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Toyin Agbetu
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Nyansapo – Creative Insanity

‘Those who wear pearls do not know how often the shark bites the leg of the diver’ – African Proverb, Amharic


It’s official, I always knew I was insane (but not mad – HUGE difference) but now ‘scientists’ studying how the mind works through use of brain scans have seemingly discovered that “creativity is akin to insanity their claims that there are “striking similarities in the thought pathways of highly creative people and those with schizophrenia” does not make comfortable reading if you believe this sort of thing.

The Present

Last week on the radio I was engaged in a discussion on the liberation of African art. Without realising it, the reasoning with Elder Fowokan (Fowokan), Bro Alvin Kofi (Kofi Arts), Sis Jennifer Lewis (Pepperstorm) and Bro Ken McCalla (Yahwarts) opened up something deep inside me. But as much as the on-air session challenged the very notion of how we see art, where we can and should place it in our lives - it was only as we were talking privately just before my guests were leaving the studio that the words if I am not able to be creative, I will die spiritually insideleft my mouth.

There was a brief silence and then nods of acknowledgement. I had not planned to say that, indeed I had not realised how close it was to the surface of my consciousness, but once released it set into motion a process of transformation that begins today with these very words I am writing.

I have enjoyed working through Ligali, indeed every week we continue to attract new subscribers, so hopefully that is indicative of your enjoyment too. Over the past ten years I have been blessed to meet and greet so many spirits of good character there are too many to mention. The warmth and depth of the support from volunteers and kind supporters over the years has been a privilege that although I may not say it enough, has not only humbled me, but also educated and grounded me. Thank you is not adequate to express the reciprocal love I have for you all. I have tried my best not to let you down.

However my values and beliefs on the issue of African people to not only recognise but also demonstrate good leadership requires I walk the path that I hope others from our next generation will follow. Elders whilst retaining positions offering guidance and council must make way for the day to day operations of our communities freedom struggle to be led by fresh blood, new talent - youthful energy.

Whilst my ego nudges me, tempting me to remain as head of the organisation I founded, my spirit demands I embrace change making way and passing the baton on to a next generation of young Africans to take charge of our collective destiny. To have confidence that we have nurtured them and that with elders continuing to provide sufficient guidance and protection they have the potential of delivering progressive action by reimagining and implementing solutions for the challenges ahead.

They will make mistakes, as have we all. But with our support they will learn from them and with time forge new brilliant approaches reminiscent of the strategies of our Ancestors who through sheer will and determination carried us this far despite facing conditions that were immeasurably harder.

You see for us to survive in the future we must learn to adapt, to successfully navigate hostile territories and to provide a secure platform for those who are coming to continue the journey - not start the struggle again from scratch.

I don’t know about you but I am tired of seeing the same old faces in the media, reading the same old words in the newspapers, hearing the same old voices on the radio, repeating the same stale old talk that has failed to deliver us anything like justice despite the elevation of the few in our community at the cost of the majority.

It is for these reasons that on 5 June 2010, the anniversary of my fathers’ birth, I have decided to no longer lead the Ligali Organisation. I’ll be straight up right now and tell you I don’t know exactly how this will work. I am not an idle man and so I will continue to work for us, perhaps through volunteering with various other organisations, but by the end of June 2010 my active participation in leading Ligali initiatives such as the publication of this newsletter, the radio station, political party and other community projects will come to a halt. Our resources will stay available for as long as we receive donations making it possible for us to produce or host them. Those of you who send written articles that are relevant to Ligali’s ethos will continue to be published, but other than publishing Africentric cultural media and providing a forum for discussion and sharing of news and cultural reviews, Ligali as a campaigning organisation will cease to exist.

The Future

Perhaps if our sista Diane Abbott loses her bid to lead the tired Old-Labour party she with Oona King or perhaps David Lammy and Trevor Phillips as her deputies could take over and run Ligali. I jest, apologies if you find my attempts at satire in poor taste.

But the real issue at hand is to recognise that we as a community need grass root advocates for our concerns that are both willing and capable of articulating our concerns without stagnant rhetoric or political and/or spiritual compromise. We do not seek our leaders to be robots, they are allowed mistakes as long as they are honest enough top freely admit them, but they must also be as our esteemed Ancestor Walter Rodney called it ‘grounded’ as well as having integrity both politically and spiritually.

The names we often see in the media described as ‘community leaders’, ‘church leaders’ or ‘role models’ are not that far removed ideologically from the pale, male and stale cabal that is responsible for much of our educative deprivation, socio-economic inequality and political misfortune. Consider them a satirical tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum nightmare manifested as real. E.g. Cameron and Clegg, Blair and Brown, Powell and Condoleezza in ‘blackface’ if you’d like.

The ‘black’ role muddles that are endlessly promoted to our children as having values to emulate sadly provide examples of moral cowardice and when accepting accolades from the state for obedience to empire – edacious vanity.

The Truth is that if we really seek liberation then our leadership must start from within.

Within our community, within our families… within ourselves.

For the last ten years the Ligali organisation has tried it’s best to assist in developing and cultivating this kind of awareness and although we are still portrayed to many of our people as a ‘radical’ underground movement, to the grass root community workers delivering tangible result to our plight (and often those who we through fear, political passivity or naivety allow to hold power over us) - we represent something totally different. We have undoubtedly had some success and some failures; nonetheless the history of Maafa as ever will reveal those who worked for our people, and those who betrayed us.

But right now even history is under attack.

Michael Gove the Tory education secretary of this new British ConDem government has indicated that he intends to involve Niall Ferguson, the racist empire loving historian in the overhaul of the way history is taught in British schools. If we had more awareness of scholars who have either formally or informally studied African history such as Hakim Adi, Ama Biney and Kimani Nehusi then I could relax knowing that our story is safe hands. Sadly this is not the case, African history departments are being shut down in universities, many state funded ‘black’ history month events are vehicles for buffoonery, ‘urban’ films are assimilating our children into a culture of vacuous aspirations and conscious music alongside other liberatory themed media is denied a platform to inspire, to fire up potential, to liberate self, family and community.  

As a father and son of Africa I feel the responsibility to tackle the miseducation and cultural disinheritance of our young people face on, meaning I will have to leave the political fight to the many outlets and activists we already have and engage with sharing our Truth using some of the other talents the Creator has blessed with me.

Music and Politics

Thomas Sankara and Fela Kuti
Revolutionary Pan Africanists: Thomas Sankara and Fela Kuti

My brother Greg recently spoke to me about tomorrows’ revolution beginning with today’s renaissance, he was right. On last weeks Nyansapo program the artist, elder Fowokan shared some wisdom with us on the role of those with creative spirits having a responsibility beyond the making of money. In a life affirming conversation I once shared with the renown author Ayi Kwei-Armah he articulate similar beliefs to me about those obsessed with the acquisition of power (over freedom), as did the late Cheikh Ahmed Tidiane Gueye and through indirect means - the brilliant author and father of African cinema, Ousmane Sembene.

Right now I want to be part of a movement that champions our literature, our music, our films, our arts - countering those that would seek to commodify and prostitute it. If you are any way involved in the creative conscious arts and can handle honest critical review then please send me copies of your work, invites to plays, events, exhibitions, screenings that includes anything from theatre to greeting cards, books to films, drumming to jewellery creation.

So in a few weeks I am going to take a break and when I return I want to produce, focus and support the best of the African spirit, including that which creates and imagines that which is seemingly impossible and then with naked honesty and without fear of failure works to realise it into existence.

I am not sure yet, exactly what or how I will do this but I do know that the arts are healing, educative, spiritual and yes…. very often political. From their usage as therapy to enrich our mental health to their ability to generate icons and symbols that not only sing but also lead progressive dances for freedom.

This weeks’ broadcast is in celebration of African Music Month and will ask if Music is still the weapon of liberation.

If it’s not, then I intend to work hard to help make it so.


Hope you join us.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us. Ase.

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


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Jamaicans see little to choose between drug gangs and bloodstained soldiers

Author: Chris McGreal, Published: Sunday 30 May 2010

Support for Kingston's war on crime ebbs after failure to capture drug baron and claims of extra-judicial executions

The Jamaican government says its bloody assault on the Kingston neighbourhood of Tivoli Gardens is only the beginning of a campaign to break the grip of the Caribbean island's notorious criminal "dons" on whole communities and large parts of the economy.

But growing suspicion that the army operation to capture Christopher "Dudus" Coke and extradite him to the US turned into a bloodbath of extra-judicial killings is threatening to sweep away public support for the government's attempt to assert control over what has been called a "state within a state".

Jamaica's information minister, Daryl Vaz, said the war in Coke's stronghold over the past week – which has left almost 80 people dead – is only the beginning.

"The serving of that warrant [against Coke] is part of our bigger plan to tackle the gangs perpetrating these criminal acts throughout Jamaica," he said.

