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Support for Stephen

On Monday I went down to the Home Office to join a demonstration organised by a Newham student - Naomi Tomlinson – to stop...

This is What We Really, REALLY Want!

The first image of The Spice Girls to make it into the public domain since their 2012 Olympics reunion, has the band’s fans speculating...

S.O.S No. 5: Sex-Working In A Brothel

“When my clients are on drugs, I make more money…” Ellie came to London from Brazil on a tourist visa 18 months ago (her name...

Cloverfield’s Surprise Sequel

In 2008, Matt Reeves and J. J. Abrams released the successful but relatively self-contained Cloverfield. Its intimate perspective and self-restraint in showing the “Clover...

S.O.S No 4: Strip Dancing

“Outside of work I am a very ‘normal’ person. I see my friends, go to the gym and watch conspiracy documentaries. I don’t think...
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Monetisation and Moderation

Last month, I wrote about YouTube’s disastrous year. In 2017 the platform struggled under the weight of controversies involving their biggest producers, advertisers pulling...

2018: Year Of The Vegan?

Is 2018 set to be The Year of the Vegan? In January there was #Veganuary, a charitable campaign to encourage non-vegans to move towards a...

Inside Charles Jeffrey’s Come Up

Filling the North Greenwich gallery space with avant-garde shapes and primary colours, the artist and fashion designer, Charles Jeffrey, has created an absurd reality...
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Black Panther: the Movie and the Movement

It's almost here, the first Marvel film with a predominantly black cast. The UK release of Black Panther is on February 12th. The official trailer -...

Gaga for Gaga

I was lucky enough to see Lady Gaga in Birmingham just before she was forced to cancel the rest of her current tour because...

S.O.S. No 3: The Pro-Dominatrix

"Unfortunately there are many naive subs who've read Fifty Shades of Shit and dream of a hunky billionaire to rescue them. That book has...
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The Big Q: 15 Minutes with MP Stephen Timms

This week's longer edition of The Big Q is with long-standing Labour MP Stephen Timms. A little over a year after Stephen Timms MP spoke...

Films and Gaming: Where Will the Tide Take Them?

If 2017 was a year of hard truths, 2018 will be a year of healing. The entertainment industry might have taken a knock, but...

Ofsted Backs Anti-Hijab Head

Ofsted chief, Amanda Spielman, has given her backing to St Stephen's Primary School in East Ham following its unsuccessful bid to ban the hihab...

Fashion ‘East’ as in Shoreditch

  Red Mermaid What inspired this look today? This is a new shirt I bought yesterday and I only really wear one colour. Red is my colour...

Friends Reignited

          Of all the early American sitcoms, Friends is possibly the best remembered. Launched in September 1994, it aired for ten seasons until May 2004....

Save The Montague Arms!

One of the most beloved music venues south of the river has shut its doors, and people are not happy. The Montague Arms at 289...

Simply Elizabeth

Elizabeth Olukoya is a third-year fine art student. Working in a multitude of mediums, including papier mache, sculpture and tradition paint, she explained her...

Take Note of Not3s

Hackney born rapper Not3s recently released his long awaited EP, Take Notes. He first became known to the public through his massive breakout track...

Open Letter On Banning The Hijab

As a young Muslim woman I feel that living in the West has allowed me to have a more liberal stance when it comes...

Former Child Drug Slave Faces Deportation

“I’m absolutely gutted for him and scared that we will lose,” said Naomi Tomlinson soon after we met. We were sitting in the University of East...

S.O.S No. 2: Selling Used Underwear Online

“There are tons of competition! Other sites, other models, other personalities, other content. I always felt that in general, we help each other.” YourMissMetal (or...

Labour activist Jennifer James suspended from party over “transphobic” campaign

Amid the row to prevent transgender women from being selected as candidates on all-female shortlists, a Labour activist has now been suspended. Jennifer James recently...

Let’s Make Music

Imagine speed dating but with a twist, where instead of getting a date you get the opportunity to make music instead. Well this is what...

