2 August 2011

Greetings Family,

Due to the continuing increase in our subscriptions this email has been sent late. This is as a result of our testing of a new emailing system to better manage the process. Please accept our apologies if you did not receive this email on time as directly as usual or found it in your junk mail folder.

We are considering the idea of printing a monthly magazine version of the Ligali newsletter in 2012 - 2013 with even more news, views, reviews, arts, literature and events. Would you be interested? How much would you be prepared to pay for a copy and would you take out an annual subscription? It would be primarily focused on the affairs of African people in the UK - from education to politics. Is there anything in particular you would want to see?

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Nyansapo Radio

Nyansapo - is the weekly internet based community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. We broadcast honest and progressive discussion of community issues alongside pan African news, current affairs and feature reviews of cultural media and events.

This week we will be asking;

"Beyond Trident: Building a framework for Peace and Justice"

Nyansapo - Spring Hopes

You can listen to archived podcasts of previous Pan African Drum programmes at http://www.ligali.org/nyansapo/drum.php

The Pan African Drum

“She got pregnant and wanted meat so a pregnant cow was killed for her. When she gave birth, she wanted milk and there was nothing to give her”
African Proverb, Oromo

Toyin AgbetuA couple of weeks ago  the Pan African Drum focused on the power of the Word. The topic Literature and Storytelling felt fitting for a radio program where speech is our currency. I was fortunate to engage in the studio discussion with two talented wordsmiths, Griot Chinyere Nwobani and author Courttia Newland. As to be expected, both made powerful contributions on the purpose of literature, the mechanics of the creative process and the spiritual source that enables them to work. Yet as we examined the freedom of storytelling, we also engaged in a debate about restrictions, inhibitions and responsibilities.

In manifesting the word do we need to be mindful of external pressures that seek to divert us from walking a conscious path? I won’t breakdown our honest and frank discussion as you can listen to the reasoning via our podcast but what is clear is that unless we maintain a strong sense of identity in all that we do the very essence of who we are can be lost in the fruitless search for mainstream ‘success’.

I write as someone who has in the past made music for his people and simultaneously created noise for a wider audience that attracted more sales and thankfully paid the bills enabling me to continue producing soulful tunes. It was a compromise I was at the time initially uncomfortable making but now with hindsight accept as an essential part of my journey and spiritual development. I was recently made aware of the struggles many of our most revolutionary artists face in struggling to meet the bills when commercial success fades and their popularity wanes. The story of Elder Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets needing a fundraiser to secure his home is one I feel we should collectively be ashamed of.

Abiodun Oyewole
Last Poet: Abiodun Oyewole

But I also write this in the context of the furore that is occurring in the mainstream media.  A toxic media institution that was established over a century and a half ago has come to an undignified end. The News of the World (NotW) ‘newspaper’ a publication that specialised in racist abuse, sleaze and political machinations that has attacked Africans and other non-europeans has choked on its own vomit.

Yet, many of you will realise it is unusual for me to write or give focus on such a moral pariah without a reason that has relevance to our community. So let me explain. I won’t regurgitate the details of the phone hacking scandal but instead remind us of the capitalist principle - supply and demand.   

If I had a addiction to illegal drugs and was prepared to pay a dealer to obtain me these narcotics at any cost, that dealer would then be inclined to use any costs to secure me my drugs irrespective of whether the means were legal or not. It’s a vicious amoral circle justified by proponents of the supremacy of the economic market,  it was used to justify the enslavement of our Ancestors, the continued economic exploitation of our Motherland, the political repression of those of us in the Diaspora  and of course the methods used to secure ‘news’ for a hungry, sleaze addicted public.

Now I am not for one moment suggesting I have never purchased an item where I suspect it may have been, in part, secured by illicit means, but I can state with confidence that I have not done so on a habitual deliberate basis, for example  a paid subscription to a publication that feels no way about harming our community.

The NotW is now history, and yet irrespective of this stunt, if it returns in another guise, its spiritual parent the Sun (or ‘scum’ as it is known in more enlightened circles) and the Times will continue to exist and pour xenophobic parasitical poison into the psyche of a nation that collectively maintains the delusion of being a supreme world power and force for good.

Now I could say leave them to it, that is not our concern but the problem is that I still see a sizable number of our people continuing to purchase these toxic publications. Some use the excuse of reading it for the sports, others claim that other broadsheets are ‘too long’, but the problem with both these arguments is that by purchasing the racist Scum (I will stick to its more apt title) we are feeding the gun with bullets to shoot us. Yes they demean the craft of journalism by producing such celebrity gossip driven drivel, but surely we ultimately demean ourselves by paying to reinvest and consume it.

One of the things I learnt from the reasoning with Bro Courttia and Sis Chinyere this week is that racism is not simply the stereotypical overt expression of hate, but also the deliberate exclusion of stories relevant to our wellbeing, to our knowledge of self, to our experience in a land that often expresses a desire to ‘send us back to where we came from’.

Whilst we often focus on the stories that are included in the mainstream media, we need to be more aware of the stories that are absent. This is the responsibility we all share, whether news, music, films, plays, books or cultural performances, every time we feed the Scumgun with our money, energy and divine gifts, we enable it to shoot and maim those creative spirits who are weaving our bullet proof vest and defensive weaponry.

If what I’m writing touches any part of you then imagine the benefit of a thousand writers and storytellers being free to empower us with not only words, but action to reflect those words.

A one hundred and sixty year institution that schemed, manipulated and abused its ability to do good, that used words to control the powerful, words to oppress the weak and finally tried to steal words through electronic means in order to sell ‘news’ to a greedy public unconcerned about the source of its tittle tattle gossip has now come to an end of sorts.

Imagine if we collaboratively chose to withdraw our support for those that feed on negativity and instead empower with donations those that work to promote positivity amongst us.

Imagine if we came together to finance a Pan African Disaster and Emergency Fund that could not only help our families facing starvation in the Horn of Africa, but also provide bursaries for those struggling in the Caribbean, invest in research for cures to ailments like sickle cell, a fund that could finance investigations into horrendous murders involving the state and deaths in custody, and of course a fund that can support the family and friends of our young people who fall victim to violent crime.

Imagine if we did not purchase the Scum or the equally repugnant Daily Mail for a week, a month, or as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King did with the Montgomery boycott, a year, and instead used the money for something far better instead...


... for our words whether in song, spoken word or plain text form enable us to do just that and more.

I would also like to take a proud daddy moment to congratulate my children Shola, Infinity and Amiri for their excellent achievements at school despite having the most bossiest father in the world!

Imagination by Infinity Agbetu

Imagination by Infinity Agbetu, 10

A special mention goes to my daughter Infinity whose first book Imagination was published on her tenth birthday and is a collection of poems, essays and short stories from her creative nine year old mind.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.


