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Our Pan African Drum programme on 6 October 2009 we will be discussing the issue of;

The Art of Liberation: Is the brush mightier than the sword?

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Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo –The Art of Liberation

“Darkness shows no wrong path to she who gets what she wants before dark” – African proverb, Kikuyu

Greetings, a friend of mine recently asked me who my principle deity was. I paused for a second. Normally I respond with Mother Nature, the Creator but I don’t think this is what I was being asked. ‘Ogun’ I responded. There was a sharp intake of breath and then she smiled. ‘Of course’ she said and then we both continued reasoning on life, spirit and family related community affairs. A few days latter I was thinking about her initial response and it took me back to a book I own by Wole Soyinka called Myth, Literature and the African World. In it he writes Ogun is “the master craftsman and artist, farmer and warrior, essence of destruction and creativity, a recluse and a gregarious imbiber, a reluctant leader of men and deities.”

I know many people fear Ogun for his temper, but I also wonder about whether many of us celebrate and contemplate on his ability to create art through the apparent contradictory forces of both destruction and creation. I think one of the first times I became aware of the power of art was as a child when I started reading comics (2000AD) and more advanced graphic novels (Marvel/DC). Through them I was introduced to worlds that were beyond my book reading ability. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the power of the written word in expanding and liberating my world view but from the moment I was exposed to the power of light and colour everything changed.  From cartoons to fine art, from films to photography, the power of art was able to instantly transport me to realms that went beyond the narrow prisons that had been predefined by a racist society as the boundaries of African diversity of thought. My hunger for knowledge was feed in a manner that helped push my imagination beyond what intelligence I possessed at that young age. As a result, I owe art (okay okay – I admit it, alongside Star Trek, UFO, Prisoner, Dogtanian, Thundercats and Thunderbirds) for helping develop and expand both my consciousness and world view.

Yet today when I look around the spaces where we live, there seems to be little long term support for those amongst us working in the cultural arts. Instead many of the shops, museums, libraries and TV programmes that we fund either indirectly through our paying of taxes or direct by purchasing services remain closed to us almost all year long.

There are of course a few exceptions. In London alone there is the work of people like Tony Warner from BlackHistoryWalks/100 BMOL who with the help of some wonderful volunteers engages in persistent dialogue with state institutions thereby enabling us to see cultural events at venues such as the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, the Imperial War Museum or the BFI. In fact I would be disingenuous if I also did not also acknowledge and commend those working within these institutions who although not African also contribute with a spirit of humanity to give us access to resources needed to better educate and empower our community. Venues like Centerprise, the Happy Peoples Restaurant are but a few others that offer similar spaces, no doubt across the country there are more but many are closing due to lack of funding and sadly lack of enough community support.

The other exception is of course the annual jamboree that occurs every October where the UK makes a tokenistic nod towards marking so called ‘black’ history. Tragically, a period that should be reflecting on African contributions to the world, instead narrowly focuses on ‘black’ entertainment and the history of African people in reference or that should be subservience to Britain. Typically, the most unimaginative of organisers insultingly focus on slavery and the farce of ‘abolition’ characterised by Wilberforce. You want evidence? Ok.

On the 1st October 2009, Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister, hand picked a selection of loyal Africans to represent us at a Downing Street reception. He opened by saying; “I’m tremendously proud to be supporting Black History Month once again. In 2007, we marked the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade and had the chance to reflect on the appalling suffering caused to millions of people. At the conclusion of the Bicentenary, the Government announced our intention to commemorate the slave trade and its abolition every year, and incorporate it as a compulsory part of the national curriculum in schools.”

I couldn’t make this stuff up. In the same speech supposedly about African History month he continued; “Black History Month is also a great occasion to celebrate our achievements. Modern Britain is stronger because of the contributions made by our diverse ethnic minority communities. We’re proud to be a modern, open nation and I am determined to do more to encourage and support the very best of British talent.”

His language betrays his perceived ownership of us.

Our contributions are supposedly his.

Meanwhile educational institutions like Middlesex university ‘close’ African History leaving prospective students without an option to formally learn about our world contributions whilst British nationalists are promised BBC publicity and government endorsement of their supremacist agenda by being granted legitimate space for debate on Question Time during so called ‘black’ history month. It would be funny if it was all some kind of joke, but its not.

And there lies the problem. Due to the fact that politicians recognise the immense value of culture and arts as a means to propagate their false dogma they abuse our history to promote ideology that subjugates African identity and concerns, both political and spiritual. As a result when political priorities shift - funding and opportunities for artists shift.

Now whilst Britain was gleefully presenting itself as a multicultural society capable of sustaining a mature and civil attitude towards respecting and reflecting the diversity of its multi-ethnic society, state funded/funding bodies like the Arts Council supported this vision. From enabling jobs to providing development funding in the sector – things were not perfect but they were reflective of a grown up approach to a modern world.

But in April 2004, Trevor Philips, then chair of the now defunct Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) launched New Labour’s attack on multiculturalism. “Lets kill it off” he said. Asked to justify his position he claimed “Multiculturalism suggests separateness. We are in a different world from the 70s”.

And with that announcement our brother, Mr Phillips OBE became the most visible puppet head leading the British political establishments charge for imposing monoculturalism on minority communities as the ‘legitimate’ way forward for community cohesion the UK.

First there was a systematic attack on all African and other non-european forms of cultural expression. Next the media and various cultural institutions joined in the mêlée, from the BBC’s White Season (perhaps Radio 4’s Today team could discuss when it has ever been anything else) to the closure of the CRE, the UK’s only national body supposedly focused on addressing ‘race’ equality.

Everything changed. Both closet and overt racist found unity as they were encourage to become emboldened with state backed xenophobic nationalist views. It all came to a head when in November 2007, the British PM proudly hijacked overtly fascist mantra and publicly announced the UK would promote ‘British Jobs for British Workers’. This was followed by racist anti-African legislation and a sustained assault on the dignity and fundamental human rights of African people and other immigrant communities in europe. Today this manifests itself with the emergence of a ridiculous new modern ‘native British’ identity for Caucasoids of ancient Anglo-Saxon stock. All this is perfectly in time for an imminent new Census that African people should NOT be participating with despite the threats that will invariably follow like the usual ‘vote for me or else’ tactics promising increased benefits for all before moving to warnings of legal prosecution.

Some of you may think what has this got to do with art? My response.

Everything.

You see the best art does not exist in a vacuum. Just like language, art is one of the crucial legs that props up the body of culture. If we are limping around with a defective version of purpose then it is because we have allowed one of our legs to become amputated in order to play hop along in the doomed game of capitalist fueled individualism.  

We too have culpability for this state of affairs. All of us have through inaction contributed to the word artist becoming synonymous with that of musician. Our music is now synonymous with ‘urban’ and party, and all other forms of cultural arts are typically pigeon holed as some kind of elitist intellectual pursuit. We have contributed to that ‘urbanisation’ process by not being forthright in asserting our own identity, our own cultural values. Now as a result, any non entertainment based art gets classified as a luxury, especially during a recession.

But is this true?

Is it possible to pretend that the powerful Hawkins & Co collection by Kimathi Donkor fails to express the political and spiritual feelings of African people globally? Is it possible to pretend that the Lost, but not forgotten collection by Kofi Alvin fails to articulate the cultural expression of our timeless community? What about the photography of Thabo Jaiyesimi and his Social Obligation collection? The Ogun inspired iron work of Akosua Bambara?The celluloid genius of Menelik Shabazz with Burning an Illusion, Ousmane Sembene and Moolade, Jimmy Cliff’s majestic performance in The Harder they come? The stolen Benin Bronzes illegally held captive in the British museum?

If art is a luxury then why are there so many magazines, books, museums, awards, programmes, academics, fanzines, cultural events still devoted to glorifying western art as treasure whilst we are being bombarded with endless drivel from ‘artists’ of ‘black’ origin whose sole vision beyond getting rich seems to be ‘how do I further inflate my ego’ at endless tasteless awards ceremonies - MOBO, MTV, Kanye West anyone? Should we really be celebrating those painting infinite visions of urban consumerism with the colours of ghetto banality? I often wonder, if Fela Kuti or Bob Marley were with us in person today would we shun them, downloading their works without payment whilst supporting the concerts and merchandising industries of those promoting nonsense instead?

Some would say I am being hard. I agree, but as the classic roots tune goes - these are hard times. Art is the soul food that feeds our spirit by articulating our hopes, desires, fears and aspirations. Right now due to lack of support our artists are going hungry, therefore leaving us starving. Until we take care of those who are born with the divine gift to inspire us through their craft I believe we will remain in hard times.

Oh… and until we step up to that responsibility no amount of prayer, rituals, ranting or indeed endless raving to the old or new will reverse that.

“The journey and it’s direction are at the heart of Ogun’s being and the relationship of the gods and man”

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


Related:

Toyin will be one of the many panelists on an open debate called “There is a thin line between love and the BLACK ARTS” where artists and creative people from the community are invited to present solutions to the issues that are facing young and up-and-coming artists who choose a career in the fine arts. It will be taking place on  Thursday 15th October 2009, 7 – 9PM at Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, Crouch End, London N8 9JA. Admission is free.

http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page20821
http://www.kimathidonkor.net/
http://www.myspace.com/kofiarts
http://www.thabojaiyesimi.co.uk/posters.html

http://www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk/
Alexandra Galleries
Ancient Britons lose out to German blood

 

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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.

The radio show is also available by going to Nyansapo on MySpace or clicking either of the links: Nyansapo Radio or Nyansapo Direct Studio Link


Volunteers Needed:

Pan African Drum
We are looking for volunteers to help produce the Pan African Drum programme and newsletter. Those interested will need to be able to research news stories, book guests for interviews and collate information about community events on a weekly basis.

Rites (Police Watch - Stop and Search)
The Ligali Organisation would like to thank all of you who offered to support the 24 Hr Stop and Search Community Helpline. We intend to have the service up and running by the end of next month.

For all enquiries: Please phone or contact mail@ligali.org


 

Newsletter Update:

For at least the next twelve months the Nyansapo newsletter will be reducing in size and frequency. Our aim is to continue sending out a shortened version each Monday but it likely to become a bi-weekly publication increasing to monthly as time progresses.