"This situation in Tivoli Gardens is a massive operation. There are other operations on a smaller level taking place throughout other communities, inner-city communities especially. It is an opportunity that we cannot let go in terms of dealing with the crime situation in a holistic fashion. The level of criminality and lawlessness in Jamaica has to be fought on all fronts."

Many Jamaicans welcome the military's challenge to Coke and his notorious Shower Posse, a criminal organisation that extends to the US and Europe. They also want to see a final break in the links between the major parties and the gangs that once served the politicians but that seem to many to have grown more powerful than the government.

But a broad range of Jamaicans, from business leaders to the country's leading human rights group, have warned that growing evidence the army killed unarmed men after Coke's fighters fled threatens to wreck the campaign.

The island's principal human rights group, Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ), said that excesses by the security forces in pursuit of Coke would "seriously undermine any opportunity to bring about the change well-thinking Jamaicans yearn for".

"We're going to need credible security forces acting lawfully to take us out of the mess of criminality we have landed in by our unfortunate history," said the head of the JFJ, Carolyn Gomes.

For a start, the security forces are having to explain how it is that Coke has so far been able to evade the biggest operation of its kind in Jamaica's history.

"We have not failed in our mission," said the police commissioner, Owen Ellington. "Five days ago, there were concerns as to whether the security forces have the capacity and the will to go inside Tivoli Gardens, disrupt Christopher Coke in his stronghold, and arrest him. Today, he's on the run. We will catch him and he will face justice.

"In the meantime, we pursue the larger operation of degrading the criminal capacity of a gang which for many years held a community hostage and threatened the security of citizens. We are making tremendous success. It's never been like this before for law enforcement."

Police say that eight of a dozen dons have been captured or turned themselves in. Among those hunted are men who go by the nicknames Pepsi, Fidel, Tel Aviv, Prince Pow, Cutter and Alcapone.

The violence in Tivoli Gardens began when Coke's men launched a pre-emptive strike after the government announced its intention to extradite him, attacking 14 police stations. Three were set on fire and two of those burned to the ground.

Those attacks were intended to remind the government and the security forces who was the boss inside Tivoli Gardens and the other gang strongholds known as garrisons.

Coke's fighters and local residents prepared for a siege. They established sniper positions on high-rise flats overlooking the road in and barricaded streets with burnt-out cars and sandbags. The military released pictures of homemade bombs it said were constructed of plastic explosive and ball bearings.

The army says that when troops advanced on the neighbourhood they were met with such a barrage of fire that at one point it took three hours to advance just 200 yards. "We discovered very sophisticated defences," said Colonel Rocky Meade.

Yet in the end, only one soldier was killed while 73 civilians are dead. Two policemen were killed separately. Tellingly, the military seized relatively few weapons, so far only about 20.

The failure to find large numbers of guns suggests that Coke's men got away with their weapons. Some of Tivoli Gardens' residents say they slipped out of the area after the first day of fighting and that the soldiers then moved in and killed young men who were left, even though they were not armed.

To Read Full Guarian/Observer Article>>

French admit they are racist

Published: 30 May 2010, Telegraph

One in seven French people admit to being racist and many have prejudicial views of immigrants, homosexuals, Africans, Arab and Jews, according to a survey released on Sunday.

A significant minority of the French, 15 per cent, admit to being "rather or a bit racist", up one per cent on the previous study.

Almost half of respondents, 49 per cent, thought that immigrants are better able to exploit the social welfare system than are the native French, and 12 per cent said homosexuals were more obsessed by sex than others.

Meanwhile 28 per cent said they regarded blacks as more physically powerful than other groups.

And even among those who told pollsters they were not racist, a third said they did not react when they heard others use racist language.

"The French capacity for indignation is in decline," lamented Arielle Schwab, president of the Union of French Jewish Students, one of the groups that commissioned the survey.

The groups ascribed the increase in prejudicial views to the political climate in France, where the government has attempted to generate a debate on national identity which some see as encouraging racial stereotyping.

The BVA poll was carried out between May 21 and 22 on a representative sample of 1,029 subjects aged 15 or more.

For the full Article >>

Bhekinkosi Moyo

The response by Africa to the Haitian disaster dispels the myth that Africans are only good at receiving aid

The response by Africa to the Haitian disaster dispels the myth that Africans are only good at receiving aid
Disasters appeal to the minds and hearts of people. Whether rich or poor, the emotional response is usually the same-people rally to help where they can.

This was certainly the case when Haiti was struck by a violent earthquake on 12 January, resulting in the deaths of more than 200 000 people and leaving over a million homeless. But there was something unique in the response to this particular disaster.

Africa dispelled the usual image of itself as helpless by playing a pivotal role in disaster recovery efforts in Haiti. The poverty levels of the continent and many of its challenges did not hinder it from making aid contributions. It was arguably one of the most important paradigm shifts concerning the continent's efforts towards developmentalism.

The entire world was shaken by the massive destruction of the already poverty stricken and troubled nation of Haiti. The first people to arrive in the disaster zone, such as native musician Wyclef Jean-who carried out rescue efforts through his Yéle Haiti Foundation-could only describe what they saw as 'apocalyptic', reminiscent of Robert Kaplan's 1994 article in the Atlantic Monthly 'The Coming Anarchy'.

But Haiti was only the first of a string of subsequent disasters that occurred in the following weeks. Further havoc was wreaked in Uganda, Chile, Taiwan and Turkey.

With regards to previous disasters-such as floods, tsunamis and hurricanes-in different parts of the world, no African governments moved as swiftly or with such determination as they did this time.

Senegal, for example, offered land and citizenship to Haitians wanting to settle in the West African country. Other African countries offered assistance in the form of donations and rescue missions. Most importantly, the Africa for Haiti campaign was created.

This people-to-people initiative is spearheaded by Graça Machel and a group of pan African institutions which include TrustAfrica, African Monitor, Southern Africa Trust and CIVICUS, among others. The campaign has spread across the continent and involves all sectors of society-from artists to business people to ordinary Africans, all making some form of contribution.

The campaign's aim is firstly to develop solidarity with the Haitian people and, secondly, to rebuild hope and contribute towards the reconstruction of civil society through community projects.

Although different groups have responded in different ways to past disasters, no concerted effort has ever been made to collectively respond as is happening today. This is a different image of the continent from what is popularly represented in the media: a fragmented continent, chaotic, poor and underdeveloped.

Until the recent leading role played by South Africa in the G20, Africa's position in global relations has been marginal. The response by Africa to the Haitian disaster dispels the myth that Africans are only good at receiving aid. Through this it is clear that Africa is not only giving to other nations but is playing an important developmental role globally.

By nature, all Africans, whether poor or rich, are philanthropic and the Africa for Haiti campaign demonstrates that it is possible for Africans to raise resources from their own shores, not only for their own development, but also to play a significant role in the greater global community, whether through south-south or north-south co operation.

This is an important shift in Africa's drive to rebrand and reposition itself, to prove what it is capable of in the realm of international trade and politics.


*Zimbabwean-born Dr. Bhekinkosi Moyo is an author and director of programmes at TrustAfrica, a pan-African foundation based in Dakar, Senegal. He writes extensively on democracy, development and politics.

  Thousands protest against 'immigrants' in organised march by English Defence League

English Defence League - Nottingham, 29 May 2010

By Scott Warren
29 May 2010

Children were thrust into racial hostilities today as the English Defence League clashed with police and anti-fascist groups in Newcastle. Shops and pubs in the city closed as up to 3,000 EDL and Unite Against Fascism members took to the streets, chanting and waving banners.The two camps came face-to-face near the city train station before their planned marches, with UAF protesters chanting 'Off our streets, Nazi scum' in response to the EDL's chorus of 'You're not English anymore'.


Norman (Otis) Richmond

“What About We People Who Are Darker Than Blue?”
An Open Letter To President Barack Hussein Obama (The-Re-Mix)

By Norman (Otis) Richmond, May 2010
Since taking office, President Barack Hussein Obama is yet to issue a proclamation for Black Music Month which was in its 30th year of observance in 2009. Even Toronto’s Mayor David Miller issued a proclamation for Black Music Month on May 11th, 2009. However, President Obama did issue a statement on June 2nd, 2009 in support of what he has been referring to as “African American Appreciation Month.”