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

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In Conversation with the artist Ben Jones (Edited)

On growing up at a pivotal time for Black people in US history and its influence on his art...
Looking back it’s clear now that I was always going to be an activist. In my last year of college, I had to attend a private institution to be able to take the Art History class that I needed in order to graduate. I loved to get there early to eat the food that the Black Southern cooks made and I would see Black students sitting around and talking about politics. In 1963 I was one of the few Black students at Patterson State College, as it was at the time. A turning point for me was when I asked why we were only learning about White artists and was told that if Black artists were important enough, they would be in the text books. That offended me so much even though, at the time, I hadn’t made the link between art and politics.

On the style of Ben Jones...
I always say that Africa is the basis of my work. It’s my way of looking at the universe. It says that you are part of the universe; respect it and don’t just exploit it. When I used to teach traditional African art, I made about 18 trips to Africa and visited almost every country in West Africa, as well as South Africa. The first country I visited was Ghana and the first thing I noticed was the child’s respect for the adult and how any adult could reprimand a child that was misbehaving. Over time, because of Western influences, our values are changing. But we have to be conscious of what those values are changing to. With Africa, I think of natural things, things of the spirit. Rarely do you see Black people saying they don’t believe in a spiritual force.

On Black Consciousness and the Diaspora...
The poet Amiri Baraka started an organisation that I joined back in the 1960’s and that time was all about consciousness. The times created a consciousness that came through into everything and it’s something you don’t really see today in the same way
Today we consume but we don’t make the sacrifice necessary to have our own.

Born in New Jersey in 1941, Ben Jones has conducted over 50 art-related and cultural exchange visits to Cuba since the 1970’s, along with frequent exhibitions throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.  
For information and exhibitions: www.benfjones.net


Jamelia gets away from racism row on a Florida break with her kids

Jamelia Tiani and Teja
Jamelia with Tiani, 5 and Teja, 10, in Orlando.

The 30 year-old Birmingham songbird has been taking a break in the States, getting away from the racism storm that blew up back home in Britain after she blasted the police on Twitter.

Last month she vented her frustration on the microblogging site, posting: ‘The police make me f*****g sick. The amount of times I’ve been pulled over for nothing is ridiculous. Racism is alive and kicking people.’

Jamelia recounted a recent incident where she was questioned by police while she sat fuming in her car.

“They checked everything, including my tyre pressure (all legit).

“They then went on to say that they don’t see how this can be my car!

“They didn’t know I was Jamelia when they approached me.

“They just saw a black girl in an Adidas tracksuit and cap, in an expensive car.”

The R&B songbird claimed she is stopped ‘at least once a month’ because of the colour of her skin, and said she was ‘still not over’ the incident.

But a sunshine break can make all the difference, and Jamelia looked smiles better as she played with daughters Teja, 10, and Tiani, 5, in Orlando.

Full Article >>

Lifelong learning in the African American community

Road Scholar is accepting applicants for the fourth annual Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning. The award will be presented this year at the 2011 annual conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) to be held in November in New Orleans.

The $5,000 award is named in honor of the late Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III, world-renowned Pan-Africanist, educator, historian and psychologist, who is an icon for his advocacy of the importance of African history, culture and influence; for his global contributions to education; and for his special affinity for conducting study tours to Egypt for thousands of travelers.


Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years in prison for cocaine trafficking

Buju Banton

The reggae artist Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in US prison for his role in a cocaine deal. His first trial on the charges ended last September in a mistrial, but in February he was convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offence, and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offence.

Much of the case hinged on video and audio recordings taken by an informant and by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel. The informant was paid $50,000 (£31,000) after Banton's arrest in December 2009, along with two others. One video shown to the jury showed Banton apparently tasting cocaine in a Florida warehouse. A co-defendant later gave the informant $135,000 (£83,705). He and another man pleaded guilty to drug charges in the case.

At Tampa federal court in Florida, Judge James S Moody gave Banton – real name Mark Myrie – the most lenient sentence permitted for the drugs charges. Judge Moody threw out the gun conviction, which would have extended the sentence by five years, accepting Banton was not carrying a gun and did not know his confederates were doing so. Allowing for time served and good behaviour, his attorney said he could be free in six years.


Manning Marable's Re-Invention Of Malcolm X

By Nvasekie N. Konneh


El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz: Malcolm 'Omowale' X

12 July 2011

Since the publication of Prof. Manning Marable's book, "Malcolm X, the Life of Reinvention," I have not only read the voluminous book of 600 pages, I have also read many reviews of it written by scholars and reviewers with different perspectives from left to right.

As usual, with any issue such as this, there are those who have overwhelmingly praised it and there are others who have criticized it as an attempt by Prof. Marable to deconstruct the positive image of Malcolm X in the minds of millions of people around the world.

Prof. Henry Louis Gate Jr. has called the book "Marable's magnum opus." 

I am one of the millions of people around the world who have been inspired by Malcolm X's epic story of evolutionary redemption. That he was able to overcome life as a common criminal to become one of the 20th century's most celebrated historical figures is very much inspiring to say the least.

Because of this, I am compelled to add my two cents to the great debate that has been ignited by Prof. Marable's book. Before doing so, I will like to give a little background to how I came to know about the man who I consider to be my greatest hero among many in the Pan-African liberation struggle.

I was in Africa in April when I heard on the BBC about Prof. Marable's book. Since returning to the States a month ago, I have been following the debates among critics on both sides.

It was in late 1987 in my home town of Saclepea in north central Liberia when I first heard the name Malcolm X. A friend who had just returned from Monrovia, the Liberian capital, played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches, including "I Have a Dream".

I was mesmerized by the cadence. It sounded great. At a gathering of another friend I mentioned the King speech. One friend said, "That's great but wait till you listen to the real man called Malcolm X." He told me Malcolm was not as celebrated in the U.S. because he was Muslim.

As Muslims, it was a great discovery and it gave us a sense of pride to know that there had been a famous American Muslim called Malcolm X. I had never imagined there was a Muslim in America, let alone a celebrated one. My friend could not tell me any further about the man he considered to be a great Muslim who was assassinated in the US.

After high school I moved to Monrovia in 1988. One day, walking in central Monrovia, I heard a Dr. King speech being played in a record store and went it. When I walked out I had bought the "House Negro, and Field Negro." That became the start of my own journey into the understanding and developing deep appreciation for the man. Later that year, I came across the "Autobiography of Malcolm X." It was the most important book I had read beside the Holy Quran.

A friend named himself Malcolm X and later on named his son Shabazz, after Malcolm X. Malcolm is at the top of my list of the great heroes of the Pan African struggle. In Liberia, I formed the Malcolm X African Disciples (MAXAD) in Monrovia in the early 1990s. We held programs during Black History Month in February and on May 19, Malcolm's birthday.

Every human being goes through different stages of change. The obvious one is the biological one--from infancy to adulthood, and through old age and death. Depending on the environment we live in we go through many stages of change--social, political, religious, or ideological.

In 39 years on earth, Malcolm X went through different stages which may be divided between his lives as: Malcolm Little, Malcolm X, and Alhaji Malik Shabazz.

