‘FEAR OF THE AFRIKAN MAN PART 2’
~ ‘What kind of man would I be / If I’m not allowed to talk about the things I see’ – Charlie Chaplin [the cultural reggae DJ not the film director and comedian]
Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, 30, is accused of passing a gun to Mark Duggan 15 minutes before he was killed by police in Ferry Lane, north London on 4 Aug 2011. Below is a summary of the BBC’s coverage of the first week of evidence given by the prosecution and mainly anonymous members of the Metropolitan Police who were involved in the killing and the subsequent cover-up. Both the minicab and vehicle recovery drivers also gave evidence. It should be noted that this is not the inquest into Mark Duggan’s death which will be held next year – almost two years after his killing - yet the police and prosecutors have not failed to denigrate Mark Duggan in a court where there is no-one to test the veracity of their claims. Mark Duggan’s fingerprints were not found on the gun and no gunshot residue were found on his hands or clothes. Other disputed points include: If Mark Duggan had a gun in his hand how did it manage to be found near his body and also at the same time to have got on the other side of a wall without the officer who claimed to be closest to him seeing the trajectory? Was the gun found on the other side of a wall or in bushes after a ‘search’? Why did some of the officers closest to Mark Duggan not include that they saw he had a gun in their initial statements given that was their reason for opening fire? Why was the minicab Mark Duggan was travelling in recalled after being removed from the scene and placed in a different position? Why were the forensic door seals broken allowing tampering with what was a ‘crime scene’? Did the police bring non-issue firearms to the scene? Did the plain-clothes police in unmarked cars identify themselves as officers to Mark Duggan before opening fire or did they jump out their cars and start firing like gangsters? What are the odds of a bullet going through a body at close range, exiting, and then hitting the only part of a second person which is covered by a radio?
- 18 Sep 2012
Edward Brown, QC, told the court that a handgun found on 4 August on a grass bank in Ferry Lane, Tottenham Hale, north London, had been in Mr Duggan’s possession. Armed police surrounded the cab but as Mr Duggan got out he was seen to have a gun in his hand. Mr Brown claimed the BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun with one bullet in it, was found near the scene of the shooting. Mr Duggan’s fingerprints were found on the shoebox which was recovered from the boot of the minicab, jurors heard.
“Mark Duggan was shot and fatally injured by the police as a result of his possession of that gun and what he was thought to be about to do with it,” Mr Brown said.
- 19 Sep 2012
A police firearms officer who attended the police shooting of Mark Duggan was told not to make a statement for more than three months, a court has heard. Det Con Paul Christianson told Snaresbrook Crown Court he was tasked with securing a grass area where an illegal handgun was found. When asked why he did not provide a statement immediately, he said a supervisor told him not to. Mr Christianson told the court he arrived shortly after Mr Duggan was shot. The gun was found covered in a black sock about 10ft (3m) away from railings near where the 29-year-old was killed.
When asked by Stuart Denney QC, for the defence, why he had not provided a written statement until 9 November, he said a supervisor whose name he could not recall had told himself and two other colleagues at the scene not to do so until required. PC Richard Green, whose job was to make the gun safe, has told the court that simply by looking at the gun, “there was no way of telling whether or not that weapon was in any condition to be fired straight away”. The jury was told by the prosecution on Tuesday that Mr Duggan was holding a gun when he was shot by police.
- 20 Sep 2012
A firearms officer told Snaresbrook Crown Court he saw Mr Duggan holding a weapon before he was shot. Giving evidence in Mr Hutchinson-Foster’s trial, the firearms officer told the court however, that when he went over to Mr Duggan he could not find a gun. Identified only as W70, the officer gave evidence from behind a screen in the court.
The officer recalled his firearms team had received a “state amber” at 18:00 on 4 August, which meant there was enough intelligence to arrest a suspect. Thirteen minutes later, as he waited in an unmarked police car two cars behind Mark Duggan’s cab, the officer said they received a “state red” over the police radio and the order “doors, doors”, to leave the vehicle.
“The side door of the taxi was slid open,” he said, and police officers were repeatedly shouting “armed police” at Mr Duggan. I saw the subject pivot out of the door in a stooped position. His right hand was crossed across his body with the hand inside the left hand side of his jacket towards his waistband, his left hand was holding the lower part of his left lapel. As he pivoted... at the same time he very quickly drew out his right hand from the left hand side of his waistband and he was holding a self-loading pistol or handgun.”
