1 November 2013 - Issue 138

Nyansapo - Jessica Huntley

Greetings Family,

Happy Natural November, this month starts with a positive twist where we are all encouraged to explore the benefits of detoxifying our diets, skin and hair care for one month and hopefully developing good habits for a lifetime. At the end of the month there will be a screening of The Truth about Black hair by Noir Essence which also promises to be a great watch.

Sadly, this edition of the newsletter also carries a considerable number of racism related stories which we felt it important to share. As a rule we always attempt to place articles of this kind in check with a good balance of positive activity. However across the UK right now is an ugly wave of anti-African attacks that is increasing. The recent media exposure of racist London landlords openly and illegally refusing to let property to African people is a tiny example of the problems we face. This is made worse when government ministers fuel anti-immigrant flames as ‘our’ politicians remain totally silent on the issue of racism and the resurgence of white supremacy across europe. If you’re in any doubt of the scale of the problem then check out the raging debate over ‘Black Pete’ in the Dutch Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) celebrations, the popularity and violence following the Golden Dawn party in Greece of the stark racism facing Africans living in Israel.

The best counterbalances we have in the UK are events like Making it Happen celebrating contributions from those within our community who strive to achieve despite these challenges, or the annual Film Africa event which reminds us of our beauty, resilience and ability to adapt and survive especially when the seminal works of the legendary Ousmane Sembene are going to be screened.

Last month also had some amazing events, from the amazing Orisha Exhibition at the Cre8 Gallery, the bristol debate marking the 50th anniversary of the Bristol Bus Boycott to the opening of the Ankh Wellbeing Centre. But remember, as BHM ends in October, African history season is just beginning. Please check out the Sankofa exhibition at the Hackney Museum. If you’d like a real insight into the catalysts leading to Negro History Week (US) in 1926 becoming Black History Month (UK) in 1987 then this exhibition is one you should not miss. It’s running throughout African History Month season until January 2014. Other exhibitions such as Making Freedom, alongside Marlon of Kush films and Kwaku of Harrows African History Season are doing great work sharing the story of the African British civil rights movement with a focus on our freedom fighting contributions from the Caribbean and across the Motherland.

So if anyone says to you that there’s nothing happening in our community then put them right and send them a copy of this newsletter. If that’s not enough then tell them about organisations like ICAS, DFI, ADAP and the Sickle Cell Society who are hard at work supporting our families in the UK, the Motherland and across the Diaspora. You can donate to them or great UK based projects like Ancestral Voice 2, the Tottenham Centre, or the Positive Image Project by Denise Lewis and Flo Awolaja. Don’t let any ones negativity get you down, join in and be part of the solution by supporting those working to empower us through teaching, healing and inspiring.

Social Media

After receiving numerous requests to connect with our community through social media, Ligali has just joined the 21st century and is now available through Facebook and Twitter

Being an old school organisation the world of likes, friends, pokes and tweets is quite unfamiliar to us but what we do know is that we would appreciate your help in spreading the word. We would also like to apologise for any emails that we have yet to respond to. The last few months have been totally unpredictable and amongst our busiest in years. This means that our backlog has grown to unfeasible levels. Please be patient with us as we attempt to work through it.

Mailing Events

Whilst we are happy getting letters in the post from you, we can only include details of events that have been sent to us electronically as text with an image file. We cannot guarantee the inclusion of any events supplied to us on physical flyers. We have received details of some wonderful sounding events/projects being organised by the Iroko Theatre Company, VolunteerAnything and the artsdepot amongst many in this way.


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Peace, Love & Justice

Ligali Editor

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Reader Comments

Dear Toyin,

I commend you for producing Nyansapo - sometimes against difficult odds that some us readers may have only the vaguest of ideas.  Sincere thanks for reprinting the inspiring story entitled: "Flying doctor takes to the skies after sister's death." It made me wonder why the likes of one of Africa's richest men, Mo Ibrahim does not donate some of his money to such causes instead of giving it to African leaders who are already paid for the work that they should do and don't do and particularly as this is the fourth time in five years that there has been no winner for the Mo Ibrahim Leadership prize of $5 million. Last week it was published by a Nigerian paper that Africa has 55 billionaires - why don't they contribute to initiatives/projects such as the "flying doctor?"


ama biney (Dr)

Ed - We really appreciate your kind words, thank you. Your excellent suggestion for the reform of the Mo Ibrahim Leadership contest is also well made.

Bless You, Ligali and sweet ascension for Mama Jessica Huntley

in good spirit,

Regina "Califa" Calloway
"...where DANCE lives and SPIRIT moves!"

Greeting All,

I know its a said case of another loss, while we see the racism of injustice take place regards Mark Duggan, the recent no blacks in as our tenants, and people want to still say we should not go for reparations, its the only way to get what is due, including respect and power, there will always be element of treason, thats how we lost Egypt, Enslavement, our history is littered with the worst kind of betrayal in this atmosphere.

Day before yesterday a shocking disbelief death occurred in our community, a mother grand mother great grand mother Publisher Sister Aunt Wife friend Elder pioneer, activist Freedom fighter our legend did I mention Community leader Mother now of Blessed Memory Jessica Huntley.

Ironically I was on my way to Church to attend our RCCG Victory House mature singles Beulah Fellowship Ministry, when just as I popped out of Elephant & Castle my BlackBerry alerted me with Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and International Reformers band old ever green classic Siki Siki Mami owo wole de (its actually about Reparations).

So I quickly scanned, as I saw this email from Sis Joi with an I, I thought okay its here we go way back as Pan Africanist to Hackney Black People Association with Lester Lewis and Sanjay Lewis both now of blessed memory, may they RIP, so as I strolled in late to this Fellowship, I was reading this email, so shocked, stunned, sorrowful, full of grief for our international loss of an Icon.

If Jessica Huntley had been White she would be a half of a major publishing house that span the globe, they brought us Walter Rodney, Grounded with my Brothers, which was evaluated not so long ago at the first Kwame Nkrumah commemoration of his post humous birthday (RIP), at the Peckham Academy which they incidentally attended at the time as the Huntley's.

Who can forget their yearly events at the Southbank University, the last time I saw them was at the House of Parliament in a documentary which was hosted by KwaKu of Black British Music Congress Founder/Back the Will Smith Campaign for Media studies Director.

In Memory of Jessica Huntley RIP

Oh Mother Jessica Huntley, 
While you united us African leaders made our growth stunted and lowley, 
It was your likes from PACM
Now we have ANC and GAC AGM
In your life time you put the hard work in
So we did not have to rewind and begin,
How Europe underdeveloped Africa
Reparations means we need data
It is not fair, 
to say she will no longer be there, she Jessica Hunt has exited this atmosphere, not our of fear, 
but because of wear and tear, 
her spirit is near, 
I remember it, 
Forever stuck in my head like a digit, crammed into my ancestral memory stick, 
will invoke her spirit by candle light wick, 
oh you come invisible stealth, 
you even take by creating detoriating health, 
forcing us to go and buy a wreath, wicked wicked death, 
Wrenching you away
Die you did anyway
Reparations this nu finish yet
On us you can still place a bet

What can I say not to be to emotional some will say weeping more than the bereaved, well we me is part of the bereaved, she was a Mother to all via her Journey, therefore what will be will be, go go go upon the Journey of great beyond, where the Elders go, when you get there you know who you be, certainly you will see Walter Rodney, Marcus Garvey, MLK, Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X, MKO Abiola, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Muritala Mohammad, Baba Tony Martin, Baba Bonsu, Kwame Nkrumah, Thomas Sankara, Yaa Asantewan, Nani of the Maroons, Codjo, Harriet Tubman, Sorjourner Truth, Patrice Lumumba and I know that Bernie Grant will not leave you wanting for any thing, as he too will and can only compare you to a warrior Queen like Nzinga, Like Queen Amina, rated you higher than any ever existed or existing European Queen.

May God bless your journey, may your soul Rest in Perfect Peace in the bossom of the supreme creator, as brother Ahmad Daniels would say to your journey. Your soul is blessed Ase.

Yours In Victory

HISSSM Nubian Emperor
GAC Treasurer UK

Ed - Thank you both for sharing your touching tributes to Mama Jesica Huntley.

Please send any thoughts or comments about this edition of the Ligali newsletter to mail@ligali.org and include the word 'comments' in the subject topic.

The Pan African Drum

"One who asks questions cannot avoid the answers”
African Proverb, Igbo

Toyin AgbetuGreetings,

Now the issue I want to write about today is what I call ‘the switch’. You see a few days ago my family and I were watching an episode of the Bernie Mac show. In it, Bernie was trying to get baby girl to let go of an old toy and ‘grow up’. Likewise as I continue to do my work I keep coming across amazing elders who seem to be doing more than is right for their age. This whole scenario really made me wonder about the switch. By that I mean when do we know it is the right time to allow our children to move up to the next level of responsibilities whilst simultaneously acknowledge our duty to lighten the burden of those whose indefatigable spirit is in need of some well deserved respite?

I know that I personally am addressing so many complaints, so many projects I physically can’t write the articles fast enough to publish them. The tragedy of this means not only am I unable to write on tragic cases like the continuing stream of lost lives from Africa where our people have passed chasing the European dream, but also the positive news I have from campaigns Ligali has been recently involved in and succeeded in extracting changes and/or apologies.

Yet this really isn’t about the likes of me.

At the very comfortable age of forty seven years I sit in the middle ground, I’m not quite an elder but with my experience I cannot and will not pretend I’m a youngster either. Like many of my generation, we have serious responsibilities outside of our own individual health and wellbeing. But in the context of the switch I have started to believe that just as we know it is right to give up our seat to pregnant women or parents with small children using public transport, we should accept that we need to do the same with those young people taking their first steps into political and spiritual maturity.

