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Our Pan African Drum programme on 1 September 2009 discussed the issue of;

Preparing for the Future


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Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Preparing for the future

“She who knows a matter beforehand confuses the liar”, African Proverb, Yoruba

Greetings, it’s been a strange few weeks. As the sun’s been half smiling I’ve been watching so many people ‘shuffering and smiling’ as Fela Kuti so powerfully put it. Everyone seems to be doing their best to enjoy what for most has been a turbulent and insecure period. Carnival has now come and gone, the children are about to return to school yet the mood in the air about the future seems bleak and uncertain.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

One of the key decisions I made this year was to improve the way I engage with my friends and family. Ironically it’s been the growth of social networks like Facebook, Twitter and the ilk that has shown me how lonely and isolated so many people in the western world actually are. You see these tools for communication are perfect business tools – kinda like corporate ‘about us’ pages for Joe Bloggs. If I wasn’t so stubborn about not trusting personal data with private and governmental linked businesses, there would most likely be a Ligali Facebook by now. Watch this space ;-)

But that very same ease-of-use thing that guarantees its success is the very same thing that puts me off. You don’t have to ever meet anyone, you can send a message to millions of people with a single click, its cheap, effective and bland global advertising for a corporate brand. So I guess the question that bugs me is why do so many people feel the need to sell themselves online? Why have they volunteered to become THE product?

I understand that some of these sites are great for meeting and connecting up with old friends and family members who we’ve lost contact with, but for subsequent meetings to have substance then they should occur offline, not through email or a public website.

Please don’t get me wrong, this is not a judgment call accusing everybody with a Facebook account guilty of having an issue with either popularity or vanity but I am questioning why an obvious tool for marketing commercial interests has become dominated with people promoting their personal self as being worthy of public interest.

Personally I’m starting to suspect it’s because there are an awful large amount of people out there who are feeling sad, disorientated, disillusioned with the world, seeking answers - seeking purpose. Many are afraid.

They are absolutely fearful of the fact that this is it – life.

As a result, many of us are projecting those fears out into the ether, some onto our children.

You see I was at a friends gathering this weekend and we was talking about the way we used to play out as children. As ‘yoots’ we would play knock-down-ginger, swap music tapes, climb the roofs of council flats, jump off walls, ride bmx’s and choppers (bikes), play rounder's (children’s cricket), slide down escalators, go cinema, discos, play had (chase), go arcades, adventure playgrounds and basically engage in a whole range of activities (including homework) that gave us loads to do and even more to talk about.

Social networking was done offline in real time. No mobile phones, text messages or emails. We couldn’t even use landline phones because at home our parents had phone locks on them that took years to circumvent with the clicking technique.

As I was talking to my group of friends I explained that I believe it is now we the parents unfairly instilling our own fears into our children by wrapping them up in cotton wool and making them weak - fearful of pain, fearful of change.

The problem with that though, is that the future is all about change. Moreover, it’s the responsibility of our young to project our contemporaneous culture and collective aspirations into that future making it a reality.

So I started to think, if we are too afraid to let our children go down the street to the corner shop at the age of seven, or give ten year olds mobile phones to accommodate our own paranoia about the dangers on road, then how does this compare to the traditional rites we had as children that helped make us independent.

What of chores? Remember dustpan and brush (pre-hoover), going laundry (and sitting for hours with a bag full of 5 pence coins for the dryer), walking home with paraffin (pre-health and safety obsessive's), carrying shopping bags in the market as our parents chatted for what seemed hours with an auntie/uncle, reading comics, attending Sunday school, cook ups, apple money (what pocket money?), plaiting hair, checking spot the ball and pools coupons?

If you smiled reading this then you most likely recognised these rituals as manifestation of our own distinct cultural expression in the UK. We were taught from a young age we had to work to survive, we had to remember OUR ways to survive. Liberation work was not just about shouting ‘burn down Babylon’, ‘black power’ or ‘death to white supremacy’ but also about building networks, developing communities, matchmaking among friends, babysitting neighbours children.

In short bringing the African village to cold, miserable Britain, where work (and then play) bonded us together through shared purpose. Of course there was risk involved yes, but it developed character, force of will, an ability to survive by regularly coming together and working together whilst adapting to life in a hostile environment.

