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The Great Role Muddle Debate : Part 1- Do African men still deserve African women

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Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – The Great Role Muddle Debate

“Receiving honour won’t make you a noble, and giving honour won’t make you a slave, so it is well to honour one another” - African Proverb, Malagasy

Greetings, a few days ago I witnessed an illegal search.

I was walking through Stratford shopping centre with a friend and right in front of us, as bold as day, a police officer placed his hands in the rucksack of a middle aged African. My friend and I, immediately looked at each other, stopped talking and approached the man who was being detained. ‘Are you alright’ I asked. ‘Yes’ he responded but he said did not know why the police officer was stopping him from going about his business. Politely I turned to the officer and asked - what were the grounds for him searching his bag. It was then it happened, staring me straight in the eye, the officer lied;

‘I didn’t search the bag’

‘I saw you go through his bag’

‘He did search my bag’ muttered the elder, but the officer whilst courteous was smug and steadfast in his denial.

‘you must have been mistaken’

I asked, ‘what are your grounds for holding him’. Defensively he asked who we were, ‘are we family?’ I replied ‘yes, he’s my brotha’ to which he responded, well my colleagues have entered the shop behind us to investigate an allegation. As we waited for his colleagues to come back I looked at the elder, he seemed a little confused, and before you ask, no - he didn’t have the smell of alcohol on him.

Anyway, I then looked at the officer, young, articulate, watching me with an aloofness that revealed his disdain towards my questioning his authority. He seemed eager for his colleagues to return, meanwhile the elder was on the phone to someone complaining about his detainment. After several minutes of waiting when it looked as though things were under control we decided to leave. We checked with the elder who seemed thankful that someone was watching out for him, the officer polite in his arrogance postured as if angry over how he had now become the object of scrutiny.

My friend wisely suggested we take his badge number, she also pointed out there was likely to be CCTV cameras in the mall that may have captured the incident. But for some reason I decided to leave it, and perhaps that was a mistake. You see the one thing throughout the entire incident that would not leave my mind was that the officer who did the illegal search, harassing the elder, humiliating him in public, was also… an African.

On the way home I started to regret my decision. Why didn’t I take the officers ID? It would have just taken a minute.

Had I let him escape a possible complaint of police misconduct because of some misplaced loyalty I had to him but he did not feel compelled to return to us? Did I, by failing to follow up what seemed to be a minor incident and make an official complaint on the behalf of the elder actually embolden that officer with a false sense of invulnerability? As a result would he do it again?

I honestly don’t know. I don’t have any evidence whether the elder was as innocent of criminality as it seemed or had been behaving mischievously before we arrived. But what I do know is that our brotha in uniform lied, in all likelihood he had conducted an unlawful search fishing for grounds of arrest. That’s illegal.

Role Muddle Debate

So why am I writing about this, well considering all the fuss that continues to be generated about the need for ‘black’ role models for young African people,  I wonder whether we need to automatically exclude those from the list that show an open willingness to betray their own people. This officer was neither loyal to the law or himself when he acted in such a manner, and yet there are many who would look up to him as the perfect role model for our young people.

In fact we are often being instructed to aspire to a whole brigade of OBE, MBE recipients that are typically rewarded for selling out their community. Is being materially ‘rich’ without any long term public dedication to our community development an achievement worth emulating?

Is the ruthless slogan ‘get rich or die trying’ a mantra we should really be endorsing?

I ask these questions because I believe our own media does not do enough to recognise the talent within our ranks and as a result leaves us vulnerable to the venomous bile of charismatic political opportunists.

Whilst it is easy to criticise non-Africans, we must also be honest and recognise that there are those amongst us who everyday act out ‘blackface’ in the media actively seeking to encourage us to confer respect to newly appointed members of Empire. The tragedy here is that some of these include elders so desperate for recognition (that should come from us) they often include those who should know better than accept trinkets of brutish Britishness still dripping in our Ancestors blood. Meanwhile our children are taught at schools to refer to morally and ideologically flaccid African MP’s as ‘Right Honourable’, 'Lord' this and that, 'Lady', 'Reverend' and 'Sir' so and so. This titlemania obsession is a ridiculous state of affairs.

But back to the ‘black’ role model issue, I deliberately use the label ‘black’ as I am explicitly referring to culturally disinherited Africans - those who not only actively reject their own traditions but also enthusiastically seek solace rolling about in the identity and heritage of others. The British media, its education and cultural institutions repeatedly argue that any rich or westernised ‘black’ person is a good role model of ‘success’, but I question this. In fact I reject the entire so called ‘celebrity’ culture where human beings who repeatedly exercise poor moral judgment are elevated to the status of so called ‘star’ and made famous because of public exposure instead of worthy community deeds.

I question this because I am fortunate enough to meet many real role models in our community and not just male ones as even our own media would like to pretend are the only ones who exist. These people are not on your television, they don’t appear on the front page of the Voice newspaper, you don’t see them on the podium at public events or radio debates - instead they are behind the podium, in front of the stage, the television, listening to the radio. But they are not passive, no. These women and their male counterparts are forever working, making miracles happen with next to no money, developing community resources to protect and serve our young and aged, and all the while mothering our community, our hopes, our future, with love, dedication and loyalty whilst finding time to smile, clap and even donate to those that would call themselves our ‘celebrity’ leaders, but in truth are our role muddles.

And I do mean - Role Muddles with a capital R, capital M.

You see unless those who aspire to leadership are simultaneously culturally rich, loyal to their community and charitable with their wealth then they are nothing but successful role muddles. Stereotypical, one dimensional cardboard cut outs, possessing in money what they lack in spirit, owning in property what they lack in respect, believing in the hype caused by the trappings of fame that they can purchase status, love, community respect all whilst never really understanding or experiencing what either truly is.

The disrespecting of African History Month

Only recently we had the public fall from grace of Tiger Woods and Ashley Cole. Both of these men are multi-millionaires who are not only serial betrayers of African women, but also phenomenally rich role muddles. My issue with these men is not the personal business between them and their families. That is their business. But when they publicly reject our community, our identity whilst simultaneously prancing about exploiting media proclamations and commercial promotions of them as exemplarily examples of African success, I get vexed. Irrespective of their sporting prowess, these clowns do not project any image worthy of emulation.

Likewise, I don’t know if you’ve heard but last week three european teachers were suspended in the US. Parents of children in the Los Angeles school became enraged when finding out that Ru Paul, Dennis Rodman and OJ Simpson were being promoted as male (women were seemingly excluded) role models for young African students during African History month.