Malcolm Little was lost in the wilderness of a criminal culture. Malcolm X was the rebirth of the man who had been was lost. This is the Malcolm who became a fierce critic of the White power structure not only in the US but globally. Alhaji Malik Shabazz grew to become a universal campaigner for human dignity. At the end of the day, Malcolm's evolution from street criminal to one of the most celebrated revolutionary figures in the world is the story that has captivated the hearts of millions around the world.

If these changes are what Prof. Marable means by Malcolm’s "reinvention" of himself, it would not matter. It only matters if Malcolm’s evolution was done out of deception. Yet,

Malcolm X, at any stage of his life was the real Malcolm. There was nothing fake about him. In fact, the many changes he allowed himself to go through is what resulted in his celebration by millions of people around the world.

Prof. Marable's book attempts to deconstruct the positive image of Malcolm X that made him an admirable global figure. Malcolm never concealed his negative attributes or experiences.

Prof. Marable goes to great length to prove that the man the world has come to admire and celebrate is far less than a clean figure; to be admired and celebrated as such. There is vigor in digging up the "dirt" about Malcolm; as if Marable angered by all the positive attributes of the man.

For all those who know the man through his autobiography, that's not the case. Malcolm highlighted, to the maximum, his negative past so as to tell people, particularly the young, that they too can turn their lives around. So in a nutshell, the world already knew Malcolm as the once wayward youth who became a liberated and dedicated his life to freeing others.

Indeed, it's Prof. Marable who tried to reinvent Malcolm X; whom we knew for 40 years as the criminal turned revolutionary.

What were Prof. Marable's motives?

Was he bothered by the respectability Malcolm X had come to enjoy from people in the US and around the world? All the holes Prof. Marable tried to punch in Malcolm X's image cannot be supported beyond reasonable doubt.

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About the Author: Nvasekie N. Konneh is a poet and writer and nine years veteran of the US Navy. Nvasekie Konneh is the author of a book of poetry, "Going to War for America," about his experiences of surviving the Liberian civil war and time served in the US military. He’s currently the publisher of the Uptown Review Magazine in Monrovia, Liberia which covers Liberian arts, culture and tourism. He can be reached 267 407 5735 in the US or 011 231 657 0507 in Liberia or you can email him @ KonnLove@aol.com or Knvasekie@yahoo.com

Residents back estate demolition

PEOPLE living on a run-down estate have given a council the go-ahead to demolish their homes.

Lewisham council wants to knock down Milford Towers above Catford Shopping Centre in Winslade Way, Catford, and build 1,000 new homes.

As far back as 2006, one of Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock’s election pledges included a promise to improve or build new homes on the estate.

A mayor and cabinet report, to be discussed on Wednesday, says the majority of residents on the estate were “overwhelming positive” about demolition plans, following a consultation last month.

The report also includes plans to open a new Tesco supermarket in the shopping centre, which the council bought for £11.5million in February last year.

Sir Steve said: “You only have to go down to the shopping centre to realise it’s not exactly a hive of activity.

“We’ve been working with Tesco to identify how we can move forward on the redevelopment of the shopping centre and the housing. This is an important stage in that.”

A series of crimes have taken place on the 250-home estate over the last few years, including two notorious murders.

In September 2005, 15-year-old Rochelle Holness was snatched and killed on the estate, while in May 2007, Warren Gray, 24, was shot dead in a stairwell.


Press Release: A Voice For Neli


Stafford, VA – 07/05/2011 – A Voice for Neli – a grassroots advocacy group formed to bring awareness to the plight of Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic teen the group contends was wrongly convicted and sentenced to serve time in a Virginia state penitentiary – is urging Gov. Bob McDonnell to pardon the youth.

Latson began his day May 24, 2010 sitting on the grass outside a local library in Stafford, Virginia. Unbeknownst to Neli, while he waited for the library to open, he was also being reported to the police by a nearby school crossing guard as “a suspicious Black male who may have a gun.” Weary of waiting, Neli left the library and was subsequently approached by a school resources officer, Deputy Thomas Calverly, who searched the teen for a gun and having found none, asked Neli for his name. Having voluntarily submitted to the search and perceiving that he may be being harassed, Neli refused and attempted to walk away, saying he had committed no crime. Calverly then grabbed Neli from behind and attempted to arrest him without reading him his Miranda rights or calling for back up. Neli resisted and both he and the officer were injured in the scuffle.

After a three-day trial, Neli was found guilty of assaulting a law enforcement officer, among other charges, and the jury recommended that he serve 10 1⁄2 years in prison. At the heart of Neli’s defense was the fact that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant
difficulties in social interaction and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.

The case has raised concerns about how law enforcement deals with the developmentally and mentally disabled. A Voice for Neli contends that Latson had committed no crime when he was accosted, searched, and detained by Deputy Calverly, and that he should have been free to go once the officer determined that he did not possess a gun.

Following his arrest, Neli was held without bail in isolation for 11 days at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. Police allowed Neli’s school counselor to visit and she relayed messages and information to Lisa Alexander, Neli’s mother, who was allowed only one visit during that period. According to Alexander, Neli was unable to speak or communicate with her during their brief time together. “He appeared to be in a catatonic state. It was awful,” Alexander says.

As Neli’s time in isolation dragged on, police interrogators found him nonresponsive and disturbed and a judge ordered that he be transferred to a state mental hospital for 30 days of treatment and evaluation. He was later returned to jail for one year and spent eight months of that time in tortuous isolation. Doctors and those who are close to Neli say he is no longer the same young man. He is depressed and deteriorating, continuing to lose the functioning he had before the incident with Deputy Calverly. According to those doctors, Neli is in desperate need of a therapeutic facility, not another of year of suffering in a state penitentiary that houses hardened criminals.

At Neli’s sentencing hearing, Judge Charles Sharp opted to lengthen his incarceration, in spite of overwhelming evidence that Neli’s Asperger’s and poor police training contributed significantly to the events of May 24, 2010. Neli’s attorneys had presented to the judge a comprehensive fully-funded treatment plan that Neli would have been able to take advantage of immediately following the hearing. However, that treatment will now be postponed while he serves his sentence.

A Voice for Neli argues that even if Neli Latson were not autistic, his arrest on May 24, 2010 was unlawful and he never should have been jailed. According to Alexander and fellow autism advocates, it is unconscionable to treat those who are autistic and vulnerable the way Neli has been treated by the Stafford, Virginia criminal justice system. Alexander is urging Gov. McDonnell to respond to the group’s concerns by ordering the release of her son from prison immediately.

Contact: Ola Jackson    540-425-0779
Spokesperson, A Voice for Neli    avoiceforneli@yahoo.com

For prior coverage, see:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ken-reibel/teen-with-aspergers-arres_b_610530.html http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/08/is-sitting-while-autistic-a-crime.html?ocid=twitter
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/young-autistic-man-sentenced-in-assault-of- deputy/2011/06/01/AGBjUjGH_story.html



Books of Africa Ltd (London, UK) is thrilled to announce publication
of Tsiga, a postmorthus 4
novel by Wilson Katiyo, the famous Zimbabwean author of A Son of The Soil.