Back then not being allowed to play out with our friends, a sanction often preceded by a beating (which I am not endorsing) was serious punishment as a child, how does today’s ‘naughty step’ or a ban from internet or mobile phone usage compare when the most adventurous social activity most young people engage in is online video gaming or feverant text messaging?

Things have changed now, the future often seems scary, but instead of embracing the opportunities of those changes and transforming them into vehicles of progression, many of us have lost sight of what’s important and become culturally, politically and spiritually retarded by repeatedly moving towards westernised cultural modernity – individualism.

So what is the solution? Well to be honest I wasn’t sure what to write about today, with all the negativity in the world I was going to give it a miss and then I thought about the last few days I have experienced where a few of my family and friends came together and we all actually laughed for real enjoying life. It made me think we need to work and socialise more often. It is so essential that we all strive to experience life outside our comfort zones, challenge fear, master it and then inspire hope when confronting similar situations in the future.

Yet to do this in any significant way means we must eradicate the isolation most of us feel leading to us mimicking caveman like behaviour, developing aggressive, hoarding like characteristics that sees everything outside our comfort zone as a threat. Those of us engaged in community work must also play together, whether it means we all strive to send our children to Saturday schools or start projects at meetings held after sunday prayers at churches, mosques or temples. We must not allow any of those we love to become isolated and as a result lose hope from fear of change.

Our own families also need to visit different sites outside our often tiny homes and the fake expanse offered by the ‘world wide web’. For those of us who can’t afford a family trip abroad, we can share our spaces with the spirit of reciprocity and then take our children to the houses of family and friends who have respect of their own heritage and culture. We can also travel to farms, parks, galleries, museums together. Every visit can be a mini adventure, a learning experience, a bonding session.

You see, if each of us keep that African presence alive in our homes, in our gardens, in the way we cook, the way we talk, the music we create, listen and dance to, the games we play and also just as importantly - the books we read and the art we create, then it will not only be the children - but also us adults who benefit from creating and building real social networks that will be standing strong long after Facebook is a distant memory just like Friends Reunited and other previous internet distractions.

If you are a parent and you are preparing to take your child back to school this term then please make an effort to engage with the parents of your children’s friends.

If you don’t have children then contribute to building real community links, meet up with friends, cousins, nieces, nephews in our bookshops, cultural bars & restaurants, arrange themed social gatherings designed to explore our own cultural heritage, our own collective aspirations, our own spiritual rituals, make some fun, some work. And don’t forget the elders. Our grandparents are often left alone, excluded from family gatherings, that is not, never has and never should become our way.

Do this and we may once again be surprised how much love and support we have to give each other which all starts by extending a listening ear and sharing real and not - ‘online’ space.

You see if we fail to give birth to hope, the next generation inherit despair. We must prepare them for change, not fear.

So whilst we are wondering around aimlessly, fake smiling, dreaming but not truly believing we can make a difference, understand that for as long as we want change, we must prepare to be that change.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us. Ase.

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


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Greetings: Welcome new listeners to Nyansapo. The Pan African drum is broadcast from the UK and attracts new supporters from Africa and the Americas every week. Our broadcast is currently only available online. Our podcasts of previous shows are usually available 24 hours after broadcast from

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African Remembrance

Peckham Cosmetics: Fined for selling skin poisions to customers
New Orleans after Katrina

Africans in New Orleans

On August 28th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast of the United States with devastating effect.  It was reported that more then 1,800 people lost their lives, and more then $81 billion dollars in damages occurred. African people bore the brunt of this tragedy as they were left to die by the American government.

When the Levees Broke

New Orleans after Katrina

“The Deadly Choices at Memorial”–Investigation of New Orleans Hospital Tells Story of How Medical Staff Euthanized Patients in Katrina Aftermath

On the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a major investigation reveals harrowing new details of one of the many human tragedies that occurred in the aftermath of the storm. Forty-five patients at the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center died in the days after Katrina’s floodwater knocked out the power in the hospital. A 13,000-word article titled “The Deadly Choices at Memorial” tells the full story of what really happened to some of those patients. It’s the cover story of the New York Times Sunday Magazine this weekend and the product of a two-and-a-half-year investigation. We speak with reporter Sheri Fink of ProPublica.