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African History Month 2010: Role Muddles - Ru Paul, Dennis Rodman, OJ Simpson

Could such a thing take place in the UK?

Sadly, I think so.

Lorraine Abner's, principal of the Elementary School in South LA published a letter that read; "Unfortunately, questionable decisions were made in the selection of noteworthy African American role models….As the principal, I offer my apology for these errors in judgment."

But if we are honest, the thinking that enables these teachers to have no problem with instructing our children to march in a African history school parade carrying pictures of Ru Paul (wearing a blond wig), Dennis Rodman and O.J. Simpson, and then presenting these men as role models next to images of Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr definitely exists in the UK, a country where politically naïve entertainers and sports personalities are frequently brought onto television to articulate community views on our behalf during national debates.

Zuma, British Racism and the Acceptance of Trinkets

During his recent visit to the UK, the Azanian (South African) President Jacob Zuma faced a barrage of hate from the national newspapers. The Daily Mail in particular described him with the headline "Jacob Zuma is a sex-obsessed bigot with four wives and 35 children. So why is Britain fawning over this vile buffoon?" The BBC were not much better, using an underhand patronising dig at his “humble background, [and] little schooling in rural KwaZulu-Natal” with an over emphasis on his “slow and often halting” delivery was best suited to engaging with children. 

Now I am not a cheerleader for President Zuma, but as with president Obama, I believe before passing damning judgment on the quality of his character it would be wise for the media to await his political actions, that is - that which he was elected for.

I would be the first to admit that sadly, Zuma has not shown the level of political veracity I would expected from a sincere traditional Africa leader with moral integrity. The British were responsible for the murder of millions of Africans including our Zulu Ancestors, an act they have never atoned for. In fact the British has actually gone as far as falsifying history books and producing the outrageous propaganda film Zulu to mask their barbarity.

Zuma as a Zulu man could have and should have remained courteous but politely refused to accept the pompous title of honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath an accolade ironically stripped of President Robert Mugabe in June 2008. He did not do so. Instead he compounded his insult to our Ancestors by giving the British queen one of Azania’s (South Africa) highest national honours given to foreign heads of state and government - the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo gold class. It is irresponsible acts such as this, and not our culture, that in my mind that makes him a potential role muddle, not because he as the elitist editors at the BBC state; “had little formal schooling as a child”.

I say potential because he was also a key part of the anti-apartheid movement, something we should never forget. Despite some of his seemingly obvious faults he and the great Steve Biko worked and risked life for the liberation of our people, unlike some of the true ‘black’ buffoon’s media institutions like the Daily Mail, BBC and even the Guardian newspaper are guilty of promoting. Over the years, performers such as Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson and Calvin ‘Snoop Dogg’ Broadus have been extending masses of column inches, features, and interviews despite actually working to exploit and therefore harm our community, culture, traditions and reputation. These and many other truly abhorrent role muddles are afforded a level of media coverage denied true community workers.

Our Responsibility

But let me say this clearly now. Our own media is equally responsible for this mess. We have one national newspaper (Voice), two national radio station (1Xtra and Colourful) several TV channels (including BEN, OBE, BET and excluding the numerous evangelist channels), so I’m extremely curious as to why (other than Colourful and several smaller regional platforms), our own media and role leaders have been so silent on the issue of the erosion of our human rights and civil liberties. It really says something when our lost brotha Trevor Phillips can claim to have taken the high ground by writing on these issues whilst our own media is discussing topics such as who has the biggest booty or embarrassing itself (and sadly us by association) with its tragically unimaginative movers and shakers lists, alongside its recently asinine fantasy government candidates.

The front page of this weeks Voice newspaper for example features a “Celeb Mums!” main feature, gives continuing support to the ‘The rise of the new black Tories’, pontificates about how ‘Zuma really does shame my African culture’ and promotes a weekly column written by a Tory european that reads ‘I’m a politician who sees Jesus as his role model’. After all our struggles, all our achievements is this what we have come down too.

A tabloid that aspires to be a ‘black’ version of the Sun?

When the New Nation newspaper was running, for all its faults, at least it tried to support campaigns on important community issues. Like the Alarm and the West Indian Gazette before it, it did not bury its head in the sand holding endless bourgeoisie ‘community consultations’ (where the real community is strangely always absent) with wealthy church and business ‘leaders’ basking in photo opportunities for their portfolios.

Our media has a responsibility to hold both politicians and police chiefs to account to us, the community, not beg friend of them. We should work in a critical capacity on issues where no effective supportive role exists. But instead our ‘black’ media has become an international joke. Even when lowering ourselves to fantasise about celebrity mums, there is an idiotic focus on Africans in America. Why do these elitist ‘blacks’ not realise that most of us in the UK are broke, under severe pressure and are at serious risk of losing our livelihoods. We cannot afford to clown around continuously promoting these role muddles when there is serious work to be done.

Now there is an election looming, we should be hearing new voices that represent a future, not old voices parroting on about failure, we should be collectively using our media to name and shame those who abuse us on a daily basis, whilst simultaneously giving praise and support to those who are working to help us rise. Tragically we appear to have gone backwards, music now exists where there used to be informed talk, yes - there is the odd hissy fit type article and debate here and there, but what is the cost - no campaigns, no strategy, no moral courage, just a tired ‘expect the best, voice it and vote’ tactic endorsed by African American religious activists that having lost their political capital in the US, are now being flown over and paid (government?) cash to get us to join in with their system, his system…. and I don’t mean the Creator.

Instead of desperately seeking to prove to ‘the man’ that we are still relevant, they should be meeting true grass root community organisations. They should be actively using their public profile to help promote and support those struggling but still working to empower us without funding from government. What annoys me even more is the way they talk down to us, abusing the civil rights history of our Ancestors in the Americas, often ignoring Rosa Parkes and misquoting Martin Luther King when in Truth both of them if alive today, would have been ashamed of their actions.

Stop the Silence: DNA Retention and Stop and Search

Last night I shared a platform with several police officers, a community worker and an active young brotha on one of the biggest civil rights issue of our time - stop and search. The discussion which was broadcast live (www.avenues.org.uk) raised many points including the harrowing story of a father who having witnessed his sons being forcibly stopped and searched on the floor outside his own house, was then himself arrested and charged with assault after he intervened. He now risks criminal prosecution for doing the right thing. In fact the whole evening we heard horror stories of the thuggish behaviour of police officers humiliating young Africans in public. One of the officers on the panel admitted there was a problem. To his credit he also highlighted two instances where officers had been prosecuted and thrown of the force for overt criminal behaviour. But there was not one instance given where an officer guilty of stop and search violations against African children had been held to account.