To purchase a copy, please contact the publisher, Books of Africa Ltd,
16 Overhill Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 0PH, United Kingdom,
or order online using PayPal at www.booksofafrica.com

For more information about readings, the book or the author, please
contact E. Mah: Email: admin@booksofafrica,
Tel:     +44 (0) 20 8364 7903
Mobile: +44 (0) 75 6469 9515

Book details:
Title: Tsiga
Author: Wilson Katiyo
Publisher: Books of Africa Ltd
Editors: Nigel Watt and Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo
Date of Publication: 26 May 2011
ISBN; 978-0-9566380-1-4
Format: 210 mm x 134 mm
Number of pages: 208
Price: £11.99

Libation: Grandma Anderson joins the Ancestors at 113

4 July 2011

Lillian Anderson

Elder Lillian Anderson with her son, Raymond Anderson, looks on. Lillian, at 113 years old, became a supercentenarian when she turned 110. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer

After being blessed to live 113 years, Lillian Anderson said her last goodbye on Saturday morning at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

Raymond Anderson, her only child, told The Gleaner he noticed that she was not eating and she was very sleepy. She was then taken to the KPH on Tuesday.

"I am just happy that she has lived a good life and that she is gone on to a better place, the impact she had on my life was remarkable and I will never forget that," he said.

Anderson also expressed regret for not being with her at the time of her death as he would have wanted to say his last goodbye.

"I'm really saddened that I was not there to see her take her last breaths, I would have wanted to be there at her bedside," he said.

Anderson said she spent half of last Sunday praying and giving God thanks for his blessing towards her. Her level of faith and spirituality was what he admired most about his mother and he is moved by her commitment to God.

"I know I am going to see her one day. She lived an exemplary life and we take hope in the fact that we hope to see her again in the by and by," he said.

Source: Gleaner

Baba Hannibal's Transition June 27, 2011


It is with sadness to report that Baba Hannibal has made his transition Monday afternoon, June 27, 2011. He fought to the very end which is a reflection of his everlasting spirit. We will honor him and his legacy over the next two weekends. Below is a preliminary schedule with updates to follow. We hope that you can attend but if not my father knows the sincerity in your hearts and appreciate your prayers.

My family and I would like to say thank you for over the years you have been a comrade and a friend and he loved each and every one of you and know that he would want you to continue the struggle in liberation of our people in your respective areas. As a family we will continue to move his commitment to youth forward through his non-profit organization Community Youth Achievers (CYA). Thank you so much for your love and support.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CYA online at www.cyavillage.com or by check payable to CYA, P.O. Box 54894, Atlanta, GA 30308. Cards and correspondence can be mailed to P.O. Box 54894. Please see attached bio. 

heresa Noni Charles
Executive Director
Founder, SankofaSpirit
(770) 234-5890

Baba Hinnibal Afrik
Baba Hannibal Afrik

Baba Hannibal Afrik (Harold E. Charles, M.Ed.) is a veteran retired Chicago teacher. After 30 years at Farragut High School, and 8 years teaching at Northeastern Illinois University, he became a nationally acclaimed educator with over 50 awards, 3 national awards, and the coveted STAR AWARD from the National Science Teachers Association in 1975.

In 1968, he led the Black Teachers Association in a successful community control movement using the Farragut Black Manifesto as a model. Later in February 1972, he co-founded the Shule YA Watoto (school for children) an independent community institution on Chicago's Westside. This institution succeeded for 31 years through self-reliance.

Among his many leadership positions for 50 years have been: Council of Independent Black Institution (CIBI); Afrikan National Rites of Passage United Kollective (ANROPUK); National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA); Republic Of New Afrika; and The Malcolm X College Annual Kwanzaa Celebration since 1995.
An acclaimed Biologist, Afrik performed scientific research in biochemistry for 7 years. After moving to Mississippi in 1999, in 2004, he organized the Community Youth Achievers, Inc., C.Y.A. in Hermanville, Mississippi. He established the Environmental Village Campus as a prototype sustainable community. This young institution is the most unique Afrikan American Tourist Attraction in Mississippi. With a 5-acre homestead, CYA can provide urban & rural survival training through the Outdoor Leadership Skills Project (OLSP), Southern Region.
As an educational consultant for School Tech Services, Baba Hannibal provides over 15 workshops and classes across the country.  He is proud of his 37½ years marriage to Mama Marini, who made her transition in 1992. The father of four children, four grandchildren, and 2 great-grand children, Afrik personified the belief hat "Children are the reward of life". Presently, he resides in Hermanville, Mississippi, recuperating from bilateral foot amputations in 2010 but continues his work.

Baba Hannibal received his B.S. degree in biology from Central State University, Wilberforce Ohio in 1955, his M.Ed in teaching of science from Chicago Teachers College in 1962 and an Advance Certificate in Administration and Curriculum from University of Chicago in 1966.

Additionally, he received certificates of achievement from Howard University in Afrikan Affairs and Post-graduate work in Inner city education from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. He has taught all levels from pre-school, GED to graduate school.

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Please help me raise funds for Cancer Research

Salam family

I'm taking part in the 5k Race for Life 2011 on Sunday 17th July at 11am at Hyde Park, to raise money for Cancer Research UK's life-saving work and would really appreciate your support.

Cancer Research UK is entirely funded by the public so whatever you can give really will make a difference. Please take a moment to sponsor me. It's really easy - you can donate online
by credit or debit card at

So far I have raised 20 pounds thanks to the generous donations from two of my friends.
All donations are secure and automatically sent to Cancer Research UK. If you are a UK taxpayer, please tick the Gift Aid box. Gift Aid can increase the value of your donation by at least 25% - at no additional cost to you.

Why not join the girls and take part in the UK's largest women-only fundraising event to help beat cancer? Enter Race for Life today at http://www.raceforlife.org/ and walk, jog or run to raise money for Cancer Research UK. There are events taking place across the country so there's
bound to be one near you.

Thanks and best wishes,

Special funding appeal for Ipaja Community Link’s Summer Camp 2011

Supporting over 100 orphan and vulnerable children

Dear Friends,
As you may know for the past 4 years I have been in Nigeria involved in community development work with DIFN [a UK based Diaspora led development agency – www.difn.org.uk]

With DIFN I have been mainly involved in the development and operations of our Diaspora Volunteer Scheme which brings Black UK based professionals [mainly of Nigerian heritage] to Nigeria on short term volunteering placements with State and local governments and community based organisations. Up to date we have brought 28 volunteers on short placements of 3 to 4 weeks mainly teacher training, ICT training and counselling training.

One of our main in country partners is Ipaja Community Link.

Over the past 3 years ICL has reorganised to become a community based agency providing support for orphan and vulnerable children and their guardians ensuring they complete universal basic education [UBE] and have access to basic primary health care.      

