1 February 2014 - Issue 139


Greetings Family,

First we'd like to welcome all our new subscribers.

Happy International African History Month.

We’ve decided to launches the season this year with a new short film spoofing racism in media and education. This film came about as a result of Ligali’s involvement in the ongoing excellent Xtra history and reasoning sessions hosted by Mayor Nana Asante’s and organised by Kwaku and Mayoress Awula Serwah in her Harrow parlour in Harrow parlour.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXjuUe4D56g

We’d also like to greet our existing subscribers. It’s been three months since our last edition so this publication is rather large being filled with some of the news and events that have taken place over that period.

As ever there is a wealth of empowering activity for you to engage with. This weekend the African Odysseys program is screening a powerful duo of films - Long Distance Revolutionary and Let the Fire Burn. If you can make it then please check them out, both offer examples of what revolutionary action can and should look like irrespective of the circumstances we find ourselves in.

22 February 2014 also sees the ninth annual Huntley Conference at the London Metropolitan Archives. The theme of this commemorative event will be ‘When They Were Young: Re-Searching Our Archives’ specially dedicated to the late Jessica Huntley (1927 - 2013).

Also, if you didn't get a chance to check out the powerful 1838 Making Freedom Exhibition, you can catch it again on its new tour at the Croydon Supplementary Education Project, 32 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EF

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The Pan African Drum

"Those who die through ignorance are many; those who die because they are intelligent are few”
African Proverb, Yoruba

Toyin AgbetuGreetings,

It’s been a while. I actually started this newsletter three months ago but life circumstances prevented me from completing it. Today, instead of writing a single piece I think I’m going to share some bite sized musings I started and stopped during this period. It's very long so I won't mind if you skip it.

Please forgive me if it comes across rambling at time, treat it as the prerogative of a grumpy old man.

I should say right now that despite the tone of some of my little missives, I am actually feeling optimistic. The sun is shining despite it being cold, I’m having fun growing a scruffy grey beard and family life continues to keep me young and playful. 

Growth

It’s February 2014 and a couple of days ago my baby boy turned eighteen. As I watched him playing with his younger siblings I thought how incredible it is that I now have a child that is legally an adult. For some of my readers this feeling is probably no big deal, but for those of you who are curious all I can say is that it makes you reflect on how the time between birth and adulthood is so short.  Childhood truly is a magical time which all parents should protect and do their best to make educationally and culturally formative for their young ones.

As I was giving him fatherly advice we spoke about how there are now some areas in life where I can longer protect him. I suddenly realised that his coming of age was not just about him, but myself and the rest of our family also.

Transition

It’s January, a ‘new’ year and yet so much of 2013's cold winds have already leaked in. I’m still finding it hard to talk about the pain of recent bereavements, I’m finding myself both unwilling to socialise and often very blunt with my tongue dispensing uncomfortable Truths with more vigour than Joseph Dredd. I suddenly have this renewed awareness of how fragile our physical lives are and see little point in talking with, remaining in contact with or helping those that are locked into the problems that follow a 'glass half empty' worldview.  I’m into solutioneers.

Yes I just made up that word.

It's meant to define hard working optimistic people with a progressive attitude that value honesty, sincerity and compassion led by spirituality – that’s who I want to spend my energy and time with. There are so many good friends and family I am missing from my life. Yet before I join them in eternity, I want to enjoy the company and wisdom of those I value in the here and now.

It seems so difficult finding spaces to just chill, or enough money to enable us to put the world on pause so we can just be. I know it won’t always be like this but it’s almost as though time has sped up and is making years pass by like months. Each transition seems to come faster.

Awareness

For my family and I, it wasn’t a ‘happy new year’, our youngest son is home now but during January we were back in hospital for a week following another sickle cell crisis. We were offered some experimental treatment that was likely to decrease his painful episodes but could in all likeliness make him unable to have children as an adult.

We declined but during the course of researching the ‘offer’ we (my wife and I) were horrified to find out how many of us had accepted the deal. I have decided to make a film about sickle cell outlining what it is, how it impacts upon us, the potential cures, the effects on quality of life and relationships with family and friends. 

We just can’t afford to be ignorant of the facts.

Freedom

Last night (I think this was October or November) I visited my first free school. Hosted in a million pound building it wasn’t your typical affair. Those running the school had decided that teachers and lecturers promoting the national curriculum were not needed. They had a system where every learner had the freedom to contribute to the session. In the room next to me was a screening by a group called ‘explosive cinema’ and in the large hall a stage lay where children were playing whilst adults discussed performance and politics.

We had a great night. The venue was a derelict house in Hackney where some community spirited individuals had decided to put it to good use. It reminded me of the Cazenove Road exhibition in the Hackney Museum. I grew up and went to primary school in that area and found it wonderful being taken back to a time when artists and social activists were one and the same.

Today virtually everyone I care about is struggling to make ends meet, no-one doing any good is secure whilst all those feeding of the vulnerable are having a feast. The government can go around releasing magical press statements claiming that ‘we’ are all better off now but we know that’s a load of nonsense.

It made me think of the recent news story where a couple of people were arrested and threatened with prosecution by the CPS for taking discarded food from a dumpster on the grounds of an ASDA supermarket.

Tesco, one of the UK’s largest supermarket chains admitted to throwing away 28,500 tonnes of food in the first six months of last year.

And now the British government actually wants to give hungry people a criminal record for taking food that has been dumped?

If this is democracy then you can have it. I’ll take freedom instead.

You see I love the fact that the people in Thailand have refused to vote, staging boycotts at polling stations and are demanding that a people’s council be given the power to carry out political and electoral changes in the country. You can agree with democracy but as the comedian Russell Brand asserts - refuse to validate corrupt implementations of it and bring about a better alternative.

If that happened in the UK for 2015, I for one would be on the frontline supporting and working to make a true peoples representative democracy a reality. Sadly, too many of us are likely to vote for and end up with one of the tired mainstream political parties that not even a growing movement in Scotland want any part of.

Vote Labour (which is seeking to split from the unions) and get Tory, get Tory get Lib Dem. Who can honestly say there is a tangible difference between any of them?

Social Media

My first month on social media was very interesting. Despite some heart warming welcomes I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed it. However now i've switched off the endless notifications I must admit that I found aspects of it engaging. The ability to reconnect with distant family and old friends has been nice as has the connection with new people that share similar outlooks on life.

Yet, it would seem platforms like Facebook work best when you are prepared to put a lot of effort into producing content for them. Especially those messages that come with or are embedded within images. If you let it, Facebook can quickly share details of all your events, including personal ones like birthdays amongst all your friends by delivering it straight to their mobile phones. It almost makes emails like this newsletter redundant – if you let it.

And that is where we need to be careful.

I can see how easy it would be to allow myself to become drawn into the web of social media. The endless online distractions are similar to the hundreds of TV channels on satellite/cable all competing for our time. From Instagram to Vine, from Twitter and Skype to Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest. The merging of online and on-phone media threatens to drown us with so much content tailored for our own individual needs we risk forgetting the need for a shared communal experience, an off-line space where we can meet and talk, instead of tweet and walk.

It’s so interesting because whereas Facebook used to be a teenage obsession I have noticed it is more and more adults seeking to be ‘cool’ or reach a teen audience who are using it. Our children are not stupid and just as we did when young, whenever grownups are into our thing we find a new thing. Today they’re using Snapchat and WhatAapp far more than Facebook. Don’t get me wrong Facebook is still king, but don’t assume just having an account means you’re ‘connected’.

The African Funny Man

Around a year ago I met Felix Dexter. We swapped contact details and agreed to work on a film about African identity, not black identity – African. I remember going home excited to have such a talented man onboard with my project. You see although Felix had a reputation of caricaturing African people with little Diasporic experience. His gift lay in how he identified and mimicked our cultural idiosyncrasies without  insulting or denigrating us. As such and as was shown in the recent BBC documentary on his life, his comic genius appealed to people of all ethnic backgrounds. I am so sorry I failed to capture his serious political side too, I had no idea he was so ill and kept putting off our filming whilst I worked on other projects. There is an event taking place in his memory.

Day of Consciousness

Next year my family and I will mark November with a specific Day of African consciousness. The idea came to me after reading how on Wednesday 20 November 2013, Baianos (people from Bahia) took to the streets in recognition of the legendary freedom fighter Zumbi dos Palmares. In Brazil the celebration known as the Day of Black Consciousness does not have official recognition as holiday but the people celebrate it anyway.

http://blackwomenofbrazil.co/2013/11/22/salvador-bahia-celebrates-day-of-black-consciousness-even-without-official-recognition-as-holiday/

Illegal Law

When I was around eighteen, a jury of my ‘peers’ found against me when I prosecuted the police for wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution. I lost the case despite the officer who fitted me up (PC Jeffrey Terry) being kicked off the force and it being revealed that he had a history of framing and abusing innocent African people. These kinds of perversions cause havoc to the psyche of innocent people. Watching police officers lie one after the other in front of a judge whilst members of the public choose to believe them over the Truth messes with your head. I knew then that I would never believe in any myths promoting juries as an infallible benchmark of a just legal system.

The Mark Duggan case is a potent reminder how almost thirty years later very little has changed. Irrespective of what anyone (sadly including our brotha David Lammy) says, I don’t have to respect the judicial system. In fact I’m pretty sure the family and supporters of Trayvon Martin are many many more are likely to agree with me.
(oh and I would think twice about sharing a platform with a war mongering intervention extremist like Tony Blair).

Reverse Gear

I can’t express how much I miss the teamwork of Henry Bonsu and Joanne ‘Juju’ Fuller on Colourful Radio and Vox Africa’s Shoot the Messenger. As a community we don’t have many media assets that can effortlessly engage with politics and culture without coming across like a rabid Pan Africanist like myself. It was refreshing waking up each morning to conscious news and debate that normalised our experience in a grown up fashion that rivalled the best of Radio 4 with the music of Choice FM before it sold out leading to the eventual selling of its soul, and now name.
 
This is not progress.

It’s kind of like the wonderful Mella Centre that opened up on Oxford Street,  in London’s West End. Bro Matsinhe and the team of people behind that move deserve awards for having a vision and then working to make it come true. Sadly I’ve just heard the news that it closed its doors last week (late January). My biggest regret is that following the wonderful launch week I was not able to visit as often as I would have liked. The Mella Centre was rapidly becoming a space that transcended any description of it as a shopping mall. Those involved had created an oasis of African enterprise that successfully fused and embraced modernity and cultural authenticity.

I do not know the reasons for its closure although rumours of crippling rent are going around. The irony is that the centre housed community ventures like the lit based Centerprise who were evicted for rent arrears in Hackney. Meanwhile Hackney council is accused of subsidising trendy pop-up shops with rent and rate free space in prime commercial areas.
http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/traders_fury_over_council_s_hackney_heart_subsidies_1_3262777

Mella team big up yourself for contributing to our history, you remind me of the African ‘Wall Street’ movement in the USA that was bombed due to its success. I know you will be back even if in another guide. Forward ever...

Barriers to Education

I have a confession to make. I’m fed up. Really, really fed up. Many of you will know that I graduated from university a couple of years back with distinction. I could not have achieved higher grades if I were marking my own papers. Since then I have been seeking a PhD studentship to earn my doctorate. I say earn because I am willing and able to give up three years of my life to intensive research and writing on a topic I feel strongly about.

Making Education Work.

