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Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Greetings family,

My last set of writings announcing my resignation of Ligali leadership seems to have caused a little concern. Between Tuesday and Saturday I received several emails and phone calls explaining that I will be missed, asking why was I giving up, who would fill the place of Ligali. Others are confused as to why I am not writing ‘strong leadership articles’ at this time of widespread political uncertainty. Many of the comments received were spiritually uplifting and I thank you all. Yet despite being truly humbled by your words I feel I may not have been clear. So I apologise for causing any confusion and through Ligali offer these answers to some of the many questions raised;

Q. Has the Ligali Organisation closed down?
On 5 June 2010, the active part of Ligali that formally handled community complaints and media campaigns was voluntarily closed down. On the outside many things will look exactly the same, internally, the organisation is now redundant.

Q: Will the Ligali website be shut down?
Not in the immediate future, both the website and forums will remain although there will be several changes over the next few months. Ligali will continue to periodically publish cultural media such as articles, films and books. This includes the Nyansapo newsletters and Pan African Drum radio programme even though the format and timetable/schedule will eventually change.

Q. Is Toyin still working for Ligali?
Toyin’s role with Ligali is that of editor and publisher. He is likely to continue working as a volunteer with other Pan African based community organisations as well as writing articles and producing cultural media.

Q. Will Ligali still investigate public complaints and issues of racist anti-African  media?
No, at least not formally. However in some circumstances we may ask freelance writers to report on issues linked to complaints that have been raised with us.

Q. Who will fill the space left by Ligali?
Ligali was able to serve a needed purpose with its work through establishing systems of close teamwork and hosting services and events that made us accessible and accountable. There are many community organisations doing similar work across the UK from Wales and Bristol to Nottingham and Leeds.

Q. Why did Toyin give up on his community?
Toyin has not ‘given up’ but is taking a break to recharge his creative spirit. He will still be engaged in community work.

Q. Will all existing Ligali projects end?
No, the Ligali website and publishing imprint still exist but some will be archived, others put on hold and the rest adapted/reformatted to fit in with the new structure.

We hope this helps clarifies matters.


Nyansapo - In Memory of...

‘A bending tree isn't broken by the wind ’ – African Proverb, Sukuma

Wednesday 2 June 2010

I am exhausted from our last broadcast, although we had finished late we still ended up reasoning in the studio for another hour. I do not get to bed until almost 5am. I awake at 10am and the day begins with my fasting. Why didn’t I wait for a more convenient time to deprive my self of food when I had already stuffed my belly? I start the day with my usual glass of water and then suddenly become aware of the food that is all around tempting me to eat. As the day draws on it becomes more difficult, especially as the family eats in front of me but I do not succumb - the fast is in remembrance of those Ancestors that lost their lives in our struggle. I manage the day with only water and the occasional fruit juice when I feel my energy waning. Come midnight I am starting to feel ready for sleep.

Thursday 3 June 2010

Surprisingly I awake and am not overly hungry. I even think about extending the fast for another day. I head out to visit a couple of nearby African bookshops, the first is closed, it is a beautiful day and as much as I want to wait I decide to move on. I find a brotha in the second and we reason, the energy in the shop multiplies as we find common grounds of agreement not only amongst ourselves but with customers too.

I am running late so I leave to collect my children from school. We visit the library and then take several trains to the West End of London to collect my daughter’s computer from the repair shop. It is less than six months old and yet it had developed a serious fault. Most people don’t know that computers are generally built to last for only three years. We collect the machine and on our way home we drop by the Forbidden Planet shop. The children become excited. During our recent home education session we had started on an art project, indeed my five year olds stick people now have flesh. I tell them to select a graphic novel to read, they are expensive but worth the price for keeping them engaged in the process of reading and now… drawing. We arrive home in time to receive a dear friend. The children are excited uncle has arrived but it is late. They need to sleep, he needs to travel home. Mum arrives minutes after he has left and puts them to bed, I start to work whilst watching jokers offering political debate on TV, my eyes blink and it’s late, past three in the morning.  

Friday 4 June 2010

I re-open my eyes and am acutely aware that I have not been able to sleep properly for the past few nights. My eczema has returned so I have physical evidence that internally I remain stressed about something, there is this feeling of a niggling unresolved issue I need to address, perhaps a new war to wage, and yet I seek a break from conflict.

And then I see our front door and realised our security had been breached. How? Why now? A quick search reveals no-one is hurt, nothing has been stolen. I am tired of the endless drama. Less than an hour later I receive communication from a friend and fellow community worker that the Ligali site has been hacked. Our server comes under intense attack, someone is attempting to destroy the website and hijack our email systems. For several hours I work repairing the damage and repel what I can. As the morning turns to afternoon, I am forced to alter my plans for family time in order to handle business.

As things come under control I am able to take a break and decided to go for a bike ride. For several months now I haven’t been keeping my usual routine where I train and cycle weekly. As such I needed to reclaim, no... to ground my physical centre. So I rode, peddling for miles and hours. Pushing myself with nothing but the sun and cool breeze from the wind flowing over the waterways clearing a space in my mind to think, to breathe…to be.

And then, through the corner of my eye I see a bench covered in grass. I was going so fast I still don’t know how it drew my attention but as I pulled the brakes and reversed, an inscription carved into the wood slowly comes into view.

‘In loving memory of Norman Manley 1930 -2000’        

I stood there wondering, of all the objects I had passed as blurs in my cycling journey, what was it about this one that it called out to me? I don’t know, I also then realise that I know little about our Ancestor Norman Manley other than what I saw of him in the documentary Life + Debt and my awareness of the fact that he alongside Nana of the Maroons and Marcus Mosiah Garvey is one of Jamaica’s National heroes.

I reach out to old friends on the phone, but none but one, seems to be home. As I sit down to think I realise the sun is starting to set, tomorrow will mark my first long term break since starting on liberation road. Perhaps that is why I cannot sleep, eat or weep. Perhaps I am unhappy in choosing to disengage from this war instead of being forced to through losing a battle. Would my father forgive me, is he proud of his only son? Of the work in his name that I and others begun? Just then another message comes though thanking me. It’s a sign or at least I hope it is.

Saturday 5 June 2010

The anniversary of my father’s birth. Today the entire house woke early, again I had hardly slept. I receive a particularly beautiful message thanking me for the work done, reflecting on my father’s earth day, joining the other messages expressing support for my work and decision. A local cinema is showing a film about the environment for their children’s Saturday screening. I stop working - the children cheer - and we head out there.  

During the film we receive a call for solidarity, one of our community stations has been shut down and the presenters arrested. We travel in support, meeting family and friends, then whilst there seeking to ensure there was not another death in custody, amongst the warm love, was sadly… disharmony. I am told by one of my brothers in front of my children and a listening crowd that I had not yet sacrificed enough through Ligali. He uses different words but the message is the same. I am too tired for this. My attempts at reasoning fail and I leave with my family once the presenters are released. We return home, engage in dialogue with close friends and after a few more hours of community orientated work I decide enough is enough. The family smiles as I sheepishly announce I am finished for the day. I sit down and we watch the nonsensical Star Wars: Attack of the Clones with the children. The Sith have returned and after issuing order 66 the Jedi must retreat. As the night drew on… it rains and I almost cry.

Sunday 6 June 2010

I awake around 11am. This is exceptionally late for me. I had closed my eyes at 6, again I could not sleep, eat or indeed weep. As I laid there thinking back over the past ten years of Ligali, I am both proud and simultaneously wounded by the gains and losses, the successes and mistakes made. Sensing my pain I am encouraged by my womans love to share a story so I grab my book of Yoruba tales and read out loud the powerful yet tragic tale of Ogun. When I finish, I prepare for work but after a few hours am met with a surprise.

My family picking up on my melancholy mood decide to bombard me with extra love. By 4pm I am invited by blindfold into the kitchen where the children present me with a ‘family cake’ and some biscuits they have prepared (assisted by mum) and perform a play they have just created with traditional drumming and dancing in dedication to their father and late grandfather. At that moment I know I have made the right decision.

Monday 7 June 2010

In many ways my day of resignation ended on that ride, early Friday afternoon. As I sat down and looked at where I was, that simple bench in the middle of nowhere, hidden on the water pathways of Pickets Lock, London gave me a reminder that in this world of complexity, ego, greed and deceit it is often the simplest of things that matter. A day in the sun, that gentle breeze of wind on the skin, the joy of a beautiful piece of art, a cool glass of water, to be loved or to fondly remember experiencing love, to be moved with passion for purpose and life, to be blessed with friends and family.

That wooden bench with its hand carved inscription was a shrine to one of our Ancestors. As I awoke this Monday morning I was able to recall memories of Manley coming to the UK in order to fight for us when this very country was engaged in open warfare against Africans from Jamaica. 

And whilst we focus on the atrocities involving Palestine, the oil disaster in the gulf of Mexico, the tragic shootings in Cumbria and even the reality of the forthcoming cuts to public services, we must never forget our families suffering in Jamaica, the Niger Delta and of course Haiti. These alongside our immediate family and friends should be just a few of our priority concerns.

Some of you are probably asking shouldn’t Ligali be pressing the media to continue reporting on what is occurring in Jamaica? Well my answer is that we should all be doing this. If we can find time to ‘tweet’ or use Facebook, then we should also be able to find time to send an email or phone the news desks of the BBC and advise them to keep us as stakeholders informed of issues that continue to concern us.