Sir Robin Wales to face possible challenge following success of Newham ‘Trigger Democracy’ campaign

Newham Labour Party members have won the right to vote on whether Sir Robin Wales will automatically be selected as the Labour candidate for...

Depicting The Destruction Of Robin Hood

Recently I paid a visit to E14’s dear-old, diminishing friend – the Robin Hood Gardens estate – with my trusty Nikon in-hand. What once...

What To Expect From The Grammys

The Grammys are here again. This Sunday anyone who is anyone in the music industry will be suiting up and heading to New York...
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Amazing Grace … and Frankie

A Netflix fan favourite returned to small screens all over the world last Friday. But could Season 4 of Grace and Frankie delight audiences with...

Old Blue’s Hot New?

Hello 2018 is a series of gigs at Shoreditch’s Old Blue Last, curated by DIY magazine to showcase the new names to watch. Though the...

Primary School Reverses Hijab Ban

St Stephen's, a primary school in Newham, has withdrawn plans to ban the hijab for under eights. A petition against the school's directive attracted 19,000 signatures. The...

When Sorry Doesn’t Cut It

WYCON cosmetics has come under fire for calling one of their black nail polishes ‘Thick as a N***a’. Thousands took to social media, outraged...

Veganuary – is it for you?

With 'Veganuary' in full swing, our reporter Jasmine Mcrae jumped on the bandwagon to find out what the fuss is all about. I’m feeling apprehensive...

Newham Revealed as Acid Attack Hotspot

It has recently come to light that Newham is a hotspot for acid attacks in which the perpetrators seek to maim their victims by...

My Mini Skirt Is Not An Invitation

As a woman, when I look at my wardrobe in the morning, I ask myself one question: do I want attention today? Next question:...

S.O.S No. 1: Webcam Girls

"I am very proud of my work. No criticism would shake me because I am doing what I want with my life and my...

Surely Some Mistake?

H&M is being condemned all over the internet for dressing up a black kid in a hoodie with the words “coolest monkey in the...

Homelessness: An Open Letter

Dear World, Homelessness is the clearest indication that as a society we have failed. Yet for some reason we regularly reinforce the idea that homeless...

When Fashion Goes Green (With Envy)

Jealousy in fashion takes different forms. There’s the healthy competitiveness that supermodels have for each other, which fuels them to be better on the...

School Bans Hijab For Under 8s

St Stephen’s, a primary school in East Ham, has reportedly banned girls under the age of eight from wearing the hijab, and has furthermore...
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All Women are Women

Featuring Sklyar Pridgeon, our video this week looks at what it's like to be a trans woman in the UK today. Aside from the...

Why Councillor Gray Resigned from Newham’s Fire Safety Committee

Councillor John Gray has resigned from Newham Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee regarding Fire Safety in Tower Blocks, citing its closed meetings which exclude...

Top 5 Weird Beauty Trends of 2017

Every year brings with it a host of strange, new beauty trends; and 2017 was no exception. So, let’s look back at five trends...

Have Yourself A Merry Scandi-Christmas?

First the Norwegian: Aurora Krogh This year’s South Bank Christmas extravaganza takes on a Scandinavian theme, complete with a Finnish sauna, Swedish cuisine, Gløgg and...
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Tis The Season To Be Made Up

Tips for top make-up: how to do it and how not do overdo it by Rising East's resident expert.

Dressing Up For Christmas

https://vimeo.com/246886425 If you haven't already caught the Christmas spirit, browse through our festive lookbook to get some seasonal ideas of what to wear. There's something for...

2017’s Album Of The Year – Take 1

As I've established, 2017 was a great year for games. But it was also an amazing year for music. I've kept a running list...

Christmas Ploys

As it's the biggest shopping period of the year, parents are eager to splash their cash on their little munchkins to ensure they have...

2017’s Album Of The Year – Take 2

Alexandra Savior – Belladonna of Sadness Elegant and venerable but with razor sharp teeth, Alexandra Savior’s almost cinematic debut puts her impressive songwriting...

YouTube Down The Tubes?

"PewDiePie ruined YouTube" was one of this year's viral online judgements. It was a flawed perspective, but nevertheless spread to every corner of social...