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We will no longer be editing, re-formatting and including details of events sent to us that are not submitted in the appropriate format. We will no longer transcribe text from flyers although we will accept some images alongside event details. For inclusion in the newsletter please send an email to us in the following simple format;

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We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding, we also hope these changes do not cause any inconvenience.

Please feel free to share details of your community events on our internet forums at www.ligali.org/forums

 

Ligali Screenings

Maisha Truth DVD

Screening: Maafa Truth 2007

When: Sunday 18th October 2009, 2pm - 6:30pm
Where: 280 St Anns Road, Tottenham, London N15 5BN

After the completion of a successful 1st series; the ADAP DVD FILM SHOWCASE has returned for a 2nd installment of the Afri-centred empowerment they won’t teach you in school.

This DVD Showcase Series will open by seeking to dispel the myth of Africans’ liberation by the hands of Europeans with the supposed Abolishment Act, as we take a closer look at our story in ‘Maafa – Truth 2007’, by film maker and community activist Toyin Agbetu.

So everyone please come-unity with us again, to create another successful educating, entertaining, friendly and interactive series. This event is brought to you by the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION FOR PROGRESS (ADAP)

For more info contact: 07846026165 / enquiries@adap.org.uk


Maisha Solutions DVD

Screening: Maisha Solutions (Part 1)

When: 27 October 2009, 18:30
Adm: Free Screening
Where: Shortwave Cinema, 10 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN

Maisha Solutions (Part One) - will be screening with a Q&A session as part of African History Month for the BFM Film Festival.

For more details


Maisha Choice DVD

Trailer: Maisha Choices (Solutions Part 2)

The final part of the Maisha Solutions series is completed. There are no screenings organised yet for Maisha Choices (Solutions Part 2) but a ten minute trailer can be watched online via YouTube

Copies of this and our other DVD's can be obtained direct from the Ligali website or by making a donation at;


Maarifa Books

Maarifa Book shop and Information Centre
6 Bradbury Street , Dalston , London N16 8JN

Centerprise Bookshop and Restaurant
136-138 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London, E8 2NS

 
We Remember...
Steve Biko
Steve Biko: Legacy of Black Consciousness

The Legacy of Bantu Steve Biko

By Ama Biney

In a true bid for change we have to take off our coats, be prepared to lose our comfort and security, our jobs, and our positions of prestige, our families, for just as it is true that ‘leadership and security are basically incompatible,’ a struggle without casualties is no struggle. We must realise that prophetic cry of black students: “Black man, you are on your own!” Steve Biko.

Bantu Steve Biko was only 30 years old when he was murdered by the racist apartheid state on 12 September 1977. I was a 12 year old girl and I vaguely recall hearing of his death reported as a headline on the news. It stunned the world. All I could comprehend at the time was that something monumentally terrible had occurred to a black man. Then, I had no idea of who he was, nor the grisly circumstances of his murder.

Thirty two years since his execution by the white racist state of South Africa, how many of our African youth in the UK, Africa and in the USA have heard his name let alone know what he stood for? What was the politics of Biko and more importantly what legacy does he leave for Africans today?

The society in which Biko lived was a thoroughly racist apartheid one in which black people who numbered four to every white person were lorded over by Europeans. It is difficult for the present generation of people of African descent to imagine a society in which blacks were legally defined as second class people and in all spheres of economic, political and social life were deemed inferior. Hence, Afrikaner “apartheid” ideology was literally premised on the idea of keeping the races, i.e. Indian, Coloured, whites and Africans – apart. Yet, the contradiction was that the prosperity of the white minority was built on the political and economic subjugation of the black majority.

Since the arrival of Europeans to their country, from 1652 onwards, the whites increasingly expropriated and dispossessed Africans of their land and imposed an alien taxation system on them that forced all males to work in order to pay the tax. With the explosion of diamond mining in 1867 and gold in the late 1880s, the economic revolution in that country transformed black people into perpetual economic subservience. Cheap black exploited labour made whites rich whilst thousands of blacks lost their lives or had their lives grinded out of them in the dirty, hazardous and cruel exploitation of mine labour. The insidious corollary to the economic enslavement of black people was the psychological domination in which blacks accepted the inculcation of their inferiority in a “baas cap” (begging hand in cap mentality) towards whites. Fear of whites and their ability to inflict violence in the form of physical and mental abuse against Africans kept the apartheid status quo in place. It allowed grown men to be referred to as “boy” and denigrated everything African to be backward, evil and unintelligent. Consequently African culture was despised and Africans had to learn the language of the colonizer: Afrikaans and English in order to survive in apartheid society. Biko clearly understood that when whites colonised the land of African people, they also colonised their minds and the writing of history. Biko’s testimony and trial from 3 May 1976 to 7 May 1976 brilliantly expounded his Black Consciousness philosophy before the white man’s court. He said:

“I think basically Black Consciousness refers itself to the Black man and to his situation, and I think the Black man is subjected to two forces in this country. He is first of all oppressed by an external world through institutionalized machinery, through laws that restrict him from doing certain things, through heavy work conditions, through poor pay, through very difficult living conditions, through poor education – these are all external to him – and secondly, and this we regard as the most important, the Black man in himself has developed a certain state of alienation. He rejects himself, precisely because he attaches the meaning White to all that is good; in other words he associates good – and he equates good – with White. This arises out of his living and it arises out of his development from childhood.”

His sexist language expressed in his constant references to the “Black man” reflect not only that Biko was a product of his time and a womanizer but he was ultimately a complex personality who must not be lionized as many black people seek to do with martyred fallen male  leaders. Like all human beings Biko was riddled with contradictions particularly in his personal life and if he had lived, it is possible that he would have sought to resolve them. With time and changing historical, political, ideological processes, it is possible that he would have shifted in his thinking and attitudes towards women and the realm of the “personal is political.” Despite these human and ideological limitations, there are five intellectual strands to Biko’s legacy that have relevance to African people today.

Firstly, he bequeathed the ideology of Black Consciousness (BC) to black South Africans. He purposefully appropriated the term “black” in a positive sense because it had, at the time, become denigrated by whites. The language of the time was “whites versus  non-whites.” He included Asians and Coloured in his definition of black in order to achieve the total unity of all oppressed groups in South Africa in order that they confront the hegemony of a formidable apartheid state structure. Black Consciousness was born when Biko led a small group of black students to break away from the white led National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) in 1968 to form a black led organisation, the South African Student Organisation (SASO). Disillusionment had long begun to grow among the black students within the NUSAS and Biko began to articulate that the existence of multiracial organisations in South posed a contradiction: whites were constantly telling blacks how to respond to whites.  According to Biko:

“What I have tried to show is that in South Africa political power has always rested with white society. Not only have the whites been guilty of being on the offensive but, by some skilful manoeuvres, they have managed to control the responses of the blacks to the provocation. Not only have they kicked the black but they have also told him how to react to the kick. For a long time the black has been listening with patience to the advice he has been receiving on how best to respond to the kick. With painful slowness he is now beginning to show signs that it is his right and duty to respond to the kick in the way he sees fit.” (italics in original)

Biko’s ideology of BC was a revolutionizing one that sought to counter the centuries of inculcated self-hatred and inferiority complexes engendered by the white apartheid system in the psyche of African people, including that of the so-called Coloureds and Asians. It was fundamentally about “conscientization” of black people, that is awakening their thought processes to who they were, their cultural identity and ultimately their potential to transform their realities. For Biko believed that it was imperative to effectuate a mental emancipation as a precondition to political emancipation.

Black Consciousness has to be understood and analysed as part of the unfolding Pan-African movement in African history, for in 1968 over 20 African countries had attained their independence in a continent made up of 53 African states still in the grip of white colonial rule. This was the period of militant African nationalism that upheld the principle that African people hand the right to manage their own nation-states without European interference. Without a doubt Black Consciousness was influenced and boosted by both the civil rights struggle unfolding in America in the early 1960s and the rise of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, founded in 1966 by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. At a time when the Pan-African Congress (PAC) and the African National Congress (ANC) had been banned by the white minority government in 1960, BC, like no other philosophy uplifted the black masses at a particular historical juncture in South Africa’s history. It instilled hope in black South Africans. It taught them black pride and took up the slogan “Black is Beautiful!” Biko said in relation to that slogan:

“I think that slogan has been meant to serve and I think is serving a very important aspect of our attempt to get at humanity. You are challenging the very deep roots of the Black man’s belief about himself. When you say, “Black is Beautiful” what in fact you are saying to him is: Man, you are okay as you are: begin to look upon yourself as a human being. Now, in African life especially it also has certain connotations, it is the connotation of the way women prepare themselves for viewing by society. In other words the way they dress, the way they make up and so on, which tends to be a negation of their true state and in a sense a running away from their colour. They use lightening creams, they use straightening devices for their hair and so on. They sort of believed, I think that their natural state, which is a Black state, is not synonymous with beauty. And beauty can only be approximated by them if the skin is made as light as possible and the lips are made as red as possible, and their nails are made as pink as possible and so on. So in a sense the term “Black is Beautiful” challenges exactly that belief which makes someone negate himself.”

What would Biko make of not only black South African women, but many African women and women of African descent today, who not only continue to bleach their skins but continue to live up to a model of beauty that is false and inherently white? What would he say to the weave, wigs, false nails and false eyelashes that are now in vogue among our sisters thirty two years on? How far have we come as a people when our ideals of beauty continue to not only be alien but totally premised on European models and aesthetics? In short, the inferiority complex induced by slavery and colonialism continues to damage and impact on the psyche of our people – and particularly our African sisters who continue to be mentally enslaved by the weaves, wigs and nails they wear – and those of our African brothers who continue to consider beauty is a woman looking like a black Barbie doll. Black Consciousness then, as now, must be a battle for the mind – a war waged in the subconscious minds of African people to love and accept themselves again.