They are still out there working on the streets.

Indeed, the government has just released a 71 page publication about the public perception of anti-terror legislation called ‘Occasional Paper 88’. I scanned it briefly before heading to the summary. Unsurprisingly, their conclusion is that the majority of the public support the legislation, whilst Muslim communities are hesitant. Some blurb about human rights and civil liberties, a single sentence about stop and search and then the killer line acknowledging the research was weak and as such there ‘is a need to capture the perceived impacts of CT legislation across a wider set of communities.’

That’s it. It’s not unless you delve into the body of the paper that the true killer statements appear;

“Powers in the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 allow police to take routinely and use fingerprints and non-intimate samples from those subject to a control order. It puts the retention and use of covertly acquired DNA or fingerprints on a statutory footing; ensuring that DNA/fingerprints taken under PACE and retained on the national DNA or fingerprint databases can be cross referenced for the purposes of national security.”

It continues;

“Other evidence, assessed as methodologically strong, also reports perceptions of disproportionate use of stop and search. This research found that a number of respondents interpreted this as ‘a symptom of racial stereotyping and of personal and/or institutional discrimination’.[3] However, it should be noted that these comments were in relation to community policing and are not CT (S44) specific”

Again, no-one seems willing to talk about what is happening specifically to us, our young people. Let’s see if anyone picks up on this. Now there is new hard evidence that so called community policing remains riddled with discrimination both by individual officers and entire forces. I wonder which one of our politicians or ‘leaders’ will lead on this issue.

When Money Talks, Truth Walks

So let me close these ramblings addressing what started it.

Role muddles.

This month is international women’s month and whilst African women were excluded from being beneficiaries of eurocentric feminist empowerment movements they were some of the most important advocates and drivers of human rights this world has ever known. Today the cult of celebrity has put back that call of human rights and natural justice with the construction and widespread dissemination of the cultural role muddle. Those amongst us for whom the acquisition of money is the ultimate goal, male and female, these zombies will lie in bed with whoever or whatever to achieve their aims. But it has not always been that way.

Perhaps we need to take a step back and breathe.

Remember.

For one moment let’s…

Forget Moses and think Harriet Tubman

Forget King and think of Rosa Parkes

Forget Nelson and think Winnie Mandela

Forget the Voice and think of Claudia Jones

Put Fela on pause and think about his mother, Funmilayo or Amy Ashwood Garvey, Queen Nzingha, Amy Jacques Garvey, Yaa Asantewaa, or the millions of African women that are struggling to hold our community together whilst the big talk men were too afraid to take the fight to the real enemy.

We are rapidly approaching a bent election and if we have our eyes open we will clearly see those of us willing to collaborate and sell us out in order to get in bed with the new expected UK imperialists... the Tories.

Cameron and his boys, more so than any other political party, including the comical BNP, hate us. If they could find justification to fire us from our jobs, repossess our homes, continue exploiting our motherland (did you know that the Turks and Caicos Islands is now under British Rule) and deport us without a penny to our name then they would. I am not saying vote Labour, nor Liberal Democrats or any of the other parties that are too scared to use the word African in their manifestos.

All I am saying is that during this specific time we need to be aware of what is happening around us in our name and organise. We must not be oblivious to the problem of our so called media and leaders deceitful apathy an mass manipulation.

During every election the mainstream political heads play a game with them. They pretend to beg them, wine and dine them, invite them to ‘important’ meetings, listen to them and in short massage their egos seducing them with power, making them believe that they are important. But it is we and not these self appointed role muddles that are truly important. It is we that hold the power to change an ultimately revolutionise the system.

It does NOT begin and end with the ballot box.

We must recognise that instead of our leaders and media reminding us of all the fckuries these people have and continue to heap upon us, instead of helping organise our community to openly boycott en mass a corrupt political system that deplorably deploys tokenism as a means to get us to validate its existence they wimp out.

“Use your voice and vote” they bray, mimicking the words of every single corrupt politician in this country.

Shamefully betraying the freedoms of our next generation for trinkets

Please excuse my language above but I can't eloquently express the anger many of us collectively feel for these meddling, muddling sheeple using the English language. Our problems are not with the councillors, of which several from our community at least attempt to do grass roots work, but instead with the ministers and their influential colleagues in the media who could bring about positive change for us all but whose individual capitalist priorities means that they only come to us when they are desperate to consolidate or obtain power.

It's the lies, the deception, the manipulation, I hate.

And so I write.

The African community does not hold the power to key political seats across the UK. We never have. All our vote does is allow us to give sanction an permission to the government to continue the global abuses done to our people and others across the world in the name of democracy, of the war on terror, to continue Maafa.

You see even if you believe in this democratic process, our community strategy should not be we will vote and then you fix it, it should be fix it first and then we’ll think about voting – BEFORE the election.

I hadn’t intended to write such a long piece but to be honest I’ve recently been inspired by the activities of so many people, so many grass roots organisations pulling together to help our family in Haiti, Africa, across the Caribbean and here in the UK. I’ve met young people and elders with next to no financial or media support organise events that have educated, empowered and helped with the healing of our community.  It’s hard to remain pessimistic and negative when you’re actively involved with doing this work.

Anyway I may not have a newspaper but I wanted to write about these people for a change, the real heroes, mums and dads, volunteers and students, cultural workers and entrepreneurs who may not make it to the front page of the Voice or onto our TV screens, they may never be invited talk on Question Time or the Big Question but to me and hundreds of thousands like me they are the real celebrities.

The real role models.

I just wanted to big up our young people who are making great achievements in the education and not just those who are up to no good in ‘da ghetto’. We exist. Its like the Matrix or the classic film Burning an Illusion, someone last night said ‘there is no community’, she was wrong, what she should of said is that ‘I don’t read about it, hear about it, or work in it, so I don’t know where our community really is’.

But most of all I wanted to write about the African women, some 70% of whom still in 2010, live impoverished lives across the world. And yet despite being attacked, oppressed and exploited not only by the system, her own westernised sistren but also some of her sons, brothas, fathers, husbands, all aspiring to the lies fueled by these role muddles with abuse coming from the Bible to the Koran, from the liberal to the nationalist...