Democracy Now on Katrina


Nkrumah @ 100 Events



Discussion With Dr KB Asante

Sean Rigg

Kwame Nkrumah and KB Asante

Live Broadcast: Nyansapo will be broadcasting live during the Nkrumah @ 100 Discussion With Dr KB Asante on Saturday 5 September 2009, 3-6 PM

Former presidential aide Dr KB Asante joins Nkrumah @ 100 event organised by Ghana First and Ayekoo. Expect former Nkrumah aide, diplomat and political commentator Dr Asante to be joined by other pan-Africanists on the panel, including Marc Wadsworth, for a lively discussion. The event will be taking place at the Mission Dine Club, Fry Road (off Drayton Road by Longstone Ave), Harlesden NW10 4BZ.

Admission is free (a meal costs £5) - Booking is NOT essential, although it's useful to know in advance who is attending.

Directions: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road (off Drayton Road/Longstone Avenue), Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ. (Dollis Hill tube then bus 226 to Wrottesly Ave/Cardinal Hinsley stop; or Willesden Junction train/tube station then bus 226 to Wrottesley Avenue stop; or walk past the Tesco in Harlesden shopping parade across Crownhill Road, turn left on Sellons Avenue, right into Drayton Road, and down either Chadwick or Fry Road).

Venue Description: Venue is a metal-fenced single-story building bordered by John Buck House, a park, and Newfield Primary School. It can be reached either through Fry Road or Chadwick Road, near the Longstone Avenue/Drayton Road intersection.

2 By public transport:

a). Jubilee line tube to Dollis Hill station. Turn right out of station, and cross road diagonally to the right to the first bus stop on Hamilton Road. Take bus 226 and look for Wrottesley Road stop which is by Cardinal Hindsley Boys school (there's visual and aural announcement on the bus)
Cross over and walk down Longstone Avenue, turn first left (Drayton Road), and first right (Fry Road)

b). Bakerloo or Overground to Willesden Junction. One exit (Harrow Road) leads to bus 18, the other (Station Road) provides a choice of buses 220, or 266, which takes you a couple of stops to Harlesden Jubilee Clock. Look for the Tesco metro store and walk down Manor Park Road (away from the traffic lights). Turn first right and walk down Crownhill Road to the end, turn left on Sellons Avenue into Drayton Road. Diagonally to the right is Chadwick Road, which leads to the venue.

Venue number: 020 8965 5797



Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism

Thousands of Afrikan people are expected to join in the UK commemoration of the 100th birthday of the Afrikan of the millennium - Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah.  The commemoration includes 2 multi-faith services – on Sunday 6th (the launch) and 27th September 2009; the main cultural event will take place on Saturday 19th September 2009 at 2pm; and a series of 6 workshops covering the life and times of Kwame Nkrumah that will commence on Friday 25th September 2009. The underlying theme guiding the Nkrumah@100 commemoration is ‘Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism’.  All activities will be geared towards popularising the outstanding achievements, strategies and ideas of Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah and explaining the tremendous asset he was to Afrika and the world.

The main Nkrumah@100 cultural event will commence with a multi-faith libation, prayer and welcome.  It will feature a programme of activities for children and youth including Afrikan drumming and craft workshops; cultural artists and performers including Afrikan dancers, poets, singers and child performers.  Invited speakers on the day include: direct from Afrika, Gamal Nkrumah – the son of Kwame Nkrumah; Mama Stella Dontah – who worked directly with Kwame Nkrumah; and the highly respected community scholar activist Cecil Gutzmore direct from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.  They will help us to better understand Kwame Nkrumah’s outstanding contribution to humanity.  A broad range of grass roots Afrikan community organisations will also be giving messages of solidarity and Afrikan Ambassadors have been invited; there will also be participation from overseas Afrikan organisations.  The main commemoration will also feature cultural Afrikan and Caribbean food, book stalls and displays.  All of the events are free of charge.

The co-ordinator of the Nkrumah@100 planning committee, brother Omowale said:

“The BBC’s worldwide listener ship voted Kwame Nkrumah the Afrikan of the millennium.  We have a duty to our children to make sure that the great contribution to the advancement of humanity made by Kwame Nkrumah is remembered by all.  Inspired by Marcus Garvey, he understood the critical importance of a United States of Afrika to the creation of a just world. 

