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Nkrumah @100: Living Legends and beyond


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Toyin Agbetu
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Nyansapo – Living Legends and beyond

“The usefulness of a well is known when it dries” – African proverb, Uganda

Greetings, despite being forced to tackle the usual gremlins that Ligali experiences on a daily basis, I’m in a good mood. You see this weekend I was very fortunate to attend one of many Nkrumah @100 events where I met a living legend. The guest of honour was our esteemed elder, KB Asante, a former aide to President Kwame Nkrumah whilst his revolutionary government was in power. Let me tell you, just listening to the great man speak was captivating. As he shared tales of wisdom from personal experience, unravelling history from his professional activities it was almost like being there in the room with him and Nkrumah at the same time.

And yet as I looked around the venue I could also see other living legends in our midst. The writer and community activist Marc Wadsworth spoke some powerful Truths. Few know of the groundbreaking work that Marc and community activist Linda Bellos were engaged with and in so doing sacrificed his career to help pave the way for the revolutionary presence of Africans in British politics. Today the likes of Lammy, Amos and Scotland who now all arrogantly squander the political wealth they inherited, shame themselves with their acquiescence to power and rejection of community. Some would excuse them and their docility, claiming their hands are tied once in position - but this is not true. I often meet committed African councillors who still remain able to maintain an authentic connection with grass root concerns whilst working the system for us instead of against us. For those insolent others, the history books are already unkind, I suppose that’s because it is now we that are writing our story on these isles. Other than their allocated status in someone else’s castle, their lacklustre role muddling contributions have failed to achieve anything worth remembrance.

Yet keeping with the positive I noted that there were many others in the room, both sistas and brothas who all work tirelessly for our community, often without the national, let alone global recognition they truly deserve. Fortunately it is their works, despite the British medias’ deliberate marginalisation of their names that will stand strong as time passes.

For example, let’s expand on KB Asante, here is an elder who considering his tremendous history which I will not even start to list here, none would think any less of, if he simply retired and stopped being involved in Pan Africanism. Yet whilst I was in Ghana I saw this African giant still working hard, politically communicating with the people on a national level whilst simultaneously organising basics such as personal finance on a community level.  It doesn’t stop there. There is a saying about the apple not falling far from the tree, from his wife and children, Ms Serwah and Kwaku the organisers of Ayekoo gatherings and this particular Nkrumah @100 event have both remained engaged in community activity, from teaching African history through their accredited BTWSC history courses to hosting social events in support of elder Betty Asafu-Adjaye's Mission Dine Club (MDC) charity that has been reaching out to the elderly and vulnerable citizens of north-west London for over twenty years. No matter what challenges our community faces, no matter how bleak the situation seems, they are always those working to provide hope, to inspire change across the generations. I am not only proud to call them friend but to also recognise them as family.

This weekend as I broke bread and reasoned with some kindred spirits, looking around that room made me think about the many familiar unsung champions in our community who are never recognised beyond the obligatory ten minutes of fame we all receive. I thought these are the people that continue to give back to our community in acknowledgment of what the scholar warrior Kimani Nehusi recently said to me when he remarked that ‘being African is a lifetime sentence’.

It is.

And anyone who is not in this for the long haul needs to get out because as the current economic crisis gets deeper, things are going to get harder. As access to money becomes more difficult (despite the printing of billions in ‘quantative easing’ (sic) stimulus), the political and spiritual hustlers will become more desperate, using even more extreme fear tactics to maintain their control.

This week many of us would have heard stories about the BNP being invited by the BBC to talk on national TV during its flagship Question Time programme. The last time I wrote about the BNP I received threats not only from europeans but also Africans. I'm going to speak my mind again and say let them talk, I believe in the freedom of speech (with responsibility) and abhor censorship. Those clowns are more honest about how they feel about us than the tweedle-dee-tweedle-dum Labour-Tory parties currently in control. They may be idiots but the BNP have a valid voice, they are backed by a sizable electorate and having much success in attracting young supporters through the consistent violent conflicts up and down the country where ‘white’ supremacists such as the so called “English Defence League” are openly attacking Africans and Asians on the streets, in their jobs, schools, hospitals etc. Much of this growth in ignorance is fuelled by the way they have long been suppressed. The majority of the UK’s political bourgeoisie fear their well groomed international civil façade being exposed if they allow the British public to openly reveal their mass xenophobic feelings in the public domain.