The officer said he heard two shots to his left as Mr Duggan drew his right hand out of his jacket. He said he caught hold of Mr Duggan’s wrists as he fell to his knees and shouted: “Where’s the gun?” but failed to find one and started first aid. When Stuart Denney, QC for the defence, asked him: “Where was the gun?”, W70 replied: “I have no idea”.
The officer also told the court he omitted the fact Mr Duggan was armed from his initial statement after meeting lawyers and Police Federation representatives. When asked if this was a deliberate act, he said: “I don’t know.”
He also denied “seeing any sign of a police officer bringing a non-police gun to the scene”.
- 24 Sep 2012
Police seals on the minicab Mark Duggan was travelling in before he was shot by officers were broken a day later, Snaresbrook Crown Court has been told. Jurors heard a vehicle recovery driver saw a police officer seal the doors but soon after driving it away he was told to return the car to the scene. Another recovery driver said when he later collected the car from north London the seals had been broken.
Nicholas Goldsmith, the driver of a recovery vehicle used by the police to transport the car away from the scene in Ferry Road, told the court he had watched a police officer seal each of the doors on the Toyota minicab. En route to the police pound in Perivale, west London, with the car on his trailer, he received a call telling him to turn around and take the minicab back to Ferry Road. He said he was told to put it about 40ft (12m) from where he collected it, in an area he was told had already been searched. Mr Goldsmith, who had worked for the private recovery contractor CNS Motors for two years, said he was not told the reason for what he described as an “unusual” instruction.
Jurors also heard that in a statement given to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a second recovery vehicle driver, Colin Hodge, said when he picked up the car from the scene later the same day, the seals on the doors were broken. David Cunningham, a police forensic pound officer, told the court the car arrived at the pound in Perivale on 5 August with the door seals broken and he resealed them.
- 25 Sep 2012
The court has already heard that Mr Duggan’s fingerprints were found on the box, and a gun he is alleged to have pulled from his waistband at police was found 10ft (3m) from where he was shot. Giving evidence from behind a screen, a police surveillance officer, identified only as ZZ37, said he had been instructed to travel to Burchall Road in Leyton, where Mr Duggan is alleged to have collected a gun from Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, 15 minutes before he was shot by police.
- 26 Sep 2012
The police officer who shot Mark Duggan in north London has told a court he was “absolutely 100%” sure the 29-year-old was holding a gun. The marksman, identified only as V53, said he could make out the shape of the gun, which he said Mr Duggan was holding in his right hand.
Giving evidence V53 said he was “approximately five metres” away from Mr Duggan when the two shots were fired. Explaining why he “rapidly acquired shoot procedure”, he said: “I saw him hold the gun in his right hand, side-on to his stomach, and begin to move the barrel away from his body. I perceived this to be the beginning of him raising the gun into the aim position, whereby he would shoot at me or one of my colleagues. I had an honest-held belief that Mark Duggan was going to shoot me or one of my colleagues, so I brought my MP5 (gun) up to the shooting position.”
Officers were trained to “shoot to stop” and Mr Duggan was shot after he left the minicab, he added. The Metropolitan Police officer said: “The gun was still in his hand as I fired the round which impacted on his right chest.”
Mr Duggan then made “a flinching movement” which V53 said caused his body to move to the right. He added: “He’s still holding the gun, and the gun is pointing towards my direction. I’m thinking he’s going to shoot me or one of my colleagues so I fire a second round of my MP5. This has hit him on his right bicep. Mark Duggan then fell to the floor. I then closed the suspect down.”
The gun was no longer in his hand and V53 said he heard another armed officer, identified only as W42, say “I’m hit, I’m hit”. V53, who was the only team medic present, said his fellow officer was his “primary concern”. He said: “I knew it was one of my rounds”, adding that the bullet which hit Mr Duggan had “over-penetrated” - gone through the body, before hitting W42. But the bullet did not injure W42 as it hit his radio, the jury heard. V53 then turned his attention to Mr Duggan and gave CPR for 15 minutes until paramedics arrived at the scene. W42 told the court the impact of the bullet hitting the radio “knocked the wind out of me”.
