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Nubiart Diary - Killing Afrikans

By Kubara Zamani | Mon 26 September 2011

‘A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON THE AFRIKAN WORLD’


KILLING AFRIKANS
“You can sign every human rights declaration in the world but if you stand by and watch people being slaughtered in their own country when you could act what are those signatures really worth?” – David Cameron, PM, Britain. Speech to UN General Assembly, New York, 22 Sep, 2011.

The US Supreme Court failed to halt the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia for the alleged killing of a police officer in 1989 even though seven of the nine witnesses have withdrawn their statements and another person has confessed to the killing. No gun was found and no DNA evidence conclusively linked Davis to the murder. US President Barack Obama didn’t think the case was worth intervening over while the Georgia police still claim they had the right man – or else just don’t care which Afrikans they kill. So much for the land of the free.

The British state responded to the police murder of Mark Duggan by criminalising thousands of youths who protested over a four day period. While the police responded by killing three people in a week by tasers and pepper spray, including another Afrikan. Britain’s finest export, indeed.

The French state faces the approaching 50th anniversary of Oct 17, 1961 when the CRS police murdered 200 north Afrikans and their supporters by throwing them into the Seine in Paris when they protested against French racism and the colonial war in Algeria. There are regularly uprisings in France in October partly as a legacy of this massacre which is commemorated in a plaque at Point-Saint-Michel and in the film, ‘Oct 17, 1961 (Nuit Noire)’. Liberte, Egalite, Fraternity!!!

It is no wonder the Libyan National Transitional Council - with its own history of murdering, lynching, mutilating, brutalising, robbing and raping Afrikans - finds the governments of the US, Britain and France as close bedfellows. The NTC’s contempt for Afrikans has meant that they have very little support in the Afrikan countries whose citizens they have terrorised and traumatised. Yet this has barely been raised by their cheerleaders in NATO, the IMF or the UN who have rushed to recognise the NTC and provided them with access to billions in oil revenues and funds withheld from Col Gaddafi’s government. Most of the western media were running a 360-degree PR campaign on behalf of the NTC with all notions of objectivity gone out the window. Reports of the murders of Afrikans by the NTC and their allies were coming out from late February yet most media only covered it in late August after the fall of Tripoli.


THE GENIUS OF JUNIOR GONG
‘JUST AINT THE SAME’
Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley

Intro:
Uhooee / Selah / Hey, check it

Verse 1:
Things just ain’t the same fi ‘gangstas’ / Most of di don dem deh inna handcuffs1 / And most of di youth dem a all turn dancers / Policeman will shoot you and leave you unconscious. / Garrisons been losing sponsor / Cah most politician flake out like dandruff / Now court indictment a spread like cancers / And even the baby a tun inna monster. / Road hot! Kingfish2 still want answers / Rolling up in unmark Kingfish and Lancias / Rat patrol increase due to circumstances / This year mi hear di man dem nah keep Champions.3

Hook:
Things just ain’t the same fi ‘gangstas’ / Don’t trust even your close companions / Mi hear di armagideon deep like canyons

Chorus:
Some of the criminals at large / Are criminal weh large / Ah rob di country blind and di corruption camouflage / And if the streets could eva talk / What’s really going on / Whole heap a people would be wanted / Some of the criminals at large / Are criminal weh large / Ah rob di country blind and di corruption camouflage / And if the streets could eva talk / What’s really going on / Whole heap a people would be wanted.

Verse 2:
Check it! / Things just ain’t the same fi hustlers / Informers and busters living amongst us / Now every man face deh pon posters / Cyan trust people who are the closest. / Hey squaddy you’ve been losing focus - / To protect and serve - cah you more provoke us / You lock off the dance when you should support us / Reggae entrepreneur dancehall promoters. / Things happen for the strangest reasons / Most of the artist cyan get visas / And now time tuffa dan a tambrind season / Dem nah reap nuh corn and di fowl waan feeding.