Biko was prescient in his articulation of the physical and psychological oppression black people faced. The corollary to Biko’s conscientization of the ideas of BC was the belief in black self-organisation. This is his second legacy. As he put it:

“We try to get Blacks in conscientization to grapple realistically with their problems, to develop what one might call awareness, a physical awareness of their situation to be able to analyze it, and to provide answers for themselves. The purpose behind it really being to provide some kind of hope. I think the central theme about Black society is that it has got elements of a defeated society. People often look like they have given up the struggle… Now, this sense of defeat is basically what we are fighting against; people must not just give in to the hardship of life. People must develop a hope.”

Biko believed in the notion of “group power.” Again to cite Biko at some length, he said:

“The call for Black Consciousness is the most positive call to come from any group in the Black world for a long time. It is more than just a reactionary rejection of Whites by Blacks. The quintessence of it is the realization by the Blacks that, in order to feature well in this game of power politics, they have to use the concept of group power and to build a strong foundation for this. Being an historically, politically, socially and economically disinherited and dispossessed group, they have the strongest foundation from which to operate. The philosophy of Black Consciousness, therefore, expresses group pride and the determination by the Blacks to rise and attain the envisaged self. At the heart of this kind of thinking is the realization by the Blacks that the most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”

The third legacy of Biko was his belief in black economic empowerment. He supported the “Buy black campaign” waged in Johannesburg in the late 1970s. Often Africans in Britain look at the economic entrepreneurship of the Asians as something to excel. Needless to say, it is time we re-double our efforts to engage in a “Buy black campaign” that increases the establishment of African based businesses as pioneered by Marcus Garvey in his black factories and the Black Star Line of the 1920s.

The fourth legacy of Biko is his rejection of the concept of integration and his challenge to white liberals, for as he argued “it is a concept long defined by whites and never examined by blacks. It is based on the assumption that all is well with system apart from some degree of mismanagement by irrational conservatives at the top.”  What Biko really exposed was that “the liberal must fight on his own and for himself. If they are true liberals they must realise that they themselves are oppressed, and that they must fight for their own freedom and not that of the nebulous ‘they’ with whom they can hardly claim identification.” He made it clear that he was “not sneering at the liberals and their involvement” nor blaming them for the predicament of black people but seeking to address the contradiction that they lived off the prosperity produced by Africans. Their lives were privileged by this economic reality produced by blacks. Similarly, today, many Westerners have to acknowledge that their way of life is dependent on the exploitation of Africans and other peoples of the South. The coffee that they drink from Starbucks has been produced by the poor farmer in Ethiopia and Latin America, the cheap T-shirts, jeans and cotton goods they buy from Primark has been produced by workers receiving less than minimum wages in Thailand and Egypt and their gas-guzzling SUVS and four-by-four cars are dependent on cheap oil from Angola, Nigeria, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The true value of Africa’s minerals and agricultural products on the world market would empower Africa if African countries earned their true value. In addition, African countries must seek to translate Biko’s “Buy black campaign” into greater intra-African economic trade in order to lessen economic dependency on the West in order to become more economically independent and self-reliant.

The final legacy of Biko is that defined by Pityana, Ramphele, Mpumlwana and Wilson. They write: “Biko and Black Consciousness left South Africa a legacy of defiance which defies attempts to distort it.” Biko was 26 years old when he was restricted by the white apartheid authorities, subjected to numerous bannings that prevented the individual under the banning order from being in the presence of more than 2 people, speaking to an audience, or the media and publishing anything. Biko was not intimidated by this. Similarly, it was the spirit of defiance that underpinned the Soweto uprising of 16 June 1977. The hundreds of school children from 11 years old upwards who participated in that demonstration rejected being taught in Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in the schools.  The ideology of Black Consciousness had certainly influenced the school children to become assertiveness and self-confident in organising in secret a demonstration that took the school authorities, their parents and the whole society by surprise.

What would Biko have made of the xenophobic attacks on African immigrants in his country in May 2008 and the July to August 2009 spate of national strikes and protests after the April 2009 election of Jacob Zuma? And what would he make of Zuma himself and the current ANC government? One thing is certain, the protest represents the failed promises of the ANC government and 12 years of neo-liberal policies that has reduced social spending in which the vast black majority struggle with tin shack homes, little to no sanitation and a soaring mass unemployment rate that is officially stated to be at 23%, but believed to be closer to 40%.

Among those unemployed are a high number of 18-24 year olds. Similarly, in the forefront of the township protests, just as there was in the Soweto uprising have been the youth. Underlying much of the political anger is a deep sense of disillusionment with corrupt municipal councillors, many of who are ANC, and are failing to provide the most basic of services. Meanwhile, successive ANC governments have reduced corporation tax for big businesses from 50% in the beginning of the 1990s to less than 30% today. Would Biko have agreed with Winnie Mandela’s apt and eloquent analysis that “the elite of the oppressed and elite of the oppressor are united against the people”?

In summary, as Mphutlane wa Bofelo, claims: we are “still far from the dream of Biko.” However, it is necessary to revisit what he stood for and re-focus our energies in achieving that dream.

Ama Biney
Ama Biney (Dr) is a Pan-Africanist, scholar-activist and journalist


From Steve Biko I Write What I like: A Selection of his Writings, published by Bowerdean, 1996, p. 97.
Ibid., p.19.
I Write What I Like, p. 66.
Testimony of Steve Biko, p. 21.
Ibid, p. 28.
Ibid, xix.
I Write What I Like, p. 91.

Ibid, p. 66.
From Bounds of Possibility: The Legacy of Steve Biko and Black Consciousness, Zed Books, 1991, p. 11.
Mphutlane wa Bolefo, ‘Still Far from the Dream of Biko’ in Pambazuka news, Issue 438.
 

Ligali Mailbox

  If you would like to submit a short question or letter for publication please restrict it to 250 words and open it with the words "Greetings Ligali"
 

Ligali homophobia

"As a gay black man looking at your website for the first time, I find it as relevant as intuitive witchcraft. In particular the following extract from your constitution does not even list LGBT people! Ensuring that the groups within our community who face additional prejudices are integrated into every element of media and ‘storytelling’ outlets, in particular women, the elderly, people with disabilities, the young, the working class and unemployed, carers, the mentally ill, victims and survivors of crime and institutional racism and migrants.

You are pandering to bigotry whilst pretending to be liberated!"

[Name and email intentionally deleted]


Ligali Response: Greetings and thank you for your comments. Firstly it would be useful to note that Ligali does not claim to be a 'liberated' or liberal organisation nor do we have a fear of ‘homo’ activity. We do however subscribe to a Pan African Human Rights ethos that guides everything we do. As an organisation Ligali primarily seeks to address issues of media misrepresentation and social inequality discriminating against all African people on the basis of who they are, not what they do. For example, we do not have specific policy on addressing African people who self harm through smoking nicotine. We do however advocate African people educate themselves to adhere to such traditional health regimes that naturally characterise the act of smoking as a deviant behaviour.

The simple reason for us not having a policy on the sexual activities of consenting ‘LGBT’ adults of any ethnicity in our constitution is because it is not part of our remit nor area of expertise. We do not accept the well documented cultural phenomenon of ‘sexual orientation’ as a discriminatory indicator of equal parity with the inalienable biological attributes of age (irrespective of temporal fluidity), sex (not gender roles), physical disability/impairment and of course ethnicity (Ancestral not socio-political). Please note that this is not an invitation for debate.

Nonetheless, we do not support the persecution of any people who are not engaged in anti-African activity.

We respectfully request you or others directly aligned to you and these specific issues do not bombard us with electronic email on this matter and seek a more representative organisation to support you with your concerns. You may find Trevor Phillips OBE at the Commission for Equality and Human Rights better able to serve your needs.

We hope this clarifies matters and that you have not been offended by our response.

 
News
 

Usher Donates $1 Million to the Launch of 'Powered by Service' - an International Movement to Seed Youth-Led Service Projects

Usher Raymond IV and Partners Launch International Call to Service at the Clinton Global Initiative Involving 5,000,000 Youth Around the World

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire

Usher's New Look (UNL), a non-profit organization supporting youth to use their talents and become corporate and community leaders, today announced Powered By Service-a bold new initiative to rebrand service and fundamentally change the role of youth in communities. Powered by Service is designed to get young people in the world over-involved in changing the most pressing problems facing them and their communities --whether it be preventing malaria, stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, ending gang violence or increasing access to clean water. The goal of Powered By Service is to mobilize over 5,000,000 youth in a global call to service that will ultimately touch the lives of 50 million individuals.

Source


  Author Chinua Achebe puts pen to page after 20 years
Wed Sep 30, 2009 / Edward McAllister

Chinua Achebe, the grandfather of modern African literature, first began telling stories as a means to reaching the truth. Fiction, he knew, could sometimes strike deeper than real life.

More than 50 years ago Achebe wrote "Things Fall Apart," a novel about an African tribe's fatal brush with British colonialism in the 1800s that told the story of colonialism for the first time from an African perspective.

Written in English, "Things Fall Apart" told a world audience about the upheaval that Africa had endured. It was translated into 50 languages and sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.
"In my mind, fiction has a level of truth which it must meet. This is what I learned in the process of writing," Achebe, 78, said during an interview in his bungalow in the small riverside town of Annandale-on-Hudson, north of New York City. "Sometimes the truth of fiction is more profound than the truth of journalism."

Wheelchair-bound after a 1990 car accident that cost him the use of his legs, Achebe still recognizes the importance of stories, both national and personal.

In October, he will release his first book in more than 20 years, "The Education of a British-Protected Child," a collection of old and recent essays that piece together the arc of his literary life. His story, and that of his native Nigeria, are closely entwined.

He attributes the lack of novels over the past 20 years to style. "You might say why have I not written 50 books," he said. "I write with caution. Less speed and more caution."

RETURN TO CHILDHOOD

"The Education of a British-Protected Child" begins with an essay about Achebe's childhood, growing up under British colonial rule, and moves into the sphere of ideas -- the problem with Nigeria, its lack of leadership, the legacy of colonialism.

"It is an attempt to fill in the details of my life," he said. "It is not to stand up and talk about who I am but tell stories in which I may not even appear but somehow if you read deeply I hope that you will encounter ideas and thoughts that will tell you how life has treated me."

In old age, Achebe is sharp but softly spoken, slowly spoken. He laughs easily.

