15 October 2012

Greetings Family,

Welcome to another Ligali newsletter.

We are halfway through African History Month 2012 and there are still a great number of positive events to attend and support.

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Nyansapo Radio

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

On 16 October 2012 we will be asking;

Is it time, could we, dare we, stand... "On our own two feet?"

Nyansapo - On our own two feet

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

The Pan African Drum

"A person always looking in the sky will never discover anything on the ground”
African Proverb, Ewe

Toyin Agbetu


Life truly is amazing.

This morning (Sunday) I woke late, but as I opened my eyes I was greeted with a couple of unexpected surprises, first my children had decided to make my wife and I, breakfast in bed, second the sun was shining.

For those of you who read this outside the UK the relevance of my last statement may be lost, but just so you know, over the past week or so it’s been miserable here, grey skies, rain and plenty of cold.  

No, I had already written this article (or at least the bit down below) but after my first good night’s sleep in a long while, I suddenly felt the urge to scrap it and start again.  

Instead I had this story about ‘waiting’ that I wanted to share.

You see when my sister and I started to go secondary school, we had to take a bus as it was just at the boundary of our catchment area. As a result our father gave us bus money on top of our pocket money.

But when we made our way home after school a strange thing used to happen. The bus we needed wasn’t very frequent in those days so we would wait at a bus stop and if nothing came after five minutes we would walk to the next stop. Once there we would do the same thing again, look back, wait, and if there wasn’t anything on the horizon we would walk on. Now occasionally whilst we were in-between stops a bus might come and if we were too far away we couldn’t run backwards or forwards in time to catch it.  But there was this crucial sweet spot where even if we could, we wouldn’t. At that point we would walk through the park and either spend or save the money we would have used for our fares.

Now the message I take from this today is that there are certain times in life when we have to have the courage to stop waiting and start walking in the direction where we want to go. Yes we may miss the occasional opportunity to have an easy ride but the benefits often mean that we start to learn our own way to get where we want. In fact, more often than not, when we walk long enough we often find that there is a personal reward for actually taking the chance.  

Anyway my thoughts this morning made me reflect on the article I wrote about voting. I was about to scrap it and then I read a news piece on the BBC website about how one of our churches had decided to create “a new black electorate of a million voters in two years”.

Indeed, Bishop Jonathan Jackson is reported to have said “Your vote is not just a right, it's a Christian duty. Register to vote, and become the change you want to see.

Now I love to see our community uniting behind a positive cause but with all due respect, this particular piece of 'inspiring' rhetoric left me feeling cold. Waiting to vote and then waiting to see if the people we have voted for are elected, and if so, if they can then change enough to improve the way they behave towards us is NOT progress.

This morning I wanted to write about how recently I’ve felt too many of us are sitting waiting for something ‘new’ to happen. We just wait, wait, wait, wait and wait.

But we need to be honest about how too many of us are scared to take ownership of our destiny and set an agenda for real change, just like the shop keeper or street vendor standing by the road or counter all day waiting for passing trade with no new products. Sadly we seem to have forgotten how to seize opportunity, to once again take calculated risks, to attempt taking a different route from the very public bus that is dependent on our complacency. From opening up a business to challenging an injustice, from going on a diet to following our dreams and aspirations.

Well fate has it that I am going to share with you my thoughts on voting without it leading to change. I’m not going to wait for a better time.

Waiting to do the same thing we always did will never lead us anywhere new or anywhere better. And so on to the original article with a foreword from a little known preacher who goes by the name Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...

“For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant ‘Never.’ We must come to see... that ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied.’”

I don’t know if it’s just me but recently I’ve noticed wherever I look there is someone asking us to vote. Irrespective of whether it’s for some tone deaf performers in televised talentless shows or, believe this or not, in North East Lincolnshire where you can vote to allow the council to raise the cost of annual parking permits from £15 to £80 (an increase of 433%). Irrespective of where we are, the mantra is the same, your voice is important, vote now. But if we pause and think for a minute, exactly who is that vote important to? 

Other than a few notable exceptions such as applauding charitable work, electing honest community workers into influential posts or passing real life motions, the reality of all this pressure is that most of our ‘voting’ rarely has a positive benefit on our own lives. Yet despite this, everywhere else we look we are being told that our democratic right to vote is worthy and that people have died for the privilege.

But if we’re really being honest then we should admit that, other than the exceptions listed, our vote is usually designed to almost always empower someone else to do exactly what they want to do and not serve a collective good.

So why do we keep waiting for the chance to vote, and then if we do vote then sit waiting in hope for change to come? How can we do better?

Now in case you’re wondering, yes, perhaps I am a few years too early to be dealing with the 2015 general election, but my motivations did not come from there.

I just figured if we are going to vote then shouldn’t it mean something. It seems like almost all of the votes people cast each day are in Truth, utterly worthless. Most websites seem to have some kind of vote or opinion poll option asking for our view or support but almost none give anything back in return. If we consider that the government’s ePetition website only offers to ‘consider’ a parliamentary debate if a hundred thousand people vote on an issue that affects them then we can see the real scam being perpetrated at the highest level of this voting ‘democracy’ is on us – the electorate.

Extract of Benjamin Franklin speech before House of Commons

Have you heard the phrase “no taxation without representation”?  It came about in the 1700’s when the politicians in Britain wanted to tax their family in America on everything from their wine to the enslaved Africans they had kidnapped and held in bondage.

In simple terms it means their response meant - “We will only pay taxes that our representatives in government have agreed and passed into a law”. Now I don’t know about you but when I look at the delegates at the political party conferences taking place over the past few weeks, I do not see any of our representatives.


Instead, irrespective of the party, Ed, Nick or Dave, left, right, blue, red, yellow or pink, I see a hideous mask symbolic of an homogenous wall of privileged indiversity (yeah - I did just make up that word).

Where their delegates cheer and give standing ovations for rousing speeches I only see fans of  rhetoric based on hollow sound bites crafted to appease a shared monocultural view of Britain that claims only to ‘tolerate’ our presence let alone existence whilst plotting to strip away welfare payments for the most vulnerable.

Creepy: The Nasty Party, Tory Conference 2012

I am also reminded of what is to come in the UK when things get even harder financially as is being played out right now in Greece, the alleged birthplace of western civilisation.

In that country the rise of the ‘Golden Dawn' – a political party that has eighteen elected MP’s and an open hatred of Africans, Asians and all other non-european immigrants, showcase the future of UK bodies like UKIP and the EDL if we continue to be disorganised, doing and saying nothing of substance. In Greece they blame the ‘foreigners’ for our problems rhetoric is so strong that gangs of thugs terrorise local shops and market stalls tearing down African stalls and cultural shops in an populist anti-immigrant frenzy. Don't forget that during the recent Olympics, Greece had to remove its triple jumper Voula Papachristou from their team after her racist Twitter post containing anti-African comments and expressing support for 'Golden Dawn'.
Which brings me back to the vote, our vote.

Whenever I watch a program like Question time and we have a brother or sister representing, I often wonder, who selected that person as a panelist?

I used to wait for them to say something, anything, even if just a few sentences revealing an understanding of our specific hopes, fears, dreams, challenges and aspirations. Instead there is typically nothing, just some generic empty platitudes about crime, bankers, the Iraq war, oppressed workers, and if we’re lucky the dangers of racism. There almost never anything about the British governments role in our problems and the unmeritocratic barriers to social opportunity and justice for us across almost all fields.