Hook:
Things just ain’t the same fi ‘gangstas’ / Don’t trust even your close companions / Mi hear di armagideon deep like canyons

Chorus:
Some of the criminals at large / Are criminal weh large / Ah rob di country blind and di corruption camouflage / And if the streets could eva talk / What’s really going on / Whole heap a people would be wanted / Some of the criminals at large / Are criminal weh large / Ah rob di country blind and di corruption camouflage / And if the streets could eva talk / What’s really going on / Whole heap a people would be wanted.

Verse 3:
Check it, hey! / The whole country a strap you blame us / Now that the violence get outrageous / For minimum wages some young teenagers / Carry12 gauges and waan be famous. / Don’t do a politician favours4 / They come in all size, colour, shapes and flavours / And dem introduce the violent behaviours / And push come to shove even dem can’t save us. / What’s di outcome of all these capers? / Dem sell more pages and more newspapers / You read dem and burn dem dem turn to vapours / Meanwhile di youths dem locked in cages.

Hook:
Things just ain’t the same fi ‘gangstas’ / Don’t trust even your close companions / Mi hear di armagideon deep like canyons

Chorus:
Some of the criminals at large / Are criminal weh large / Ah rob di country blind and di corruption camouflage / And if the streets could eva talk / What’s really going on / Whole heap a people would be wanted / Some of the criminals at large / Are criminal weh large / Ah rob di country blind and di corruption camouflage / And if the streets could eva talk / What’s really going on / Whole heap a people would be wanted.

Notes
1. The song was recorded in late 2010 after the arrest of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke in Jamaica. During the police and army hunt for Dudus 73 people were killed and hundreds injured in shoot-outs in Kingston’s Tivoli Gardens and adjoining garrison constituencies. Dudus was extradited to the US on drugs and weapons-smuggling charges. Meanwhile, the political paymasters who armed his followers in order to guarantee political and economic control of the area escape long prison sentences by claiming immunity, calling in favours or paying-off tax and prosecution authorities. Despite being about Jamaica the lyrics could apply to the escapades of politicians, judiciary, bankers and media in most nation-states.

2. Operation Kingfish: an ongoing Jamaican police and army operation against organised crime and major drug traffickers in which politicians, businesspeople and law enforcement officers were implicated. Several ‘notorious suspects’ have been shot dead after ‘initiating’ shoot-outs even though they did not initially have a gun and no gunshot residue is found on their hands or clothes!!!

3. ‘Champions In Action’ was a major annual reggae festival organised by Dudus’ Presidential Click organisation.

4. Cf. Junior Gong’s father Bob Marley’s couplet from ‘Revolution’: ‘Never make a politician grant you a favour / They will always want to control you forever’.


FORTHCOMING NUBIART PROFILES
NUBIART: Focus on arts, business, education, health, political developments and the media.


SEP PROMO

~ FATALIMA (REMIND ME) - Samba Sene and Diwani [Creative Scotland - Out Now] We caught this band led by the Senegalese Samba Sene during their residency at last month’s Edinburgh Fringe. The ten tracks are a mix of mbalax, Afrobeat and reggae with a conscious message. Being a member of the Baye Fall the album kicks off with ‘Yonambi’, in praise of Cheikh Amadou Bamba for his courage during the seven years he spent in exile. ‘Mayla’ is a tribute to Afrikan women and all the attributes they show as they go about their daily endeavours while ‘Yaye Anna’ is a tribute to the ancestors. ‘Warouna’ is about the way friendship can be torn apart by selfishness. ‘Thiaroye’ tells the story of the Afrikan soldiers murdered by the French army at the end of the Second Imperialist War at Camp Thiaroye in Senegal. This is a very powerful album and Samba Sene and Diwani are a dynamic band live.