Many people would assume that all Africans would be up in arms about this news, annoyingly so the media has already selected representatives to speak for us, in an article published by the Guardian newspaper, the well meaning Weyman Bennett from the trendy Unite against Fascism group said “we will send the BBC a letter saying it’s not legitimate to give [the BNP] a platform of respectability”. There are so many of us are not in agreement with this statement on so many levels. Admittedly we are not enthused with the fact that this stunt is likely to give the BBC its largest viewing figures most likely matching Big Brother in its hey day but despite this we still have to laugh at the sheer hypocrisy of it all. Do you remember that saying repeated so often by lacklustre political agents afraid of being shown up as intellectually impotent in public? They used to repeat it as a badge of merit;

“I won’t share a platform with racists or those that have been on a platform with racists”.

Many a Pan African scholar including Professor Tony Martin the worlds foremost authority on Marcus Garvey, were attacked by those working for the state against us under the justification of that pathetic excuse. I mean, look, I have recently been invited to speak at an Oxford Union debate on the topic of reparations and colonialism. I’m pretty sure those opposing me will harbour racist views. Nonetheless I accepted the invitation and remain confident the Truth (continued research and community guidance) will support me, it never crossed my mind to cower in fear and seek to run away using this ‘principle’ to shield me and my arguments.

Most Africans like myself, only seek not to join those platforms where our presence would significantly endorse or give validation to a political and spiritual position we are morally opposed to. End of, without exception.

Debates with racists are fundamentally about challenging the ignorant. They are often distasteful, certainly never respectable, but always educational. Unless the topic theme and selected audience is deliberately chosen to cause offense, failure to robustly engage actually perpetuates race hate - not the opposite.

Yet, back to the political class, do you note how when it is expedient to their needs, the dishonourable representatives of the government and their subservient chums conveniently backtrack on this supposedly important ‘principle’?

Please understand, I am not arguing for the right for the BNP to speak on question Time, I am arguing for the right for a true representative of our community to challenge them with authority and without liberal compromise. All this week, you and I are being told that we have to finance this ludicrous debacle through the extortionate mandatory tax we are forced to pay in order to fund the BBC. Can you imagine that?  Not only are we being forced to pay for providing the platform for the potentially overt promotion of anti-African propaganda – we are being silenced for the privilege too.

Oh.. and please don’t be fooled by the fake moral posturing and claims of BBC independence in supporting diverse political voices. Be very clear in your mind that this ‘editorial’ decision could not have occurred without ministerial clearance.

British politicians are desperate to find a way to restore public confidence in them. The year long corruption scandals where all of the mainstream parties were exposed as having defrauded the public and stealing public funds were hugely damaging. The ongoing failure in its illegal wars, the failure of its economic woes, the list goes on.

This BNP stunt is the same tactic used by the British Prime Minister William Pitt with his friend William Wilberforce.  When the British government realised its economy would balloon if it had a monopoly on ‘anti-slavery’ it distracted the British public from the truth of its own dishonesty using the suffering of our Ancestors as a moral beacon to mask the fact that criminalising the kidnap and forced transportation of Africans was an act beneficial for Britain’s political and economic interests.

So let’s break it down. What we have now are 1) the political elite (and its broadcasting propaganda arm) that continue to claim they are above racism openly exploiting an anti-immigrant sentiment for political gain and 2) a disingenuous BBC that continues to facetiously claim it is “obliged to treat all parties registered with the Electoral Commission with impartiality” but continuously refuses to give a platform to license fee paying, freedom loving Pan Africanists. Make your own mind up on this matter, I’m just trying to give you more food for thought than the one dimensional rubbish tat is out there that says – Government Good – BNP Bad.

