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Writer, Activist Examines Parallels of Modern Black Britain to Contemporary African-american Experience

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Lola Adesioye

Lola Adesioye also discusses media and dissemination of news with students at Ramapo College

MAHWAH, NJ — Lola Adesioye, a prominent British writer, commentator and activist, examined the experience of people of African descent in the United Kingdom with the African-American experience in the United States when she spoke at Ramapo College on February 3.

In her talk entitled, “Modern Black Britain and its Parallels with the Contemporary Obama-Era African-American Experience,” Adesioye discussed notions of race, the shifting socio-political landscape and interactions with law enforcement and the justice system. She also engaged in a lively discussion with students about the media, its perspectives, interpretation and dissemination of news in the U.K. and the U.S. during a session earlier in the day.

“The way the news is covered in America, for the most part, is very different than in other parts of the world,” said Adesioye, who has worked for several news organizations in England and in the United States. “Lack of diversity, for instance, in who gets to decide what is important as news can often lead to slanted views. There is a lot of sensationalism in American news whereas it’s much less so in other places.”

Adesioye earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social and political science from Cambridge University and has always had an interest in African-American culture. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she grew up in London and currently resides in New York City.

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