1 March 2013 - Issue 130

Nyansapo - On our own two feet

Greetings Family,

As we leave another African History Month and formally enter spring time it’s hard to believe how busy the last 28 days have been. February may be the shortest month of the year, but if the level of activity taking place this month was anything to go by, then 2013 will be a very significant year for African people across the UK.

There have been campaigns fighting for the right of ethnicity to be considered during adoptions, a call for the inclusion of icons from post and pre-enslavement African history in the national curriculum, the reclaiming of February as African Heritage Month, a resurgence of reparation demands and an attempt to wrestle the topic of racism from its ‘interesting’ politically correct coffee table chat status.

This month’s events are the usual mix of arts and culture, education and activism. There is a day of action march on the weekend, a history event focused on the contributions of British Africans, an open house art day, a groundbreaking  event focusing on African British scientists, lectures, workshops, health sessions and loads more.

Whichever you choose, please get involved and spread the word.

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Peace, Love & Justice

Ligali Editor

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The Pan African Drum

"One who passes excrement on the road will encounter many flies on his return”
African Proverb, Yoruba

Toyin AgbetuGreetings,

Recently there has been much talk on the issue of transatlantic and colonial enslavement, reparations and apologies. I would love to pretend that I believe it was motivated by  a sense of justice but Truth be told I suspect it is due to the release of two American films offering a ‘creative’ (ie. dishonest) reimagining of the history of slavery – the wilberfestesque Lincoln and the blaxploitation flick Django Unchained. [Please note:  I have absolutely no intent of offering any review on these titles.  They have had more than enough publicity from ridiculous news reports to Oscars awards].


However in the real world there have been several developments on the matter of balancing our Ancestral balance sheet. Even if ignoring the debacle taking place over the removal of African history from the national curriculum there was a recent lecture in London presented by Dr Hilary Beckles, Principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus addressing the theme of his latest book - 'Britain’s Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide’. His was a calling for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to make a demand for reparations.


There is soon to be an event taking place revealing research led by Dr Nick Draper from University College London tracing and asking the ‘1834 Slavery Compensation: Who got the money?’


There has also been an article published in the British media exposing how British PM, David Cameron’s ancestors were one of many that directly benefitted from perverse reparation ‘compensation’ payments as a result of the legal abolishment of African enslavement in the Diaspora.  

Unsurprisingly, with all this talk, the question of apologies has come up. Especially when Cameron on a recent trip to India refused to apologise for British atrocities committed in 1919 during the Amritsar massacre.

Instead of sorry he said;

“we are dealing with something here that happened a good 40 years before I was even born... and the British government rightly condemned at the time. So I don't think the right thing is to reach back into history and to seek out things you can apologise for.”


Immediately after this statement there was a media frenzy with all manner of people coming out of the woodwork to stand by him on this point. Perhaps surprisingly, some of the most duplicitous arguments came not from the rabid right wing press, but instead from those publications claiming to be liberal.

As such, I can never understand the passion driving those so strongly opposed to saying the word sorry. Their philosophical ‘enlightenment’ based musings often remind me of a Dorian Greyesque interpretation of civility.  Last Saturday the Guardian published two pieces that were vociferous in their defence of PM David Cameron’s decision not to make an apology for the deeds of his ancestors. 

In the piece ‘Never Forget the Empire’ author William Dalrymple wrote that politicians should not apologise for the mistakes of others. This is a contentious argument. When Dalrymple uses the word ‘mistake’ he distorts history. It misrepresents the malicious intent of those brutal officers of empire, irrespective of whether they were in the colonial office or living it up in the nationwide gulags described as so called ‘colonies’. Slavery, colonialism and the retention of cultural artefacts looted during these times remain deliberate acts of aggression and not some unforeseen ‘regrettable’ mistakes.

As Cameron claims "There's an enormous amount to be proud of in what the British empire did and was responsible for,". Thus when in the same issue columnist, Deborah Orr asks ‘What are public apologies really for?’ she is incorrect in stating that ‘a prime minister is not an embodiment of the British state in perpetuity’. 


Just as the British queen continues to remains the living representation of a long line of British monarchs, her head of parliaments’ executive maintains a continuity of representation and responsibility in a similar way that the judiciary is the custodian of laws both past and present. If we accept the queens’ sovereignty and obey laws and judge made rulings passed even before we were born as binding upon us, then it is illogical to claim the institutions that devise and maintain these precedents are not culpable for any historic misdeeds.  


Sanchez Manning’s recent article ‘Britain's colonial shame: Slave-owners given huge payouts after abolition‘piece in the Independent reveals that;


“John Gladstone, the father of 19th-century prime minister William Gladstone. He received £106,769 (modern equivalent £83m) for the 2,508 [enslaved Africans] he owned across nine plantations. His son, who served as prime minister four times during his 60-year career, was heavily involved in his father's claim.”


There is no statute of limitation on failing to correct and make reparation for injustice.
It is not uncommon for politicians or indeed chief executives to apologise for the actions of their institutions. Look at the BBC with the Jimmy Saville debacle, consider that in March 2010 Pope Benedict  16th apologised for the numerous “sinful and criminal acts” of child and sexual abuse committed decades before his appointment.  He still remains culpable for protecting numerous rapists within the clergy during his job as one of ‘Gods representative on Earth’. However it is clear that saying sorry for past events matters, it is not only a politically issue but a spiritually one too.

Public apologies are meant to be for the good of the public and not those who seek to continue benefitting from the proceeds of illicit economic and political inheritance.
During September 2012 David Cameron said he was “profoundly sorry” for what he described as the double injustice of the Hillsborough disaster. He was right to do so despite not being in government at the time the actions took place. However to apply a different moral standard for incidents involving African and Asian people because it is somehow ‘past’ history is not only unjust but also deeply offensive if not racist.

A sincere apology is often the first step in any process of healing.  It is the way civilised humans as emotional beings start to repair the damage made by injurious behaviour they have caused, failed to prevent or benefited from.  It is not a convenient tool of political expediency. Until the opponents of apologies for historic atrocities are mature enough to respectfully acknowledging sites of pain, public calls for reparation will never diminish. This will remain true even after the death of victims as many Nazi war criminals learnt and now former colonial officers in occupied Kenya will hopefully discover.

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.

He is also the author of Jesus Says Sorry: The Anatomy of a PoliticalApology for Slavery


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National Black People's Day of Action (NBPDA) : iLINKS

Peace fam

I trust all is well...

We are fast approaching the National Black People's Day of Action (NBPDA) this Saturday 2nd March.  To help get us all into the Spirit of engagement, please find below this week's iNAPP Hyperlinks... Enjoy and share

1. Black Butterfly Music video marking forward remembrance

2. How the NBPDA concept came into being (venturefmradio interview)

3. Sis. Scully and Black Journalist on road debate Racism, Justice, and Equality

4. Organise or Perish... the message from the Brixton Megaphone man

Please pass them on...