Nonethless despite my best efforts and countless of failed applications, I can’t get in. I have written thousands of words, been interviewed and received some fantastic support from family and friends. But either I am just not good enough or my proposd work seems too ‘radical’ – which is funny as I though PhD’s were supposed to tread new grounds in academia.  

Now I feel really guilty revealing this as only a few weeks ago I was speaking to my niece who had decided that she didn’t even want to consider going to university. I took a long time explaining alternative routes to further and higher education but firmly made the point that she should not totally write off the idea of Uni.

And yet here I am, writing off Uni or at least, the post graduate path for those that can’t afford the fees without a serious detrimental impact on the quality of their family life.

Some people have told me that I shouldn’t have even bothered, I don’t need the ‘white’ mans validation to 'prove' my intelligence, but it’s not about that. I’m a community educator, I love teaching, I want to go home and teach about self-empowerment on the Motherland and across the Diaspora, I also want to be able to formally challenge the best of racist eurocentric dogma with facts and figures alongside fiery passion. I want to to do this inside some of the very same institutions of higher learning that perpetuate ideals of 'white' supremacy and harmful ideologies promoting notions of African inferiority - but I can’t.

Here and back home, no university will let me teach their students without the letters ‘Dr’ before my name. This is despite the fact that I have been informally teaching students in British universities for many years. I feel trapped. I suppose I could wait until someone feels enough pity to bestow me with an honourary doctorate, but for me that would seem hollow, somewhat plastic.

I want to work for the privilege of calling myself a researcher par excellence, I would work damn hard too. But perhaps it is time to bring this journey to a halt. Before the tuition fees went up I could just about conceive paying cash for my PhD programme, but now thanks to the Lib Dems, the fees have tripled. It's almost impossible to imagine I will be able to fulfil my academic journey unless I (ironically) work for the 'man' to pay his inflated bills. Capitalism sucks.

It’s a pity because my research was on the fusing of informal education techniques with formal schooling.

I believe and wanted to explore whether the formal use of education utilising poetry, film, song, museum & library visits, history walks, cultural languages and supplementary education providers could better engage and educate those children suffering from curriculum disengagement.

I wanted to take an African perspective when exploring the systems of exams and culturally biased IQs which place a higher value on memory retention than cognitive ability, the prejudices fuelled by ‘colour-blind’ teaching which embolden racist rhetoric but disarms and harms students from minority ethnic communities.

I wanted to start my very own 'fee free' community university using open education resources where collaborative working was the norm not the exception. Perhaps none of the universities I’ve applied to like the idea of a low cost option to higher education that could one day revolutionise not only what we learn but how we learn. But I confess I am tired. A man can only take so much academic rejection. So instead I  will continue to educate informally and pretend that my curating museum exhibitions, making independent films, writing books, sharing poetry, reasoning over jollof rice and sharing knowledge over community radio and websites has no role in formal schooling. I am not a quitter but I am a quick learner. It would seem that New Labour’s mantra of ‘widening participation’ and ‘education, education, education’ was only truly for those prepared to settle for less or use money and influence to buy results.

I know my mentor the late Sis Dr Abiola Ogunshola would be disheartened by my words. She told me she wanted to be there when I graduated with my PhD. I also just found out that the University of East London is hosting a memorial for her on Saturday 8th February 2014, 2-4pm at Cass School of Education and Communities Stratford Campus, UEL, Water Lane, Stratford, London, E15 4LZ. I’m sorry.

It is still possible to make great contributions to world knowledge and empower our community through academia without acceptance from closed institutions. I write this whilst holding a copy of the genre defining Blackamoores (ISBN: 9780953 318216) by author Onyeka. Likewise you can do the same whilst working within universities and I refer to Dr Hakim Adi’s authoritative Pan-Africanism and Communism (9781592 219162). Dr Ama Biney's editorialship of the informative Pambazuka news have been a source of wisdom and Tony Warner’s brilliant Black History Walks newsletters detailing films, workshop, events and even history has showed me that my hypothesis of informal teaching in formal institutions has merit if driven by an excellent educator who subscribes to the pedagogical ideals of Paulo Freire.

For the past three years I have been engaged in a project exploring the topic of beauty from a Pan-African perspective. I suppose you could call it my own independent research project. As a result it has resulted in a feature length film which serves as my own PhD thesis. With guidance from Nadia Denton’s excellent book on filmmaking and with support from some great colleagues I hope to screen the film within the next few months.

Please let me know what you think of the trailer. If you like it, please help spread the word.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4_dGjxNBo0

Institutional Silence

I had no idea the BBC were paying salaries of quarter of a million pounds to African people. It’s a pity we didn’t see this amount invested in supporting independent program makers from our community instead of a single individual. Pat Younge who is leaving his job as BBC Production's chief creative officer at the end of the year has become embroiled in a public spat with Dotun Adebayo, another BBC employee who accuses him of not doing enough while on the payroll to expose the institutional racism within the public service corporation.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ariel/23452471

It reminds me of when Lenny Henry fell from grace and started launching attacks on the racist ‘Alf Garnett’ generation of programme-makers that still exists in TV land. Yet, for the longest while those of us on the BBC gravy train were happy to remain silent about the doors shut to new filmmakers, actors, directors and writers. Pointing fingers, attributing blame means little to the next generation come up if nothing substantive has changed for the good.

Look Inside

I want to close this Nyansapo piece with a comment about those out there that are quick to judge me based soley on my written words instead of my deeds. Over the past 12 years and in particular the last six months I have been attacked, insulted, verbally abused and generally criticised for my Pan African world view by some people who I feel should know better and those that are racist and ignorant. For the longest while I have tried to respond privately in a firm but polite manner often without exposing the identity of the culprits even when they have gone too far.

Now sometimes I get things wrong and as such I always hold my hand up when I realise my error. Other times we will simply disagree and that’s okay as long as what unites us is stronger. But what I won’t do anymore is tolerate nonsense from those that always seek to assume the worst of me or my motives. Those that moan and bitch behind my back instead of asking me ‘Toyin what’s up’ direct to my face.

Life is too short to waste time with duplicitous time wasters. I won’t do it anymore.

The one thing I have really learned in the last few months is that we should be doing our best to make every second count. If you want to drop everything to just talk, chill or visit a place or person that you know will make you or them feel good, then as long as the opportunity exists - do it. You may not be able to do so tomorrow, or next week, or ever again in your lifetime.

Don’t miss the moment, every breath we take reflects a sacred gift of borrowed time.

This newsletter is coming some three months after I initially started it. I still struggle to accept some of the tragedies that has happened in the past ninety days, but life is about balance, and as such we have to be open to focus on what positive possibilities can come about in the next ninety days, sometimes ninety seconds and if we’re really lucky - ninety years.

Please remember, where there’s life, there is change, and where there is change we can work towards growth and keeping hope alive.

Now I’m off to listen to a bedtime story read to me by my son. Why don’t you promise yourself to do something that makes you smile and happy to be alive.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.

Ase.

Toyin Agbetu is a writer and community educator, a film director and philosopher, a poet and founder of Ligali, the pan African human rights based organisation.

February Diary:
Toyin will be making a presentation on African History Month at the Ninth Huntley Conference with Patrick Vernon on 22 February 2014.

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Our films cover the topics of Maafa from slavery and colonialism to Pan Africanism and community empowerment.


Community Noticeboard

African Sons and Daughters New Member meeting

Come and find out what African Sons and Daughters is all about and how you can make a difference in your community.

Who can we rely on to help the Black community progress in the U.K and Worldwide? We don't have to wait for hand outs, we can help ourselves. We seek proactive members of the community to join us, to learn how we can make a difference.
 
When : Tuesday February 11th 2014,19:00—21:00
Where : Woodgrange Methodist Church, Woodgrange Rd, London, E7 0QH.
 
Eventbrite tickets below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/african-sons-and-daughters-asd-new-member-meeting-tickets-10350246867

Message from our Chairman

 
Hi Family,
 
African Sons and Daughters (ASD) is a public organisation which means we do not have any shareholders. Any profits from our operations go back into our mission.
 
We have everything we need within our community to build public services and institutions. As our capacity grows, we can offer more places and a wider range of worthwhile services.

We want to make a long lasting difference and are currently recruiting supporters and volunteers for our community services based in London, U.K.
 
African Sons and Daughters refuses to let the next generation inherit ideas and dreams. They will need to inherit services and institutions for their challenges and triumphs ahead. You can make a difference, the power is in your hands.
 
By Daniel Stennett—Chairman, African Sons and Daughters

The National Association of Black Supplementary Schools Week 2014

Greetings / Jambo
 
Please find listed below the events lined up by the National Association of Black Supplementary Schools and Birkbeck University.
If you would like to participate with a workshop or be a guest speaker on the listed themes then please send an expression of interest to
info@nabss.org.uk
 
ALL EVENTS WILL BE FREE TO THE PUBLIC BUT DONATIONS WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
 
NABSS Monthly Workshop
University Square, 1 Salway Place, Stratford, London E15 1NN 
 (unless otherwise stated)
 
All Monthly events will be on a Saturday 3-6pm and open to all.

  • Being and Becoming a Parent Governor with the Association of Muslim Governors  Saturday 15th February
  • Why Do We Still Need Black History Month Saturday 22nd February
  • Black Supplementary schools and the Role of the Black Churches Saturday 15th March (Central London)
  • Autism in the BME Community Saturday March 29th
  • Starting Up A Supplementary School with the National Resource Centre Saturday 26th April
  • Home Education Workshop Saturday 24th May
  • Pioneers of BME Supplementary Schools Saturday 28th June
  • Black Super Heroes That Are Not Shown with Tony Warner Saturday July 26th

Sponsorship for the Monthly Events: All at Birkbeck University Stratford
£50x12 Sponsors or £1000 for all the events and exclusive for the monthly events

http://www.nabss.org.uk/#/nbssw-sponsors-and-stalls/4562987683

Thank you / Asante sana


Exhibition Appeal: Retired Caribbean Nurses in Hackney/ Newham /East London

Hackney Muesum are working with Black Women in the Arts Projecton an exhibition about Retired Caribbean Nurses.

The exhibition to take place in September at Hackney Museum 2014.

Do you know of any retired Caribbean Nurses in Hackney/ Newham /East London area?

If so please contact:

Cheryl Bowen
Community Education Manager
Health and Well Being
Hackney Museum
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
London E8 1GQ

Telephone: 020 8356 2658 / 2545
Email: cheryl.bowen@hackney.gov.uk
Web: www.hackney.gov.uk/hackneymuseum

Discover the world on your door step


Sickle Cell Awareness

When: Sunday 23 February 2014
Where: Maroons Caribbean Restaurant, 514 Commercial Rd, Greater London E1 0HY

A Family Legacy DVD / Black History awareness workshop.

http://www.sicklecellsociety.org/


Black History Walks

More Nzingha Lectures

Coming Soon !  Our popular lecture series starring black female academics and holders of expert knowledge, continues. The lectures are named after the famous African Warrior Queen who fought European slavers.  Dates to be announced, titles confirmed so far are:

  • Top Ten films to Empower Black Women
  • How True African Dance was Corrupted into Porn
  • Black Female Astronomers of the 1500s
  • The Gentrification of Peckham and other black areas
  • Black Women and Mobile Phones:  What you need to know
  • Sex and Power. What Veganism did for me

Movie Breakdowns at  Cottons

The famous Breakdown sessions return to Cottons Caribbean Restaurant in April. Kicking off with Brother Andrew Muhammad's previously oversubscribed Bob Marley Breakdown on 13 April and followed up on 20 and 27 April by a double session of Brother Andrew and Tony 'African Superheroes Day' Warner on the Black History of the X Men  ! Those who saw the Black History of Superman  will have an idea what to expect ! Suffice to say Intellectual Warfare has been declared and we will explore hidden messages, metaphor, sublimlinal imagery, Hollywood propaganda, product placement, film and African history in an interactive, educational and fun manner ! First come is first served !