When Does Christmas Start For You?

It's the age-old seasonal debate: Those who say things like, "I can't believe your tree is up already!"; or "You can't listen to that yet!";...

At The Top Of Her Gaming

As a female gamer, I’m used to hearing the usual ridicule and slander guys seem to throw at me whenever I say, “Hey I’m...

Have Yourself A BDSM Christmas

Most people will spend this festive season hanging baubles and eating mince pies. However, for the BDSM community, this time of year entails a...

Glitter Coffee ‘Cos It’s Christmas

It’s that time of year again. Christmas drinks have taken over: from gingerbread lattes to orange hot chocolate. How could you get more festive...
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Who Needs ‘Activated Charcoal’?

Does it clean your pores and cleanse the skin as we've been told? Or is 'activated charcoal' just a sales gimmick for old, cold...

The Christmas Coffee Crisis

We all remember what we think of Christmas themed sandwiches, right? Over the last five years, consumers have been spoilt for choice across all...

Plastic Forgery?

Men and women want plastic surgery for all sorts of reasons. A few want to look like their favourite celebrity. Many think a part...

Win For The Grammys, If Not For The White Male

Award show nominations are often in the limelight for their lack of diversity; generally they have been dominated by the white men. Despite its...

Challenge To Sir Robin Comes Closer To Court

Two Newham Labour Party dissenters have been campaigning to raise enough money to take the national Labour Party to court over the way in...

2017’s Games of the Year

As 2017 comes to the end, I am left reflecting on how solid a year it was; for game releases, console launches and platform...

Sisters Are Partly To Blame? No Way!

Dame Angela Lansbury has recently said that women should take some of the blame for being harassed.  She told the Radio Times on Tuesday...

Fire Safety In New Builds And Old

The Mayor's London Plan, published for consultation on Wednesday 29 November, introduces a requirement for every new housing development to reach the “highest level” of...

I Went To A BDSM Munch

And it wasn’t as scary as you’d think. Although 50 Shades of Grey has shone a little light on the BDSM community, much of it...

Boundary Changes: Last Chance to Have Your Say

Constituents will have until 11 December 2017 to comment on government plans to revise the constituency boundaries for parliamentary seats in East London and...

Colu Of Your Money

Colu is a new payment wallet application which has launched in Israel, Liverpool and now East London. The app offers customers the chance to...

How History Influenced Breath of the Wild

https://vimeo.com/244046027 The Kingdom of Hyrule in Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a vast, fantastical world of mythical creatures, and the...

Fairy Tale Wedding?

The plot of half of Disney’s movies has been made manifest. Party prince meets nice all-American girl, and settles down with her—all we can...

Attacked On Trans Remembrance Day

Monday 20th November was Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), a day to memorialize those who have been murdered or hurt as a result of transphobia. Ironically, Yousef Hussain, a...

Homeless At Bottom, Cocktails On Top

A Christian charity has hosted a street party for the homeless directly beneath Stratford’s upmarket rooftop bar. The Stratford Centre is a shopping mall during...

The Queen Of Bazaar

I am not one to keep up with current fashion, and many popular trends confuse me. But I am an avid fan of effortless...

Hey Charlie Debut in Dalston

London-based female rock band Hey, Charlie! performed their first ever headline gig at the tightly-packed, lowly-lit backroom of Dalston’s Shacklewell Arms last week Thursday...

The Great Pink/Blue Debate

It is no secret that in this generation the colour blue is mostly associated with males and the colour pink is generally associated with...

Saving To Survive

Every university student will have to sit down and work out how to budget, so you may as well start early. The most crucial...

Arrest At Ailsa House

On Thursday 9 November at around 4.30pm police were called to make an arrest at Ailsa House on the University of East London Docklands...

TFHell At Custom House

Earlier this week I made my way down to the shops on Freemasons Road adjacent to Custom House DLR station, to check on the...
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Balenciaga: Spanish Couture Master

The Victoria & Albert Museum offers visitors the chance to dive into Balenciaga's world.... and we're taking you with us! Have a look at his incredible...