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School backs “all brown children will grow up slaves” lesson

Beatrix Simpson, the headteacher of George Eliot Primary school has refused to apologise after six year olds taught “all brown children will grow up to be slaves”.

Click here to read full story


5th Black Dolls Expo - POSTPONED

Dear Folks,

Due to circumstances beyond my control (as they say!!), the 5th Operation Sankofa 'I want one just like me!' Black Dolls Expo will not take place on Saturday 5th May, 2013.  It is a disappointment I know, but I hope to re-schedule for later in the year, so keep a lookout for the new date.  There have been so many interesting developments regarding the production of 'Black Dolls' and I am eager to share the news with as many of you as possible.  Hopefully, the extra time will bring many more surprises in store for the celebration and promotion of
the dolls. *=D> applause

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Love & Blessings.

Ama Gueye
www.operationsankofa.com
Tel:  07855 837  604
Compassion, Empathy & Love (what a challenge!)


The Launch of Irki by Kadija Sesay

Irki by Kadija Sesay

Presenting Irki the debut poetry collection by Kadija Sesay

In Irki, Kadija Sesay unlocks experiences and stories - at times amusing and loving, at other times confusing and sad - that surround the 'invisibility' of private fostering, the dislocations and negotiations of migration, and home as an imagined, remembered and physical place. 'Irki' means 'homeland' in the Nubian language - a language which is fast becoming extinct.

Kadija returns at times to this loss of history and tradition, in a collection that brings to bear the memory of a pan-African homeland upon the reality of a British upbringing. Writing as a second generation West African, Kadija tells of the arrival of parents of different religions, the loss of a national tongue, and growing up Black, as one of the 'Michael Jackson generation', against the racially divided background of Britain in the 60s, 70s and 80s.  

One of only a handful of West African-descended poets writing and publishing in Britain today, Kadija confronts the common experience of private fostering that many from her community have faced but feel unable to talk about openly. She ends her debut collection on the edge, skirting borders as she draws upon her travels to relate intimate childhood experiences. 

Available March 2013  £8.99
(a few advance copies available now) 
from:

Peepal Tree Press 
17 King's Avenue Leeds  LS6 1QS 
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)113 2451703 
www.peepaltreepress.com 

UK Representation: 
Inpress Books for Independent Thinkers  http://www.inpressbooks.co.uk/ 

UK Distribution: 
Central Books, 99 Wallis Road, London E9 5LN 
Phone: +44 (0)208 829 3000 
Fax: +44 (0)208 881 5088 

For further information

Kadija@sablelitmag.org 
 www.sablelitmag.org/kadijasesay    


4Corners

Dear Friends & Family

In February, the U.S. celebrates Black History Month.
Therefore it seems very apt that we should try to make a little history of our own by introducing what is the first regular column of its kind highlighting the historical and contemporary creative contribution of designers from the African diaspora. Each month we will focus on four key regions, with a view to expanding both culturally and geographically over time.

Click to Read: 4Corners - An interview with Chuck Harrison

The U.S. has a rich legacy of black designers encompassing all areas of the design spectrum. Pioneering admen such as Georg Olden, Emmett McBain, Leroy Winbush and Archie Boston; Graphic artists and illustrators such as Aaron Douglas and Charles Dawson; and designers such as Eugene Winslow and Charles 'Chuck' Harrison who I have the pleasure of introducing to you as our first featured profile designer.

I sincerely hope you like the column and find it engaging, informative and insightful. And if you do, please help support it by sharing it with your networks, subscribing or posting comments via the design week site.

Many thanks for all your continued support and encouragement.

Warmest regards

Johnny

Jon Daniel
Ideas | Design | Direction
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email:   info@jon-daniel.com / web:  www.jon-daniel.com


Presentation: A Revolution of Values

Dear Beloved I would like to share this presentation with you from Friends of Fondation Felicite, hope you enjoy.

Friends of Fondation Felicite speaking at a community event to remember and honour the life and work of our beloved ancestor Dr Martin Luther King. We were invited to speak by Sister Audrey Hayles of INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION organisation - our chosen theme:

"A REVOLUTION OF VALUES - MARTIN LUTHER KING AND HAITI"

click here to watch -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYisvov3GFY&feature=youtu.be

Thank you for your time
Peace and Love
Sistah Ankhobia


Campaign: Oya: Rise of the Orishas Film

Oya: Rise of the Orishas is an exciting action packed film, written and directed by Nosa Igbinedion. The film resurrects mythical deities from African folklore, known as Orishas, into modern-day superheroes in Britain. The film will be presented In a visually unique style drawing inspiration from related genres, including sci-fi, action and martial arts and presenting a truly phenomenal spectacle in the art of film.

Director: Nosa Igbinedion
Producer: Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor
Associate Producer: Sheila Nortley

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
 
If you want to see an epic movie on a topic that has never been explored before in the history of western Cinema, GET INVOLVED.
 
We will be running a crowd funding campaign to fund the initial short taster and to prove that there is a market for this type of film. For each contribution our supporters make, there are some great rewards, from being an extra in the film to getting a special mention in the credits.
The crowd-funding campaign will go live from Thursday 28th February 2013 at 12pm GMT.

For more information contact: joy@dreamcoatproductions.com
Or visit the website
WEBSITE: http://www.oyariseoftheorishamovie.com/


Chi Creations: A 4 minute delight

Greetings, please enjoy the delight of this vision for 4 minutes.
click on the link -  http://youtu.be/IkUSjwn9xa0 -

Love to hear your response on the vision.

A Request

Hi there, this is Chinyere's daughter, Nkechi

I hope this email finds you well!
I have recently applied for a full scholarship for a University in New York, the scholarship includes tuition for all 4 years of my course. I had to answer a question with a video response. One of the determining factors is how many likes, views, comments and shares I recieve on my video. The more I get, the better my chance of winning.

Please, view, like, comment, and share on my video http://t.co/NnVktIcR to increase my chance to win a full scholarship to University for all 4 years of my course,


Thank You so much Black heart (cards)
Love Nkechi


Black History Walking Tours of London!