Freedom Fighters

Exciting talks at  intimate Walthamstow venue  Narrative Eye the group behind the fantastic new book on Britains Black Tudors wil be hosting a series of Saturday evening lectures (7-9pm) by Black History Walks . Dates and topics are as follows:

15 March. What were Black People doing in World War 1 ?
22 March. The Black Image
26 April. How to Brainwash the Youth and make them Act like Fools !
17 May.  Medical Apartheid 400 years of European experiments on African bodies
24 May. The Black History of Comedy
31 May. Ten Black History Walks in Two hours !

For full description of each talk click HERE

Guided Walks

Guided walks on the 3500 years of African  history in London: March 2014
"Is there really any African/Caribbean History in London ? The Windrush only got here in 1948 ! " 

'A brisk, informative stroll through the heart of the British Empire. Our cheerful and intellectually generous tour guide, led us through narrow alleyways and past Roman ruins, within halls constructed by powerful guilds; in the process, he revealed to us both the many layers of British history and the often unacknowledged cultural multiplicity at its core. The tour was exciting, informative and allowed everyone across age, interest, and temperament to participate and learn. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it for all.' Professor Caroline Brown, University of Montreal, Canada

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Ricky Gardner: CEO & Founder of Revo Seccus

Revo Seccus is a delivery company that works with Individuals, Companies, Local Authorities, YOT, Youth providers (schools/ colleges/ youth services) & Housing Associations to support, incubate or accelerate 18-29 year olds in business/ start-up development and Start-up loads of £3k-£10k, as well as 13-24 year olds with exposure in careers in IT, Events management, Entertainment, Social media, Charities & not for profit organisations.

We are looking for companies or individuals who wish to support young people’s development; This can be achieved by nothing more than your own business journey and story and talking to young people.


Aside of this we do accept support inform of capital or equipment to support the growth and development of youth enterprise in the UK
For more information of join our program please text 07575294917 or email info@revoseccus.com  and leave a contact name or email address and one of our team will get back to you;

If you are not interested pls pass on this information as many people have a interest in supporting the UKs future in enterprise

Young people have ideas & Ideas change the world


APPEAL: Extended Book Sale

When: February 2014, 12 Noon – 9PM
Where: 366a High Road Tottenham, N17 9HT

This Extended 30 Days Book sale is part of the ungoing Fund Raising Drive to get the MAA MAAT Centre Operational and rebuild. The Crowd Funding Campaign fall short of the Target of £30,000.00.We raised under £600.00 the £30,000.00 was to get us to Planning Consent. Loan Payment for a year would be about the same amount. Part of the reason for the short fall is the short time of the campaign, which we plan to relaunch. £60,000.00 may look like a huge amount to raised from a Book Sale although Pepukayi Book Distribution Services Book Stock dwarf this amounts many times over.  Look at it this way I have over 600 people on my contact list and other people even have list bigger than mine. If my 600 people spend an average of £20.00 that would raised £12,000.00. If every one who received this notice spend £20.00 and get others to follow one' examples we would surprised ourselves as to how much we can raised from this one initiative. So good people I am not asking for donation, although if it is offered it would be gladly be accepted. 

I want you to come and spend some money  which would make this much needed Centre of Excellence a reality.

For those of you who for whatever reason can't make it to the sale and want to make a donation here are the account detail TSB  Account No 26489360  Sort Code 30 98 70  Account Name Nkrumah Pepukayi  (Company registration is in progress)

Look forward for your support during the coming week THERE WILL BE A VEDIO PRESANTATION OF THE MAA MAAT THAT WILL BE RUNNING THROUGHOUT THE SALE FOR INFOMATION ABOUT THE CENTRE, COME VIEW AND ASK QUESTIONS GET THE FACTS BE INFORMED. SUPPORT THE SALE HELP US TO RAISED THE FUNDS NEEDED

Asante Sana
Love Pepukayi


Community Question Time

Peace fam

I trust all is well.

Here below are the three YouTube links so far, for the Black/Community Question Time event, held on Friday 31st January 2014 at Muhammad Mosque, London.

Please watch and then share them, and if they get enough views, we will upload more...  Gone are the days when JetBlakInk™ used to just upload hours of community footage, and then receive no support in the way of feedback from you the community. So if you like it, please do your part and share it!... Each One Teach Ten!

Thanks

iCha
MultipleMediaManager
JetBlakInk™
TheMotherOfAllColour©

Police Deaths in Custody part 1 — Black Question Time: Why are members of our community so often the victims of Deaths in Custody?

Black Question Time intro — Rapper Akala interview on policing our own community

Police Deaths in Custody part 2 — Black Question Time: What kind of police Service do we receive?


Four Corners - an interview with Jepchumba

By Jon Daniel, December 2013

This month we journey to east Africa and the nation of Kenya, named after Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. It is in this country, we find a young intrepid woman who has scaled heights and accomplishments beyond her tender years. Listed by Forbes as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012 and by the Guardian among Africa’s Top 25 Women Achievers, she continues to be a cultural ambassador speaking around the world and promoting her commitment to creativity, art and technology. A mission, exemplified by her own background as an African digital artist (with experience in digital art, web design and development, audio-visual production and social media strategy) and which led her to create the dynamic African Digital Art online platform. This is a collective and creative space where digital artists, enthusiasts and professionals can seek inspiration, showcase their artistry and connect with emerging artists. It is my pleasure to introduce you to the artist known simply as Jepchumba.

http://www.designweek.co.uk/industry-voice/four-corners-an-interview-with-jepchumba/3037714.article


GOLD ONYX: Children’s Cultural Film Club

Venue: The Edge Hall, 117 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London N17 6UR  
Adm: Children £2.50 (aged 2~20 years), Adults £5.00 [Free if you have a child between 2~12 years]
Plus free popcorn & drink available

Also note that hot food is sold on the premises ~ Rice n Peas, Fish, Chicken, Macaroni Cheese, Dumpling, Ackee n Saltfish, Calaloo and more

Please Note: 'There Is No Children’s Cultural Film Club This Saturday 8 February 2014'

Our Children's Cultural Film Club takes place every second Saturday in the months so put the date in your diary from now!!!

Our sessions are undertaken in a ‘Positive Family Environment’ and we hope to see you, one day. 

Stay Blessed

Jan Edwards
Projects Manager
Gold Onyx
07946 670 949
Facebook ~ GoldOnyx Rntf
www.goldonyx.co.uk

Listen to our general advert: http://www.goldonyx.co.uk/Children-s-Cultural-Film-Club.html


APPEAL: ARE YOU A CREATIVE INDIVIDUAL?

DIFN is looking for 20 creative individuals to fundraising  for us using Virgin Money Giving. DIFN is registered with Virgin Money Giving and any money you raise we also get 17% extra as tax donations. Simply log onto Virgin Money Giving, decided what sort of activity you want to do and put Development Impact For Nigeria as your receiving charity. The link is as follows:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/chooseFundraiser.action 

We are attempting to raise a total of £4000 to fund the continuation of our supporting disable children to attend primary school in Lagos State.

At the moment we are working with 3 special inclusive units [over 400 disable children and their parents/carers] providing funds for:
·         Extra teachers
·         Developing care staff teams
·         Providing vocational skills instructors for both the children and their parents/carers
·         Running parent support and advice  workshops
·         Providing emergency funding support to  a small selection of very needy parents


All the above is being funded from a 1 year Comic Relief Research grant we received in January 2013.
The funding ends in December 2013 and while we are very hopeful that they will agree to continue funding for a few more years the new funding won't start till May 2014.

The £4000 raised will ensure that the programme will continue to run till the end of the 2013/2014 school year up to July 2014.

One of our previous volunteers [Unta Taiwo] helped raise the sum of £1000 [from One World Group] to purchase story books for 9 primary schools which befor then had no single story book to teach young children reading skills and enjoy the simple activity of reading a story book. In August of this year we purchased reading book packs for each of the 9 school with each school getting nearly 100 books comprising of about 20 different titles. This allows for teacher lead reading. We now want to ensure that from January 2014 the children can run child led reading exercises by providing each school with 50 books of the same title. So would you consider donating just £5 towards this project or why not even get your faith group members, friends and family involved.   NB: By the way all the reading books are produced in Nigeria and are culturally appropriate.               

To make a donation simply log on to:
 http://www.justgiving.com/ygllovdeho/donate/?utm_source=website&utm_medium=buttons&utm_content=ygllovdeho&utm_campaign=Donate_JG_Blue 

Sincerely,
Yomi Oloko 
Programmes / In Country Manager 
DIFN
www.difn.org.uk


Playwright Wanted

Dear Potential Librettist,

If you are interested in contributing to a new opera then please have a look at this call-out:

"An exciting opportunity to collaborate with London's Leading Black Opera company. Pegasus Opera is currently seeking a super talented playwright for a new exciting writing project which will tell a new black-centred story whilst incorporating familiar yet traditional opera Ensemble , Solos, duets, trios, Quartets and choruses, etc. Working with an agreed fee, the project starts in early 2014. Please email Lloyd with up to date biography / CV for further information or to request an informal chat."

Good wishes,

Tiata Fahodzi


All Eyes On Egipt

Hatap Yasar,

All Eyes On Egipt Brixton is happy to invite ALL family and AEO members to this Friday, 7th of February Family up-date class. There will be family fun, music, drumming, refreshments and more...'feel free to bring your drums'.
The' Holy Tablet' raffle winner will be announced by our young Paa Re.  We will also open the evening with prayers and up-dates.

We would like all family members here by 8pm for a 'prompt' 9pm start.


Campaign: WoMin

WoMin is a regional project established in 2013 that focuses on issues related to women, gender and extractivism. It is located within the International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa (IANRA). The project provides a platform of solidarity and co-operation involving civil society organisations and movements working on or with an interest in extractivism and women's rights in Africa.

Extractivism is a deeply exploitative and ecologically destructive model of development, characterised by the large scale extraction and exploitation of natural resources such as oil, water, minerals, and forests, around which the economy, social relations of class and gender, state policy and public discourse are organised.

The project aims to build knowledge and awareness, support community organising, and campaign against corporations that violate women's human rights. The project advocates for the reform of national, sub-regional and regional law, policy and systems to protect communities and women, in particular, from the destructive impacts of extractives. We, however, believe that the current extractivist development model is damaging to women, their communities, eco-systems and the planet. Our long-term goal is to imagine, cultivate and campaign with progressive friends and allies for alternatives to destructive extractivism.

For more information please contact us at: samantha.hargreaves@ianra.org

http://www.womin.org.za/index.html


Mother Earth calls you!

Come on you lovely divine people. It is not about the weather, it is about your well being and the 
well ness only to be found in Nature with Mother earth! I have not had flu for the last 5 years or more. 
I give thanks to connecting with mother earth. No dry excuses lets blow off the cobwebs and move through the year with self love in our hearts. 