When people say to me things are not changing or improving for our community, I am blessed to know that it’s not true. Many moons ago whilst in a Birmingham jail, Martin Luther King acknowledged the pace of erradicating racism is too slow. However in his brilliant letter ‘Why we can’t wait’ he continued;

“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.”

Now as many of you know as much as I love Dr King, I’m a Malcolm man, I thus have no problem in any kind of tension that results in safety, security and socio-political progress. Despite not agreeing with all the strategic decisions of organisations like Operation Black Vote, I have to commend their proactivity when I see them promoting inspirational young poets like Bridget Minamore and George 'The Poet' Mpanga or when the dynamic duo of Juju and Bonsu give a platform to proactive young people like former NUS Black student leader Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy on Shoot the Messenger.

Every day I receive hundreds of emails detailing complaints our community face. It would be totally depressing if not for the fact that amongst that torrent of angst I also receive notifications of the numerous events, workshops, exhibition and successes we are organising or have achieved. Yes the balance is not where I would like it, but the evidence proves that quietly with a steely determination there are a core number of us who haven’t given up... won’t give up.
Yet what I also notice is that many of the names organising these events are new to me. Many are young people who are organising themselves sufficiently to publish magazine, books, organise healing conferences, unite parents, embrace homeschooling and recognise their African identity. These children of ours are a credit to us. The fact that they chose to use their creative energies to energise and revitalise instead of denigrating and exploiting our vulnerabilities is fantastic. I really believe the new leaders of the continuing African British civil rights movement will emerge from amongst them. As we lose elders, we gain youngsters.

But just as Mama Jessica and Baba Eric never forgot in any of their annual Huntley conferences, the need to include our young people in regular programs of cultural and political groundings is essential for spiritual awakening. There are many distractions out there including discriminatory socio-economic minefields designed to crush the entrepreneurial spirit of the romantic idealists and fracture the relationships of working partnerships. Sometimes our young people will get it wrong. Some will even become discouraged when denied future opportunities to speak and learn from their mistakes.

It is in these circumstances I believe we must be prepared to recognise the need to switch, the need to accept our responsibility to offer them counsel and then when ready grant them opportunities to speak by sharing access to our spaces and platforms with them.

I say this having officially joined Facebook and finding myself overwhelmed by the number of notifications and private messages greeting and informing me of stuff that’s going on. I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for the messages of support from some kind hearted friends this would be a traumatic experience. I’ve never liked the idea of technology running we, in fact that’s one of the reasons why I became a programmer in my youth in order to boss around the machines (sorry Skynet but you know how it go).

Yet the strangest issue of all for me to deal with is being on the same social network as the teenagers and young adults in my family. I know it shouldn’t bother me but somehow it feels wrong when my daughter comes up to me and says ‘Daddy you’re on Facebook’. I feel as if I’m not working and just messing around on the internet.

But then, over the last few weeks I have also seen some wonderful signs of activity from our young people that are sticking to ‘retro’ tech like magazines and websites with journalistic ethics. 

Publications like ISIS, a beautiful magazine put together by a group of young people dedicated to “Afro textured hair and lifestyle”. Linda Graham, Mahisha Dellinger, Jenny Garrett, Christelle Kedi, Ingrid Wilson, Chef Anu Amen, Michael A-T and Marssaie Jordan deserve props for some great work. This magazine started in February 2011, I feel embarrassed I’m only hearing about it now.

It’s like the inspirational Leah Salmon’s Naturally You! Magazine. The first time I saw it was when browsing through the Natural November page on yes, dare I admit it – Facebook.

That not enough, how about the Nu People magazine?

Not only is this great looking, smart written online magazine up to date with the issues facing young people today, it’s also forward looking enough to be available on electronic platforms like iPad’s. And what about Lisa Bent’s Deeper than Twitter Blog where her provocative social commentary with a feminine perspective always provides food for thought.

So yes it’s all good that we continue to get our conscious fix from powerful blogs like Prof Gus John, comprehensive digests like Nubiart Diary, family musings from Jules Jack of Keep Black Love Alive or publications like New African. These all keep the traditions of ground breaking publications like Afrikan Business and Culture, Drum, Untold, The Alarm and The Flamingo alive. But it’s also time we start that switch to hear from the next generation who are dealing with the legacy we have handed down - good and bad. Our babies are growing up and now that they can stand on their own two feet and walk, it’s time for us to give them support. It’s time we teach them the discipline required to know when best to run, duck or stand their ground and fight.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.


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

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Radio: Time For An Awakening

When: Sunday 3 November 2013 at midnight GMT (7:00 pm EST)
Where: Listen live at: http://blacktalkradionetwork.com/profile/timeforanawakening

Bro. Elliott Booker, host of "Time For An Awakening" radio talk program in Philadelphia will be in discussion with Toyin Agbetu.


SANKOFA - Meet the Curators

Ukweli and Revoetry

When: Thursday 14 November, 6-7.30pm
: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
Adm: Free

Meet the curators of Hackney Museum's Sankofa exhibition and explore the themes, topics, debates and questions answered on the road to our Sankofa exhibition. Chaired by Sue McAlpine Curator and Collections Officer at Hackney Museum. All ages welcome, booking required. To book contact Linda Sydow on 020 8356 2509 or email linda.sydow@hackney.gov.uk

Radio: Making Education Work

Where: Omega Radio 104.1 FM
When: Saturday 23rd November 2013, 9 -12am

Join Bro Shelly in live reasoning sessions with Toyin Agbetu on the issues that effect our community today.


Supporting Ligali

The Ligali organisation survives solely through charitable donations, we are NOT government funded. If you appreciate the work we do then please contribute by making a contribution for some of our resources or donating to support our core services.

Books: Ukweli, Revoetry & The Manual (The Rules for Men*)

Ukweli and Revoetry

The Manual: The Rules for Men* is available for young men over the age of twenty. It contains Adult Themes about Sex, Relationships and Manhood

DVD: Films and Documentaries

Ligali DVD

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

You can support us by making a single or regular donation online or volunteering to help at http://www.ligali.org/support.html.

If you have any copies of any of our works then please share a review about it on community radio, blogs, internet forums and social media like Facebook and Twitter - remember awareness of our work only grows through word of mouth.

Remember, we can’t continue to be successful without your ongoing support.

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Campaign: Airfare Lobby Community Meeting

Dear Supporters of this key Campaign,


Our next “ Community in action against exorbitant plane fares to Jamaica & Caribbean”

Where: Church Hall, The New Testament Church of God, Brixton Hill Road, Lambert Road, SW2 5BB
When:  Saturday November 9th 2013, 7.00pm

Come and hear more about the campaign to date, come and get involved as well bring in your paper petition signatures.


Lobby Team

Kenya: Homecoming

Id like to invite you to this years special kenya@50 diaspora homecoming conference 2013.
We have laid for you a special treat at the Safari park Hotel for two days.
Welcome, for tickets click here


Making Freedom

An inspirational exhibition, MAKING FREEDOM, showing how Africans hastened full emancipation and ended forced servitude on the 1st August 1838, will be on display at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) from 6 November 2013 to 21 December 2013. The new exhibition which is presented by Windrush Foundation marks the 175th anniversary of the liberation of nearly a million Africans in the Caribbean.

The exhibition, which includes stories of riots, rebellions and revolutions in the Caribbean, takes guests on a journey up to and beyond the 1st August 1838.This is the first time that important collections from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the National Maritime Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Archives, Anti-Slavery International, and the Imperial War Museum have been brought together in an exhibition to tell the stories of emancipation. The exhibition features 83 images from the Society’s Collections and includes a number of audio-visual booths for visitors to delve deeper into individual stories.  Members of London's diverse communities have already participated in the design of the exhibition by giving feedback on a version of Making Freedom at the Marcus Garvey Library in Tottenham over the past three months.   

The exhibition is a major part of a heritage project run by Windrush Foundation which focuses on the socio-political, economic and legislative changes that preceded (and resulted in) full emancipation on the 1st August 1838. It shows that on every colony in the Caribbean there were rebellions by enslaved Africans; some lasted hours other for several days. In Berbice (Guiana) in 1763, Africans led by Cuffe (Kofi), militarily had defeated their enslavers and placed a revolutionary government in power for almost a year. But it was the event in St Domingue (Haiti) from 1791 that was the most notable. Led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Haitian Revolution brought freedom to hundreds of thousands of Africans on the island.  The Making Freedom exhibition also features a rebellion that broke out under the leadership of Jack Gladstone, the son of African-born Quamina. Jack’s surname was also that of plantation owner Sir John Gladstone (1764–1851), the father of British Prime Minister William Gladstone (1809–1898).  

But it was the rebellion in Jamaica that showed that enslavement could no longer be sustained in the Caribbean.  Baptist deacon Samuel Sharpe was the leader, and his plan was originally to refuse to work after Christmas 1831 unless wages were paid to the enslaved Africans. However, their demands were refused, and with the burning of the Kensington Estate in western Jamaica, the protest escalated into a full-scale rebellion. Over the following days, it spread, eventually involving over 60,000 enslaved Africans, and damaging estates valued at over £1 million (£1 billion in today’s money).  The Jamaica rebellion hastened an earlier emancipation for the enslaved, and showed also that Africans were agents of their own liberation.

The post-emancipation stories told in the exhibition include the  Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica, which saw the deaths of hundreds of local people. The rebellion was severely crushed by Governor Edward John Eyre. His actions sparked intense controversy among prominent British intellectuals led by John Stuart Mill and Thomas Henry Huxley advocating his arrest and trial for murder; Thomas Carlyle, and Charles Dickens were among those who sided with Eyre. 