The decision I made to step down was self imposed but now I am starting to get an inkling of how so many leaders make the bad decision not to give up the reigns of influence in order to fulfil their craving for power. But in my ten year journey I have discovered one inalienable Truth that holds fast irrespective of time or place for us all.

The power we seek for change lies within. Unite that with others of good character and similar conviction and the revolution we dream will begin, and we will win. It all starts when we remember those that have successfully led the way for us to be here.

This weeks’ broadcast is in celebration of those that worked before us, there is no agenda, we only ask listeners suggest names of our Ancestors whose contribution we should not forget. Whether they are well known or personal to us alone, we owe them to at least call their name in remembrance.

Hope you join us.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us. Ase.

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


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Greetings: The Pan African drum is broadcast from the UK and attracts new listeners from across the world every week. Our broadcast is currently only available online. Our podcasts of previous shows are usually available 24 hours after broadcast from the Ligali website.

Some of the top Liberation/Inspirational tracks as nominated by Nyansapo Listeners (with original comments)

Bob Marley - Redemption song

Sounds of Blackness –Black Butterfly

Soul II Soul 'Keep On Moving' - we sometimes need exhortation, encouragement to move on and up

Mcfadden and Whitehead - Aint no stopping us now

The Jacksons - Show You The Way (probably the best track Michael ever did with his brothers - but check out the lyrics - was there some sort of hidden message?)

I got the power - Snap

Young Disciples 'Apparently Nothing' - the funkiness of the groove and sweet sound of Carleen Anderson belie the deep socio and political critique of the song

Buju Banton – Up ye might race

Any Fela Track

Mos DEF-There is a way

Nas: I Can

McKoy 'Fight' - conscious, uplifting soul music

Aswad 'Back To Africa' - articulating the 70s experience of the disenfranchised African youths and looking to Africa and Rasta

Aswad 'Three Babylon' - a telling view of the police from disenfranchised African youths

Steel Pulse 'Ku Klux Klan' - racism here, not in America's deep south

Angie Stone – Brotha

Bashy 'Black Boys' - a young African turning things around by focusing on positives and bigging up fellow African youths

Des'ree "i Ain't Movin'' - enough said

Arrested Development – Revolution

Public Enemy - Fight the Power

HKB Finn 'Don't Give Up the Fight (Sisters)' - the title is self explanatory

Gabrielle 'Ten Years On' - we have to plan, think, reflect sometimes, it's always, ACTION straight-away

Say it Loud I'm black and I’m Proud - James Brown

The Crown - Gary Byrd (BIG TUNE)

People Get Ready - the O'Jays

Warrior Charge - Aswad

Say I'm your number one - Princess

Lonnie Liston Smith - A Song For The Children

Queen Nefateri – The Word - Do any listeners know what ever happened to Nefateri? She was big on the London conscious scene in the early - mid 1990s

Roy Ayers - Africa center of the world

King Sun - Be Black

Stevie Wonder - Black Man
Eddy Grant 'Give Me Hope Jo'Anna' - rare cross over political song!

Tashan - Blackman

Noel McKoy - Family

Labi Siffre '(Something Inside) So Strong' - The more you refuse to hear my voice
The louder I will sing - word!

Tashan - Save The Family
Lonnie Liston Smith - Give Peace A Chance - (one I'd like to hear blasting out of our people's cars in the inner city areas where we live - we wouldn't need Operation Trident)
Krs One -Ya Strugglin (featuring Kwame Toure Sample)

Queen Latifah- U.N.I.T.Y

Boogie Down Productions- Why is that

Common - Song for Assata

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Pan African Worldview

Europe's Thirst for Young African Footballers

By Christoph Biermann and Maik Grossekathöfer , 06/04/2010 05:35 PM

The football World Cup is being held in Africa for the first time this year, but young African players have long been a sought-after commodity among Europe's top clubs. While some youngsters make it to the top, many players end up on the streets. Critics talk of a new slave trade.

The hut is 3 meters by 3 meters (10 by 10 feet) in size, the walls are made of concrete, the roof is corrugated sheet metal, and the sparse furnishings include a bed and an oil lamp. There are no windows. There is also no electricity, no toilet and no running water for the five people who live in this mosquito-infested hut in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

As the sun sets, the heat of the day gradually subsides, dogs bark and the muezzin leads the call to prayer. In front of the hut, the mother is cooking maize porridge over an open fire, while the two daughters sit in the dust, peeling mangoes. The father and the son talk about the future. Both are wearing AC Milan jerseys.
The boy, whose name is Amadou Kéita, says he could certainly imagine playing for Milan, but if he had his pick, he would go to Barcelona to play as a midfielder. His father strokes his head and smiles. An old man who works as a porter, he has pain in his knees, his back and his hip.

Amadou grabs a rubber ball and keeps it up in the air, bouncing it hundreds of times alternately off his left and right foot, then taps it up to his shoulders, onto his head, and back to his feet. The ball doesn't touch the ground once.

"I want to become a pro. I want to make money with football, so that I can give my family a better life," says Amadou. "I don't want my parents to die in this hut. That's my mission. I cannot fail." He sounds oddly serious for a 14-year-old.

Dream Factory
It's a long way from Bamako to Europe, a long way from a dusty street in Mali to AC Milan, but Amadou has already taken the first step.

He remembers clearly what it was like, a year ago, when he heard about the white man who was looking all over Bamako for children who could play football well, boys who were fast, agile and could control the ball. The man, a Frenchman, organized tournaments throughout the city, and Amadou played in one of them. In the end, the man selected the top five children -- five out of 5,000. Amadou was one of those five boys.

He has been attending a football academy on the edge of downtown Bamako, near the banks of the Niger River, since early September. He trains on a well-kept grass pitch, receives three meals a day and sleeps in his own bed.

The football school, which is called "Maison Bleu" (Blue House) because of its blue walls, is a dream factory. Those players who have made it this far stand a chance of becoming professionals in Spain, England, France or Germany. "My papa wept with joy when I was accepted to the boarding school," says Amadou.

Athletic and Cheap
There are many football academies in Africa. Some people see them as a blessing, others as a curse. Schools like the one in Bamako train the players which professional clubs in Europe have expressed an interest in. They are young, technically adept, athletic -- and cheap.

Footballers from Africa, the continent where the World Cup begins on June 11, are a hot commodity. European clubs have been going to Africa to look for talent since the 1950s, and in recent years the search has become a hugely profitable business. About one in four foreigners playing for a top-division European club comes from Africa.

It is a business that trades in hope and is run by serious managers. But unscrupulous traffickers also have their fingers in the pie.

Africans are drawn to Europe because they believe that everything there exists in abundance: work, money, confidence. Some players make it and become stars, players like Mahamadou Diarra with Real Madrid, Samuel Eto'o with Inter Milan and Didier Drogba with FC Chelsea. But for most the dream of achieving a better life as a professional footballer never comes to fruition.

Strict Regime
It is 5:30 a.m. on a Monday morning in Bamako, and Amadou Kéita is walking to the bus he takes to the academy. A thin boy, he is wearing a fleece jacket and pulling a blue trolley case.

The boarding school is on Avenue de l'Union Africaine, in a neighborhood of twisted streets lined with busy spare parts vendors. The school building, a large, two-story block-like structure with a flat roof, almost looks like a spaceship amid the surrounding houses. It sits on the site of a former landfill. The courtyard contains a swimming pool surrounded by papaya and palm trees. The oldest student is 18 and the youngest is 11. They live at the academy from Monday to Saturday, rising at 6:30 a.m. and going to bed at 9:30 p.m. In between, they have two sessions of training and two sessions of school, learning subjects like French, mathematics, biology and physics.

Jean-Marc Guillou, 64, the white man who came to Bamako to recruit young football talents, is standing on a second-floor balcony. He is the owner of the school. His hair is thick and gray, and he is wearing sandals. He has osteoarthritis in both knees.

On the field below, his "académiciens," or students, are running through an obstacle course of yellow plastic cones, keeping the ball close to their feet. The children are not talking or laughing, but working. There is a lot at stake. The trainers call out their instructions, saying that they want to see short, quick passes and that dribbling is forbidden. As always, the boys are playing barefoot. "It strengthens the muscles and saves money," says Guillou, "and the kids get a better feeling for the ball."

'Inexhaustible Potential'
Guillou is a big player in the business of grooming African footballers, perhaps even the biggest. A former professional who played for the French national team 19 times, he was a trainer in Cannes in the 1980s. His assistant at the time was Arsène Wenger, who is now the manager of the London club Arsenal. Guillou opened his first boarding school in 1994, in Abidjan in Ivory Coast.

"I chose Africa because there is inexhaustible potential here," he says. "It's comparable with South America. But the mafia is involved in South America. In Africa, I was able to build up everything on my own. It was a human adventure and also an economic one."

He now owns football schools in Mali, Ghana, Madagascar, Egypt and Algeria. He has exported 140 players from Africa to Europe, and his students have included Didier Zokora with FC Seville, Kolo Touré with Manchester City, Emmanuel Eboué with Arsenal, Arthur Boka with VfB Stuttgart and Yaya Touré with FC Barcelona. Thirteen of his former students will be playing at the World Cup in South Africa.

Guillou, and Guillou alone, sets the rules of his system. First he invests in a club in Europe, and then he has his students play for the club, using it as a showcase. If another club buys one of his graduates, Guillou collects a portion of the proceeds, usually between 60 and 90 percent.

