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Person of the Year 'Suits' royal-to-be

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: CNN) Meghan Markle never received the global appreciation she truly deserved. Unless you watched Suits on Netflix, or lived in the United States long enough to fully notice the models on Deal or No Deal, you wouldn't really recognise Ms Markle as a renowned superstar. Meghan's rise to universal fame has been relatively instant. She wasn't the main character in Suits yet she used her then limited fame to inspire other women around the world through World Vision and other massive charities. She was also an on-demand model and consumer ambassador. But all of this was heightened to astronomical levels after she met her English prince, Harry. Soon to be fifth in line to the throne, Prince Harry went through one helluva rollercoaster when it came to his relationships before meeting his California girl. His image - not just in the love department - was anything but royal. During the noughties in particular, he was subject to craz

Learning from Zimbabwean mistakes to maximise EU exit potential

People of Zimbabwe celebrate Mugabe's downfall (Image: The Atlantic) At the moment, there is no country more jubilant than Zimbabwe. That may sound hard to believe, seeing that their people endured decades of living in hell. But last week, Robert Mugabe, their President of 37 years resigned as leader, renewing some hope for the 16 million citizens residing there. Zimbabwe has been through a lot - perhaps that's an understatement. There are so many statistics that support claims of Mugabe's horrifying legacy. Recent statistics show that in Zimbabwe, 70% are living in poverty , the average life expectancy is 60.7, while the average salary is $253 per month. Meanwhile, corruption is rife and years of political propaganda gifted Mugabe power on a finely golden-covered plate when at the same time, his people lost out on vital resources and ultimately, lives. Mugabe was right to go and while I'm not often in support of mass protests to make a political point, I'

The need for proactive solutions in cutting harassment

Hollywood and Westminster signs The press has completed a full cycle in regards to its relationship with well-known personalities. Prior to the phone hacking scandal and the host of claims surrounding evading the privacy of celebrities that came with it during the noughties, it is now those on the receiving ends of abuse who are 'turning themselves in' and exposing the alleged dark truths inside Hollywood and British politics. When Operation Yewtree, and the fallout from it, moved away from the news agenda, many of us hoped that was the end of it. How wrong were we, the unaware public. This autumn has seen the entertainment world rattled after revelations around Harvey Weinstein's unconsented sexual activities, which opened a can of worms nobody dared to imagine. Not just Hollywood, but closer to home - for us British folk - since the expose surrounding Jared O'Mara , Labour's Sheffield Hallam MP, we cannot escape the day without hearing about new cases of

If May goes, so shall Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May have big decisions to make (Image: Daily Express) There has been a lot of talk about Theresa May's future as Prime Minister. Since June's general election, so-called experts have unleashed their inner Mystic Meg and, to this day, are still predicting her political demise. She has so far survived the summer backlash and the bruising conference season. Many today guess May won't last beyond the New Year. At this stage, I beg to differ. It's difficult to say when May does eventually tender her resignation, but one thing is for certain - the Conservative Party is going through a sticky period. It is an organisation associated with an apparent calmness that lures voters with their reportedly sensible policies. They're not used to dealing with internal crises, so all this chaos and rebellion is completely new to them. The issue of Europe has been a catalyst for this, yet, even today, they struggle to agree on domestic policy. Th

British tabloids and patriotism don't mix

Copies of The Sun and Daily Mail (Image: BBC) I have a bone to pick with The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers. Okay, I have a bone to pick with them often. I'd like to think I'm not the only one who face palms when reading some of their bizarre takes on various news stories. Some of the drivel they come up with boggles my mind. Being the overly analytical earthling I am, I have come to a key conclusion as to why - on a personal level - these newspapers annoy me so much. Professionally, their reporters are brilliant and have produced great features for people and organisations I represent. But editorially, I've observed how unashamedly unpatriotic both titles truly are. A comment like that may be sneered at by the bosses of the papers I mentioned. They pride themselves to be 'the voice of the people' - and they may be right, to an extent. Both titles are the top two when it comes to daily readership. The Daily Mail website (known as Mail Online to most

24-hour news: necessary or abused?