ICL also developing work with a number of schools in the local community on teacher training and adding value to universal basic education by developing ICT Cluster Centres and developing play areas in nursery sections of UBE primary schools.

In August 2011 ICL will be running their yearly Summer Camp.

The main aim of the summer camp is to identify vulnerable children who have just finished their primary school education and prepare them for life in secondary school. The camp provides 3 weeks training in Literacy, Numeracy and Values Education training. We also run sports and craft classes with a view to build up their confidence level.

Last year at our first summer camp we had over 60 students [we had to turn many back owing to limited funds] with 30 of them moving on to our After School Club which holds Monday to Friday during school time and school holidays

This August we will be working with over 100 children at our summer camp and we are seeking the sum of N200, 000 [£800] to run it. Most of the money goes toward providing the children a healthy lunch and provide the neediest with school uniforms and materials for the beginning of secondary school.

Thus we are now seeking community spirited individuals to help us raise the N200, 000 [£800] needed for this year’s Summer Camp
If you are interested or would like to know more please contact me on yomioloko@difn.org or yomioloko@hotmail.com

I will be in the UK from 25th June to 23rd July.

In the UK cheques can be made payable to DIFN and posted to: DIFN, HCVS, 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, London,E8 2LY

or payment can directly be made by card/online  are bank details are- :Natwest Bank Plc – East Ham Branch  Acct. no.- 70782938   Sort Code: 600718

For record purposes please email me if you decide to pay directly by card/online
Thanks for taking time to read this email and feel free to forward it on to any of your contacts.

Yomi Oloko
Programmes / In Country Manager,
"Creating Opportunities For Participation"

New Mind School: Open Day

New Mind School

Dear Reader,

New Mind School is now approaching its 15th year of service, offering pre school and primary school education, also after-school services.
Please view our short flash promotional video at: www.newmindschool.org/flash.html

Open Days for parents and guardians of prospective students (aged 3-11) are being scheduled for July 2011, including weekend visits.

Contact us on 02077333975 / 07960691401 or office@newmindschool.org to arrange a visit.

Thank you,
New Mind School  


Would you be willing to give between £1 to £2 per week (£4 to £8 per month) to our fundraising programme?  Please visit us at www.newmindschool.org/donate or download our bankers order form here: http://www.newmindschool.org/donate/bankersformnms.pdf

Thank you for your consideration.

KUSH Films Donation Appeal

My Appeal To You

This is why I am APPEALING TO YOU ALL to walk this path with me and stand up to be counted and let us take control or at least have a say in this important part of our global cultural heritage. We should be the one's dictating what our children view on a daily basis and making sure they have wider access to black representative images, plus positive, empowering and revealing programming. Don't let others program your children, then wonder why your children are a particular way! So please do your best to support our 'Donation Appeal' in whatever way you can! Please, please, please! (Every penny makes a pound, just send what you can; even £1 or £5 will make a difference, it all helps!)

Don't You think, you should have unlimited and widespread access to the best International & British black & urban type films - at all times?

Please remember black films tell our story whether real-life or fiction they all emanate from the mind of a person of African descent retelling our cultural stories and these scripts once committed to celluloid catalogue our history and culture for all time. I don't think a lot of us truly understand this or even contemplate it!

That's why Kush needs your help - to bring these benefits to our community whilst at the same time developing an adjacent section of the film/TV industry where we possibly can create jobs for ourselves and new career opportunities for our own children and grandchildren.

Why should I support Kush? 
There is one thing I have to say; I know there is a lot of negativity out there and quite a few of you are probably saying why should we support Marlon & Kush, and Kush this and Kush that, Marlon probably will run off with the money etc etc. Well I plan to change people minds and eliminate these thoughts for good and prove them wrong in every sense. Remember I am asking you personally for only a small donation! I will prove I am doing this with blessed, good intentions for the benefit of our community and yourself.

I got nothing but love for all past & present supporters & I look forward to hearing from any of you about my plans and how we can work together.
Please do not hesitate to give me a call on 07961 977 749 or send me an email with any queries: m.palmer@kushfilms.com

You can also go to www.kushfilms.com or www.iluvblackfilms.com and donate there using secure & safe paypal. Please do whatever you can do to help, no matter how small or big it is! (Please send £1-£5, £10, £20, £50 or £100, whatever you can afford to send, it will be much needed & appreciated)

You can also send a cheque or make a donation straight to our bank account  Kush Promotions: HSBC / Sort: 40.06.20 / Acct No: 81529846
Marlon Palmer

Libation: Norval Robotham Pryce

Norval Robotham Pryce

Sunrise: 21st October 1919, Colonel’s Ridge, Jamaica
Arrived in London: 26 June 1951
Resident in Brixton & Tulse Hill for half a century
Sunset: 3rd July 2001, London

Remembered and respected by family and friends

Journalism Diversity Fund

We are looking for people from diverse backgrounds to train as journalists. Bursaries are on offer for those with the potential to succeed in one of the most exciting and rewarding careers around.  Applications are now being taken for NCTJ-accredited courses starting between September 2011 and August 2012.

Source: http://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/


Synapse is a new but fast growing "Center for Psychological Medicine" based in within the Abuja metropolis. Currently retaining the services of a robust mixture of local and internationally trained staff that provide excellent, client focused services. We provide psychological and counseling services, inpatient facilities/treatment, day hospital, rehabilitation, community care etc. We treat all forms of disorders related to your mental health, not limited to:

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Relationship difficulties, Sleep problems, Drug and Alcohol addiction,
Hearing voices, Bipolar disorders etc.
In addition, Synapse provides training programmes designed for Health care professionals and the general public. We are in the process of expanding our organization and are looking for exceptional, committed, innovative and highly motivated staff, willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide stellar services within a confidentiality driven service practice. The current (manager & team member) roles available include:

1. Customer/Client Service
2. Business Development
3. Training and consultancy
4. Mental Health (Psychiatric) Nursing
5. Experienced clinical Psychologists and psychotherapists. .
Excellent remuneration packages exist for all roles, and will be commensurate with age and experience.

Kindly send a copy of your resume and a typed response the question below to info@synapseservices.org.

"Psychological medicine is a new and challenging concept in Nigeria, however a much needed service! By working in any of the above teams, how do you intend to contribute to our service development?"

All submissions must be sent no later than 18th July 2011. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews scheduled for 25th-28th July 2011

Abiola Sanusi
Principal Consultant
Riplington & Associates
23 Cairo Street
Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent
Abuja- F.C.T
Office: +234 96232121 (Mon- Fri, 9-5pm)
Tel: + 234 1760 5167
Mob: +234 807 850 3887
Mob: +447529629811 (UK)
E: asanusi@randaedu.com
W: www.randaedu.com

*"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do
nothing." (Edmund Burke)*

New  PhD  Funding Opportunity  in Criminology and Criminal Justice  at the Cardiff

School of Social Sciences open only to applicants from the Caribbean and Guyana.
The School of Social Sciences  at Cardiff University is pleased to invite applications for the Professor Howard Jones Bursary  (Research Masters & PhD Studentship)  in the fields of criminology and criminal justice.