The truth of the matter is that the Ligali Party has been registered with the Electoral Commission for many years. Despite the fact that it is not written about in european history books Ligali, to our knowledge is the first ever Pan African political party officially ever set up in the UK. We can even legally run in elections if we so choose. Imagine the BBC were really sincere and true to their word - if our membership included those living legends that are still about today Question Time would be essential watching across the globe!

I mean this weekend I saw two articles in a national broadsheet promoting Jay Z and 50 Cent as some kind of social entrepreneurs. It was incredible, the hip-pop industries two most misogynistic performers were given a national platform in a supposed liberal newspaper instead of elders with KB Asante’s stature. What next, the BBC charging us to have young Dizzy Rascal talk politics on Newsnight? ;-) Fortunately our own media from Voice of Africa Radio to Galaxy FM are providing a space for us to interact with him; sadly they do not have the marketing resources to alert the majority of our community so word of mouth has to do.

But as I enjoyed this weekend I also reminisced about what it must have been like in Manchester during 1945 when so many of our revolutionary thinkers, came together to discuss and then act in the global interest of our people.

Fortunately a few of them are still alive today and have much to teach us. Therefore it is up to us to ensure our money is spent providing a platform for them to challenge those that speak against our interests. You see I believe that if we organise enough and work to write letters, make phone calls and compile a formal petition to the BBC Question Time team strongly suggesting authentic political representation, then we would have a valid vehicle (using their rules) of allowing our children to grow up viewing our own people on national TV instead of a politically retarded entertainer (note I am NOT referring to Dizzy), or worst yet - a ‘black’ British MP.

I don’t know about you but I am sick of those tired old ‘black’ British voices that the media always appoints to speak for us, but who never ever sit down and eat with us, let alone reason with us.

In the meantime, I wish we would all collectively sit down and record some historic discussions with our elders. They are such a wealthy repository of knowledge and wisdom that when many pass, we as a community lose the equivalent of an entire library. It doesn’t have to be that way, grab you camcorder, your voice recorder on your MP3 player and talk to them. My father has passed, but hopefully there is still time for you. 

Anyway, I want to thank those of us that work to use our own resources to big up the legends living amongst us, to remember our Ancestors. And I don’t mean in some ethereal fluffy wuffy way that only a self appointed “knowledge is power” elite have access to their wisdom, but instead honouring them in a real practical manner, organising family gatherings, putting them on community radio, hosting public events giving them a platform to speak, making films and documentaries about them, publishing their words, their life lessons, and most important of all - working to archive their histories for the next generation.

You see for as long as we have the will, we still have time to learn from their mistakes and replicate their triumphs. I’m feeling pretty optimistic at this moment, inspired both by the deeds of elders and the untapped potential of our young people. It’s been a long time coming, but I truly believe - a change is gonna come.

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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Nkrumah @ 100 Events

Nkrumah @ 100
Nkrumah@100: Afrikan of the Millennium

Nkrumah @100 Commemoration

When: Saturday 19th September 2009, 2pm – 8pm
Academy, 107 Peckham Road, Peckham, London, SE15 5DZ (Nearest British Rail: Peckham Rye)
Adm: Entrance is free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Pan African World View
Ama Biney
Ama Biney

Nkrumah @100
By Ama Biney

In commemorating Nkrumah at 100 on 21st Sept 2009, we are remembering a titan of the anti-colonial struggle and African history that all people of African descent – both young and old - should be proud of. Why? Nkrumah was among those many Africans,  who, to use the language of the 44th President of the United States of America, the first African to occupy such a position - had the “audacity of hope” to challenge Europeans in an era long before the generation of Obama. Nkrumah encouraged Africans and people of African descent to have the audacity to dream of political freedom and to organise for it at a time when the vast majority of African people across the globe were ruled by Europeans and white supremacy was considered the natural order of things. Nkrumah instilled hope and self-confidence in Africans. He inspired Africans to have dreams and as the late great Pan-Africanist, Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem once said: “If you have a dream, you must keep it alive.”