- 27 Sep 2012
The officer, referred to as R31, said he saw the gun in bushes “perhaps the length of a car” from the scene of the shooting in Tottenham, north London. Mr Duggan appeared to be trying to run away from police after the minicab in which he was a passenger was stopped, R31 told the court. The firearms officer said he jumped out of his unmarked police car to try to stop Mr Duggan escaping. This was only “about a second” before another firearms officer shot Mr Duggan, he said.
Giving evidence in the witness box from behind a screen, he said he then went to the aid of one of his colleagues who believed he had been shot. He then moved a police car to create a barrier between the incident and a group of bystanders who he thought were filming the scene on their mobile phones, he said. The policeman described how he then went on to search the area around the minicab.
After climbing over the railings, he searched in some bushes where he saw a black object, he said. R31 told the jury he could not see whether Mr Duggan was holding anything in his hands and he was also unable to see which officer fired the shots as they came from behind him, but he said he saw Mr Duggan’s jacket “ballooning up at the back” as the bullets passed through him.
- 28 Sep 2012
Earlier, a senior investigator with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said he failed to grasp the significance of a shoebox until a week after the shooting. Deputy senior investigator Colin Sparrow said he did not see it until after it had been moved. The prosecution alleges that Mr Duggan’s fingerprints were found on the shoebox which had contained the gun. Mr Sparrow said by the time he found out about the shoebox, the minicab Mr Duggan had been travelling in had been moved to a police car pound and seals on the car had been broken.
Another IPCC investigator has told the court that he discovered the shoebox had been moved within the vehicle, apparently during searches. Mr Sparrow said the minicab had been moved from the scene the day after the shooting and then returned there the same day, before being removed for a final time that night - a process which a recovery driver last week told the court had been “unusual”.
- While we are on the Tottenham issue it is the 27 year anniversary of the police killing of Cynthia Jarrett in her house on Broadwater Farm while they were looking for her son, Floyd. Although no officers were charged over her death the Metropolitan Police are still pursuing Afrikans who they suspect of being involved in the death of PC Keith Blakelock.
- Meanwhile, the Azelle Rodney inquiry is continuing with still no honest answer from the police as to why he was killed with extreme prejudice in north-west London in April 2005.
- We never touched on the Lonmin Marikana miners dispute in South Africa last month. The police killed 42 miners including 34 in a three-minute massacre. The police then blamed the striking miners for the deaths and arrested 270 with a view to charging them all with murder under some apartheid-era joint enterprise legislation that holds protestors and victims responsible for the murderous actions of police. You could literally hear the sound of police commissioners around the world calling their Interior Ministers and demanding similar legislation. Luckily, wiser heads prevailed and the charges have been stayed (and hopefully dropped) while an inquiry is held into police brutality. Funny how the police never say they have too many laws, too many weapons, too many officers or they have killed too many Afrikan people!!! They never get charged with joint enterprise corruption and killings either. Strange isn’t it!!!
‘Carry-Beyond Reflections: An Audiography By Lezlee Lyrix’ [Nu-Beyond Ltd: Learning By Choice! ISBN: 978-0-9554-0942-4]
‘You can call me anything you like, / but don’t call me no blasted stereo type / cos I’m sick and tired, fed up to my back teeth, / of so many of our people causing us grief, / enhancing the belief of so many white people, / that blacks will never be their equal, / just another sequel to a continuing saga, / when I open my mouth they want to hear “yes, massa”, / what a disaster I just can’t believe it, / 1990s and we’re still falling for it, / the same old shegry loud and clear, / it makes me despair like a recurring nightmare.” - ‘Legacy of the Colonial Mind’ (p25)
“because denial is easy, commitment is harder, / it takes a lifetime to become a good father, / who is there 24/7 to see his children living, / as the work of a dad is all about giving, / your time, your love whilst doing your best, / until your children are grown and flown the nest, / that’s when you can rest cos you understood, / you guided your children in the best way you could.” - ‘Being A Father’ (p170).