Come reconnect with nature sunday 23rd February 2014 for a free spirit ramble in Epping Forest, meeting at Chingford station at 1pm.

Email me to let me know you are attending click link for further details - http://www.shanti-chi.com/#!ramblers/c1gqh

Looking forward to the reconnection!

Griot Chinyere Xxx 


Black History Studies

We Remember

Greetings  

I hope this emails find you in the best of health and spirits!

We have had a brilliant start to the year with a record number of students enrolling on our Introduction to Black Studies course in North and South London. 
 
Your continual support has enabled us to keep growing and moving towards achieving our goal of 'educating the community to educate themselves.'

In the spirit of Kujichagulia (Self Determination), we have organised two amazing film screenings as part of our UNIA-ACL Centenary events:   

  • Monday 10th February 2014 - Stepping Razor: Red X
  • Saturday 15th February 2014 - Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage    

We Remember

Black History Studies are scheduling a series of events in celebration of centenary of the founding of the UNIA-ACL which begun in July, 1914 by the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey to foster a "Universal Confraternity" among the Race to work for better conditions among the Race everywhere. We will focus on the life and legacy of Marcus Garvey and the impact of the UNIA-ACL on people, countless movements and countries all over the world.

Black History Studies
Educating the community to educate themselves
http://www.blackhistorystudies.com

Black History Studies Ltd
PO Box 45189
London
N15 3XP
Tel/Fax: 0208 881 0660
Mobile: 07951 234233

Email: info@blackhistorystudies.com  

Video: Sankofa - An African/Black History Month Exhibition

History consultant Kwkau has published his video on Sankofa Exhibition. The video which captures some of the vibe, exhibits, and thoughts behind Hackney Museum's 'Sankofa: The Truth Behind Black History Month 1926-2013' exhibition, is now online at;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTmVhzN98vI&feature=youtu.be


We Remember

Amiri Baraka, 79 joins the ancestors (1934-2014)

We Remember

Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died. He was 79.

Full Article >>
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/09/amiri-baraka-author-activist-dies-79_n_4570912.html

“Poems are bulls–t unless they are teeth or trees or lemons piled on a step. . . .
We want poems like fists beating n****rs out of Jocks, or dagger poems in the slimy bellies of the owner-jews.
Black poems to smear on girdle-mamma mulatto bitches whose brains are red jelly stuck between ‘lizabetb taylor’s toes.
Stinking Whores!
We want poems that kill.
Assassin poems.
Poems that shoot guns.
Poems that wrestle cops into alleys and take their weapons leaving them dead with tongues pulled out and sent to Ireland.”

Source: The Professors -- The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America, by David Horowitz, 2006, page 37

Where: In one of his poems titled, "Black Art." / When: 1969
http://www.aim.org/wls/we-want-poems-that-kill/


News

'As a black British mother, I would have failed my children if I didn't give them black dolls to play with'

There is no debate here: children should be given toys that represent their image to help boost their self-esteem, says mother and comedian Ava Vidal, as a Nigerian entrepreneur launches the Queens of Africa toy range I remember being presented with a gollywog from a white friend of my parents in a misguided attempt to have “something to play with that looked like me.”

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If anyone had presented that gross, racist caricature to my now teenage son when he was younger it would not have resulted in the gracious thank you that my parents gave. Nor would he have received ‘the look’ that I got warning me not to point out just how grossly offensive this was.

The one sentiment that I do agree with is that children should be given toys that represent their image and boost their self-esteem. I made sure that there were always toys that reflected my son’s African heritage on hand for him to play with.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/10609418/As-a-black-British-mother-I-would-have-failed-my-children-if-I-didnt-give-them-black-dolls-to-play-with.html

Background:

Barbie who? Nigeria's Queens of Africa dolls take on US toymaker Mattel
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jan/15/barbie-nigeria-queen-africa-dolls-mattel-toymaker

What a Doll Tells Us About Race
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=7213714&page=1&singlePage=true

Study: White and black children biased toward lighter skin
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/05/13/doll.study/

Dr Amos Wilson The Development Of The Black Child  (essential viewing)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylczUmDpCx8

Moments in Black Doll History - Garvey's UNIA Doll Factory
http://blackdollcollecting.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/moments-in-black-doll-history-garveys.html


Black drivers are more likely to be stopped by police

Millions of cars are pulled over by the police every year without being officially recorded – and black drivers are significantly more likely to be targeted, figures reveal.

High-profile cases involving racial profiling and vehicle stops include Stuart Lawrence, the brother of murder victim Stephen Lawrence, who last year launched a complaint against the Metropolitan police claiming he has been the victim of a sustained campaign of harassment after being stopped by officers 25 times.

England footballer Jermain Defoe accused Essex police of harassment for pulling him over in 2009 days after he said he would sue them for wrongful arrest.

Campaigners are concerned that traffic stops are not included in the consultation, claiming that section 163 might be utilised to circumvent the requirements and safeguards applicable to alternative powers of stop and search. Home Office guidance states nobody should be stopped on the basis of the colour of their skin or ethnicity.

There is also concern over police powers of strip and search, with recent figures showing that people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds accounted for more than half of those strip-searched after being arrested by Met officers over the past three years. Officials from Stopwatch said there was also a problem with strip searches before arrest, particularly the use of "intimate searches". Campaigners say current guidelines do not stipulate any obligation to record such searches, making it impossible to monitor police practices.

Data from freedom of information requests reveal that in Cambridgeshire two males were strip-searched in "public toilets", and in another case a man was searched in a bus station ticket office. Over the course of 34 intimate searches, just two yielded any kind of "found property", with only one arrest.

http://www.theguardian.com/law/2014/feb/02/black-drivers-stopped-police


Jarawa tribe now face sexual abuse by outsiders on Andaman Islands

News

By Gethin Chamberlain, Saturday 1 February 2014

Human rights groups call for protection as 'human safari' tribe face new incursions by other islanders and poachers

India's threatened Jarawa tribe is facing a new danger from intruders in its jungle home. International attention has previously focused on the danger to the tribe from the daily human safaris that take tourists through the Jarawa's reserve on India's remote Andaman Islands, a phenomenon exposed by the Observer two years ago. But now a rare interview with a member of the tribe has revealed that they are also under attack from their own neighbours on the islands.

In the first public interview since the Jarawa began to make contact with the outside world, a member of the tribe has come forward to protest about the sexual abuse of young women from the tribe by outsiders. The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of those who helped him give his interview, claimed that other Andaman islanders and poachers had started to enter the forest to harass the tribe.

He alleged that the outsiders had introduced alcohol and drugs into the reserve and were sexually abusing girls from the tribe, which numbers about 400 and whose members only started to come out of the jungle 16 years ago.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/01/andaman-islands-jarawa-sex-abuse-outsiders


Racism alive in India: Story of Kim Barrington Narisetti, an African-American professional

25 Jan 2014

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My 12-year-old daughter gets exasperated easily. Maybe it's because she's 12. She gets even more exasperated because she says I seem to have a saying for everything: Patience is a virtue. You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.

Never judge a book by its cover. When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. The last two seem to be the most relevant as they apply to racism and racist acts in India. It saddened me to hear about the recent attacks on Ugandan women in Delhi.

As a darkskinned African-American woman who lived in New Delhi for nearly four years, the stories quickly brought back memories of my daily experiences and the assumptions that were made about me and how I was treated. I constantly felt I was on display. I was stared at in restaurants, elevators and even in my car on the street.

Random people would come up to me when I was shopping at Khan Market (usually men) to let me know that they knew someone from Uganda, Nigeria, or the Congo. My response would be: That's nice. I'm American. The most disturbing incident happened when my husband, Raju, and I were walking back home from a restaurant down the block from our house in New Friends Colony.

A young boy of about 8 was riding on the back of his bike with his father. As they passed us, he hurled a huge rock the size of a fist at me. It landed with a thud on my sunglasses and my head snapped back. If I weren't wearing huge aviator sunglasses, I likely would have lost my eye. My chivalrous husband chased down the bike, pulled the boy off and gave him and his father a tongue lashing in Hindi and made him apologise.

The boy conceded that he threw the rock because he thought I was African.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-01-25/news/46601400_1_young-boy-racist-acts-sunglasses


Teach Wales' schoolchildren the truth about slavery, says nation's first black headteacher

12 Jan 2014

Educationalists lead calls for pupils in Wales to be taught more about the history of slavery, as movie 12 Years A Slave wins plaudits for its portrayal
Slavery's bloody history should be taught more widely in Wales’ schools, according to the nation’s first black headteacher and a leading academic.
Former school head Betty Campbell spoke out as the Oscar-tipped star of 12 Years A Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor, demanded forced servitude be remembered in the same way as the holocaust. He has been backed by director Steve McQueen. Mrs Campbell warned there was “not enough teaching about slavery in Wales”. The nation’s historic contribution to slavery saw Wales’ wool and copper industries profit from the vile trade.

“In some ways it [slavery] is romanticised and I don’t think that we teach enough about it in schools and the effect it had on people’s lives,” the 79-year-old said.

Full Article >>

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/calls-history-slavery-taught-more-6496885


Metropolitan Police releases 'alarming' strip-search figures

People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds account for more than half of those strip-searched by the Metropolitan Police in the past three years, according to “extremely alarming” figures collected by the force. Between January 2010 and August 2013, of the 94,448 people who were searched by the Met after being arrested, 52.5 per cent were from  Afro-Caribbean, Asian and other minority groups.

The numbers, released after Freedom of Information requests, will add to concerns about race relations in the wake of the controversy over the Mark Duggan inquest earlier this week. Many in London’s black community were angry at the ruling that Mr Duggan was lawfully killed by a police marksman in 2011.
They figures will also add to the complaints that black youths are disproportionately targeted under stop-and-search powers.

Full Article >>

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/metropolitan-police-releases-alarming-stripsearch-figures-9052647.html


Teachers criticise Michael Gove over rejection of Lewisham's Diaspora free school plans

Plans to set up a new free school aimed at stopping teenagers falling victim to the gang culture have been rejected by the Government - despite having the backing of Cambridge University and a whole host of employers.

The proposed Diaspora High School in Lewisham, south London, planned to provide all school leavers with at least three months’ work experience on reaching school leaving age - to avoid them going straight from the classroom to the streets.

The school would cover an area where there is a high concentration of gangs - especially amongst black teenagers.
Anne Broni and Kay Johnston, the two teachers behind the proposal, said the school would be co-educational and open to all  - and that they had already enlisted the support of 50 local employers from a variety of professions who would offer work experience and a three month work placement at the end of formal education.
After the project was refused for a third time, it was proposed to seek a judicial review of the decision making process - a move that was called off after the DfE promised talks with the organisers over the scheme.

Full Article >>
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/teachers-criticise-michael-gove-over-rejection-of-lewishams-diaspora-free-school-plans-9049807.html


No Black Artist Topped The Billboard Hot 100 Charts In 2013

While fools were arguing over who was the king of NYC last year, black artists were no where to be seen at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts for the first time since the company began charting top 40 singles in 1958. “How is this possible?” You may ask. Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Pusha T and Drake all dropped albums in 2013 but none of them were able to get a top single.

Furthermore, of the 52 weeks in a year, white artists were on top of the R&B and hip hop charts for 44 of them and blue eyed soul reigned supreme.