The Making Freedom exhibition also explores the transitional system of Indentureship that saw the arrival of Portuguese, West African, Indian and Chinese indentured labourers to replace former enslaved Africans, as a part of the workforce in the Caribbean. Also, it tells stories of the roles of Caribbean soldiers in WWI and WWII, the hundred-year-old fight for self-determination of Caribbean people and the major strikes by labourers throughout the colonies in the 1930s that led to a Royal Commission chaired by Lord Moyne.  The larger colonies won independence from Britain during the 1960s.

After its display at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the exhibition tours other venues in London and British cities. It will be available on loan from Windrush Foundation
Further details from: windrush.project@gmail.com

African Scientific Institute (ASI)

The following scientists and technologists of the African Diaspora and Africa have recently become Fellows of the African Scientific Institute (ASI) (www.asi-org.net)

New ASI Fellows in October 2013 include:

* Margaret L. Khaitsa, Ph.D. (Cameroon/USA): Veterinary Preventive Medicine/Epidemiology

* Ron Jones, M.D. (USA): Medicine, Mathematics, Music

* Samuel Koranteng-Pipim (Ghana/USA): Agriculture Engineering

New ASI Fellows in September 2013 include:

* Hon. Jean-Pierre Pierre, Ph.D. (Benin): Former Africa Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology; Pan-African Universities and Centers of Excellence; Mathematics

* Hon. Roy L. Clay, Sr. (USA): Founder and CEO of Rod-L Electronics; “The Black Godfather” of Silicon Valley, California; helped build Hewlett-Packard's (HP) first ccomputer in 1965! HP stopped this development, but later bought Compag for $20B+.

* Felix J. Akpabey, Ph.D. (Ghana): Aquatic Entomology

* Fidele Ntie Kang, Ph.D. (Cameroon): Chemistry

* Keolebogile Shirley Motaung, Ph.D. (South Africa): Biomedical Technology

* Helen Olayinka Ogunsuyi, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Chemistry

We now have 692 ASI Fellows from 47 countries (Algeria, Angola, Barbados, Benin, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Sao Tome, Sierra Leone, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe).  More information about ASI Fellows can be found at the location on our website:

Campaign: Dance Story 2013

“Dancestory” is a guided movement source of embodied knowledge - UNEARTHED. It incites exploration of cultural pathways and Ancestral histories, bridged with field-research and Technology.

“...Working da Lines” is the continuation upon 15 years of Family history initiatives, including 5 years of intensive research in the Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia areas significantly shaping my Oakland legacy. Upon this trek I was bestowed with the honor of the Afrigeneas.com Scholarship Award availing me to invaluable training and introduction to the field of Genealogy as a Profession, specializing in African-Ancestored lineages and histories - at the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute [MAAGI] in St. Louis, MO at Harris-Stowe University, July 2013.

 $2,275.00 has been raised for "Working Da Lines": #Dancestory2013 .


CampaignAncestral Voices 2

The sequel for the documentary will explore the philosophies of African cosmologies and spiritual traditions across the continent and in the diaspora.

What will you contribute to the preservation of African History and Culture?

We are currently in production to create a sequel for the documentary with the aim of exploring the philosophies of African cosmologies and spiritual traditions across the continent and in the diaspora.

In our dedication and passion to get this project developed we have invested our own funds once again and have so far secured interviews with well-respected scholars and practitioners, such as high Sanusi, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa in South Africa, Prof James Small in the USA and Vodou high priest (Houngan), Max Beauvior and Bayyinah Bello (Historian) of Haiti.

We aim to cover much more including areas such as the African concept of the duality of the Creator/’God’ and its direct connection to humanity through spirit (ethereal), as well as ritual practices for spiritually enhancing daily living amongst others.

To make this film project a reality we need your help!

Awards: Black History Studies

Black History Studies was honoured with a BEFFTA special award, the BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD for outstanding contribution to the community.

Support: International  Care  Assessment  and  Support Services (ICAS)

International  Care  Assessment  and  Support Services (ICAS) responds to the identified, but unmet  needs  of  looked  after  children,  their caregivers and placement residents within the Caribbean. The organization provides a wide range of services to effectively meet the needs of  those  who  are  in  need  of  professional assistance.

The founders of ICAS are of Jamaican decent that  share  30  years  of  collective  experience between them, working to the standard of the UK’s Legislation. Their experience involves the organizing of  assessment  training  and  the support of careers. Each has dedicated their expertise to a  growing  concern,  extending their  professionalism  to  the  community through a round the clock support service.

The ICAS Vulnerable Outreach Programme (IVOP) is aimed at improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable families in rural St. Ann. Guided by our four (4) principlesfor  service  delivery  ICAS  partnered  with the  overseas  Diaspora  in  the  UK  &  the Social  Development  Commission  to provide  families  living  below  the  poverty line with basic amenities such as clothing, books recreational and educational toys to the households of persons who are unable to support  themselves  and  provide  adequately for their children. Over 120 families including 9 families living with HIV/AIDS and 6 families that have lost their belongings because their belongings   were  destroyed  by  fire  or hurricane  Sandy   and  approximately  100 wards of the state under the protection of the Child Development Agency, received supplies of  clothing,  shoes,  books,  educational  toys and household items. In addition 3 emergency shelters in flood prone communities received relief supplies in preparation for the hurricane season.

ICAS  is  a  very  small  nonprofit  organization that  relies  on  the  kindness  of  supporter  to make  our  programmes  successful. The pilot for IVOP was successful due to the donations in kind from our dedicated supporters in the UK, we  were  overwhelmed  by  the  kindness shown by genuine individuals wanting to help families from Jamaica.

Campaign: Afroman says “Stop Child Trafficking”

98% of all human trafficking victims are women and children.
Help us fight this evil by increasing awareness about child trafficking. Please take a minute to review the video link below to find out more about child trafficking.

Contribute today and help us increase awareness about child trafficking.

Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) African Communities League (ACL) Centenary Organising Committee.

Warmest Greetings Sisters and Brothers

We hope this letter finds you in the very best of health.  You are invited to attend the first steering planning meeting of the UNIA-ACL Centenary Organising Committee taking place as follows:

Date: Saturday 23rd November 2013
Time: 12 to 4pm
Venue: Bernie Grant Centre, Tottenham, London, N15 4RX (ask for GAC meeting at reception)

August 1st 2014 marks the centenary of the formation of the UNIA-ACL.  We are proposing an open air rally and possible parade in the local Brixton community on the nearest Saturday to the birthday of Marcus Garvey 2014.  It is our intention from the meeting to formally constitute a national committee.

The main aim of the committee is to promote nationally Marcus Garvey’s role in history as a collosal giant, and the UNIA-ACL as the major turning point in the history of African people’s struggles today.  We want to popularize Garvey’s ideas and utilize them in its modern day context.  Themes to include are unity, organization, identity, culture, history, economics, self-reliance, self-determination and anti-imperialism.  We would emphasise unity of the family, organisations, community and nation – One Africa, One People.  Our ultimate aim is institution building, via celebrating Marcus Garvey’s birthday annually as a international holiday for African people.

All African or African led organisations who support the above aims are welcome to become a member of the organizing committee.  African individuals can be co-opted.

Due to the envisaged expense of organizing such an event, and the urgent need to establish serious commitment, it is proposed that each representative (organization) on the central committee pay £100 to guarantee a vote (one vote per organization).  This payment would also include promotion of the paying organization on the event’s flyer, a free stall on the day to market your organization to the community, a short solidarity contribution at the rally.  Any surplus from the event would go back into the committee for future work.  Non fee-paying members are welcome on the committee, but would not benefit from the aforementioned.

Regional members would establish local coordinating committees.

Ideas for the event

  • Possibly a two day event: one outdoor and one indoor.
  • One day outdoor family centred around the theme of Garvey.
  • One day a conference on Garveyism in the 21st century.
  • An artist to reflect this in their presentations.
  • Possible parade of Black leaders, scientists, inventors – led by various Saturday schools.
  • Youth speakers.
  • Celebrating youth and community achievements.
  • International guest speaker – UNIA …
  • International artists – Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear, Freddie McGreggor, Mighty Diamonds, Queen Ifrica, I Wayne, Etana.

Steering Committee: Lee (BARAK), Olu (National Forum), Minkah (ABSS).

Further information:

Minkah at onelovemamaafrika@btinternet.com or 07940 036 305

Glenroy at secretarygacuk@aol.com or 07956 133 450

Campaign: Tottenham Centre for inspiration

Please circulate link to networks for this very worthwhile project/cause for Tottenham which will improve the area and community.  

There is a plan in action to compose an event at the building to extend fundraising activities – please support  


Thomas Sankara: The speech he would have given on October 15, 1987


Dear Friends,

We need your vote.

We have been nominated by the staff at Croydon Chelsea Building Society to share, along with 3 other charities awards of £1000. 00 - 1st prize £500, £300 - 2nd prize or £200 – 3rd prize. 

Our group provides practical support for the sickle cell sufferers and their families through social and emotional support.  We also provide educational support services to sickle cell children.  Here is what we could do with the money if we came 1st, 2nd or 3rd.    In January we purchased a Coagu Check machine for £299 to help a little 5 year old child who has to visit hospital weekly and so miss out on school.  This machine allows his parents to monitor his coagulation at home, which as a sickler has greatly improved his everyday life.  Our Christmas parties have always been well attended and winning £500.00 would allow us to hire a hall, pay for food and presents.  Every child, will go away with a present – this year we would like to give them book tokens.  We also give out hampers and groceries to families who are in need.  You can understand why winning is so important to us.

We as a group, are very passionate about the support we give. Help us to maintain our "2013 Support Group of the Year" status.  Bring your families and friends and vote, vote, vote.
Please vote by visiting and voting at the Building Society at 15 George Street, Croydon, CRO 1LA
from 28th October to 8th November, during opening hours Mondays to Friday 9 - 5pm and Saturdays 9-12 noon.

Thank you, in advance, for your support in making things easier for our sufferers and their families. 