Annandale-on-Hudson, where he teaches African literature at Bard College, is a long way from home. There are probably few places on Earth less like his native Nigeria, he said, than this leafy, well-kept campus village on the Hudson River.

His bungalow, fit with ramps for his wheelchair, sits at the end of a quiet wooded driveway on the Bard campus.

From his modest, low-lit living room, he makes sense of his life through anecdote. He remembers reading English books as a boy that told tales of Africa from the outside, depicting Africans as savages. In "Things Fall Apart" he sought to redress that imbalance.

"The story of my people was not the story of those African romances, the books written by British adventurers in which the white man was always the winner," he said. "It was going to be a different kind of story."

Achebe, in his new book, as in person, digs a moat around his personal life. Two stories that touch on family -- one about his daughters and another about his father -- are the shortest in his new collection.

The story of the car accident barely gets a mention. "It is better to talk about the things that belong to all of us. One is more comfortable doing that," Achebe said, running his hands down his still legs.
(Editing by Daniel Trotta and Bill Trott)

Source


 

Community Noticeboard

  Dear Friend,

As you know the next African Market Day is occurring on the 7th November 2009. We have had a huge response to this event and now only have limited stall availability. If you wish to participate in The 
African Market Day and have not yet reserved a stall it is suggested that you contact us as soon as possible for a booking form.

Remember to join our Facebook page and keep up to date with AMDNetworks!!!!

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London Film Festival

Hi There,

The London Film Festival features over 100 films from over 40 different countries and runs from Wednesday, October 14 till Thursday, 29 October.

Below you'll find a list of Afro-Centric films at the festival. Highlights include

Precious which is being hailed as this years Slumdog Millionaire having recently won at the Toronto Film Festival.  My pick for the Best Supporting Actress & Adapted Screenplay Awards at next years Oscars.

African film legend, director Souleymane Cissé's new film Min Ye (Tell Me Who You Are);

A documentary on the life of music legend Bill Withers called Still Bill

London River set against the July 7th terrorist bombings of London; Shirley Adams which has great performance from Denise Newman (Look for her at next years Screen Nation Awards) as a mother of a handicapped child.

British award winning Shorts filmmaker Destiny Ekaragha new film Park; There's new British film 1 Day set in Birmingham its billed as a "Grime" Musical drama.

More on this years programme and to book online visit www.bfi.org.uk/lff
Book by phone on 0207 928 3232


 

Greetings

Black History Month is held every October in the UK to promote the knowledge of Black History and the contribution that people of African and Caribbean origin have made to society. Black History Month in the UK was founded by Akyaaba Addai Sebbo in 1987 who worked for the Greater London Council.

We believe that Black History should be celebrated all year round!

“For me, every month is October. But Black History Month is like a mountain that has been submerged in the ocean- the mountain representing knowledge- and then re-emerges. What we need to do is to continue to study, and to celebrate, so that the mountain always remains in view.”- William Seraile, Professor of Black Studies.

Please find below details of the events that we will be hosting in October 2009:

  • Monday 5th October 2009- Before The Slave Trade Presentation at the African Caribbean Library, Clapham
  • Tuesday 6th October 2009- The Civilisation of the Moors in Africa and Spain at the PCS Learning Centre, Victoria
  • Thursday 8th October 2009- Ancient Egypt and the Origin of Science and Technology at the Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham
  • Friday 9th October 2009- The Black presence in Britain before 1948 at Stanley Hall, Norwood
  • Monday 12th October 2009- The Amazing History of Black People in Britain at the PCS Headquarters, Clapham
  • Tuesday 13th October 2009- The Black presence in Britain in Britain before 1948 at Ealing Central Library, Ealing
  • Tuesday 13th October 2009- ‘Marcus Garvey, Walter Rodney and Rastafari’ at the PCS Learning Centre, Victoria
  • Thursday 15th October 2009- Sub Saharan African and Black American contributions to Science and Technology at the Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham
  • Friday 16th October 2009- Queens and Great women of Ancient and Mediaeval Africa at the African Caribbean Library, Clapham
  • Monday 19th October 2009- The Black presence in Britain in Britain before 1948 at the Enfield Homes, Edmonton
  • Tuesday 20th October 2009- The Haitian Revolution at the PCS Learning Centre, Victoria
  • Tuesday 20th October 2009- Who were the Ancient Egyptians? at Ealing Central Library, Ealing
  • Wednesday 21st October 2009- ‘Slavery is not our history!’ at the PCS Learning Centre, Victoria
  • Thursday 22nd October 2009- Magnificent traditions of Ancient African arts and crafts at the Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham
  • Friday 23rd October 2009- The Legacy of Cheikh Anta Diop and the dismal state of current Afrocentric scholarship at the African Caribbean Library, Clapham
  • Monday  26th October 2009- The Roots of Black Music at the Croydon Clocktower, Croydon
  • Tuesday 27th October 2009- Film Screening- ‘John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk’ at the PCS Learning Centre, Victoria
  • Wednesday 28th October 2009 - New National Curriculum and the Possibilities for Real Black History in Secondary Schools at the PCS Learning Centre, Victoria
  • Thursday 29th October 2009- The Roots of Black Music at the Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham
  • Friday 30th October 2009- 'Who in the Black Community is to blame for Youth Crime?' at City Hall, Westminster

Full more details please contact us via info@blackhistorystudies.com

There is an admission charge of £4 per person. Refreshments will be on sale.


 

OCN accredited African History Month Course

BTWSC holds its OCN accredited African History Month Course on Saturday 10th, 17th and 24th October, 3-6 at Mission Dine club Centre, Fry Road, (off Drayton Road), Harlesden NW10 4BZ.

Their African History Month Event, is on Monday 19th October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, at the Council Chamber, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, HA1 2UL. We will be featuring achievers of African descent in various fields, including academia, education, politics, the sciences, the voluntary sector.


 

BFM International Film Festival
2009 line-up announced

The bfm International Film Festival has announced the line-up for its 2009 program.

The festival - which runs from runs from 6-10th November is the UK’s premier film festival dedicated to celebrating black world cinema.

The five day festival will present over 60 films – dramatic and feature length documentaries – which will be screened across four venues in London. The program is divided into five distinct categories; Made in UK, Caribbean Tales, Contemporary, Africa Calling and Political Thought, and includes films from; the UK, USA, South Africa, Ethiopia, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Tanzania, Congo, Canada and Senegal.


 

Gender Violence Training

When: On Friday's - 11th September - 11th December 2009, 10 am - 1pm

A cross cultural programme of free workshops that offer an opportunity to explore the issue of gender violence/ domestic violence.

The workshops will be held at:
Comberton Childrens Centre, 10 Comberton Road, London E5 9PU

Please book your place on any or all of the workshops by contacting:
Michelle Lowe - 020 8806 0680

At the time of booking please let us know about any particular requirements you may have. Crèche facilities are available. Places are limited.

These workshops are not suitable for women who are currently experiencing gender violence/ domestic violence. Women who want to explore the issues in a supportive environment are encouraged to attend BUILDING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS PROGRAMME, please contact Michelle Lowe at the above number.


 

Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum
Presents the 2009 annual theme and series of workshops

Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism: Nkrumah @ 100 (1909-2009)

Kwame Nkrumah – Training Course

6.30 Arrival 7pm Start - Youths are especially welcome - All free of charge

An introduction to the life and ideas of Kwame Nkrumah

Date

Session

Facilitator

Friday

9/10/09

How Nkrumah’s control of state power advanced the people of Ghana; how it helped other Afrikan nationalist organisations to achieve state power; and how it was used to progress Afrikans towards greater continental unity.

Asari St Hill

Friday

16/10/09

How state power was stolen from Nkrumah and how the loss impacted on Afrikan liberation and other progressive movements in the world.

Asari St Hill

Friday

23/10/09

The political growth of Nkrumah after the theft of his legitimate control of state power in Ghana.

Brother Omowale

Friday

30/10/09

Consciencism: Nkrumah’s grounded approach to Afrikan spirituality

Kwami Agbodza

Friday

6/11/09

Applying Nkrumah’s ideas in the modern world

Sister Affiong

Venue for Workshops: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS

Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436

Kwanzaa planning meetings – Same venue alternate Mondays @ 6.30pm

For more information: Ring 07940 005 907; email – Panascf@yahoo.co.uk; Website – www.pascf.org.uk

 

Art Matters

By Ayesha Ogunlabi
By Ayesha Ogunlabi

THE JOURNEY: Ayesha Ogunlabi

When: Thursday 01 - Friday 30 October 2009
Time: Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm
Where: Alexandra Park Library, Alexandra Park Road N22 7UJ
Booking: 020 8489 1419

Private view and artist talk: Tuesday 20 October, 6.30-8.30pm

Ayesha Ogunlabi (nee Feisal) is an artist of African and Lebanese origin. Her art is an
inspired mix of African culture and personal experiences. Spanning all artistic disciplines –painting, printmaking and photography –her art is a fusion not only of techniques but also inspiration.


THE JOURNEY: Cultural Expressions
When: Thursday 01 to Friday 30 October 2009
Time: Monday-Friday 1-7pm / Saturday-Sunday 12noon-4pm
Where: The Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, N8 9JA
Booking: 020 8489 1419 / Info: www.haringey.gov.uk/theoriginalgallery

Private view: Friday 02 October, 7-9pm

An exhibition featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artists Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy (MBE), Alvin Kofi and Jerry Blankson. Cultural Expressions highlights the transient nature of people from the African continent, their traditional values and… their cultural expressions.


Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart : Classic African literature by Chinua Achebe

Adannaya Theatre Company brings:
Chinua Achebe's Noble Prize Award Winning book 'Things Fall Apart' to the Stage

When: Saturday 28 November 2009, 9am - 6pm
Location: London

"The novel Things Fall Apart is Chinua Achebe's homage to his Ancestors and the culture of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. Written in 1958, it has been translated into 40 languages and sold more than 2.5 million copies.

Achebe's blend of culture and harsh reality makes for an amazing read that should be required for high-school students. It provides a wealth of information about the culture and traditions of Nigeria, and details about how colonialism was able to tear apart a powerful tribe.