We pay tax or in the case of the BBC a compulsory 'license fee' so where is our true representation? Where are those voice willing to speak our Truths irrespective of the audience or platform. Why is it so many of those selected to speak for us are those already seduced by the very systems causing us problems?

African Question Time Panelists: Dianne Abbott, Bonnie Greer, Chuka Umunna, Benjamin Zephaniah, Clarke Carlisle, Constance Briscoe, John Sentamu, Rageh Omaar

African Question Time Panelists: Dianne Abbott, Bonnie Greer, Chuka Umunna, Benjamin Zephaniah, Clarke Carlisle, Constance Briscoe, John Sentamu, Rageh Omaar

A few weeks ago I noted the Colourful radio DJ DawnB had started a petition to challenge the government’s GCSE grading changes that have affected so many of our young people.

Sadly our response wasn't good. I also noted that a similar campaign calling a full enquiry into the matter had attracted almost sixteen thousand votes.

It made me think. We need to choose and vote for the people we trust to represent our concerns. Not to plead for us and certainly not to lead us, but instead to represent our presence with the sincere political maturity we deserve.

Instead of us flying in church ministers like Jesse Jackson or Desmond Tutu every five minutes to 'save' us when we have a political problem, why don’t we instead have a debate about who here we trust to represent us on the key areas that matter in our lives - health, education, housing, employment, crime and policing, financial opportunity, social mobility, political autonomy, justice, cultural safety and economic security? I can understand the token 'black' or antiquated HNIC (head n*gro in charge) syndrome occurring in the 1800’s when Olaudah Equiano was literally one of the only Africans in the village but today? In 2012?


I’m tired of continuing to see us represented in the news and associated media as only being worthy of stories about crime, sports or entertainment. If I look in my diary I can instantly call people knowledgeable in art, culture, politics, philosophy, science, education, media, literature, history as well as the aforementioned topics. Amongst us exists many people with philosophical, spiritual and political depth, capable of discussing and rigorously debating our issues outside of a closed and protective circle of safely selected like minded folk.

So why can’t we select and then elect our own ‘cabinet’ of ministers who unlike the ones sitting in parliament, have real expertise in the topics they represent, real affiliation to the culture of the community from which they belong instead of those doing lip service by claiming to “see no colour” or needing votes to help us poor ole “people of colour” as if pink and indeed ‘white’ were not also part of the rainbow spectrum.

Am I dreaming? Are we truly undeserving of credible representation despite the blood and sweat we have and continue to pay to this nation? I don’t think so, but sometimes when I observe the silence around this topic I feel real alone on this.

Like I’ve said, I have voting fatigue and I don’t want the same tired voices that have let us down for decades still speaking without community authority for our next generation of young people.


There’s this game I know some people play called fantasy football or something. I think people pick a team and players and play out fantasy football matches but don’t quote me. I guess all I’m asking is if there is anyone out there who feels the same way then please feel free to contact me with your suggestions. That would be far more useful to us than sitting in front of the TV each weekend, waiting by the phone for an opportunity to pay to vote on the X-Factor or Strictly Dancing. With today’s technology we could perhaps create a yearlong voting platform which accepts nominations for the people, by the people.

African Question Time Panelists: Dianne Abbott, Bonnie Greer, Chuka Umunna, Benjamin Zephaniah, Clarke Carlisle, Constance Briscoe, John Sentamu, Rageh Omaar

Voting to give public support to those that are open about supporting us is a good thing but it’s time we accepted that as history has proved, anything else is just wasted energy. Who knows, if after several hundreds of years in this country we eventually take the time to build our own fantasy cabinet, it would take us one step closer to realising it, in which case, we would no longer need a seat on the one way bus of a rigged democracy. Instead we would be responsible for shaping our own destiny.

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.

He will be one of the hosts participating in a debate on Africa in Science Fiction on Saturday 20th November 2012, 6.30 - 9pm at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre and a PASCF (Brixton) Community Event on Fri 30th Nov  2012 and Nyansapo radio between 9-12pm on Tue 16th October 2012.

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Books: Ukweli and Revoetry

Ukweli and Revoetry

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Crowding Funding campaign: Learn with Bino and Fino

Junior Nkwelle

Bino and Fino is a cartoon series about a brother and sister named Bino and Fino who live with their grandparents ‘Mama’ and ‘Papa’ in a modern day city in Africa. Bino and Fino have many adventures where, with the help of their friend Zeena the Magic Butterfly, they discover and learn things about the world.

Bino and Fino was created to provide more ethnically diverse children’s entertainment. Especially for viewers from a Black African heritage globally, whether residing on the African continent or in Diaspora. Importantly, it is an inclusive series for all children of toddler and preschool age from around the world.
www.binoandfino.com     Bino and Fino on Facebook     Bino and Fino on Youtube

Be a part of introducing a new African voice into the world of children's entertainment.

Created by Adamu Waziri, a Nigerian animator and produced by his company EVCL, Bino and Fino is an African educational cartoon show, currently in production, about a brother and sister who live in a modern day city in sub- Saharan Africa. In each episode Bino and Fino, with the help of their friend Zeena the Magic Butterfly and their family, discover and learn things about the world. The show is for children mainly between the ages of 3 and 6. The series teaches aspects of African history, culture and languages to them. To help make the completed 26 episode full 1st season possible, your assistance is needed.

The filmmakers want to raise £30,000 ($50,000) in 45 days. They currently have a 24-minute TV feature of the cartoon show which has been broadcast in the UK, South Africa, online for free and at festivals to a growing fan base of kids and parents. Here are some quotes from fans on the show's Facebook Page.

Watch the Pilot episode here http://youtu.be/rQ5sOMOYwkQ and then head over to their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign here http://igg.me/p/221599?a=34228 for more information and to make a contribution.

Marikana Solidarity Campaign

Junior Nkwelle

Greetings All,
Please be reminded that our Marikana Solidarity Campaign continues on Thursday, 20th October with a DEMO, followed by a PUBLIC MEETING:

When: Thursday, 20th October 2012, 4.00pm – 6.30pm
Where: LONMIN HQ, (The British low wages, mass sacking practicing multinational firm (former LONRHO) -4 Grosvenor place, London SW1X 7YL
(Followed by)

When: 7.00pm– 9.00pm
Queen Mother Moore School, Clapham Methodist Church Nelson’s Row, London SW4 7JR

Getting There:
Tube: Clapham Common or Clapham North (Northern Line)
Buses: 88, 155, 345 along Clapham High Street, or 35, 37, 137, to Clapham Common walk a few yards towards Sainsbury on Clapham High Street and turn right.

Please come and give your support.
Revolutionary regards
Cecil Gutzmore
Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign (MMSC)

Azelle Rodney Campaign for Justice

Azelle Rodney

Call for campaigners/campaign groups

AZELLE RODNEY - support required at court
When: Monday to Thursday each day for 10 weeks at 9:00am
Where: Court 80, Principal Registry of the Family Division, First Avenue House, 42-49 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6NP

I Susan Alexander am not happy with the way proceedings are taking place. We are into Week two of Azelle Rodney Inquiry and things have started to dip already regarding the lack of evidence and `secrecy`. It is important that as many people as possible attend this Monday and especially Wednesday. There will be press in attendance and scope for campaigns to raise their profiles and talk about their fight for justice.

With this being the first inquiry of this kind ever, it is a good opportuntiy to get it into the public eye. We have already handpicked journalists to cover and bearing in mind the first week the press and media being in the court assisted us immensley. The Media is our tool to the outside world.