...She is still standing, still working, still loving.

Do we still deserve her? Perhaps it’s not for me to answer that.

But I do know that we certainly owe her a debt that no media celebrity or role muddle should ever be able to convince us otherwise.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.

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


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Pan African Worldview

Winnie and Nelson Mandela
Winnie and Nelson Mandela

Mandela let us down - Winnie

Struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela bitterly lashed out at Nelson Mandela in an interview published in the London Evening Standard this week.

She said South Africa's first democratically elected president, who is also her ex-husband, had become a "corporate foundation" who was being "wheeled out to collect the money".

Madikizela-Mandela also called Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a "cretin", in the interview with Nadira Naipaul, who visited her with her husband, the writer VS Naipaul, in Soweto.

"Mandela let us down," said Madikizela-Mandela.

'Bad deal for the blacks'

"He agreed to a bad deal for the blacks. Economically, we are still on the outside.

"The economy is very much 'white'. It has a few token blacks, but so many who gave their life in the struggle have died unrewarded," said Madikizela-Mandela, in the interview published on www.standard.co.uk.

She said Mandela had no control over the ANC anymore and was just being used by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to get funds.

"Look what they make him do. The great Mandela. He has no control or say any more. They put that huge statue of him right in the middle of the most affluent 'white' area of Johannesburg. Not here where we spilled our blood and where it all started.

"Mandela is now a corporate foundation. He is wheeled out globally to collect the money and he is content doing that. The ANC have effectively sidelined him but they keep him as a figurehead for the sake of appearance."

Others also suffered

Madikizela-Mandela said Mandela was not the only leader who suffered.

"This name Mandela is an albatross around the necks of my family. You all must realise that Mandela was not the only man who suffered. There were many others, hundreds who languished in prison and died.

"Many unsung and unknown heroes of the struggle, and there were others in the leadership too, like poor Steve Biko, who died of the beatings, horribly all alone.

"Mandela did go to prison and he went in there as a burning young revolutionary. But look what came out."

Madikizela-Mandela criticised him for accepting the Nobel Peace Prize with the apartheid government's last president, FW de Klerk.

"I cannot forgive him for going to receive the Nobel [Peace Prize in 1993] with his jailer [FW] de Klerk. Hand in hand they went.

"Do you think De Klerk released him from the goodness of his heart? He had to. The times dictated it, the world had changed, and our struggle was not a flash in the pan, it was bloody to say the least and we had given rivers of blood.

"I had kept it alive with every means at my disposal."

TRC 'charade'

She also lashed out at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process, criticising Tutu, its chairperson.

"Look at this Truth and Reconciliation charade. He [Mandela] should never have agreed to it.

"What good does the truth do? How does it help anyone to know where and how their loved ones were killed or buried? That Bishop Tutu who turned it all into a religious circus came here.

"He had the cheek to tell me to appear. I told him a few home truths. I told him that he and his other like-minded cretins were only sitting here because of our struggle and me. Because of the things I and people like me had done to get freedom."

Looking back, she said the movement's actions were badly planned.

"You know, sometimes I think we had not thought it all out. There was no planning from our side. How could we? We were badly educated and the leadership does not acknowledge that. Maybe we have to go back to the drawing board and see where it all went wrong."

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Children’s Cultural Film Club

Greetings All

‘Thank You’

To those of you who attended the 5th session of our ‘Children’s Cultural Film Club’ on 13 February 2010 celebrating Black History Month.  It was an inspiring session.

‘Thank You’ to Abeni who danced to Boney M’s ‘Brown Girl In The Ring’, to Patrick who sang ‘Glory Be To God In The Highest’ and to all the children who got up and danced afterwards.  Yes, also the parents who joined the dance towards the end.  It was also a pleasure to see three Fathers attending solely with their children ~ none of whom live locally.

We apologise for Canaan not being able to attend to do his presentation on Carriacou.  This will certainly be rescheduled as he’s done a lot of work on it.

This Saturday ~ 13 March 2010 Salutes To Our Women/International Women’s Month
Our next screening is this Saturday.  We will be observing International Women’s Month and Mother’s Day.  Men and Fathers you are encouraged to come and support.  Our film is ‘Rosa Parks’.
Homework ~ Every one attending comes with one fact about Rosa Parks.  This can be done individually or as a family group.

Our discussion afterwards will be based on ‘Determination’

The Rosa Parks Story is a full length film.  So time permitting our entertainment will be  

  1. Cezanne ~ Performance Poet
  2. Sefer ~ Poem
  3. Jan ~ Presentation on ‘History of International Women’s Month’
  4. Abeni ~ Song

If we don’t get to have the entertainment we will reschedule the performances. 

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.


 

‘Creativity in your hands – Achieve your New Year’s resolution!’

Creative Lifestyle

‘I’m gonna learn something new’. ‘I will take up a new hobby’. Sounds familiar? Are any of these one of your New Year’s resolutions? Sadly, not many people actually achieve the resolutions they set out for themselves.

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 start mid-January 2010 and take place at the heart of the Bethnal Green community, at our modern Oxford House studios (Derbyshire street, E2 6HG).

Make your New Year’s resolution happen in 2010!

We offer several workshop sessions per week for four, six or 12 weeks as a repeating rolling programme in the following areas:

· 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                 

We are currently running hand knitting, natural hair design, greetings cards, children’s workshops as group workshops as well as ‘one to one’ workshops should they be required.

Our prices for individual classes start from £72 for a course consisting of 5 weeks of one subject. Prices for ‘one to one’ and group/organisational workshops will be assessed according to the requirements.

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: info@creativelifestyle.org.uk

Our website address is: www.creativelifestyle.org.uk

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

Creative Lifestyle CIC - bringing creativity back into the community!


  Education and Community Development Seminar:  Delivering 'Education For All' in Adamawa State Nigeria: Opportunities, Challenges and Volunteering

When: Friday 12 March 4 - 6 pm
Where:
ED2.02, Cass School of Education, Stratford Campus, University of East London, Water Lane E15 4LZ
( See  http://www.uel.ac.uk/campuses/stratford.htm for directions)

A discussion with Asma'u Joda, member of Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board.