Voted Top Ten in London by the Guardian click to see article 

Secrets of Soho  Sun 3 March 11.30am
Notting Hill Sun 10 March 11.30am
St Pauls/Bank Sat 16 11.30am
Trafalgar Square Sun 17 March 11.30am 

Click for HERE for  descriptions  

Secrets of Soho. In an area known for offices and clubs, this special walk delves into an amazing depth of history which proves and lists: ancient African civilisations, black women broadcasters of the 1940's, civil rights activists who campaigned for equality in the military, black female entrepenuers/heroines, Jimi Hendrix, Mary Seacole, African radicals of the 1800's, black classical musicians, Pan African conspiracies, propaganda and spies

Notting Hill there is much more to  Notting Hill than Carnival but even that history is often mis-represented. Find out about pioneering African/Caribbean people who literally fought for equality and laid the foundation for modern multi-cultural London. Why does Portobello road have that name? Where in London is there evidence of 3500 years of African civilisation ? How is Kelso Cochrane connected to Stephen Lawrence? We cover Baron Baker, Jamaican Freedom Fighters, White Defence League, Sus law, Sou-Sou / Partner System, Michael X, Peter Rachman, Claudia Jones, anti-black riots of 1958, Mau Mau, Shebeens and invisible black history.


Taui Network Presents…..
AUSAR AUSET SOCIETY 40TH ANNIVERSARY: UK TOUR OF DR. RA UN NEFER AMEN

Shekhem Ur Shekhem King of Kings of Ausar Auset Society InternationalSAVE THE DATES!Coming in June 2013 Internationally acclaimed author of the best-selling Metu Neter Series, Maat 11 Laws and Not out of Greece!!

Author and lecturer on ancient Kamitic (Egyptian) spirituality, philosophy and history, health and wellness will be making his first visit to UK in 5 years.

Don’t’ miss out!!

London: 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 9th June 2013
Birmingham: 7th June 2013

Sign up for ‘early bird’ notification, information about how to book your tickets, and for African market stall information email us on: tauinetworkeurope@gmail.com


Information: Campaign against the Govt's abolition of the protection of the right of Children's heritage

The Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, has proposed the amendment of section 1 (5) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 within the draft Children and Families Bill which is due to come before Parliament on Mon. 25th February 2013. Mr. Gove who was adopted but not trans-racially, of course, calls for the removal of ‘due consideration’ of religion, race, culture or linguistic background when placing a child for adoption.

The House Of Lords has rejected this Bill. With no evidence to support the Govt’s claim that finding the best culturally appropriate match for a child is what is causing delays in placing children with permanent families, they are still forging ahead with this BILL even though it contravenes 16 (sixteen) Articles of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The court processes was actually found by Osfted’s recent research, to be the main cause of the delays.

This bill is aimed at BME Children in care, who are voiceless. Please lend your support to this campaign.

Click this link for more information:
http://bit.ly/YRrrZ0


Great News !!!

BIS Publications best-selling Black Scientists & Inventors series of books for the third year running have been recommended by Black Caucus Members (one of the largest black organization in the USA) as essential reading for National African American Read-In during February’s Black History Month.

Make sure you order your Black Scientists & Inventors poster packs today visit: www.bispublications.com


Campaign: Books for Dominica

Greetings 2 U all

Muatta Books is a community bookshop in Hackney East London for the past sixteen years.  We have to close due to extensive building works .

We are sending a huge volume of books,educational materials and toys to Dominica and would like your help to achieve this wonderful project.

Dominica is classed as being in the Lesser Antilles ,SE of Guadeloupe,NW of Martinique and is known as the Nature Isle of Beauty . The spoken language is both English and French Creole.

We are in contact with the Education Department in Dominica , who are willing to help and will keep You updated.
 
We have contacted three main shipping companies and the quotes for a 20 foot container is about £2000.00.  We are told that 10 feet containers are scarce (which would be cheaper.)

If You can assist us with any contacts and additional information we would be happy.

We need donations to make this project happen.
Please send donations to Pay-pal muattabooks@yahoo.co.uk

Please email us details if You would like to be included in the list of donors to send to the Dominica Education Department.

If you do have books, educational materials or toys to donate please contact the number below to make arrangements .

Note: Please make sure all books and toys are in good condition. We feel it is important to send all kinds of books and not just educational books. 


NOLLYWOOD UNCUT SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

Introducing the first Nollywood Uncut screenwriting competition. We are seeking entries from brilliant screenwriters looking for a break into Nollywood. A major project is underway and the successful script will be made into a Nollywood film to be shot in Nigeria in 2013.

APPLY HERE ]

Natural November in May

(May Natural November get bigger & better)

Natural November is a natural cultural hair, health, wealth & beauty event which is aimed at people who are interested in either adopting or maintaining a more natural cultural holistically healther lifestyle from an African Caribbean standpoint. This bi-annual event will cater for the whole family & will showcase natural hair/lock styling tutorials & products, a cultural children’s interactive programme, health & beauty products, culturally inspired arts & crafts, books & DVD’s, fashion & accessories, holistic therapies, educational seminars & empowering workshops. Attendees will receive professional advice on how to incorporate healthy & exciting lifestyle programmes to promote optimum health & well being for the whole family.

The 4th Natural November event will take place on Sunday 5th May at Hammersmith Town Hall.  It will be a special selection of stalls, services, seminars, there will also be a fashion show & edutainment added to the list.

This event is essential to your calendar if you offer products or services in any of the following categories:

- African education & empowerment
- Culturally inspired fashion & lifestyle
- Health foods & natural products
- Holistic therapies & natural health services
- Natural hair & beauty products

Natural November offers countless benefits to sponsors, contributors & exhibitors looking to attract new customers or venture into a new market. The response from the last three events have been overwhelming & with the addition of the edutainment & fashion show in the main hall, Natural November can only get bigger and better, & I am offering you the opportunity to take part in an already successful event which cannot & should not be missed.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting, relevant, ever expanding event & wish to take full advantage of the sponsorship, advertising, & exhibiting opportunities available, please contact me on naturalnovember@hotmail.co.uk to request further information.

Looking forward to hearing from you very soon

DebRose Brown SearchWell
Founder of Natural November
www.naturalnovember.co.uk (under redesign)
info@naturalnovember.co.uk
07884 008 414


The Fifth European Conference on African Studies 2013

ECAS 2013 will take place at the ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal, from 27 to 29 June 2013.

The conference is being organized by Centro de Estudos Africanos – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Centre for African Studies, Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL)) on behalf of AEGIS, the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies under a general theme: African dynamics in a multipolar world”.

ECAS 2013 will discuss three aspects of this new configuration and its effects on African societies: political challenges, economic and development changes and social creativity, both in the contemporary period as in a historical perspective.
For additional information on registration and abstract presentation, please visit http://cea.iscte.pt/ecas2013

This conference is the main scientific gathering on African Studies in Europe and is supported by The African Centre for Peace Building-AFCOPB.


Community Events

Mashufaa Classes

Mashufaa

Spirit Of A Warrior

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

*Adults and Children
with the children's classes, We encourage learning through positive encouragement and use games and skills to reinforce the martial arts techniques that they learn.