Full Article >>
http://massappeal.com/no-black-artist-topped-the-billboard-top-100-chart-in-2013/


Police union draws fire over swearing toddler 'thug' video

By Matt Smith and Casey Wian, CNN, January 8, 2014

The diapered child is bombarded with obscenities and racial slurs by the adults around him. The African-American toddler knocks down a chair and gives nearly as good as he gets, responding to some of the comments with an upraised middle finger and telling one of the adults at one point, "Shut up, bitch." The adults laugh and prompt him to repeat other crudities. Just another day on the Internet -- until the police union in Omaha, Nebraska, posted the clip on its website to highlight what it called the "cycle of violence and thuggery" the community faces.

Now, the Omaha Police Officers' Association is under fire from the city's police chief, the ACLU and at least one community leader. They say the move needlessly antagonizes the city's minority communities, who make up about a quarter of Omaha's 409,000 residents.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/07/us/nebraska-swearing-toddler/index.html


CPS is ignoring racist motivation in murder and manslaughter cases, says damning report

Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have “filtered out” allegations of racism from dozens of murder and manslaughter cases that have come before the courts in the last 10 years, a damning report has found.

Since 2000, judges have had a duty to hand down harsher sentences for any offence that can be shown to have been racially or religiously aggravated. But researchers from the think-tank the Institute for Race Relations (IRR) analysed 93 deaths with a known or suspected racial element since the new law came into effect, and found that in more than half of cases, evidence of the defendant’s motivation was stripped out during the investigation or prosecution process.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/cps-is-ignoring-racist-motivation-in-murder-and-manslaughter-cases-says-damning-report-9102651.html

Background:

Exclusive: Race hate - a crime the police will not solve
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/exclusive-race-hate--a-crime-the-police-will-not-solve-9054695.html

Institute of Race Relations: Racial violence in Britain
http://www.irr.org.uk/research/statistics/racial-violence/

Police and racism:  What has been achieved 10 years after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report? (2009)
http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/raceinbritain/policeandracism.pdf


“When you really look at it, a lot of people say ‘the N-word’" he continued. "... I like that better than 'African-American.' We not from Africa, we Black.”

Suge Knight, Death Row Records (Dec 2013)
http://www.tmz.com/2013/12/16/suge-knight-n-word-african-american/

Whilst agreeing with Knight that the use of African-American is debatable Chuck D argues that using the N-word "more than 3 times a song. It's lazy. Especially when out of context."
Chuck D, Public Enemy (Dec 2013)
http://www.bet.com/news/music/2013/12/18/chuck-d-weighs-in-on-suge-knight-s-comments.html

In a TMZ poll on whether Africans in America should refer to themselves using the term African America or the N word over 36,000 people voted for the racist epithet.
Related:
http://www.ebony.com/news-views/african-american-or-ngga-asks-tmz-505#ixzz2nrSBXrZF


The colour of my skin

By Sibi Arasu

What does it mean to be a Black person in India?

“See, we really have no problem as long as they behave themselves,” says Faizan Khurshid, the landlord of a few apartment complexes in Khirki Extension, south Delhi. “It is only when they start wearing dresses with cuts this low (he points to his navel) and walk around late at night doing harami things, that’s when we have a problem. And that’s why, they must all leave,” he adds.

In the past few weeks, much of the Indian media has been in ferment over what is widely seen as racist vigilantism by the newly appointed law minister of Delhi, Somnath Bharti, against African residents in his constituency. While the January 15 manhandling of the Ugandan women returning home at night is now under the angry glare of the media, the area’s Black community is no stranger to racist abuse. Michelle’s, a popular local hangout for the African community at Khirki, was shut down a good month before the incident. African students with proper papers were routinely asked to move out both by the police and landlords.

Such racism is not an exclusive transgression by this particular neighbourhood, or the Capital even. Sample this: “The Nigerians are like cancer. We are worried what would be the image of Goa for the outside world when the images of Nigerians creating ruckus on the road are showed through television to the world,” Dayanand Mandrekar, Goa’s minister for art and culture, said a few months earlier, after a standoff between Goa police and Nigerian nationals over the murder of their countryman Obodo Uzomo Simon at Porvorim in north Goa on October 30 last year. In Delhi’s south-western suburb Dwarka, a Congolese man was gunned down on September 1. In Bangalore, long-time resident Wandoh Timothy Junior, a pastor from Chad, was attacked by a faceless mob on July 9.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/todays-paper/tp-others/tp-blink/the-colour-of-my-skin/article5641218.ece


Footballer, 13, dies during Tynecastle FC match

Tributes have been paid to a promising young footballer who collapsed and died during a match in Edinburgh.
Jamie Skinner, 13, was playing for Tynecastle FC's Under-14 team at the Saughton astro pitch when he fell to the ground.
Attempts by ambulance staff and others to revive him failed.

Tynecastle FC said Jamie would have had a bright future in the game and everyone at the club was "in total shock" at his death.
Jamie moved to the club recently after playing for Hearts Under-14s.

Full Article >>
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-25486184


Caribbean in crisis: Chequebook diplomacy

By Robin Wigglesworth, 17 December 2013

The leaders of eight Caribbean nations toasted a new friend at a private luncheon this summer at Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. But the host was not Trinidadian premier Kamla Persad-Bissessar, but Xi Jinping, China’s president, accompanied by his folk singer wife Peng Liyuan.
Over a spicy meal, Mr Xi made clear to the heads of state and government that China would not be a spectator to the region’s economic difficulties. Ms Persad-Bissessar later said Beijing had promised $3bn of soft loans and investment. The Chinese embassy announced plans to set up a Caribbean scholarship programme.

“We see in your China Dream a splendid opportunity for China to become a model for the world,” Ms Persad-Bissessar said in her toast to Mr Xi.
The most important issues were discussed in private meetings with each country after the lunch, according to a top Caribbean official. “They told us that we don’t ask for enough, but gave us a grant of Rmb50m ($8m) and begged us to spend it as soon as possible,” he said.

Mr Xi’s Caribbean visit – the first by a Chinese head of state – was a demonstration of Beijing’s ambition to cement ties with countries in America’s back yard. China’s charm offensive comes at an opportune time: the Caribbean countries need help to fight off widespread economic problems and many sense a slow and steady erosion of Washington’s position as the region’s leading power.

“I certainly did not frown when the new Chinese president told us in Port of Spain recently that China was going to invest $3bn in the Caribbean,” says Freundel Stuart, prime minister of Barbados. “We welcome all the help we can get.”

Full Article >>
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/7f7b0d8e-5ea8-11e3-8621-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2o6sbp7HQ


Nurse sacked for mocking black colleagues by attaching a golliwog to her uniform and making monkey noises was then 'hired by council to draft race-relations policy'

A nurse who pinned a golliwog doll to her uniform to mock black colleagues went on to draft a council’s policy on race relations, a hearing was told.
Susan Horton branded a junior nurse a ‘gorilla’, joked about feeding them bananas and made monkey noises while discussing a black doctor.
She was sacked along with her colleague Sarah Cullum when their two-year reign of terror at St Mary’s Hospital in Kettering, Northamptonshire, was exposed.

But in a bizarre twist, a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing was told yesterday that after she was fired by the NHS in 2007, Horton was hired by Wellingborough Council as a community safety officer.

‘During her time at the council, Susan wrote a policy on race hate and delivered a talk on that to 300 employees at the council,’ said John Lynch, representing Horton.

Last night Horton and Cullum were kicked out of the nursing profession after being found guilty of more than 60 charges.
Richard Williams, of the NMC, said: ‘There was physical abuse of patients and use of inappropriate language when referring to patients both in front of them and behind their backs.’
The tribunal was told Horton and Cullum acted in ‘partnership’ to racially abuse staff at all levels, including senior doctors.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2168724/Nurse-sacked-mocking-black-colleagues-hired-council-draft-race-relations-policy.html#ixzz2nwG11wWM


2014 Miss France Hit With Racist Attacks Online

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The new Miss France, Flora Coquerel, has received a flurry of racist comments ever since she won the coveted pageant, Finnbay reports.
After Coquerel won the competition earlier this month, a firestorm emerged on Facebook and Twitter. Commenters referred to Coquerel, whose mother is from Benin, as a “n*gger” as well as one poster reportedly asking for “death to foreigners.” Another poster remarked, “It would be good to see a bit of White in our country.”
“I’m not a racist but shouldn’t the Miss France contest only be open to White girls?” one commenter posted at Elle.

Per French media outlets, the most-used hashtags the night Coquerel won included “#shame” and “#Blackn*gger.” Some articles in the country even went as far as saying Coquerel was riding the death of Nelson Mandela to her victory. Another alleged her win was because of President Francois Hollande’s “Black agenda” (Hollande has worked to create a more multicultural government recently).

Still, Coquerel brushed off the comments during her first press conference as Miss France, ”I am mixed race and proud to be so. Many people can identify with me. I am proof of a multicultural France.”

The response to Coquerel mirrors Sonia Rolland’s experience. Back in 2000, Rolland became the first Miss France of African descent. The Rwandan-born woman received a flurry of racist hate mail stemming from her victory.

“After I was voted in, I received 2,700 insulting letters, some of which I published in my book ‘Les Gazelles N’ont Pas Peur du Noir’ (The Gazelles Aren’t Afraid of Black),” Rolland told Elle.

“At the time, I opted not to speak about it. I didn’t want to give any importance to a small group of ignorant racists when those who had voted for me were open enough to choose a French-Rwandan mulatto woman.”

One of the letters Rolland received actually had fecal matter, with a note reportedly saying, “This is what your face reminds me off when I see you on television.”

According to Carol Mann, a sociology and gender studies professor at Paris’ Sciences Po University, this racism is heavily rooted in French culture.
“France has a deeply ingrained colonialist culture and still believes in a form of racial hierarchy and Gallic supremacy,” Mann said. That bias especially harms women, Mann argues, “The situation is especially touchy with women: ‘la petite française,’ ‘la parisienne’ are highly exportable and marketable myths that the French work hard at maintaining. And those expressions are usually synonymous with fair, European features such as Brigitte Bardot or Marion Cotillard,”


Black Feminists Blast Jezebel Over R. Kelly ‘Black Panties’ Review

Dec 3, 2013 By Kirsten West Savali

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Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known to the world as R. Kelly, may have dodged prosecution on 14 child pornography charges after “allegedly” filming himself having sex and urinating on a 13-year-old girl; he may have even managed to hold on to die-hard fans after he married late “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number” singer Aaliyah when she was just 15-years-old.

But Black women, at least those with any sense of solidarity and consciousness, have refused to forgive him—which is why Jezebel’s ode to the most famous statutory rapist since Roman Polanski is one huge, White feminist slap in the face and caused instantaneous and fierce online backlash.

Had Kelly’s young victims been White, Black feminists argued on Twitter, Jezebel would not dismiss their trauma in the name of “satire.” Had the victims been White, there would by no country for Kelly in any so-called feminist publication.

Mikki Kendall and Jamie Nesbitt Golden of @HoodFeminism, who tweet individually as ?@Karnythia and ?@thewayoftheid, launched the #FastTailGirls tag on Twitter, and the painful responses of Black women who recalled their own victimization and the accepted response —”You asked for it, you little fast-tail girl”—perfectly segued into Jezebel’s piece because that is the rationalization for Kelly’s continued popularity: The 13-year-old girl must have asked for it. She must have seduced him. You know how these little fast-tail girls are; they think they’re grown.