President Obama has taken, in one fell swoop, an international music and nationalized it. But, African American music is an integral part of international Black music.  Recall, it was The Black Music Association, created be Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright and others, that brought together Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley and the Wailers in concert to demonstrate this fact.
“Sir” Duke Ellington pointed out nearly a century ago that we, as a people, must call our music “Negro” (Black) music, so others could not claim it.
Black music is one of the many gifts that Africa and Africans have given to the world. Black music has transcended borders, and has become universal music.
There is so much contradiction between President Obama’s words and his deeds. For example, his brilliant speech at El–Azhar University in Cairo proven that he is one of the most intelligent  head of state in the history of the USA.
The president’s speech, with its theme on peace, was like a vintage Earth, Wind and Fire performance. However, it was just that, a performance. Mumia Abu-Jamal pointed out, “But in truth Obama had them at ‘Salaam-Alaikum,’ (the universal Muslim greeting meaning peace be  unto you).  Peace, it’s sad to say, is hardly a reality when one’s own government is at war with its own people.”
While  the president was touring the Middle East he failed to recognize the 30th anniversary of Black Music Month. More than one person has raised the issue that maybe he didn’t know.  I find this unbelievable. He recently hosted Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and Sweet Honey in the Rock at the White House. He even invited Odetta to sing at his inauguration. Unfortunately, she joined the ancestors before the historical event.
How can a man who spent most of his adult life in Chicago claim to be “deaf, dumb & blind” about Black Music Month? Chicago is the home of Mahalia Jackson (Martin Luther King’s musical lieutenant), Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler,  Mavis and Pop Staples, Ernest Dawkins, R.Kelly, Common, and Kanye West.
The 2009(June) issue of Ebony Magazine was dedicated to Black Music Month. That issue had Jada Pinkett Smith on the cover and featured a photo of President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama, with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Last year, after being called out by The Caribbean World News Network, President Obama did rightly issue a proclamation on June 2nd for National Caribbean American Heritage Month.
According to the June 6th., 2009 issue of the New York Times, Obama signed a proclamation establishing the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission. The Commission is supposed to organize activities to mark the 100th anniversary, in 2011, of President Reagan’s birth.
What about we people who are darker than blue – President Obama?
If a Ronald Regan Centennial Commission is in order, what about a Black Music Month Commission with people like Randy Weston, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cassandra Wilson, Amiri Baraka and Queen Latifah?  Raynard Jackson of Philadelphia has opined, “It’s a no-brainer to do a town hall meeting with singers, producers, and songwriters during Black Music Month.”
The music of African people has been an international force since the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a group from Nashville, Tennessee, specializing in African American Spirituals, conquered Europe in 1873. Since that period jazz, calypso, reggae, r’n’b, hip-hop and African beats have come to be the most popular and influential art forms in the world. Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong and Miriam Makeba are known all over this small planet we call Earth.
The great saxophonist Archie Shepp once said, “What Malcolm X said, John Coltrane played.”  This was the expression of Africans in North America. The same thing occurred in the Caribbean and in Africa. In the Caribbean, Walter Rodney (Guyana) and Bob Marley and Peter Tosh  (Jamaica) were the concrete expressions of this phenomenon in the 1970s and early 1980s. On the mother continent, Thomas Sankara (Burkina Faso) and Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Nigeria) are examples of music and politics complimenting one another during the 1990s.

Despite the historic incluence of Black music on the planet, and not withstanding the massive collection at the Smithsonian Institute, it was only 30 years ago that the Black Music Association (BMA) persuaded the U.S. government to recognize Black Music Month. In June 1979, around the time the Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight was being released, Kenny Gamble led a delegation to the White House to discuss with President Jimmy Carter the state of Black music.

At that meeting, Carter asked trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and drummer Max Roach if they would perform “Salt Peanuts”, to which Gillespie replied that he’d only do so if the President (who made a fortune as a peanut farmer) provided the vocals.

Since that great and hilarious day when Carter butchered the melody of the song, June has been designated Black Music Month.
It must be mentioned that, in 1979, the world was witnessing a revolutionary breeze as Maurice Bishop and the New Jewel Movement seized state power in Grenada; Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas swept the counter-revolutionary forces out of power in Nicaragua like dust before a broom; and the Shah of Iran was dethroned after being installed in power by the CIA in 1953.
The soundtrack to all of this was (Gene) McFadden and (John) Whitehead’s, Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now which was released in 1979.  Recall, Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now was also played at the 2008 Democratic National Convention on the night Illinois Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States.
Since 1984, thanks to the efforts of the BMA/TC, Toronto Mayors June Rowlands, Barbara Hall and Mel Lastman have recognized June as Black Music Month. On the 25th anniversary of Black Music Month, Mayor David Miller presented the proclamation at City Hall. The late Milton Blake, Jay Douglas, Michie Mee, Norman (Otis) Richmond (Jalali) and others participated in this event.

When broadcaster and community activist Milton Blake and Norman (Otis) Richmond created the Black Music Association’s Toronto Chapter in 1984, the intention was to plug African-Canadian music makers into the international music market.
At that time the only African Canadian musician that was internationally known was Oscar Peterson. Since then, Eric Mercury, Harrison Kennedy (as a member of the Chairmen of the Board), Dan Hill, Deborah Cox, Divine Brown, Glenn Lewis (son of Glen Ricketts), Kardinal Offishall and Drake have conquered the world, musically.
In Toronto we must pay homage to artists such as Cy McLean, Phyllis Marshall, Archie Alleyne,Doug Richardson, Salome Bey,Tiki Mercury Clarke, Lazo, Jayson Carlos Morgan , Eddie Bullins,Itah Sadu, Lillian Allen, Clifton Joseph, Faith Nolan  and others.
By not recognizing Black Music Month in 2009 you have taken a step backward Mr. President. As our Comrade /Leader Maurice Bishop told us 30 years ago, “Forward Ever. Backwards Never.”
One of the greatest Africans to ever grace the planet, Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, said the same thing 20 years before Comrade Bishop.
For more information contact Norman (Otis) Richmond a.k.a.   Jalali :

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Univision TV Owes an Apology for Racist Skit

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, 29 May 2010, Huffington Post

Univision President and CEO Joe Uva have some explaining to do. On Friday, May 28, Univision aired an outrageous, racially demeaning skit on Despierta America. The show is billed as America's leading Spanish-language morning show.

The skit was a parody on the upcoming World Cup soccer games in South Africa. Four program participants and hosts dance and mug around the TV set with spears and outlandish Afro hair wigs to a faux jungle music beat. They seem to be thoroughly enjoying their romp through every vile, vicious and offensive stereotype that's come down the pike on Africans. Even worse, Univision brags about its partnership with the International Federation of Association Football to televise the World Cup games.

The skit is an over the top slap in the face at the unwavering support civil rights leaders have given to Latino organizations and Latino media in their fight against racial profiling and stereotyping in the immigration battle. Al Sharpton, the NAACP, and the Congressional Black Caucus have repeatedly and loudly condemned the draconian Arizona immigration law. And their major point of attack is that the law opens the door wide to racial profiling.

But that's not all. The skit dredges up another ugly racial skeleton in the often thorny history of black and Latino relations. And that is inter-ethnic racism. Many Latinos refer to dark skinned persons as negritos or little black people. This is not seen as racially offensive, but rather as a term of affection even endearment. For years in Mexico, a popular afternoon telenovela had a comedian in blackface chasing madly after light complexioned actresses in skimpy outfits. Ads have featured blacks in Afros, black face, and distorted features. The most popular screen stars in film and on TV in some Latin countries, and the models featured on magazines and billboards, are white or fair skinned with sandy or blond hair. That's the standard of beauty, culture, and sophistication that's held up as the penultimate standard to emulate, and that standard is unabashedly commercialized, and peddled as top commodities in Mexico and other Latin American countries. In 2005, the Mexican government ignited a firestorm when it announced sale of the racially offensive cartoon character Memin Pinguin as a commemorative stamp. And now there's the Univision skit.

The racist skit mocks and demeans Africans and African-Americans and reinforces old, stale and reprehensible stereotypes about Africa and Africans. Uva and Univision should do quick damage control and apologize for it and make sure it doesn't happen again.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His new book is How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge (Middle Passage Press).

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Update: Univision officials have apologised for broadcasting the racist skit stating; "It is completely unacceptable and against our policies, standards and practices. We sincerely apologize to our viewers and all who were offended."


Ghana bids to break Africa's oil curse

By Mark John and Kwasi Kpodo, ACCRA, Wed May 26, 2010

As Ghana awaits the first riches from one of Africa's top oil finds of the decade, expectations on the street are high and rising.

"I believe in the oil," said grocery vendor Grace Asantewaa from behind her meager stall of tomatoes and chili peppers at the Agbogbloshie market in the capital Accra.

"We are sure everything will change in the name of Jesus," predicted the 36-year-old mother-of-two, echoing widespread dreams of a more comfortable life once production from the Jubilee offshore field gets going in December this year.

With reserves of 800 million barrels of high-quality oil and potential for at least one billion more, the offshore Jubilee field could make Ghana the fifth largest oil nation in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria, Angola, Sudan and Gabon. But first it must avoid the mistakes of others in the Gulf of Guinea, which the U.S. National Intelligence Council expects to provide a quarter of American oil by 2015 and which this year is already shipping record numbers of oil cargoes to Asia.

The International Monetary Fund predicts that if Ghana uses the windfall from the 2007 discovery wisely, it could reach the status of a middle-income country within a decade. That would lift it from its World Bank rank of poor state alongside Haiti and Liberia to the more comfortable league of the likes of Morocco and Thailand -- a game-changer in a country where a third of the 25 million population are in poverty and foreign aid accounts for nearly 10 percent of national income.