How many opinions do you need for a live story at once? (Image: CNN) When first launched, the introduction to 24-hours news was received with open arms. The thought of being brought constantly up-to-date with current affairs sounded revolutionary. No longer would news enthusiasts wholly rely on reading newspapers every morning. The 24-hour news broadcast phenomenon is now a distant memory. It is the norm. Social media ensured that by constantly keeping journalists and producers on their toes. As a journalism graduate, and having been in the PR industry for nearly five years, I've followed this digital transformation unfold and witnessed how reporters developed their tactics to accommodate the drastically changing media landscape. Largely, they should be admired. To proactively seek ways to improve your game while keeping up with the times is a tough ask. This tough ask for reporters requires a healthy balance, however. In 2017, this equates to identifying the differen

Islam can survive the current backlash

Muslims descend to Mecca for Eid al-Adha (Image: The Telegraph) I woke up yesterday morning disappointed in The Times newspaper. I don't often act this way towards a publication which I've proudly subscribed to for nearly five years. However, splashed on their Bank Holiday front cover read 'Christian child forced into Muslim foster care'. While any child forced into doing something they don't want is disturbing to say the least, I thought for them to explicitly include religion was a cheap shot. The story itself was an investigative piece. It describes a five year old girl's six month foster journey, living with a family which their second language is English. The family happened to also follow the Islamic faith and obeyed the rules the religion apparently follows. The girl was reportedly banned from eating a bacon carbonara, had a cross necklace removed and was encouraged to learn Arabic. The local authority, in Tower Hamlets in east London, refused to

Time for Diana to finally rest in peace

Princess Diana on her wedding day, 1981 (Image: Royal Fans) Death is tragic. Losing someone close can be painful beyond comprehension. In an ideal situation, following the funeral and memorial, you'd expect - and hope - that the individual who has passed to rest in peace. When I say 'rest in peace', I mean the person is laid to rest, be remembered and reminisced every now and then - without any need to gossip or speculate constantly about their past. Sadly, more often than not, this isn't the case. This 31st August marks exactly 20 years since the sudden departure of Diana, Princess of Wales and it seems as if anything is being done to build her public profile. Diana's death in 1997 shocked the world. Many adults who I talk to knew exactly where they were when they discovered her passing. Even as a six-year-old, I have some vivid memories of news broadcasts about it. Reading about how the news was reported during my time as a journalism student in my late te

Let's not bash BBC like we have EU

BBC Broadcasting House, Central London (Image: BBC) When growing up, I was often advised never to ask these two questions: How old are you, and how much do you get a year? I'm not sure if anyone were raised this way too, but you wouldn't have thought so judging by the mass' latest attempt to discredit the BBC. Before I go on, I want to say that I'm massively pro-BBC. Their entertainment value, their unbiased news coverage, their globally respected content, their fantastic presenters and their impressive diverse reflection on national and international society. I can't doubt the Corporation and believe it deserves its proud 'British Institution' status. The BBC isn't perfect, but which large organisation doesn't have baggage? Indeed, there are certain avenues which require reforming, but I'll explain where I feel these need to take place later. But recent weeks has seen the BBC witness to seriously damaging backlash. It's arguably th

Jezza still has a long way to go...

Corbyn a day after the 8th June 2017 general election Jeremy Corbyn has exceeded many people's expectations. He wrote off every commentator who predicted a dramatic defeat for the Labour Party he led in the general election last month. Since then, his fame has risen beyond his wildest dreams with praise aimed at his positive campaigning and the empathetic handling of the recent attack in Manchester and the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. And who can forget his performance at Glastonbury, worthy of a Grammy nomination? Because of all this, Labour now leads the Conservatives in some polls, should there be an election right now. That said, I feel Corbyn-fever must be contained. 'Our Jezza' has a long way to go to convince the majority of the public that he is the right man to lead a government and the country. It is really difficult to clearly view his chances of walking into 10 Downing Street with a mandate simply because of the current Prime Minister, Theresa May'

Safety first to prevent another Grenfell

Grenfell Tower after blaze (Image: BBC) For those reading from abroad and unfamiliar with the UK's housing policy, the country is enduring a 'crisis'. To be honest, this has been branded about by media commentators, politicians and property experts for decades. Those living abroad may have been oblivious to this in the past, they were surely given a taster to the problem UK's housing industry is facing after the events surrounding Grenfell Tower. On Wednesday 14th June, Grenfell Tower, located in north Kensington, west London became the central focus in the global news agenda after the block of apartments was set ablaze. It happened very early in the day - shortly before 1am, when many of the residents were asleep. But the time between the fires starting on the fourth floor to its spread to the top of the building was too quick for people to react and escape. This tragedy, as I write this, hasn't a final death toll but regardless of its number, it's b