Clever Move
He did this for the first time in 2001, when he acquired a controlling stake in KSK Beveren, a first-division Belgian team on the brink of bankruptcy. Arsenal, which is managed by his old friend Arsène Wenger, invested €1.5 million ($1.85 million) in the venture.

Choosing Belgium as a gateway for marketing his players was a clever move. There are no restrictions on foreign players in Belgian football, and the requirements to obtain a residence permit for a professional player from a country outside the European Union are relatively minor.

Guillou gradually brought more than 30 of his talents to Belgium. At times, there were up to 11 Africans playing for Beveren. Guillou continued to sell players to clubs in France, Ukraine and Switzerland. He terminated the project in 2006 and used the profits to build the academy in Bamako.

At the school, the students are measured and weighed on the first Tuesday of every month. Amadou Kéita was 1.43 meters (4'8") tall and weighed 30 kilograms (66 lbs.) when he first arrived at the Blue House. He is now 1.50 meters tall and weighs 33 kilograms. Weighing and measuring the children is Guillou's way of checking to make sure that they are developing normally.

"After all, we don't know whether the boys are really as old as they claim," he says. Many have no birth certificate, and the passport a boy shows him, he says, could perhaps belong to a younger brother. "A 10-year-old can't weigh 35 kilograms. Not in Africa."

The Need to Make a Profit
A student remains at the school for six to nine years, depending on the age at which he was accepted. The parents sign a contract, and the training, instruction, room and board are free. Guillou spent €1.6 million to build the academy in Bamako, which costs €165,000 a year to run.

To recoup his money, Guillou has to make a profit when he eventually sells his students to European clubs. Like a fund manager, he depends on his investments increasing in value. That is his interpretation of the globalization of football.

Guillou has also operated a football academy in Thailand since 2005. Arsenal is an investor and has acquired an option to sign the school's two biggest talents. Guillou likes to work with Arsenal, because the club is "good advertising and collateral for the bank."

He trains Thai boys, as well as Africans from Ivory Coast, at the academy in Chonburi, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Bangkok. Guillou brought the Ivorian boys to Asia four years ago. One of them was only eight at the time.

'Clean Conscience'
"I have a clean conscience," says Guillou, speaking on the balcony of his school in Bamako. He insists that he is not breaking any rules or violating any laws, because he hasn't sold the children to a club. Besides, he adds, the parents gave their consent. "And culture shock isn't a problem, either. Africans can adjust easily anywhere."

There are politicians who call Guillou a human trafficker. Certain officials at football's international governing body, FIFA, also have a low opinion of him and accuse him of sucking Africa dry. For Lennart Johansson, the former president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the business with African talent is "child abduction and nothing else."

But for the boys in Bamako, Guillou is someone who can help them achieve a better life.

Treated Like a Commodity
Souleymane Diomande is sitting in the grass after a training session. He is 15 and, until a month ago, was still at the academy in Thailand, where he spent three years. He saw his family once during that time. He returned to Africa because his passport had expired and he was unable to get a new visa.

Of course he missed Africa, he says, "but I got to know another country, and now I can speak English and Thai. I would go anywhere to get to Europe in the end."

Doesn't he feel that he is being treated like a commodity?

"Well, so what?" says Diomande. "Monsieur Guillou is helping me so that I can earn money later on."

A Modern Slave Trade?
Ibrahim Karaboué also dreams of striking it rich and becoming famous as a professional footballer. One could say that he is already a step further than Souleymane, because Karaboué has already made it to Europe -- to France.

He is sitting on a train headed west from Paris, looking out the window. He has broad shoulders and soft facial features. He is wearing a down jacket and large headphones, listening to African music. He doesn't look very different from the other young men in the car, and yet he leads a completely different life.

Karaboué, 18, is from the Ivory Coast. In December 2008, an agent, who introduced himself as Jean-Michel, approached Ibrahim in Abidjan and asked him if would like to play in Europe. "I was thrilled," says Ibrahim. And then he tells his story.

Jean-Michel told him that he would have to pay him 1 million West African CFA francs (about €1,500, or $1,850) for the trip. Karaboué borrowed the money from friends. The agent bought the plane tickets and got him a forged passport that made Karaboué older than he was. At the airport, he noticed that he wasn't even flying to Europe, but that he had a visa for Dubai. He boarded the flight nevertheless.

Showing Off His Skills to Gadhafi
He completed a trial training period in Dubai. The club there wanted to sign him, but Jean-Michel, the agent, couldn't reach an agreement with the Arabs, so they left.

The next stop was Tripoli, the capital of Libya. Once again, Karaboué showed off his skills. This time Saadi Gadhafi, the son of the revolutionary leader Moammar Gadhafi and a football player himself, was sitting in the stands. He was impressed by Karaboué's strength and perseverance, and he even shook his hand after the training session. But Karaboué was not offered a contract.

Jean-Michel took him to the Moroccan city of Casablanca next. For two weeks, Karaboué trained with a club whose name meant as little to him as the previous clubs. The Moroccans wanted him, but his agent turned down the offer. He explained that he had bigger plans for Ibrahim.

On Jan. 4, 2009, the two finally landed in Europe, at Orly Airport in Paris. His agent took Karaboué to a hotel, took away his passport and said that he would return in two days.

"That was the last time I saw him," says Karaboué. He was 16 and had €20 in his pocket.

Ending Up on the Streets
More than 10 years ago, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights issued a report warning that "a modern 'slave trade' is being created with young African players." In Belgium, the politician Jean-Marie Dedecker investigated 442 cases of alleged human trafficking with Nigerian players. Many of them ended up on the street, with some even falling into prostitution. There are also reports of 5,000 boys who went to Italy, hoping to begin careers as footballers, and then disappeared.

Ibrahim Karaboué hasn't disappeared, however. He plays on an eighth division team in Les Clayes-sous-Bois. The playing field, with its red-ash surface, is outside of the city. Most of the players are still in high school or work as apprentices, some are overweight and almost all of them usually smoke a quick cigarette before training. The trainer works as a delivery driver. Karaboué has already shot 15 goals this season, and the club stands a chance of advancing to the next division, but his life is not what he imagined when he left the Ivory Coast.

Karaboué has reached Europe, but he hasn't achieved his goal. He lives in a hostel and has completed an internship at a nursery. He becomes furious when he is asked whether he could imagine earning a living by planting flowers. He says that he will soon be training with a second-division club, and that he expects it to turn into something. "I'll be the next Didier Drogba," says Karaboué.

Broken Dreams and Greedy Agents
There are many possibilities for African players who want to go to Europe, but no certainties. Jean-Claude Mbvoumin knows this. He is familiar with Karaboué's odyssey, because he helped him register with the welfare agency. In fact, he is familiar with hundreds of other cases like Karaboué's, cases that consistently involve broken dreams, greedy agents and the complicity of clubs.

Mbvoumin, 42, has a sharp chin, is clean-shaven and keeps his hair cropped close to his head. He is from Cameroon, where he played on the national team eight times. He has been living in France for 16 years. Ten years ago he founded the non-governmental organisation Foot Solidaire, which assists the victims of the trade in African players.

"Once, at the Cameroonian embassy, I saw an entire team of 14-year-olds, all boys, who had been abandoned by their agent," he says. "That was the impulse to do something." He talks quickly, probably because he doesn't want to lose any time in getting his message out.

'Africa Will Explode'
This month, Mbvoumin launched another campaign against child trafficking in football, a program supported by the African Union and France's national Olympic committee. But the money they provide still isn't enough. Foot Solidaire doesn't even have its own office, and Mbvoumin works from home.

He is convinced that he will have even more work on his hands after the World Cup. "Africa will explode," he says. "Even more people will want to go to Europe because of football."

To address the problem early, he is about to embark on a trip through the continent, giving talks in Senegal, Mali and Ivory Coast and handing out brochures in Ghana and Cameroon. He wants to explain to young players and their parents that Europe is not paradise. He wants them to know that there are agents who take advantage of players, just as human traffickers do with refugees, and he wants them to understand that a trial training period doesn't automatically lead to a contract, and that they shouldn't sign anything that they don't understand.

Mbvoumin faces an uphill battle. About one in two sub-Saharan Africans lives on less than $1 a day, and the flow of young football players hoping to reach Europe isn't subsiding. The clubs, for their part, are becoming more and more ruthless in scouring Africa for the next season's jewels.

'Neocolonial Exploitation'
Since 2001, when FIFA expanded its transfer rules to include an article on the "protection of minors," an age limit of 18 has applied to players being transferred to another country -- unless, that is, the parents accompany the player.

But the clubs are constantly trying to circumvent the rules. For example, the Danish first division club FC Midtjylland tried to add six Nigerians to its lineup, all of them 16 or 17 years old, by bringing them into the country as guest students.

"The human trafficking trade changes every time the rules are changed," says Mbvoumin. The football academies in Africa are the biggest problem at the moment, he says, because the children are given false promises, because foreigners take advantage of their poverty and because the players are exploited as if they were raw materials.

For Paul Darby, a British expert on the sociology of sports, it is the more professional projects that involve collaboration with European clubs or Western investors that are an example of "neocolonial exploitation." Their only objective, Darby says, is the "procurement, refinement and export of natural resources, in this case, footballers."