He was one of the world’s greatest of visionaries who, understanding that ‘organisation is everything’, moved us closer than anybody else in the last millennium, to a unified, liberated Afrika operating with a just social system.  Our ancestors suffered intensely and we continue to suffer now. 

Our current task therefore is to produce from within ourselves and our children, an army of Nkrumahs, who together can move Afrika and the world closer to justice, equality, peace and collective prosperity.    Attending the Nkrumah@100 commemoration could be our first step to organising ourselves for a better future.  Come along to the events and see for yourself.” 

Contact details: Nkrumah@100 Planning Committee on 07940 005 907 or or


1. The 1st Nkrumah@100 Multi-Faith Service will launch the entire commemoration on Sunday 6th September 2009, 5.30pm – 7pm at: The New Testament Church of God, Lambert Road, London SW2 5BB (Entry is free – Nearest Tube: Brixton)

2. The Nkrumah@100 Main Commemoration will be held on Saturday 19th September 2009, 2pm – 8pm at: Peckham Academy, 107 Peckham Road, Peckham, London, SE15 5DZ.  (Entry is free – Nearest British Rail: Peckham Rye).

3. The Nkrumah@100 educational workshops will be held every Friday from 25th September 2009 to 31st October 2009 (inclusive), 7pm – 9.30pm at: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS (Entry is free - Nearest Tube: Oval).

4. The 2nd Nkrumah@100 Multi-Faith Service will take place on Sunday 27th September 2009, 6pm – 9pm at: Methodist Central Hall, Storeys Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH (Entry is free – Nearest Tube: Westminster).



Peckham Cosmetics: Fined for selling skin poisions to customers
Roxanne Shante: Inspiring
Roxanne's revenge was sweet indeed

Twenty-five years after the first queen of hip-hop was stiffed on her royalty checks, Dr. Roxanne Shante boasts an Ivy League Ph.D. - financed by a forgotten clause in her first record deal.

"This is a story that needs to be told," Shante said. "I'm an example that you can be a teenage mom, come from the projects, and be raised by a single parent, and you can still come out of it a doctor."

Her prognosis wasn't as bright in the years after the '80s icon scored a smash hit at age 14: "Roxanne's Revenge," a razor-tongued response to rap group UTFO's mega-hit "Roxanne, Roxanne."

The 1984 single sold 250,000 copies in New York City alone, making Shante (born Lolita Gooden) hip hop's first female celebrity. She blazed a trail followed by Lil' Kim, Salt-N-Pepa and Queen Latifah - although Shante didn't share their success.

After two albums, Shante said, she was disillusioned by the sleazy music industry and swindled by her record company. The teen mother, living in the Queensbridge Houses, recalled how her life was shattered..

"Everybody was cheating with the contracts, stealing and telling lies," she said. "And to find out that I was just a commodity was heartbreaking."

But Shante, then 19, remembered a clause in her Warner Music recording contract: The company would fund her education for life. She eventually cashed in, earning a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell to the tune of $217,000 - all covered by the label. But getting Warner Music to cough up the dough was a battle.

"They kept stumbling over their words, and they didn't have an exact reason why they were telling me no," Shante said.

She figured Warner considered the clause a throwaway, never believing a teen mom in public housing would attend college. The company declined to comment for this story.

Shante found an arm-twisting ally in Marguerita Grecco, the dean at Marymount Manhattan College. Shante showed her the contract, and the dean let her attend classes for free while pursuing the money.

"I told Dean Grecco that either I'm going to go here or go to the streets, so I need your help," Shante recalls. "She said, 'We're going to make them pay for this.'"

Grecco submitted and resubmitted the bills to the label, which finally agreed to honor the contract when Shante threatened to go public with the story.

Shante earned her doctorate in 2001, and launched an unconventional therapy practice focusing on urban African-Americans - a group traditionally reluctant to seek mental health help.

"People put such a taboo on therapy, they feel it means they're going crazy," she explained. "No, it doesn't. It just means you need someone else to talk to."

Shante often incorporates hip-hop music into her sessions, encouraging her clients to unleash their inner MC and shout out exactly what's on their mind.

"They can't really let loose and enjoy life," she said. "So I just let them unlock those doors."