“Kelly’s ability to avoid consequences is unsurprising, Kendall wrote in a piece on RHRealityCheck.org. “Often it is easier for communities to focus on the girls in such cases than on potential predators.”

Sadly, these “fast-tail” accusations extend far beyond the R. Kelly controversy and often come from older women—our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, older sisters—who would rather shame young girls than challenge a patriarchy that victimizes us all.

Full Article >>http://newsone.com/2798294/r-kelly-jezebel-black-panties/
Related >>http://www.ligali.org/article.php?id=1835


Will Uganda really ban the miniskirt?

If a bill passed by the Ugandan parliament in December becomes law, women wearing miniskirts in public will face arrest – and some commentators believe this is just the start of a wholesale erosion of women's rights in the country

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/fashion-blog/2014/feb/03/will-uganda-ban-miniskirts


London Underground Racist Jailed for YouTube Rant Spread by Ricky Gervais Tweet

A man who racially abused two passengers on the London tube has been jailed after his rant was uploaded on YouTube and then spread on Twitter by comedian Ricky Gervais. Keith Hurdle unleashed a torrent of abuse at Kuniko Ingram on the Bakerloo line by telling her: "You're a vicious bunch of f****** c****."
Hurdle, who was drunk, claimed that his uncle had been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II and told her: "You tortured him. Get yourself off the train, get yourself off the train. You're nasty people, yeah? F*** off, get out of my country. Sayonara."

He then confronted the person filming the incident, saying: "Where are you from?" When asked the reason for his behaviour, he shouted: "Don't give it all that, I'll knock you out in one punch."

He then offered the bottle he had been swigging from and said: 'Do you want some of that? No, because you don't drink. You're a f****** Somalian c***."
Footage of the five-minute incident was uploaded on to the web and then retweeted.

Ingram told police of her fear at being confronted by Hurdle. She said: "I felt chills down my spine and I was fearful because I was becoming a target of his abuse."
Hurdle was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail at Westminster Magistrates Court for causing harassment and distress.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/528167/20131206/youtube-racist-rant-keith-hurdle-ricky-gervais.htm


British cover-up over African colonies exposed

29 November 2013

Secret UK government documents have revealed an attempt by Britain to conceal its actions in former British colonies. Hundreds of documents set out the scope of Operation Legacy where officials in Malaya, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Jamaica destroyed evidence in the 1950s and 1960s relating to controversial British intelligence and policing operations. VoR spoke to David Anderson, professor of African history at the University of Warwick. David Anderson says the documents released this week confirm how extensive and well-organised the programme of document destruction and government retention really was.
He says that there are things that Britain wished to keep to itself because it could be potentially politically embarrassing.

“There is also the sense that Britain felt that incoming governments in its former colonies might wish to use the evidence contained in files, such as these, as sticks to beat their former colonial masters with.”

It is interesting to compare the proportions of materials destroyed and retained in different colonies, says David Anderson.“For example in Malaya, south-east Asia, almost wholesale destruction of any file that might incriminate Britain in any way, hundreds of thousands of files were incinerated. In case of Kenya, a bit later, they saved a large proportion and brought those back to London, but they still destroyed hundreds of thousands of files in Kenya.”

“Even if former colonies, such as Nigeria and Uganda, there are papers released relating to the management and conduct of elections and the management of political parties in the last phase of empire. And some of the revelations in those files will be quite surprising to Ugandan and Nigerian politicians, as they realize the extent to which Britain went to try and manipulate an outcome that favoured British interests.”

Read more:
http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2013_11_29/British-cover-up-over-African-colonies-exposed-5683/


How Blair 'plotted to topple Mugabe by invading Zimbabwe'

By Tamara Cohen / 27 November 2013

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Tony Blair planned to invade Zimbabwe with South African support and oust Robert Mugabe after the country descended into chaos, it was claimed yesterday. Former South African president Thabo Mbeki said Mr Blair asked for his help in 2000. But Mr Mbeki favoured a negotiated settlement and, despite pressure from Britain to join military action to depose Mr Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, he refused.

During his presidency from 1999 until 2008 he said South Africa and Britain were in stark disagreement over how to handle Mugabe. He added: ‘The problem was, we were speaking from different positions. ‘There were other people saying, “There are political problems, economic problems – the best way to solve them is regime change. Mugabe must go”. This was the difference.

Full Article >>
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2514557/How-Blair-plotted-topple-Mugabe-invading-Zimbabwe.html


Mandela’s will worth $4.1 million, nothing for Winnie

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Nelson Mandela’s estate, worth roughly $4.1 million, will be shared between his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa, the will’s executors said Monday.

Mandela’s third wife, Graca Machel, is the main beneficiary of the will because their marriage was “in community of property” and she therefore has the right to half his estate, as long as she claims it within 90 days, said executor Dikgang Moseneke, who is also deputy chief justice of the Constitutional Court. Graca Machel’s first husband, President Samora Machel of Mozambique, died in a plane crash in 1986.

Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was not mentioned in the will. The couple divorced in 1996.

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/mandelas-will-worth-4-1-million-nothing-for-winnie/


'Racist' judges are MORE likely to jail black and Asian criminals for the same offences - and give them longer sentences, says Ministry of Justice

24 November 2013

Judges and magistrates have been branded 'institutionally racist', following the publication of an official government study which found white defendants are handed more lenient sentences. The report, produced by the Ministry of Justice, found black and Asian criminals were almost 20 per cent more likely to be jailed than whites for similar offences, the Independent on Sunday reports.

It also revealed that the average sentence handed to an Afro-Caribbean offender is seven months longer than the average sentence for a white criminal. In cases when white defendants were found to have had previous convictions, many were still found to be being treated more leniently than non-whites with cleaner records.

The MoJ described the disparities as area of 'increasing concern' and said they were working to address the issue.
Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green told the Independent on Sunday: 'The Criminal Justice System should work to promote equality, and should not discriminate against anyone because of their race.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2512758/Racist-judges-MORE-likely-jail-black-Asian-criminals-offences--longer-sentences-says-Ministry-Justice.html


Michigan police suspend cop behind humiliating, 'racist' footage of black man 

By Doyle Murphy / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Sunday, November 24, 2013

The officer allegedly filmed his mentally ill victim, Michael Scipio, in the suburbs of Detroit and passed the videos among friends and relatives. Grosse Pointe Park police are still investigating.

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Police in a Detroit suburb yanked a cop off the street after he reportedly told a mentally ill black man to sing and dance so he could record humiliating videos.
The Grosse Pointe Park police officer has admitted making several videos that sparked public outrage and accusations of racist abuse, according to the Motor City Muckraker, the news blog that first posted the footage.“We all feel deeply, deeply sorry for the video we saw on the Website,” Grosse Pointe spokesman Greg Bowens told the Detroit Free Press. “This is not a true reflection of the people of the city of Grosse Pointe Park. People are working very hard to hold the ones responsible for that video accountable.”

A middle-aged black man sings and makes strange noises, apparently at the direction of a police officer, the grainy footage shows.
“Go ahead, do your song,” the person behind the camera says on the video. Bowens didn’t name the suspended cop, but Muckraker had previously identified him as Officer Michael Njam.

Read more:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/michigan-police-suspend-behind-racist-footage-black-man-article-1.1527387#ixzz2leCvsZtO


Alabama posthumously pardons three Scottsboro Boys

21 November 2013

The US state of Alabama has granted posthumous pardons to three black teenagers wrongly accused of raping two white girls on a train in 1931.
Treatment of the youths known as the Scottsboro Boys - nine in all - helped spark the US Civil Rights movement. The boys were convicted by all-white juries.
Eight were sentenced to death but none was ever executed. Five of the boys' convictions were overturned, and a sixth was pardoned in 1976.

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www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25046096


Steven Taylor may be charged by FA despite apology over 'racist' tweet

By Louise Taylor and Jamie Jackson, Friday 15 November 2013

Steven Taylor could be charged by the Football Association and fined by Newcastle United after posting a desperately ill-judged picture on Twitter apparently mocking four black team-mates.

Taylor was quick to apologise for his response to a message from Massadio Haïdara, who teased him about his attempts to learn French, and is understood to feel remorseful about a tweet taken in good humour by his black colleagues Papiss Cissé, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko and Haïdara, but which can be construed as crudely racist.

Retorting to Haïdara's dismissal of his linguistic skills, the centre-half wrote: "It's always good to see you guys smiling" and attached a picture depicting four black faces. One was an actual picture of Anita, the others of individuals wearing a black mask while displaying bright white teeth, what appeared to be an afro wig and perhaps African tribal clothes.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/nov/15/steven-taylor-apologises-racist-tweet-newcastle


African Female Debaters Make History

By Anastasia Simon on 14 November 2013

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On October 7, 2013, two Fresno State University debaters became the first African-American women to take home first and second-place in the 42 year history of the Henry Clay Invitational Debates. According to Fresno State’s The Collegian, the annual debate, held this year at the University of Kentucky, was first established in 1971 and is the country’s oldest and largest U.S. policy, varsity debate tournament. Despite it being the first semester in debate for Nadia Lewis, she took first-place in the competition and  is now ranked 29th in the nation. Her teammate who took second-place, Jamila Ahmed, is in her second year in debate and ranked 16th in the nation.

Dr. Shanara Reid-Brinkley, director of debate at the University of Pittsburgh told the paper, “ Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed have accomplished a feat that many debaters around the country can only dream of achieving.” She went on to say, “And, it is important to note that they did so as virtual novices competing in the varsity level division.”

Instead of using standard debate methods, the two young women used a non-traditional approach employing the use of poetry, song, drawn metaphors and criticism of the structure of debate as it exists today. The women also often weave their personal experiences with the struggles faced by African-American women through their debates.

http://urbanmecca.net/news/2013/11/14/black-female-debaters-make-history/


Ghana accuses UK recycling firm Environcom of illegal fridge imports

Country impounds huge shipment and claims British companies are using it as dumping ground for toxic old appliances
By Afua Hirsch, 4 November 2013

One of the UK's largest recycling companies has imported thousands of banned second-hand fridges into Ghana, according to the west African country's energy regulator. Thousands of fridges discarded by British households have been shipped to Ghana by Environcom, which describes itself as the UK's largest electrical re-use and recycling company, flouting rules designed to protect the country's environment against harmful chemicals, according to the Ghanaian authorities.
"Environcom have sent a shipment of about 37 containers – almost 4,000 second-hand fridges – to Ghana," said Victor Owusu, public affairs spokesman for Ghana's energy commission. Environcom has links to British retailers Dixons and Argos, which supply used appliances to the company for recycling. It admitted exporting the fridges to Ghana but said it did so before the ban came into place.

A study by Greenpeace found that as much as 75% of "second-hand goods" imported to Africa could not be reused, and that in Ghana, goods that had been dumped were releasing hazardous substances into the environment, including toxic metal lead; chemicals such as the phthalates DEHP and DBP, which are known to interfere with sexual reproduction; and chlorinated dioxins known to promote cancer.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/04/ghana-uk-environcom-illegal-fridge-imports?commentpage=1


Racist France is back, says country’s first black newsreader

5 November 2013

Presenter claims monkey jibes against minister made him feel 'reduced to my negro condition’

France is blighted by “deep-seated racism”, the country’s most prominent black newsreader claimed yesterday, following outrage over “monkey” comments concerning the black justice minister. Harry Roselmack, 40, became the first non-white presenter of a French mainstream television news programme when he stood in seven years ago on the evening broadcast of the country’s most-watched channel, TF1. But yesterday the poster boy for Gallic multiculturalism said that for all the country’s supposed advances, “racist France is back”.