The Abusive Underbelly of Third Wave Emo

The last week has been a rollercoaster. Twitter and Facebook were flooded by a tide of accusations of misogyny and sexual harassment made against...

SNOBCON’s Not Snobbish

On 28th October 2017, the first Snobcon event was held at New Mount Street, Stratford. The streetwear convention ran from 11.30am - 17.30pm. Snobcon is...

Cannabis: how high are the risks?

Statistics from the Home Office Crime Survey for England and Wales (2015/2016) suggest that drug use is decreasing but the use of cannabis is...
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#MozTheMonster: Has Gondry Made a Hash of it?

Another year has almost passed but although we are barely at the beginning of the festive season, a barrage of Christmas adverts has begun. Moz...

The Next Punk Incarnation: Starcrawler

Off stage, Starcrawler beara remarkable resemblance to any stereotypical teen gang of cult-classics like Freaks And Geeks or Dazed And Confused. Their charming awkwardness...
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News Feast No2

  https://vimeo.com/241519778 Welcome back to ‘News Feast from Rising East’ – your news catch up featuring headlines from East London and beyond, surprise guests, and a few...

Cost Of Making A Case Against Sir Robin

Two Labour party members in Newham are taking a stand against the party's national executive, claiming that the existing Newham Mayor, Sir Robin Wales,...

T-Charge: what’s that all about?

The T-Charge has now been rolled out across London's existing congestion charge zone. Drivers of most cars made prior to 2006 (cars that don’t...

Fantasy For Real

Over the weekend, I attended the October MCM London Comic Con, the twelfth time the convention has been held. It’s always exciting to see...

Stranger Things Get Even Stranger

This review contains light spoilers for the first three episodes... I’ll say it: Season 2 of Stranger Things starts out weak. The first episode was...

Body Negative?

As a young woman who spends a large amount of time contemplating what beauty is and how I fit into the concept, when I...

Ninja Theory Talk Games and Mental Health

This year's indie hit Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is two things: a fantastical odyssey into the depths of hell and an exploration of loss, trauma and psychosis....

All Really Points East!

The organisers behind the world famous Coachella are launching a new festival in London’s Victoria Park in May 2018. Opening with a three-day festival headlined...

Cutting Edge Comes Too Easily

Just a few short weeks before the fatal stabbing of 31-year-old Titu Miah in Plashet Road, two “male teens” were seen shoplifting a saw...

Something To Get Animated About!

https://vimeo.com/240645901 Animafest is a world-famous animated film festival which takes place each summer in Zagreb, Croatia. The second oldest animation festival in the world, it...

More Than Just a Blade Runner-Up

Producing a  Blade Runner sequel that lived up to the original could have ended up as a Sisyphean task. The original is exalted as...
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News Feast No 1

Welcome to the first 'News Feast from Rising East' - your Monday news catch up featuring headlines from East London and beyond; guests; and a...

The Wizard of OOZ?

Dealing with the everyday complications that living seems to come with is hard enough for the average Joe, without the addition of depression. And...
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Forget the D’ challenge, raps teacher: ‘What you would do for that A?’

A female teacher has taken an online phenomenon where people rap about what (often pathetic and desperate) things they will do for sex and turned...

Revisiting Blade Runner

With Blade Runner 2049 out now and under a new director, Rising East decided to get two reviewers to watch the original and review...
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More Than Sexploitation

The Jack the Ripper Museum in Cable Street, East London, was opened on August 2015. Its opening sparked controversy – the planning application had referred...

Wharf-Life: ‘A Customer Threw A Chocolate Bar At Me!’

Canary Wharf is a true feast for the eyes. Skyscrapers as far as the eye can see; shopping malls with only the top brands....

Buying The Youth Vote?

Conservative prime minister Theresa May has pledged not to raise university tuition fees from the current £9,250 a year, and promises to review the...

Hackney Wonderland In Photos

Now in its fourth year, Hackney Wonderland recently took over three Hackney venues to showcase great new acts alongside more well-known names. Running from...

Dove Beauty Whitewash?

Beauty company Dove recently released an advert for body wash that some say is racist. In it a black woman removes her shirt to reveal...

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