Thursdays
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Saturdays
Time: 2pm - 4pm 
Venue: The DANCE STUDIO, Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, Harrow Road, London NW10 0RG
Tube: Stonebridge Park (Bakerloo line and London Overground)  / Bus: 18

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


March

Feast

When: Runs until 2nd March 2013,7.30pm / Matinee on Saturday 2nd March at 2.30pm
Where: Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
Adm: £10 - £30

Directed by Rufus Norris
A Young Vic and Royal Court Theatre co-production


Only one week left to catch this energetic production that charts a 300 year migration of Yoruba culture. Three sisters separated by a mischievous trickster whose greatest pleasure comes from creating chaos. Only an epic journey across continents and centuries can reunite them. Vibrant music, dazzling dance and featuring a stunning company including Olivier Award winner Noma Dumezweni, Young Vic regular Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, drummer Sola Akingbola of Jamiroquai and world renowned dancers.

Box Office: http://www.youngvic.org
Info: http://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/feast


Exhibition: Creative Journeys

Responses to mental health in Hackney, past and present


When: 12th February - 25 May 2013
Where: Hackney Museum, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ

An exhibition of visual and audio art of the creative journeys taken by those who have suffered severe and enduring mental health issues.

Featuring Core Arts, the Hackney charity that promotes positive mental health through participation in the creative arts, the show presents artists alongside a history of mental health care in Hackney.

The work is of high professional quality and wide ranging, dispelling clichés regarding arts and mental health and reflecting Core Arts' groundbreaking approach to the subject, where pigeon-holes that categorise into 'outsider' or 'therapy' are strongly avoided. Individuality and creativity are respected; the artists and musicians have been supported along their creative journeys by Core Arts, but their unique expression emerges strongly in the personality of the artwork. Creativity becomes a vehicle for mental wellbeing and a model for an emotionally healthy society.

Painting, sculpture, conceptual art, a listening booth featuring music made and released by members of Core Arts are shown alongside personal testimonies.

The history of Core Arts spans twenty years involvement with mental health and the arts as a vibrant and interactive creative hub within the local community.


PASCF Workshop (Brixton): International Women's Month - 'Women in El Salvador'

When:  Friday, 1st March 2013, 7.00pm for Refreshments & Prompt Start @ 7.15pm
Where:   365 Brixton Road, London SW9 7DA (over from the police Station on  the corner of Gresham Road and Brixton Road)

During the month of March the PASCF joins with many organisations in celebrating the economic, political, historical and social achievements of women past present and future. Each year, International Women's Day on 8 March highlights the importance of creating the conditions for female empowerment, gender equality and ending discrimination and violence against women and girls around the world.

This Friday's workshop focuses the spotlight on 'Women in El Salvador'. We invite you to join us as our young dynamic community activist Sis Elam, who has recently returned from a volunteering trip to South America presents with an insight into the life and conditions for the indigenous women of the region.

Presenters: Sis Elam - Young graduate of London College of Arts who utilises her skills and passionate commitment to the Afrikan family in community organising and activism. 

Please arrive for 7.00pm so that we can have some refreshments, mingle and start promptly at 7.15pm.

Please Spread the Word, attend our workshop and bring a friend with you!

Blessings Always
Sis Jackie
On Behalf of PASCF
http://www.pascf.com/
https://twitter.com/PASCFofficial
http://www.facebook.com/PASCFofficial


PASCF Session (Clapham): Consciencism

When: Friday 1st March 2013 at 6.30pm
Where: The West Indian Association of Service Personnel (WASP) , 163 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6DB

Warmest greetings everyone.

This is to let you know that this Friday the PASCF will be collectively studying the book Consciencism.  I will be the first in a series.  Consciencism is a fundamental source text for Afrikan Philosophy.  The session is open to all comers, but it is a requirement that you read the text.

On this Friday 1st March 2013 at 6.30pm we will be concentrating on the introduction only.  It is only 4 pages meaning that there is time for everyone to have read it several times over before attending.  The book is attached to this email.  Please join us.

Regards

Brother Omowale
Company Secretary
Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum (PASCF)


National Black Peoples Day of Action 2013

When: 2 March 2013 (March - 9AM / Convention - 1PM)
Where: JK Banqueting Hall, 15A Perry Val;e, Forest Hill, London SE23 2NE

Info: inapp.org.uk


Combs from Kemet: Egyptian hair ornaments in an African context

When: Saturday 2 March 2013, 1pm to 2pm
Where: The British Museum
Adm: Free                                     

Although in everyday use throughout the Nile Valley, haircombs reflect the often changing culture and belief of inhabitants of this region over 4,000 years (see above image).

Dr Sally-Ann Ashton, Senior Assistant Keeper, Department of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, will discuss the rich variety of haircombs from the British Museum's reserve collection in this illustrated talk, and explores the iconography and imagery they depict.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SEATS WILL BOOKABLE SOON ONLY ON THE MUSEUM'S WEBSITE


1834 Slavery Compensation: Who got the money?

When: Sat  2 March 2pm to 6pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat
Where: Birkbeck University WC1 E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square side), Tube Holborn/Russel Square,Tottenham Court Road click here for map and to book 
Adm: Free only if booked via http://slaverycompensationwhogotthemoney-eac2.eventbrite.co.uk/?ebtv=C# online 

In  1834 when the British  abolished slavery in the Caribbean the  government paid 20 million pounds in compensation to the owners of the enslaved Africans. The Africans got nothing.

Many people have wondered who exactly got that money and what they did with it. Which islands and plantations benefited ? What houses were built ? What institutions were established ? What was the cultural and economic legacy of this massive payout ? Can it be identified and quantified ? A team of scholars from UCL have been researching exactly these questions and more. Over the last 3 years they have collated research on several thousand beneficiaries and  created a searchable, user-friendly  website that covers...

  • Which individuals received monies.
  • How much they received
  • Which houses they lived in
  • What they bought with the money
  • Which cultural/ educational institutions they established or supported with the money
  • What islands/plantations/ individuals in the Caribbean were compensated
  • Exactly how banks and financial institutions used the money to further the needs of empire
  • The role of slave-owners as writers and historians
  • The connections between the compensation,  finance companies and political parties
  • Physical legacies; buildings, statues, parks, docks,railways, bridges, libraries
  • How to use the website to expand your own personal or professional or genealogical research

Professor Catherine Hall, Dr Nick Draper, Keith McClelland, Kate Donnington and Rachel Lang  will share their research,  demonstrate how to use the website and take extended questions on both topics

If you wish to particpate in the live website demonstration please bring a laptop.

This event is sponsored by  Birkbeck, University of London, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk, and www.nabss.org.uk


Presentation: African British History

When: Saturday March 2, 2 for 2.30-4.30pm
Where: Gayton Library (Harrow On The Hill)
Adm: Free

(a)
When: Tuesday March 19, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: Battersea Library (Clapham Junction)
Adm: Free

BTWSC and African Histories Revisited highlight their

NARM Paul Stephenson & Bristol Bus Boycott @ 50 And

NARM John Archer London's First African Mayor @ 100 campaigns

by focusing on two 2013 African British history programmes:

a) John Archer & Black Politics and b) Paul Stephenson & The Bristol Bus Boycott.