Nkrumah was brilliant in a number of ways. Firstly, he was the first successful leader in post-war Africa to lead his country to independence in March 1957. Ghana became a beacon and a trailblazer for others to follow. Secondly, Nkrumah was the first modern African leader to achieve international recognition on a world stage. Thirdly, Nkrumah was not only a nationalist and Pan-Africanist but an internationalist. He is most widely known as the prophet of Pan-Africanism but Nkrumah was also concerned with the whole of humanity and took positions on pertinent issues of his time such as the Cold War which led him and others to adopt ‘non-alignment’ and ‘positive neutrality.’ He was opposed to the nuclear arms race and French testing of an atomic weapon in the Sahara in the early 1960s. He supported an end to the Middle East conflict; he was in favour of world peace and he sought an end to the Vietnam conflict, which he sought to facilitate by visiting President Ho Chi Minh. It was on this mission that the coup d’etat took place and toppled his government on 24 Feb 1966.

Nkrumah was determined that Ghana and Africa should escape the fate of being a hewer of wood and drawer of water for the industrially rich nations of the world. In the centenary of Nkrumah’s birth, I have often wondered, what would he make of our globalized world, particularly the grave issues of today? If Nkrumah  had lived to be a hundred years old, he would have bitterly lamented some of the profoundly retrogressive developments that have taken place during the last 50 years of Africa’s history. To mention a few: we have seen severe brutality carried out by Africans against Africans, aided by the proliferation of small arms by European companies that prolonged wars and conflicts in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Many of these conflicts involved child soldiers and gang rape of African women. In addition the treacherous impact of the Cold War years saw the contradictory nature of imperialism in Angola, whereby the Marxist Angolan government was protected by Cuban soldiers and the Soviet Union, whilst its oil was extracted by American oil corporations with the American government supporting the rebel led movement, UNITA.  The tragic consequence of that war has left many landmines and amputees in that country to date. Yet, overall, the blame for Africa’s continued impoverishment lies squarely with the system of neo-colonialism that Nkrumah identified. It is a system by which a segment of Africa’s corrupt leadership colludes with Western governments and multi-national companies to bleed African countries of their resources for their own political and economic class interests. It is a system in which anti-people African governments have looted their nations, or as Winnie Mandela once eloquently said: “the elite of the oppressed and the elite of the oppressor are united against the people.” Yet, Africa is one of the richest continents on the planet and its wealth continues to develop other nations to the detriment of its own people. 

In his book Neo-colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism, published in 1965, Nkrumah prophetically proclaimed: “A continent like Africa, however much it increases its agricultural output, will not benefit unless it is sufficiently politically and economically united to force the developed world to pay it a fair price for its cash crops’. (p. 9)  Nkrumah’s words are true in 1965 as they are today. It requires political will on the part of a dynamic progressive African leadership that has the courage to challenge neo-colonialism in forging a Continental Union Government.  That calibre of leadership has yet to emerge on the African continent but the challenge is to nurture it from below. Such a government would harness the economic, technological and scientific Africa’s resources in a co-ordinated manner that would see the development of Africa in the interests of its people. This vision was provided in Nkrumah’s Africa Must Unite in 1963.

So what is Nkrumah’s lasting legacy? Firstly it lies in is his vision of African unity. We still have along way to go to realise African Union despite the metamorphosis of the Organisation of African Unity into the African Union in 2002. The second legacy of Nkrumah is his call in his book, Handbook for Revolutionary Warfare (1968) for greater South to South cooperation in the formation of the Organisation of Solidarity with People’s of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAL).  Such a bloc would counter Western imperialist domination and be the beginnings of a new economic world order based on genuine cooperation and a more egalitarian economic ethos. Thirdly, in his book Consciencism, he argued that Africa must seek to synthesise the three cultural currents of our history: Africanity, Islam and Euro-Christianity. In short, if the Japanese can make use of technology and still retain their Japanese identity – Africans can do the same.