To find out more please contact me at the Sickle Cell Centre in Whitehorse Road, Croydon, or contact us on 020 8251 7259 Mondays and Thursdays, or leave a message and we will get back to you.

Alice Allison

NORTH & EAST LONDON: 'Me I Can Be' Programme &'Parents in Partnership' Programme


E15 1TT

Transport: Stratford Tube Station

EMAIL: mentoring@100bmol.org.uk
PHONE: 0870 121 4100

Join us to learn how our accredited and FREE mentoring programme will develop invaluable life skills for you and your child!

 For children aged 10 - 15 and all Parents  

The National Theatre of Scotland and Òran Mór theatre are collaborating to produce a series of lunchtime plays by West African and Caribbean writers in the Spring of 2014. The plays will be 45-50 minutes in length and should comprise of a cast of three or less. They are happy to consider work by writer performers. The season is inspired by the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and so ideally the plays would reflect something about the writer's personal and/or national identity. 

Deadline: 23 November 2013
Submissions to: Susannah Armitage by email


UK police apologises for racist tweet on immigrants

Sunday, Oct 27, 2013, 14:44 IST | Agency: ANI

Police have issued a grovelling apology after they posted a Tweet with the words 'Officers 1 Immigrants 0' which was branded xenophobic and racist.

Surrey Police were left red faced after they wrote the Tweet along with the hashtag 'We Will Catch Up With You' following an operation against illegal immigrants resulted in several people being detained.

However within minutes of the posting, at 9.30pm on Thursday night, dozens of people had replied to the Guildford Beat police site, accusing them of being over the top.

The original Tweet described how officers along with members of the UK Border Agency had carried out a raids at a mobile carwash in Sainsbury's in Burpham near Guildford, which resulted in eight people being detained.

One user called Dan Maguire wrote: 'Just seen the @Guildford Beat tweet. They shouldn't be allowed on the streets let alone Twitter if that is the attitude they have.'

Another user, Tim Travers wrote '@Guildford Beat institutional racism or institutional stupidity?'

The Tweet was eventually removed as Surrey police posted a series of apologies which read: 'The language used in that tweet was inappropriate and has been removed. Apologies for any offence caused.'


London letting agents 'refuse black tenants'

By Guy Lynn and Ed Davey , 14 October 2013

Letting agents in London are prepared to discriminate against would-be tenants on the grounds of race, a BBC undercover investigation has revealed.

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal for businesses to refuse to provide a service based on ethnicity.

But 10 firms told a reporter posing as a landlord they would not let to African-Caribbean people at his request. A black researcher was denied viewings, yet his white counterpart was welcomed.

BBC London was initially tipped off certain letting agents were willing to discriminate against African-Caribbean people on behalf of landlords, with the alleged misdoing rife in parts of west London.

To expose the practices, a plush three-bedroom flat in north Kensington was acquired. Letting agents from 10 firms were invited to assess its rental value.

'Sorry, it's gone'

All 10 were recorded on secret camera saying they would be prepared not to show the flat to African-Caribbean people - and many detailed how they had done it before. The lettings manager at A to Z Property Services, in Dollis Hill, said: "We cannot be shown discriminating against a community. But obviously we've got our ways around that.

"99% of my landlords don't want Afro-Caribbeans or any troublesome people."

The lettings manager at National Estate Agents, Willesden, said: "When someone [African-Caribbean] comes in, we won't advise them of this property. "Even if it does get [asked about] we make up an excuse, to be honest with you."

When a black researcher asked to view the property, the National agent told him: "I'm sorry, that one's gone."

The property was still on the market - and a white researcher got offered a viewing. The A to Z agent told the black researcher he would call him to arrange a viewing. Despite a second inquiry, the agent never got back in touch. The agent had previously explained how he could deter unwanted tenants, saying: "We don't say no there and then. We just don't call them back (laughter)."

Once again, the white researcher received an appointment with no fuss.

A selection of comments from other agents willing to discriminate on behalf of a landlord:

"We can tell from speaking to them on the phone what their colour is."

"Without openly advertising that it's no Afro-Caribbeans allowed, we'd obviously understand that it's not available."

"We're in this age where people want to be politically correct, but without being racist, it happens."

"We can always make an excuse that it's under offer, we are just waiting for someone's references."

"Any landlord who is not happy with any nation, we have no problem with that. I'm not going to see like you are racist."

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Why does the world think Australia is racist?

When an Australian girl posted photographs of her 'African'-themed party on Facebook, commenters said it was typical of attitudes to race in our country. Can they be right?
By Sally Rawsthorne, Friday 25 October 2013

An unknown Australian girl decides to host an "African"-themed 21st birthday party. One guest is dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member; numerous Caucasians have shoe polish on their faces. She then posts the pictures on Facebook for all to see. When confronted about their racist nature, she posts an apology for the unintended offence she had caused, rather than addressing the problem with hosting such a party. Coverage on American websites Buzzfeed and Jezebel is met with disgust and outrage.

 It didn't take long for commenters on both sites to claim that Australia has a problem with racism – hotly denied by the Australians who posted. Comments such as “Jesus, Mississippi thinks these guys should tone it down” were countered by “Some idiotic bogan having a racist party is not a question of national character.” In the world's reaction to a bad-taste theme party, we can see the disconnect that exists between Australian and international perceptions of racism here in the lucky country.
To us, web posts saying “When I hear Aussies talking about non-white Asians, it sounds like white in the US talking about people from Latin America” seem unwarranted, given the United States’ well documented history of treating non-Caucasians poorly. The idea that Australia is a bigoted place of institutionalised bias and discrimination by individuals flies directly in the face of our insistence of a fair shake of the sauce bottle – the narrative we like to tell ourselves.

Yet despite this self-perception, “racist as f*ck” was one of the kinder descriptions of Australia by one Jezebel commentator, and the thread was dominated by anecdotal evidence of racism by Australians.


From Roy Hodgson to Carol Thatcher, this fixation on celebrity gaffes tells us nothing about racism

Britain is a nation in denial. While celebrity stories grab the headlines, true discrimination is thriving and largely ignored
By Joseph Harker, Tuesday 22 October 2013

In the past seven days two stories have shown how little we know about race in modern Britain. First, the one that dominated the headlines: what Roy Hodgson said to the England team at half-time in their World Cup qualifier, and what he meant by using the word "monkey" to refer to a black player. Everyone, it seemed, had an opinion. Comment columnists and sports writers weighed in. Radio stations ran phone-ins. Arguments raged.

There's no doubt that, given the history of monkey chants at football grounds during the 70s and 80s, Hodgson was at the very least stupid and incredibly insensitive to use such a word in reference to one of his own team. It's right that he apologised. But what concerns me about this story is not whether Hodgson's a racist but the way it skews our understanding of how racism impacts on modern society. Media reporting is now all about what TV and sports personalities say, rather than what ordinary people do out there in the real world. And the discussions are always centred on whether the alleged target was justified in being "offended".

So the stories we hear are: should Carol Thatcher have called a black tennis player a "golliwog"; should England football captain John Terry have called an opponent a "fucking black cunt"; should Ron Atkinson have called a footballer a "fucking lazy thick [n word]"? How should they be punished? Should they be sacked? And in too many cases the abusers quickly become martyrs, the new victims of a nation gripped by political correctness – you just can't say anything nowadays, can you?

And liberal commentators have caught on too. When talking about such issues as sexism, or gay rights, or disability, or antisemitism, their regular refrain is: "Imagine if they'd been talking about black people, just think of the fuss that would have been made."

And added to this, controversial comments by black personalities are seized upon as proof that there's an equal and opposite racism coming from the other side: Rio Ferdinand agreeing that Ashley Cole was a "choc-ice" – outrageous; Diane Abbott tweeting that "White people love playing 'divide & rule'" – the woman who campaigns against racism turns out to be just as racist herself.

In the endless coverage of all this, let's not pretend we're actually talking of racism; these are celebrity gaffe stories for the search-engine age. Though the issues are, for black people, irritating and possibly offensive, they are as relevant to racism as a cough is to tuberculosis. The fact you were once upset by a tweet doesn't mean you understand what racism's about.

The second race story last week addressed the real issues. An undercover BBC London investigation into lettings agents showed the massive extent to which black people are being denied homes – without them even knowing it. One reporter posed as a landlord and asked the agents not to show his rental property to African-Caribbean people. The agents – even the Asian ones – readily agreed. To test the agents' willingness, two other reporters, one black, one white, posed as prospective tenants. As the agents had promised, the black hopeful was told the property had gone; the white prospect was invited for a viewing.
Ten agents were found to be discriminating in this way; even more shocking, one of them said on (hidden) camera: "Ninety-nine per cent of my landlords don't want Afro-Caribbeans or any troublesome people." If true, and there's no reason to doubt his claim, it throws open all sorts of questions about how widespread discrimination is in modern Britain. This investigation, after all, took place in a city often held up as being at ease with difference. If it's happening in London, it can happen, and probably does, anywhere in Britain. And to cap it all, the black "rejects" would have no idea they were being discriminated against; they wouldn't have suspected a thing, unless this happened over and over again – in which case they'd risk being labelled paranoid for blaming it on their skin colour.

This is the true story of racism in the UK: how it is still so casual, and how it excludes and disenfranchises thousands. It's a story, though, which attracted minimal media attention. A news article in the Guardian and the Telegraph, but no interest from any other newspaper, and no battalions of columnists giving their opinions.

No celebrities involved; only black people affected. No story. As they say, if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If blatant racism occurs, and no one reports it, does it exist?


Kenya: Stop the UK Presses - Africans Wear Jeans!

By Karen Rothmyer, 18 October 2013

Two days after the Westgate Mall attack, I attended the opening of an exhibit of photographs showing Liberia's progress over the past decade.