Readers will feel like they are part of the Ibo as they follow their day-to-day activities, but will also realize how quickly things can fall apart. When the tribe stops worshipping the same gods and partaking in the same ceremonies, the results are catastrophic. Things Fall Apart is essential reading for people to comprehend the fragility of humankind.
"

>> Full Review

To audition for available character roles please contact:

Phone: 07932063233
Email: adannaya@live.co.uk
Web: Facebook



Yaharts Exhibition

Artists Open House Exhibition 2009

When: 10-11 October 2009 / Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm
Where: 13 Letchworth St, London SW17

Ken McCalla invites you to view his original artwork. Prints & cards will be on sale alongside new colourful paintings featuring Adinkra symbols.

Collect your exclusive greeting cards for Kwanzaa at the show, they're not available any shops. Also get signed copies of the brand new children adventure picture book Vircheu and the Bow.

www.yaharts.co.uk

Tel: 020 8672 9492


 

There’s a thin line between love and the Black Arts
In association with The Journey: Cultural Expressions Exhibition

Black Arts

When: 15th October 2009, 7 – 9pm
Where: The Original Gallery, Haringey Park, Hornsey Library, N8 9JA
Admission: free


Join in this lively discussion on issues facing emerging black artists and those wishing to pursue a career in the fine arts. The debate follows a presentation by artist collective Colour and Movement, in association with Alexandra Galleries, and will be headed by a panel of distinguished black artist’s and art practitioners.

Download more details here……


 

Magnificent traditions of Ancient African arts and crafts

When: Thursday, October 22 2009, 7:00pm - 9pm
Where: Marcus Garvey Library

Black HistoryStudies invited you to the event invited you to "'Magnificent traditions of Ancient African arts and crafts

To see more details and RSVP, click this link


 

Education Matters

Islington AHM 09
African Youth Education Program

African Youth Education Program

When: Saturdays 9.45am-2pm
Where: London, E17 (Nearest tube: Walthamstow Central, Buses:48,69,97,230,W15
)

New term starts: Sat Oct 3rd 2009

Background
We are a group of people with a common interest in improving the situation facing African people. Our purpose in coming together and creating the African Youth Education Program is to begin to help to facilitate this process. Our youth are our future - therefore any serious intention of building our community has to start with them.

We teach:
Self-Development Studies, Maths, English, Kudo and Endeleo

For more information contact:
07958 671 267 / 07816 277 360 or email: thebignews7@gmali.com
www.ayep.wordpress.com


 

Open Lecture : Home education: rights, childhood and policy-making

Where: Room 801, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H OAL
When: Thursday, 26th November 2009, 5:30—7pm

 6th annual Allan Levy Memorial Lecture adresses Home education: rights, childhood and policy-making. 

Daniel Monk, Senior Lecturer in Law, Birkbeck College, University of London

Daniel writes on a wide range of issues relating to children, education and the law. His work engages critically with discourses of ‘children's rights’, and attempts to create a dialogue between 'child law' and the 'sociology of childhood'. His publications include: The Family, Law and Society (with Baroness Hale of Richmond, Judge David Pearl and Professor Elizabeth Cooke), 2009; and Feminist Perspectives on Child Law (co-edited with Jo Bridgeman), 2000.

ALL WELCOME

The lecture is linked to the Institute of Education’s MA Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights  and the module ‘Theories of Childhood and Children’s Rights’. For details see www.ioe.ac.uk

No need to book a place, but if you have any queries, please contact Katherine Tyler, k.tyler@ioe.ac.uk

 

Pan African: World View

 

To My Global African Farmly:
   
This is a Request and a Rationale and a Call for Support to end the use of inappropriate terminology "United States of Africa in connection with the union of the African continental entity, and for establishing the name;
                 
“United Nations of Interdependent Africa (UNIA)”

RATIONALE:
 
As the use of a certain terminology, "The U.S.A." as used originally to describe a union of the African Continent, including by The Honorable Marcus Garvey, has become much over-used over time, and has gained an appeal as a result of the sentiments attached, even more so, to that individual, Baba Garvey. The above-mentioned 'name' has gained acceptance because of Baba Garvey's greatness being associated with his use of the term, rather than to any thoughtful examination of the implications of the term itself.
 
I THEREFORE PROPOSE THAT WE DISCONTINUE THE USE OF THE TERM “ United States of Africa ” AND USE INSTEAD MORE THOUGHTFUL WORDS TO BETTER DESCRIBE THE PRODUCT OF OUR ON-GOING INTENTION, namely:
 
UNITED. NATIONS. INTERDEPENDENT. AFRICA .
 
With respect to the real consideration that some Africans will, without careful thought, resist the soundness of the reasoning behind THIS PROPOSAL; and to the extent that there are likely be those who will instinctively (and understandably) want to defend all things associated with one of our most Noble Ancestors, please be assured of my love and respect for our valorous warrior, I THEREFORE MUST BE AS BRAVE IN MY DISSENTING TO THE CONTINED USE OF THAT TERM as he was in the face of often great disagreement.
 
Be assured that I, even in my dissent, do forever honor HIM, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, and those others who so wonderfully expressed the dream of a totally united African continent; and honor, throughout history, time and space, in whichever place, in Highest Heaven and beyond Blessed Earth, that Dearest Africa, cradle of all humanity is mentioned or remembered…
 
And so, echoing Mr Garvey himself “…now that we have won our way back into the favor of the God of Ethiopia…and as Ethiopia/Africa stretches forth her hands to God…the God we see through the eyes of Ethiopia…,” and in honor of the words and works of The Garveys, the Prophets, the Warriors, and the Workers of Africa’s Liberation…
   
LET US THEREFORE NAME OUR COMING AFRICAN UNION AS IS BEFITTING SUCH HIGH IDEALS AS OUR NOBLEST ANCESTORS, AND NOW WE OURSELVES, SHARE.
 
I therefore propose that we name the Union of the peoples of our beloved homeland, the UNITED NATIONS of INTERDEPENDENT AFRICA, and in so doing announce what we are about as a people, and also honor with the initials, UNIA, the spiritual and material reality and intention of our peoples, and the memory of the mighty work of That Organization which preceded our predecessors, and the OAU, presently the AU, and those other bodies whose works we vow to surpass, to the benefit of all Creation, through the ages to come.
 
That in our striving to surpass the greatness of our Ancestors, in their honor, before Man and God, in choosing such a Name; we will have avoided the merely easy and chosen the better; and avoided the facile and chosen the more useful; avoided the merely imitative – respectable thought it may seem – and chosen the creative.
 
And in so doing, managed to avoid the questionable and the challengeable, and chosen the more appropriate, the more meaningful, the more assured.
 
To conscious Africans, "The U.N.I.A." has a lovely ring to it; even more compelling than the U.S.A.
 
Raspactfully Submitted.
In I-Talawadada Powerful Love of Africa 
 
Ras Don Rico Ricketts
Founder/Secretary General
INIversal MARCUS InstiTRUTH (IMI), Inc.

September 27, 2009
Miami Gardens
Florida
USA

******* 
 
APPENDIX 1
 
The inter-connectedness of all of life – within which human inter-connectedness finds evidence of reason to hope for a better future – is the only required evidence, and is ultimate proof, that the inter-dependence of African nations is the ultimate reason for union among African nations, and their peoples.
 
African inter-dependence needs and nurtures African inter-connectedness.
 
APPENDIX 2
 
While it is quite easy to see the several unnecessary and avoidable problems (including clerical, administrative, documentation, research etc) that are bound to come with the use of the bacronym USA , it is quite difficult to find any great reason for wanting to use its similarity.
 
Apart from the fact that respected influential and credible people such as Marcus Garvey have used the term “United States of Africa” there is nothing much else to recommend that name to any thinking African.
 
In any case, there are many reasons to Un-recommend " U.S.A.," and even more reasons to recommend a more thoughtful name.
 
APPENDIX 3
 
The habitual exercise of much of the media (particularly the Western media and their fans elsewhere) to crown their ‘leaders of Africa’ and installing them in the hearts and minds of African-and-Black people, appears to be already in place in the case of Libya’s Col. Gaddafi, present chairman of the African Union, based on his recent promotion.
 
Chairman Gaddafi’s enthusiastic media-fed association with of the terms such as “United States of Africa” and also “Lion of Africa” and “King of Kings” as well as his echoing, in a general way, some of the issues addressed by Qidamawi Haile Selassi in 1936, in His Majesty's (and the world’s) inaugural address by a head-of-state to such a world body, has not gone un-noticed, nor unremarked.  
 
Drawing the attention of the world body to – and making a strong connection with – the synchronicity evident in the timeless words and actions against fascism by HIM then and now, would have improved Mr. Qadaffi’s own attempts to make the same kind of call on the conscience of the planet, and would likely also have improved the timeliness and pertinence of his lecture.
 
As with the kind of baited lure that is being offered (as always) via some of our leaders, with the clever hooks; serious Africans have moved past the need to be attached to 'just anything' with the " US " attached to it -- 'name' or 'leader.'
 
It’s Time To Build Our Own Africa, From The Ground Up!
Up with The UNIA!!!
 
Guidance.
RDR 

 

History Today: "Know Your Enemy" - African Proverb, Swahili

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Eugene Terre'Blanche speaks at an Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) gathering in Pretoria in 1999
South African white supremacist demands Afrikaner state

Eugene Terre'Blanche, who fought against the end of apartheid, revives notorious AWB group in push for separate republic

A notorious white supremacist from South Africa's apartheid era has revealed plans to rally far right groups and apply to the United Nations for a breakaway Afrikaner republic.

Eugene Terre'Blanche was the voice of hardline opposition to the end of white minority rule in the early 90s, but has been in relative obscurity since his release in 2004 after a prison sentence for beating a black man nearly to death.

He said today that he had revived his Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) after several years of inactivity and it would meet with like-minded groups on 10 October to discuss joining forces and pushing for secession from South Africa.

"The circumstances in the country demanded it," he told South Africa's Mail and Guardian newspaper. "The white man in South Africa is realising that his salvation lies in self-government in territories paid for by his ancestors."

A diplomatic row erupted last month when Brandon Huntley, a white South African, was granted refugee status by Canada after claiming he had been attacked because of his race.