Lastly, Nkrumah connected Africa and her children in the Diaspora in concrete ways, not only by employing them in his government when he was President, but urging them to return to Africa and contribute their skills and talents. He also unequivocally asserted that: “ All peoples of African descent, whether they live in North or South America, the Caribbean, or in any other part of the world are Africans and belong to the African nation’ (Class Struggle in Africa, 1970, p. 87).  Therefore, with such a proclamation, it is no wonder that under Nkrumah’s leadership, Ghana became what Malcolm X aptly called after his own visit to Ghana: “the very fountainhead of Pan-Africanism” (p. 467 of his Autobiography). Since Nkrumah’s death, Ghana continues to be a Mecca for Africans born in the Diaspora.  Sadly, the other African leader who articulated the connection of the African Diaspora to the continent with drama, passion and unrelenting commitment to Pan-Africanism in a similar manner, was the late Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem who died tragically and ironically in this year of the centenary of Nkrumah on 25 May, Africa Liberation Day.

It is only when Africa is a political and economic powerhouse, that is, politically and economically united – that African people around the globe will gain respect and dignity. This is the challenge for Africans and people of African descent today as we remember Nkrumah at 100. We must realise this vision.

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


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Reprezent is looking for 19 - 25 year olds who live, work or study in Southwark to join our radio journalism team.

Training begins on Wednesday 30th September 6 – 8pm and runs for five consecutive Wednesdays. Participants will learn all the elements needed to make radio packages, including interview techniques and digital editing.

If you are interested in a place on one of the above sessions then please email your reply to; or give Lydia a call on 020 8320 0880.

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I Will Tell Film International Festival
Be prepared to be inspired

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Initiation Ceremony of Prince Ike Chukwu Ouagadou-Quamina

The Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement invite The Afrikan Community to the Initiation Ceremony of Prince Ike Chukwu Ouagadou-Quamina (Son of Sis. Kai Ouagadou-Mbandaka & Bro.Ldr.Mbandka)

Initiation is a formal transition of a young person into adulthood. In Afrikan tradition one cannot become a man or woman until they have successfully negotiated a Rites Of Passage, i.e. programme of education and preparation. Only then can they be entrusted with the roles & responsibility of Husband/Wife, Father/Mother, builder, hunter, healer, educator, warrior, etc…. Towards building a strong family, community (and family) can pour its blessings upon the “initiatives”. At age 12 Prince Ike-Chukwu was given a Transitional Blessing, since then he has been prepared for manhood. Let us gather and give him the day – Hail Him!

This is a Gift Giving Occassion, All Zawadi (Gifts) for our Prince are Greatfully recieved!

Date: Umoja-Day (Sun) 13th September 2009 Time: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 55 Willington Road, Clapham North, London, SW9 9NB (Train: Clapham North - Buses: 35, 45, 345 & P4)
Info: 0208 539 21 54 - 07908 814 152

A Boy Becomes A Man

Massive Two Day Book Sale


Throughout September from 12 NOON TIL 7.PM every weekend

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

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



Between Monument Way and Somerset Road N17 (see map)



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


Black History Month Listings

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

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

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

Thanks and Best wishes,

Barbara Campbell

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Wanted: Performers to volunteer for educational Black History Month workshops

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

What you will gain

Confidence and experience

Work in an exciting team environment

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

You must be

     Reliable - Dedicated - Consistent

Full training provided!

CRB check required 

Telephone: 07958 671 267/ 07939 540 826



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

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

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

Were they innocent of any crime?