~ ‘ROCK THE TABLA – Hossam Ramzy [ARC Music – Out Now] Egyptian percussionist and producer Hossam Ramzy invited some of his favourite musicians from around the world to join him including Billy Cobham, A R Rahman, Manu Katche and Omar Faruk Tekbilek. There is a diversity of styles with a heavy emphasis on percussion but stand-out tracks include the Taarab-style ‘Cairo to India’ which has a bonus remix on the CD. Panamanian master drummer Billy Cobham puts in sterling performances on ‘Six Teens’, which is inspired by the ancient Egyptian Aksaq rhythm, and the jazz funk groove of ‘Billy Dancing’, where the belly dancing rhythm (Saidi) is mixed with El Tessaawy. Nahini Doumbia, the Malian percussionist, features on a musical call-and-response, ‘Dom & Doumbi’. Hossam Ramzy has brought all his decades of experience to bear on this album and there is always a new texture or emphasis to discover with every listen.


NUBIART LIBRARY – SEP MEDIA
We will only review books we have read and DVDs we have seen and that are available at reasonable prices online or in shops or libraries. However, given the nature and current state of Afrikan publishing and production there may be books and films on this list that are worth the extra effort to track down.


~ ‘SERVANTS OF THE UNDERGROUND’ - David Ssembajjo [Troubador Publications. ISBN: 978-1-84876-580-1] The Ugandan author’s third novel after ‘The Stolen Gift’ and ‘A Journey to Maleba’. In a bid to take a stand against the brutal dictator, Bamutu, Kalamachi opens up Café Royale, which becomes the site of revolutionary speeches, a place of trade, a rendezvous point for lovers, a place to settle conflicts, and where discussions to topple Bamutu are made. When the dictator realises that his rule is under threat, he orders his troops to end all political opposition against him. A love tussle ensues between Bamutu and Kalamachi, who are both in love with Malita. Bamutu forces her into a relationship with him but she is in love with Kalamachi – who tries to evade the watchmen and troops to gain access to her. Will the people who gather in Cafe Royale be able to unravel the myth of Bamutu’s rule. Ssembajjo is inspired by the magical realism of authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and this is reflected throughout the novel.


~ ‘JAILHOUSE LAWYERS: PRISONERS DEFENDING PRISONERS V THE USA’ - Mumia Abu Jamal [Crossroads Books. ISBN: 978-0-9544372-9-9] Mumia Abu-Jamal’s sixth book from death row in the US where he was sent after being framed for the death of a policeman who was beating his brother. Here he looks at the role of prisoners who litigate against their jailers, risking punishment or even death to win justice for themselves and other prisoners. The book is full of ground-breaking legislation that prisoners can use to overturn their cases and exercise their rights to association, education and the return of lost remission. While most of the cases relate to the US penal system there are certain universal principles highlighted that make this book essential reading for prisoners, their families and supporters. The foreword is by Angela Davis and introduction by Selma James. NB: This book will be delivered free by the publishers to all those currently experiencing incarceration.


NUBIART DIARY
~ NATIONAL AFRIKAN PEOPLE’S PARLIAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE & DOWNING STREET DEMO. A protest letter to the Prime Minister will be delivered at 10 Downing Street re: the unlawful killing of Mark Duggan, the uprisings and the reactionary state assault on our community. On Thurs 29 Sep at 10am-12pm: Press Conference at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach, London, N15. At 2-4pm: Demo at 10 Downing Street, London, SW1. Tel: 020 8539 2154. Mob: 07908 814 152. E-mail: info@afrikanpeoplesparliament.org Web: http://www.afrikanpeoplesparliament.org [CANCELLED - TO BE RESHEDULED]

~ 400 YEARS OF BLACK BRITISH CIVIL RIGHTS The bias in schools gives the impression that racism and civil rights was an American issue and totally ignores the struggles Afrikans in Britain endured. Schools often spend two weeks studying Rosa Parks and US segregation in the1950’s but know nothing of the ban on Afrikans working in London’s Oxford Street and living in certain areas in the 1960’s. This interactive presentation will provide the names and achievements of Afrikan people that fought against British racism over the last 400 years. Topics include: Ottobah Cuguano, Robert Wedderburn, Phyllis Wheatley, Mary Prince, Learie Constantine, Mavis Best, Dame Jocelyn Barrow, virginity testing at Heathrow, deaths in custody, Saturday schools and much more using the BFI Mediatheque film resources to show extraordinary scenes of Afrikan society since 1906. On Thurs 29 Sept at 6.30-9.15pm in The Blue Room, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, SE1. Adm: Free. Web: www.bfi.org.uk

