Stephanie Phillips

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

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

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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

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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

Black outlook: why the marginalised need sci-fi more than ever

The world changes, but our need to take a break from it doesn’t. From H.G. Wells’s scientific fantasies to the popularity of the Marvel franchise and The Hunger Games, sci-fi … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

In conversation with Mangoseed

My parents always used to say that there’s no song that wouldn’t sound better as a reggae song. Now that could have been their overwhelming sense of Jamaican importance (we … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

How much are black ideas worth?

In the past, if the average person wanted to know what was going on around the world, what the latest trends were or take in the thoughts of their generations … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fried chicken and swimming really aren’t pressing issues for Black British youth

The BBC is an institution close to many people’s hearts. Known for its programmes about working your fingers to the bone baking a Victoria sponge in what must be an … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Twenty Years or More From Stardom

I want to play a game. Close your eyes, relax your mind and trust me. There’s a star onstage. A rebellious star, a captivating star, a rock star. When your … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · Leave a comment