‘Carry-Beyond Reflections: An Audiography By Lezlee Lyrix’ is an autobiography told through the 60 lyrics Dr Lez Henry has recorded or DJed on sound systems under his Lezlee Lyrix moniker over three decades from his early days on Saxon in south east London. With lyrics in English / Patwa and his South London hybrid the book follows a thematic more than a chronological trajectory that allows Dr Lez to explore the wide range of issues that interest and affect Afrikan men away from the one-dimensional, sterile, stereotypes people project onto ‘the Afrikan man’. The range of his personal inspirations and issues include: Blackness; Parenthood; Femininity, Fatherhood; Media portrayal. Miseducation; Anti-intelligence; Anti-apartheid; Relations with Afrika; Afrikan Economics; Afrikan attitudes to homosexuality; Authenticity, fakeness and ‘Jafaicans’; Dress sense; Steven Lawrence’s murder, other racist attacks and police racism; God and religion; Rasta and white Jesus. Royalty and Monarchy, Big-small island; All-inclusive hotels and private beaches; Fragile egos; Violence in the dance; low recognition for UK DJ’s, Sound clashes and pirate lyrics; Crack cocaine; Child kidnap and abuse; and road rage.
Afrikans are always being told to forget about their history’ yet Dr Lez points out no-one dares to tell the Jews, Europeans, etc, to forget their history. Look at how many books, films and plays there are about the First and Second Imperialist / World Wars. The significant lead-up events – the Battle of Adowa, the genocide of the Herero in Namibia and Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia – were all based in Afrika. There are clear condemnations of the bleachers, “If you dangerously believe that the Creator made you in ‘his’ image, yet you literally cannot reflect that image I would humbly suggest that you will forever be confused.” (p53)
Dr Lez highlights that humans have an ego problem that makes them believe the earth and universe is there for their sole consumption and destruction “I think the sooner we collectively realise the planet does not require human beings for its existence, is the sooner we will stop destroying the source of our continued existence.” (p154)
There is a need for a global perspective on life and as would be expected from one of the pioneers of British DJing his view is encapsulated in his promotion of “Reggae music, which is the truly universal voice for all humanity.” (p144)
Dr Lez agrees with us though that his best lyrics and delivery has to be ‘Time To Make A Change’ which starts, “The future of the black man in the next millennium, is centred on ah education about the African.”
The book adequately counters people who spout cliches such as Afrikan men only have one thing on their mind. With powerful lyrics such as ‘What A Ting’ and ‘African Body White Man Mind’. Being into Afrikan roots and culture doesn’t mean you are always serious and miserable. You can have nuff joke it just has to be conscious as can be seen in ‘Clare and Present Danger!’
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~ ‘Is the Afrikan Man Afraid of Himself?’ [Ed: Thanks to Messenger for the subject.]
~ ‘THE NIGHT WATCHMAN’ - Alexander D Great [Lion Valley Records – Out Now] Alexander D Great’s ‘The Night Watchman’ was released in August to coincide with his defence of the calypso crown.
Most of the album is made up of updated versions of original songs he has recorded since 1985 alongside a few new tracks and ‘Millennium Calypsonian’ which was recorded live at Canterbury Global Picnic in 1999. The album kicks off with ‘Fifty Years (Living Independently)’ which celebrates Trinidad & Tobago’s fiftieth anniversary of independence. Last year’s winning title, ‘Pan Woman On Trial (aka Trials Of A Pan Woman)’, has received a new mix. ‘Haiti’, the winning title of 2010, is still topical more than two years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, a UN-originated cholera outbreak, aid fails to materialise and Haiti is still paying off unjust historical debts. ‘Since Kelso Cochrane Died’ is a tribute to a victim of racist attack who’s murder triggered what became known as the Notting Hill Riots in 1958 but was also the catalyst for the Notting Hill Carnival. ‘Heart Of Africa’ is another powerful political track. The title track ‘The Night Watchman’ rounds off an album full of humour and biting social criticism.
~ ‘VUMANI BO RED LION’ – Africa Entsha [Pollen8 Productions – Out Now] We managed to catch Africa Entsha during their summer residency at London’s South Bank when they joined Sipho Mabuse on stage for a high-octane input into what was already a rousing set. They also performed at the Edinburgh Festival. Africa Entsha update the acapella and gospel singing style with doo-wop, r’n’b and beatbox stylings. The close four-part harmonies indicate a bright future for these South African youths. If you were to invent a new name to describe their style it would probably be Mbube swagger.
NUBIART LIBRARY – OCT 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.