The audio-visual presentations, which can be delivered combined or separately, are suitable for adults, youths, or inter-generational audiences. 2013 marks both 100 years since John Archer became London's first African mayor in the London borough of Battersea, and pioneered "black politics" (a precursor to Black Sections), and 50 years since Paul Stephenson successfully led the Bristol Bus Boycott, in order to expose and break racist employment policies. This in part led to the 1965 Race Relations Act. There is also a Martin Luther King connection.

Free presentations of (a & b) takes place Saturday March 2, 2 for 2.30-4.30pm @ Gayton Library (Harrow On The Hill), (a) takes place on Tuesday March 19, 6.30-8.30pm @ Battersea Library (Clapham Junction + (b) on Tuesday April 16, 6.30-8.30pm tbc). To book, more info, or to commission an African British history presentation or course: Awula Serwah, btwsc@hotmail.com, www.narm2013.eventbrite.com.


KOFI ARTS OPEN STUDIO: THE ART OF LOVE

When: Saturday 2nd March 2013 7pm to 10pm
Where:115 Melfort Rd Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 7RX
Nearest station Thornton Heath (over head) / Buses: 50, 250, 450

Relaunch of the iconic image: Black Star Rising

Exhibition & Talk
The Art of Love explores the male and female form in African art.

Join artist Alvin Kofi as he shares his findings, presenting the positive image of the male and female presence in traditional and contemporary Black art.

With a live drawing demonstration covering beautiful ancient and modern African art forms.

Competition
On the night enter a competition to win a beautiful print of ‘Embrace’ 
Beautifully displayed originals and prints will be exhibited from Kofi's collection.

For more info: kofiarts@btinternet.com
07943437619 www.kofiarts.com


Film Nite: BABYLON

When: Saturday 2nd March @ 7pm
Where: The Nub, Walthamstow E17
Adm: Donations £6, £3 under 16 / Refreshments and snacks provided

Medal & Trophy Presentation Evening - African & Caribbean Olympics

When: Sat 2nd March 2013, 7-9pm (Refreshments will be available from the bar)
Where: Bedfordshire Student Union, Campus Centre (entrance near Iceland), Luton LU1 3JU

Dear all,

Akeba invites all medal winners with their family and friends to the 1st Annual Medal & Trophy Presentation Evening for the Akeba A&C Mini-Olympics Day.

Last summer, we enjoyed a beautiful and sunny afternoon of community athletics, during which adults and children competed for the country of their choice. A wonderful show of sporting spirit was displayed particularly by the young people present. Congratulations to those who ran for the first time since leaving high school!

The results of the day are published on our website here:-
http://www.akeba.org.uk/akbevent180812.html

We will be giving out the gold, silver and bronze medals to the proud winners and a trophy to a representative for Jamaica which was the winning country. We also have special sporting and community guests to present the prizes.

We will also be signing up teams for this year's African & Caribbean Mini-Olympics on Sat 17th Aug 2013 @ Stockwood Park Athletics Centre. You can also email/call to sign up for this as well.

If you are unable to collect your medal on the day - please contact Akeba asap.

Regards
Juliet Sharpe
Akeba
http://www.akeba.org.uk/
07957147547


Discussion: Somalia - The World’s Most Dangerous Place

When: Sunday, 3rd March 2013, from 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Where: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green Station (Central Line)
Adm: Free

Salam family

Kayd Somali arts and Culture would like to invite you to discuss James Fergusson latest book, “The World’s Most Dangerous Place” with the author, Somali Journalist, Radwan Haaji from Universal TV, Adam Matan from Anti-Tribalism Movement (ATM), and Michael Walls, Lecture at UCL.


In this book The World’s Most Dangerous Place, Fergusson explores Somalia’s recent history and how the region has moved from years of civil war, famine and death in the 90s to the very shaky form of democracy that currently holds the region. During and since the civil war millions of Somalis have fled abroad, many of them being young Somalis, most of who left when they were small children and are now typically in their early 20s. The author examines the impact and views of those young Somalis living in the UK and US, measuring the threat Islamic extremism has there and also how they, more than any other group, have the power to steer Somalia and Somalis to a better future.

James Fergusson is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent who has written for many publications including the Independent, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and The Economist. From 1997 he reported from Mazar-i- Sharif in northern Afghanistan, covering that city's fall to the Taliban.

Join us for this panel aimed at discussing the arguments highlighted in this book. If you are unable to attend, then do send any burning questions/comments and we will endeavour sharing it with the panel and audience.

Facebook event page -

https://www.facebook.com/events/489743487756459/?notif_t=plan_user_joined


Lecture: The 'War on Terror' spreads to Africa

When:  Monday 4th March 2013, 7.00PM
Where: Duke of Cambridge, 74 Landsdowne Way (at junction with Binfield Rd.)
                   Stockwell, London SW8 2DR (5 mins from Stockwell Tube)

Greetings All,

Dr Hakim Adi will be speaking on - The 'War on Terror' spreads to Africa: Britain and the West's military intervention - in an event organised by Lambeth Stop the War Coalition.

SPEAKER: Dr Hakim Adi

Please spread the word, attend and bring a friend

Bless
Sis Jackie


Conference: Agents of Change: Women Organisations, Women Leaders & Mothers

When: 5 March 2013, 6.30pm at
Where: 160 Tooley St, London Bridge, SE1 2QH
Adm: Early Bird Ticket  £25

I hope you are able to join us (men & women, you are all welcome) at the Paceworking Conference Celebrating International Women's Week. The Theme is Agents of Change: Women Organisations, Women Leaders & Mothers. We have high profile and inspirational speakers attending this includes:

Speakers:
Dr Karen Brewer - Widows Rights International; UK & Secretary General of the Commonwealth Magistrates & Judges Association.
Mrs Folorunsho Alakija - President of the Rose of Sharon Foundation, Nigeria
Cllr Kate Anolue - The Worshipful Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield
Yinka Essien - Founder of the Christian Support Group for African and Caribbean Widows
Beverley De-Gale OBE - Co-founder of the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT)
Perez Ochieng - CEO Sahara Communities Abroad (SACOMA)

You must be pre-registered to attend this event.
Payment is via Eventbrite or contact us if you wish to pay into our account.

All the details are on Facebook and also on the Paceworking Website click on this link and scroll down:

http://www.paceworkingconsultancy.co.uk/upcoming_events.htm

http://paceworkingevents-iww2013-eorgf.eventbrite.co.uk/


Earlybird Tickets cost £20 (before 24 Feb). If you have a business there are opportunities to sponsor. Contact me at paceworking@yahoo.co.uk or call 07974 435727


Free Spirit art: Masterclass

When: 7 March 2013
Where: 68 Westow Street, Crystal Palace, SE19 3AF
Adm: £45 (Includes all materials)

Greetings

Are you interested in exploring your creative sides?