~ ‘I HAVE A DREAM’ (PLAY). August 1963, USA: Martin Luther King prepares to deliver a speech that will change the course of American history forever. But Yolanda, his daughter, isn’t happy that her dad never has time for her. 48 years later, and Raheem is at home in south London. Life seems so unfair: not only is his mum a teacher at his school, she is now applying for the job of head; this is sure to ruin his reputation! But when Raheem falls asleep, he finds himself transported back to the 60s, face to face with Yolanda King. Their friendship takes them on a journey of discovery across decades and continents in this powerful and inspiring production written by Levi David Addai. Until 29 Oct at 6pm at Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, London, SW19 1SB. Tel: 020 8543 4888. On Fri 30 Sept only ‘400 Years of Black British Civil Rights (Short version)’. Adm: £12 / £8. Entry to talk: Free. Web: www.polkatheatre.com

~ BLACK HISTORY WALKS in Trafalgar Square on 9 & 10 Oct. E-mail: info@blackhistorywalks

~ ‘THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK’. Dir: Menelik Shabazz. Dur: 96 mins. Lovers Rock, often dubbed ‘romantic reggae’ is a uniquely Afrikan British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance at parties and clubs. It developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands. These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history. For venues across Britain check: http://www.loversrockthefilm.com

~ BURNING AN ILLUSION: GALA 30TH ANNIVERSARY AND AWARDS CEREMONY. Menelik Shabazz’s pioneering first feature was shot around the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove communities and has remained a landmark in British cinema. A film about transformation and identity, it is also a love story that traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher’s London, and the first British film to give a central voice to a black woman, charting her journey to emotional maturity, emancipation and political awakening. We celebrate 30 years of a film that is no less relevant today. We will welcome special guests from the original cast, Menelik Shabbaz will take questions and there will be a special presentation from Screen Nation to mark his outstanding career. On Sat 1 Oct at 2-5pm at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, SE1. Adm: £6.50. Web: www.bfi.org.uk

~ BLACK HISTORY LIVE. A non stop weekend of Afrikan history with an amazing line up: Levi Roots; Dwayne Fields (Jamaican who walked to the North Pole); London Community Gospel Choir; Robert King (Black Panther unfairly jailed for 29 years); the Imafidon family (passed A levels at 8 years old); Tunde Jegede on ‘How to Play the Kora’; Sheldon Thomas from Gangsline; Church Boyz and the history of the Black Church; Tales from the West Indian Front Room; Diabetes Management; History of the Afro; Media training with OHtV; How to become a DJ with Playvybyz; Canton Jones; Faithchild; Rachel Kerr and much more. On Sat 1–Sun 2 Oct at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS. Adm: £6 / Free (U-14s). Tel: 0844 980 8001. Web: www.wembleystadium.com

~ ‘SLAVE - A QUESTION OF FREEDOM’. In the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan in the 1990s life was still a good fire around which stories were told, until the men on horseback came. They burnt villages, murdered, raped and abducted the children to be sold into slavery. Mende Nazer was one of those children. She was sold to a slave trader and eventually shipped to Khartoum along with other children and re-sold to a vicious Arab woman who treated her like a dog, feeding her the family’s leftovers which were collected and scraped into a bowl placed on the floor. Until 1 Oct at 7.30pm & 2.30pm. Q&A’s with the cast and director following matinee shows on 28, 29 Sept. At Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL. Adm: £18 / £15 (concs). Tel: 020 8237 1111. Web: www.riversidestudios.co.uk

~ TIATA DELIGHTS 2011. Produced by Tiata Fahodzi, a festival of Afrikan plays from a wealth of emerging and established writers. Featuring a double-bill from Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler, writing and directing from Tiata Fahodzi’s Artistic Director Lucian Msamati, plays from writers with roots across Africa, and experience Tiata Tamba Tamba, Tiata Fahodzi’s new devised and improvised theatre group. On 26 Sep-8 Oct at The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, London, WC2E 8JT.
Adm: £10 / £5 (concs). Box Office: 020 7478 0100. Web: www.tiatafahodzi.com