~ ‘CARRY-BEYOND REFLECTIONS: AN AUDIOGRAPHY BY LEZLEE LYRIX’ [Nu-Beyond Ltd: Learning By Choice! ISBN: 978-0-9554-0942-4]
Cynthia Jarrett: 27th Anniversary of her killing by Police
~ PACM PRESENT ASHRA AND MERIRA KWESI LECTURE TOUR. Theme: ‘Reclaiming African Knowledge to Reclaim African Self’
- ‘African Origins of the Bible’ and ‘African Fashion Once Sacred Now Desecrated’. On Mon 1 Oct at 7pm at African Caribbean National Artistic Centre, 31 Hungerhill Rd, St Ann’s Nottingham, NG3 4NB. Adm: £10 / £7. Tel: 0115 969 1364 / 07952 369 112. E-mail: email@example.com
- ‘African Origins of the Bible’ and ‘African Fashion Once Sacred Now Desecrated’. On Wed 3 Oct at 7pm at Leeds West Indian Centre, 10 Laycock Place, Chapeltown, Leeds, LS7 3JA. Adm: £5. Tel: 07974 611 667. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.perankhce.com
- ‘African Builders of Civilization’ and ‘African Fashion Once Sacred Now Desecrated’. On Sat 6 Oct at 7 pm at Soho Community Hall, 48 Chapel Street, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 0PA. Adm: £6 / £5. Tel: 0121 554 2747 / 07940 709 311. E-mail: email@example.com
- ‘African Origins of the Bible’ and ‘African Fashion Once Sacred Now Desecrated’. On Tues 9 Oct at 7pm at Barnfield West Academy, Leagrave High Street, Lewsey Farm, Luton, LU4 0NE. Adm: £5. Tel: 01582 595 995. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ‘African Builders of Civilization’ and ‘African Fashion Once Sacred Now Desecrated’. On Sat 13 Oct at West Indian Community Centre, 74 Carmoor Road, Longsight, Manchester, M13 0FB. Adm: £5. Tel: 07577 057 960 / 07908 820 918. E-mail: email@example.com
~ BLACK HISTORY STUDIES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PCS LEARNING CENTRE
- ‘The Hidden History of Africa Before the Slave Trade’. On Tues 2 Oct.
The Hidden History of Africa Before the Slave Trade is a visually stunning presentation that addresses one key question: What history do Afrikan people have before the slave trade started? The lecture discusses the Empire of Mali, the Yoruba Kingdoms, Medieval Sudan, Medieval Ethiopia and the East Afrikan Coast. These civilisations left behind a splendid array of artefacts, illuminated manuscripts, and impressive architecture that are all discussed in the lecture.
- ‘More than A Month’. On Mon 8 Oct.
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. He explains that relegating Black History Month to the coldest, shortest month of the year is an insult. Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America. A discussion and debate on the relevance of Black History Month will follow the film.
- ‘The Amazing History of Black People in London before 1948’. On Tues 9 Oct.
This fascinating presentation focuses on the hidden history of London and the contributions made by people of Afrikan and Caribbean descent to London in the areas of Literature, Politics, Music and Health & Welfare before 1948. This presentation will highlight the invaluable input people of African and Caribbean descent have provided to London, from the 17th century to 1948.
- ‘Slavery is NOT our history!’ On Wed 10 Oct.
This presentation tells a rarely told story of the Afrikan resistance to and independence from the enslavers. Afrikans throughout the Americas rose in rebellion against their enslavers and sought to set up mini-African states of their own quite separate from those of the enslavers. The territories covered are Brazil, Jamaica, Guyana / Suriname, Barbados, the United States and Haiti.
- ‘The Manuscripts of Timbuktu’. On Tues 16 Oct.
Deep in the vast desert region of Mali in West Afrika lies the historical city of Timbuktu. For centuries it was a centre for trade, where merchants came to buy and sell goods such as salt and gold. Timbuktu also emerged as a centre for religion and learning: prior to the colonisation of much of Afrika, the city was a fountain of knowledge in the fields of physics, astrology, and technology, and almost the entire population could read and write. In ‘The Manuscripts of Timbuktu’, historians, imams and experts on the centuries-old Timbuktu manuscripts tell the fascinating tale of this Afrikan city, each from the perspective of their respective specialist field.
- Congo Week Special! ‘Apocalypse Africa: Made in America’. On Wed 17 Oct.
Journalist Del Walters explores secret recordings, classified films and other archival evidence that suggests the United States’ involvement in the downfall of Africa, including genocidal wars in Darfur, Uganda and Rwanda. Through top-secret data, hidden documents and other sources obtained from government archives, the film reveals links between the destruction of Afrika and those who influence American foreign policy.