I’ve collaborated with the dynamic artist Desilu A. Banton & we’ve put together a masterclass painting workshop, ‘Free Spirit Art’.
This is the first of an exciting programme designed to energize, stimulate & most of all to be enjoyable.
Whether you are an experienced artist or a novice the class will inspire & offer technical support.

There are limited places so booking early is advised. Reply to this email & reserve your place.
Attached are the workshop details.

Please forward this event to your creative friends.

One Love Ken
www.yahwarts.co.uk


PASCF Workshop: Afrikan Women’s Strategies for
Coping with Mental (Spiritual)
Health Challenges/Distress

When:  Friday, 8th March 2013, 7.00pm for Refreshments & Prompt Start @ 7.15pm
Where:  365 Brixton Road, London SW9 7DA (over from the police Station on the corner of Gresham Road and Brixton Road)

Sis Estella from ISIS Family Health Invited


Don't just live, live to be remembered: The Somali East End

When: Friday 8 March 2013, 6pm - 8pm
Where: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
Adm: FREE EVENT

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture and Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives invite you to the launch of the first ever exhibition examining the history of Somali migration to Tower Hamlets.

Including new portraits taken by local photographer Sarah Ainslie, the exhibition draws on oral histories of community members and archives from Somali organisations collected by Simeera Hassan as part of a year-long heritage skills traineeship, part of a nationwide project led by The National Archives and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A panel will discuss “How did we get here and what have we been though since the first days of the seamen?”, highlighting the work of local community leaders who will reflect on their organisation's place in the history of Somali Tower Hamlets, with a particular focus on women, in recognition of International Women's Day.

There will be contributions from:

- Khadra Sarmaan, Women's Development Officer at Ocean Somali Community Association (OSCA)

- Joycelyn Hayford, Director of Black Women's Health and Family Support

- Shamsa Hersi, Mayfield House Somali Day Centre

- Cliff Pereira, geographical historian.

The event will be chaired by Mahamed Mahamud.

https://www.facebook.com/events/494516170590597/


The Best from Africa Festival

When: Friday 8th March 2013, 8pm - 1am
Where:
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Adm:
£7 in advance, £9 OTD 

Produced by Global Local (Continental Drifts) and Focus Organization

The producers have rounded up a refreshingly new mix of artists to feature in this showcase. The evening will feature live performances from headline act Ballet Nimba, preceded by Afrik Bawantu, AkaWé, Sir Loui's dance workshop and Dj Freestyle (Colourful Radio) on the decks. Ballet Nimba Captivating and energetic dance ensemble -  (No.1 West African Dance Company in the UK). 8 piece Afrobeat-Afrofunk orchestra Afrik Bawantu led by Afla Sackey. AkaWé new London based 10-piece Afrobeat band blend their individuality to create a unique musical identity.

Booking/Info: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5405957364/esli#


Masterclass: Africa

When: Saturday 9 March2013
Where:
SOAS, London

If you are serious about making a career or business move into Africa, maximise your success by getting your strategy right. Attend Masterclass: Africa and get the benefit of 3 masterclasses that will give you the advice and insights you need to make your career or business succeed.  Meet and network with like-minded professionals - it’s an investment you’ll be glad you made!
 
For full details of the event and to book your place:http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5326124582/efblike#

African Odysseys Screenings: The Imam and I / Maluala / People of Palenque

When: Sat 9 March,11am to 1pm & 2- 5pm
Where: BFI Southbank. Belvedere  Road SE1. Tube: Waterloo www.bfi.org.uk 
Adm: £5

The Imam and I (2010) The untold story of the Islamic fight for equality in apartheid South Africa. Director Khalid Shamis returns to Cape Town on the trail of his famous grandfather, the influential 1960s Imam Abdullah Haron, who was both a divisive and a unifying force in the  politics of the time, championing youth, but alienating many with his strong stance against Apartheid   

Maluala (1979) Blockbusting action drama showing African resistance to slavery in Cuba ! Director Sergio Giral is the best known of the black Cuban directors whose specialities were historical observations of the period of slavery in Cuba, the gradual rise of rebellion against colonial traditions, and the ultimate freedom that resulted. Maluala is the most striking addition to this genre and takes us into a palenque, a settlement of escaped slaves hidden somewhere in Cuba's eastern mountains, where discord is sown between black kings by clever subversives working for the Spanish government

People of Palenque 2010. Documentary about the music and culture of the people of Palenque, the location of the first free slave (or Maroon) community in the Americas. With its own unique style of music and language, heavily influenced by its African heritage, it holds a unique position in the world and is today proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The screenings will be presented by Michael La Rose, author, cultural and political activist, and chair of the George Padmore Institute    


2Inspire Ladies Day - Celebrating the Creativity of Women

When: 9 March 2013
Where: Crowne Plaza, Docklands,Royal Victorial Dock, E16 4AL
Adm: £Free (All workshops for single £5 payment)

2Inspire Network is proud to announce the return of its popular 2Inspire Ladies Day event taking place on 9th March 2013 at the Crowne Plaza, Docklands. Coinciding with International Women's Day, "Celebrating the Creativity of Women" is a free event that will showcase budding and established female entrepreneurs; particularly those in the creative sector. For an additional £5 delegates can attend all workshops hosted on the day.

The event will include stands from organisatons and education institutions such as Birkbeck University as well as a wide range of businesses. There will also be entertainment and a number of workshops to meet the lifestyle, personal and business development needs of attendees. Workshop topics will cover health, education, personal development, business start-up, media and styling.

The 2Inspire Ladies Day offers a platform that promotes and celebrates the creative talent of women. It provides an arena that will empower and support women in creating a crystal clear vision for both the personal and professional aspects of their lives.

The 2inspire network was launched in May of 2012, "Empowering individuals and helping them to realise their potential is something that I am passionate about. I believe that women should work together and support each other on their journeys, this belief is the foundation of the network, an organisation that provides forums and platforms that help to empower, promote and inspire women" says Founder Hazel Chawapiwa.

The network held its inaugural Ladies Day event in August of 2012, which had an attendance of just over 200, it was a great success and received fantastic feedback from attendees and the exhibitors who took part. Hazel adds "The aim is to make this 2nd Ladies day an even bigger and better event, a real celebration of women. We believe all women are creative in their everyday lives as home makers, mothers, employees and entrepreneurs and we want to showcase and celebrate this on the day."