State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs), established by the Universal Basic Education Act 2004, are the means by which the Millennium Development Goal 'Education For All' is being implemented in Nigeria.  Although Adamawa State has one of the lowest incomes of all Nigeria's 36 States, in 2007 it came third among all the States for its Basic Education programme and is seeking to improve on this position.  To this end, Adamawa spends 40% of its income on education signalling the critical contribution it expects education to make to political stability and development. 

Adamawa SUBEB has welcomed traditional Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) volunteers to contribute to education development in the State and for the first time this January, it welcomed Development Impact for Nigeria's (DIFN), VSO supported, Diaspora Volunteers for a much shorter more focused volunteer programme.

In this seminar, Asma'u Joda, who represents women's organisations on the SUBEB, will talk about the challenges and opportunities that Adamawa State has encountered implementing 'Education For All'.  She will discuss with participants, which of these challenges the board has been able to overcome and which ones it still faces. What role does she see for academic research in the work of the SUBEB?  How can volunteer visitors (African diaspora and others) contribute to Adamawa's education development plan? Of what value was the VSO and Development Impact For Nigeria's (DIFN) Diaspora Volunteers visit in January 2010 and how should the work done during that visit be developed?

In addition to the presentation by Asma'u Joda, there will be a slide show presentation about the DIFN Diaspora Volunteer's visit in January and refreshments.

Participation in this seminar is free but, for health and safety reasons, if you intend to attend, please inform Abiola Ogunsola (a.m.ogunsola@uel.ac.uk)


 

BFI Screening Double Bill

Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie
South Africa - USA 2009. Dir Yemane I Demissie. 58min. EST

Lion of Judah
BBC 1971. Dir Anthony Joly de Lotbiniere. 60min

On Saturday 13 Mar 14:00 at BFI Southbank there will be a screening of two films exploring the history and cultural legacy of Emperor Haile Selassie and Ethiopia. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion on the symbolic importance of Ethiopa to Rastafari culture.

Followed by;

Resisting the System: Reggae in the 21st Century
UK 2009. Dir Lez Henry. 82min

An insightful and thought-provoking community documentary looking at sexism, homophobia and shadism in the 21st Century. With discussion.

Panel Members: Cecil Gutzmore and Dr Lez Henry

Free to ticket-holders for Lion of Judah and Twilight Revelations

http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/events/twilight_revelations_lion_of_judah


 

African Market Day

Hello,

As you may be aware the next African Market Day is taking place on the 8th May 2010 at Hampstead town hall  if you would like to participate as an exhibitor please can you fill in the attached booking form and return to us. We have begun taking bookings and cannot reserve a stall for your business until we have received  confirmation from you.

If you would like to participate in the African Market Day as a performer or as a volunteer please contact us.

Become a fan of our Facebook page to view updates about the African Market Day promote your business, connect with other fans  and tag your business, yourself or products in our photographs. http://www.facebook.com/pages/London-United-Kingdom/The-African-Market-Day/113570383623

We value your participation in the African Market Day events and look forward to seeing you on the 8th May 2010.

Kindest Regards

The AMDNetworks Team

www.theafricanmarketday.com

enquiries@theafricanmarketday.com


 

"The Story of Lovers Rock"

Kush Films invite interested Investors & Donators to a Special Private Exclusive Screening
of
"The Story of Lovers Rock" Tuesday 16th March 2010 (Doors open: 7.00pm / Start: 7.45pm) 

Kush presents a special exclusive preview screening of the new film “The Story Of Lovers Rock”.
This film is still in production and we need to raise a final amount of £60,000 to finish the film, but we wanted to show interested select Investors and small Donators what we have so far with the hope you will want to be a part of this historic cinematic production and make a donation (Great benefits attached to donations of £250 and larger equity investments).  

This is a private event – Invite only!   

Do you remember those youthful & loving days in the 70's & 80's when British reggae music ruled the world. When Love was abound and girl power ruled? Do you also remember, the afro’s, guys having contests to see who could dance with the most girls, holding on close to your man and rubbing all night long, friends Mum’s or dad’s coming into the dance and grabbing the mic and telling them children to make sure them get home fast, rubbing off the wall paper on the wall?

Do you remember the styles & fashion, Gabbici tops, Farrah slacks, Silk shirts, Pleated skirts; oh wow those where the days!

This film features the best of all the Lovers Rock artistes of the day live in concert and comedic memories from the likes of Rudi Lickwood, Angie Lemar, Glenda Jackson, Wayne “Dibi” Rollins, Eddie Nestor & Robbie Gee.  

If you would like to attend this screening on Tuesday 16th March, please call Marlon Palmer (Producer) on  07961 977 749


 

Ask questions of your elected representatives about the way the current uk asylum system operates and demand an overhaul to their barbaric practices

Demand a public enquiry into the red road suicides

(please copy your emails or correspondece to home@paih.org )

Residents of Red Road have asked for help with a demonstration outside the UK Borders Agency, (Home Office) at Festival Court, 200 Brand Street, Govan, Glasgow (next to Cessnock underground and off Paisley Road West, Glasgow) on Tuesday 9th March in memory of the family who committed suicide on Sunday morning from one of the tower blocks in Red Road.

The bodies of the family, a couple and their son, were found at the bottom of a 31-storey block at 63 Petershill Drive, Springburn, Glasgow, on Sunday morning. We understand they were asylum-seekers who had received a negative decision from the UK Borders Agency (UKBA).

According to the Unity Centre in Govan, Strathclyde police visited the family's flat on the 15th floor last Friday to tell them their asylum case had been refused and they would have to leave the flat.  It is common for the police only to come to the door of a refused asylum seeker at the request of the landlord after the family have refused to leave their accommodation.  

So far, the YMCA who were landlords for the three are refusing to comment to the media. (The YMCA has a highly profitable contract with the UK Borders Agency to house asylum seekers in the Red Road flats, which are some of Glasgow's worst housing stock).

We believe there should be a public inquiry into these deaths, and the impact of the UK Borders Agency and their terror campaign - disguised as asylum policy - on the lives of asylum seekers who have lived here for years but live in permanent fear of destitution, detention and removal. Many asylum seekers flee persecution or death, only to be terrorised by the prospect of removal back to an unsafe country, and in the process face destitution or long term detention. The current asylum system is based on the false premise that all asylum seekers are bogus. We need a complete rethink.

PLEASE, PLEASE ACT NOW

This case, and many others, raise serious questions about the way the UK asylum system operates in this country. Members of the public have a right to know if we have a fair asylum system, or one which terrorises vulnerable people to the point they would take their own lives.  