- ‘Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai’. On Wed 24 Oct.
Taking Root tells the dramatic story of the late Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy. A movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. ‘Taking Root’ is the most comprehensive, in-depth film about Wangari Maathai available. It was made in close collaboration with her during the last decade of her life.
All events at 7-9pm at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 2LN. Adm: £5. Tel / Fax: 020 8881 0660. Mobile: 07951 234 233. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
~ THE ANGLO-PORTUGUESE SOCIETY PRESENT ‘PORTUGUESE CULTURAL SYMBOLS
IN ASIA’. Portuguese cultural impressions in Asia are an unexpected outcome of European intervention in Indian Ocean commerce. Survival of Portuguese in Asia, albeit in a creolised form, of a once important trade language, and Portuguese words in more than fifty Asian languages, remind us of the Portuguese encounter with other peoples. Dr Shihan de Silva, Senior Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and author of ‘The Portuguese in the East: A Cultural History of a Maritime Trading Empire’ (I B Tauris, London), will illustrate the nature of the encounter using language, music, furniture and other cultural symbols. On Thurs 4 Oct at 7pm at Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PJ. Tel: 020 7245 9738. E-mail: email@example.com
~ THE MOONSHOT REMINISCE HOST COMMITTEE PRESENTS
- ‘Carry-Beyond Reflections’ Book Launch with Dr Lez Henry. On Fri 5 Oct at 7.30pm.
- ‘An intimate acoustic set with Jacqui Maxwell’. On Fri 12 Oct at 7:30pm
Jacqui Maxwell was the lead vocalist and one of the co-founders of the 90’s soul funk band – Metropolis. She is known for her energising performances and amazing vocals. Of late, she has been working with reggae artist Tippa Irie touring Europe.
- The Power of the Drum. On Sat 20 Sep at 7pm
IRIE! Drummers are a collective of five talented drummers from Africa, the Caribbean and the UK. The musicians work with IRIE! dance theatre using the idiom of traditional African and traditional Caribbean drum rhythms as a basis upon which to create, perform, educate and entertain. The Power of the Drum celebrates both traditional and contemporary vibrations of Cameroon, Jamaica, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone; through call and response, counter-rhythms, polyrhythms and improvisation. E-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org
All events at Moonshot Centre, Fordham Park, Angus Street, New Cross, London SE14 6LU. Adm:
£7 / £5 / (MOTD). Tel: 020 8691 6099. E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.moonshotcentre.org
~ BLACKHISTORYWALKS PRESENT
- ‘The USA Tuskegee Airmen and Black British World War 2 Pilots’. On Sun 7 Oct at 2-5pm
To mark the UK DVD release of feature film Red Tails, the story of black airman in the Second World War, Black History Walks, presents an illustrated interactive talk on the astonishing story of the Tuskegee Airmen with comparisons to the experience of Black British Airmen from Africa and the Caribbean in World War 2.
- ‘How Black People Won World War 2’. On Sun 14 Oct at 11am-5pm,
Both events at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1. Adm: Free. Web: www.iwm.org.uk or http://www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
~ IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN AND BLACK HISTORY WALKS PRESENT ‘PERFORMING BLACK BODIES IN WHITE SPACES’ Films, live dance performance and talk to explore how Afrikan Descendants across the Diaspora use dance to celebrate their Afrikan heritage. ‘Ebony Goddess’ -
this documentary follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, the Afro-Brazilian cultural group. Selection is based on Africentric notions of beauty. ‘Temporary Sanity: The Skerrit Boy Story’ features Jamaican dance culture in New York. Dr Nathalie Montlouis will share her research on Afrikan-Caribbean dances and their potential positive effects on self-esteem of people of Afrikan descent. She will demonstrate how symbolic violence to women and men can be counteracted through dance and music. Special guests include Dr Lez Henry and Congolese choreographer Madee Ngo. They will explore the perception of African and Caribbean dance and their portrayal in the mainstream media. Dance demonstration by traditional French Caribbean group Zil’ Oka. On Sat 13 Oct at 6-9pm at Peckham Multiplex Cinema, Rye Lane, London, SE15. Adm: Free, but booking essential for voucher. Tel 020 7525 3415. Web: http://performingblackbodies.eventbrite.com/
~ TOWARDS A NATIONAL AFRIKAN PEOPLE’S PARLIAMENT GENERAL (PEOPLE) ASSEMBLY. Themes: ‘People Empowered for Self-Determination’ and ‘Taking Responsibility, Effecting Solutions’. On Sat 13 Oct at 5-9pm at Queen Mother Moore School, Clapham Methodist Church Hall, Nelson’s Row, London, SW4 7JR. Tel: 020 8539 2154 / 07908 814 152. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimathi Donkor, When shall we 3?