Cardiff is internationally recognised as being among the very top tier of Britain's research intensive universities and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading universities.

Thanks to a  generous donation by the family  of the late Professor Howard Jones (1918-2007), Head of the Department of Social Administration 1969-1984, the School is delighted to be able to offer the following bursary, in memory of Professor Jones and in recognition of his professional links in the areas specified.

The  Professor Howard Jones Bursary  (Research Masters  & PhD Studentship)  – available to applicants from the Caribbean and Guyana starting in September 2011*.  Applications are invited from exceptional candidates for the Professor Howard Jones Bursary Research Masters and PhD Studentship available from September 2011.  Applicants must be interested in pursuing the highest standards of research in the fields of criminology and criminal justice.

Applicants must have an upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualifications. Candidates will be considered for entry onto the MSc  in Social Science Research Methods (Criminology Pathway) in 2011/12 in the first instance, with a view to progressing to doctoral training from 2012/13 to 2014/15.

Funding Package
Tuition fees for the Research Masters and PhD will be covered by the School of Social Sciences.  The Professor Howard Jones Bursary will provide the successful candidate with an annual stipend of £13,590 for the one year of the Research Masters (2011/12) and for each of the 3 years of the PhD (2012/13 – 2014/2015).

How to Apply
Applicants must complete Cardiff University’s Postgraduate Application Form, which can be found at: http://www.cf.ac.uk/for/prospective/pg/apply/sendingapplication/index.html 
Please note:  we will only accept fully completed application forms  and  CVs will not be considered.  Where English is not the applicant's first language, we do require an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent TOEFL.

With the expectation that candidates will progress after the Masters onto a PhD, potential applicants must produce a detailed initial outline description of their preferred  research topic (typically 2-3 pages) which will form the basis for assessing the application, together with the completed application form and references. The research proposal will also be the means by which applicants are paired with potential supervisors. It is important that proposals are clear and concise, and should not be presented in less than a size 10 font. 

Informal Inquiries
Please contact:  Dr Matthew Williams  in the School of Sciences  via email  at WilliamsM7@cf.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)29 208 74853.
Closing date for  applications is  30th July 2011.   

References will be sought and telephone interviews will be held before the end of August 2011.
*Applicants can apply and defer entry until 2012/2013.

BIS Publishing

Good news there is still one-or-two places available on the; 

BIS Publications 1 Day Intensive Course for African / Caribbean Writers

who want to Self Publish Successfully. Friday 29th July 10:30-4pm

Register at:  http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk/

Fund your ‘unfundable’ ideas 

When: Monday 18th July 2011, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Where: Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, London, E8 4AA
Adm: £15
Booking/Info: http://crowdfundingcreativity.eventbrite.com

Many People  are successfully raising amounts from £500 - £10,000 through crowd funding, to fund creative projects that are getting turned down by banks, funders, investors and sponsors.
Crowd funding has quickly become one of the most feasible fundraising models to help you develop or sustain your creative projects; from producing paintings, documentaries, theatre productions and music tours to festivals. Individuals pledge small amounts (from £20 - £5,000) to help make ideas or projects they admire happen.

Join us at this session to find out:

    * What crowd funding is

    * How crowd funding can work for you

    * The Pros and Cons of crowd funding
Hear from the founders of three of the UKs leading Crowd Funding platforms for creative projects:-
Gregory Vincent founder of Sponsume

Ed Whiting and Hen Norton founders of WeDidThis

Michael Troughton founder of WeFund

You know you’ve got a great idea. Everyone says you’re onto something. But your project just doesn’t fit the criteria of funders, investors, sponsors or banks. Maybe Crowd Funding could be a way for you to raise the funding you need.

For further information please contact us:

E: hatch (at) hatchevents.com
T: 0207 193 4577

Schools Out! 

BIS Publications present Readers Are Leaders - Get Black Folks Reading


Register at http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk/Readers.html

Please pass on these opportunities to friends, family and colleagues. Thank you in advance.

Access to legal advice in the police station

The Law Society has written to Ken Clarke expressing concerns about the implications of a new power in clause 12 of the bill, which has the potential to prevent access to legal advice in the police station.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are proud to extend an invitation to join us at our event to present 'The Weekly World Media Brand' 

An Evening of Information, Networking and Business  

Please accept this invitation and circulate it to relevant contacts and friends.
Ope Bankole

Weekly World Ltd
tel: 0208 4079917
Mobile: 07961031467
email: ope@theweeklyworld.com

Afridiziak Theatre News

Afridiziak Theatre News has teamed up with Sadler's Wells to offer our readers a special offer to get discounted tickets to see Fela!

Following its sell out success at the National Theatre and a triple Tony Award-winning run on Broadway, FELA! arrives at Sadler’s Wells this summer, bursting with colour, infectious live music and exuberant dance. READ MORE/GET TICKETS

Legal aid cuts leave immigration clients stranded

The Law Society has warned that the closure of the Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) will leave thousands of clients without representation. Firms interested in taking on urgent IAS work should contact the Legal Services Commission (LSC) by midday on Monday 18 July.
Find out more

New Children Books For this  Summer:

One Thing About History
One Thing About History Is: Maiza and Mastura meets Alexander Miles the Inventor by Natasha- John Baptise, RRP £6.99 

Maiza and Mastura meets Alexander Miles the Inventor is the first in the One Thing About History Is... series. They are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction children adventure stories.  They aim to teach children about the hidden contribution of black inventors. Maiza and Mastura are taken to a land far off into a place called Historyland through their favourite world history book where they learn about a black inventor who solves problems for them. The inventors and their inventions are based on historical facts.

Singer/Songwriter Natahsa says "...I am more accustomed to writing songs as I have worked with many recording artiste such as Desmond Dekker, Light of the World, Sister Sledge and others. I have put to use my creative nature and written these books in a poetic fashion. I have every confidence that the One Thing About History Is ... series will make a big difference, it is important that we educate our children to be more than what they are presumed to become. I've heard it said many times that with knowledge comes power...".
Now taking advance orders at only £4.99

 "...Fabulous books regarding African history..." - Nora, School Teacher at Northumberland Park School
"...We need something like this for our school..." - Niambi Boniswa
"...excellent! As soon as its published I will purchase, I love these types of books" - Mark 



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Community Events


When: 20th July - 28th August 2011, Tue - Sun at 7.30pm / Sat and Sun Mats at 2.30pm
Where: Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
Adm: £15 - £50 (Group discounts available) / Booking / info: Sadler's Well Box office / 0844 412 4300

FELA! tells the true story of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. Watch the video trailer, featuring Jay Z, Spike Lee, John Legend and more talking about the show.