Terre'Blanche said he wanted to organise a referendum for those wanting an independent homeland, where English would be an accepted language along with Afrikaans. "It's now about the right of a nation that wants to separate itself from a unity state filled with crime, death, murder, rape, lies and fraud."

Terre'Blanche said taking up arms was not part of the new far-right plan. "For now there are other options we have to exercise first. We have a strong case to take to the United Nations."

The AWB – whose flag resembles a Nazi swastika – was founded in 1973 with the aim of maintaining white supremacy by any means.

White rightwing activity in South Africa faded after the end of apartheid, helped in part by Terre'Blanche's imprisonment in 2001 for the attempted murder of a security guard and assault on a petrol attendant in 1997.

Political analysts say white extremists have little support, but more than 21 members of the shadowy Boeremag (Boer Force) remain on trial for treason after being arrested in 2001 and accused of a bombing campaign aimed at overthrowing the government.

Before South Africa's first all-race elections in 1994, the AWB deployed thousands of armed white rightists in Bophuthatswana, a puppet black "homeland" under apartheid, in an abortive attempt to prevent the overthrow of its president. The AWB was humiliated and forced to pull out.

In 1998, Terre'Blanche accepted "political and moral responsibility" before South Africa's truth and reconciliation commission for a bombing campaign to disrupt the 1994 elections in which 21 people were killed and hundreds injured.

Jacob Zuma, who took office as president in May, has courted Afrikaners at a series of meetings this year, assuring them they have nothing to fear from his government.

The African National Congress said it was unconcerned by Terre'Blanche's plans. "It's singing an old song that will not work," said Ishmael Mnisi, a spokesman. "There is no way we are going back to the era of apartheid where particular ethnic groups declare their own independence.

"South Africa is a democratic country. People have a right to raise issues as long as they're within the constitution."

Allister Sparks, a journalist and political analyst, said: "Eugene Terre'Blanche is a discredited figure who has spent time in prison. There will probably always be a small number of rightwing sympathisers, but the ANC has taken a benign attitude.

Source: Guardian


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP: Built on the blood of enslaved Africans

Bankers and Slavery: Research Lecture by Dr Nick Draper

When: Saturday 10 October 2009, 2pm to 4pm
Where:
The Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL
Adm: Free

On 26 June 2009, the Financial Times published an article titled: Rothschild and Freshfields founders had links to slavery, papers reveal. They are two of the biggest names in the City of London . In the case of Mr Rothschild, the documents reveal for the first time that he made personal gains by using enslaved Africans as collateral in banking dealings with a slaver.  This may surprise those familiar with his role in organising the loan that funded the UK government’s bail-out of British slavers when trans-Atlantic enslavement was formally abolished in the 1830s. It was the biggest bail-out of an industry as a percentage of annual government expenditure – dwarfing last year’s rescue of the UK's banking sector.

Nathan Mayer Rothschild, the banking family’s 19th-century patriarch, and James William Freshfield, founder of Freshfields, the top City law firm, benefited financially from African enslavement, records from the National Archives show, even though both have often been portrayed as opponents of slavery.  The banking magnate organised a loan to the government of £15m, out of a total of £20m it spent in the 1830s on bailing out the slavers after ‘abolition’. At the time, this huge sum represented almost half the government’s annual expenditure – by which measure it dwarfs today’s efforts to shore up the country’s financial institutions.

The chief archivist of the Rothschild family papers reacted with disbelief when first told of the contents of the records, saying she had never seen such links before. 

Dr Nick Draper (UCL) will present some of his research during a Lecture at the Museum of London Docklands.

Event organised by The Equiano Society


Several institutions have apologised for, or acknowledged, their links to slavery including:

●In March 2002, Deadria C. Farmer-Paellmann, a lawyer and activist, launched an unsuccessful legal action against Aetna , a healthcare benefits company, and others for unjust enrichment through slavery. Legislation in California and Illinois prompted several companies to research their past and some to apologise and make atonement gestures.

●In mid-2000 Aetna, prompted by Ms Farmer-Paellmann, was one of the first to apologise for insurance policies written on slaves 140 years earlier.

●In 2002, New York Life, the insurer, donated documents about the insurance it sold to slave owners in the 1840s to a New York library. It also backed educational efforts.

●In 2005 JPMorgan, the investment bank, apologised that two of its predecessors in Louisiana – Citizens Bank and Canal Bank – had mortgaged slaves. The bank made its research public and set up a $5m scholarship fund for African- American pupils.

●Lehman Brothers apologised in 2005 for its predecessors’ links to slavery, while Bank of America said it regretted any actions its predecessors might have taken to support or tolerate slavery.

Wachovia Bank, since acquired by Wells Fargo, also apologised for its predecessors having owned and profited from slaves. It set up a programme offering $1bn in loans for black car dealerships.

●In October 2001 students at Yale University pointed out its past links with slavery. The university noted it had already founded the Gilder-Lehrman centre for the study of slavery.

Brown University has set up a commission to look into links with slavery and how it should make amends.

●In 2006 Tony Blair, prime minister, expressed “deep sorrow” for the UK’s role in the slave trade.

●In June 2009 the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution apologising for slavery and segregation. The resolution passed includes a disclaimer saying that nothing in it supports or authorizes reparations by the United States.

Essential Reading
Senate Apologises for Slavery

Senate Statement


 

Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

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

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

Date
: 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

Wednesday
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

Thursdays
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

Email: info@mashufaa.co.uk
Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk
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 (www.afiwestation.com)

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. 

http://www.afiwestation.com/


 

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

www.voiceofafricaradio.com


 

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 http://www.pambazuka.org/en/donate.php

 

Shoot The Messenger

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

Current affairs on the Pan African TV channel with Henry Bonsu

 

Community Events

 

Social Studies Classes: Introduction to Race and Representation in the Media on Tell-Lie Vision

When: 5th October - 30th November  2009 on Mondays 7 - 9.30pm
Where: Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1BZ.  

Dr. Lez Henry will once again be delivering his 9 week empowerment course in Social Studies entitled an Introduction to Race and Representation in the Media on Tell-Lie Vision. The course outline is attached and is also available for download from our website: http://www.nubeyond.com/coursesx.htm

A reading pack will be distributed at the first session and light refreshments will be provided. The sessions will be interactive and thought provoking and all that is required is that you bring your mind and make sure it is open.  Also you can attend any session to experience Dr. Lez's unique style of teaching/reasoning.

 The course will cost £9.00 per class for the employed. For the unemployed/concessions the fee will be £6.00 per class and to see Dr. Henry’s bio go to the consultants page on our website. Click here to see reflections on the course from the first group http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFn5xSvDo3g  - Second group to follow 


  African and South Asian Britain Seminars

Where: Room G32, Senate House, (Institute or Commonwealth Studies, University of London), Russell Square, London WC1
When: September to December 2009: 6 to 7.30 pm
Adm: Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register.

7 October, Bill Gulam -   The "academy" and black labour 

Bill Gulam is a retired Sr Lecturer/Reader from Salford University; he is a member of the UCU - University and College Union - and ‘fights’ issues of discrimination on behalf of the UCU.

4 November - H.E. Ross, Black People Don't Sail

Synopsis: ‘my presentation deals with the concept of the movement of information by African born/descent mariners who were able to experience the reality of the worlds outside the North American slave experience. They passed on information to inland mariners, coastal mariners, dock workers and plantation labourers who were unloading cargo.’

2 December, Cliff Pereira, Black and Asian Community Voice and Local History. – the Bexley Example.


 

The Past Speaks

The Past Speaks

When: Every Saturday (1PM - 3PM)
Where: CLR James Library, 24/30 Dalston Lane E8
(3rd - 24 Oct)
Hackney Central Library,1 Reading Lane, E8 (7th - 28 Nov 2009)
Homerton Library, omerton High Street, E9 (9-30 Jan 2010)

The Past speaks is a free interactive series of 3 history workshops cumulating with an exhibition of participants work at three libraries in Hackney starting at CLR James Library at 1pm on 3rd Oct 2009.   The workshops explore the social and political experience of Black Britons over a period of 3 centuries through focusing on three leading authors of their times: Mary Seacole (19c), Peter Abrahams (20c) and Onyeka.


  Workshop: Invisible Theatre

Where: London UK
When: 8th – 11th October 2009

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

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

Led by Tony Cealy

The workshop costs £90.00 Spaces are limited.

For workshop information guide and booking form go to www.tonycealy.com or contact + 44 (0) 7956 877358


 

Who I Am & What I Do Networking Session

When: Friday 9th October, 6.30pm to 9.00pm. Food will be served from 7.00pm to 7.30pm
Where: Sajna Restaurant, 30 Osborn Street, Brick Lane, London E1 6TD. Restaurant is 2 minutes walk from Aldgate East tube station.

Adm: £10 if payment received on or before 6th October, £15 after 6th October and at the door.

Event is free for those on Event Planning course, but you need to confirm attendance by 5th October so you can be put on guest list.






 

Halala Women of Fancy Stitch Halala: Contemporary Indigenous Tapestries

When: 9th October – 12th December 2009, Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.00
Where: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG
Adm:
Free

Not to be missed this October is the showcasing of African embroidered art works from Fancy Stitch, a non profit job creation organisation in Southern Africa. The brain child of Maryna Heese an artist living in Ingwavuma, the job creation organisation gives employment to over 400 women in the area; this will be the third international showcasing of their work. The works of art tell the stories of these women, which are stories of survival in the face of adversity, stories of strength and perseverance and stories of hope, all told through the imagery and kaleidoscope of colours and stitches.

Ingwavuma is a remote and rural place in Northern Zululand, high in the mountains bordering both Swaziland and Mozambique. It is plagued by the scourge of HIV/AIDS and high unemployment. Yet amongst all that, Fancy Stitch is a beacon of hope in this community. Many of these women have had their lives devastated by the reality of living in a community that has been ravished by HIV/AIDS, where a conservative statistic shows that one in three people are infected by the disease and subsistence living is a daily reality.

These women have had their lives changed by the trade of their hands and their stories and the hope that they hold on to will all be on display at this, their biggest ever international exhibition, featuring a collection of seven years worth of individuals work and their story told through interviews and film.