In 2009, we assisted 975 households. Out of this, 276 were destitute asylum seekers. This represents a 25% increase since 2008. We provided 1,368 nights of shelter through hostels (554 nights) and volunteers (814 nights). 128 people (55%) were in the process of lodging a fresh claim or a judicial review when they were made destitute. We assisted destitute asylum seekers from 44 countries including the following: Iran (15%), Iraq (14%), Somalia ( 9%), Zimbabwe (8%), China (8%), Dem Rep of Congo (7%) and Sudan (5%)

Please contact home@paih.org for more information

Related Info
Three Leap to Death

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8555763.stm

Background to story can be found at the link below: http://news.google.co.uk/news/search?um=1&cf=all&ned=uk&hl=en&q=%22red+road&cf=all&scoring=n


  In the beginning was the WORD, the WORD then became a STORY...What's your story???

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK - but don't know how? (Pt 1): furthering your creative writing WORKSHOPS ARE BACK!

Do YOU have to story? Have YOU ever experienced HURT? LOVE? PLEASURE? Do YOU want to tell it? Can YOU tell it?

Do YOU want to learn how to write creatively?

Would like to turn YOUR writing into a BOOK, a STORY or a POEM? Or want to just WRITE for FUN?

YOU MUST attend this workshop...LIMTED SEATING...BOOK NOW!!!

Workshop Begins: Wednesday 7th April 2010, for 5 weeks! 

6:30-8:30pm

The Big Green Bookshop, Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London, England N22

 

Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

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

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email: info@mashufaa.co.uk
Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk
Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


 

Community Events - March 2010

Huntley Conference
Annual Huntley Conference

Raising Everyone’s Awareness of Lives Lost in Youth

When: Wednesday 10 March, 6.30pm
Where: Room K0.31, Ground floor King’s Building.
Adm: Free, all welcome.

Leroy Logan MBE, Chair of REALLITY – “Raising Everyone’s Awareness of Lives Lost in Youth” – presents a guest seminar to King’s College School of Law in collaboration with KCL Criminology Society. He will discussing the issues facing young people – including their experiences of gun and knife violence – and the work REALLITY have been carrying out, including work with the “Reach” National Role Model programme.

For more information, about REALLITY http://www.reallity.org/


Women Mean Business: 2012 Olympics and Beyond: “What’s in it for us?”

Where: Houses of Parliament, Jubilee Rooms
When: Friday 12th March 2010 between 10am – 2pm

The Olympics was won on the back of London’s Diversity and to date many BAME businesses in London have not benefited from the Olympic rollercoaster, but more importantly have not begun to explore how the Olympics can benefit there business, especially through the Visitor Economy.

Urban Inclusion Community  manages the The Fair Enteprise and Trade (FEAT) project.  FEAT is a partnership of four women’s voluntary organisations. Urban Inclusion Community, Account 3, Women’s Resource Centre and Prowess. FEAT is funded by the London Development Agency to encourage the formation and growth of new businesses and social enterprises by black, asian and minority ethnic women directly linked to the entrepreneurial opportunities arising from the 2012 Olympics.

Women’s Resource Centre is a key strategic partner that has been delivering support programmes targeting women’s voluntary and community organisations interested in  developing social enterprises as part of a sustainability strategy. The suatainability of the women’s sector is crucial to all partners. WRC have recently completed a feasibility study looking at potential options for a women’s premises in London to house women’s voluntary and community sector and women led social enterprises.

Teas, coffees and light lunch will be served

It is essential that if you are able to attend to send your RSVP to sharon.vanloo@navron-events.co.uk  by Wednesday 10th March as your name will be added to a list for security purposes. Places are limited so I will urge you to RSVP as soon as possible.


Limpopo Productions Limpopo Club Sessions

When: Friday 12th March 2010, 8.30pm to 4.00am
Where: Charlie Wright’s International Bar, 45 Pitfield Street, London, N1 6DA. (Tube: Old Street (Exit 2) Buses: 26, 47, 48, 55, 149, 242, 243)
Adm: £5.00

MOSI CONDE AND KEIRA KORA AFRICA
(www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world/onyourstreet/msmosi.shtml
and www.myspace.cm/mosiconde)

plus DJs WALA and MR K

Born into a family of griots ...in Guinea, West Africa, Mosi Conde started performing at an early age. A highly accomplished kora (21-string African harp) player and singer his music is deeply rooted in the tradition and folkloric expressions of his country. Expertly mixing the kora, percussion and silky vocals this combo is one of the most exciting on the live music scene. Band performs from 9.30pm-11.30pm. DJs play until 4.00am.

DJ Wala (producer and world music connoisseur – da best in da business) DJ Mr K (the marvellous selector)

Playing loads of high energy African hits/club anthems with a touch of soca, salsa, reggae, soul and funk. Potent mix of highly infectious music not to be missed!

Contact: Mr K 07745 854867
Tel. 020 7490 8345
www.charliewrights.com


Education and Community Development Seminar:  Delivering 'Education For All' in Adamawa State Nigeria: Opportunities, Challenges and Volunteering

When: Friday 12 March, 4 - 6 pm
Where:
ED2.02, Cass School of Education, Stratford Campus, University of East London, Water Lane E15 4LZ
( See  http://www.uel.ac.uk/campuses/stratford.htm for directions)

A discussion with Asma'u Joda, member of Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board.

In this seminar, Asma'u Joda, who represents women's organisations on the SUBEB, will talk about the challenges and opportunities that Adamawa State has encountered implementing 'Education For All'.  She will discuss with participants, which of these challenges the board has been able to overcome and which ones it still faces. What role does she see for academic research in the work of the SUBEB?  How can volunteer visitors (African diaspora and others) contribute to Adamawa's education development plan? Of what value was the VSO and Development Impact For Nigeria's (DIFN) Diaspora Volunteers visit in January 2010 and how should the work done during that visit be developed?

In addition to the presentation by Asma'u Joda, there will be a slide show presentation about the DIFN Diaspora Volunteer's visit in January and refreshments.

Participation in this seminar is free but, for health and safety reasons, if you intend to attend, please inform Abiola Ogunsola (a.m.ogunsola@uel.ac.uk)


The Children’s Cultural Film Club

Where: Happy Peoples Restaurant, 160 Page Green Terrace, Tottenham, London N15 4NU
When: 13 March 2010, 2 pm -5 pm

Greetings all

Please see attached for full details of the ‘Children’s Cultural Film Club’ this Saturday 13 March 2010.