In an opinion piece in Le Monde newspaper, Mr Roselmack lamented “the deep-seated racism that withstands time and words of order, not just within the FN [the far-Right Front National] but in the deepest parts of French society”. While the values of the republic allowed him to forget he was black “most of the time”, recent events have “reduced me to my negro condition”, he said. He was writing after Christiane Taubira, the justice minister, was racially abused several times in recent weeks.
The first incident came when a National Front mayoral candidate likened Miss Taubira to a monkey, and later said she would “rather see her in the trees than in the government”.


The Rape of Harriet Tubman

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[2013] marked the 100th anniversary of the passing of Harriet Tubman. I had the opportunity to celebrate that fact when organizing a special symposium back in March, resulting in some thought-provoking critical papers on her legacy of resistance, which I’m currently guest-editing for Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism.

One of the more interesting conversations that came out of this event questioned why, on the anniversary of her death, we have yet to experience an epic cinematic treatment of her life.  She certainly qualified for that great Hollywood biopic. Against all odds, as a disabled enslaved woman, she escaped to freedom–having learned of the Underground Railroad network that included support from black and white allies–and once she made it to the other side returned to slavery 17 more times to free countless other slaves.

Tubman used all sorts of wit and trickery to enable her dangerous journey in this secretive network, and even believed in her divine right and power to engage in liberation. She collaborated with John Brown on the raid at Harper’s Ferry, recruiting slaves for the project, but her illness at the time prevented her from taking part in the uprising. During the Civil War, she served as a Union army spy, nurse and soldier, and in 1863, she led a successful military campaign on Combahee River in South Carolina, resulting in the liberation of 750 slaves.

In short, she’s the stuff of legend–for black history, women’s history, American history. The fictional Django from Django Unchainedain’t got nothing on her!

But on the year of her centennial anniversary, what does Tubman get instead of the great Hollywood biopic? She gets a “sex tape.”

You read that correctly. Recently, in an internet launch of his new YouTube channel, All Def Digital, rap media mogul Russell Simmons featured a failed comedic video titled Harriet Tubman Sex Tape–the first in the line-up of this new series.

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/08/17/the-rape-of-harriet-tubman/


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Creative Futures

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Starting February 2014: Learn a skill to start up your own creative business

Choose from cake baking/decorating to fashion and home accessories

Contact: oleander@creativelifestyle.org.uk


BUNDU DIA KONGO (BDK)

Afrikan cultural and spiritual group working towards the spiritual and psychological growth and development of Afrikans all over the world. Let us make a positive change now. Learn about Afrikan prophets, Afrikan history and Afrikan spiritual practices at our weekly Zikua.

Every Sun at 1.30–4.30pm at Chestnuts Community & Arts Centre, 280 St Ann’s Road, Tottenham, London, N15 5BN. Tel: Makaba - 07951 059 853.

Every Sun at 12.30–3.15pm at Malika House, 81 George Street, Lozells, Birmingham, B19 1Sl. Tel: Mbuta Mayala – 07404 789 329.


MASHUFAA - Spirit Of A Warrior

Mashufaa

Mashufaa is a martial are created for the mental, physical and spiritual upliftment of a generation of people who have become detached from themselves! Mashufaa is about living a life with light through the sweat of training. Sweat lets you know you are alive.

Remember Mind, Body and Spirit are one. Train to live and live to train.

Every Week,Monday, Thursday and Friday and Saturday between 7 - 9:30pm
Venues in: Tottenham, Deptford and Harrow

Adm: 1st lesson is free. Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson. Members £2.00 per lesson

Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk

For further details please contact us on: 020 8808 7547 / 07956 337 391 or, via email on: info@mashufaa.co.uk


THE AUSAR AUSET SOCIETY GI GONG CLASSES

Every Monday at 7.30–9pm at Hazel Road Community Centre, Hazel Road, Kensal Green, London, NW10 5PP. Adm: £5 per class. Tel: 07951- 252-427. E-mail: Tauinetwork.europe@gmail.com


SHAKE! Arts, Media, Race, Power

When: Monday-Friday, 17-21 February 2014
Where: Stephen Lawrence Centre, 39 Brookmill Road, Deptford, London SE8 4HU
Adm: Free

A free five-day course for 16-25 year olds to creatively express feelings and frustrations about the injustices of society.

Activities include:

  • Interactive workshops with artists and educators
  • Online media, film/video and music technology
  • Access to a/v equipment and workshop spaces
  • Opportunities to showcase work

Community Events

Xtra History and Reasoning Sessions

 

When: Dec 2013 – May 2014
Where: Mayors Parlour, Harrow Civic Centre

This is a free, intimate, family-friendly, semi-monthly Monday 6.30-8.30pm global African history discussion hosted by Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante in her Parlour and facilitated by history consultant Kwaku (Akoben Awards)

The Xtra Sessions are an opportunity to use History to discuss issues of concern, and to explore possible solutions and ways forward - hence, it's not just about giving a spot for historians and history practitioners, but also support organisations within the community, such a mentors, parenting groups, supplementary schools, etc.

"As a supporter of history programmes, I want Harrow to be the beacon of African history discourse during my mayoralty," Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante.

The presenters can be history practitioners, lecturers, community activists, or authors referencing from books that have an historical relevance. Topics and presenters thus far confirmed for 2014 (there may be extra Sessions, so make sure you're on our email list):


Session 4: Feb 10, 6.30-8.30pm African Voices: Taking Strength From Global African Quotations (Awula Serwah).

Session 5: Feb 24, 6.30-8.30pm Nubian Jak’s African History Month International Quiz (Nubian Jak).

Session 6: March 3, 6.30-8.30pm Laura Adorkor Kofi: Once A UNIA Woman Activist (Nana Asante).

Session 7: April 14, 6.30-8.30pm tbc

Session 8: April 28, 6.30-8.30pm The London Years: The Impact Of The City On African And African Caribbean Political Thinkers (Brother Omowale).

Session 9: May 12, 6.30-8.30pm African British Civil Rights: The Remixed Documentaries (Kwaku).

Session 10: May 26, 6.30-8.30pm Exploring London's Black Music History (tbc).


Please note that because of limited space, attendance at Xtra Sessions is only by booking via the www.XtraHistory.eventbrite.com booking page.

Dress code: Smart casual. We thank all attendees for not wearing trainers, track suit or leggings.
Booking: Because of limited space, you are requested to pre-book via the XtraHistory.eventbrite.com booking page. When an event is oversubscribed, those that have already booked may be required to re-confirm their booking.

For more details: akobenawards@gmail.com.

The north west London borough of Harrow is one of the few boroughs that focuses on African and History, and a Season, instead of a Month, for its African/BHM programming


1838 Making Freedom Touring Exhibition 2014

When: Wednesday 5th February 2014 - Saturday 22nd February 2014, Monday to Friday 15.00 - 19.00, Saturday 13.00 - 18.00
Where: Croydon Supplementary Education Project, 32 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EF
Adm: Free

Greetings

You are cordially welcome to MAKING FREEDOM, an exhibition marking the 175th anniversary of the 1838 Emancipation of nearly a million Africans in the Caribbean. It was on the First of August that liberty was won after they had been enslaved for all or most of their lives.

The text and a selection of images in the exhibition can be viewed at:
http://www.makingfreedom.co.uk/
windrush.project@gmail.com


T: 020 8686 7865

Presented by Windrush Foundation in association with Croydon Supplementary Education Project
Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)


Business Support For New Brent Creative Businesses

When: 7 February 2014
Where: The Grange, Neasden Roundabout, Neasden Lane, NW10 1QB.

Do you live in Brent, aged between 18-30 and have an idea for a new business in the creative industry? The Opening Doors Network Project can provide free business support. SABA Office 0208 776 6776/07932 949 319

www.openingdoorsnet.biz


'Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America' Book Launch

When: Thurs 6 Feb at 5.30pm
Where: Institute of the Americas, University College London, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN.

Discussion of how the book examines the historical, cultural and political dimensions of race in the United States, using an interdisciplinary analysis that incorporates approaches from history, political science, and sociology. They also consider the controversial issues addressed in the book, notably whether Obama can be considered an African-American president, whether his presidency actually delivered the kind of deep-rooted racial changes initially prophesied, and whether Obama has abandoned his core African-American constituency in favour of projecting a race-neutral approach designed to maintain centrist support.   

www.ucl.ac.uk/americas/ia-events/postracial-america


AUTOGRAPH ABP PRESENTS CONGO DIALOGUES: ALICE SEELEY HARRIS AND SAMMY BALOJI’

When: Until Until Fri 7 Mar 2014
Where: Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA.
Adm: Free.

A rarely seen archive dating from 1904, created by English missionary Alice Seeley Harris in the Congo Free State. These pioneering photographs publicly exposed the violent consequences of human rights abuses at the turn of the century, and are exhibited alongside newly commissioned work from acclaimed contemporary Congolese artist Sammy Baloji. ‘Congo Dialogues’ marks the 175th anniversary of Anti-Slavery International and the invention of photography. The Alice Seeley Harris archive was last shown to the public 110 years ago.

‘Keynote Lecture & Roundtable: Photography and Violence’. On Thu 6 Feb at 6.30-8.30pm. Adm:

Free, booking essential.

‘Panel Discussion: Politics of the Congo, Now and Then’. On Thu 13 Feb at 6.30-8.30pm. Adm:

Free, booking essential.

‘Film Screening & Q+A, Sven Augustijnen: Spectres’. On Mon 24 Feb at 6-8.30pm. Adm: Free, booking essential.

‘Film Screening & In Conversation, Sammy Baloji: Mémoire’. On Thu 27 Feb at 6.30-8.30pm. Adm: Free, booking essential.

‘Curators' Gallery Talk’. On Sat 1 Mar at 2-3pm. Adm: Free, no booking required


Memorial for Dr Abiola Ogunsola

When: 8th February 2014, 2pm - 4pm
Where: Cass School of Education and Communities Stratford Campus, UEL, Water Lane, Stratford, London, E15 4LZ

A memorial event in memory and celebration of the life of Dr Abiola Ogunsola.

If you wish to attend then please RSVP to Laura Scott, PA to the Dean: l.scott@uel.ac.uk 0208 223 2578

http://uel.web.ucu.org.uk/2014/01/09/memorail-for-dr-abiola-ogunsola-2pm-8th-february/


AFRO SUPA HERO EXHIBITION  (‘FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE - SUPA WORLD’)

When: Until Sun 9th Feb 10am-5.45pm (Fri 7 Feb at 6.30-9.45pm)

Where: V&A, Museum Of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E1. Adm: Free 

This exhibition of Jon Daniel's action figures, comic books and games offer an insight into the experience of a boy of Afrikan Caribbean heritage growing up in 1960s and 1970s Britain, in search of his identity. Born in East Sheen in southwest London Jon Daniel found his positive role models in the Caribbean culture of his family and the Afrikan-American culture of the US. In his late twenties, Jon began collecting primarily 1970s action figures, feeling that they most strongly embodied the era of his childhood. In the display Meteor Man, Mr T and Lieutenant Uhura stand alongside real-life icons Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Also on show are games and comics including ‘Black Lightning’, ‘The Falcon’ and ‘Lobo’, one of a two-issue series featuring the first leading Afrikan American character in the genre.

ww.museumofchildhood.org.uk


Stand Up For The Felix Dexter Foundation

When: 9 February 2014, 6:30pm
Where: Apollo Hammersmith, London W6 9QH
Adm: £21

On the evening of Sunday 9th February a plethora of top comedians including Sean Lock, Alan Carr,  Jo Brand, Jack Dee, Dara O Briain, Omid Djalili, Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson and Stephen K Amos, will be amongst those performing at Stand Up For Felix Dexter.