The Inquiry is open Monday to Thursday each day and will last for 10 weeks. Please arrive before court starts at 10.15am, if you can come for 9.30am that would be great, I know I will be pleased to see you:)
Anyone welcome.

Please show your support. Whatever happens in this inquiry will be placed in statute law.

Azelle Rodney Campaign for Justice

United Friends and Family Campaign

When: Sat 27 October 2012, 12:30
Where: Trafagar Square to Downing Street


Creative Lifestyle Soft Furnishings Workshop:
Making Curtain and Cushions

When: 10 weeks starting on Saturday 20 October -  22 December 2012, 10am - 1pm
Where: St Mary's Community Hall Kent Street London E2 8NU

We also provide 'taster' workshops at the venue of your choice in the following subjects and more: Soft Furnishings; basic sewing skills; hand knitting; cake baking and decorating; interior design; natural hair; children's workshops; seasonal greetings cards; African dance and drumming; relaxation and movement

We also work with children and vulnerable adults

Please book with us by email: oleander@creativelifestyle.org.uk
or call us on 07940325207 or 07956515419

Just check out our website for more information


JENGbA Annoucement

JENGbA are delighted to announce that after years in the planning, Jimmy McGovern’s script [on Joint Enterprise] has been welcomed by the BBC.

The current series of “Accused” attracted 5 million viewers with its first episode. So we’re confident that literally millions of people will see the tragedy of what is happening in our Courts today and hear about the lives destroyed by the abuse of this law, not only those charged or threatened with it, but the devastation it causes to their families, friends and loved ones.

JENGbA would like to thank Jimmy McGovern for listening to us, believing in us, even helping
us get this newsletter to you - but most of all for getting our story told.

Gloria, Cath, Jan and Yvonne

Film: Interracial Relashionship

Hi all

Here is the link you need to click
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOr71VC9VWQ&feature=plcp  to watch the BLACK INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIP documentary COURTESY OF XEWXEWTV.
Aternatively you can view it on www.worldtv.com/xewxew_tv or www.maxipub.biz

xewxewtv will be very pleased to hear your views and comments.

Best Regards

Afrikan Family Works - Stallholders

Dear Sister/Brother,

We are planning the AFRIKAN FOOD HALL feasibility group launch party on Saturday November 10, 2012. And we have some space for stallholders to promote their products on the night. 

We are looking for sisters or brothers who want an opportunity to promote their products or service for free at this landmark event.

The space is fREE but we will ask for a small donation of £10 to go to good causes we are supporting on the night.

The space is available on FIRST come, first serve basis.

To apply please email me Sundjata at progress@theafrikanfamilyworks.net


Mobile:             07783 188 100      
Connect with us twitter @AFWORKS
Find us on FACEBOOK

Greetings All,

Empower-U is a charitable organisation that was established to Empower You!
Our mission statement is "to re-create village empathy".
We believe this starts with health and healing on every level, including the physical.

Our current project will be delivering a series of 24 Health & Wellness Seminars to you
during Black History Month, leading up to our collaboration with "Natural November" Cultural Health Event on 4th November at Hammersmith Town Hall.
(for more info: www.naturalnovember.co.uk)

In the current economic and social climate, if you feel that we could all do with sharing and spreading more empathy, and "re-creating the village" locally (not just globally), then we look forward to seeing you at one of our seminars or events in the coming months.

Gold Onyx: Children’s Cultural Film Club

Guba Awars 2012

Greetings All

Almanac [Calendar] Dates

The Children’s Cultural Film Club takes place every second Saturday of each month, 2 ~ 5 pm. 

Where: The Edge Hall, 117 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London N17 6UR  
Adm: Children £2.50 (aged 2~20 years), Adults £5.00
[Free if you have a child between 2~12 years]
Plus free popcorn & drink available

Further dates and themes are:~
¨      10 November 2011 Remembrance
¨      8 December 2011 ~ Kwanzaa
¨      12 January 2012
¨   9 February 2012 ~ Black History Month ~ Part One
¨   10 March 2012 ~ Salute Our Women/International Women’s Month and National Black Peoples Day Of Action
¨   13 April 2012
¨   11 May 2012 ~ African Liberation
¨   11 August 2012 ~ Emancipation Day / Marcus Garvey Celebration
¨   8 June 2012 ~ Salute Our Men/ Father’s Day
¨   13 July 2012
¨  14 September 2012 
¨  12 October 2011 ~ Black History Month ~ Part Two
Our sessions are undertaken in a ‘Positive Family Environment’ and we hope to see you, one day. 

Remember Not To Forget that Our Children's Cultural Film Club takes place every second Saturday in the months so put the date in your diary from now!!!

Stay Blessed

Gold Onyx Team
07946 670 949
Facebook ~ GoldOnyx Rntf

Reparations Sunday Service (UK)

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I take great pleasure in inviting you to a very historic occasion - the UK’s very first
Reparations Sunday Service – that will be taking place on Sunday 21st October 2012 from 11-1pm, at: Clapham Methodist Church, Clapham High Street, Nelson’s Row, London SW4 7JR. Please arrive for a prompt start at 11.00am.

The aims and objectives of Reparations Sunday (UK) are:
 To initiate a local dialogue (with national implications) on the Methodist Churches
response to the movement for reparations.
 To remember, reflect and renew the focus on African Reparations for Slavery, colonialism
and its modern day legacies.
 To encourage Christians to focus their thoughts and prayers, upon the righteous cause of
African reparations.
 To highlight the role of theology in validating and supporting the cause of African
Reparations; and
 To highlight the role of Methodist and other Christian social change agents in promoting
the cause of African Reparations.

Reparations Sunday was first commemorated in the USA on the initiative of Reparationist
Queen Mother Dorothy Benton Lewis (Yaa Asantewaa) of N’COBRA (The National Coalition of
Blacks for Reparations in America) who made her transition earlier this year. Queen Mother
was a lifelong fighter for reparations and freedom for African people whose lifetime work
succeeded in taking the cause of African reparations for slavery, colonialism and its
contemporary legacies to every possible audience including working amongst faith

In honour of this initiative already popular in the USA, and in recognition of the 10th
anniversary of the historic African and African Descendants World Conference Against Racism in Barbados in 2002; and the forthcoming United Nations International Decade for People of
African Descent (2013-2023) focusing on the theme of recognition, justice and development,
we at Clapham Methodist Church have taken this bold step to champion Reparations Sunday
in the UK. We anticipate that the date may change in the future but felt it was important to
start building the momentum for such a commemoration.

African Reparations is one of the most misunderstood issues of our times, it is hoped that
Reparations Sunday (UK) will go some way towards dispelling the myths and raising
awareness of the question of Reparations amongst church congregations but also all peoples who are seekers of truth and justice.

Please join us in inaugurating this historic occasion.

Yours Faithfully in Service
Revd. Hewie Andrew

Guba Awars 2012

NEW 2013 History Calender - October 22nd!!!

Guba Awars 2012

Featuring the stunning work of artists Alvin Kofi and Ken McCalla, the 2013 Black History Calendar boasts 365 significant events in Black History as well as the independence days of all the countries in Africa and the Caribbean.


The Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum: Press Release  

Tuesday, 9 October 2012, 20:30

The Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum (PASCF) is a legal entity - duly registered company number 8138966 - with a memorandum and articles of association.   PASCF directors who constitute the only legal officers of the Company are:

§  Sister Mawasi Bojang, Director and Chairperson

§  Brother Oxalando Efuntola-Smith, Executive Director of Communications

§  Brother Andrew Bryan, Executive Director of Finance

§  Brother Omowale RuPert-em-Hru, Executive Director of Operations and Company Secretary

Accordingly, the public is advised that PASCF has not authorised any other person(s) or group of persons to publicly use the PASCF name or act as its legal officers or act in any other capacity or remotely hold themselves out as such under any circumstances. To do so is unlawful.

PASCF points out, for example, that while “it fully, openly and actively supports the struggles for justice, of the oppressed and massacred workers and their families, who were attacked by Lonmin in Marikana, South Africa; and further supports the pickets outside the South African embassy/Lonmin headquarters in London, it is not true PASCF authorised those actions. PASCF did not; contrary to utterances and documents in the public domain.”

The public are informed that, only documents signed, or actions authorised, by any or all the above officers are PASCF official documents or actions.  These apply to any type of meeting and/or workshops and/or actions wherever they may be held; representations on official or unofficial bodies; the use of email addresses; and/or any other public or private act.

PASCF is a registered legal membership organisation and applications to join are welcome and open to all members of the public.


The Directors


For further clarification or details please contact the Company Secretary

By phone: +44 (0) 7944 204 955; or

By email: pascfevents1@gmail.com .  

Additionally you can visit our website: www.pascf.org.uk .

GUBA Awards 2012

Guba Awars 2012

Please support some of our community champions by voting for;

ADAP - a fantastic charity doing great work across Africa (VOTE)

Amma Anane-Agyei who is doing some brilliant and important work in Tower hamlet, supporting African families (VOTE)

Deadline for votes is Sunday 28th October, 2012 23:59pm.

OneNess Sankara

Peace & Blessnes BKS Family,

Our very own OneNess Sankara has been nominated for BEFFTA AWARDS in the categories of 'Best Spoken Word Artist' and 'Best Female Act', alongside other great talents such as Alim Kamara and last years winner Dean Atta.

For all that OneNess has done and is doing as a Spoken Word Artist and so much more, we have no doubt that she deserves this award and we are sure you feel the same.

You can vote for OneNess Sankara by going to www.beffta.com

An Introduction to Pan-African Reparations Short Course - October - December 2012

Greetings Colleague

I am just letting you know about the forthcoming short course on Pan-African Reparations taking place in London every Sunday from 2-5pm commencing on the 28th October through to Sunday 9th December 2012.

Course Description
Racial reparations for European chattel slavery, colonialism, racial inequality and their legacies have been, and continue to be one of the most contentious contemporary issues in African and European memory. Reparations proponents argue that Britain’s history of enslavement and the debt owed to contemporary Africans and people of African descent renders some form of reparations necessary and that this is central to honest conversations about race and racial justice. Others argue that reparations for past injustices are not only unfair but impractical and will result in contemporary generations paying for the sins and debts of their forbears.
An Introduction to Pan-African Reparations is a short practical and participatory course which: introduces learners to the Pan-African Redress Movement for historical and contemporary injustices arising from slavery, colonialism and their modern-day legacies; and supports learners to take effective action as reparations advocates or allies.

This course will be of interest to:
Social justice activists, human rights campaigners, policy-makers, community, youth and development workers; law and political science students, educators, heritage learning professionals, griots and artists as well as those with a general interest in Pan-Africanism, African and African Diaspora Studies, social movements and human and peoples’ rights struggles.

If you are interested in finding out more or enrolling on the course, please contact info@estherstanford.com or call 07588579563.

Feel free to pass this information on if you feel there are others who would be interested.

Prior registration is necessary.


Yours in Service


Esther Stanford-Xosei

AmeN NoiR: New Album

Peace & BLESSness BKS Family

We are VERY pleased to inform you of the release of "I C U" the new album from our very own AmeN NoiR.
For those who know, AmeN NoiR is a veteran, 6 albums deep and critics say that this is undoubtedly  his best yet.

AmeN NoiR's BRAND NEW Album
'ICU', featuring some of London's finest
performers & writers such as
Nyarai, FLOetic Lara, David J, Kat Francois, ShakaRa[BKS], Indigo, Mosaique, Poetic Pilgrimmage,
Comfort & Saran Green

To purchase or for more info:

BHM Youth Awards Ceremony 2012

New Mind School Number Champs

Dear Reader,

Number Champs can be played online at:

for a limited time only.  The downloadable version however allows you greater functionality in being able to save users best times and return to them at a later date.  The downloadable version requires a serial key pur­chase  of just £4.99 (UK).  Your purchase goes towards supporting New Mind School.

· Quick-fire addition, subtraction, division and multiplication questions in a timed fashion.
· Great for individual and group sessions.
· No registration required!

We hope that you visit our site soon!
Kind regards,
New Mind School

Screen Nation Awards 2012

Screen Nation 2012

Don’t miss out on the Showbiz event of 2012!

Screen Nation Film & TV Awards

11th November, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Hosted by Wil Johnson & Sarah Jane Crawford

You are invited to attend our showbiz spectacular at London’s Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge.

Be a part of the magic as we acknowledge the best in black British and international film and television stars.

With spectacular live performances from a host of special guests and a gourmet Caribbean banquet all washed down with quality champagne.
This is an event not to be missed!



Research Study: 'Involving Fathers in Ante-Natal Screening for Sickle Cell Disorders: Improving Informed Decision Making'

The Sickle Cell Society and the University of York are looking for people in London to participate in a National Institute For Health Research-Research for Patient Benefit study, 'Involving Fathers in Ante-Natal Screening for Sickle Cell Disorders: Improving Informed Decision Making'.


Two of the focus group discussions we are holding will be specifically for people of mixed heritage (for our purposes this means part African or Caribbean plus another ethnic group such as European, Asian, Mediterranean, or Middle Eastern).


If you are a man or woman between 18-40, in a relationship (or married) and have not had children but planning to, we would like to invite you to participate in a discussion to improve services. We provide refreshments pay each participant 30 pounds and public transport costs. There is one group for women and one for men.


The meetings will be held on a weekday evening or on a Saturday. We hope to hold the first one by the end of September.


We will also be organising individual interviews with fathers who have had a child and experienced ante-natal care in the last 3 years. We are particularly interested in hearing the experiences of fathers whose partners are sickle cell carriers or who themselves are carriers of the sickle cell gene (please note these are individuals without the full blown condition). Participants in interviews will also be reimbursed.

If you would like to participate please contact Iyamide Thomas who will be happy to send you more information about the study:

Iyamide Thomas (Ms)
Regional Care Advisor- London South
Sickle Cell Society
54 Station Rd
London NW10 4UA
Tel: 07841 558611 (m)
Email: iyamide.thomas@sicklecellsociety.org

Fundraising: Pass The Comb

A group of creative individuals are making a short film called *Pass the Comb* about a young brother and older sister.  They’re telling a story that gives an example of the strength of our family unit and are not throwing
another stereotype story to the masses.

The aim for Pass the Comb is to make it as far reaching as possible by having it available online, screening it throughout the London and UK film club networks, through private screenings and at national and international
films festivals.  How great to have a non-stereotypical story getting that type of exposure.

*They need your help and Kush is asking you to support this great project and help its journey*.  They are trying to raise funds to make this film via new idea called crowd-funding.  Crowd funding is receiving donations large or small in exchange for a range of benefits which in this case include posters, photos, invitation to the private launch screening, having your name (or business logo) on the film credits even Executive Producer billing for the big spenders.