  • Salutes To Our Women
  • International Women’s Month
  • Mother's Day

 This month we have extended the time, 2 pm -5 pm due to the length of the film.

Please note that Tottenaham Football Club are playing at home so give yourself enough time to get to us.

Contact: Gold Onyx - 07946 670 949


BFI Screening Double Bill: Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie + Lion of Judah

When: Sat 13 Mar 14:00
Where: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT

A double bill featuring an acclaimed documentary from the 70s alongside a recent BFM Festival selection, a moving and insightful portrait of Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia for 43 years, 1930-1974. During Ethiopia's war against Italian fascist rule he gained international recognition for his country and was temporarily exiled in the UK as a result. He is admired today as a symbol for the self-determination of Africa and its people. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about this notable figure and his extraordinary legacy.

Panel Members: Cecil Gutzmore and Dr Lez Henry

Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie
South Africa - USA 2009. Dir Yemane I Demissie. 58min. EST

Lion of Judah
BBC 1971. Dir Anthony Joly de Lotbiniere. 60min

Followed by;

Resisting the System: Reggae in the 21st Century
UK 2009. Dir Lez Henry. 82min

An insightful and thought-provoking community documentary looking at sexism, homophobia and shadism in the 21st Century. With discussion.

Free to ticket-holders for Lion of Judah and Twilight Revelations

http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/events/twilight_revelations_lion_of_judah


HAITI DISASTER MEMORIAL

When: Saturday 13th March 2010, 6pm
Where: Voice Of Afrika Radio, 24 Swete Street, Plaistow E13 0BS

On January 12th 2010 the Caribbean island of Ayiti (Haiti) was devastated by an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale.  The ensuing chaos left one million homeless and over 200,000 fatalities. 

It is both our tradition and our duty to memorialise the victims of the earthquake to honour their lives and to give support to their families that are still with us.
 
The Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement in conjunction with Voice Of Afrika Radio invites the Afrikan community to the Ayiti Disaster Memorial – an Afrikan traditional ceremony in honour of the victims. Celebrating the lives of our dearly departed Brothers and Sisters.
   
THERE WILL BE PRAYERS - THERE WILL BE DANCING - THERE WILL BE CHANTING.....
BRING YOUR DRUMS!!!!
 
The Afrikan world owes a debt to Ayiti for its revolutionary example, come and join in this communal praise song to a proud people at the Ayiti DisasterMemorial

For more information call 0208 539 2154 or 07939 292 720.


Igbo Language Conference 2010

When: 14th March 2010
Where: Northwold Community Hall, Clapton, London E5 8ST


The 14th Tale

When: 9 February - 13 March
Where: National Theatre
Adm: £10

The 14th Tale tells the hilarious exploits of a natural born mischief growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to the rooftops of Dublin and London. Written and performed by Inua Ellams, a Nigerian-born performance poet/spoken word artist, Ellams vividly brings to life the characters that punctuate his upbringing, offering an intimate account of the trials of adolescence and what it means to be a young, African male in London today.


Big Mother's Day Comedy Show:
"Mummy I Love You" feat Curtis Walker & Felix Dexter


When
: Sun 14th March 2010, 8pm
Adm: £15 / £12.50 conc.
Where: The Broadway Theatre, Rushey Green, Catford, London, SE6 4RU

Carlton Thomas presents
Curtis Walker & Felix Dexter in “Mummy I Love You” on Mothers Day

Come see Curtis Walker and Felix Dexter at the Broadway Theatre Catford on stage together for the first time in a very special Mother’s Day stand up comedy and sketch show suitable for all the family called “Mummy I Love You”. This will be an evening of guaranteed laughter and humour brought to you by two comedy maestro’s Curtis Walker and Felix Dexter, Mummies Boy’s. 
 
This Mother's Day comedy show is suitable for all the family

www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk 
020 8690 0002
07985 212 145  (Carlton)


"Black Fatherhood in the 21st Century" - A discussion with Rt Hon David Lammy MP

When: Monday 15th March 2010, 12.30pm
Where: The Grimond Room, House of Commons

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to invite you to a "Runnymede Platform" discussion with Rt Hon David Lammy MP on "Black Fatherhood in the 21st Century" in the House of Commons. Against the backdrop of an increasingly prominent focus in the media on the role of the family in modern Britain, David Lammy and three guest panelists (TBC) will outline their views on fatherhood in the black community. The event will also screen a number of short films on the issue made by David Lammy and actor Femi Oyeniranon (Star of Kidulthood and Adulthood).

David Lammy MP is currently Minister of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and MP for Tottenham. Elected to Parliament in 2000, he has held ministerial positions in the Departments of Health, Constitutional Affairs and Culture, Media and Sport.

Runnymede is a social policy research organisation focused on race equality and race relations. We work by:
Investigating challenges to race equality and good race relations
Enabling effective action for social change
Influencing policy at all levels through providing thought leadership and robust evidence

Runnymede Platform aims to create a space in which senior political figures can discuss issues of race equality with critical comment from the academic community. Contributors to the series so far have included Conservative Shadow Justice Secretary Dominic Grieve MP and Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson Lynne Featherstone MP.

Places are limited, so please email vicki@runnymedetrust.org ASAP to reserve your space and avoid disappointment.

Kind regards

Vicki Butler, Public Affairs Officer
Tel: 020 7377 9222 / Email: vicki@runnymedetrust.org  


Battle Scars - Lyrical Combat: Heat 1 London

When: Thurs 18th March 2010, Doors 8-1am Tournament starts 9pm Sharp.
Where: Jamm (Brixton) 261 Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9 2LH
(Turn right out of Brixton station Jamm is 10 mins down the road on the right hand side. Junction Loughborough Rd and Brixton Rd)
Adm: Limited advance tickets £5+BF

Calibrated Entertainments in association with IPF Present;
The annual search for the UK's Heaviest Lyricist Masters of the Lyrical Arts Enter the Arena To Do Lyrical Combat In a Four Round Elimination Contest To the Death Skill Style and Technique Decides Who Survives For There Can Be Only One!!!