One of the speakers, a local woman with an interest in the arts, said she was happy that the exhibit at Cambridge University's Centre of African Studies offered a good news story about Africa.

Indeed, she went on, even the Westgate attack in Kenya had a positive side. Referring to the images that had filled British newspapers and television screens after the attack she explained, "I didn't know until then that Africans wore jeans and had shopping malls."

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Instead, I later made a brief comment to the group about the skewed picture of Africa that is regularly offered to the British public.

I regularly see ads sponsored by British charities begging for money to alleviate African misery, but almost never a word from them, or from the news media, about Africa's rocketing educational attainments or thriving middle class.

I know none of this is news to any Kenyan who's spent time in the UK, but I still find it surprising. Before coming to spend a few months as a visiting fellow here, following two years as public editor of the Star, I somehow assumed that British people would have more knowledge of Kenya, and more interest in Africa as a whole, than they do.

Instead, at least here in Cambridge, it seems that Africa is at most a part of a colonial history already somewhat lost in the mists of time.


Why I won't be watching The Butler and 12 Years a Slave

As a black person, I can honestly say I am exhausted and bored with these kinds of 'dramatic race' films
Lee Daniel's new film The Butler is a box office success, already generating Oscar buzz, but I am not interested in seeing it. I'm also skipping British filmmaker Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, another movie about black people dealing with slavery.

I'm convinced these black race films are created for a white, liberal film audience to engender white guilt and make them feel bad about themselves. Regardless of your race, these films are unlikely to teach you anything you don't already know. Frankly, why can't black people get over slavery? Or, at least, why doesn't anyone want to see more contemporary portrayals of black lives?

The narrow range of films about the black life experience being produced by Hollywood is actually dangerous because it limits the imagination, it doesn't allow real progress to take place. Yet, sadly, these roles are some of the only ones open to black talent. People want us to cheer that black actors from The Butler and 12 Years a Slave are likely to be up for best actor and actress awards, yet it feels like a throwback, almost to the Gone with the Wind era.

I am not against revisiting the past, but there are already numerous black films that have covered the civil rights era and slavery. The quandary with black movies is they are overly fixated on the past, only depicting black suffering in relation to race, which is bizarre and peculiar.

Can a black film be created about black people not focusing on race? Is race the only central conflict the lives of people of colour?

I don't know about other black people, but I don't sit around all day thinking only about the fact I am black. I think about the problems in my life: the struggles, the joys, the happiness, most of which don't involve the issue of race. As a black person, I can honestly say I am exhausted and bored with these kinds of "dramatic race" films.

I might have to turn in my black card, because I don't care much about slavery. I've already watched the television series Roots, which I feel covered the subject matter extremely well. Of course, I understand slavery is an important part of any black person's history, but dwelling on slavery is pathetic.

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South Africa: Learning an African Language to be Required at all Schools

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is defending the government’s plan to start phasing in the learning of an African language at all South African schools, saying scientific research showed that children who study in their first languages in the first years of schooling perform better.

Motshekga said that “historical and cultural oppression makes people identify more with a foreign (English) language-dominant culture”, which was a challenge that needed to be addressed. There has been debate about the use of English as the medium of instruction in South African schools, with some reports suggesting that parents preferred English to be used from early years of learning because the economy is organized in English.

Earlier this month, Free State University rector Jonathan Jansen was quoted as saying English could also be a major solution to the education crisis.

Speaking at a press briefing on the sidelines of the International Language and Development Conference co-hosted by the Department of Basic Education and the British Council, Motshekga said: “The whole question of psychological alienation of Africans culturally and linguistically does not disappear with freedom.

“You know in our country, if you speak English well, probably you are a clever African; worse still, if you speak it with an ‘accent,’ you are the best.

“It is really historical issues; it is not scientific (to say children perform better when taught in English), for us because we use scientific evidence we are able to get parents out of this colonized mind(set) … parents are able to see the value of African languages,” the minister added.

She said the annual national assessments made a case that children should study in their first languages for the first years of learning, and then be introduced to an additional language.

Motshekga said children who had been taught in their home languages performed better in the assessments.

“Parents can see the evidence (and) it has made the battle much easier,” she said.

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Afro-Brazilians Embracing African Spirituality Out in the Open

Amid chanting and drumming, a crowd gathers in Sao Paulo and waits for the gods to come to them from the spirit world. They are celebrating a sacred festival day in honor of Omulu, a deity of life and death. The women wear white dresses with crinolines, colorful belts and headdresses. The men wear lace, pajama-style suits. They sing and dance in a circle for hours; the room gets warmer, the chanting more intense.
Suddenly, they are here: Orixas have possessed the chosen among the faithful. They are spirit gods, the deified ancestors who link humans to the other world.

Those who have been taken over writhe and shout. They are led away and then return dressed in beautiful sparkling costumes depicting the aspect of the deity that possesses them — Omulu, for example, or the snake god Oshunmare. They are believers in Candomblé, a religion that came to Brazil on the slave ships from of West Africa centuries ago.

Brazil has one of the largest black African populations in the world, . . But these numbers have not translated into power — be it social, economic, political or religious. Now, though, a sharp uptick in people self-identifying as followers of Afro-Brazilian religions like Candomblé has occurred.

Followers believe in one all-powerful god who is served by lesser deities. Individual initiates have their personal guiding deity, who acts as an inspiration and protector. There is no concept of good or evil, only individual destiny.

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Freedom Rider: Black Faces for White People

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It seems that white supremacy is the new national pastime every October.”
Black people have been stigmatized with racist caricatures from the first moment that Africans encountered Europeans. People who worked without pay at the point of a lash or a gun were called lazy. The victims of sexual assault were themselves labeled as “over sexed” perverts and freaks. This awful history isn’t dead. It is celebrated by millions of people who think that our plight and position in society is part of the natural order of the universe. At the first possible opportunity they publicly display their hatred and their determination to exult in and continue white supremacy.

This tendency may always be present but in recent years Halloween is the moment when the ghouls show themselves. This celebration has morphed from what used to be a simple children’s holiday into a multi-billion dollar, month long event for adults. What was an enjoyable time to dress up in costume has become the white racist moment to act out sick fantasy. They do so quite publicly, with numerous examples made easily visible on social media.

It seems that white supremacy is the new national pastime every October. People who may make token efforts to conceal their true feelings year round suddenly give themselves license to celebrate slavery or the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Blackface has become not just a hobby for white Americans but for white people around the world. When a young Australian woman recently held an African themed birthday party, not only did her white guests come dressed as black people in dark colored makeup, but some came dressed as Klu Klux Klansmen. The costume choice is a bit odd as there was no KKK in any part of Africa, but that thinking is too literal. The party guests knew what they were about.

White Dutch men and women paint their faces black and wear afro wigs and claim it is all in good fun.”
Their country is like the United States, a living example of European genocide carried out against a dark skinned native population. Perhaps an identification with the KKK is not so far removed from Australia’s racial history.

In the Netherlands, the annual Sinterklaas festival features a mythical character known as Swarte Piet, Black Pete. White Dutch men and women paint their faces black and wear afro wigs and claim it is all in good fun. They then take great umbrage at anyone who questions the propriety of this obviously retrograde custom.

The Dutch are deeply attached to their racist caricature and are fighting tooth and nail to keep the tradition alive. To their credit, many of their countrymen and women are saying that Black Pete has no place in the 21st century in a nation which calls itself advanced and civilized. However, the backlash against progress has been so fierce that a new Facebook page in support of the Black Pete tradition generated 1 million likes in less than 24 hours. White people in the Netherlands are standing their ground.

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Seven football supporters jailed after chanting songs that 'glorify and idolise' the murderer of black teenager Stephen Lawrence

The Charlton Athletic supporters, who had been at an FA Cup match against Fulham on January 7 last year, were jailed for their abusive behaviour

Seven football supporters have been jailed for between eight and 18 months after they chanted songs that "glorify and idolise" the murderers of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

The Charlton Athletic supporters, who had been at an FA Cup match against Fulham on January 7 last year, were jailed for their abusive behaviour on a train from Putney to Waterloo.

The men, aged between 22 and 31, were convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court of causing racially aggravated fear of violence after witnesses complained of sexual and racially motivated abuse. Baljit Ubhey, prosecuting, said the language of the fans had left people "shocked and disgusted".

"These men were singing and chanting racist abuse in praise of the convicted murderers of Stephen Lawrence. To glorify and idolise these men was disturbing and upsetting."

"Their racially and sexually abusive language left members of the public shocked and disgusted. Witnesses said they felt intimidated and feared there was a real and significant risk of violence.
The men received a variety of sentences and football banning orders.
David Bone, 23, and Daniel Clay, 31, from south-east London, were each jailed for 18 months and given an eight-year football banning order.

The same eight year match ban was imposed on Ben Boylett, 26, of Lamberton Street, London, and Jason Butler, 31, of Mottisfont Road, south east London, who were also given one year in prison.

Sean Fowle, of Smithies Road, Abbey Wood, and Aaron Phinbow, of Abbey Wood Road, Abbey Wood, London, who are both 25-years-old, also received an eight year ban and eight months behind bars.
Jake Embery, 22, of Mickleham Road, Orpington, London, was given a six month suspended sentence, a four year match ban and ordered to pay £3,000 costs.

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Christopher Philips, 23, posted clips onto YouTube to'stir up racial hatred'

Racist yob who uploaded video of Ku Klux Klan member hanging life-size golliwog doll gives white supremacist salute as he leaves court

By Wills Robinson, 31 October 2013

A racist yob, who gave a white supremacist salute outside court, has admitted uploading a YouTube video showing a life-size golliwog doll being hanged by a person in a Klu Klux Klan costume.
Christopher Philips made the offensive gesture to photographers outside Wolverhampton Crown Court last week.