This will be the first exhibition by the group in the U.K. showing the scope and range of works they produce and a number of these will be available to purchase.

More details of the group and their work can be found at www.fancy.org.za


Fancy Stitch


 

African Odysseys Screenings: Playing Away
+ Introduction by Horace Ové (TBC)

When: Sat 10 October 2009, 14:00
Where: BFI Southbank, SE1, NFT 1

Adm: Matinee tickets £5 (free for seniors)

Inspiring films from the hip-hop youth of Dakar to the cinematic infuence of Spike Lee

UK 1986. Dir Horace Ové. With Norman Beaton, Robert Urquhart. 100min

In this funny and poignant drama, a West Indian cricket team from Brixton plays an away match against a local team in a suffolk village.

Tickets 020 7928 3232 / www.bfi.org.uk



Feminism In London - 2009

Feminism in London 09

When: Saturday 10 October, 9:30am-5pm
Where: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1R 4RL ( Nearest tube: Holborn)
Adm: £4.50 waged, £2.50 unwaged (pay on the door) - £1 discount if you register in advance

Pornification, the pay gap, eating disorders...

Where do we go from here?

If you are a woman or a pro-feminist man, come along to join the discussion. 

Speakers include

Susie Orbach, Beatrix Campbell, Gunilla S. Ekberg, Sabrina Qureshi, Marai Larasi, Claudia da Silva, Denise Marshall, Rebecca Mott, Mawete vo Teka Sala, Kate Smurthwaite, Finn Mackay, Southall Black Sisters, Femi Otitoju, Akima Thomas and more >>

Workshops include

Activism training, What's wrong with prostitution?, Raising children in the age of porn, What are the issues for pro-feminist men? Racism and sexism, Feminist self defence, Poverty and motherhood: how society undervalues women's work, and more >>

This is a child-friendly event

For information about childcare and accessibility, see Practical Stuff.

Cabaret evening and raffle

The day will be followed by a cabaret evening in a Central London venue where

the raffle will be drawn. For details of the lineup and the great raffle prizes, see

Cabaret Evening.


 

BTWSC OCN African History Overview Course

When: Saturday 10th October, Saturday 17th October, Saturday 24th October, 3-6pm
Where: Mission Dine Club, Fry Road, (off Drayton Road), Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ
Adm: £30 if paid on or before 10th October.

What: Accredited African history course, covering topics including African empires and civilisation, some factors leading to enslavement, The 1807 and 1833 Acts, African freedom fighters & Abolitionists and their crucial role in ending physical enslavement.

For more information: btwsc@hotmail.com, 020 8450 5987


 

IN CONVERSATION with Kwame Kwei-Armah

Where: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA (Screen 3)
When: Wed 14 Oct 2009, 7.30pm
Adm:
£5

Kwame Kwei-Armah became the first black Briton to have a play staged in the West End when his award-winning play, Elmina’s Kitchen, transferred to the Garrick Theatre.
An acclaimed writer, actor, broadcaster and singer, Kwame Kwei-Armah will discuss how The Brother from Another Planet, John Sayles’ unique film, inspired him and a whole generation of writers and directors.

The Brother from Another Planet (15)
Dir. John Sayles
Staring Joe Morton, Rosanna Carter, Ray Ramirez, Yves Rene
The Brother is an alien who has crash-landed on Earth, in New York City. While mute, strongly empathic, and able to fix things, he resembles a Black man with strange feet. His attempt to make a place for himself in Harlem is an allegory for the immigrant experience in the United States. Meanwhile, two bounty hunters from the Brother's home planet arrive and try to capture him.

http://www.richmix.org.uk/conversation.htm


 

An open debate on the Black Arts:
“There is a thin line between love and the BLACK ARTS”

When: Thursday 15th October 2009, 7 – 9PM
Where:
Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, Crouch End, London N8 9JA
Adm: Free

Artists and creative people from the community are invited to an event presenting solutions to the issues that are facing young and up-and-coming artists who choose a career in the fine arts.
 
The evening will include a presentation of selective artwork.


  Screening: The John Akii-Bua Story: An African Tragedy

When: Thurs 15 October 2009, 7.30pm
Where: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA (Screen 3)
Adm: £8 / £6 concs

Dir: Dan Gordon 2008 / UK / 90mins

At the Munich Olympics of 1972, John Akii-Bua became the first African to win gold in an event under 800 metres. This is the story about that amazing triumph - and what happened next. John Akii Bua returned to Uganda carving the name of its military ‘President’ Idi Amin into genocidal notoriety.

For more information visit http://www.richmix.org.uk/film_tigerlilydocs.htm

For tickets, please call the Rich Mix Box Office on 020 7613 7498

or visit www.richmix.org.uk/bookings


 

The Fela Kuti Birthday Celebration 2009

Where: The Happy Peoples Bar & Restaurant, 160 Page Green Terrace, High Road Tottenham N15 4NU
When: Friday October 16th 2009 -Libation: 8pm / Felabration: 9pm - 2am
Adm: £10

Ancient future present by spiritual demand the Fela Kuti birthday celebration.

Come join us in celebrating the birthday f the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti. This will be a night of  good vibes and inspiration where we eat, drink and Felabrate. With a discography of over 45 recordings the night will fuse the classic music of Fela, the father of Afrobeat, complemented by the music he was inspired by, and by those who he inspired,

Featuring music selected by:
DJ Shola B
DJ Afro Groove

Contact: 07506 481 509
info@ancientfuture.org.uk


 

African History Month Event

When: Friday 19th October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Refreshments from 6.15pm to 6.30pm
Where:  Council Chamber, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, HA1 2UL

Family friendly African History Month event featuring achievers of African descent. There will be some poetry and rap.

For more information: btwsc@hotmail.com, 020 450 5987


  Black British Perspectives: Music

When: Tuesday 20 October
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: The Venue, Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD
Tel:0113 222 3400

http://www.lcm.ac.uk/info/maps.htm
 
Music and arts critic Kevin Le Gendre asks guests, singer Sheila Chandra and music manager, Kwame Kwaten (formely of D'Influence), how hard have black and other multi-ethnic British artists had to struggle to be recognised over the years, in order to break through in the mainstream on their own terms? Are there still enough Black powerbrokers in the music industry and media to ensure that original Black voices are given a platform to do what they feel is progressive without pandering to expectations from 'inside' and outside their own community?

Rsvp by 16 Oct
kadijageorge@gmail.com

  Electric Africa

When: 23rd October 2009, 5.30pm
Where: Ernst & Young, 1 More London Place, SE1 2AF

I am writing to invite member organisations of THE NETWORK to the Association for Black Engineer's (AFBE-UK) annual seminar 'Electric Africa' hosted by The Ernst & Young Black Network (EYBN) at Ernst & Young, 1 More London Place, SE1 2AF on 23rd October 2009 at 5.30pm

This seminar is to discuss sustainable development in Africa in relation to energy supply. It will ask questions about the differences in Energy supply in the West and Africa and why Africa appears to be unable to benefit from natural sources available to them.

The debate aims to identify the current challenges as well as the potential opportunities for development of the power industry in Africa. The focal point will be to discuss economic viable solutions affordable to the African society.

Our Keynote speakers for the evening are Patrick Clarke, Director of Connections at EDF energy, Dr Peter Mason, Technical Director for international dams and hydro power and Mark Tomlinson, senior Fellow at the World Economic Forum?s Energy Poverty Action.

The debate will be followed by a drinks/networking Reception. It will be a good
opportunity to network with other professionals!!

I would also like to request for the assistance of member organisations of THE NETWORK in promoting this event by forwarding the attached flyer to members of their respective networks. RSVP by clicking on the link below;

http://www.afbe.org.uk/index-old1.htm

Many Thanks and Regards,

Nike Folayan
(Chair-For Association for Black Engineers, UK)
Website: www.afbe.org.uk
Email address: nike.folayan@afbe.org.uk


Encouraging and inspiring people of Black/African Origin in Engineering.
Displaying relevance through business and community action

 

Film + Q&A with Colin PRESCOD: STRUGGLES FOR BLACK COMMUNITY

When: Sat 24 Oct 2009, 4pm
Where:
Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA (Screen 3)
Adm:
£8 / £6 concs 

Rich Mix welcomes Colin Prescod, Chair of the Institute of Race Relations as he presents two seminal documentaries that focus on an aspect of contemporary black history. Followed by a Q&A led by Colin Prescod on issues raised in the film.

A Town Under Siege (NC)
Dir: Colin Prescod
2008 / UK / 38 mins

From You Were Black, You Were Out
Dir: Colin Prescod
2008 / UK / 38 mins

More Information: http://www.richmix.org.uk/film_prescod.htm


 

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


 

Law Society: BHM Quiz Night

When: Thursday 29 October 2009, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Where: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2
Adm: £15 per team of six or £3 per person

The Law Society is celebrating Black History Month for the first time this October 2009. Join us for an opportunity to network with others in the legal profession and raise money for the Sickle Cell Society

To register your attendance for any of the event please
RSVP to blackhistorymonth@lawsociety.org.uk


Reparations Awareness Symposium

When: Saturday 31st October 10am - 5pm (prompt start)
Where: Queen Mother Moore Saturday School Hall, The Methodist Church, Nelson’s Row, Clapham Common, SW4 7SR (Tube: Northern Line to Clapham Common / Buses: 35, 37, 45, 155, 137)
Adm: Entry is free, donations welcomed (towards cost)

On sale will be refreshments, books/DVDs and other stalls

Come and hear powerful speakers such as such as Bro Cecil Gutzmore, Sis Nzingha Assata and speakers from GACuk and help plan what must be done to achieve justice for yourself and your ancestors in the form of reparations

DEMAND REPARATIONS NOW: Reparation comes from the word ‘repair’. It seeks to identify and redress those wrongs against Afrikan people so that those who suffered will enjoy justice and full freedom to assist their development on more equal terms. For further information contact Nzingha on 07908 203 533

Sponsored by: GAC UK, Alliance of Afrikan Women & CACFO (Croydon)


 

ADAP: DVD Showcase Series II

When: Sunday 18th October 2009, 2pm - 6:30pm
Where: 280 St Anns Road, Tottenham, London N15 5BN

Greetings All,

After the completion of a successful 1st series; the ADAP DVD FILM SHOWCASE has returned for a 2nd instalment of the Afri-centred empowerment they won’t teach you in school.