Shante, 38, is also active in the community. She offers $5,000 college scholarships each semester to female rappers through the nonprofit Hip Hop Association.
She also dispenses advice to young women in the music business via a MySpace page.
"I call it a warning service, so their dreams don't turn into nightmares," she said.

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons said Shante is a shining role model for the rap community. "Dr. Shante's life is inspiring," Simmons said. "She was a go-getter who rose from the struggle and went from hustling to teaching. She is a prime example that you can do anything, and everything is possible."

Source: NY Daily News

Correction: It has come to the attention of the Daily News that a number of statements in this article written for the Daily News by a freelance reporter are, or may be, false. Cornell University has told us that Shante did not receive any degree from it under either her birth or stage name. We have confirmed that prior to the article, at least four publications on Cornell's own website reported that Shante had earned a Ph.D. from the university. Those references have now been removed. And in response to an inquiry today, Marymount College stated that Shante attended there for less than one semester.

Numerous e-mail and telephone inquiries by the freelance reporter to Marymount during the preparation of the article to confirm Shante's account were not responded to. Finally, there have been recent media reports that there never was an education clause in Shante's recording contract. When the reporter contacted Warner Brothers Records about the contract before the article, its only response was that it was having difficulty finding someone within the company who could "talk eloquently" about it.

Community Noticeboard
Peckham Cosmetics: Fined for selling skin poisions to customersThe Global Afrikan Congress

Announcement: Global Afrikan Congress UK (GACuk)

The Global Afrikan Congress UK (GACuk) had their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 29th August 2009.  The Annual General Meeting (AGM) generated much positive discussion and strategizing on the future of the GACuk; on the struggle to secure Reparations for the crimes against humanity committed against Afrikans (as recognized by the UN); and on our role on the global stage.

GACuk’s biennial elections took place at the meeting with some adjustments amongst the officials.  Most notably, it was with great jubilation that Brother Minkah Adofo was elected as GACuk Co-Chair.  Brother Minkah has been involved in the struggle for our people’s liberation for 30 years.  In fact, he has dedicated his life to it.  He is well known and respected within the liberation circles in the UK.  Co-Chair Minkah says, ‘The current era presents great opportunities for Afrikan and all oppressed people’s liberation  as imperialism dips into one of its most serious crises. The current leadership’s task is to take advantage of this opportunity by truly globalizing our struggle from a grassroots perspective, with an emphasis on bringing forward a new youth leadership.  We are clear that the call for Reparations is a revolutionary demand that will not be satisfied by or should be confused with simple handouts.’

This adjustment to the leadership of GACuk signifies a re-invigorated force from the organization to effectively build up the Reparations movement nationally and globally.  We are currently planning a series of community meetings on Reparations to take place across the UK, giving people an opportunity to find out more about what it means.  Please look out for further information on this. 

The Global Afrikan Congress was formed as an outcome to the United Nations World Conference Against Racism that took place in Durban in 2001.  It is an international network of organizations with chapters in countries across the globe.  Its key focus is on securing Reparations.  As a people, we must be equipped and operating on a global scale.  The Global Afrikan Congress offers organizations and individuals the opportunity to develop global links and work in a unified fashion.

To find out more about the GAC, about how your organization can affiliate to GAC, or to join as an individual, please contact the details below:

GACuk’s Press Officer Funmi Alder –
GACuk’s General Secretary Glenroy Watson - 07956 133 450
International Website:

Peckham Cosmetics: Fined for selling skin poisions to customers
I Will Tell Film International Festival
Be prepared to be inspired

Intentionally or not, there are some films that have a profound impact on us.

Alex Haley’s Roots captured the imagination of people around the world and transformed the thinking of many. Kieslowski’s A Short Film about Killing led to the abolition of the death penalty in Poland. Morris’ The Thin Blue Line dramatically changed one life and affected many others.

Whether as fictional dramatisations or narrative documentaries, films that tell us like it is have the power to change individual lives, society and indeed, the course of history because they inspire people to change.

This September, the I Will Tell International Film Festival has put together a tantalising programme of films that could potentially do just that.

The festival showcases around 20 award-winning dramas, documentaries and docudramas from 14 countries. Films such as Soldiers of Peace, Burma VJ, Wasted and The Hip Hop Revolution have amazingly transformative potential.