(Scenes from the life of Njinga Mbandi),
2010, oil on linen, 160 x 105 cm.
~ INIVA PRESENTS ‘QUEENS OF THE UNDEAD’. A solo exhibition by Kimathi Donkor. which includes newly commissioned paintings that celebrate heroic women from Afrikan diasporic history, along with earlier contemporary portraits. The free exhibition brochure with texts by David Dibosa and Carol Tulloch is a collector’s item and we would urge all our readers to contact the gallery to get a copy if they are unable to make it to the venue themselves. Until 24 Nov at Institute of International Visual Arts), Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA. Tel: 020 7729 9616. Web: www.iniva.org
~ SHADES OF NOIR ‘HAPPENING TO BE’ EXHIBITION. Some of the most accomplished alumni from University of the Arts London (UAL), are being honoured in an exhibition of their work called ‘Happening To Be’. The artists are: Professor Ablade Glover, OBE, who is still painting in his late seventies after a distinguished career as an international exhibiting artist and leading educator and was the Dean of the College Art at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; Ngozi Onwurah whose films, TV dramas and documentaries have won numerous international film festival awards; Yinka Shonibare, MBE, was a 2004 Turner Prize nominee and his ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ occupied the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square from May 2010 until Jan 2012; Professor Andrew M. Ramroop, OBE, CM, is a respected master tailor and the managing director of Maurice Sedwell Ltd in London’s Saville Row; and Trevor Robinson, CBE won plaudits for the ‘You’ve been Tangoed’ soft drinks ads. The curator for the exhibition is another UAL alumnus the painter Kimathi Donkor. Until 27 Oct (Mon–Fri 10am–6 pm; Sat 10am–4 pm) at Lethaby Gallery, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AA. Contact: Deborah Gabriel, PR Specialist and Researcher, Shades of Noir Team. Tel: 07758 789 816. E-mail: email@example.com Twitter: @deborahgabriel Web: http://shadesofnoir.org.uk/default.aspx
~ ‘JOURNEYS AND KINSHIP’ EXHIBITION. Is the face not currency enough? This display of face casts responds to the irony that members of the African Diaspora must pay to visit sites from which their ancestors were transported into enslavement. ‘Journeys and Kinship’ explores further the themes of the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery at the Museum of London Docklands through a project between the visual artist Jean Joseph and a group of young Londoners working together with Calypsonian, Alexander D Great, and Yvonne Wilson from Equi-Vison. Until 4 Nov 2012 at Museum of London, Docklands 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL. Tel: 020 7001 9844. Adm: Free. Web: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/Docklands/Whats-on/Exhibitions-Displays/JourneysandKinship.htm
~ HIDDEN ARTS PRESENTS ‘WORDS FROM THE SOUL’. A blend of poetic chants with African Rhythms. On Nov 6 at 7.30pm at The Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS. Adm: £10. Box office 020 8807 6680 / 07779 003 792 (Mike) / 07956 191 694 (Gerard). Web: www.millfieldartscentre.co.uk or www.dugdalecentre.co.uk
~ 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY (5TH ICAT): TECHNOLOGY FAIR EXHIBITION. The 5th ICAT Organizing Committee is hosting an Appropriate Technology Fair on Fri Nov 23 2012 as part of the 5th ICAT activities. A call has gone out for 20 exhibitors who have been researching, developing or implementing appropriate and sustainable technologies. Appropriate technology (AT) is ‘technology to empower people’. Focusing on technologies that are human-centred promotes: better health, better education, improved access to clean water, necessary shelter and safe food, as well as transportation and energy solutions that do not cause ecological imbalance. There will be conference delegates from across Africa, as well as other developing countries like India and Guyana. Leaders from the business and NGO communities will also be attending. You will then have opportunities to talk to delegates about the technology your organisation is promoting. The conference will run from 20-24 Nov in Pretoria, South Africa. For full conference and exhibition details contact Ms Grace Kanakana. Tel: 076 499 0489. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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