This DVD Showcase Series will open by seeking to dispel the myth of Africans’ liberation by the hands of Europeans with the supposed Abolishment Act, as we take a closer look at our story in ‘Maafa – Truth 2007’, by film maker and community activist Toyin Agbetu.

For more info contact: 07846026165 / enquiries@adap.org.uk

This will be followed with;

2)  1 November 2009 - To build on this we then take an in depth analysis on how our black countries have been destabilised focusing on Jamaica, in ‘Life & Debt’. An extremely insightful account on how the ‘Western’ countries purposefully create economic problems in the Caribbean & Africa.

3)  15 November 2009 - In this age of health consciousness, African Americans are 3 times more likely to die due to the consumption of processed foods.  Don’t miss this film! A nutritional war is taking place-don’t become a victim of collateral damage.

4)  29 Nivember 2009 - We finish the series with a heart warming tale of what BLACK Love can be. In this positive example of two young lovers, dispelling the myth that all African-Caribbean relationships are dysfunctional.

This film series has once again been specifically selected to address current issues within our communities, coupled with constructive discussion and analysis of the topics; this series seeks to empower us by tackling these issues ‘Head On’.

So everyone please come-unity with us again, to create another successful educating, entertaining, friendly and interactive series. This event is brought to you by the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION FOR PROGRESS (ADAP)


 

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


 

The African Market Day

When: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Woolwich Town Hall, Wellington Street , SE18 6PW

Come and experience a taste of Africa and the Caribbean

The African Market Day events began in 2008 and was established to create a positive exchange of business, culture and enterprise within and outside the African and Caribbean Diaspora. The events always play host to a wide selection of exhibitors, performances, music and of course food. To get involved as stall holder or a performer please contact us: www.amdnetworks.com / 07908 144 311


 

G MaG 10th ANNIVERSARY GALA

When: Sunday 8 November 2009
Were: Seebo’s Banquetting Suite, 761-763 High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4QS
DOORS: 7:00PM  Cabaret Show: 9:30PM Dancing Til 3:00AM
Adm: Free

The G MaG 10th Year Anniversary Gala Dance is now scheduled to be held on Sunday 8 November 2009. This Celebrity Gala will host a variety of artists from the differnet types of Black music (Reggae, Soca, R&B, Gospel, Hip-hop, Jazz, African) who will perform a song or two in celebration of the magazine’s ten years. There will also be Poets, Comedians & Dancers and we’re expecting over 30 performers for the night.

ENTRY to this event will be FREE for ALL who want to attend... Special invitation will be sent to prominent figures in the Music, Entertainment, Sports and Business fields under (email and text) RSVP invitation. 

We're expecting that the artisans performing will do so as a special contribution to the magazine for the continuous promotion it has given the industry over the years. FREE Refreshments will be provided for Perfomers.

Marcia Griffiths will be a ‘special guest of honour’ at this event. She will open the show andsay a few words - meet and greet some of the artists and fans alike. She will also be presented with an AWARD from the G MaG Crew for her outstanding services to Reggae music.

PLUS a MEDIA WEEK in London is being planned for most of the artists attending the Gala where they will get the unique opportunity to promote their new albums, tours and whatever else they are doing. Three Days of Media for PRINT, RADIO & TV - local and national newspapers and magazines - BBC & Community Radio - BBC, ITV, Sky Networks and Internet Television channels... to give maximum exposure to the artists, the magazine and to Reggae music.

Below is a list of the Artists/Performers who have already confirmed their attendance....

*More to be confirmed later....

Lascelles James - Reggae/Jazz Saxophonist (UK), Dennis Alcapone - Rocksteady Toaster (JA), Winston Reedy -  Reggae Singer (UK), Sylvia Tella - Reggae Singer (UK), Blackstones - Reggae Group, Backing Band - Ruff Cutt (UK), *D’Angel - Bashment Deejay (JA), *Romain Virgo - Reggae Singer (JA), Isiah Mentor - Roots Singer (USA), Stevie Face - Reggae Singer (JA), MBC (Make Boys Cry) - Reggae Group (JA) , Fresh P - Bashment Deejay (UK), Gappy Ranks - Reggae Sing-jay (UK), Kele Le Roc - R&B Singer (UK), *Sharon St. Louis - Gospel Singer (UK), Scrappy - Soca Singer (UK), *African Simba - Roots Sing-jay, *Tenastelin - Roots Singer (UK), Aaron Kedar - Roots Sing-jay (UK), Clinark - Reggae Singer (Bermuda/UK), Black Slate - Reggae Band (UK), Bryan Bailey - Poet (UK), *Jacinth Francis - Poet (UK)

DJs / Selectors:
LA CJ, Prezedent, LG Brown, DJ Cowboy, TC Fords

Because of the uniqueness of the events, this will greatly enhance and give very good promotion to any future show in the UK for the artists involved.

More details including Sponsors, Hosts and MCs will follow shortly.

G MaG… The Ultimate Magazine for BLACK ENTERTAINMENT… Music... Culture… Lifestyle and MORE… [Formerly GARGAMEL MAGAZINE]


  Black British Perspectives: Style

Date: Thursday 12  November
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Impressions Gallery. Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1SD
T:08450 515 882
http://www.impressions-gallery.com/about_impressions/

Carol Tulloch, Reader in Dress and the African Diaspora at the University of the Arts, London will be in conversation with design consultant Avis Charles, and artist Susan Stockwell, to consider the issue of style and 'blackness'. Is 'Black Style' a term that retains cultural currency? Are the dress styles presented on the black body associated with black culture incorporated into contemporary art?

Rsvp by 9 Nov
kadijageorge@gmail.com


 

ADAP: African Development Awareness Day

Peckham Cosmetics: Fined for selling skin poisions to customers

When:14th November 2009, 3pm - 8pm
Where: The West Green Learning Centre, Langham Road, London N15 3RB

ADAP will be staging its first African Development Awareness Day to educate and inform members of the African/Caribbean Diaspora community living in the United Kingdom, about ADAP's developmental programmes taking place on the African continent.

We hope to spread awareness and shed 'light' through various guest speakers, workshops and presentations, including informing you on the many investment opportunities currently taking place in Africa, and how you could become a part of growing team of dedicated individuals helping to bring about positive change within our communities.

Entertainment on the day will be provided by the renowned comedian; Prophet Kwaku Bonsu, music by Segge Dan of Black Britanyaa, and a host of performers.

TELL a friend to TELL a friend and SPREAD the word.


 

African Odysseys Screenings: A Charmed Life

When: Sat 14 November 2009, 14:00
Where: BFI Southbank, SE1, NFT 3

Adm: Matinee tickets £5

Inspiring films from the hip-hop youth of Dakar to the cinematic infuence of Spike Lee

A Charmed Life: UK 2008. Dir Ros Gihan Williams and Patrick Vernon. 64min

A warm and inspiring documentary that examines the life of London resident eddie Martin noble.

Tickets 020 7928 3232 / www.bfi.org.uk



  Workshop: Education 4 Liberation

Where: Taking place in London UK
When:
Saturday 14th November 2009, 10.00am – 6.00pm

Arts Practitioner, Tony Cealy has developed a series of popular education techniques for exploring experiences of Oppression. This intensive hands-on one-day workshop uses complementary approaches based on concepts of the organizing practices of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (TOO).

 This workshop will be of particular relevance for educationalists, therapists and arts practitioners.

We will actively explore how to use Augusto Boal’s techniques to empower ourselves or others who are marginalised in society.

The workshop costs £40.00 Spaces are limited.

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


  Black British Perspectives: Stage

Date: Monday 30 November
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: North Light Gallery, Brooke's Mill, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, HD4 7NR 
T:01484 340003

http://www.northlightgallery.org.uk/
 

"The past should not just form the basis of conversations and discussions but serve as the foundation for future artistic works and as the crust of work that organisations use to communicate theatre to schools and further education." (Michael McMillan).
Michael McMillan, stage writer, artist and scholar, along with invited guests, actor and Artistic Director of Tiata Fahodzi, Femi Elufowoju jr. and choreographer and Artistic Director of Jonzi D. Productions, Jonzi D, discuss this, and other issues, such as the need to find new creative approaches to looking back into history and the lack of a suitable discourse on black stage performance and how the matter can be tackled.

Rsvp by 27 Nov
kadijageorge@gmail.com

Black British Perspectives: Literature and Publishing

Date: Monday 7 December
Time: 2-4pm
Location: City Inn, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, LS1 4BR
T:0113 241 1000

http://www.cityinn.com/leeds/leeds-hotels.htm


Nii Parkes, author and publisher, along with invited guests, writer and publisher, Margaret Busby and author, Diran Adebayo will discuss the dual needs of writers and publishers to retain an independent voice, and discuss the best means to express that voice.

Rsvp by 16 Oct
kadijageorge@gmail.com

 

Screening: The Hunger Season

When: Thurs 10 December 2004, 7.30pm
Where: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA (Screen 3)
Adm: £8 / £6 concs

Dir: Beadie Finzi 2008 / UK / 74mins

A new documentary on the food crisis gripping the planet. A young teacher and his pupils struggle to survive the worst drought ever in Swaziland, southern Africa. The film connects their fate to the Swazi government, the UN agencies and ultimately Western governments, whose actions will determine the future of one small community.

For more information visit http://www.richmix.org.uk/film_tigerlilydocs.htm

For tickets, please call the Rich Mix Box Office on 020 7613 7498

or visit www.richmix.org.uk/bookings


 

African Odysseys Screenings: The End of Poverty?

When: Sat 12 December 2009, 14:00
Where: BFI Southbank, SE1, NFT 1

Adm: Matinee tickets £5

Inspiring films from the hip-hop youth of Dakar to the cinematic infuence of Spike Lee

The End of Poverty?: USA 2008. Dir Philippe Diaz. 104min. EST

Tracing colonial history, this flm challenges a system in which one person’s comfort depends on another’s misery

Tickets 020 7928 3232 / www.bfi.org.uk



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