“The films are chosen both for their artistic merit and the uniqueness of the stories they tell”, says Festival Founder, Jenny Lee.

Although some of the films and the issues raised are very challenging, the focus of the festival is on supporting, encouraging and empowering others. Each screening is followed by a post-screening discussion with filmmakers and inspirational speakers.

The festival also includes a Comedy Show, Exhibitions, Workshops, a Closing Gala Party in Leicester Square and much more.

All festival profits will go towards helping to empower others to tell their own stories.

This is one of the most inspirational events Leicester Square has ever seen.

Screenings looking at issues or characters related to Africa or the African  diaspora are as follow:

Soldiers of Peace – opening gala

Hip Hop Revolution – closing gala -

Prince of Broadway -

Goodbye Solo –

In Prison My Whole Life -

Some of our short films:

- We are all Rwandans

-Make Life Flow -

Come prepared to be inspired!

When: Tuesday 1 September – Saturday 12 September
Where: Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square and other venues across London
Adm: Entry £10 adults/ £6 concessions - Cinema Box Office 0870 811 2559

Massive Two Day Book Sale


SATURDAY 5th Sept. 2009  12 NOON TIL 7.PM.

SUNDAY     6th Sept. 2009 12 NOON TIL 6.PM.


A selection of Non Sale Books will be available at regular prices

We are looking to move thousands of books - choose from a huge selection of adult, children, hardcover, paperback & audio books



Between Monument Way and Somerset Road N17 (see map)



CONTACT NO: 0208 801 0205 SATURDAY & SUNDAY MOBILE ONLY: 07956 052 821


Black History Month Listings

We are working on the next issue of Black Heritage Today – the ultimate guide to Black History Month and now need to collate your listings.

Please can you send them to as soon as you can?

We need them as a Word document if possible. If you are no longer the contact for bhm pls can you forward this on to them but also let us know so that we can update our records.

Thanks and Best wishes,

Barbara Campbell

Download: Black Heritage Today - the best black history month guide in the UK:

Download: The OFFICIAL guide to International Women's Month Magazine:

Wanted: Performers to volunteer for educational Black History Month workshops

Dedicated volunteers are wanted to depict the lives of inspirational Black people from history, as part of our Black History Month programme. We will have a series of workshops or/and assemblies, in schools or libraries where you will perform. The majority of the sessions will be held during the day. 

What you will gain

Confidence and experience

Work in an exciting team environment

Opportunity to inspire the next generation and give back to  the community

You must be

     Reliable - Dedicated - Consistent

Full training provided!

CRB check required 

Telephone: 07958 671 267/ 07939 540 826



Build your knowledge about what it takes to plan an event, be it an AGM, club night, networking session or a club night, improve your contacts, and get a recognised qualification: OCN level 2 Event Planning. Targeted at unemployed people aged 19-64, especially from Brent and Haringey. Classes take place by Wembley Park on Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-5pm, starting Sept. 9 2009. Opportunity to organise a real event. 020 8450 5987, Click:

Advice Clinic on how to wipe your DNA from the Government database

Do you know anyone who has had their DNA sampled and put on the government database?

Were they innocent of any crime?

Do you know that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled it is illegal to keep innocent people’s DNA for no good reason?

Tory MP Damian Green recently had his DNA wiped off the database because he is innocent of any crime. Diane Abbott MP believes that what is good for Damian Green is good for everybody else.

So on the 25th September Diane Abbott MP and the human rights charity Liberty will be holding a DNA database clinic in Hackney. If you, or anyone you know, has not been convicted of a crime but has their DNA on the national DNA database and would like advice on getting their DNA wiped off the database, then call the number below. Lawyers from Liberty will be on hand at the clinic to offer help and advice on the DNA database.

To book an appointment at the clinic call: 020 7378 3668 or 020 7378 3657. Alternatively you can email: The clinic will take place on the 25th September from 4.30 – 6pm in Hackney


Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

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

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

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

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

Remember Mind, Body and Spirit are one.  Train to live and live to train. Mashufaa Classes will take place from at The Albany Theatre (Plum Room) nearest Rail: Deptford or DLR Deptford Bridge.