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

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

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

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



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Roxanne Shante: Story update

Roxanne Update

It was the feel-good story of the summer. According to the New York Daily News, Roxanne Shanté, a 1980s female hip-hop pioneer famous for the 1984 underground hit "Roxanne's Revenge," had finally gotten her own revenge on Warner Music, the record label she accused of "cheating with the contracts, stealing and telling lies," to avoid paying her what she was owed. How? After valiantly fighting, reported Daily News freelancer Walter Dawkins, Shanté had convinced Warner to honor a contractual agreement to "fund her education for life." Warner ended up paying more than $200,000, Dawkins reported, to finance Shanté's education, which Shanté said included an undergraduate degree from Marymount Manhattan College and a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell. And now, said the Daily News, "Dr. Roxanne Shanté" has "launched an unconventional therapy practice focusing on urban African-Americans," in which she "incorporates hip-hop music into her sessions, encouraging her clients to unleash their inner MC and shout out exactly what's on their mind."

Sadly, virtually everything about the Daily News' heartwarming "projects-to-Ph.D." story appears to be false. An investigation by Slate has revealed:

  1. According to Warner, neither it nor any of its subsidiary record labels ever had a contract with Shanté, and it was not obligated to pay for her education. Indeed, there's no evidence that it ever did.
  2. Shanté—real name Lolita Shanté Gooden—doesn't have a Ph.D. from Cornell or anywhere else. Indeed, she admitted it in an interview with Slate. And Cornell has no record of Gooden (or "Shanté") ever attending or receiving a degree.
  3. According to Marymount Manhattan College records, Shanté enrolled there but dropped out less than four months later without ever earning a degree.
  4. New York state records indicate that no one named Lolita Gooden or Roxanne Shanté is licensed to practice psychology or any related field.

For More Info:

Roxanne's Nonexistent Revenge

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

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


Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

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

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


Community Media: Pan African


Pan African People's Phone In

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

Number for on-air discussion: 07908 117 619

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


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

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

Number for on-air discussion: 0208 180 2523


New African Magazine

Where: Newsagents
When: Monthly

The worlds most authoritative, best selling Pan African magazine.

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


Shoot The Messenger

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

Current affairs on the Pan African TV channel with Henry Bonsu


Community Events


Doing the Right Thing: An Exploration of the Cinema of Spike Lee

When: 9, 16, 30 Sept 2009, 18:30 – 20:30
Where: BFI Southbank, SE1, Studio
Adm: £36.00 (£26.60 concs)

This four-week course will offer a critical perspective on the life and work of this leading independent director.

Tickets 020 7928 3232

  Blak Friday

When: Friday  11th September 2009  2009. Doors open 7.30pm - 10. 30pm finish
Where: Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1BZ.
Adm: Love donation of £5.00

There is limited seating and for directions see link:

Black Star Line and Nu-Beyond, invites one and all to their POWER OF FILM screening  and discussion with Javier Sanchez, of CAIS (Centro de Accion e Investigacion Social) Maloka, Colombia and the ‘International School for Bottom-Up Organizing (ISBO) who will be talking about both projects.  He will be showing a powerful film about an Afro-Colombian Palenque (Community) in Villa Rica, South West Colombia, with whom CAIS Maloka has been working closely. In the film, Youth Hip Hop and Community Organizers in Villa Rica explain their radical organizing, how they utilize hip hop as a tool to mobilize, organize and educate; and how their community organizes in the face of brutal racism, poverty and violence.  Two members of the Villa Rica community also recently participated in the second ISBO session in Jamaica. For more information see attached and to keep up with our events see:

The POWER OF FILM sessions take place on the second Friday of each month @ Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre and will feature screenings of independnt films, documentaries, discussions, film breakdowns and Q & A sessions with the producers of independent films.


Ndoro Children's Charities Fundraising Gala 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corporate discounts are available for hospitality

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


The 2nd Annual Ghana Business & Investment Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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


Black British Perspectives: Visual Arts

Date: Wednesday 23 September
Time: 2-4pm
Venue:32-40 Bank Street Sheffield S1 2DS
T:0114 346 3034

Raimi Gbadamosi, artist, writer and curator, chairs a discussion between Paul Goodwin, Curator of Cross Cultural Programmes at Tate Britain and Sonya Dyer, artist, writer and co-ordinator of Chelsea Programme at Chelsea College of Art & Design.