'For African Children, Football Is Everything'
Sitting at a laptop in his office in the Blue House in Bamako, Jean-Marc Guillou fumes when asked about his critics. "I am doing more for African football than FIFA. It's good that an organization like Foot Solidaire exists, but why do such dramas happen in the first place? Because FIFA doesn't give African children a chance." His voice almost cracks, he is so angry. "For African children, football is everything. If I didn't exist, Arthur Boka might be selling shoes by the side of the road," he says, referring to the Ivorian defender who plays for VfB Stuttgart.

It has become more difficult in recent years to export African players to Europe, with the embassies of many Western European countries no longer issuing visas as easily as they did in the past. Nevertheless, Guillou is expanding his operation. He is building an extension to the Bamako academy that will include another six rooms, with a total of 24 beds, as well as a restaurant with a rooftop terrace.

In two or three years, when the first Mali graduates are of age, Guillou plans to invest in another club in Europe. A second-division club in France would be good, he says. "Preferably in Île-de-France," he adds, because the region surrounding Paris is so centrally located, and therefore accessible for agents and scouts.

He feels confident that he will find a club, because, as he says: "I don't show up with money like some Russian billionaire. I come with good players that will cost the club nothing and are worth a lot of money."

He opens a file on his computer. It is a forecast for the future development of his business. "I assume that of all the students in all the academies who were born in 1992, five will make it to Europe. Of those born in 1993: three. In 1994: four. In 1995: 29."

Imitating Their Role Models
Amadou Kéita was born in 1995. He is just taking out the garbage from his room, which he shares with three other students. This month, it's Amadou's turn to make sure that the room is clean and that all of his roommates hand over their mobile phones to the janitor on time. Calls are only allowed between 6 and 9 p.m. The purpose of the task is to teach the residents to take responsibility and lead the others like a team captain.

"I don't care if Monsieur Guillou makes money with me," says Kéita. "He is a friend, a second father. I want him to make me as famous as (Argentine footballer) Lionel Messi." Then he turns around quickly and walks over to his fellow students.

They are sitting in front of the television, their hair still wet from showering, watching the Champions League. Whenever they see a footballer playing well, the children jump up, cheer and imitate the movements of their role models.

The boys are wearing jerseys with bright colors that stand out in the dim light, for clubs like Real Madrid, AS Roma and Manchester United.

Amadou has his red-and-black striped AC Milan jersey on again. It's as if he hoped that by wearing the clothing of his hero, he could somehow acquire his strengths. As if this were a way to become a new person.
A professional footballer in Europe.


Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan


Lousi Gates
Louis Gates, Jr

Setting the Record Straight: A Response to Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

We, the undersigned, take strong exception to the Op-Ed, “Ending the Slavery Blame-Game,” published in the New York Times, April 23, 2010 by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. There are gross errors, inaccuracies and misrepresentations in Gates’ presentation of the transatlantic European enslavement system. Moreover, we are duly concerned about his political motivations and find offensive his use of the term “blame game.” It trivializes one of the most heinous crimes against humanity—the European enslavement of African people. Gates contradicts his stated purpose of “ending” what he refers to as a “blame-game,” by erroneously making African rulers and elites equally responsible with European and American enslavers. He shifts the “blame” in a clear attempt to undermine the demand for reparations.

The African Holocaust or Maafa, as it is referred to by many, is a crime against humanity and is recognized as such by the United Nations, scholars, and historians who have documented the primary and overwhelming culpability of European nations for enslavement in Europe, in the Americas and elsewhere. In spite of this overwhelming documentation, Gates inexplicably shifts the burden of culpability to Africans who were and are its victims. The abundance of scholarly work also affirms that Europeans initiated the process, established the global infrastructure for enslavement, and imposed, financed and defended it, and were the primary beneficiaries of it in various ways through human trafficking itself, banking, insurance, manufacturing, farming, shipping and allied enterprises.

No serious scholar of African history or reparations activist denies the collaboration of some African rulers, elites, merchants and middlemen. Indeed, collaboration accompanies oppression as a continuing fact of history. Historians have described collaborators in two other major Holocausts: the Jewish Holocaust and the Native American Holocaust. Yet Gates, ignoring the historical record, makes the morally unacceptable error of conflating three distinct groups involved in the Holocaust of enslavement: perpetrators, collaborators and victims. The Jewish Holocaust had its Judenräte, Jewish councils which chose Jews for enslaved labor and for the death camps and facilitated their transport to them, as well as its kapos, Jewish camp overseers, who brutalized their fellow prisoners along with the SS guards. In the Native American Holocaust, there were also Native American collaborators who fought with the Whites to defeat, dispossess and dominate other Native Americans. Thus, such collaboration in oppression is not unique to Africa and Africans.

Gates makes it clear that the article is written in the context of “post-racial posturing,” eagerly set forth by a nation citing its first Black president as false evidence of the declining significance of race and racism. Indeed, this is a period of resurgent racism reflected in the rise of the Tea Party movement, increasing hostility toward immigrants, open public recommitments to embracing and celebrating the history of racial oppression, joined with the fostering of fear to facilitate the continued denial of civil and human rights.

The purpose for Gates’ misrepresentation of the historical record is to undermine the African and African descendant reparations movement, and to make it appear to be based on unfounded demands. An accurate reporting of the history of the Holocaust of enslavement and the period of segregation and other forms of oppression which followed it, attests to the importance, in fact, the essentiality of reparations. The widespread opposing responses to Gates and the anti-reparations interests and sentiments he represents in his article, provides us with an excellent opportunity to renew the just demand for reparations for centuries of enslavement and continued economic disadvantage and exploitation Black people endured in the Jim Crow era and subsequent years of wage slavery.

Gates’ flawed and misconstrued presentation of the global reparations movement to redress the injuries of the Holocaust of enslavement and subsequent labor exploitation attempts to leave the reader with the impression that the movement is only a product of misguided African Americans. However, legal battles regarding reparations for the European enslavement of Africans are being waged throughout the United States, Jamaica, Brazil, South Africa, The Virgin Islands, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Martinique, Canada, Namibia and Barbados. The United Nations declaration that 2011 is the International Year of People of African Descent will afford yet another opportunity to expand the reparations movement for the longest unpunished crime against humanity --- the European enslavment of African people. In this country, reparations scholars, activists and others will continue their efforts in support of the House Judiciary Committee, HR-40, which calls for a study of the economic, cultural and psychological impact of enslavement on United States citizens.

The record of the United Nations World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), held in South Africa in 2001, offers additional evidence of the global reach and relevance of the reparations movement and the work of Africans and African descendants in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora. Gates’ omission of these efforts and WCAR seems to suggest either a deliberate misrepresentation or a reflection of his distance from contemporary political movements in the international African community.

We, the undersigned, intellectuals, activists, artists, professionals, men and women from various fields of focus, assemble here from a call by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century united in our profound commitment to African people and with a long history of involvement in national and international issues involving Africa and people of African descent. Signing this letter is not simply to respond to Gates’ clear inaccuracies, misrepresentations and questionable timing, but rather to honor and defend the memory and interests of the victims of the Holocaust of enslavement. We have come together at this historical moment to bear continuing witness to this gross human injury and the continuing consequences of this catastrophic and horrific event and process, and reaffirm our renewed commitment to continue and intensify the struggle for reparative and social justice in this society and the world.

Committee to Advance the Movement for Reparations

Rick Adams Dr. Leonard Jeffries
Atty. Adjoa Aiyetoro Sister Viola Plummer
Dr. Molefi Kete Asante Brother James Rodgers
Herb Boyd Atty. Nkechi Taifa
Dr. Iva Carruthers Dr. James Turner
Dr. Ron Daniels Dr. Ife Williams
Dr. Jeanette Davidson Dr. Ray Winbush
Dr. Maulana Karenga Dr. Conrad Worrill


Adisa Alkebulan, San Diego State, President, Diopian Institute
Dr. Mario Beatty, Chair, African American Studies, Chicago State University
Keith Beauchamp, filmmaker
Dr. Melanie Bratcher, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Sundiata Keita, Cha-Jua, President of National Council for Black Studies
Dr. Lupe Davidson, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of "The Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
Dr. Daryl Harris, Howard University
Eddie Harris, filmmaker
Juliette Hubbard, Australian Aboriginal Activist
Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson, North American President World Council of Churches
Iya Marilyn Kai Jewett, Progressive Images Marketing Communications
Darryl Jordan, American Friends Service Center-Third World Coalition
Prof. Chad Dion Lassiter President, Black Men at Univ. of Penn School of Social Work, Inc
Haki Madhubuti, President/CEO, Third World Press
Dr. Emeka Nwadiora, Temple University
Dr. Patricia Reid Merritt, Stockton State University
Dr. Segun Shabaka, National Association of Kawaida Organizations--New York
Dr. Michael Simanga, Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta
James Lance Taylor, President of National Conference of Black Political Scientists
Dr. Christel Temple, University of Maryland
Dr. Ronald Walters, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland
Dr. Valethia Watkins, Chair, African American Studies, Olive Harvey College
Dr. Komozi Woodard, Sarah Lawrence College
Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Pastor Emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago
Atty. Faya Rose Sanders, President, National Voting Rights Museum, Selma, AL
Leonard Dunston, President Emeritus, National Association of Black Social Workers
Betty Dopson, Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People
Bob Law, National Radio Personality

Contact Information

Press Inquiries and Interviews via Herb Boyd: 917.291.1825 - Email:
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  Police in Sudan clash with doctors pushing for nationwide strike

Thursday 3 June 2010 

June 2, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese security forces on Wednesday rounded doctors protesting the arrest of several of their leaders who have spearheaded a call for strike over demand for better pay and working conditions.