~ ‘THIN BLACK LINE(S): THE LEGACY OF BLACK WOMEN ARTISTS’


Put together by Tate curator Paul Goodwin and artist Lubaina Himid, MBE, ‘Thin Black Line(s)’ presents a selection of pieces drawn from three major exhibitions of Afrikan and Asian women artists curated by Himid in the early 1980s: ‘Five Black Women’ at the Africa Centre (1983); ‘Black Women Time Now’ at the Battersea Arts Centre (1983-84); and ‘The Thin Black Line’ at the Institute for Contemporary Art (1985). The display includes works by Sutapa Biswas, Sonia Boyce, Lubaina Himid, Claudette Johnson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan and Maud Sulter. Drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs are showcased alongside a video documentary on the ‘Black Art’ scene and archival documents comprising of exhibition posters, invitations, letters, etc. In Britain, the Caribbean Artists Movement (1966-72) and the Black Art (1980s) have enabled Afrikan artists and intellectuals to retain ownership of the discourse on their arts and cultures. Until 18 Mar 2012 at Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG. Adm: Free. Tel: 020 7887 8888.

~ SANDBLAST RUN THE SAHARA 2012 LAUNCH To raise funds for Studio-Live and connect British people directly to the Saharawi refugees through their participation in the long distance races held in the camps in SW Algeria. The screening of award-winning film ‘El Problema’ (www.elproblema.net) will precede the launch at 3pm and feature a panel discussion with film director Pablo Vidal and a young Saharawi human rights activist. The launch proper begins at 5pm with readings of Saharawi poetry and short stories by poet and playwright Inua Ellams, followed by a sneak viewing of an excerpt from the long- awaited documentary, ‘The Runner’, by Saeed Taji Farouky, about the life of world-class athlete Saharawi Salah Ameidan. Former participants in Run the Sahara will share their stories and give people a chance to find out more about the experience. Special invited guests are Ken Loach (Sandblast patron), Paco Peña, Rageh Omaar, Zeinab Badawi and Inua Ellams. On 1 Oct at 3-6.30pm at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London, W6 9RL. E-mail: team@sandblast-arts.org

- STUDIO-LIVE LAUNCH In partnership with Fairtunes. An exciting music empowerment project to enable Saharawi artists in the refugee camps to develop professionally and reach international audiences through music. The launch coincides with the digital release of Tiris’s debut album ‘Sandtracks’ by Believe Digital. The evening will feature several bands and DJ Rita Ray and Movimientos DJ Cal Jader and some special guests. On 6 Oct at Darbucka, 182 St John Street, London, EC1V 4JZ. Tel: 020 7490 8295. E-mail: team@sandblast-arts.org

~ AUTOGRAPH PRESENT ‘THE BLACK CHRONICLES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY IAN BERRY, WAYNE MILLER, GEORGE RODGER & CHRIS STEELE-PERKINS’ ‘The Black Chronicles’ brings together the work of four different Magnum photographers. Until 21 Oct at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA. For more info contact: Emma Boyd, Tel: 020 7749 1266. Fax: 020 7739 8748. Mob: 07734 682 239. E-mail: emma@autograph-abp.co.uk Web: www.autograph-abp.co.uk/

~ BLACK HISTORY STUDIES & PCS PRESENT ‘Hidden Colors: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor & African Descent’. Dir: Tariq Nasheed. Dur: 109 mins. A documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. This film discusses some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history features scholars, historians, and social commentators who uncovered such amazing facts about things such as: the original image of Christ; the true story about the Moors; the original people of Asia; the great West Afrikan empires; the presence of Afrikans in America before Columbus; and the real reason enslavement in the America was ended. Features interview appearances by Shahrazad Ali, Sabir Bey, Dr Booker T Coleman, Umar Johnson, Tariq Nasheed, Dr Phil Valentine and Dr Frances Cress Welsing. There will be a fundraising raffle to raise money towards future projects by Black History Studies. On Mon 10 Oct at 6.45-9.30pm at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 2LN. Adm: £4. Tel / Fax: 0208 881 0660. Mobile: 07951 234 233. E-mail: info@blackhistorystudies.com Web: http://www.blackhistorystudies.com

~ BLACK HISTORY STUDIES, LONDON BOROUGH OF WALTHAM FOREST & PCS film screenings to celebrate Black History Month.