The 23-year-old, formerly known as Darren Clifft, was told at a hearing today he could face prison for trying to 'stir up racial hatred'.

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‘Salute to the Heroes’ honours - Paul Bogle

October 19, 2013

More than 400 names were read on Friday, October 11, at the Paul Bogle monument in Morant Bay, St Thomas, behind the old courthouse, to mark the 148th anniversary of Paul Bogle's march from his home in Stony Gut. The yearly event, put on jointly by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, the Afrikan Heritage Development Association (AHDA), and the Social Development Commission, and sponsored in part by the St Thomas Parish Council, was dubbed 'Salute to the Heroes, The Right Excellent Paul Bogle and the Martyrs'. The event, in part, was also to honour and remember the martyrs of the uprising, who gave their lives in 1865 to secure better education, health, and general treatment of the black populace in the parish and across the country. The names of those who were charged with and convicted of 'threatening and traitorous language' in the aftermath of the uprising, convicted, flogged, and imprisoned were also read.

The historic date was also marked by a re-enactment of the march from Stony Gut, organised by the Paul Bogle Foundation and led by Mayor Ludlow Mathison and Councillor Constantine Bogle, great-great-great-grandson of the hero. Other events included a night-long vigil the previous night, with a candle-lighting ceremony at the site of the hero's former home and chapel.

Dorrette Abrahams, president of AHDA, stressed that it was important to preserve the monument, to clean it up and make it a special place of remembrance and reflection for the parish - a place to give thanks and acknowledge the contribution of the ancestors. She charged the St Thomas Parish Council to do more to secure the site from vandals. Sydney Bartley, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, who was guest speaker, echoed Abrahams's sentiments, emphasising the need to celebrate the triumphs of Paul Bogle and the martyrs, citing that without their sacrifice, Jamaica would still be a country of slavery and servitude.

"We are on a spot that for us must be a sacred spot. The parish council, as representatives of the people, must keep this place as a shrine," he said.

Bartley also pledged the ministry's support, adding that it was the aim of the ministry to remind every person, and especially youth, that being Jamaican was a strong and good thing.

To demonstrate this, he led the students and residents gathered at the monument in a series of cultural songs and Negro spirituals.

The ceremony concluded with the laying of wreaths at the original graves of the martyrs.


Dub poetry makes New York reggae charts

Let's Talk New York, one of the single's on Yasus Afari's Public Secret album, has made the The New York/Foundation Radio Network Top 30 Music Chart.
The chart claims to represent the most popular reggae tunes in New York and South Florida. The entry is interesting, in that there are no other dub-poet entries on the chart led by Chronixx's Here Comes Trouble. Snoopzilla, formerly Snoop Lion and, before that, Snoop Dogg, is second with a collaboration featuring Eddie Murphy, Redlight.

Let's Talk New York is one of the songs from Public Secret being remixed by DubSmith of Boom One Records. In the meantime, Wine Pon Paper, the lead single on the Fox Fuse-distributed Public Secret album, is to have a video release soon.


Campaign: UN investigate racist Dutch zwarte piet celebration



Community Events

Mashufaa Classes


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.

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

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

November - Go Natural Month


Where: ART DEPT Clapham Picturehouse, 76 venn street, SW4 0AT
When: From 10 October - 10 November 2013
Adm: Free

An Exhibition of the Poster Art of Jon Daniel

Celebrating Afro pop culture through a collection of personal heroes and heroines from the African Diaspora

Exhibition: Natural November

When: Sunday 3rd November 2013, 11am - 7pm
Where: Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, LondonSW2 1RW
Adm: Tickets: £10 in advance, £15 on the doorChildren under 16 & elders over 60: free entry (ID may be required)

A natural cultural hair, health, wealth & beauty event with a special selection of seminars, services & stalls

Featuring special guests: Alison Henry, Cushic Global, Excel Empresses, Mr Kolla Ogunbayode, Dr Lez Henry, Neil Mayers, Nibal Soweto & Nubian Jak

1st 100 tickets bought online will receive a goody bag

Natural November is a proud supporter of Action for Economic Development & The African Caribbean Cultural Centres Foundation

Facebook: Natural November

Film Africa 2013

When: From 1 - 10th November 2013
Where: Various
Adm: Various

Film Africa  are delighted to announce that we are back for a spectacular third year of Film Africa.
Featuring a  line-up of over 60 of the best contemporary films from across the continent - Film Africa 2013 is not to be missed!

Taking place across six major venues across London, alongside FREE special events including director Q&As, panel discussions, family activities and young people' workshops and Film Africa LIVE! featuring live music and performance.

Packed with bold, fantastic and daring new films - including 25 UK premiere screenings - our full programme is available at www.filmafrica.org.uk 

Contact email: info@filmafrica.org.uk

Exhibition: "Pilots of the Caribbean"

When: From 1 November 2013, 10am – 6pm
Where: Royal Air Force Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL
Adm: Free

In two World Wars black people from the Caribbean, Africa and from Britain volunteered to serve in the Royal Air Force. These volunteers fought, and died, for the ‘mother country’ and for freedom, and thereby helped to preserve the values and the heritage they shared with their white comrades. The tradition of service to the Crown continues today, and the RAF is proud to welcome new generations of black volunteers into its ranks.

In the exhibition ‘Pilots of the Caribbean: Volunteers of African Heritage in the Royal Air Force’, the Royal Air Force Museum will tell the inspirational story of these volunteers, commemorating and celebrating their vital contribution to the defence of Britain, her Empire and the Commonwealth. The exhibition will also highlight the Royal Air Force’s success in embracing diversity and also demonstrate how the rich, cosmopolitan nature of modern Britain owes much to the black men and women who wore air force blue.


Sankofa: The Truth behind BHM 1926 - 2013

When: November 2013 - 4 January 2014
Where: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
Adm: Free

SANKOFA: The truth behind Black History Month 1926 – 2013

Sankofa is the African Adinkra symbol meaning the wisdom of learning from the past to build the future.  
This exhibition looks back over 75 years of the history of African and African Caribbean people in this country and the rise of Black History Month, from its 1926 American origins as Negro History Week to its beginnings and development here 25 years ago.   

On display will be rarely seen archival material relating to grassroots, national and global campaigns from groups such as the Black Parents Movement, Teachers against Racism and Hackney Black People's Association.   

Find out how people came together and rose up against the injustice of discrimination; how individuals set up organisations to educate, empower and inspire a new generation of British youth, especially those of African heritage.  

Alongside this you can see changes in style, fashion, music and technology from Sugar Minott to Ms Dynamite, from Hip Hop to Dubstep, from Afro's to Locs, from Super Nintendo to I-phone.  
Come and add to our 'Tweet' wall to tell us your thoughts for the next 25 years for Black History Month and how to build a future without racism or discrimination. 

Special late night opening on Thursdays, please check online at www.hackney.gov.uk/museum

Tues, Wed, Fri, 9.30 – 5.30pm / Thurs 9.30 – 8pm / Sat 10 – 5pm / Sun, Mon, Bank Holidays closed



Where: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
When: From 14 September 2014 - 9 February 2014
Adm: Free

Afro Supa Hero is a snapshot of a childhood and journey to adulthood, shown through a personal collection of pop cultural heroes and heroines of the African diaspora. Jon Daniel’s action figures, comic books and games offer an insight into the experience of a boy of African Caribbean heritage growing up in 1960s and 1970s Britain, in search of his identity.

Click here to see more

“Intellectual Life and Legacy of the West African City of Timbuktu with Robin Walker: Lecture, Discussion and Book Launch”

Where: Learie Constantine, 43-47 Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 2ET - Near Willesden Bus Garage
When: Tuesday 5 November 2013 at 7pm sharp
Adm: £5.00 (and £3.00 for children)

Nearest tube: Dollis Hill
Buses: 302, 297, 260, 266

Everybody has heard of Timbuktu, but what do we really know about this mysterious city? Popular mythology presents Timbuktu as the most distant place on earth. Others describe it as a great early centre of West African learning that has still preserved its early manuscripts? What is the truth? Where is the evidence?

Robin Walker ‘the Black History Man’ will address these fascinating questions. Moreover, his recently printed books When We Ruled and Intellectual Life and Legacy of Timbuktu will be available for sale.

Come along to the lecture, discussion, and book launch. You will learn about:

þ What secrets are actually contained in the Timbuktu Manuscripts
þ Timbuktu’s book industry and library system that our ancestors set up in the sixteenth century!
þ How Medieval Africans drew up legal contracts with each other back in the day
þ The Timbuktu authors who wrote poetry dedicated to the pleasure of drinking tea!

IMPORTANT *** Please send a note to historicalwalker@yahoo.com to CONFIRM your attendance *** IMPORTANT

Delivering Race Equality in Health

When: Wednesday 6th November 2013, 9:30am — 1.30pm
Where: Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, London CR9 1ET

The event is a Community Question Time intended to focus on making recommendations for a Health Service that is more appropriate and responsive to
the needs of Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities. An opportunity for BME communities to ask important questions and engage with Croydon’s
health leaders and service providers; helping to reshape access, experience and outcomes for BME communities.

Croydon BME Forum
Giving Black and Minority Ethnic People a Voice

Call:   0208 684 3719  / Email: event@bmeforum.org

Black People in Tudor England and an inclusive curriculum

When: The House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA (please arrive at least one hour early to go through security)
Where: Wednesday 6th November 6.00-8.00pm
Adm: Free

This event, on the 6th November, will raise the awareness about the presence of Black people throughout the history of England. The aim is to petition Michael Gove (The Education Minister) that the school curriculum needs to be more inclusive. Speakers include Onyeka, Stella Creasy MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Cllr Lester Holloway, Tony Warner and more.

Advance booking is necessary.
Spaces are limited.