Yesterday, authorities detained Ahmed Al-Abwabi and Al-Hadi Bakhit immediately after it was announced that the doctors who joined a committee, formed to press for better wages, will go on strike until their demands are met.

Other committee members were beaten and arrested on Wednesday at Khartoum Teaching Hospital according to multiple sources while police prevented many more doctors from joining a meeting there.

This year Sudanese doctors stepped up their rhetoric against the government claiming they have millions in back wages and also demanded a pay increase as well as improving housing and work environment.

But last March following failed negotiations with health ministry, Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir reportedly ordered the ministry of health to fire any doctor part of the strike but it appeared that the decision was retracted.

Bashir yesterday issued a decree ordering a 2,000 pound salary increase and reimbursements under different categories. However some doctors expressed skepticism that Bashir’s directives would be implemented and vowed to continue strike until their leaders and colleagues are released.

  Sex and the single black woman
How the mass incarceration of black men hurts black women

Apr 8th 2010 | From The Economist print edition

IMAGINE that the world consists of 20 men and 20 women, all of them heterosexual and in search of a mate. Since the numbers are even, everyone can find a partner. But what happens if you take away one man? You might not think this would make much difference. You would be wrong, argues Tim Harford, a British economist, in a book called “The Logic of Life”. With 20 women pursuing 19 men, one woman faces the prospect of spinsterhood. So she ups her game. Perhaps she dresses more seductively. Perhaps she makes an extra effort to be obliging. Somehow or other, she “steals” a man from one of her fellow women. That newly single woman then ups her game, too, to steal a man from someone else. A chain reaction ensues. Before long, every woman has to try harder, and every man can relax a little.

Real life is more complicated, of course, but this simple model illustrates an important truth. In the marriage market, numbers matter. And among African-Americans, the disparity is much worse than in Mr Harford’s imaginary example. Between the ages of 20 and 29, one black man in nine is behind bars. For black women of the same age, the figure is about one in 150. For obvious reasons, convicts are excluded from the dating pool. And many women also steer clear of ex-cons, which makes a big difference when one young black man in three can expect to be locked up at some point.

Removing so many men from the marriage market has profound consequences. As incarceration rates exploded between 1970 and 2007, the proportion of US-born black women aged 30-44 who were married plunged from 62% to 33%. Why this happened is complex and furiously debated. The era of mass imprisonment began as traditional mores were already crumbling, following the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the invention of the contraceptive pill. It also coincided with greater opportunities for women in the workplace. These factors must surely have had something to do with the decline of marriage.

But jail is a big part of the problem, argue Kerwin Kofi Charles, now at the University of Chicago, and Ming Ching Luoh of National Taiwan University. They divided America up into geographical and racial “marriage markets”, to take account of the fact that most people marry someone of the same race who lives relatively close to them. Then, after crunching the census numbers, they found that a one percentage point increase in the male incarceration rate was associated with a 2.4-point reduction in the proportion of women who ever marry. Could it be, however, that mass incarceration is a symptom of increasing social dysfunction, and that it was this social dysfunction that caused marriage to wither? Probably not. For similar crimes, America imposes much harsher penalties than other rich countries. Mr Charles and Mr Luoh controlled for crime rates, as a proxy for social dysfunction, and found that it made no difference to their results. They concluded that “higher male imprisonment has lowered the likelihood that women marry…and caused a shift in the gains from marriage away from women and towards men.”

Learning and earning

Similar problems afflict working-class whites, but they are more concentrated among blacks. Some 70% of black babies are born out of wedlock. The collapse of the traditional family has made black Americans far poorer and lonelier than they would otherwise have been. The least-educated black women suffer the most. In 2007 only 11% of US-born black women aged 30-44 without a high school diploma had a working spouse, according to the Pew Research Centre. Their college-educated sisters fare better, but are still affected by the sex imbalance. Because most seek husbands of the same race—96% of married black women are married to black men—they are ultimately fishing in the same pool.

Black women tend to stay in school longer than black men. Looking only at the non-incarcerated population, black women are 40% more likely to go to college. They are also more likely than white women to seek work. One reason why so many black women strive so hard is because they do not expect to split the household bills with a male provider. And the educational disparity creates its own tensions. If you are a college-educated black woman with a good job and you wish to marry a black man who is your socioeconomic equal, the odds are not good.

“I thought I was a catch,” sighs an attractive black female doctor at a hospital in Washington, DC. Black men with good jobs know they are “a hot commodity”, she observes. When there are six women chasing one man, “It’s like, what are you going to do extra, to get his attention?” Some women offer sex on the first date, she says, which makes life harder for those who prefer to combine romance with commitment. She complains about a recent boyfriend, an electrician whom she had been dating for about six months, whose phone started ringing late at night. It turned out to be his other girlfriend. Pressed, he said he didn’t realise the relationship was meant to be exclusive.

The skewed sex ratio “puts black women in an awful spot,” says Audrey Chapman, a relationship counsellor and the author of several books with titles such as “Getting Good Loving”. Her advice to single black women is pragmatic: love yourself, communicate better and so on. She says that many black men and women, having been brought up by single mothers, are unsure what role a man should play in the home. The women expect to be in charge; the men sometimes resent this. Nisa Muhammad of the Wedded Bliss Foundation, a pro-marriage group, urges her college-educated sisters to consider marrying honourable blue-collar workers, such as the postman. But the simplest way to help the black family would be to lock up fewer black men for non-violent offences.

Source: The Economist


Community Announcement

Marcus Garvey
Marcus Garvey

A  Celebration of the Life of Marcus Mosiah Garvey

When: Thursday June 10th 2010, From 12.00 midday until 4:00pm
Where53 Talgarth Road ,Hammersmith W14  9DF

The Reel Ashanti Justice Centre brings to the African community a celebration of the Life of Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Assembling outside the Garvey home for our Tour of the history

‘Up you Mighty Race; You Can Accomplish What You Will’!

- Bring drums, shakers, whistles, flags etc
- Libations by Priestess Ifayoriju 12:30
- Come ready to share Garvey's stories with the community
- Open microphone

On This Day the 10th  of June 1940, Our father, The Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Father of Our Pan Afrikan Movements, Passed on to walk with The Ancestors, Ashe'

All Pan Afrikans connected to the spirit of Marcus Mosiah Garvey "Hear This Call"
On this day June 10th 2010

We Will Remember!

We will  hold this Vigil Outside the house where our liberator & Pioneer of Afrocentricity lived for 5 years, here In London. Before Passing onto to Spiritual Realm of Ancestry

Come and celebrate the life of our Great, Ancestor with us

This is an Historic event, We would like to honour the life of The Most Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, to hold this Vigil on this day with You and Yours
West Kensington Tube or Baron Court Tube Picadilly or District line 
buses 9,10,27,391,702, landmark behind Hammersmith bus station

Contact details: Sistar Jackie Fergus
Sistar Olive on 07956647278
Sistar Kenyasue 07960663530

'If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life'.
'Up you mighty people we can accomplish what we will'.

Marcus Garvey - The Official Site

Official site of the Jamaican national hero, Marcus Garvey, who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). Site ...  

Marcus Garvey
Marcus Garvey

1st Annual Marcus Garvey Memorial Lecture

When: Thursday 10th June 2010 from 6pm-9.30pm
Where: Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX

It is with great pleasure that the University of London Birkbeck College Afrikan Caribbean Society and the Marcus Garvey Organising Committee (MGOC) warmly invites you to us in commemorating the 1st Annual Marcus Garvey Memorial Lecture. 

Many of us who are students of Marcus Garvey will know that he crossed to meet the ancestors on 10th June 1940 and in a little under a week it will be the 70th anniversary of this tragic event.  We will also be aware that Marcus Garvey told us that he studied at Birkbeck College during his stay in England between 1912 and 1914.  These 2 important facts form the backdrop to the inaugural memorial lecture.

The inaugural commemoration will be in 2 parts.  The first part will be: (i) The 1st Annual Marcus Garvey Memorial Lecture at Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX on Thursday 10th June 2010 from 6pm-9.30pm.  The second part will be: (ii) The Community Supplement to the Marcus Garvey Memorial Lecture at 44-46 Offley Road, Off Brixton Road, London SW9 0LS on Friday 11th June 2010 from 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Both lectures will be delivered by leading Garvey scholar activist Cecil Gutzmore. The topic will be different for each of the 2 lectures.  The proceedings will be chaired by Professor Gus John.

Who was Marcus Garvey (In Brief)?
The engine of the Garvey movement was effective inter-continental or Pan-Afrikanist mass organisation amongst Afrikan people.  Garvey was more than a mere advocate of effective Pan-Afrikanist organisation, his whole life stood as a testimony to it.  He was, without a doubt, among the most accomplished organisers, of his era, both in the Afrikan liberation movement and beyond.  He packed halls and arenas during his speaking tours; but more importantly he had the ability to translate packed halls into effective organisational activity aimed at advancing Afrikan people.  He scientifically employed political, historical and cultural education programmes to encourage Afrikan people to join his organisation and to develop their consciousness once they were members.  In this way their labour became a more effective tool in the Afrikan liberation process.  In 1923 he assessed the membership of this organisation at 6 million, a figure which he later estimated rose to the height of 11 million.