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

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

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

Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


Community Media: Pan African


Pan African People's Phone In

When: Sunday
Time: 22:00 - Midnight
Where: Galaxy Radio 99.5 FM (

Number for on-air discussion: 07908 117 619

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in is a space for themed interactive discussions conducted over the airwaves and cyberspace.  The themes are focused around issues affecting Afrikan people both locally and globally.


Africa Speaks with Alkebulan / Sister Ekua (aka Esther Stanford-Xosei)

Where: Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) / 94.3FM
When: Every Monday / Wednesday 8-10 pm GMT

Number for on-air discussion: 0208 180 2523


New African Magazine

Where: Newsagents
When: Monthly

The worlds most authoritative, best selling Pan African magazine.

  Pambazuka News
The authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in AfricaYou can help Pambazuka News become independent. Become a supporting subscriber by taking out a paid subscription. Donate $30 a year


Shoot The Messenger

Where: Vox Africa
When: Every sunday, 6-7PM

Current affairs on the Pan African TV channel with Henry Bonsu


Community Events


Book Slam

When: 3 September 2009, Doors open 6pm, stuff starts around 8pm
The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY
Adm: £6 in advance from £8 on the door

Greetings, Can we give you the gentlest nudge about next week's Book Slam? We can? Thanks. Tickets are selling faster than Primark's 79p skinny jeans, so don't miss out and buy yours in advance

In the meantime, enjoy the bank holiday. They deserve a holiday, those banks ...

Hope to see you there
Elliott @ Book Slam


B.L.A.K FRIDAY SPECIAL: Dr. Robert Beckford Speaks - Luton

Where: Lewsey Farm Learning Centre Trust, 92 Tomlinson Ave, Luton LU4 0QQ
When: Fri 4th Sep 2009 , 7:30 - 10:30
Adm: £5.00

Akeba and Nu-Beyond in partnership with The African Development Forum present a presentation by Dr. Robert Beckford.  

“Kanye West Says, "Jesus Walks" But Are Black Christians Standing Still?”

Brother Robert has delivered this session twice to a very inspired and uplifted audience, firstly in London at the Nettlefold Hall in January and at Drum in Birmingham in June 2009. Now Luton has now been blessed to join the tour. 
In this audio-visual presentation, Dr Robert Beckford will explore the Christian values necessary to produce the prophetic faith represented in "Jesus Walks," a Christianity offering shelter to the marginalised and a challenge to the structural evil that affects us all.
If you have not experienced Brother Robert in action then here is your chance to do so as he is one of the most, committed and outspoken academics in the UK today.

See flyers for full details or go to


Nkrumah @ 100 Discussion With Dr KB Asante

When: Saturday 5 September 2009, 3-6 PM
Where: Mission Dine Club, Fry Road (off Drayton Road by Longstone Ave), Harlesden NW10 4BZ
Adm: Free (a meal costs £5) - Booking is NOT essential, although it's useful to know in advance who is attending.

Former presidential aide Dr KB Asante joins Nkrumah @ 100 event organised by Ghana First and Ayekoo. Expect former Nkrumah aide, diplomat and political commentator Dr Asante to be joined by other pan-Africanists on the panel, including Marc Wadsworth, for a lively discussion. The session will be broadcast live on Nyansapo Radio.

£Free entry. Meal costs £5. 020 8450 5987,



Family Fun Day

When: 5th September 2009, 12noon-6pm
Where: The Score, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton E10 5JY

The 100 BMOL presents a Family Fun Day of activities, entertainment, BBQ and dancing. This event is for the whole community, bringing the black family together, including children, parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Further information and BOOK TICKETS NOW


Ndoro Children's Charities Fundraising Gala 2009

When: Thursday 17th September 2009
Dorchester, Park Lane, Mayfair W1
Adm: Tickets are £200 and there are tables of 10 or 12 available for £2000 / £2400To book your table and ticket please call 0207 609 6775 | 07958713293

The Ndoro Children's Charities Fundraising Gala 2009 will be hosted by Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child) & Martin Roberts (Homes under the Hammer) at the Dorchester, Park Lane, Mayfair W1On the EVE of London Fashion Week - Thursday 17th September 2009

The evening comprises a 4 course Dinner, followed by a fashion Show from 20 London Fashion Week designers including Marc Jacobs, Nicole Farhi, Charlotte Olympia & Maria Grachvogel... …and entertainment from the Michelle Williams, Nate Evan's - The Temptations, The London Community Gospel Choir, Mutya, Hannah & Thomas Spencer Wortley!

