Is modern masculinity in crisis? As part of a series for the Guardian, I am speaking to men across the country about the issues that are affecting men and boys in today's society. From the rise of Jordan Peterson to the lack of role models for young men, the series seeks to raise new voices in the discussion around men and the issues that they face in 2019.
I wrote a feature for the Guardian Weekend Magazine from one of the episodes which you can read here.
You can watch the first episode here.
On 3 June, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted, killing at least 113 people and leaving 332 missing. Thousands of victims have been displaced and are still living in temporary shelters. Questions are being asked about what the government's disaster prevention agency is doing to help victims. I went to find out how people were coping, and what lessons need to be learned from the disaster.
Adama Traoré died in police custody last year. His family’s struggle for justice has put police brutality back under the spotlight in France, and his older sister Assa is leading the battle to find out the truth about his death. Iman Amrani looks at how this story paved the way for the recent riots in France, following the alleged rape of a young man called Theo by a police officer. Watch the English version along with the written article here. Watch the French version here.
Brussels has been in a high state of tension since the 22 March terrorist attacks. As far-right groups protest at the memorial in Place de la Bourse, the neighbourhood of Molenbeek has become notorious as the place where several terrorists have been recruited. I met young people in Europe’s capital to talk about life after the terrorist attacks.
Watch the video here.
Following the November attacks in Paris Francois Hollande announced a state of emergency which lead to over 2,000 raids and searches being performed in the space of two weeks. I went to speak to French Muslims affected by the security crackdown, including political commentator Yasser Louati, rapper Médine and children from the suburbs who lost their teacher in the Bataclan massacre.
View the full video here.
Iman Amrani visits France’s second biggest city to meet the inhabitants of two housing estates with opposing cultural and political identities. Disillusioned voters have turned to the far left and the far right for answers in the most divisive election in a generation. Rising resentment towards the political class has resulted in non-traditional candidates dominating the election. With the faultlines in French society revealed, how should such a divided country be represented?
Watch video here
John Connors won best actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards recently for his role in Cardboard Gangsters. His speech addressed a number of issues including discrimination against Travellers, suicide and how creativity saved his life and has been watched over 1 million times on Facebook alone. He spoke with me about class, his journey into acting and what he plans to do next.
Inua Ellams was nominated for the Writers’ Guild award in 2017 for best play for Barber Shop Chronicles, which is currently on at the National Theatre. He speaks to the me about black masculinity, his story as an immigrant and how he channels anger into his art. You can watch the video here.
Myron Yarde, a 17-year-old music student and rising grime artist, was stabbed to death near his home in south-east London earlier this month. His death has shocked and devastated his fans and those who were close to him. I went to New Cross to find out how his death affected the community.
Watch the video here.
Coach Kampos came to Europe from Cameroon in the 1990s hoping to become a professional footballer. After an injury put an end to his dream, he turned his efforts to providing training and support to hundreds of young players in challenging situations, including many who have gone on to play in the Premier League. Watch the video here.
Dancers from all over the world compete in the international tour of Juste Debout in the hope that they will get the chance to battle in the preliminary rounds in France and perform at the finals in Paris. This year, for the first time, the judges are all women who have previously won in the four main categories: popping, locking, hip-hop and house.
Watch the video here.
As a fan of hip hop and street culture in general, it was great to be able to cover Quai 54 and speak to people about the hip hop and basketball scenes in Paris. I interviewed the international dance duo Les Twins, who have been the main dancers for Beyoncé on her world tours over the past few years, as well as well-known French rappers, Grader, Joke and Sadek.
You can see the full video here.
In the build-up to the Labour leadership election there were complaints against several newspapers and journalists regarding how they covered Jeremy Corbyn's campaign. I wanted to speak to other young people about why they were supporting him, and how they felt about the media coverage. I went to what was supposed to be quite a small rally in north London, but many more turned out than were expected. Watch the video here.
The English Homeless FA recently held an International Street Football Festival with some of their global partners and Copa90 sent me there to cover it.
The teams get to a do tour of Old Trafford, train at Hotel Football, meet record England cap holder Fara Williams (who has experienced homelessness) and then compete in a Street Football Tournament.
Watch the full video here.
When el Seed finally came to London for the Shubbak Festival, I caught up with him to get to know more about the identity which influences his trademark "Caligraffiti" style.
We went to eat at Tagine in south London and I sourced the music from a local DJ in Algeria called El 3ou who remixes classical north African music with modern beats.
Watch the video here.
After the attack on Charlie Hebdo last year, social media was abuzz with the people tweeting #JeSuisCharlie. I went to Paris to speak to young French Muslims about how they felt about the solidarity protest that was named after the hashtag.
My video can be seen here.
I sat with Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee for an inter-generational discussion about sexual harassment. We talked about how the issue has changed over time, as well as the importance of power and male allies.