For more information email: info@narrative-eye.org.uk 
Call: 07958 671 267/ 07956 337 391

Doing Business in East Africa

When: 6 November 2013, 9:30 – 5pm
Where: Brunei Suite, SOAS, Russell Square
Adm: Tickets Available Online - Students - £25 (Early bird up to 25th October 2013 - £20), Standard ticket - £40

This one day event, organized by CAS and AFFORD UK, is for everyone interested in creating or growing businesses within East Africa. Join us and learn about new opportunities and find out the guest speakers' successes and challenges.

In partnership with AFFORD (Africa Foundation for Development).

A wide variety of subjects will be covered in the morning sessions including: Mentoring, Access to Funding, Barriers to Entry, Regional Future Planning, Personal Experiences, Disrupting the Status Quo and East Africa Chamber of Commerce – what can it do for me. After lunch there will be workshops covering four specific sectors: Agriculture, Health, IT and Communication and Tourism. Participants chose the sector they are most interested in and over the afternoon workshops will have the chance to ask questions of the workshop leaders on issues and opportunities within their chosen sector.

Coffee and registration at 9.30 am and then the day will be split into three sessions. Two morning sessions from 10 am - 11.15am and from 11.45am - 1pm, followed by lunch then afternoon session from 2pm to 4.15pm. Coffee, teas and lunch all included.


Exhibition: Making Freedom

When: 6 November 2013 – 21 December 2013, Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.00pm
Where: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Adm: Free

Windrush Foundation presents a story featuring riots, rebellions and revolutions in a free exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in Kensington, London.

Making Freedom takes guests on a journey up to and beyond 1838, when nearly one million Africans were freed from enslavement in the Caribbean.

This is the first time that important collections from Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the National Maritime Museums, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Archives, Anti-Slavery International, and the Imperial War Museum have brought together in an exhibition.

The exhibition will celebrate those who resisted enslavement, those who fought to end it, and others who worked in Britain to improve social, economic and cultural conditions in the Caribbean.

Visitors will learn about the unrest – such as Jamaica’s 1931 ‘Christmas Rebellion’ - that hastened Emancipation, as well as the struggles for independence that ensued.     

The exhibition features 83 images from the Society’s Collections and includes a number of audio-visual booths for visitors to delve deeper into individual stories. 

Members of London's diverse communities have participated in the design of the exhibition by giving feedback on a version of Making Freedom at the Marcus Garvey Library in Tottenham.     

"The Exhibition breaks new grounds in the way the story of Emancipation is told, and it shows how Africans were the agents of their liberation," Arthur Torrington CBE, Windrush Foundation, Project Director.

Claudia Jones & Amy Ashwood Garvey: Sisters In Civil Rights Activism

When: Thursday November 7, 6.30-8.30pm
Harrow Civic Centre 1, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY

Jurisconsult and community advocate Esther Stanford-Xosei highlight the post-1960s work of the two female activists, followed by Q&A. Light refreshments available.

For more information: Awula Serwah, BTWSC@hotmail.com.
Awula Serwah
020 8450 5987

Screening: Tey (Aujourd'hui) + Borom Sarret

When: Saturday 9th November 2013
Where: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT
Adm: £6.00

African Odysseys Film Programme presents an event delivered in partnership with the Film Africa 2013 Festival and celebrates recent African cinema. Tey (Aujourd'hui)

Senegal 2012
Directed by Alain Gomis
With Saul Williams, Djolof Mbengue
Running time 86 min

Talented Senegalese director Alain Gomis offers a story of one man's last day on Earth, in a film rightly lauded for the vivid performance of Saul Williams as Satché, newly returned from America to his hometown in Senegal. He walks slowly along a hallway of his family home surrounded by teary friends and family, and listens to the announcement of his imminent death at the end of the day. His wife Rama does not want him to touch her as she feels both anger and fear at the knowledge she is going to lose him. The journey through his last day on Earth begins. He visits all the places and sites of his past, aware that it is for the last time. Tey is an enigmatic and poetic film that playfully awakens and engages our subconscious mind.
Tey won the Golden Stallion prize for the best film at FESPACO, the 23rd pan-African film festival

Borom Sarret

A powerful and moving tale of a day in the life of a struggling cart driver in Dakar
This short film from a master filmmaker Ousmane Sembene is considered to be the first Black African film.
Borom Sarret is set in Dakar. The film follows the male protagonist (whose name serves as the title) through a day in his life. It is a day in the life of his country as well. Besides the first Senegalese to make films, Sembene is the first Senegalese to make films critical of his society. Borom Sarret must face Senegalese reality at its most complex and desperate. None of Sembene's male protagonists (Ibrahim of his second feature "Mandabi" included) have jobs. All are looking. Borom Sarret has a horse and cart, which earns him a meagre living for awhile, at least until he takes it into the forbidden "exclusive" quarter of Dakar which houses Senegal's native bourgeoisie. Borom Sarret is rich in visual details of all-Black street life in Dakar and embeds their protest in stories simply told and economically filmed.
For this event we welcome director Alain Gomis to join after the films to discuss his work.

These screenings will take place at 2pm on Saturday 9th November 2013 at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT.    

If you would like to take part and identify as Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic then
please contact Sue Hackett – Regional Equality Officer on
sue.hackett@gmb.org.uk or call 020 8202 8272 and leave a message with Ella Woodgate.

GMB London Region Black Workers Seminar

When: Saturday 9 November 2013, 10 – 4.30pm
GMB Euston Office, 22 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD

The Regional Equality forum is hosting our first Black workers seminar and is open to BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) member. There are sixty places available and will be based on a first come, first served basis.

The aim of this seminar is to build on London Regions self-organised groups and hopes to develop a Black Workers group for the future.

Guest Speakers to be confirmed

If you would like to take part and identify as Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic then please contact Sue Hackett – Regional Equality Officer on sue.hackett@gmb.org.uk or call 020 8202 8272 and leave a message with Ella Woodgate.

Taui Network Europe brings 

ANCESTRAL VIBRATIONS: The Maafa and the road to African redemption

When: Saturday 9th November 2013, 5.45pm start
Where: The Avenues Youth Centre, 3-7 Third Avenue, London, W10 4RS
(Bus no. 18 from Kensal Green or Royal Oak station)
Adm: Tickets £15.00

This dynamic lecture by Dr Kwasi Damani will open the way to a new understanding of the Maafa.

The legacy and profound impact of the African enslavement of our people is ignored globally and yet, to this day, it overshadows her descendants and denies the world a truthful record of the magnitude of African contribution to world civilization and culture.

The lecture will be followed by LIVE cultural edutainment with International Reggae artist Macka B and Spoken Word artist and storyteller Connie Bell.

Don't miss out on this powerful day.


Contact: 07951 252 427 or 07956 507 793


SANKOFA - Meet the curators

When: Thursday 14 November, 6-7.30pm
: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
Adm: Free

Meet the curators of Hackney Museum's Sankofa exhibition and explore the themes, topics, debates and questions answered on the road to our Sankofa exhibition. Chaired by Sue McAlpine Curator and Collections Officer at Hackney Museum. All ages welcome, booking required. To book contact Linda Sydow on 020 8356 2509 or email linda.sydow@hackney.gov.uk

Juwon Ogungbe: A Progress Ceremony

When: Thursday 14th November 2013, 7:30
Where: Fairfield Halls, Croydon, CR9 1DG
Adm: £12.50 / £10 - Tickets are available from the Box Office on 020 8688 9291 and www.fairfield.co.uk

Whenever composer/performer Juwon Ogungbe announces a new production, it is a compelling invitation to experience an intriguing and multifaceted highly musical event. PROGRESS CEREMONY is a contemporary music theatre ritual inspired by invocations praise and worship, song, dances and gestures from the Yoruba belief system. The work aims to present new perspectives on some African heritage values especially the potential for tolerance and change with a healing narrative. The piece comes alive with Juwon Ogungbe’s Life Force Music, described by the New York Times as ‘a flowing bridge between the worlds of pop, soul, classical and African music’, performed by some of London’s finest musicians. In a cantor styled role Ogungbe leads on keyboards and illuminates invocations and tales about Yoruba deities with his bass baritone voice. The experience is developed with visual digital interactions created by Derek Nisbet of Coventry’s acclaimed Talking Birds, which draw on worldwide ancient and contemporary Yoruba inspired imagery to magnify the ritual.

Open Forum: Sickle Cell

When: Saturday 16th November 2013
Where: Hillyfield Primary Academy, 99-101 Higham Hill Rd, London E17 6ED
Adm: Free

Come and meet other people who share your experience and talk with our panel of experts.

  • A Haematologist
  • A SC Nurse and Counsellor
  • A Nutrionist
  • A Sickle Cell patient


Phone: 07572975851

Awareness + Education + Unity = Hope

MHC Annual Fundraising Ball 2013: Saving Lives of Mothers and Babies

When: Saturday 16th November 2013
Where: Petchey Academy, London
Adm: Standard - £35 / VIP - £50 (£25/£40 Early Bird Offer before 30th October)

On Saturday 16th November 2013, Motherhood Health Care (MHC) will be holding its First Annual Charity at the Petchey Academy in London. 

Fifty thousand people died in Sierra Leone’s brutal eleven-year civil war, which ended in 2002. Since then, thousands more have died in a lesser-known scourge: childbirth. Sierra Leone has the third-highest maternal mortality rate in the world; one in 23 women die as a result of pregnancy and thousands more suffer health complications, leaving them with lifelong disability and pain. Many of these deaths are entirely preventable. In a country of six million people, there are only 3 obstetricians, 155 midwives and less than 300 trained doctors.

The aim of the Ball is to raise funds in order to save the lives of mothers who are dying from pregnancy and childbirth related issues in Sierra Leone. 

The event will consist of poetry, dance, African drumming, music, raffle and dinner.

I will be hosting the event and would love for you to support us on the day. Please find attached a flyer with more information.