The event will also mark the official launch of the 2Inspire Network's Academy; a 4 week personal development and life-skills programme for young people aged between 16-21. The academy is a partnership with Youth & Community worker, Milisa Nugent. "We are forming the academy to help young people focus on what's important for them now and in the future, providing them with access to positive opportunities and role models. The aim is to enable them to make informed decisions, increase their skills and achieve personal targets to become confident active citizens within their communities. At this 2Inspire Ladies Day we aim to raise awareness, raise funds and kick-start our recruitment drive for the academy with the intention to commence the program in August 2013."- Milisa Nugent.

For more information log onto www.2inspirenetwork.com
marketing@2inspirenetwork.com
@2inspireltd
#2inspireladiesday
Registration link: http://2inspireladiesdaypart2.eventbrite.com/#


Queen Nzinga Lecture Series  4/12: Is there a movement for African Reparations in the UK ?  

When: Sunday 10  March  3pm to 6pm
Adm: Free only if booked online HERE  Donations accepted.  

 A National Association of Black Saturday Schools www.nabss.org.uk  and www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk  production 
  
This fourth of twelve Queen Nzinga  lectures will take us beyond the usual discourse about theories on the deservedness of reparations for People of African Descent, to how reparations has been envisioned and is currently being advocated in practice.We will cover. 

  • What are reparations? social, cultural, physical, psychological, legal, financial ? Who in the world has received reparations and why?
  • How far back does the reparations movement in the UK go ?
  • How have people of African heritage in the UK articulated the struggle for reparations ? How do we go about achieving reparations ? Who Benefits, how ? 
  • What can you do to support the reparations movement ? Plus presentation from BHW on the African presence in the wealth of the city of London, streets, landmarks and infrastructure
Speakers include: Esther Stanford-Xosei, a Reparations legal expert and PHD student in history at the University of Chichester.

PASCF Workshop: Remembering Sister Comrades
of the Grenada Revolution!

When:  Friday, 15th March 2013, 7.00pm for Refreshments & Prompt Start @ 7.15pm
Where:  365 Brixton Road, London SW9 7DA (over from the police Station on the corner of Gresham Road and Brixton Road)

Jacqui McKenzie from the Committee for Human Rights in Grenada


REVITALISE – A Day of Health and Rejuvination

When: Saturday 16th March 2013, 10.00 – 18.00
Where: St George’s Post 16 Centre, Great Hampton Row, Newtown, Birmingham B19 3JG
Adm: £20      Creche available for the women’s workshop

A day focusing on our spiritual, mental and physical health – For people of African descent living in Birmingham and the rest of the Midlands.

International Speaker Ur Aua Khem Men Sih lectures on: ‘No wealth, No Wealth’
There will also be an Auset Healing workshop for women and a Male Vitality workshop for men

 African Market stall on the day and healthy vegetarian food. Taui Network Europe Book stall will also be present selling the wide range of ancient Kamiticic (Egyptian) history, spirituality and health books by Dr Ra Un  Nefer Amen.

For more information about the day, to book a place at the event or to book a stall plesae contact:
Merit Herut on:  07886 485 393 or email: tarze2@hotmail.com


The 2013 Spring Equinox Nubian Family Gathering

When: Wednesday 20th March 2013, 6pm to 9pm
Where: Navarino Mansions Community Center, Dalston Lane, Hackney Downs, London E8 1LB
Adm: £10 (2 for 1) available from Now
Limited Time Special Offer

Greetings and Elevation Family,
Dr Aris Latham who is a 'Sun-Fired-Food' PHd practitioner (and one of my master teachers), encourages us to eat according to the seasons: So during winter, which is where we are now, he suggests that we should consume 50% protein, 25% vegetables and 25% fruit. Until he joins us here in the UK, check him out on Youtube or visit with him in Panama. In the meantime 9ether invites you to visit the website for all the ways we can assist you here in the UK.

Join us in the 9ether Brother & Sistah Circle to acknowledge the return of the Spring equinox, in a few weeks time. Visit the website for all the details.  We will be sharing important life affirming tips on how to make the most of the Spring Time balancing energies. 

Our guest presenters will be sharing their expertise and you the participants will share and learn from the experts and from each other. 9ether aims to help you to Relax into your Destiny. Celebration Healing and Information guaranteed.

You are welcome to purchase your ticket on-line any time from now.

If the limited special tickets run out before the end of February the offer will also end.


Black Scientists & Inventors In The UK


When: Friday March 22nd 2013, 6.30pm – 9pm
Where: Park View School, West Green Road, London N15 3QR
Adm:£10 adults / £5 Children / Register NOW at: http://bsiuk22march2013.eventbrite.co.uk/


Be part of this historic day, see and hear from some of the UK's leading Black Scientists & Inventors. Learn about what UK scientists, inventors, innovators, engineers, doctors and technologist are contributing to UK development.Network with under graduates and post graduates of science, medicine and engineering.Inventors network with entrepreneurs.Learn about Black Woman Scientists & Inventors.Mothers, fathers and carers have your son and daughter inspired and motived to become great scientists,engineers, doctors and technologists.Learn about the careers of the future.

This is an evening NOT TO BE MISSED!. Places are limited and we can only accept on a first register basis.

Register NOW at: http://bsiuk22march2013.eventbrite.co.uk/

A part of National Science Week 2013.

Inventors, Innovators and Creative People, display and sell your items at this event.
For Stand information e-mail: Stands@bispublications.com 

This e-mail has been sent to you by the people who brought you books,sold out seminars and events such as:
+ The Internationally Best- Selling Black Scientists & Inventors Series of books.
+ Black Scientists & Inventors: Over 2 Millenniums of Inventions & Innovations
+ Africa Invents 2.
+ What is the African Contribution To Science Past, Present and Future?
+ Hip Hop Black Scientists & Inventors


PASCF Workshop: "One thing we could do as women": Dr Dorothy Height, Sexualized Violence and the American Black Freedom Movement

When:  Friday, 22nd March 2013, 7.00pm for Refreshments & Prompt Start @ 7.15pm
Where:  365 Brixton Road, London SW9 7DA (over from the police Station on the corner of Gresham Road and Brixton Road)

Althea Legal-Miller from SHAW Society – Society for the History of Women in the Americas


KITCHEN TREASURES from NATURES PLEASURES

When: Saturday, March 23rd 2013, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Where:  AKHAYA, Tottenham Green Enterprise Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, London N15 4RX
Adm: £20 in Advance available from www.thecalabashhub.com


Come and join us in a 1 day workshop for men and women where you will be able to formulate your own skin care and beauty treatments, and hair care remedies using organic and natural ingredients that are healthy, clean and pure without the harsh chemicals, toxins and preservatives.