Many small donations can make* big* changes, so please get on board and support independent film making.  You can find out more information and put in as little or as much as you want by credit card via Paypal here:

They only have until *1st October to hit their target* so please don't delay in supporting - the time is now! Let’s all show that we can club together and make things happen for ourselves!

Any business who wishes to be a sponsor and have their logo featured on our credits and extensive publicity of their please also get in touch for further information.  If you’d like to speak to one of the team regarding any of the above contact Yvette@dandyassociates.com

*The Story*

*Pass The Comb *is the story of Jerome, a youngster in conflict and Chantelle, his older sister who uses her calming influence, reasoning skills and the cultural tradition of braiding hair on her younger brother.
Each completed corn-row demonstrates the benefit of Chantelle’s ‘hair therapy’, words of wisdom and advice.

But how did Chantelle get so wise?  And is she really the picture of innocence she portrays?

Pass The Comb is part of the Change the Stereo initiative and is a labour of love collaboration between experienced and talented individuals Yvette Griffith of Dandy Associates, Charley Jai and film production company Zone
180 (Abi Lawal and Duval Akonor).  Change the Stereo was born out of a need to use film and theatre to tell stories you wouldn’t necessarily see about our young people.  We’re portraying the layers and diversity within our
culture through alternative lenses to those generally used on TV, Film and in Theatre.

Follow their progress on facebook www.facebook.com/passthecomb or twitter
by following both @ygriffith or @mscj80

Let's show the industry that we can make things happen for ourselves and support this project!

News and Views

A resourceful purchase

Directors of the Cultural Resource Centre (CRC) have used their own finances to buy the former Whitmore Reans club

Written by Poppy Brady, 05/10/2012 03:42 PM, Published by the Voice

KEYS TO SUCCESS: Delighted directors (from left) Junior Hemans, Cllr Sandra Samuels, Karl Samuels, Alicia Spence and Bishop Llewellyn Graham

A FORMER Wolverhampton Conservative club where controversial Tory MP Enoch Powell was once a member has been bought up by the directors of an African Caribbean group to become a new centre for the community.

Directors of the Cultural Resource Centre (CRC) have used their own finances to buy the former Whitmore Reans club in Clifford Street, which they will call The Heritage Centre.

Being handed the keys to the building was both a poignant and historic moment for CRC directors. The group’s original building in Clarence Street was bulldozed by Wolverhampton City Council earlier this year following its closure in 2005 when the tenant community group became insolvent.

It led to a series of protests outside Wolverhampton Civic Centre in August after members of the black community claimed they were being treated with disdain.

“This has ended a seven-year search for a new community building,” said CRC chair Junior Hemans. “But we never thought we would end up buying something once used by Enoch Powell. We like to think he might have penned his ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech in this very building. I’m sure he certainly discussed it here with fellow Conservatives.

“By calling it The Heritage Centre we want this to be a legacy and our aim is for the community to buy it back from us and eventually own it as a community asset for future generations in years to come,

“I think what we have done here is an example to other communities nationally of what can be achieved if you all work together.”

Fellow CRC director Alicia Spence, who is also director of the African Caribbean Community Initiative, said: “The black community buying this particular building has been very emotional for some of our elders who remember the time 40 years ago when they were not allowed over its threshold. Some would even cross the street away from it because they knew they were not welcome.”

Other directors include Wolverhampton Labour City Councillor Sandra Samuels, Bishop Llewellyn Graham of the Church of God of Prophecy, freelance consultant Sam Duru and Earl Laird, director of health, tourism and hairdressing at Wolverhampton City College.

The centre’s newly appointed manager Karl Samuels added: “Our directors are prepared to take the initial risk of buying the building to prove to the community that this is a viable enterprise.”

To buy the building, the directors formed a separate organisation called Ujamaa, which is Swahili for ‘co-operative economics.’

Hemans added: “Lloyds Bank have been very supportive and accepted our business plan once they were satisfied with our projections.”

Since their original building closed in 2005, the community has raised funds for a new base which currently stand at £30,000. This remains untouched and is not affected by the purchase of the new base.

“We already have two dates in the diary for later this month, so we’re busy making the building ready,” added Hemans.

Leaflets have also been printed explaining the many uses for the new base which will include conferences, weddings, funerals and community events, along with basketball, boxing, karate and fitness classes.

The two-storey club includes two function rooms, which can each accommodate up to 150 people, and a lounge bar, which will be open daily. Capital funding has been applied for to build a new kitchen.

Hemans said: “This is a very exciting time for us all, but we are still in discussion with the city council over resources for the black community which we hope will have a positive outcome.”

Source: The Voice


Chasing Al-Arabiya: Somalia’s cultural genocide, sort of.

By Afrolens, 5 October 2012

“You must understand the difference between Islam and Arabism-Something which is difficult for African people to understand. The Arab did to Islam what the European did to Christianity, he subtracted the spirituality, and made it a political instrument to conquer the African. But when it comes to the African, he accepted the spiritual aspect of it, and forget the political.”

Dr. John Henrik Clarke.

Before we dive into this discussion, I must grace you with my usual set of disclaimers. 1) This is a discussion on why/if Somalis (and to a larger extent, contemporary Africans) hold a belief that Islam can only be accessed vis a vis the appropriation of linguistic and cultural norms of the Arabian peninsula, which loosely means that this conversation isn’t an attack on Islam, religiosity or traditional values, but an inquiry into the changing religious/cultural climate of post-1991 Somalia, and whether these developments are the precursors to an imminent cultural genocide.  2) I’m really not interested in having this conversation with the mouth-breathers of Somalia-The ones who proudly boast of our ‘Arabness’, and spend beaucoup hours on facebook conducting fatwa’s and policing hijab styles. No, mate, you’re not invited to this discussion, as we’ve already seen the fruits of your intellectual legacy-banned bras, Hyena sandwiches and an unjust war against samosas. To you lot, I say, a Wahhabi plague upon your houses and hope that welfare state become a thing of the past.

Now onto the quote above-If you’re unfamiliar with Dr. John Henrik Clarke, I strongly encourage you increase your standard of living by indulging in his body of work. This man was a brilliant historian and an outrageously gifted orator who had a way of challenging our contemporary understanding of African spirituality and our relationship as converted peoples to Christianity and Islam-An unpopular topic amongst the African intelligentsia. In this discussion, I’m particularly fascinated by this quote, as it puts an emphasis on the distinction between Islam and Arabism-the latter being a paradigm that borrows inspiration from the Arabian peninsula in matters of culture, language, and spiritual guidance, the former the chosen religious path of most Somalis.

It must be stated that the history of Islam in Africa, particularly in regions like Somalia is as old as the religion itself, and while history points to a troubling relationship between African and Arab peoples, there is also a powerful historical link that predates Islam in the form of trading, conquest, and movement of tribes between these regions.  I state these obvious facts in anticipation of critics who will readily dismiss the signs of an aggressive Arabization of contemporary Somalia by pointing to our historical ties to this region. They argue that we’ve always had this knack for plagiarizing Arabia and that this seemingly new phenomenon is nothing but a divisive tactic, conjured in hopes of straining the love affair between Arabs and Somalis. Now look, we know, we had/have ties to the Arab world, but there’s a distinction between loose political ties and a metamorphosis of an entire culture in the span of two decades.  Basically, this is my fancy way of asking, when the hell did we go from this…


to this…


I’ve really struggled with using these images of Somali women, as its easy to reduce this entire process to women’s clothing of choice, and believe this process is much more complicated and nuanced. But one can’t deny that the aesthetic transformation of  Somalis is reminiscent of other regions, I’ll let you guess where, and that this change is largely connected to this idea that a ‘good muslim/Somali woman’ has a  specific uniform-I’ll also let you guess the geographical origin of this uniform (I’ll give you a hint, not from Malaysia, Sudan nor Turkey). But yes, this is the physical representation of what many Somalis are witnessing.