The benefit is being held at Eventim Apollo to help raise funds for the new foundation set up in memory of the much loved, talented and articulate comedian who died tragically young on 18th October.  Other performers include Curtis Walker, Alistair McGowan, John Simmit, Felicity Ethnic, Jocelyn Jee Esien (Little Miss Jocelyn), BiBi Crew, Leo Muhammad, Victor Romero Evans and Eddie Kadie. 

http://www.eventimapollo.com/events/detail/stand-up-for-the-felix-dexter-foundation

Biography

Once named Time Out Comedian of the Year, Felix Dexter was born on 9th February in Saint Kitts in the Caribbean.

He moved to Surrey with his family at the age of seven. He studied Law at University College London and began training as a barrister before embarking on a career in comedy. A pioneer of black comedy, his many, varied and very, very funny television and radio credits include: Down The Line, Bellamy’s People, Absolutely Fabulous, Have I Got News For You, Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge, The Lenny Henry Show, The Real McCoy and, most recently, Citizen Khan, the second series of which was screening when he died.

Felix also starred on stage opposite Hollywood actor Christian Slater in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as well as spending a season performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

A modest and private man he died after a long and dignified struggle with myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer in October 2013.


AFRICAN ODYSSEYS FILM PROGRAMME* DOUBLE SCREENING:

‘Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal/Let the Fire Burn’ with Cecil Gutzmore introducing and discussing with others

When: On Sat 8 Feb 2014 at 1pm
Where: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT
Adm: £6 or £10 (joint ticket)

‘Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal’.

Dir: Stephen Vittoria With Alice Walker, Cornel West and Angela Davis. Dur: 120min. On Sat 8 Feb at 1pm.

Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. Now after more than 30 years in prison and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia is not only still alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke and inspire. Stephen Vittoria's new feature documentary is an inspiring portrait of a man whom many consider America's most famous political prisoner - a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression. Through prison interviews, archival footage, and dramatic readings, and aided by a potent chorus of voices including Cornel West, Alice Walker, Dick Gregory, Angela Davis, Amy Goodman and others, this riveting film explores Mumia's life before, during and after Death Row - revealing, in the words of Angela Davis, "the most eloquent and most powerful opponent of the death penalty in the world...the 21st Century Frederick Douglass."

‘Let the Fire Burn’

Dir: Jason Osder. Dur: 95min. On Sat 8 Feb at 3.35pm

This impressive debut documentary investigates the tragic 1985 stand-off between the Philadelphia police force and a small radical organisation known as MOVE. In 1985 a stand-off between the Philadelphia police force and a small radical organisation known as MOVE ended in tragedy with the death of 11 people and 61 houses burned to the ground. 'Let the Fire Burn' were the fateful words that gave the police carte blanche to wait over an hour before extinguishing the blaze. MOVE, whose members were predominantly African-Americans, was seen as visionary by some and as a dangerous cult by others.

Box Office: 020 7928 3232 (11.30am-8.30pm daily)


Is Intervention Ever Justified?

When: 10 February 2014, 7-9pm
Where: Rumi's Cave, 28 Willesden Road, London NW6 7ST
Adm: £Free

Dr Hakim Adi, historian and author of Pan-Africanism and Communism will speak on this question looking at current events in the Central African Republic and South Sudan and at the lessons of other conflicts. There will be time for discussion to dig down into this topic - a topic of key concern to humanitarians and the anti war movement.

Organised by Brent Stop the War


‘HISTORICISING SLAVERY AND ENGAGING THE YOUNGER GENERATION’

When: On Tues 11 Feb 2014 at 1-2pm
Where: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

The Legacies of British Slave-ownership project has developed an online database which uses the compensation records, a listing of all of those who received money when slavery was abolished in the 1830s, to highlight Britons’ connection to slave-ownership. Of those listed, over 3000 were absentees, men and women who lived in Britain – many of whom never visited the Caribbean. The project team is now tracing the development of estates in the Caribbean held by these absentees in order to further understand how their estates were managed and transferred over time. Kristy Warren, Research Associate, UCL, one of the Research Associates on the project, completed her PhD at the University of Warwick in 2012. Her thesis investigates the extent to which the positions taken by Bermudian politicians and social commentators, concerning the question of independence in the British Overseas Territory, are informed by their lived experiences and understandings of the island’s past. Prior to starting the PhD, she worked at The National Archives in Kew on a Heritage Lottery Funded cataloguing and outreach project entitled Your Caribbean Heritage. She is interested in the ways in which people remember, interpret, and value the past. This talk will show how the database can be used. 

http://events.ucl.ac.uk/event/event:vc-hobm246s-e5f2a4/historicising-slavery-and-engaging-the-younger-generation


So Love Jones Night

When: Saturday 15 February 2014, 8pm until late.
Where: Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, London SW2 1JQ
Adm: £5

If you have ever loved, lost in love, hungered for love, fallen in love, fallen out of love or sacrificed for love then So Love Jones Night of poetry, prose and song is dedicated to you. FREE. Quality champagne, scrumptious cupcakes, and a hot African/Caribbean buffet. Oh, and not forgetting our classic Jamaican rum punch. We have 5 artists, including poets, singers and DJs booked. We are creating a cosy loving space to celebrate and reflect on love. All this goodness for just £5 per ticket. Tickets from Brixton Library (from Feb 1st) or online www.theafrikanfamilyworks.net.

This is strictly a ticket only event!


Lover's Rock Monologues

Lovers Rock Monologiues

When: FRIDAY 14 & SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2014
Where: MILLFIELD THEATRE, Silver Street, Edmonton, London N18 1PJ

Box Office: 020 8807 6680
Online Ticket Sales: CLICK HERE
Don't miss the critically acclaimed HIT SHOW Lover's Rock Monologues from
Janet Kay,Victor Romero Evans and Carroll Thompson.

This top-class show is packed with classic British Lover's Rock songs together with heart-warming and hilarious stories of growing up in the '70s and 80's.
It's sure to spark fond memories and have you rocking in your seat!

Ain't I A Woman? What's race got to do with it?

Lovers Rock Monologiues

When: 17 - 21 February 2014
Where: SOAS
Adm: Free (Except play)

Brought to you by the SOAS Women Society, 'Ain't I A Woman? What’s race got to do with it?' will explore the intersectionality of gender and race in a week-long series of events centred around Ntozake Shange's play 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.’

The play will open and close the event series. Buy your tickets here or next week in the SOAS JCR!

Schedule: open to all, both SOAS and non-SOAS people

Please note that you do not need a ticket for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You do, however, need to purchase a ticket for the Monday and Friday performances of the play.


Monday, 17 February 2014, 8pm: Performance (DLT, G2)
'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf' + Q&A with director and actresses
Directed by Adam Tulloch


Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 7pm: Workshop (JCR)
Redefining the Strong Black Woman: recognising and resisting oppression

Speakers: Mundia Situmbeko (Writer and Present of 'Kickin' It With The Kinks'), Femi Otitoju (Equality and Diversity Consultant), Chardine Taylor-Stone (Drummer for Black feminist punk band Big Joanie), michelle holmes (Yogi and blogger)


Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 7pm: Panel Discussion (JCR)
Black (Mis)Representation
Chaired by Brenna Bhandar, SOAS

Talking points: Mainstream feminism and Black Feminism; mainstream representations of Black women; shadism; Black masculinity

Panelists: Minna Salami - MsAfropolitan (blogger), Emma Dabiri-The Diaspora Diva (blogger), Lola Okolosie (Black Feminists), Ife Adedeji (journalist), Ini Dele-Adedeji (SOAS PhD Student)


Thursday, 20 February 2014, 7pm: Conversations (JCR)
Black Feminism 101: Claiming spaces in mainstream feminism
Facilitated by Charmaine Elliott, Black Feminists UK


Friday, 21 February 2014, 7pm: Performance (DLT, G2)
‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicie When the Rainbow Is Enuf’ + reception
Directed by Adam Tulloch


We thank Black Feminists UK and Media Diversified for their help with organising this event series.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/event-series-aint-i-a-woman-whats-race-got-to-do-with-it-tickets-5718119048


The Huntley Conference - When They Were Young: Re-Searching Our Archives

When: Saturday, 22 February 2014 from 09:30 to 17:30
Where:
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HB
Adm:
£10.00 / Under 18 - £Free

The Ninth Annual Huntley Conference specially dedicated to the late Jessica Huntley (1927 - 2013)

View archive materials from this amazing African-Caribbean collection.

The Huntley youth forum will explore London in the 1970s when diasporas met and intellectuals were fighting on the front line.

An exciting line up of speakers include, Paul Reid, Toyin Agbetu and Patrick Vernon.
The conference will launch the brand new Huntley website.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-huntley-conference-when-they-were-young-re-searching-our-archives-tickets-8973133885


NABSS AHM: Why Do We Need AHM?

When: 22 February 2014, 3 – 6pm
Where: Birkbeck University, Stratford Campus

A screening of the film produced by Nosa Igbinedion “Why Do We Still Need Black History Month” followed by a panel discussion.

Look How Far We've Come: Racism, The Bristol Bus Boycott,  Black History Month, The Black Sections,  And Where Are We In Today's Union Jack?

When: Tuesday 25 February 2014, 5.30-7pm
Where: House of Commons

The launch of the Kwaku's 'Look How Far We've Come...' African British history resources, which document African British histories from the context of racism and racial equality policies. Hosted by Rt Hon David Lammy MP, some of the Look... contributors* will be on hand, plus there will be discussions around issues highlighted in the Look... book and DVD.

Includes Ansel Wong, Baroness Ros Howells, Bernard Wiltshire, Brother Omowale, Clarence Thompson, Cllr Lincoln Beswick, Cllr Lurline Champanie, David Lammy MP, Dawn Butler, Darcus & Leila Howe, Diane Abbott MP, Dr Morgan Dalphinis, Dr Richard Stone, Donald Hinds, Eric & Jessica Huntley, Fabian & Mavis Best, Guy Bailey, Lee Jasper, Linda Bellos, Lord Anthony Lester, Lord Bill Morris, Lord Herman Ouseley, Marc Wadsworth, Narendra Makanji, Norman Mullings, Paul Stephenson, Phil Sealy, Prof Gus John, Prof Harry Goulbourne, Prof Paul Gilroy, Russell Profitt, Suresh Kamath, Tony Benn, Toyin Agbetu, Waveney Bushell, Wilf Sullivan, Yvonne Brewster, Zita Holbourne...

For more information or to book: www.LookHowFar.eventbrite.com


BEN OKRI ON AYUBA SULEIMAN DIALLO: A DIALOGUE ACROSS TIME

When: Until Sun 16 Mar 2014
Where: The National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2.
Adm: Free.

The eighteenth-century portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo is the earliest known British portrait of a freed enslaved Afrikan. Fascinated with Diallo's enigmatic story, poet Ben Okri responds to the subject in a new poem, 'Diallo's Testament', as part of his involvement in the portrait's tour of partner venues around the UK.


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