His formidable organisation the Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League (UNIA) established branches on 5 continents and developed its own independent: headquarters – Liberty Hall in New York; mass conventions – with up to 25,000 Afrikan people in attendance; defence force – including the beginnings of an air force; nursing organisation; youth section or juvenile division – which was to produce a future president of the UNIA; fleet of ships; weekly newspaper - which was the most widely distributed Afrikan newspaper in the world; ‘Declaration of rights’; Afrikan Orthodox Church; School of Afrikan Philosophy and business corporation comprising factories and a chain of retail outlets.  With the assistance of allies, the UNIA even managed to gain a voice at the League of Nations – forerunner to the United Nations.

Please join us in commemorating on this great occasion.

Bring your family, Bring your drums, Bring your candles, Bring your family, Bring your respects , Bring your remembrance, Bring your Word sounds, Bring Your Knowledge................

Walter Rodney
Walter Rodney

Remembering Walter Rodney – 30 Years On

When: Sunday 13th June 2010 11am to 4pm
Venue: City and Hackney Careres Centre, 96-102 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Stret (Off Dalston lane) E8 2LZ

Speakers: Dr Kimani Nehusi, Professor Harry Goulbourne

Keith Waithe, Allan Cooper and Others

Refreshment, Book Stall, Readings and Entertainment, Calipsonian

A free event – donations welcomed

Sponsored by Caribbean Labour Solidarity, Hansib Books and Working People Alliane

Enquiries: Luke 020 7713 0988

Speaking Truth To Power

Speaking Truth To Power

When: Thursday 17 June 2010, 5.30–7pm
Where: Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RG

A celebration of the life and ideas of Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem

Presentations and readings from his book ‘Selected Pan-African
Postcards’ with Dr Ama Biney, editor, and Dr Patricia Daley.

Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem's Pan-African postcards demonstrate his steadfast commitment to Pan-Africanism and his vociferous belief in the potential of Africa and African people.

All welcome


AJAMU: Celebrating the Achievements of African (Black) Youth

When: Saturday 19th June 2010, (6pm-9pm ) 
Where: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15, London, England
(nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line, buses: 279, 259, 341, 67, 41)
Adm:  £3 Donation (children free)

Celebrating  International Youth Day  (16th June)

Guest speakers: 
Bellavaria Ribeirio-Addey (National Union of Students National Black Officer) &
Kay Oldroyd (Director and Founder of the Black Youth Achievement Awards) 
Featuring cultural artists 
Contact us: or 07852.937.981

Quality Time 2010

100BMOL Quality Time: In Celebration of Fathers Day

When: Saturday 19th June 2010
Where: Brighton

Pick Up: North London @ 8:30am - The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach, Tottenham, N15 4RX

Pick Up: South London @ 9:15am - Southbank University, Borough Road, Elephant & Castle

£10 (adults); £5 (children 15 years and under)

In celebration of Fathers Day please join us on our annual 'Quality Time' event for men and children.

This event is open to all men, including uncles, grandfathers, guardians and of course fathers looking to give our overworked super-mums a well deserved break. We always hold quality time on the Saturday before Fathers Day, which encourages further opportunities for dads and children to have fun together.
Join us and enjoy the famous pier and beach, fairground attractions, football and rounders (fathers vs children), black history quizzes, prizes and more

Please click to book your place

Additional details and final confirmation will be forwarded once your booking is received.

Further enquiries e-mail: or call 0870 121 4100.

100 BMOL Real Men Real Time

Black History Walks

 African Superheroes Day

Cartoon Festival
African Superheroes

When: Sunday 27 June 2010, 4.30-7.30pm
Where: Lost Theatre, Wandsworth Road, London SW8 (Tube: Stockwell / 10 min walk - Northern/Victoria Line)
Adm: £6 Best to book in advance. Box office 0844 847 1680 presents a animation festival for 6-60 year olds will show a variety if African themed cartoons which tell tales if; Magical Nigerian women warriors, Anansi the West African folk hero, the story of Ogun, plus updates on the forthcoming Black Panther series, Q & A with animators and a special preview of the brand new live-action show, Spirit of the Pharaohs.


African Odysseys: Black Orpheus. Dir. Marcel Camus. Brazil. 1959. 106mins.

When: 12 June 2010, 14:00
Where: NFT1, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank Waterloo, London SE1 8XT

Black Orpheus

With a best-selling soundtrack and vibrant performances, Black Orpheus was the culmination of three years work. This multi-award-winning film is a thrilling story incorporating the music, costume and dance of Brazil’s Rio Carnival. The screening will be introduced AND Michael La Rose, former mas-band leader and carnival historian, organiser and cultural activist will lead a discussion about the roots of carnival and its massive contribution to our wider culture. After the screening there will be stalls in the delegate centre.

Director Marcel Camus
Cast Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn
Country France-Italy-Brazil
Year 1959
Running time 106min
Certificate PG


Diaspora Volunteering and Placement Opportunities



Looking for volunteering opportunities with ADAP this coming summer? 

ADAP is seeking to recruit the following professions for its summer programme in Ghana! 
- HIV/AIDS facilitators 
- Registered Doctors/Nurses 

For further information, please e‐mail and a member of staff will 
be in touch, or you can call 07405166346.



Diaspora Volunteering Placements

DIFN is pleased to announce the start of their recruitment process for the 2010 Diaspora Volunteering Programme (DVP) and DIFN UK. DIFN is particularly interested in engaging with Teachers, Educators, Teacher Trainers, Project Management Trainers, Community Workers, Youth Workers, Social Workers and Counselors. Placements will last for 3 weeks, and a series of placements will be held between mid July and the end of November 2010. More information regarding the DVP Programme can be found at under “Volunteering”.

Please contact us for an application form, reference request forms and monitoring form. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to an information session and interview in the week beginning 31st May 2010.
PS: Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you feel would benefit from this opportunity. Please note that these volunteering opportunities are only open to Nigerians currently living in the UK (this excludes those on a student visa).

Tolu Lapite
Diaspora Volunteering Programme Officer
Development Impact For Nigeria
C/o HCVS, 84 Springfield House
5 Tyssen Street
London E8 2LY

020 7923 1962


Community Noticeboard


Invitation to attend a seminar for New School Competition for a secondary school in Barking Riverside, Barking and Dagenham

You are invited to attend a seminar to find out what is involved in setting up a new school and support that you can access.

Parents’ groups, local organisations, local schools and charitable companies are being asked to come forward to get involved in plans for a secondary school for Barking Riverside.

As you may be aware the Local Authority is running a competition for the new secondary school for Barking Riverside. I am writing from OPM (the Office for Public Management); the company that has been assigned by the DfE (Department for Education) to support the Local Authority and those interested in becoming involved in this process.

The government is particularly keen to encourage parent and community groups to come forward to set up new schools, to ensure that the needs of their children and the community are at the heart of the school system. If you are interested or would like some more information we would be happy to come to Barking and Dagenham and start having these conversations with you. Alternatively we will be holding an information seminar in order to explain the process and to enable potential proposers to get involved.

The seminar will:

·         provide information to organisations and individuals who are interested in becoming a proposer of the new school

·         help set out the councils specification and explain the need for the new secondary school

·         set out what needs to be done to be a successful proposer of a new secondary school

·         explain how organisations can get government funded support to help them put in a bid

·         clarify what needs to be done if successful in bidding to establish a new school

Further information about the new school and the competition can be found here: and

The seminar for will be held on the 15th June 2010 from 6.30pm – 8.30pm

If you are interested in being involved in setting up a new school and want to arrange a pre seminar meeting or be invited to the seminar, please contact Kimberley Green at OPM on 020 7239 7828 and by e-mail

Kind regards

Kimberley Green
Projects Coordinator
Direct Line: 020 7239 7828

Spirit Surf

Exhibition: “We’ve Already Paid” -  Journeys and Kinship

When: Friday 28 May - Tuesday 15 June 2010, Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm / Saturday - Sunday 11.30am - 5.30pm
Where: arc Gallery, Barge Belle, 11 Hale Wharf, Ferry Lane, London N17 9NF (Directions: Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line)   (5 mins walk) / Buses to Tottenham: 41, 192, 230,123)
Adm: Free

Journeys and Kinship an exhibition by Jean Joseph.

The built environment plays a prominent role in the work of mixed media artist, Jean Joseph. This takes a new direction in her exhibition ‘“We’ve already paid” - Journeys and Kinship’: a body of work first conceived during a visit to West Africa. Man-made structures have a starring role in her semi-theatrical compositions, represented in vivid colours and moody atmospheric niches and views. The exhibition will feature mixed media paintings and three-dimensional work which aim to convey a perspective on the apperception of Diasporan descendants to the African Continent, with the awareness and empathetic kinship of modern West African Society.

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Workshop: Creative Lifestyles

Creative Lifestyle

Interior Design - Cake baking and decorating - Floristry - Hand knitting - Sewing skills and fashion design - Natural hair - Soft furnishing - Card and Gift design - Textiles printing/painting - dyeing - Recycling projects   

Creative Lifestyle CIC is here to help! We are running creative hands-on workshops and short courses for anyone wishing to learn skills to achieve wonderful creations. Sewing techniques & fashion design, soft furnishings, hand knitting, card & gift design, natural hair design and many more!

Creative Lifestyle CIC aims to bring creativity back into the community. We provide short ‘taster’ creative workshops.