- ‘VISIBLY INVISIBLE’. Dir: Kurt Orderson. Dur: 57 mins. Afrika’s history can be marked by the term ‘transitional’ since its borders were historically transgressed by insatiable colonisers out of Europe and the Americas and also by the forced movement of Afrikans out of the continent through slavery. ‘Visibly / Invisible’ looks at this term that is so implicit to Afrika’s identity by focussing on Afrika’s presence in Norway through the African History Week festival that has taken place every year since 2004. This festival brings together artists from Afrika and the Diaspora to acknowledge their history and the resultant positioning of Afrikans living inside and out of Afrika today, using art and culture to facilitate healing amongst the many dislocated individuals and families. This festival aims to acknowledge the complex configurations of Afrikans living in the Diaspora brought about by a history of slavery, by ancestors brought to build the great cities of the so-called West and by Afrikans displaced by war, famine and political unrest, all pointing an unwavering finger at colonisation and the brutal legacy that has spawned this strife. On Wed 12 Oct at 7-9pm at the PCS Learning Centre (Victoria), 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH. Adm: £4

- ‘MOTHERLAND: A STORY OF A CONTINENT AND ITS PEOPLE’. Dir: Owen ‘Alik Shahadah. Prod: M.K. Asante, Jr. Dur: 120 mins. ‘Motherland (Enat Hager)’ is a bold, epic journey through Afrika with a authentic African voice. Fusing history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues, Motherland sweeps across Africa to tell a new story of a dynamic continent. From the glory and majesty of Africa’s past through its complex and present history. ‘Motherland’ looks unflinchingly toward a positive Pan-African future. With breathtaking cinematography and a fluid soundtrack sculpted by Sona Jobarteh, ‘Motherland is a beautiful illustration of global African diversity and unity. The film features some of the greatest minds from Afrika and the Diaspora; Harry Belafonte, Meles Zenawi, Gamal Nkrumah, Tony Browder, Haki R Madhubuti, Frances Cress Welsing, Tsedenia Gebremarkos, Hakim Quick, Jacob Zuma, Didymus Mutasa, Dr.Kwadwo Osei-Nyame, Jeff Radebe, Molefi Asante, Maulana Karenga, Kimani Nehusi, Desta Meghoo, Hakim Adi, Esther Stanford, Mohammad Ibn Chambas and Mulugeta Asrate. On Fri 14 Oct at 6-9pm at the Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone, London, E1 1HG. Adm; £4.

- ‘IDA B.WELLS: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE’. Dur: 53 mins. Though virtually forgotten today, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a household name in Black America during much of her lifetime (1863-1931) and was considered the equal of her well-known African American contemporaries such as Booker T Washington and W E B Du Bois. ‘Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice’ documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison reads selections from Wells’ memoirs and other writings in this winner of more than 20 film festival awards. On Mon 17 Oct at 7-9pm at the Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 4RT. Adm: £4.

Tel / Fax: 0208 881 0660. Mobile: 07951 234 233. E-mail: info@blackhistorystudies.com Web: http://www.blackhistorystudies.com

~ PECKHAM SPACE

- Artist Talk, 11 Oct at 7-8:30pm. Artist Sonia Boyce will be in conversation about her work with playwright and critic Bonnie Greer. This talk will address how the artist has explored modern concepts of communities and look at the use of oral history in her Peckham Space commission Network. The discussion will also examine the role of film-making in the development of the artist’s practice.