African Remembrance Day

When: 1 August 2011, 12 noon to 5pm
Where: Queen Mother Moore School, Nelsons Row, Clapham, London SW4 7JR

“Celebrating the birth of South Sudan: remembering the victims of slavery”
There will be prayers, libation, Drumming, poetry and Singing

3 Minutes Silence Observed at 3PM
Free admission, Please bring food to share
Info: Roy: 07891 400412 / Jolomy 07903 900101 / Jan 07912 171201

Monthly Sista's Circle

When: Tuesday 2nd August 2011, 6-8.30pm
Where: Quietly Confidential William Coates court 1-3 Carlton Rd Whalley Range M16 8BD  

Divine greetings,

After the warm and wonderful feedback from Healing the goddess within last Friday I have been asked when is the next one, that is still in the planning. Some have have asked me about more meditation, stress and fibroid I welcome any feedback or comments.

This will involve breath work, chakra alignment, stilling the mind, understanding the power of womb wisdom how condition affect us, and sharing with like minded energies who are working on improving their health. 

Please join me on this journey as there is much to share if you feel it will benefit others don't keep it to yourself let me know as places are limited. Do you like the flyer?
Peace and harmony
Eymbi 07958178098

Africa Fashion Week

When: 5th and 6th August 2011
Where: Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate London EC2N

For the first time in history, the city of London will be hit by a two-day Tsunami of an event that will showcase everything that defines fashion from an African point of view. The event is known as Africa Fashion Week London. It will be held between 5th and 6th August 2011 at the Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate London EC2N and will make history as the biggest platform ever dedicated to African inspired fashion in Europe.

Africa Fashion Week London will give equal opportunity and priority to top international fashion designers alongside new and emerging designers who use African fabrics in their designs, are inspired by African culture and art, sell to the African market or have ties to Africa. The new and emerging designers will be showcased in an event known as Revelation Show within the AFWL.  Africa fashion week London is a project designed to create a loud and wide exposure and propagation of style, beauty and fashion from an African perspective, in European environment, thereby creating an atmosphere for cultural exchange; a fusion of western and African cultures, through fashion. 

Africa Fashion Week London is organized by Ronke Ademiluyi of Rukkies Concept and produced by Mahogany Productions.

For General Enquiries please contact:ronke@africafashionweeklondon.com.
For Media Enquiries please contact: kamari@africafashionweeklondon.com.


Screening: The Murder of Fred Hampton

When: Saturday 6th August, 7pm start
Where: The Nub
Adm: £6 minimum donation
Contact: Afua 07956 337391 or Tanya  07932 435118

“You can jail the revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution…You might murder a freedom fighter like Bobby Hunton, but you can’t murder freedom fighting.” – Fred Hampton.

Fred Hampton, founder of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defence, was assassinated by a special unit of the Chicago Police Department on December 4th, 1969 as he lay face down in bed. He was 21 years old. The police fired 99 unanswered shots into his apartment, wounding Fred as he slept. Apparently drugged by an informant, Hampton was unable to awaken. After the raid the police put two more shots into Hampton's head and said "Now he's good and dead."

This film follows the last year or so of Fred's life and the investigation immediately following his murder.

Collectivelly Black: Family Fun Day

When: Sunday 7th August 2011, Start – 2pm Break – 4pm Finish – 7pm
Where: Hyde Park, London W2

Guests are asked to bring their own food and refreshments for the dinner break, which starts at 4pm.  The main activities will be: Softball; Football; Cricket; Tug-of-War; Waterfights; Giant Snakes & Ladders; and supervised Special Games for younger children.

We expect a large turnout, so offers of volunteers to supervise events or to provide equipment is welcomed. Please contact CB asap.

Please do not bring any pets with you for the safety of the young children.

Thank you

Lecture by Felicity Okolo

When: 11th August, 2011, 6.30-9.30pm
Where: Centerprise, 136-138 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS
Adm: £10

Come and listen and interact with Felicity Okolo a pioneer for the eradication of domestic violence. Felicity Okolo is one of the UK’s leading experts in the development of human potential. She is a Life Coach, a dynamic, transformational and entertaining speaker and trainer. She is the author  the books; Who Stole My Power? And The Easy Way To Reclaim It!  AND It Is My Life And I’m In Charge.

She will lecture on 6 Human Needs, how we meet those needs which determines how we behave.

Creative Writing Residential in Wales

When: 8-13 August
Where: Ty Newydd, The National Writers Centre for Wales     
For: 16-25 year olds

Futureversity with SABLE LitMag will be taking a group of dynamic young writers on a creative writing residential. Tutors are the acclaimed and prize winning tutors Dorothea Smartt (poetry) and Jacob Ross (fiction) and Kadija Sesay (SABLE LitMag publisher) to guide you towards publication. Working with professional writers, you'll generate lots of new material. The course is open to young people at any stage of their writing lives.

100 BMOL: 100 Book Club

When: Thursday 11 August 2011, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: London South Bank University, London Road Buildings, 100 - 116 London Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6LN
An evening of readings, debate, spoken word poetry and music to celebrate books. Featuring Alex Wheatley, Walter Moseley, Olympic legend Tommie Smith & more

MA MAAT Cultural Centre Fundraising Dinner  

When: Saturday 13th August 2011, 6pm – 11pm
Where: Afrikan Caribbean Cultural Centre, 9 Clarendon Road, Hornsey, London N8 0DJ 
Adm:  £25 Adults / £10 Children under sixteen (limited Children’s tickets)

With a succulent 3 course meal that nurtures the palate

An introduction to the MA MAAT Cultural Centre through video presentation

Our Sisters, Harambe Drummers/Dancers, will add to the ambience. Our eminent saxophonist Ian Hubbard soothes with his soulful rendition. Master Flautist Bro Herukhuti will blow your Mind with his vibrational interpretation. Sports Scientist - Ricardo Johnson - informs you on our special 2012 Olympic project  and why we need the Ma Maat Cultural Centre. 

Plus Spoken Words from Lioness Chant
&  Professor Joshua’s Keynote Debut, enlightening the Afrikan Family On - The Body & Its Importance to the Human Spirit  (Professor Joshua is aged 6 years).

Please note: 
Arrive at 6pm for welcome and MAAMAAT Cocktail
Dinner will be served promptly at 7pm

There are 200 Dinner Seats which would be bought on a first come first served basis!
This is a ticketed only event and tickets must be purchased before  7th August 2011
Get your tickets from  -  Every Body Music, 261 High Road Tottenham, London N17- 020 8802 0146/7   Nubian Natural, 1 Vining  Street, Brixton London SW9 8QA, 020 7733 8277.

Sponsors: Afrikan Caribbean Leadership Council (ACLC) BIS Publications, Black Business Network, Centreprise, Every Body Music, Find Your Voice, Nubian Natural, Pan-Afrikan Congress Movement  (PCM)  & Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum (PASCF) 

Please come and support this vital community initiative where all Proceeds Go Towards Refurbishment Of the  MA MAAT Cultural Centre!