They will be discussing various issues including what has been written into history, exploring the need to take into account diverse historical realities in order to move arts practice forward, the notion of canon, the validity of experiences, and future art and art practice.

Rsvp by 18 Sep to

  Breaking Barriers

Where: London UK        
When: 24th – 27th September 2009

A creative arts Training course specialising in:

  • Augusto Boal techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Devising
  • Performance
  • Facilitation
  • Youth Arts
  • Exploring issues;
  • Arts within Criminal Justice Settings

This highly practical hands-on course is particularly suited to people who want to experience and practise a variety of creative action methods in group work to explore issues, make theatre or work within challenging contexts.

Who is this for?
People interested in using drama and theatre as a tool to explore personal and social issues, and for people who want to gain new skills to fulfil their obligation and commitment to the people they serve. The course covers exercises with explanations, instructions and suggestions to help you develop your own style and approach. The creative action methods can be readily adapted to a wide range of settings with adults and young people.

The course is a resource for: performers, youth workers, social/health workers, PSHE specialists, drama graduates, project managers, community workers, artists, workshop leaders, teachers, theatre practitioners, creative art therapists, counsellors, mental health workers, team builders and special needs workers.

No previous drama experience is necessary however a willingness to actively explore new methods of working is an essential requirement. This will also be an opportunity for professional development, networking and skill sharing so as to enable continued high standards of good practice.

Course running this year (2009)

All courses delivered by Tony Cealy. The London courses cost £130.00 each (£90.00 if booked 3 months before course starts)

All Participants receive a free TRAINING MANUAL on completion.

Limited amount of reduced rates available - Fees can be paid in instalments - Deposits welcome

For more information please contact 07956 877358


African Odysseys Screenings: Democracy in Dakar

When: Sat 26 Sep 14:00
Where: BFI Southbank, SE1, NFT 3

Adm: Matinee tickets £5

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

Democracy in Dakar
USA 2009. Dir Ben Herson, Magee McIlvaine and Christopher Moore. 69min. EST
A guerrilla documentary about hip-hop youth and politics in dakar, senegal.

Tickets 020 7928 3232 /


One Heart Beat Drumming Session

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

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

Contact: 07956 673255 / EMail:


African History Overview course

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

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


  Runoko Rashidi: London Weekender

Ancient Future in conjunction with Muatta Books present Runoko Rashidi

Saturday 3rd October 2009 – 6pm – 10pm -
Indigenous Global Presence in the Ancient & Modern World - Part 1

Sunday 4th October 2009 - 4pm – 8pm - Indigenous Global Presence in the Ancient & Modern World - Part 2

Where: Happy People Restaurant - 160 Page Green Terrace, High Rd Tottenham, London, N15 4NU
Adm: £10 per night

Runoko Rashidi is a historian, research specialist, writer, world traveller, and public lecturer focusing on the African presence globally and the African foundations of world civilizations. He is particularly drawn to the African presence in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, and has coordinated historic educational group tours to India, Aboriginal Australia, the Fiji Islands and Southeast Asia as well as Egypt, Ghana, Turkey, Jordan and Brazil. Rashidi’s presentations are customized and suitable for all audiences and ages, and are lively, engaging, and vividly illustrated.

Runoko is the author of Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations, the editor, along with Dr. Ivan Van Sertima of Rutgers University, of the African Presence in Early Asia, considered “the most comprehensive volume on the subject yet produced”, and a major pamphlet titled the Global African Community: The African Presence in Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. In 1995, he completed editing Unchained African Voices, a collection of poetry and prose by Death Row inmates at California’s San Quentin maximum-security prison. In December 2005 Editions Monde Global released Runoko’s latest work and his first French language text, A Thousand Year History of the African Presence in Asia.