"How do we lift it, transport it, consume it, and finance it?" U.S. emerging markets broker Jonathan Auerbach said on a trip to Ghana, of the questions oil raises.

"Accept it," he said. "This is the great game for Ghana."


Mention Nigeria to Ghanaians and there is an instant recoil at their own possible fate: oil-fueled civil strife, rampant political corruption and the paradoxical outcome of declining living standards that they have seen for millions of Nigerians.

Congo Republic and Angola have suffered internal conflicts partly fueled by jostling over oil. Aid watchdogs say Chad, whose oil is exported through the gulf, broke pledges to use energy revenues to ease poverty and bought arms instead.

Tiny Gabon and Equatorial Guinea have been more peaceful, but their petrodollars have bypassed the people to fund their elites' luxury real estate and sports cars, according to evidence for a French anti-graft hearing last year (the trial was blocked on a technicality). Ghanaians fear the "resource curse" -- when a find becomes an albatross round the neck of a country as other industries are crowded out, its leaders become corrupt and its public finances fluctuate at the whim of volatile energy markets.

"Country after country make big promises and then go on to make the same mistakes," said independent consultant Antony Goldman, who has studied oil's effect on Nigeria and others.

"It would be wrong to underestimate how potentially toxic oil can be to a fairly simple economy," he cautioned.

With Jubilee's first oil due to start pumping in December, Ghana still has much to do to ensure it not only avoids its curse but also reaps the full blessing. Rare in a region where coups, civil wars, disputed elections and strong-arm rulers are the norm, Ghana has distinguished itself this decade with two peaceful transfers of power from one political camp to another through the ballot box.

It has also moved ahead of most African states in fighting corruption, outdoing countries such as Senegal, Zambia and Tanzania on a World Bank scale of anti-graft efforts.

For full article >>


Update on Hearts to Africa's latest shipment 

Haiti Relief Effort, 23rd May 2010
3rd Shipment of gifts to Haiti. Carole Attis – Chair of UHUK said, Thank You, for helping to successfully fill and ship a 40 foot container full of gifts to Haiti.

Please continue supporting us in sending more containers:

Thanks again.


Community Announcement

Is Black Music Empowering Us Debate

Debate: Is Popular Black Music Empowering Us?

When: 1st June 2010, 8-10pm
Where: Bridge Park Cost: Complex, Stonebridge NW10
Adm: Free, but pre-booking necessary

Panellists including Asst. Min. Brother Polymin Muhammad (Nation Of Islam), Dennis Gyamfi (Strength In Numbers youth rep), Kwaku (Black Music Congress), plus guest artist lead on an important debate before an inter-generational audience during the mid-term break

To book and for more information:

Quality Time 2010

100BMOL Quality Time: In Celebration of Fathers Day

When: Saturday 19th June 2010
Where: Brighton

Pick Up: North London @ 8:30am - The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach, Tottenham, N15 4RX

Pick Up: South London @ 9:15am - Southbank University, Borough Road, Elephant & Castle

£10 (adults); £5 (children 15 years and under)

In celebration of Fathers Day please join us on our annual 'Quality Time' event for men and children.

This event is open to all men, including uncles, grandfathers, guardians and of course fathers looking to give our overworked super-mums a well deserved break. We always hold quality time on the Saturday before Fathers Day, which encourages further opportunities for dads and children to have fun together.
Join us and enjoy the famous pier and beach, fairground attractions, football and rounders (fathers vs children), black history quizzes, prizes and more

Please click to book your place

Additional details and final confirmation will be forwarded once your booking is received.

Further enquiries e-mail: or call 0870 121 4100.

100 BMOL Real Men Real Time

Black History Walks

 African Superheroes Day

Cartoon Festival
African Superheroes

When: Sunday 27 June 2010, 4.30-7.30pm
Where: Lost Theatre, Wandsworth Road, London SW8 (Tube: Stockwell / 10 min walk - Northern/Victoria Line)
Adm: £6 Best to book in advance. Box office 0844 847 1680 presents a animation festival for 6-60 year olds will show a variety if African themed cartoons which tell tales if; Magical Nigerian women warriors, Anansi the West African folk hero, the story of Ogun, plus updates on the forthcoming Black Panther series, Q & A with animators and a special preview of the brand new live-action show, Spirit of the Pharaohs.


African Odysseys: Black Orpheus. Dir. Marcel Camus. Brazil. 1959. 106mins.

When: 12 June 2010, 14:00
Where: NFT1, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank Waterloo, London SE1 8XT

Black Orpheus

With a best-selling soundtrack and vibrant performances, Black Orpheus was the culmination of three years work. This multi-award-winning film is a thrilling story incorporating the music, costume and dance of Brazil’s Rio Carnival. The screening will be introduced AND Michael La Rose, former mas-band leader and carnival historian, organiser and cultural activist will lead a discussion about the roots of carnival and its massive contribution to our wider culture. After the screening there will be stalls in the delegate centre.

Director Marcel Camus
Cast Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn
Country France-Italy-Brazil
Year 1959
Running time 106min
Certificate PG



Due to popular demand, and the overwhelming success of our earlier museum tours, Black History Studies have organised another tour of British Museum in London and the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

British Museum in London

Watch our infomercial for the tour of the British Museum at

All are welcome to the tour of the British Museum, designed by Black History Studies. During this two hour tour, we will take you around the Museum, sharing our detailed knowledge about the artefacts on display.

The tour will take place on Sunday 27th June 2010. There is a choice of two tour times. Option 1 is from 10.30am- 12.30pm and Option 2 is from 2.15pm to 4.15pm. The price for the tour is £10 per person (which covers the tour plus the tour booklet that you will receive at the end of the tour).

Numbers on each tour are limited, so allocation will be on a first come first served basis and we anticipate that there will be a lot of demand for this tour. If you would like to attend the tour of the British Museum, please email us for a booking form.

Feedback from previous attendees to the tour of the British Museum:

"I want more! I have read books on African history and attended classes. Its good to be able to have someone explain the artefacts and how they all tie up."

"My Black History knowledge has been enriched and built upon. I have seen with my own eyes the amazing works of my African descendents which has increased my confidence in myself as a black woman with much talent and richness to offer."

 "I went on the tour not really knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised with the information available. The tour was educational, touching on controversial issues and definitely supplemented knowledge already gained from own research and Black History Studies seminars."

 "As someone who's desire is to empower our youth with the truth, it is important that we do this with a desire to enrich the lives of our youths and others also."

(Please note that photographs will be taken at this tour that may be used for promotional purposes).

We would appreciate if you could forward this information to all who you believe will be interested. 

International Slavery Museum in Liverpool

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This tour is designed and accompanied by Robin Walker. During this tour, Robin Walker will take you around the Museum, sharing his detailed knowledge about the artefacts on display. The museum galleries feature dynamic and thought-provoking displays about the story of the transatlantic slave trade. The International Slavery Museum contains displays about the legacy of the transatlantic slavery and will address issues such as freedom, identity, human rights, reparations, racial discrimination and cultural change.

This tour will take place on Saturday 7th August 2010. The tour costs £55 per person which includes round-trip transportation by minibus, on route discussion and debate and all tour fees. Over 16 year olds only.

Only 13 spaces available on this tour, so allocation will be on a first come first served basis and we anticipate that there will be a lot of demand for this tour. If you would like to attend the tour of the British Museum and International Slavery Museum, please contact us at for a booking form.

Feedback from delegates who attended the tour of the International Slavery Museum in 2008 on their overall experience are below:

"Having Robin Walker explain things on the tour made it very interesting in comparison to just having a look on your own"

"A very informative and engaging day. This tour was set within a very relaxed and friendly manner which made it very accessible. Black History Studies was fantastic and Robin Walker was very thorough in his delivery"

"The tour was informative and has added a more 'visual' tier, with expert narration from Robin Walker which increased my knowledge on 'our' story of Africa, Africans and Africans in the Diaspora"

"The tour reinforced all that I was taught on the Transatlantic Enslavement course and the constant uprisings that took place that I was never told in standard slavery lessons in school."

"The onboard DVDs were brilliant and the quiz after the museum tour was good."


Charmaine Simpson
Chief Executive

Watch our infomercials for our short courses and museum tours at


Diaspora Volunteering and Placement Opportunities



Looking for volunteering opportunities with ADAP this coming summer? 

ADAP is seeking to recruit the following professions for its summer programme in Ghana! 
- HIV/AIDS facilitators 
- Registered Doctors/Nurses 

For further information, please e‐mail and a member of staff will 
be in touch, or you can call 07405166346.