CALO Festival 2011

When: 19-21August 2011
Where: Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, Wood Green

The First Ever 3-day Caribbean Festival To Be Held In the UK!

CALO is the First Ever Festival of Caribbean Carnival Arts, Music and Cuisine to be hosted in the UK. For three days, August 19th - 21st in the Great Hall at Alexandra Palace, in Wood Green will be transformed into a warm and festive Caribbean microcosm reflecting the colour, diversity and energy of this region.   
CALO Festival celebrates all aspects of Caribbean lifestyle and features several key activities that are unique to this dynamic region. 

Click on the link below for further information.


UNIA Blue Plaque unveiling


When: Wednesday 17th August 2011, 2.00-4.00pm
Where: 53 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DD and 2 Beaumont Crescent, London. W14 9LX

Narrative Eye invite us all to the unveiling of the United Negro Improvement Association Blue Plaque.

The UNIA was a global organisation that worked tirelessly for the interests of African people in the UK and worldwide. Under the leadership of Marcus Garvey and his wife Amy Jacques Garvey, they assisted African People in realising that self-determination under the face of an oppressive system was the key to their personal and community success. Marcus Garvey lived a large part of his life in Britain and died on British soil.

This plaque is important because it is a uniquely successful way of connecting this notable organisation with the present and the future. This plaque will ensure that the great work that the UNIA did in this country cannot be denied or forgotten.

The unveiling will take place on 17th August 2011 at Beaumont Crescent, London, W14 9LX. Attendees will meet at 53 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DD at 2pm where a Blue Plaque already exists commemorating the house where Mr. Garvey lived and died. Participants shall then make their way to the unveiling and hear words from speakers Professor Augustine John and Mr. Linton Kwesi Johnson. The event will conclude at approximately 4pm.

Narrative Eye hope that we will all be able to to join in this truly historic afternoon.

Marcus Garvey Afrikan Family Day

When: Saturday 20th August 2011 @ 12 noon
Where: Max Roach Park, Brixton Road, London SW9 7ND

Libation, dancing, singing, drumming, poetry, children’s activities, dynamic speakers, solidarity messages, cultural performers, Afrikan market and foods

Come and join us on the day:
Bring your family and friends - Entry is free

For more information contact the Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum c/o:
14, Gowlett Road, London SE 15 4HY. Phone: 07944-204-955. Email: pascfevents@gmail.com; Website: www.pascf.org.uk

National Black Supplementary Schools Week 2011

When: 21-27 August 2011
Where: Centerprise, Dalston

"Past Present, Future"

The theme this year is Past, Present and Future. The priority is to have young people film and record interviews with the pioneers of the Black supplementary schools movement. Our events will all be at the Centerprise Bookshop in Dalston. Anybody interested in participating in this celebration of Black Supplementary Schools please tell us  what you can offer to help with such as:

· Workshop practitioners in education, health, child motivation and psychology, Afrikan history and culture, life skills, law etc
· Volunteer time with admin, assisting at venues, publicity, fundraising, sponsorship
· Contact details of Elders and pioneers of the original Black Supplementary schools
· Youth film crew and journalists

This is an opportunity for Black supplementary schools outside the capital to tell the world what they have been doing and share their success on a national scale.
The schedule and more details are on the NABSS website: www.nabss.org.uk   

Nia Imara

6th Annual Haitian Revolution Memorial Lecture
On the 220th Anniversary of the Cayman Woods Ceremony

When: Friday 26th August 2011 @ 6pm – 8.30pm
Where: Henry Thomas Room (TG30) , Tower Building , London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road , London N7 8DB
Adm: Entry is free

This year's lecture will be delivered by:
Mario Joseph

Mario Joseph, Haiti’s most prominent human rights lawyer, has led the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti since 1996. He and the BAI represent political prisoners and victims of political violence, train other lawyers to do the same, fights to make Haiti’s justice system work for poor people. He has often been the only lawyer who will take poor people’s cases for free.

Advocate of Haiti’s down trodden
Mario was the lead lawyer for the victims in the Raboteau Massacre trial (Haiti’s most complex criminal case) resulting in the conviction of 53 defendants, including the de facto dictatorship’s top military and paramilitary leaders. Three members of the military high command were deported from the U.S. to Haiti to face charges in Raboteau, including the former Assistant Commander-in-Chief, the highest ranked soldier ever deported from the U.S.  He also provided expert testimony in the US court’s prosecution of Haitian death squad leader Emmanuel Constant (previously convicted in the Raboteau massacre case).  These efforts contributed to a historic damage recovery of $430,000 for the Roboteau victims in May, 2008. 

In defence of Haiti’s political prisoners
Under Haiti’s brutal and unconstitutional Interim Government (2004-2006), Mario represented political prisoners, including top former government officials, journalists and grassroots organizers. His courageous advocacy generated frequent threats resulting in his family being forced to leave the country and Amnesty International issuing an urgent action on his behalf in October, 2004.

Rail: Holloway Road station (Piccadilly line) is two minutes walk away, while Highbury and Islington station (Victoria line & British Rail) is 6-8 minutes walk.  Bus: The 43, 153, 271 and 393 buses stop close to the tower building.

Community Media

A full list of community radio programmes is available from;

Breakfast with Bonsu

When: Monday - Friday, 7am - 10am
Where: Colourful Radio, DAB, Internet, Sky

Best known as the man axed by BBC London for being “too intellectual”, Oxford graduate Henry has been a journalist since 1990, working as a staff researcher and producer on BBC radio and TV programmes like Today, World at One, Public Eye, and Black Britain. He became a freelance journalist and broadcaster in 1997, anchoring several programmes on BBC London 94.9FM, including Breakfast, Lunchtime, and Drivetime, interviewing leading politicians, businesspeople and a range of London personalities. Henry was also a popular panellist on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, and has appeared as a news commentator on Radio 5 Live and Sky News for several years.

Shoot The Messenger

When: Every Sunday, 1pm
Where: SKY 218 - TV

Shoot the Messenger is an hour of passionate debate about issues that matter to Africans at home and abroad. Join Henry Bonsu and his panel of very special guests as they navigate through the weekly paper review, the big stories of the week, books, events, as well as plenty of arts and culture! STM is produced by Juanne Fuller.


Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in

When: Every Sunday - 7-10pm
Where: Internet

Grimz: Genesis Community Unity Platform (G.C.U.P)

When: Every Alternative Sunday, 10pm - 12am
Where: 91.6FM, Internet www.genesisradio.co.uk


Kwaku: British Black Music

When: Every Monday 11am-2pm

Africa Speaks with Sister Ekua (Aka Esther Stanford-Xosei)

When: Every Wednesday, 8-10 pm BST 

Where: Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) 94 FM, Internet

Phone: + 44 (0) 208 180 2523   or + (44) (0)7961573 883  
Text phone: + (44) (0)7904 899 195

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

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

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About Ligali

Revolutionary Pan Africanism Working

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

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


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

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