Our project enables beneficiaries to tap into their creative energy and develop their creative options whether it be career driven or for practical home use. We have developed an intensive short program of workshops which caters for busy people who would like the option to take our creative courses as an evening class.

All workshops and courses take place at the heart of the Bethnal Green community, at our modern Oxford House studios (Derbyshire street, E2 6HG).

We will shortly be running African dance and interior design workshops.

To sign up with us for one of our courses and to get more information, please contact us:

0207 749 1105 or email us:

Our website address is:

Get in touch with us to start your creative journey with us today.

Creative Lifestyle CIC - bringing creativity back into the community!


Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

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

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


Community Events - June 2010

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Theatre: SUS by Barrie Keeffe

When: 08 June - 26 June 2010
Where: Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
Tickets from £10

Election night 1979

The sus laws had made it legal for police to stop and search anyone - purely on suspicion.

Two detectives on the graveyard shift in an East London police station place bets on which party will win. A black man is picked up. He is incensed, believing that he'll be fodder for an incoming government keen to flex its law-and-order muscles.

Set on the eve of the Thatcher victory, this revival of Keeffe's classic coincides with the general election of 2010. What's changed?
Tel: 020 7922 2922

  Serving the Next Generation - The Commonwealth in the 21st Century: Movement for Colonial Freedom

Speakers: The Rt Hon Tony Benn
When: Wednesday 9 June 2010, 17:30 - 18:30
When: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, The Beveridge Hall (Senate House, Ground Floor)



Griot Chinyere on on SistaTalk

When: June 9, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: An internet connection near you!
Organized By: Chi Creation Griots

Event Description:
Thank you for listening to the show last Wednesday on Ban2radio. I hope you enjoyed the contents and the storytelling. I only touched on how the structure of storytelling can be used to heaI. I gave background and context of what is a story? How are stories structured? why we tell them? and where they come from? We will continue the journey as I have been invited to be a regular presence on, internet radio. Tune in weekly Wednesday 7.30 to 9.30pm as guest to sista Sahu. Each week we will endevour to share the the power and magic of storytelling. If not me then an invited guest. Please tune in and be part of the revolution of "inspiring visions through the oral tradition". I invite you to view my website which is new and a work in progress Blessings


1st Annual Marcus Garvey Memorial Lecture

When: Thursday 10 June 2010, 6.30pm
Where: University of London, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, WC1


The Children’s Cultural Film Club

When: 12 June 2010, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Happy Peoples Restaurant, 160 Page Green Terrace, Tottenham, London N15 4NU

Our next screening is This Saturday.  We will be saluting our Men as it’s the month that houses Father’s Day.  Women and Mothers you are encouraged to come and support.  In recognition of our Men we shall be screening ‘Gifted Hands’ ~ The story of Ben Carson.

We have not set any homework since March so the homework is ~ Every one attending comes with one fact about Ben Carson.  This can be done individually or as a family group.

Also remember that if any of the youngsters want to perform or present anything, contact us on 07946 670 949 in good time so that we can make adequate arrangements for them to do so.


Music Biz Empowerment Monday Half-Day Masterclasses

Where: Dexion House, Empire Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0EF (4 minutes walk from Wembley Park tube station, 6 minutes walk from Wembley Stadium rail station; buses 83, 224, 182, 297)
Adm: £25 per class (£100 for 6 classes or workshop; £20 per class for AIM, PRS and MPA members)
To book or for more information:

Accessible music industry professional development masterclasses offered to new entrants, and industryites interested in increasing their knowledge of specific subjects. Very small classes & 1-2-1s. Power-boost your knowledge of specialist areas in informal, but intensive half-day classes, led by music industry tutor Kwaku. Some classes may have guest speakers.

When: Monday June 14, 10.30am-1.30pm, 2.30-5.30pm
Morning: Joining The Dots: Overview Of Understanding How Music Industry Works(guest speaker: Malcolm Buckland, PRS For Music Membership Development). Afternoon: What You Need To Know About Running Your Own Record Label(guest speaker: Michael Fuller, AIM head of legal)

When: Monday June 21, 10.30am-1.30pm, 2.30-5.30pm
Morning: Contracts & Music Publishing (guest speaker: Kennedy Mensah, Back 2 Da Future Publishing MD), Afternoon:Managing Your Legal & Business Affairs (guest speaker: Dean Marsh, Independent Label Scheme/music industry lawyer)

When: Monday June 28, 10.30am-1.30pm, 1.30-4.30pm
Morning:Jack Of All Trades: Understanding Artist Management. Afternoon: DIY Marketing & PR (guest speaker: Andy Lysandrou, Audio Music Star owner)


Decolonization Seminar Series

When: Monday 14 June 2010, 17:30 - 19:00
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, The Court Room (Senate House, First Floor)

Speakers: ‘The Commonwealth: an assessment’: A round table discussion to mark the launch of The Contemporary Commonwealth (Routledge, 2009) featuring James Mayall (Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, Cambridge) Richard Bourne (ICwS) and Stuart Mole (former Director-General of the Royal Commonwealth Society), followed by a drinks reception.

  Talking Copyright: Reflecting On A 300 Year History & The Music Industry

When: Tuesday 15 June 2010, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: University Of Westminster (The Old Cinema), 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
Adm: Free, but pre-booking necessary
To book and for more information:

Panellists including Kienda Hoji (lawyer/head of Uni. Of Westminster commercial music), David Stopps (MMF UK & International copyright & related rights director), Pauline Henry (ex-Chimes singer/IP consultant), Dave Laing (researcher/lecturer), Ben Challis (lawyer/lecturer), and Kwaku (BMC) lead an irreverent yet factually-rich discussion covering various angles - history, landmark cases, causes celebre, 'good' and 'bad' copyright stories/policies, etc in association with University Of Westminster‘s Centre For Black Music Research

Aimed at music industry, media and law students and lecturers, and music industry and practitioners, who determine wrap-up vote: a) are today's copyright laws robust enough for an internet age? b) copyright awareness: have we lost the fight to win the hearts & minds of the youths  tomorrow‘s consumers?


Language Policy/Practice Seminar Series: South Africa: A Creole Society and its Literature

When: Wednesday 16 June, 17:30 - 19:30
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Room G16 (Senate House, Ground Floor)

Christopher Heywood was educated in South Africa and at Oxford University. He has held posts as Research Fellow (Birmingham University), lecturer and senior Lecturer (University of Sheffield), Professor and Head of the Department of English at the University of Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University), on leave of absence from the University of Sheffield; and Professor of English at Okayama University, Japan. He has published numerous articles in specialist journals on the novel in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including African writers.

Besides the work listed above, his edited books include Aspects of South African Literature and D,H. Lawrence: New Studies; also an edition of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, including reference to the Atlantic slave trade. He is currently completing a book on the Brontës in relation to the impact of the Atlantic slave trades on English society.



AJAMU Session: Celebrating the Achievements of African (Black) Youth

When: 19 June 2010, 18:00 - 21:00
Where:  Chestnuts Community Art Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15 (nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line, buses: 279, 259, 341, 67, 41)
Adm: £3 Donation (children/young people free)

Ajamu invited you to Celebrating the Achievements of African (Black) Youth.

Guest speakers:

Bellavaria Ribeirio-Addey (National Union of Students National Black Officer)

Kay Oldroyd (Director and Founder of the Black Youth Achievement Awards)

Strength in Numbers Youth Committee

Featuring cultural artists

Light refreshments and Stalls (books, DVD, etc...)

As our contribution to International Youth Day (16th June ). In South Africa on the 16th of June 1976, the government and the police were caught off guard, when 15,000 uniformed African (Black) students between the ages 10-20 finally burst, releasing an intensity of emotion that the police controlled in the only manner they knew how: with ruthless aggression, firing teargas into the crowd and police dogs released. In the chaos, children ran back and forth, throwing stones at the police. More than 200 school children were killed and far more injured. AJAMU/AAPRP on the 16th of June, every year, honours the deaths of hundreds of Soweto schoolchildren and celebrates the achievements of African (Black) youth in the continent, US, Canada, EU, America and wherever African (Black) Youth reside. Our youth are our spark and our future.

Come and join us to honour and celebrate our African (Black) Youth

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  WOMEN AT ONE: Celebrating Fathers & Father of the Year Awards 2010

When: Saturday 19th June 2010
Where: Contact Organiser

This a fantastic event for all the men who, supported us and made a positive impact on our lives: fathers, step dads, single dads, grandads, uncles, community father figures and male church leaders.

Celebrating Fathers & Father of the Year Awards 2010. A deposit of £10 per person (is required NOW to guarantee places. This event will make would make the perfect Father's Day Gift! Why not email a friend!

Jennifer Denny
Director/Founder of womenatone

Telephone: 020 8427 0755
Fax: 020 8424 9932
Mobile: 07786 394 175


Screening: Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

When: Tuesday 22nd June 2010, 7pm to 9pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)
Where: PCS LEARNING CENTRE (Victoria), 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH. Nearest Train/Tube Station: Victoria
Adm: £4 per person

Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2007) is a riveting tale of hope, heartbreak and resiliency set in New Orleans' most fascinating neighbourhood. Shot largely before Hurricane Katrina and edited afterwards, the film is both celebratory and elegiac in tone.