Come join us and help raise funds to build an orphanage home school and clinic that will give 500 children a home and access to education for the first time in their precious innocent lives.

Tickets are £200 and there are tables of 10 or 12 available for £2000 / £2400

To book your table and ticket please call 0207 609 6775 | 07958713293

Corporate discounts are available for hospitality

If you are thinking you can not afford to come, ask yourself this... How many times a year do you really get to dress up? How many times have you spent more than £200 on a rubbish night out or something you do not use or wear? How many times do you get to experience London Fashion Week? How many times do you get to go to one of the finest and most prestigious ballrooms in the country and have dinner? How many times have you been to an event with such a varied and great lineup of entertainment? And finally, how many times do you get treated to all of that while supporting a great and worthy cause, helping to make a difference?


The 2nd Annual Ghana Business & Investment Exhibition

When: Saturday 19th September 2009
The Bernie Grants Art Centre, Tottenham, London

Due to popular demand and a successful launch in 2008; the Ghana Black Stars Network are presenting the 2nd Annual Ghana Business & Investment Exhibition on Saturday 19th September 2009 at the Berne Grants Art Centre, Tottenham, London.

With a strong cedi against the dollar, interest rates going down, a thriving economy, a growing middle class and a pool of opportunities for the business minded, Ghana is on the international platform growing from the seeds that have been sown.

With all industries from Construction to Agriculture to any service industry open for all; The Ghana Business & Investment Exhibition will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear from key industry professionals on Ghana’s development and opportunities. The event is also a chance for business minded individuals to network and share ideas on doing business in Ghana.
This year’s event is in partnership with the Ghana High Commission UK and Ghana Investment Promotion Centre. Media partners include: African Business magazine, New African magazine, Trumpet newspaper, African Caribbean Business Network, Find-A-Job in Africa, Re-Connect Africa, African Voice newspaper and BEN TV.

To contact us and find out more information about the event or GBSN please contact:
Nadia Mensah
0788 6411 661


One Heart Beat Drumming Session

Date: Saturday 26th September 2009, 5:30 - 9:00pm
Venue: The Harrow Club, 187 Freston Road, London W10 6TH

Fuboh invites our men to Come and let the spirit of the drum re-connect us with our root - Nature & The Ancestors. You don't have to be a master drummer. Just come with your heart. This is for our fathers, brothers and sons.

Contact: 07956 673255 / EMail:


African History Overview course

When: 3 October 2009, 3-6pm
Adm: £10 per session plus £20 registration

BTWSC will be launching its OCN Level 2 African History Overview course during the Oct. 3 2009 Ayekoo session What Is African History? Followed by 3 weekly classes starting Saturday Oct. 10 2009, 3-6pm. £10 per session plus £20 registration, or £30 upon registering to cover classes and certificate registration. 020 8450 5987,



Word Power: International Black Literature Festival & Book Fair
Voices of the Diaspora

When: 24th - 25th October 2009
Time: 3-6pm
Where: Ocean, 270 Mare Street, Hackney London E8
Adm: Free

Dozens of Authors, hundreds of readers, thousands of Books. All under one roof.

Featuring leading writers, historians, poets, publishers, distributors, book sellers dealing with African Caribbean literature from all over the world.

Bonnie Greer, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing (author of The  Isis Papers), Dr Haki R. Madhubuti (Founder and editor of Third World Press), Nia Reynolds, Paul Ifayomi Grant, Wayne B. Chandler, Dr Marimba Ani, Anthony T. Browder, Sister Nzingha Assata, Jacob Ross, Dr Robinson Millwood, Onyeka, Paul Simons, Nathaniel Agbahowe, Debii Mckoy, Charles Emeka, Anton Marks, Dan Obachike, Dr William ‘Lez’ Henry plus many more


Lecture: Dr Frances Cress Welsing

When: 31st October 2009
Time: 6.30 - 10pm
Where: Centreprise, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8, 2NS
Adm: Tickets £12 adv - £15 on the door

A lecture by Dr Frances Cress Welsing, author of The Isis Papers, the Keys to the Colors

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