Oscars 2019: Black Panther winners make Academy Awards history

Ruth Carter

Two Black Panther crew members made Oscar history by becoming the first black winners in their categories.

Ruth Carter scooped the costume design trophy, and Hannah Beachler shared the production design prize with Jay Hart.

“This has been a long time coming,” Carter said in her speech. “Marvel may have created the first black superhero but through costume design we turned him into an African king.”

Fellow Oscar winner Halle Berry was one of the first to congratulate her.  More

Pop music’s growing gender gap revealed in the collaboration age

Left-right: Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Drake, George Ezra, Keala Settle, Jess Glynne, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande

Three times as many male as female pop stars appeared on last year’s biggest hit singles, BBC research has found.

Ninety-one men or all-male groups were credited on the Official Chart Company’s top 100 most popular songs of 2018 – compared with 30 female acts.

And despite the success of singers like Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande, the gender gap has grown over the past decade.

Thirteen of the most popular 100 songs of 2018 were credited only to female acts – down from 35 in 2008.

Singer Mabel, who is currently in the top 10, said she wasn’t surprised by the gender gap, telling BBC News: “No, I think we still have a lot of work to do.”  More

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day, Thursday 7 March

This year there are events at all our campuses promoting ‘self-care’ and how the university can support you with this. We encourage all students and staff to take a look to see what’s on, and come along on the day and get involved.

There are a wide range of talks, workshops, information stands, #ActiveGRE sporting activities, experiences and treatments and more.

The majority of activities are taking place between 12-5pm, but some events take place either side of this, from early morning to evening – from A spectacular Springtime Dawn Chorus at Avery Hill to an evening Zumba class at Medway.

Some events require booking in advance, these include a STAART Holistic Wellbeing workshop, Mindfulness workshops, Positive Psychology workshops, a Sleep workshop and a Tai Chi workshop.

You’ll also be able to find out more about The Resilience Enhancement Programme for Students from Dr Oliver Robinson, whose department here at Greenwich has been developing a programme to support and boost resilience in students (booking required).

Find events at:

Or see all of the events for the day taking place across all campuses.

Altrincham FC: Non-league team tackles homophobia in rainbow kit

Josh Hancock

Non-league Altrincham showed their support for football’s fight against homophobia by wearing a kit based on the LGBT rainbow flag.

The National League North side – who normally play in red and white stripes – say they are the first club to wear a shirt inspired by the flag’s colours.

Director Bill Waterson said the move was “a big statement” and “a small moment of football history”.

Saturday’s home match against Bradford (Park Avenue) ended in a 1-1 draw.  More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – February 2019

February is LGBT History Month and with that in mind we have chosen Nicola Adams as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

 Nicola is a British professional boxer. She fought (and won) her first bout at the age of 13, but it was four years before she found a second opponent.  In 2001, she became the first woman boxer ever to represent England, in 2003, she became English amateur champion for the first time, and she retained the title at the next 3 championships.

She was the first English female to win a medal in a major tournament taking silver in the bantamweight division at the European Championships, she also won silver at the World Championships in 2008 and in 2010 this time at flyweight.

However Nicola struggled to continue her boxing career due to lack of funds. She worked as an acting extra on soap operas such as Coronation StreetEmmerdale, and EastEnders, and worked as a builder before the International Olympic Committee backed funding for women’s boxing in 2009.

In November 2010, she was victorious in the first ever GB Amateur Boxing Championship and in 2011, she won Gold at the European Union Amateur Boxing Championships. In July 2011, the BBC included her in a feature on “6 Promising Britons to watch in the Olympics”.

At the 2012 Olympics Nicola claimed the first Olympic women’s boxing gold medal, she defended her title at Rio 2016 and became the first British boxer to defend an Olympic title in 92 years.

In 2017 she turned professional, having signed with promoter Frank Warren, winning her first professional fight.

In 2012, she became the first female boxer to receive an award from the Boxing Writers’ Club of Great Britain when she was awarded the Joe Bromley Award for outstanding services to boxing. She was also the first woman ever to be invited to the club’s awards ceremony.

In 2013 she was awarded an MBE and in 2017 an OBE 2017 for services to boxing.

In 2016 Nicola was named Number One in the DIVA Power List of the UK’s most eminent lesbian and bisexual women.  She is openly bisexual, and was named the most influential LGBT person in Britain by The Independent in 2012.

She also became the first openly LGBT person to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal, after her win at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

To find out more about LGBT History Month see here https://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

To find out more about Nicola see here https://nicola-adams.com/