Diaspora Volunteering Placements

DIFN is pleased to announce the start of their recruitment process for the 2010 Diaspora Volunteering Programme (DVP) and DIFN UK. DIFN is particularly interested in engaging with Teachers, Educators, Teacher Trainers, Project Management Trainers, Community Workers, Youth Workers, Social Workers and Counselors. Placements will last for 3 weeks, and a series of placements will be held between mid July and the end of November 2010. More information regarding the DVP Programme can be found at under “Volunteering”.

Please contact us for an application form, reference request forms and monitoring form. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to an information session and interview in the week beginning 31st May 2010.
PS: Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you feel would benefit from this opportunity. Please note that these volunteering opportunities are only open to Nigerians currently living in the UK (this excludes those on a student visa).

Tolu Lapite
Diaspora Volunteering Programme Officer
Development Impact For Nigeria
C/o HCVS, 84 Springfield House
5 Tyssen Street
London E8 2LY

020 7923 1962


Find out more about volunteering and Volunteer Centre Hackney at their Open Day

When: Tuesday 1 June from 2-7pm
Where: Unit12-13, Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street E8 2LY

There will be the chance to see our new premises, find out more about VCH and Volunteering in Hackney, meet representatives of local voluntary organisations, search our database of over 250 local volunteer roles and find out how to get involved in your local community. This will also be your chance to get a sneak preview of our exciting new website. There will also be entertainment and refreshments provided. The Open Day is a drop-in, so people can come at any point from 2pm onwards, and there is no need to RSVP. At 3pm we will have the official ribbon cutting and cake to open the new building.


Community Noticeboard

The Whirlwind The Whirlwind

The Whirlwind: Issue eight is released

The biggest ever edition of the leading Pan-Afrikan newspaper, The Whirlwind, published by the Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement hits the streets today – for the first time in full colour!

Although the world’s TV cameras have gone, the crisis continues in Haiti and The Whirlwind includes an extensive analysis on the historical context, the national impact and the woefully underreported response to the earthquake from the Afrikan community in the UK and around the world.

As ever, the Whirlwind brings you the Pan-Afrikan perspective on the major news stories:  among the UK stories we expose the Air Passenger Duty “Black Tax” and examine the UK government’s organ donor campaign targeting the Afrikan community.  On the international front we wade into the debate about Africom, the USA’s military high command for Afrika, analyse the goings on in Jamaica, Nigeria and Azania (South Afrika) and have some startling revelations on the Buju Banton case.  As we reach the climax of the Nkrumah@100 celebrations, we highlight initiatives aimed at enshrining his legacy for future generations.  The Nkrumah feature is rounded off with a controversial exploration of the parallels between ‘Osagyefo’ and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe!

The Whirlwind also boasts an impressive array of columnists at the forefront of Pan-Afrikan thought and activism: Bro. Ldr. Mbandaka, Baba Senghor Baye – President General of the UNIA-ACL, His Holiness Osofo Komfo Atsu Kove of the Afrikannia Mission, Baba Chinweizu and renowned wealth strategist Sis. Sandra Hurst on how we can escape debt slavery.

The lifestyle section has been expanded so as well as regulars like The Roots Doctor and The Power of Black Love a new feature – Help! I Wanna Go Natural has been introduced for sisters who want to make the transition from ‘hair scare’ to hair care. All the other regular sections return: the Alkebu-Lan Life Cycle – highlighting the importance of Rites Of Passage in combating youth violence, Economics – including tips on how to support Afrikan businesses, Education, News Of Their World, Youth View, Watotos Fun Page, music, reviews and sport.

The new Whirlwind demonstrates why it has already become known as “The voice of the nation!”

For details of your nearest stockist:

Sales/advertising/ distribution/general enquiries: 020 8539 2154


The Independent Performers Forum are offering places on their event management team and training course for young people who wish to gain experience in Event Management, Production and Promotion, Filming and Editing, Live Sound Engineering and Photography. Short courses with nationally recognised Arts Award Achievement Accreditation.

Call IPF Head Office on 020 8472 1405.

Please send this information on to others who may be interested

Lawyer da Black

The Whirlwind Head, Wunmonije Compund, Ife.
Late 14th-early 16th century, copper.

Nigeria – Africa's next super power?

When: Tuesday 8 June 2010, 7pm: Doors open for private view / 8 – 9:30pm Debate in BP Lecture Theatre
Where: The British Museum, London WC1
Adm: £12 to Extra members (normal price £15)

Nigeria – Africa's next super power? is the subject of the latest in the series of Guardian/British Museum debates, which takes place on Tuesday 8th June. Extra members are being offered reduced price tickets.

The event will be chaired by Jon Snow, writer and broadcaster and introduced by Neil McGregor, director of the British Museum. The speakers will include Father Matthew Kukah, Partish Priest of Kaduna, Nigeria, Dr Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Lecturer in African Politics, University of Oxford, and Chika Unigwa, writer.

Guests are also invited to a private view of Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa.

The ticket includes entry to the private view, the debate and a glass of wine.


Feature in upcoming documentary... 

Taboo Topics: Traditional African Belief Systems

Taboo Topics: Traditional African Belief Systems is a candid documentary exploring the various opinions on the mysterious topic of the spiritual beliefs and practices of African people’s. The subject that is not widely discussed is often referred to as Obeah and Juju; terms to suggest people using these practices for negative purposes. The various African ethic communities themselves however share spiritual and moral codes similar to other belief systems such as Buddhism and Hinduism; including finding one’s sacred centre and the karmic connection of life. These principles directly conflict with the negative portrayal of this subject matter, and it is this side of the belief systems which is not spoken about in the mainstream.

The aim of this film is to give a much needed open debate on the subject allowing true insight and genuine feelings towards the matter to be revealed. The narrative of the film is led with the opinions of various UK residents as they speak openly on the on this perceived Taboo Topic...

Recorded interviews taking place from 24th May – 20th June, to take part in the conversation please email to arrange a filming date. People from all backgrounds and faiths are welcome to participate.

Greetings All,

The annual website subscription is up. If everybody could donate £1 then this will be covered for another year. Please copy and paste the following link to your browser if you would like to help.

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Sis Marissa

My name is Marissa Muhammad.  I have become very interested in the benefits of raw milk for good health.  I have decided to partake in a raw milk fast for 3 weeks in support of my children’s school, New Mind!  This will entail me consuming no food other than raw milk!

Please support my efforts by sponsoring me via this page. My fast starts on Wednesday 19th May 2010 - to conclude on Wednesday 9th June 2010.

Your donations will go towards helping New Mind School purchase much needed IT equipment.

Thank you for your support!


Reachout will be hosting its 5th Annual Walk for Peace on Saturday 5th June 2010. The event starts at 1:00 pm. to 8:30 p.m at Lakefront Promenade Park in Mississauga. Last year’s event was a huge success with participants from all across the GTA. Our goal is to raise funds for Reachout’s upcoming Youth Scholarship Awards which will be held 3 July 2010, as well as to bring awareness to the constant violence that is plaguing our community, to motivate the youth to play a part in creating peaceful and positive relationship with each other.

Reachout Committee is a voluntary, non-profit community-based organization founded in 2001 in Mississauga in response to problems of conflict and violence in the African-Canadian community. Its membership includes 96 active members from the local community with youth from all cultural backgrounds.

Angela Swain-Thorpe
Reachout Committee Inc.
 (416) 571-9337 (24hr)

"It takes a community to raise a child" 

  Breaking Barriers

A creative arts Training course specialising in:

Augusto Boal techniques, Improvisation, Devising, Performance, Facilitation, Youth Arts, Exploring issues; Arts within Criminal Justice Settings
This highly practical hands-on course is particularly suited to people who want to experience and practise a variety of creative action methods in group work to explore issues, make theatre or work within challenging contexts.

Who is this for?
People interested in using drama and theatre as a tool to explore personal and social issues, and for people who want to gain new skills to fulfil their obligation and commitment to the people they serve. The course covers exercises with explanations, instructions and suggestions to help you develop your own style and approach. The creative action methods can be readily adapted to a wide range of settings with adults and young people.

The course is a resource for: performers, youth workers, social/health workers, PSHE specialists, drama graduates, project managers, community workers, artists, workshop leaders, teachers, theatre practitioners, creative art therapists, counsellors, mental health workers, team builders and special needs workers.

No previous drama experience is necessary however a willingness to actively explore new methods of working is an essential requirement. This will also be an opportunity for professional development, networking and skill sharing so as to enable continued high standards of good practice.

Courses running this year (2010)
Course delivered by Tony Cealy. London courses cost £150.00 (£110.00 if booked 3 months before course starts)

All Participants receive a free TRAINING MANUAL on completion.
Limited amount of reduced rates available
Fees can be paid in instalments - Deposits welcome

For more information please contact 07956 877358

Workshop: Education 4 Liberation

Arts Practitioner, Tony Cealy has developed a series of popular education techniquesfor exploring experiences of Oppression.

This intensive hands-on one-day workshop uses complementary approaches based on concepts of the organizing practices of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (TOO).