- Closing Party, 15 Nov at 6-8pm. Last chance to see ‘Network’, Sonia Boyce’s specially commissioned film which explores how forms of social communication such as mobile phones and social networking sites have become the most popular ways for youths to maintain relationships with friends and family.

Exhibition runs until 19 Nov at 11am-5pm (Tues-Fri) and 11am-4pm (Sat) at Peckham Space, 89 Peckham High Street, London, SE15 5RS. Tel: 020 7358 9645. E-mail: info@peckhamspace.com

~ WORD POWER BLACK LITERATURE FESTIVAL & BOOK FAIR 2011. On 14-21 Oct at 10am-9pm at Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High St, London, E8 2NS. Tel: 020 7254 9632. E-mail: eamevor@centerprisetrust.org.uk Web: www.centerprisetrust.org.uk

~ THE POMEDY SHOW with Yasus Afari, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Ping Wing. David Neita, Dr Lez Henry, Naomi Francis, Ras Ichey and Spicy Fingers. Web: www.pomedy.com

- On Fri 14 Oct at 8pm at The Broadway Theatre, Catford, London, SE6 4RU. Tel: 020 8690 0002. Web: www.thebroadwaytheatre.co.uk

- On Fri 21 Oct at 7.30pm at The Drum, Potters Bar, Birmingham, B6 4UU. Tel: 0121 333 2444. Web: www.the-drum.org.uk

~ FELA KUTI BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE. Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra + DJ Koichi Sakai (Afrobeat Vibration). Annual event to celebrate the originator of Afrobeat led by Fela’s Egypt 80 keyboardist and the musical director of award winning musical ‘Fela’, Dele Sosimi. On Sat 15 Oct at 7-11pm at The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1. Adm: £17.50 adv / £22 OTD Web: www.venues.meanfiddler.com/jazz-cafe

~ BLACK MYTH VERSUS HISTORY. Join documentary film maker, educator and academic theologian, Dr. Robert Beckford, and a panel including Bonnie Greer to discuss two and a half decades of Black British identity. Organised in collaboration with Talawa Theatre Company. On Sat 15 Oct at 3-4pm at Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. Adm: £8 / £4.

~ BTWSC BHM 2011 EVENTS‏. NARM (Naming And Role Model) consultant Kwaku will deliver an interactive presentation on Afrikan British Civil Rights highlighting activists from the NARM book

- A Focus On Dr Harold Moody. Dr Harold Moody of the League Of Coloured Peoples lived and worked in Southwark. There will also be an edutainment performance that speaks to the topic by Music4Causes rapper Kimba, followed by a discussion on the life and work of Dr Moody. On Sun 16 Oct at 1.30-4pm at Dulwich Library, 386 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8NB. Adm: Free.

- CLR James Discussion. Tribute to socio-political activist CLR James. There will be poetry by Ngoma Bishop, and Music4Causes rapper Kimba will perform a rap that speaks to the topic plus an ode to CLR. The event will end with a discussion with audience and special guests on CLR’s work. Signed copies of ‘African Voices: Quotations By People Of African Descent’ will be on sale with a £1 discount. Presented by BTWSC in with the Centerprise Trust. On Wed 19 Oct at 6.30-9pm at Centerprise Bookshop, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS. Adm: £5. Tel: 020 7254 9632. Web: www.centerprisetrust.org.uk

E-mail: info@btwsc.com Web: www.btwsc.com/BHM_Projects / www.btwsc.com/NARM.

~ REEL TRINI fortnightly screenings. The new rendezvous for local film aficionados on Sundays at 5pm at Trevor’s Edge in St Augustine, Trinidad. Tel: 744-4956. E-mail: caribbeinginc@gmail.com

Afrikan Quest


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Kubara Zamani, Afrikan Quest International, PO Box 35165, London, SE5 8WU. Tel: 07811 494 969. E-mail: afrikanquest@hotmail.com Web: www.southwark.tv/quest/aqhome.asp


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The NTC’s contempt for Afrikans has meant that they have very little support in the Afrikan countries whose citizens they have terrorised and traumatised. Yet this has barely been raised by their cheerleaders in NATO, the IMF or the UN


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