His historical essays have been prominently featured in virtually all of the critically acclaimed Journal of Civilizations anthologies edited by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, and cover the broad spectrum of the African presence globally. Rashidi’s Journal of African Civilizations essays include: “African Goddesses: Mothers of Civilization,” “Ancient and Modern Britons,” “The African Presence in Prehistoric America,” “A Tribute to Dr. Chancellor James Williams,” “Ramses the Great: The Life and Times of a Bold Black Egyptian King,” “The Moors in Antiquity,” and the “Nile Valley Presence in Asian Antiquity.”

Included among the notable African scholars that Runoko has worked with and been influenced by are: John Henrik Clarke, John G. Jackson, Yosef ben-Jochannan, Chancellor James Williams, Charles B. Copher, Edward Vivian Scobie, Ivan Van Sertima, Asa G. Hilliard III, Karen Ann Johnson, Obadele Williams, Charles S. Finch, James E. Brunson, Wayne B. Chandler, Legrand H. Clegg II, Dr. Toni Humber, and Jan Carew.

He believes that his principle missions in life are to help make Africans proud of themselves, to help change the way Africa is viewed in the world, and to help reunite a family of people that has been separated far too long.

As a scholar, Runoko Rashidi has been called the world’s leading authority on the African presence in Asia. Since 1986, he has worked actively with the Dalits (India’s Black Untouchables). In 1987, he was a keynote speaker at the first All-India Dalits Writer’s Conference, held in Hyderabad, India, and spoke on the “Global Unity of African People.” In 1998, he returned to India to lecture study and sojourn with the Dalits and Adivasis (the indigenous people of India). In 1999, he led a group of seventeen African-Americans to India, and became the first ever non-Indian recipient of the prestigious Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Award. On December 5, 2002 Runoko Rashidi was granted an honorary doctor of divinity degree by the Amen-Ra Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, California.

How to get there?

Happy People Restaurant - 160 Page Green Terrace, High Rd Tottenham, London, N15 4NU
Tube & Train: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line 4 mins) / South Tottenham (London Overground 1 min)
Buses: 73, 76, 149, 243, 318, 349, 476 (Stop directly outside building

-Vendors Welcome! –

 For more information contact Ancient Future: Tel: 07506481509 / 07956134370


  Workshop: Invisible Theatre

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

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

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

Led by Tony Cealy

The workshop costs £90.00 Spaces are limited.

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


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

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

Adm: Matinee tickets £5 (free for seniors)

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

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

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

Tickets 020 7928 3232 /


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

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

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

  Black British Perspectives: Music

Date: Tuesday 20 October
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: The Venue, Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD
Tel:0113 222 3400
Music and arts critic Kevin Le Gendre asks guests, singer Sheila Chandra and music manager, Kwame Kwaten (formely of D'Influence), how hard have black and other multi-ethnic British artists had to struggle to be recognised over the years, in order to break through in the mainstream on their own terms? Are there still enough Black powerbrokers in the music industry and media to ensure that original Black voices are given a platform to do what they feel is progressive without pandering to expectations from 'inside' and outside their own community?

Rsvp by 16 Oct


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

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

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

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

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


Lecture: Dr Frances Cress Welsing

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*More to be confirmed later....

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

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

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

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

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

  Black British Perspectives: Style

Date: Thursday 12  November
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Impressions Gallery. Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1SD
T:08450 515 882

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

Rsvp by 9 Nov


African Odysseys Screenings: A Charmed Life

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

Adm: Matinee tickets £5

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

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

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

Tickets 020 7928 3232 /

  Workshop: Education 4 Liberation

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

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

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

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

The workshop costs £40.00 Spaces are limited.

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


  Black British Perspectives: Stage

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

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

Rsvp by 27 Nov

  Black British Perspectives: Literature and Publishing

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

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

Rsvp by 16 Oct


African Odysseys Screenings: The End of Poverty?

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

Adm: Matinee tickets £5

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

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

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

Tickets 020 7928 3232 /

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