So far I’ve pieced together that conflict and abject poverty are often the close cousins of religious fundamentalism, and understand that the conflict in Somalia has done a number on our collective cultural memory, and it’s only natural that people turn to religious devotion in times of grave despair. I get it, I really do.

But there’s a problem, umm…this discussion isn’t only limited to Somalia and its contemporary political turmoil, but also an epidemic in the Diaspora. One can easily argue that this process of arabization is more pronounced in the diaspora than in Somalia. From the Somali-dominated environs of West London to Toronto to Stockholm to Minnihopeless Minneapolis, one can witness a seismic cultural shift that is often traumatizing to any Somali with vivid memories of our distinct culture and traditions. We’ve been relegated to the world of nostalgia filled with  youtube clips of our Waberi musicians and  Fadumo Qasim in secreracy for fear that the religious gestapo may revoke our ‘Somali card’, and dismiss us as western infidels.

We’re bombarded with more jilbabs and niqaabs than gabisars, more Abu-somethings than Libans and Ragehs. A friend once said, ‘gone are the days of ‘subax wanagsan’ (good morning in Somali) and areligious greetings now replaced by traditional Arabic greetings. It’s really okay to say good morning in your language, I promise no piety points will be lost during this process. The self-appointed religious police scrutinize and attack any remnants of our secular past, police our cultural singers, and ostracize anyone (especially if you have a vagina) who dares to reflect on this changing environment, often charging them with heresy and declaring them person non grata.

What happened? Where did it go wrong? and did it go wrong? We went from a secular society in possession of an unique and indigenous link to Islam to a society that…well…quite frankly, a society that resembles what happens when self-hating negros get a hold of religion; they become Saudi Arabia. But to be fair, perhaps this trend is a good thing? Brain-dead miscreants Some Somali would argue that this cultural shift is a positive thing, and that Somalis are on a righteous path towards spiritual enlightenment, and through this paradigm shift, Somalia may begin to transform from a tribalistic, corrupt, and morally bankrupt society to a theocratic utopia. Now granted most of the people that argue this often possess a strong aversion to books and women, but their perspective is equally valid and deserves a seat at the ‘what to replace tribalism with’ conversation.

I think these are the type of conversations in need during this redevelopment period, and I understand it is in the interest of certain individuals to promote the idea that dialogue in Somalia is dead, and wahhabism has won. Wrong. Many Somalis are outraged, bewildered, and in a state of trepidation, and believe we’re on the cusp of culture wars in the coming years as we begin to restructure and stabilize this region. Speaking of culture wars, I once accused a friend of yielding to Arabism after witnessing his Saudi-style Al-defeh outfit, and he replied, “You’ve chosen the West, and I, the Arabs,” a poignant social commentary on the various forms of cultural imperialism that left me thinking, ‘where’s Somalia in all this?’.  So, I’m asking this uncomfortable question, ‘what the hell happened to Somalia? – Enquiring bloggers wanna know, and particularly interested in your insight to the following questions.

1) Is there a process of ‘arabization’ currently underway in Somalia? If so, is this a good thing?

2) A wise man once said, ‘The African; more Arab than the Arab’, which points to a tradition of black Africans appropriating and exalting anything foreign in lieu of anything indigenous and black. True of False?

3) What’s the status on the permissibility of Hyena consumption, now that Kismayo has fallen? I’m asking for a friend :/

4) Fellow Africans Muslims or Africans from African states with a sizable Muslim population, do you also notice a similar trend of appropriating Arabism? I’m thinking Mali, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea might have something to add to this discussion.

P.S. This is the Somalia many are aiming to erase.

Source: Afrolens


Community Events

Mashufaa Classes


Spirit Of A Warrior

Date: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free.  Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson.  Members £2.00 per lesson

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

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

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

*Adults and Children
with the children's classes, We encourage learning through positive encouragement and use games and skills to reinforce the martial arts techniques that they learn.

Time: 7 - 9 pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk

For further details please contact us on: 020 8808 7547 / 07956 337 391 or, via email on: info@mashufaa.co.uk


POST-COLONIAL: An exhibition of 50 fabulous Jamaican stamps

When: Saturday 6 October | 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Where: Stanley Gibbons Flagship Store, 399 Strand London WC2R 0LX

In celebration of the Black History Month UK, the world's leading stamp emporium, Stanley Gibbons is hosting (for the second year running) an exhibition based on the stamp collection of award winning African-Caribbean creative Jon Daniel. Classically trained as a graphic designer, Jon has worked primarily as an art director for many of London's leading advertising agencies. Currently, Jon is working both independently and with partners on a variety of commissioned and self-initiated branding, design and cultural projects.

This unique display of fifty stamps, specially selected from Jon's personal collection and the archives of Stanley Gibbons has been created to celebrate Jamaica's historic fiftieth anniversary of independence.

Post-Colonial - An Exhibition of Stamps from the African Diaspora

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Journeys and Kinship

Where: The London Sugar and Slavery Display, Museum of London Docklands
When: 17 Sept to 18 November. Check website or call before visiting the LSS, for opening hours.
Adm: Free

Journeys and Kinship explores further the themes of the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery at the Museum of London Docklands through a project between the visual artist Jean Joseph and a group of young Londoners working together with Caribbean Calypso musician, Alexander D Great, and Yvonne Wilson from Equi-Vison.

The display features Joseph’s work Sale Over Centuries, 2010 which consists of plaster face casts of 42 people from the African Diaspora who were born in and/or currently live in London. The casts promote discussion on the structure of faces and show how resemblances carry across generations and geographies.

In response to Joseph’s work the young Londoners explored issues of enslavement, London’s involvement and the African Diaspora. They then created a display which includes their own face casts and original music alongside film and photography documenting the project. This thought-provoking display raises issues around enslavement and life in modern London which remain relevant in today’s capital.



Brixton Underground Film Festival


When: Sunday 30 September - Saturday 6 October
Where: Tbc
Adm: From £1

September 30th sees the return of the Underground Film Festival to the streets of South London’s most vibrant neighbourhood, Brixton.

Over  seven days, starting on Sunday September 30th, there will be screenings of seven films in seven venues.

The Festival’s aim is to “democratise the media and viewing experieince” for the audience by taking film into non-traditional film-venues around the Brixton /SW9 area. In keeping with the underground theme of the event, location will be announced only 24 hours before screening via social media. Entry for the majority of screenings is a mere £1.00.

“Our aim is to bring the screen back to the people. For too long cinema has become the domain of certain groups within our society”.

Interested parties should follow updates via social media:

Facebook; BB Messenger – to come



Word Power 2012

Word Power 2012

When: 1 - 31 October 2012
Where: Centerprise, 136-138 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS
Adm: Various

6th Annual International Black Literature and Book Fair incorporating Dr Llaila Afrika 2012 UK national tour.