This workshop will be of particular relevance for educationalists, therapists and arts practitioners.
We will actively explore how to use Augusto Boal’s techniques to empower ourselves or others who are marginalised in society.
Taking place in London UK 10.00am – 6.00pm on Saturday 25th September & Saturday 13th November 2010

The workshop costs £40.00 Spaces are limited.

For course guide & to book go to
or contact + 44 (0) 7956 877358 


An intensive fun-packed charged weekend workshop suited to people who want skills experience & knowledge in creating issue-based scenes that are performed in public without the public knowing the scenes have been staged.

Come and lose yourself within the mysteries of invisible theatre and learn techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed and those pioneered by Augusto Boal, Keith Johnston, Clive Barker and many others.

Taking place in London UK 7th – 10th October & 4th – 7th November 2010
Thursday 8.00pm – 10.00pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10.30am – 6.00pm

Led by Tony Cealy

The workshop costs £90.00 Spaces are limited.  For workshop information guide and booking form go to or contact
+ 44 (0) 7956 877358


Workshop: Creative Lifestyles

Creative Lifestyle

Interior Design - Cake baking and decorating - Floristry - Hand knitting - Sewing skills and fashion design - Natural hair - Soft furnishing - Card and Gift design - Textiles printing/painting - dyeing - Recycling projects   

Creative Lifestyle CIC is here to help! We are running creative hands-on workshops and short courses for anyone wishing to learn skills to achieve wonderful creations. Sewing techniques & fashion design, soft furnishings, hand knitting, card & gift design, natural hair design and many more!

Creative Lifestyle CIC aims to bring creativity back into the community. We provide short ‘taster’ creative workshops.

Our project enables beneficiaries to tap into their creative energy and develop their creative options whether it be career driven or for practical home use. We have developed an intensive short program of workshops which caters for busy people who would like the option to take our creative courses as an evening class.

All workshops and courses take place at the heart of the Bethnal Green community, at our modern Oxford House studios (Derbyshire street, E2 6HG).

We will shortly be running African dance and interior design workshops.

To sign up with us for one of our courses and to get more information, please contact us:

0207 749 1105 or email us:

Our website address is:

Get in touch with us to start your creative journey with us today.

Creative Lifestyle CIC - bringing creativity back into the community!


The African fisherman

A european investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal African village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large fish.  The european complimented the African on the quality of his haul and asked how long it took to catch them.

The African replied, “only a little while. The european then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The African said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The european then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The African fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take time with my wife, Yinka, stroll into the village each evening where I sip palm wine, and play drum with my people. I have a full and busy life.” The european scoffed, “I have several degrees and a doctorate and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Azania (South Africa), then europe and eventually London, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”
The African fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”
To which the european replied, “15 – 20 years.”
“But what then?” Asked the African.
The european laughed and said, “That’s the best part.  When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!”
“Millions – then what?”
The european said, “Then you would retire.  Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take time with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip palm wine and play drum with your people.”

This story which was sent to us has been Africanised for this newsletter. It was originally called “The Story of the Mexican Fisherman.

  Greetings all, I have been trying to get a survey done online after a successful community reach out survey.  Unfortunately I did not get responses online the first time round, possibly because of technical reasons.

I am send it again because your help is greatly needed. Also feel free to forward to your contacts.

Could you please help A.C.U.R.E (African Children Urgent Rescue for Elevation) by contacting us at  or

Thank you all in advance.

Alpha Wann

Spearheading ( A.C.U.R.E African Children Urgent Rescue for Elevation)

Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

Akoben: Symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free.  Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson.  Members £2.50 per lesson

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. Mashufaa Classes will take place from at The Albany Theatre (Plum Room) nearest Rail: Deptford or DLR Deptford Bridge.

Monday and Fridays
Time: 7-9:30pm
Venue: Lord Morrison Hall, Chestnut Grove( off Scales Rd), Tottenham, London N17 9ET
Travel: Tube: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line), Tottenham Hale / Rail: Bruce Grove
/ Buses: 243, 341, 149, 259,279

Time: 7-9:30pm
Venue: Boy Scouts Centre (
Near Bruce Castle Park), All Hallows Road, London N17 7ADTube: Travel: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line), Tottenham Hale / Rail: Bruce Grove / Buses: 123, 243, W4

Time: 7:15-8:45pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


Community Events - June 2010


Ruined By Lynn Nottage

When: Thu 15 Apr 2010 - Sat 5 Jun 2010
Evening performances: 7.30pm
Midweek matinees: 2.30pm on 19 May & 2 June
Saturday matinees: 3.00pm from 24 April

Where: The Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London N1 1AD
Adm: Ticket Prices: £8 - £32

A small mining town deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In Mama Nadi’s bar her rules apply. No arguments, no politics, no guns.

When two new girls tainted with the stigma of their recent past arrive, Mama is forced to reassess her business priorities and personal loyalties. As tales of local atrocities spread and tensions between rebels and government militia rise, the realities of life in civil war provide the ultimate test of the human spirit. 

Ruined, commissioned by the Goodman Theatre Chicago, received its world premiere in their co-production with the Manhattan Theatre Club earlier this year and was, in addition to the Pulitzer, also the recipient of seven Best Play Awards including the New York Critics’ Circle Award, two Drama Desk Awards and four OBIE Awards.

Tel: 020 7359 4404

  Beyond Black History Month

When: Starts May 29th 2010
Where: Chestnut Community Centre, 280 St Ann's Road, Tottenham N15 5BN

First in a series of free workshops.

Explore the chronological portrayal of the presence and experience of Black people in Britain from 1900-2010.  Uncovering the active involvement and influence that have  initiated cultural, social, political and economical change in Britain.

TY Album Special Kind of Fool

TY Album launch: Special Kind of Fool

Where: The Jazz Café, Camden, London
When: 31 May 2010
Adm: £13.50 (adv)

Internation hip-hop artist, TY, Is finally back in London and will be performing live at the Jazz Cafe on Monday 31st May. This will be a launch of his new album "Special Kind of Fool" and will begin at seven continuing until late. Tickets must be booked in advance for £13.50. To all you hip-hop fans, you'd be crazy to miss this event, so get down there and join in the party!

Hip hop is back!!


Debate: Is Popular Black Music Empowering Us?

When: 1st June 2010, 8-10pm
Where: Bridge Park Cost: Complex, Stonebridge NW10
Adm: Free, but pre-booking necessary

Panellists including Asst. Min. Brother Polymin Muhammad (Nation Of Islam), Dennis Gyamfi (Strength In Numbers youth rep), Kwaku (Black Music Congress), plus guest artist lead on an important debate before an inter-generational audience during the mid-term break

To book and for more information:


The King of African Comedy BASKET MOUTH and I GO DIE (Night of a thousand laugh)

When: 1st June 2010
Where: HMS President Boat Embankment.
Adm: standard £15 (£20 MIDDLE SITTING / £30 VIP) tickets from this sunday more at the door. 

The show comprises of both UK based comedians and African comedians and is hosted on a monthly basis by David Balogun..(well known as Mr. Nigeria / Mr Africa), the founder of E&C entertainment. His aim for starting this monthly show is to have a social and networking environment where young African professionals can come and sit after a hard days work to laugh and relieve stress through comedy.

The idea is to endear them to Africa and the feeling of ‘home’. The vision for the events is also to enable UK based African's to recognize and appreciate their cultural heritage whist acknowledging their achievements in the UK. The last show which was hosted at the Kesington town hall (High street kesington / Chealsea) London UK, was one of the classiest African events in the UK and featured One of Africa’s Finest comedians ‘Basket Mouth’ as the main act with other acts such, Okay Bakassi, Tee A, I Go Die, Gandoki etc. The show was a resounding success with more than 1,500 African professionals in attendance and many reviews and feedback from attendees requesting for another show.

Call 07503172667

BB PIN - 21D3455C

Mr Nigeria / Africa


Black Britain Seminar Series: Black West Indians in Britain and the Politics of Empire, c.1931-1948

When: Wednesday 2 June 2010, 18:00 - 20:00
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Room G35 (Senate House, Ground Floor)

Speakers: Daniel Whittall

  Gold Onyx History Walk facilitated by ‘Black History Walks’

Wednesday 2 June 2010, 11 am- 2 pm
Contact Organiser
Adm: Adults £6 / Children [Up to 15 Years] £3

Bookings must be made in advance, once you are on the list you will be told the meeting point


Are going on a tour of  Elephant & Castle Area Facilitated by ‘Black History Walks’

This walk links the Imperial War Museum with the Cumin Museum.  Both museums have excellent collections on the black presence in WW2 totally relevant to the national curriculum and adult education. The Cumin Museum also has ancient Egyptian items.  This walk links the two venues and illustrates the Black History of more than 200 years in the SE1 area.