There are so many ingredients and hidden treasures in your kitchen that are common and everyday items which can be fused together to contribute to your skin care regime. Taking care of your skin and hair is perhaps one of the most essential parts of any health and beauty procedure. It is very important to use good quality products to get that glowing appearance and complexion. Our ancestors used natural resources for healing, prevention and preserving to rejuvenating the skin and hair. Come and try out simple, quick and easy to make natural remedies using the finest fresh organic ingredients that your hair and skin will love: Everything you make you take home and indulge. Ingredients, jars, utensils & recipes will be provided, but your welcome to use your own.


WORKSHOP
Hair Rinses and Tonics that give life to your crowning glory.
Body Butters and Moisturisers that give a warming glow.
Luxurious Hand and Facial Scrubs to make your skin feel soft and silky.
Clays for deep conditioning
Natural Hair Dyes & Removers

PRESENTATIONS:
TOP 10 INGREDIENTS & CLAYS: Lola’s Curls
BODY & SKIN CARE: Sister E
ALOE VERA BENEFITS: Ska Jacques
LIVITY HERBS: Afiya
NATURAL HAIR REMOVER: Kemi

CONTACT: info@thecalabashhub.com for alternative payment options


Women's Conference

When: Saturday 23rd March 2013, 7 pm - 9.30 pm
Where: 1-5 Hinton Road, Brixton, London (Loughborough Junction) London SE24 0HJ
Adm: £10 adults / 18 and Under Tickets: £5 / Food on sale

Telephone: 07508 790171
Email: info@finalcalltoaction.com

Final Call to Action presents a unique Women's conference, examining the role of women and girls within today’s society.
This conference will highlight and address, the numerous issues facing our young girls, including the cycle of early sexualisation, the breakdown of the family, and what we must do to reverse this.
Come and join us, as we mobilize to help ourselves, by empowering our daughters, and young girls in our community.
The day will be enriched by various contributors from across the country, to discuss proactive initiatives and tested solutions.

Buses: 35, 45, 345, P4, P5.
Trains: Loughborough Junction
Find us on Google Maps

Tickets are available online.  Early bird concessions are available for a limited time only.  Please visit: http://www.finalcalltoaction.com


YEAh Live

When: Saturday 23 March 2013, 3.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Montgomery Hall, 58 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW
[Tube: Oval | Buses 3, 36, 133, 159, 185, 436]
Adm: £5 in advance via www.yeahlive.eventbrite.com or £7 on the door

Highlight and elevate your business at YEAh Live 3
“The platform for young people in business for themselves but not by themselves.”

Young Entrepreneurs Association is pleased to to announce that the third YEAh Live
will take place on Saturday, March 23 at Montgomery Hall, Kennington Oval, London.

The aim of YEAh is to bring the youth together so they can progress forward by interacting
with each other and being guided by the older generation. So the budding photographer can
link with the aspiring model, these two can meet the new designer, these three can meet the
stylist, these four can meet the fashion blogger, these five can meet the new PR person,
the events manager, the new web designer, the accountant, the book-keeper and the
secretary/admin person etc. This is all while learning how to present themselves in the best
possible light to the right people.

Lorraine James, founder, Young Entrepreneurs Association, said: My vision for YEAh
2013 is for our young people to experience the full advantages and benefits of networking,
gain confidence to showcase their talent and products and receive mentoring, guidance and
nurturing along with forged partner links to make their business plans viable. My wish is that
their period with YEAh is like a caterpillar incubation period and when they become butterflies
I can say to myself with satisfaction “I’m glad I could help
”.

YEAh Live aims to fulfill the business needs of ambitious young people aged from 18-30
demographic, who have business ideas and want to make that important first step to take
their dreams to the next level. This event will give you the opportunity to meet, network, build
interpersonal skills and learn from relatable business owners and entrepreneurs making their businesses work.

What to expect on 23 March 2013:
- A chance to develop business skills and learn new techniques
- Networking and a chance to find potential business partners
- Confirmed speakers include Lorraine James, YEAh Live; business owner, success
coach and co founder of Choices Magazine, Anthony Charles and life coach, Mervyn
Barrett
- Confirmed entertainment includes Youth Dance Troupe; inspirational poetry; fashion show
from emerging fashion designers and debuting Rise Carnival Costumes
- Exhibitors selling hair and beauty products, jewellery, accessories, books, magazines;
fashion and lifestyle products and much more
- A natural hair workshop showcasing professional styles for the workplace
- Caribbean food will be on sale throughout the day

EXHIBITOR AND OTHER ENQUIRIES: email yeahlive@live.co.uk | 07938 086 075
TWITTER: @YEAhLiveUK


Day of the Goddess 2013 – In Full Sense of my Crown    

LMI Filmmakers Workshop

When: 24 March 2013, 12pm - 7pm
Where: The Unity Centre, 103 Church Road, London NW10 9EG
Adm: Our time sensitive early bird tickets priced at £17 each and inclusive of all them goodies our now on sale in our shop – CLICKHERE

On the day there will be Performers, Motivational Speakers, Presentations & Workshops. A hot buffet is also on the menu, not to mention the *arts and crafts stalls, raffle and gift bags. 
With the entire day including refreshments inclusive of your ticket price you may ask yourself "Are we sure?" we would answer "As sure as We are in Full Sense of Our Crown".

www.dayofthegoddess.co.uk

Visit our website for more details on the day
::Workshops::       ::Performers::      ::Inspirational Speaker::

MARKET STALLS::
We currently have a limited few market stall spaces still available consisting of 6ft tables and 4ft tables  
Click here for 6ft tables        Click here for 4ft tables


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: Monday June 24 2013, 7-9pm
Where:
The Houses of Parliament

Resources, which document African British histories within the context of racism and equalities researched and produced by history consultant Kwaku, will be launched Monday June 24 2013, 7-9pm at the Houses of Parliament.

For more information: Awula Serwah, btwsc@hotmail.com.


PASCF Workshop: A Revolutionary Celebration of the Afrikan Woman through Word Power & Song!

When:  Friday, 29th March 2013, 7.00pm for Refreshments & Prompt Start @ 7.15pm
Where:  365 Brixton Road, London SW9 7DA (over from the police Station on the corner of Gresham Road and Brixton Road)

An interactive workshop– bring a piece of poetry, song, a tribute to your Mother, an adage or
something of significance that you would like to share.


About Ligali

Revolutionary Pan Africanism Working

Nyansapo - In service to our family, with the spirit of our Ancestors

LIGALI is a Pan African, human rights organisation. It is maintained and funded entirely by friends and family of the Ligali organisation, donations are welcome as we need your help to keep it running.

www.ligali.org

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NYANSAPO is the name of one of the many Adinkra symbols in Akan culture, it is a knot that is so intricately tied it is said that, “only the wise can untie the wisdom knot”. This ebe (proverb) points to the fact that only wisdom affords one the ability to see parts in relation to the whole within which they belong. Wisdom breeds patience, and the insight needed to untangle complex issues and arrive at just solutions grounded in divine order without profaning Ancestral culture in the process.

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