Presenting: Azaniagem Greenidge, Rosanna Lewis, Nefer and Lenea Herew, El Crisis, Akala, Anthony Anaxogorou, Jaja Soze, Poetic Pilgrimage, Robin bWalker, Dr Afrika, Dr Stevenson, Lillian Allen, Cezanne, Empress J, Tiana 'Icious' Scott, Everard, M. Phillips, De Alberto, Tobago Crusoe and Mosi Conde

Lectures, Seminars, Fim Shows, Talks, Poetry, Storytelling, etc

Call 020 7254 9632 or email: info@centerprise.org.uk

Julius Caesar (UK Tour)

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company

When: 1st October – 27th October 2012 / Time: Various (See venue)
Where: Various (Aylesbury, Bradford, Salford, Norwich and Cardiff)
Adm: Various (See venue)
Box office: www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/julius-caesar
Info: www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/julius-caesar

RSC's all-African cast of Julius Caesar set in Africa shakes the heart. The dictator must be assassinated.  But who will replace him? Shakespeare's great political thriller finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa, directed by RSC Artistic Director Designate Gregory Doran. The company includes Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Cyril Nri as Cassius, Ray Fearon as Mark Antony and Jeffery Kissoon as Caesar.

Independence: An Exhibition & Celebration 2012

When: 2 October 2012 - 12 January 2013
Where: Hackney Museum, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Adm: Free

Tracing the story of the Caribbean islands from the days of the Arawaks and the Caribs, through to enslavement and abolition and the ending of British rule this exhibition celebrates 50 years of independence for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. This is made personal by memories of local people who remember life before independence. The celebrations of August 1962 are made universal by a look at what independence means to all of us and how we need to value our freedoms. 

Film Screening: Manuscripts of Timbuktu - UK PREMIERE 

When: Tuesday 16th October 2012, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Adm: £5 per person
Where: PCS Headquarters (CLAPHAM JUNCTION), 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1).

Deep in the vast desert region of Mali in West Africa lies the historical city of Timbuktu. For centuries it was a centre for trade, where merchants came to buy and sell goods such as salt and gold. Timbuktu also emerged as a centre for religion and learning: prior to the colonisation of much of Africa, the city was a fountain of knowledge in the fields of physics, astrology, and technology, and almost the entire population could read and write.

In 'The Manuscripts of Timbuktu', historians, imams and experts on the centuries-old Timbuktu manuscripts tell the fascinating tale of this African city, each from the perspective of their respective specialist field.  

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

Film Screening: Apocalypse Africa: Made in America  

When: Wednesday 17th October 2012, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
£5 per person
: PCS Headquarters (CLAPHAM JUNCTION), 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1).

In Apocalypse Africa: Made In America, journalist Del Walters explores secret recordings, classified films and other archival evidence that suggests the United States' involvement in the downfall of Africa, including genocidal wars in Darfur, Uganda and Rwanda. Through top-secret data, hidden documents and other sources obtained from government archives, the film reveals links between the destruction of Africa and those who influence American foreign policy. A discussion will follow the film.

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

Reading: "Life According to Maas Roy"

When: Wednesday 17th October 2012
Where: Battersea Library, London

Black History is longer than a month's worth of events!
So why not join us on to hear excerpts from our book, explore what Black history - and living Black history is, who it's for and whether we all have a role to play in documenting and sharing it?

House of AMAU (AMBA) Africa & Diaspora Writers & Appreciation Readings

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

When: 17 October 2012, 6pm
Where: Dalston CLR James Library

In recognition of the generally under appreciated contribution of writers of African origin to world culture, the House of AMAU (formally the House of AMPS or H-AMPS) will be promoting a series of readings in order to increase awareness of the work of some of the literary giants from Africa, the Caribbean and North America, whilst introducing several contemporary UK based writers.

There will be a stand alone pilot reading on 17 October (6pm) at the Dalston CLR James Library as part of the Hackney Black History Month 2012 celebrations. 

February 2013 will see the first phase of a rolling program of appreciation readings in partnership with local and international agencies and organizations.  TThis will a free entry event featuring the work of six AMBA African Caribbean Writers Group members as well as work by the following;

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) - Andrea Enisuoh    
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
(Kenya) - Ngoma Bishop
Jamaica Kincaid
(Antigua) - Hyacinth Myers
George Lamming (Barbados) - Ngoma Bishop
Toni Morrison (USA) - Carol Anne ‘Cezanne’ Edwards
James Baldwin
(USA) - Michael Vidal
C.L.R James (Trinidad) - Andrea Enisuoh 


Akaba Project: Health and Wellbeing Walk In session for Black Men (16+)

When: 17th October 2012, 1pm -5pm
Where: Stamford Hill Library (Community Hall)

1pm – 2pm: WALK-IN SESSION: (Employment/Education & Training, Nutrition, Holistic Health and wellbeing) Stalls

2pm – 2:20pm: Free Lunch

2:20pm – 3pm: Denver & Ali Mohammad (Poetry session)

3pm – 3:50pm:   Workshop Session 1:
(Mental Health & Employment Video)

4pm – 4:50pm:     Workshop Session 2:
(“How has black history impacted on people’s mental health today?” & what can be done?  - Hidden Colours Video)

4:50pm - 5pm:  Reflections/Questions & Closure

Ska Connections - The Story of Ska

When: Wednesday 17 October 2012, 6:30
Where: The Flyover, 3-5 Thorpe Close, Doors open 6.30pm
Adm: £4

With screening of the film: Legacy in the Dust - The Four Aces Story

Q&A with Charlie Phillips and special guests

Live music from One Voice Brass Ensemble

For more info: 07507 163 877

Jazzmo'thology: The Westley Joseph Collective

The Westley Joseph Collective

When: Thursday 18th October 2012, 8PM
Where: Bar 414, Brixton
Adm: £10.00

Jazzmo'thology proudly presents:

The Westley Joseph Collective with 3 Very Special Guests
 'Funkin' up SW9'

Support: The OROHcles
DJ Mudi with Special Guest Daddy Ernie

For more info, check web-site:

Mobiles: Ra Hendricks  07931  263 417 /  Ray Carless    07958 549 915

Debate: Finding the spotlight - Supporting the next generation of black female leaders

When: Thursday 18 October 2012, 6pm-7.45pm
Where: Dalston C.L.R. James Library
Adm: Free

Words of Colour Productions is hosting this important debate on how best to support the future generation of women as leaders during Hackney Black History Month. With a low profile afforded to successful black women and a lack of visible role models for young women, how confident are the next generation that they can and will be leaders in their chosen fields? And what does black female leadership look like in 2012? To answer these and many other questions we have an exciting panel including Jackee Holder, acclaimed author, coach and interfaith minister, Bola Agbaje (TBC), Olivier Award winning playwright, Kate Osamor, candidate for the Labour Party National Executive Committee, Verna Wilkins, prolific children’s author and founder of Tamarind books, now a Random House imprint, and Loraine Martins MBE, former Head of Equality, Inclusion, Employment and Skills at the Olympic Delivery Authority. The debate will be chaired by Joy Francis, Words of Colour’s executive director.

Booking: Call 020 8356 3000 and ask for the Dalston C.L.R. James Library to make your booking directly.