You are welcomed to join us

  1. Wear comfortable footwear
  2. Bring a rain coat
  3. Bring a packed lunch
  4. Bring spending money

For more information about the trip ~ w 07946 670 949
View the Black History Walks website for more of their ongoing activities

African Art Montage 2010
Expressions of African Art

African Art? Between the real and the imagined

When: Thursday 3 June, 18.30
Where: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum
Adm: £5, concessions £3

Listen to leading artists discuss how their work has been influenced by African culture and how it engages with the traditions of African art history.

Panel speakers:

Raimi Gbadamosi, contemporary British conceptual artist, writer, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art. His work investigates the complexity of social and cultural politics, often challenging views on ethnicity, race and culture.

Ibrahim El Salahi, Sudanese British-based artist. He is best known as a pioneer of modern African art. His Arab-African heritage is reflected in his work by his creative use of elements drawn from Sudan's literary and visual heritage.

Sokari Douglas Camp, Nigerian-born British sculptor. She predominantly works in steel and her sculptures refer to her Nigerian roots and international issues. In 2003 she was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square for her proposed work, NO-O-War No-O-War-R.

Chaired by Chris Spring, Curator of the British Museum Africa Galleries and responsible for developing the collections of contemporary African art and the collections from eastern and southern Africa.

Event developed in partnership with the Royal African Society

Book tickets through the British Museum Ticket Desk
+44 (0)20 7323 8181


30 years of The Ruff Cutt Band with special guests

When: Friday 4 June 2010
Where: The Tabernacle, Powis Sq, London W11
Adm: £10 Adv (& Conc)

WOM@ celebrates 30 years of THE RUFF CUTT BAND's finest reggae

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Theatre: Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson

When: 27 May - 5 June 2010
Where:Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
Tickets £22.50 (£15 first two weeks)

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.

Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play

After seven long years, Herald Loomis has been released from Joe Turner’s slave gang. Now he is scouring Pittsburgh for the wife he left behind. And for the road that will lead him to freedom and his rightful place in a new world.

David Lan directs an extraordinary cast featuring Delroy Lindo, star of many hit films including The Cider House Rules, A Life Less Ordinary, Get Shorty and Malcolm X. He appears alongside Adjoa Andoh star of the Oscar-nominated Invictus and Danny Sapani, star of E4's Misfits. The ensemble also features acclaimed TV and theatre actors Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Petra Letang (Naomi in EastEnders) as well as rising stars Nathaniel Martello-White, Demi Oyediran and Riann Steele.


Conference: Black & Asian Studies Association

What: Saturday 5 June, 11.30am-4pm
Where: Dept. Geography, University College of London (UCL), 26 Bedford Way, London. WC1H 0AP
Cost £8 (non-members) £5 members (inc. lunch)


Kathy Chater: Indians in parish records

Daniel Whittall: East Indian - West Indian connections in 1930s London

Marika Sherwood: Padmore et al: the work of the International African Service Bureau 1937 – 1939

Vandana Patel: The Punjab Exhibition and Community-Heritage-Academia relationships

Julie Begum: Tower Hamlets Bengali Heritage Trail

Bookstall and displays

Further information & to book, contact Sean Creighton, BASA Secretary, 020 8640 2014.

The Independent Performers Forum

When: Saturday June 5th 2010, 4pm-8pm
Where: Jagonari Centre, 183-185 Whitechapel Road E1 1DN
Adm: Under 18's £3 (ID may be required such as Oyster Photocard).Over 18's £5 To take part or for more Info: 020 8472 1405 / 07932 922 532 /

The Independent Performers Forum Tower Hamlets Youth Events Team Present Stage Coach The under 25's Performers Platform Whether you're a new or experienced Dancer, Bedroom MC or Bathroom Singer why not show and practice your talents in front of a real live audience?

Our experienced panel will give you tips on how to improve and what you can do to move your career forward.


Managing No. 1 Artists & Songwriters

When: Monday, 7th June, 6-8pm
Where: PRS Basement, 29-33 Berners Street. London W1T 3AB
Adm: Free, but pre-booking necessary
To book and for more information:

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Theatre: SUS by Barrie Keeffe

When: 08 June - 26 June 2010
Where: Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
Tickets from £10

Election night 1979

The sus laws had made it legal for police to stop and search anyone - purely on suspicion.

Two detectives on the graveyard shift in an East London police station place bets on which party will win. A black man is picked up. He is incensed, believing that he'll be fodder for an incoming government keen to flex its law-and-order muscles.

Set on the eve of the Thatcher victory, this revival of Keeffe's classic coincides with the general election of 2010. What's changed?
Tel: 020 7922 2922

  Serving the Next Generation - The Commonwealth in the 21st Century: Movement for Colonial Freedom

Speakers: The Rt Hon Tony Benn
When: Wednesday 9 June 2010, 17:30 - 18:30
When: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, The Beveridge Hall (Senate House, Ground Floor)



1st Annual Marcus Garvey Memorial Lecture

When: Thursday 10 June 2010, 6.30pm
Where: University of London, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, WC1


Decolonization Seminar Series

When: Monday 14 June 2010, 17:30 - 19:00
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, The Court Room (Senate House, First Floor)

Speakers: ‘The Commonwealth: an assessment’: A round table discussion to mark the launch of The Contemporary Commonwealth (Routledge, 2009) featuring James Mayall (Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, Cambridge) Richard Bourne (ICwS) and Stuart Mole (former Director-General of the Royal Commonwealth Society), followed by a drinks reception.


Language Policy/Practice Seminar Series: South Africa: A Creole Society and its Literature

When: Wednesday 16 June, 17:30 - 19:30
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Room G16 (Senate House, Ground Floor)

Christopher Heywood was educated in South Africa and at Oxford University. He has held posts as Research Fellow (Birmingham University), lecturer and senior Lecturer (University of Sheffield), Professor and Head of the Department of English at the University of Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University), on leave of absence from the University of Sheffield; and Professor of English at Okayama University, Japan. He has published numerous articles in specialist journals on the novel in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including African writers.

Besides the work listed above, his edited books include Aspects of South African Literature and D,H. Lawrence: New Studies; also an edition of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, including reference to the Atlantic slave trade. He is currently completing a book on the Brontës in relation to the impact of the Atlantic slave trades on English society.



AJAMU Session: Celebrating the Achievements of African (Black) Youth

When: 19 June 2010, 18:00 - 21:00
Where:  Chestnuts Community Art Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15 (nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line, buses: 279, 259, 341, 67, 41)
Adm: £3 Donation (children/young people free)

Ajamu invited you to Celebrating the Achievements of African (Black) Youth.

Guest speakers:

Bellavaria Ribeirio-Addey (National Union of Students National Black Officer)

Kay Oldroyd (Director and Founder of the Black Youth Achievement Awards)

Strength in Numbers Youth Committee

Featuring cultural artists

Light refreshments and Stalls (books, DVD, etc...)

As our contribution to International Youth Day (16th June ). In South Africa on the 16th of June 1976, the government and the police were caught off guard, when 15,000 uniformed African (Black) students between the ages 10-20 finally burst, releasing an intensity of emotion that the police controlled in the only manner they knew how: with ruthless aggression, firing teargas into the crowd and police dogs released. In the chaos, children ran back and forth, throwing stones at the police. More than 200 school children were killed and far more injured. AJAMU/AAPRP on the 16th of June, every year, honours the deaths of hundreds of Soweto schoolchildren and celebrates the achievements of African (Black) youth in the continent, US, Canada, EU, America and wherever African (Black) Youth reside. Our youth are our spark and our future.

Come and join us to honour and celebrate our African (Black) Youth

Contact us: /

  WOMEN AT ONE: Celebrating Fathers & Father of the Year Awards 2010

When: Saturday 19th June 2010
Where: Contact Organiser

This a fantastic event for all the men who, supported us and made a positive impact on our lives: fathers, step dads, single dads, grandads, uncles, community father figures and male church leaders.

Celebrating Fathers & Father of the Year Awards 2010. A deposit of £10 per person (is required NOW to guarantee places. This event will make would make the perfect Father's Day Gift! Why not email a friend!

Jennifer Denny
Director/Founder of womenatone

Telephone: 020 8427 0755
Fax: 020 8424 9932
Mobile: 07786 394 175


Screening: Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

When: Tuesday 22nd June 2010, 7pm to 9pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)
Where: PCS LEARNING CENTRE (Victoria), 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH. Nearest Train/Tube Station: Victoria
Adm: £4 per person

Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2007) is a riveting tale of hope, heartbreak and resiliency set in New Orleans' most fascinating neighbourhood. Shot largely before Hurricane Katrina and edited afterwards, the film is both celebratory and elegiac in tone.

Faubourg Tremé is arguably the oldest black neighbourhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement in the South and the home of jazz. While the Tremé district was damaged when the levees broke, this is not another Katrina documentary. Every frame is a tribute to what African American communities have contributed even under the most hostile of conditions.. It is a film of such effortless intimacy, subtle glances and authentic details that only two native New Orleanians could have made it.