Hosted by:
Lawyer Da Black (www.havitlive.com - myspace.com/lawyerdablack - facebook.com/lawyerdablack)
Peaches (Reality Bytes – facebook.com/peaches-sherelle

Battles backed by live band!!!
£100 to the winner

To Enter Send Pic and sample of lyrical skill to: Battle Scars PO Box 23523 London E13 0UP Or lawyer@battlescars.co.uk

Available from Ticket Web 0n 08444 771 000 or
www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=369489&interface
MORE ON THE DOOR


RED: Contemporary Black British Poetry

When : 19 March, 7pm
Where: Poetry Cafe, Betterton St, Covent Garden, London

The African Writer's Evening at the Poetry Cafe features Lola Jaye and Peter Kalu. Lola was born in West London, grew up in South London and has lived in Nigeria.  By The Time You Read This...  Lola's first novel was published by Harper Collins in 2008.  Her self help book Reaching for The Stars - How to Make Your Dreams Come True was published as part of the Quick Read campaign on World Book Day in 2009 and her second novel, While You Were Dreaming... was published in May 2009.  Both novels have been published in various other languages, including Korean and German.

www.lolajaye.com

Peter Kalu is a poet, playwright, novelist.  He has had six novels published and numerous radio and theatre plays produced. He is an editor for North West of England based publishers, Crocus and SuitcasePress.  He writes under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms. 

www.peterkalu.co.uk

New emerging writers will appear including Gitta Sumner reading from Dreams, Miracles and Jazz: New Adventures in African Fiction..

For more information:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/African-Writers-Evening/


AJAMU/AAWRU: African Women’s Day

When: Saturday 20th March 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Where: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15
(nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line)
Adm: £3 donation requested (children free):

AJAMU / AAWRU (ALL AFRICAN WOMEN REVOLTINARY UNION) presents:

" A Cultural Celebration & Tribute to Women of the Caribbean" - with a special tribute to Haitian Women.

The event is to celebrate International Women's Day (8th March) and will pay tribute to the brave sisters of Haiti and the Caribbean.

The event will commence at 6pm and a panel of sista speakers will present our perspective on the contributions of african women of the Caribbeans to the struggle of African people past, present and future. In paying tribute to our great sheroes, who as a result of the most barbaric human system of enslavement found themselves inhabitants of the islands of the Caribbeans.

In saluting our women we recognise that the African woman is the backbone of the African nation. That throughout history she has struggled side by side with the african man to rid our people of exploitation and degradation. We recognise that it is through the African woman that our greatest asset African culture is transmitted from generation to generation. On International Women's Day 2010 we gather together to not only celebrate but to also reinvigorate ourselves to continue to struggle.

Sistas, the African community in the UK needs to unify. Fragmentation and individualism are dominating our community. To unify we must have a shared purpose, shared values and travel a shared path. Organisation remains the tried and tested vehicle for moving a people from one state of being to the next. Let us salute those African women who as well as being mothers, wives, sistas, aunts and daughters have also stood on the frontline as organisation leaders and ideologues. Let us draw strength from our great warrior Queens - Nanny of the Maroons, Amy Garvey, Amy Jacques Garvey, Claudia Jones........

Let us pass the message to our daughters and empower them to struggle. In doing so we must not forget the millions of african women who are unsung heroes, who through their daily toil have ensured the survival of the african race, nurtured and educated african children.

There will also be a cultural show with sistas at the forefront.

Confirmed:

1. Pure Feminine Energy - Newly emerging Spoken Word Artist
2. Lyrical healer promoting her new single 'never mind what the haters say'
3. Poetic patois princess -author'poet and actress
4. Sista saran - performance poet

Brothers are warmly welcome to attend and share the praises and tributes to our African women of the Caribbean and Haiti.


Festival of Ast – Spring Equinox

When: Sunday 21st March 2010, 11am to 3pm
Where: The Spirited Palace Vegan Restaurant, 105 Church Road, Crystal Palace SE19 2PR
       
You are welcome to join us on this auspicious occasion.

Did you know that in ancient Kemet the Festival of Ast was celebrated at this time? Our ancestors had great respect for the celestial movements and they had the insight and knowledge to realize that all things in the universe have an impact on our daily lives. Spring is a time of clearing and rebirth. The Sistah Circle gathering will be a time for you to reflect and share and you will be supported on your journey into wellbeing.  Let us inspire you to make a positive change with real solutions to enrich your life. Remember that freshly prepared Vegan and live food meals will be available for your taste-bud pleasure and excellent nutritional needs. All the spiritual Houses are welcome. Dress in your whites or bring some to change into. Spring clean your mindset ready for all the good things awaiting you…

Contact:  www.ancestorscalling.com  / info@ancestroscalling.com


Promoting the Strength and Resilience of Young Black People

When: Weds 24 March 2010, 10am – 4pm
Where: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford  E15 1BX
Adm: Free

This unique one day conference offers an opportunity to hear about and discuss programmes and activities where YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE are overcoming adversity and making a contribution to their community.

For more information and to book your place contact
Paul Leslie on 07919 404 855 or email paulleslie@hartleyca.org.uk 
or Keshia Harvey on 020 7655 4170 or email:keshia.harvey@eastlondon.nhs.uk
by the 19th March 2010


Benin City EP Launch at The Roundhouse

When: 31 March at 20:00- 22:30
Where: The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road
Adm: £5

Poejazzi returns to the Roundhouse for Benin City's EP launch, the third event in its brilliant Year of the Poet season; an evening of exceptional entertainment, bringing together spoken word, Afrobeat, folk, funk and hip-hop. Benin City, highly-rated by Xfm's John Kennedy, launch "Invisible Cake"; their effervescent six-track debut EP of Outkast-meets-James Brown sounds. They'll be joined on the bill by the furious uptempo of David Goo and the Variety Band, whose riotous gypsy-ska will have Gogol Bordello peering anxiously over their shoulders; by the exquisite indie-soul singing of Jem Cooke; and by fast-rising poetess Belinda Zhawi, whose narratives mark her out as Jill Scott's long-lost sister. To cap it all, the night is to be hosted by the legendary spoken-word artist David Jay, whose soliloquies are a thrilling mix of Doctor Who, Wu-Tang Clan and Othello.

Tickets are £5 each, and can be bought here:
http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/book-tickets/benin-city-ep-launch-4604/4605


 

Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum broadcasts live every Tuesday between 9pm - 12 pm. We discuss pan African news, current affairs and feature reviews of cultural media and events. It is an interactive programme so please feel free to call and join in. As ever, your support and feedback, especially constructive criticism is welcome.

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

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


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

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