Faubourg Tremé is arguably the oldest black neighbourhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement in the South and the home of jazz. While the Tremé district was damaged when the levees broke, this is not another Katrina documentary. Every frame is a tribute to what African American communities have contributed even under the most hostile of conditions.. It is a film of such effortless intimacy, subtle glances and authentic details that only two native New Orleanians could have made it.

Our guide through the neighbourhood is New Orleans' Times Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie who bought a historic house in Tremé in the 1990's when the area was struggling to recover from the crack epidemic. Rather than flee the blighted inner city, Elie begins renovating his dilapidated home and in the process becomes obsessed with the area's mysterious and neglected past. The film follows the progress of his renovation, which eventually emerges as a poignant metaphor for post-Katrina reconstruction of New Orleans.

Irving Trevigne, Elie's seventy-five year old Creole carpenter, is the heart and soul of the neighbourhood and a born storyteller. Descended from over two hundred years of skilled craftsmen, he beguiles Elie with the forgotten stories behind Tremé's old buildings. Other neighbourhood chroniclers like Louisiana Poet Laureate Brenda Marie Osbey, musician Glen David Andrews and renowned historians John Hope Franklin and Eric Foner help bring alive a compelling and complex historical experience that gracefully combines pre and post hurricane footage with a wealth of never-before-seen archival imagery.

Long ago during slavery, Faubourg Tremé was home to the largest community of free black people in the Deep South and a hotbed of political ferment. Here black and white, free and enslaved, rich and poor co-habitated, collaborated, and clashed to create much of what defines New Orleans culture up to the present day. Founded as a suburb (or faubourg in French) of the original colonial city, the neighbourhood developed during French rule and many families like the Trevignes kept speaking French as their first language until the late 1960's.

The film brims with unknown historical nuggets: Who knew that in the early 1800's, while most African Americans were toiling on plantations, free black people in Tremé were publishing poetry and conducting symphonies? Who knew that long before Rosa Parks, Tremé leaders organized sit-ins and protests that successfully desegregated the city's streetcars and schools? Who knew that jazz, the area's greatest gift to America, was born from the embers of this first American Civil Rights movement.

This film is imaginative, revealing, and disturbing. The images are unforgettable, reminding us of who we are and who we have been. Today many Tremé residents are unable to return home and the neighbourhood is once again fighting many of the same civil rights battles first launched here a hundred and fifty years ago. Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans celebrates the resiliency of this community and how they managed to carve out a unique and expressive culture and history that would enrich America and the world.

Running time: 67 minutes

Watch the trailer here -

There will be a discussion and debate after the screening.

Places for the film screenings are limited (ONLY 40 PLACES AVAILABLE), so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.
In order for us to manage seating and room layout, we would be grateful if all who are attending this event could confirm their attendance in advance.

Please confirm via email  how many of you will be attending this event Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation.

(Please note, photographs will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional purposes).

Charmaine Simpson

Chief Executive

Black History Studies
Educating the community to educate themselves


Screening: Jamaica for Sale

When: Tuesday 22nd June 2010, 7pm to 9pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)
Where: PCS LEARNING CENTRE (Victoria), 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH. Nearest Train/Tube Station: Victoria
Adm: £4 per person

Jamaica For Sale is a powerful documentary about the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism and unsustainable development in Jamaica.

Though the Caribbean receives about five percent of the global tourist trade, it is the region most economically dependent on tourism. Heavily promoted since 1891 as the way to modernization and prosperity, tourism has tragically failed in its promises, as Jamaica is one of the most indebted countries in the world and the third poorest country in the Caribbean. Lively, hard hitting, with powerful voices, arresting visuals and iconic music, Jamaica For Sale documents the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of unsustainable tourism development. Filled with wit and penetrating observations from the street wise to highly acclaimed academics, Jamaica For Sale engages with a cross section of Jamaicans: workers, small hoteliers, fishermen, community members, and environmentalists. As Jamaica is irreversibly transformed by massive hotel and luxury condominium development, Jamaica For Sale both documents this transformation and is trying to turn the tide. It is a cautionary tale not just for Jamaica, but all islands in the Caribbean, and all places around the world who are dependent on tourism and/or participating in unsustainable development practices.
Winner of the Audience Award at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival, the Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, and the Rising Star Award at the Canada Film Festival. Special Mention: Commfest Community Film Festival, Gone With the Film Festival, Indiefest

"Jamaica for Sale is a powerful critique of the persistent neocolonial structures of ownership in the Jamaican tourism industry, and the resulting environmental degradation, exploitative and dangerous labour conditions, and loss of communities' autonomy or participation in the development processes that most affect their livelihoods. Through a combination of interviews, archival footage, and coverage of tourism-related events such as work stoppages and communities' meetings with resort developers, Jamaica for Sale presents a compelling portrayal of an industry in crisis, one that is perpetuating a radically uneven distribution of tourism benefits." Jenny Burman, Assistant Professor of Communications, McGill University. Author of "Transnational Yearnings: Tourism, Migration and Diasporic Culture" 2010

Running time: 84 minutes

Esther Figueroa, PhD, (Vagabond Media, Juniroa Productions, Inc.) is a Jamaican independent filmmaker, writer, educator and linguist. She has over 25 years of experience in media production including documentaries, oral histories, educational videos, television programming, music videos, multi-media, web content, and feature film. An activist filmmaker, her work focuses on local knowledge, indigenous cultures, social injustice, community empowerment, and the environment. Her work gives voice to those outside of mainstream media, and aims to counter the dominant values, information and worldviews portrayed in commercial media. 

There will be a discussion and debate after the screening.

Places for the film screenings are limited (ONLY 40 PLACES AVAILABLE), so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.
In order for us to manage seating and room layout, we would be grateful if all who are attending this event could confirm their attendance in advance.

Please confirm via email  how many of you will be attending this event Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation.

(Please note, photographs will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional purposes).

Charmaine Simpson

Chief Executive

Black History Studies
Educating the community to educate themselves


Ugandan Music Fundraiser

When: Thursday 24th June 2010, 7pm - 10.30pm

Come down and listen to some Live Ugandan Music by Seby Ntege

For more information please find attached flyer.

All money raised will go towards the Butabika Link, in Aid of Barts and the London Charity

Nubeyond: Dr Lez Henry

An Audience with Dr Lez Henry

When: Friday 25th June, 7.30 - 11pm
Where: The Nettlefold Hall, West Norwood Library 1-5 Norwood High Street, London SE27 9JX
: £10.00 tickets please contact:

Nu-Beyond and Janus Solutions present 'An Audience with Dr Lez Henry', hosted by The Investigator, Bro Andrew Muhammad + special invited guests.

Food and refreshments available. See attached flyer for full details.

Click here for Dr. Lez profile:

Nu-Beyond: 020 8480 8068

Janus Solutions: 0203 1210063


Fratricide and Fraternité (Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series): Truth, Justice and Reparations

When: Friday 25 June, 14:00 - 16:30
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, The Court Room (Senate House, First Floor)



Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed : Women, Race & Politics

When: 25 June at 20:30 - 22:30
Where: Tricycle Cinema, 269 Kilburn High Road - London NW6 7JR

To see more details and RSVP, click here

  Keeping It Legal

When: 28th June, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: PRS Boardroom 29-33 Berners Street. London W1T 3AB
Cost: Free, but pre-booking necessary

To book and for more information:


What is Black Women’s History?

When: Wednesday 30th June 2010, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Where: PCS Learning Centre, 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH (5 minutes walk from Victoria Station).
Adm: The course costs £60 per person.

 All are welcome to attend this fascinating five week short course on What is Black Women’s History? The course uncovers the biography and achievements of great women from ancient and medieval Africa, through the slave trade, right up to the present periods. The opening class salutes the work of the pioneering African American historians, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, Drusilla Houston, and Anna Melissa Graves. With their work emerged a new concept of Black history that underpins the course.

Clearly there is a need for this sort of information. After all: Can YOU name 10 great black women who lived before the year 1900?

Some of the biographies covered on the programme are:

·         Queen/Pharaoh Hatshepsut
·         Queen Mother Amanirenas
·         The Queen of Sheba
·         Falasha Queen Judith
·         Bilikisu Sungbo
·         Queen Amina
·         Ann Nzinga
·         Mary Prince
·         Mary Seacole
·         Harriet Tubman
·         Amy Jacques Garvey


Course Content:
Week 1: The African Mother Goddesses and the Birth of Civilisation
Week 2: Women in Ancient Egypt (ordinary life and women leaders)
Week 3: The Queens of Ancient Ethiopia
Week 4: The Queens and Great Women of Medieval Africa
Week 5: Black Women in the Age of the Atlantic
Feedback from delegates who attended the course in the past on their overall experience are below:
"As always, Robin's class offers an oasis for those seeking inspiration and knowledge about Black History. This course was extremely engaging as these are a few historical sources that focus on a panoramic view of African Women's History." 
"This course has been an inspiration and more importantly a stepping stone for my future study." 
"Very good, course, I learnt so much. Good that you are giving black women a platform." 

There are many reasons why one may be interested in such a course. Some may wish to study the Black Woman’s experience in a systematic way. Others may be teachers who need the information to benefit their pupils. Others may be parents who need the information for their children. Some may wish to pursue the subject as a leisure interest.

Whatever the reason, please come along.

Places on this course are limited. Places are available on a strictly first come, first served basis and we anticipate that there will be a lot of demand for this course.   If you would like to attend this course, please contact us for a booking form at

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Black History Studies using the numbers below.


Charmaine Simpson
Chief Executive


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