Our guide through the neighbourhood is New Orleans' Times Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie who bought a historic house in Tremé in the 1990's when the area was struggling to recover from the crack epidemic. Rather than flee the blighted inner city, Elie begins renovating his dilapidated home and in the process becomes obsessed with the area's mysterious and neglected past. The film follows the progress of his renovation, which eventually emerges as a poignant metaphor for post-Katrina reconstruction of New Orleans.

Irving Trevigne, Elie's seventy-five year old Creole carpenter, is the heart and soul of the neighbourhood and a born storyteller. Descended from over two hundred years of skilled craftsmen, he beguiles Elie with the forgotten stories behind Tremé's old buildings. Other neighbourhood chroniclers like Louisiana Poet Laureate Brenda Marie Osbey, musician Glen David Andrews and renowned historians John Hope Franklin and Eric Foner help bring alive a compelling and complex historical experience that gracefully combines pre and post hurricane footage with a wealth of never-before-seen archival imagery.

Long ago during slavery, Faubourg Tremé was home to the largest community of free black people in the Deep South and a hotbed of political ferment. Here black and white, free and enslaved, rich and poor co-habitated, collaborated, and clashed to create much of what defines New Orleans culture up to the present day. Founded as a suburb (or faubourg in French) of the original colonial city, the neighbourhood developed during French rule and many families like the Trevignes kept speaking French as their first language until the late 1960's.

The film brims with unknown historical nuggets: Who knew that in the early 1800's, while most African Americans were toiling on plantations, free black people in Tremé were publishing poetry and conducting symphonies? Who knew that long before Rosa Parks, Tremé leaders organized sit-ins and protests that successfully desegregated the city's streetcars and schools? Who knew that jazz, the area's greatest gift to America, was born from the embers of this first American Civil Rights movement.

This film is imaginative, revealing, and disturbing. The images are unforgettable, reminding us of who we are and who we have been. Today many Tremé residents are unable to return home and the neighbourhood is once again fighting many of the same civil rights battles first launched here a hundred and fifty years ago. Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans celebrates the resiliency of this community and how they managed to carve out a unique and expressive culture and history that would enrich America and the world.

Running time: 67 minutes

Watch the trailer here -

There will be a discussion and debate after the screening.

Places for the film screenings are limited (ONLY 40 PLACES AVAILABLE), so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.
In order for us to manage seating and room layout, we would be grateful if all who are attending this event could confirm their attendance in advance.

Please confirm via email  how many of you will be attending this event Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation.

(Please note, photographs will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional purposes).

Charmaine Simpson

Chief Executive

Black History Studies
Educating the community to educate themselves


Screening: Jamaica for Sale

When: Tuesday 22nd June 2010, 7pm to 9pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)
Where: PCS LEARNING CENTRE (Victoria), 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH. Nearest Train/Tube Station: Victoria
Adm: £4 per person

Jamaica For Sale is a powerful documentary about the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism and unsustainable development in Jamaica.

Though the Caribbean receives about five percent of the global tourist trade, it is the region most economically dependent on tourism. Heavily promoted since 1891 as the way to modernization and prosperity, tourism has tragically failed in its promises, as Jamaica is one of the most indebted countries in the world and the third poorest country in the Caribbean. Lively, hard hitting, with powerful voices, arresting visuals and iconic music, Jamaica For Sale documents the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of unsustainable tourism development. Filled with wit and penetrating observations from the street wise to highly acclaimed academics, Jamaica For Sale engages with a cross section of Jamaicans: workers, small hoteliers, fishermen, community members, and environmentalists. As Jamaica is irreversibly transformed by massive hotel and luxury condominium development, Jamaica For Sale both documents this transformation and is trying to turn the tide. It is a cautionary tale not just for Jamaica, but all islands in the Caribbean, and all places around the world who are dependent on tourism and/or participating in unsustainable development practices.
Winner of the Audience Award at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival, the Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, and the Rising Star Award at the Canada Film Festival. Special Mention: Commfest Community Film Festival, Gone With the Film Festival, Indiefest

"Jamaica for Sale is a powerful critique of the persistent neocolonial structures of ownership in the Jamaican tourism industry, and the resulting environmental degradation, exploitative and dangerous labour conditions, and loss of communities' autonomy or participation in the development processes that most affect their livelihoods. Through a combination of interviews, archival footage, and coverage of tourism-related events such as work stoppages and communities' meetings with resort developers, Jamaica for Sale presents a compelling portrayal of an industry in crisis, one that is perpetuating a radically uneven distribution of tourism benefits." Jenny Burman, Assistant Professor of Communications, McGill University. Author of "Transnational Yearnings: Tourism, Migration and Diasporic Culture" 2010

Running time: 84 minutes

Esther Figueroa, PhD, (Vagabond Media, Juniroa Productions, Inc.) is a Jamaican independent filmmaker, writer, educator and linguist. She has over 25 years of experience in media production including documentaries, oral histories, educational videos, television programming, music videos, multi-media, web content, and feature film. An activist filmmaker, her work focuses on local knowledge, indigenous cultures, social injustice, community empowerment, and the environment. Her work gives voice to those outside of mainstream media, and aims to counter the dominant values, information and worldviews portrayed in commercial media. 

There will be a discussion and debate after the screening.

Places for the film screenings are limited (ONLY 40 PLACES AVAILABLE), so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.
In order for us to manage seating and room layout, we would be grateful if all who are attending this event could confirm their attendance in advance.

Please confirm via email  how many of you will be attending this event Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation.

(Please note, photographs will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional purposes).

Charmaine Simpson

Chief Executive

Black History Studies
Educating the community to educate themselves


Ugandan Music Fundraiser

When: Thursday 24th June 2010, 7pm - 10.30pm

Come down and listen to some Live Ugandan Music by Seby Ntege

For more information please find attached flyer.

All money raised will go towards the Butabika Link, in Aid of Barts and the London Charity

Nubeyond: Dr Lez Henry

An Audience with Dr Lez Henry

When: Friday 25th June, 7.30 - 11pm
Where: The Nettlefold Hall, West Norwood Library 1-5 Norwood High Street, London SE27 9JX
: £10.00 tickets please contact:

Nu-Beyond and Janus Solutions present 'An Audience with Dr Lez Henry', hosted by The Investigator, Bro Andrew Muhammad + special invited guests.

Food and refreshments available. See attached flyer for full details.

Click here for Dr. Lez profile:

Nu-Beyond: 020 8480 8068

Janus Solutions: 0203 1210063


Fratricide and Fraternité (Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series): Truth, Justice and Reparations

When: Friday 25 June, 14:00 - 16:30
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, The Court Room (Senate House, First Floor)


  Keeping It Legal

When: 28th June, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: PRS Boardroom 29-33 Berners Street. London W1T 3AB
Cost: Free, but pre-booking necessary

To book and for more information:


What is Black Women’s History?

When: Wednesday 30th June 2010, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Where: PCS Learning Centre, 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH (5 minutes walk from Victoria Station).
Adm: The course costs £60 per person.

 All are welcome to attend this fascinating five week short course on What is Black Women’s History? The course uncovers the biography and achievements of great women from ancient and medieval Africa, through the slave trade, right up to the present periods. The opening class salutes the work of the pioneering African American historians, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, Drusilla Houston, and Anna Melissa Graves. With their work emerged a new concept of Black history that underpins the course.

Clearly there is a need for this sort of information. After all: Can YOU name 10 great black women who lived before the year 1900?

Some of the biographies covered on the programme are:

·         Queen/Pharaoh Hatshepsut
·         Queen Mother Amanirenas
·         The Queen of Sheba
·         Falasha Queen Judith
·         Bilikisu Sungbo
·         Queen Amina
·         Ann Nzinga
·         Mary Prince
·         Mary Seacole
·         Harriet Tubman
·         Amy Jacques Garvey


Course Content:
Week 1: The African Mother Goddesses and the Birth of Civilisation
Week 2: Women in Ancient Egypt (ordinary life and women leaders)
Week 3: The Queens of Ancient Ethiopia
Week 4: The Queens and Great Women of Medieval Africa
Week 5: Black Women in the Age of the Atlantic
Feedback from delegates who attended the course in the past on their overall experience are below:
"As always, Robin's class offers an oasis for those seeking inspiration and knowledge about Black History. This course was extremely engaging as these are a few historical sources that focus on a panoramic view of African Women's History." 
"This course has been an inspiration and more importantly a stepping stone for my future study." 
"Very good, course, I learnt so much. Good that you are giving black women a platform." 

There are many reasons why one may be interested in such a course. Some may wish to study the Black Woman’s experience in a systematic way. Others may be teachers who need the information to benefit their pupils. Others may be parents who need the information for their children. Some may wish to pursue the subject as a leisure interest.

Whatever the reason, please come along.

Places on this course are limited. Places are available on a strictly first come, first served basis and we anticipate that there will be a lot of demand for this course.   If you would like to attend this course, please contact us for a booking form at

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Black History Studies using the numbers below.


Charmaine Simpson
Chief Executive


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