If you would like to purchase a ticket, please get in contact with me.
info@motherhoodhealthcare.org / 07908


Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards 


Kings and Queens: Making it Happen

When: 17 November 2013, 3 – 9 PM
Where: Chestnut Community Centre, 280 St Ann’s Road, Tottenham N15 5BN
Adm: £10  / £15 on the door

Come and join us for a day full of positive vibration and Inspiring word sound when we present 4 outstanding Kings and Queens who have achieved success in their Entrepreneurial ventures . They will share their knowledge and experience on how they developed their minds, used obstacles as stepping stones, rose to the occasion and established successful enterprises that add value to the Community. We welcome you to hear how these Inspirational Trail Blazers are 'MAKING IT HAPPEN'. Tune into their formula and be motivated to expand your vision for life and step into your greatness.

Our interactive workshops will be lead by

430pm Carl Foster - "THE POWERS OF THE MIND AND HOW TO HARNESS IT"- Carl is a motivational speaker, coach, mentor and the author of 'SELFMADE' an inspirational self help book about overcoming challenges, taking control of your mind, developing a will to win and changing your life for the better. Carl's determination is to empower and inspire 

530-Lady Leo -"MARCUS GARVEY AND HOW HIS IDEAS INSPIRED MY AFRIKAN CENTRED ENTERPRISES"- Lady Leo is the Founder and CEO of GOLD ONYX - an organisation raising the profile and importance of the family structure in the community. GOLD ONYX ventures include; Children's cultural film club, Island in the sun display, sing a long jamboree and film workshops. Lady Leo is highly motivated, enthusiastic and is well respected for the work she does with families in London.

630-Nigel Beckles "HOW TO DEVELOP HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS"-Nigel is a former broadcaster, dj, and a freelance writer. Nigel runs a successful online forum giving advice on relationships. People responded so well to him that he was inspired to write a book. He is currently writing his first book "HOW TO AVOID MAKING THE BIG RELATIONSHIP MISTAKES" . Nigel is passionate about self cultivation and fostering loving healthy relationships.

730- Malik Muhammad "WEALTH CREATION" Malik is a motivational speaker, broadcaster and author of "EMPOWER YOURSELF TO SUCCEED: 8 PRINCIPLES OF SELF EMPOWERMENT" a positive and uplifting book about defining what you want out of life and and taking consistent steps to get there. Malik is an internationally renowned and well respected speaker with a passionate, eloquent delivery and a desire to develop in others the habits that make for long lasting success.

This will be a one of a kind event

food for sale and stalls selling goods

tickets: £10- £15 on the door

tickets at body music Tottenham 0208 802 0146, , Gong-07932 088 714 . stalls available 07932 088 714

The quickest way to be successful is to spend time with those who already are

The Blackamoores: Black People in Tudor England (panel discussion with guests and Q and A session)

When: Wednesday 20th November 7-9pm.
Where: Stephenson House, Mezzanine Annex,2 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon. CR0 6BA 
Adm: Free

We sometimes think of Tudor England in terms of gaudy costumes, the court of Henry VIII and Elizabeth and perhaps Shakespearian romance. Onyeka's new book acknowledges this predilection but challenges our perceptions. Onyeka's book is about the presence, status and origins of Africans in Tudor England

Advance booking is necessary.
Spaces are limited.

For more information email: info@narrative-eye.org.uk 
Call: 07958 671 267/ 07956 337 391

Winners and Losers: Talk by Steve Martin

When: Thursday 21st November 2013, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: Hackney Museum, Ground Floor, Technology and Learning Centre,1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Explore who were the winners and losers in the history of Hackney's people of African origin, past and present. Steve Martin is an author and researcher specialising in the history of people of African origin in Britain. He is the Learning Manager at the Black Cultural Archives. His latest book is Jupiter Amidships. All ages welcome.
Free Admission, booking required. To book contact Linda Sydow on 020 8356 2509 or email linda.sydow@hackney.gov.uk

Book Launch: Beyond Boundaries: The Intellectual Tradition of Trinidad and Tobago in the Nineteenth Century

When: Thursday 21st November, 2013, 7pm to 10pm
Where: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, B102, Brunei Gallery (Opposite the SOAS Main Building)
Adm: Free

You are cordially invited to the book launch of Selwyn R Cudjoe’s titles, Beyond Boundaries: The Intellectual Tradition of Trinidad and Tobago in the Nineteenth Century (With a new Foreword by Betty Taylor – Thompson)  and  Preserving the Tacarigua Savannah: Respecting Our Heritage
Discussant, Dr Kwadwo Osei – Nyame, Jnr

Screening: The Truth about Black hair

When: Thursday, 21 November 2013 at 19:00
Where: Stratford Picturehouse, Salway Road E15 1BX
Adm: Tickets costs £15 and can be purchased on https://thetruthaboutblackhair.eventbrite.co.uk

Doors open 6 m Film start time 7pm, running time approx 60mins. There will be a short Q&A after the film.
Thought provoking documentary that examines the question of why hair is not just hair for Black women.

“People always make assumptions on who you are as a person based on your hair. If you wear your hair natural you must be conscious, if you wear your hair in extensions then you must be quite superficial and shallow.”

The film takes a deeper dive into the phenomenon and the reason why there is so much historical attachment to black hair.
It also looks at the scientific characteristics of black hair and the effects of the structural differences it has on those who wear it and debunks the myths long accepted by many“Black hair doesn’t grow, Black hair is tough and strong, etc.”

The Truth about Black hair is very much a modern day story; exploring the factors that influence people’s hair choices today and the negative effects that sometimes lead to.

Join us as we speak to industry experts on the quest for the Truth about Black Hair.

Denys Baptiste: Let Freedom Ring

When: Thursday 21 November 2013, 7:30
Where: Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, HA5 4AE
Adm: £ 15

Music, poetry and the moving image combine in a major, exhilarating concert by Mercury/MOBO award-winning saxophonist, Denys Baptiste to mark the 50th Anniversary of civil rights activist, Dr Martin Luther King’s historic I Have A Dream oration.              

One of the civil rights movement’s most conspicuous and influential leaders, Dr King insisted on freedom, justice and equality for all. Inspired by this momentous speech, Baptiste penned what is now widely regarded as a modern-day classic, Let Freedom Ring! – an evocative four-part suite that garnered critical acclaim and standing ovations the world over when it toured in 2003.

In 2013, he reprises Let Freedom Ring! alongside an entirely new suite, Now Is The Time founded upon the rhythmic patterns of Dr King’s speech.

A thought-provoking yet utterly uplifting show combining jazz with blues with rousing gospel singing, Afrobeat and Afro-Cuban rhythms, the poetry and voices of Ben Okri and Lemn Sissay, and live video mix by award-winning filmmakers, Yeast Culture.           

Presented by Baptiste’s sensational 13-piece band plus community gospel choir, this is an extraordinary live music experience you really won’t want to miss!    

Now Is The Time...Let Freedom Ring!

Contact: 020 8416 8989

Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra

When: Sunday 24th November 2013
Where:  Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS
Adm: £20 - 35

Following the Attica Prison riots in 1971, in which 39 people were killed following a rebellion of black inmates over poor living conditions, free jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp released jazz masterpiece Attica Blues, in which he took a stand for black civil rights.
Just over forty years after the release of the album on Impulse! Records – home to John Coltrane and Ray Charles among others – Archie Shepp revisits this monument of jazz history with a new big band composed of a mix of experienced artists and young musicians from the United States and France.
A blend of spiritual music, blues, Ellingtonian orchestrations and fun, the classics from the original album will be performed by the new big band, alongside newly added compositions.


Challenging Narratives Of Deaths In Custody

When: Tuesday November 26, 6.30-8.30pm
Harrow Civic Centre 1, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY

Human rights activist Matilda MacAttram highlights some of the activism and campaigns surrounding a number of death in custody cases, followed by Q&A. Light refreshments available. FREE.
For more information: Awula Serwah, BTWSC@hotmail.com.
Awula Serwah
020 8450 5987

Bringing History Alive

When: Wednesday 27th November. 3-5pm.
Where: London Metropolitan Archives,40 Northampton Road, London. EC1R 0HB
Adm: Free

Join us as we visit the London Metropolitan Archives to see how history is documented and stored. You can explore 500-year old documents showing the presence of Africans in Tudor England.

Advance booking is necessary.
Spaces are limited.

For more information email: info@narrative-eye.org.uk 
Call: 07958 671 267/ 07956 337 391


Does The Conviction Of Stephen Lawrence's Murderers Signal A Turning Point In African British Civil Rights?

When: Tuesday 10th December  2013, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY
Adm: Free

Keynote speaker: Community activist Marc Wadsworth examines the legacy of Lawrence's death, followed by Q&A, poetry recitation by youths, and the Season's Evaluation report. Light refreshments available.
For more information or to book: www.harrowBHM.eventbrite.com.

Origins (talk and book reading)

When: Wednesday 11th December 6-9pm
Where: Westgreen learning centre, Langham Road, London, N15 3RB
Adm: Free

In this presentation Onyeka will discuss the origins of Africans in Britain during the Tudor period. He will challenge the common narrative that these Africans were just visitors. Onyeka will share evidence gathered from 250,000 documents that show Africans as significant members of Tudor England.

Advance booking is necessary.
Spaces are limited.

For more information email: info@narrative-eye.org.uk 
Call: 07958 671 267/ 07956 337 391

The Mayor’s Africa Fair

When: Saturday December 14, 12:00-4:00pm
Where: Harrow Civic Centre 1, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY
Adm: Free

Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante launches a pre-Christmas Africa fair in the Civic Centre. The place to be to buy, sell, network, and receive some African history updates. Free entry; limited availability of stalls, £20 each. For more details: cllrasante@yahoo.co.uk

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