Continue reading

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The Bands Taking British Punk Back to Its Multicultural Roots

It’s a sunny Friday in June, and I’m struggling to make my way across a heaving room in Peckham’s DIY Space for London. I’m shoulder-to-shoulder with a bustling throng of … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Rihanna’s new man means so much to us

It’s a tired and outdated myth that women don’t look out for each other. The most negative assumptions of female behaviour would have you believe that we get jealous of … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Myth, the supernatural and black female storytelling in three 1990s classics

Asked who the greatest storytellers in the world are, I’d be tempted to point in the direction of black women. Why? Well we’re full of stories, passed down to us … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

10 great documentaries about iconic musicians

Lead singer in Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna was the central figure in riot grrrl, a feminist punk movement born in the US in the … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Beyoncé vs Daughters of the Dust: How an American indie classic inspired Lemonade

When director Julie Dash created the groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust (1991), a multigenerational tale of black women from the Gullah sea islands struggling to hold on to their culture, … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why A Punk Fest Celebrating People Of Colour Is Needed In 2017

As I write this the first ever UK punk festival created by and for people of colour looms on the horizon; Decolonise Fest is nearly here. Organised solely on the … Continue reading

June 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Is Britain ready for a mixed-race princess?

This really isn’t a question we should need to ask in 2017, is it? We shouldn’t get the feeling this could go either way, but as most of us know … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson? Clearly it matters if you’re black or white

When I first heard Joseph Fiennes, aka the nice looking lad from Shakespeare in Love, was going to be playing Michael Jackson, aka the most iconic black singer of all … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Tuts: The Girl Gang Everyone Wants to Be In

Since it became an institution of sorts, punk has become synonymous with grouchy coolness. Don’t wear the wrong uniform. Don’t say the wrong thing. Don’t like the wrong bands. The … Continue reading

January 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

In conversation with Trash Kit’s Rachel Aggs

Very few people have made such an impact on DIY punk music as guitarist and singer Rachel Aggs. She came to most people’s attention in 2009 as part of punk … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · Leave a comment