Screening: Made In Jamaica (15)

When: Thurs 18th Oct 2012, 8.30pm
Where: Peckhamplex Cinema, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST

A music documentary that doesn’t attempt to chart the entire history of Jamaican reggae and dancehall culture, but instead deals with what it means to the performers, the audience and to Jamaican society as a whole. Shooting on Kingston streets and Jamaican beaches, using interviews with the stars – from Gregory Isaacs to Lady Saw, Bunny Wailer to Elephant Man, Capleton to Bounty Killer – and featuring some astonishing live performances, this valuable document is a riot of sights, sounds, sensations and provocative social commentary.
Dir Jérôme Laperrousaz / France/USA / 2006 /120 mins

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_7-4ihU-y4

Blue Plaque Unveiling: Arthur Stanley Wint

When: Friday 19th October 2012 at 12:00 pm and -13:00 pm
Where: 22 Philbeach Gardens, Earls Court, London, SW5 9DY (12:00)
Reception:- Jamaica High Commission, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BZ (14:00)  

On Friday 19th October 2012 a blue heritage plaque organized by the Nubian Jak Community Trust, and the British launch of a book based on the life of Arthur Wint will take place in his honour. By all accounts Arthur Wint was an extraordinary human being whose list of achievements reads as if it was written for a Hollywood screen blockbuster.  

He was born in Plowden Hill, in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, in 1920, and attended Calabar High School and Excelsior College. It didn’t take long for his teachers and peers to discover that he had a remarkable talent for Track and Field athletics.

At the age of 22 he went to Canada to train as a pilot. His reason - to assist Britain in its military efforts during WW2. Whilst there he set the Canadian 400m record, before moving to Britain and joining the RAF. He was one of only a small group of Caribbean pilots who took to the skies in Spitfire Aircrafts, and eventual rose to the rank of flight lieutenant. After the war ended Arthur decided to pursue a career in medicine and became a medical student at London’s St. Bartholomew’s hospital in 1947.

However, his love for track and field never waned and a year later at the 1948 Olympic Games Arthur Wint achieved global fame by becoming the first Jamaican athlete to win an Olympic gold medal, equaling the Olympic record for the 400m (46.2 seconds). In 1949 he married Norma Dorothea Marsh, and three years later was part of the historic 4x400m relay team that won Olympic gold in Helsinki by setting a new World Record.                                  

He retired from athletics a year later, finished his internship and graduated as a doctor. In 1954 was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. Arthur returned to Jamaica, but then returned to England where he studied surgery at Manchester University. He later settled in Hanover as the only resident doctor in the parish. He was awarded the Jamaican honour of the Order of Distinction in 1973, and in 1974 became the country’s high commissioner to Great Britain. He passed away on 19th October in 1992, Heroes Day and was given an official state funeral attended by people from all over the World.

The blue plaque unveiling and UK book launch by his daughter Valerie will take place exactly 20 years to the day he died. Arthur Wint is survived by his wife Norma, and three daughters, Valerie, Alison and Coleen.

Event and Marketing: Chinara Enterprises Ltd, 07501 497920  info@chinaraenterprises.com
General Enquiries – Nubian Jak Community Trust Ltd - 0800 093 0400

Somali Week Festival 2012

When: Friday 19th 2012
Where: Oxford House, Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG
Adm: £10 Launch / £30 Discounted weekly pass

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture and partners would like to invite you to the launch of Somali Week Festival 2012 which will take place on Friday 19th at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG.

Somali Week Festival 2012 will take place from Friday 19th to 28th October 2012 and will be launched by Hon Rushanara Ali, MP for Tower Hamlets.

This year, the festival will focus on the theme of 'COURAGE'. Our understanding of ‘courage’ is not one of gun-toting aggression, but a belief in peace and tolerance as essential principles; about dreaming the seemingly impossible, challenging the status quo in the name of collaboration and fruitful coexistence. In that sense it emphasises empathy, tolerance and personal integrity in a context of uncertainty. The acceptance that this kind of courage must necessarily exist without the security of knowing that ‘everything will be all right in the end’ is paramount. Tolerance and empathy in the certain knowledge of a positive outcome do not require courage.

We are honoured to have Said Saleh, great playwright, educationalist and poet, to introduce the theme of the year. Saleh has bravely written about Somali peace and his work has garnered several awards; his song, ‘Midwife’, was voted one of the top four in the United Nations International Year of the Child Children’s Song Contest, and in 2005, he was awarded the Virginia McKnight Binger award for Human Service.

At the launch, some of our visiting artists from Somalia and Somaliland together with UK based poets, such as Muse Ali Faruur, Hassan Qawdhan, Abdidhuuh Yusuf and Abdillahi Bootaan will recite some of their poetry and the English translations will be provided by James Byrne, poet and editor of Wolf Poetry Magazine, Clare Pollard, poet from Poetry Translation Centre and Rob Inglis.

The evening will conclude with a talk by award winning poet and thinker, Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame ‘Hadraawi’. Hadraawi, the great and most admired Somali poet, has just been awarded the prestigious Prince's Claus Award of 2012. The news of this remarkable achievement was received with high jubilation by Somalis living in the Horn of Africa and in the far corners of the world. The Prince’s Claus Awards honour outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. Expressing their motivations for their choice of Hadraawi, the Award Committee stated, ‘Hadraawi is honoured for creating profound and beautiful poems that enrich and expand the centuries-old oral poetry traditions that is central to contemporary Somali culture and identity, for sustaining shared historical awareness and include discourse in divisive times, for his life long commitment to community development and social justice, and for building bridges, providing inspiration and promoting peace through poetry.’

We are especially looking forward to welcome our international guests, including Mahamed Ibrahim Warsame “Hadraawi”, Said Saleh Ahmed, Hussein Sheikh Ahmed ‘Kaddare’, Hassan Qawdhan, Musse Ali Faruur, Abdidhuh Yusuf, Giorgio Banti, Abdallah Mansur, Mohamed Daahir Afrah, Evan Christopher, Iara Lee, Farah Gamuute, Ali Hasan ‘Banfas’, Abdilahi Awad, Ismail Abdi Ibrahim ‘Basbaas’, Roland Marchal and more.

The launch will be conducted in a mix of Somali and English and open to all. The entrance fee is £10 and will be on first come first served.

All Somali Week Festival events take place in Oxford House, Bethnal Green, except two panel discussions on Friday 26th October which will take place in SOAS University, Russell Square.

If you would like to obtain your discounted weekly pass for £30, or wish to have more information please email info@kayd.org or call 07903712949. For the full programme please see attachment or visit www.kayd.org or redsea-online.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to Somali Week Festival 2012!

THE Pomedy Show: UK Autumn Tour 2012

When: 19 October 2012, 7:30
Where: The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Birmingham B6 4UU
Adm: £10

When: Fri 2 November 2012, 8PM
Where: The Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU
Adm: £15

When: Sat 3 November 2012, 7:30
Where: Hadawi Cultural centre, Great Northern Street, Huddersfield HD1 6BG
Adm: £8/£9

When: Fri 9 November 2012
Where: The Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wiolverhampton WV11SE
Adm: £9 (£7)

An Eclectic Mix of Jamaican Comedy and Poetry - With A Difference - A Jamaica 50th Anniversary Event

UK Autumn Tour 2012 - Tek Kin Teet Kibba Hart Bun

The very exciting and hilarious POMEDY Show which is an official Jamaica 50th Anniversary event is the brainchild of Jamaican Poet, Author and Reggae Artiste, Yasus Afari - Jamaica's Gift to the World.

POMEDY is an eclectic mix of real Jamaican Comedy and Poetry, celebrating laughter, love and learning for the entire family and community. The Pomedy Show skillfully employs Jamaican humour to excite audiences so that we can all laugh and learn together in one love and harmony, especially as we celebrate Jamaica's 50th Anniversary.

The Pomedy Show had a very successfull World Premiere in Jamaica in 2009 and had its International Launch at London' outstanding Broadway Theatre in 2011. Based on the overwhelming response, The Pomedy Show will again be staged at the classic Broadway Theatre in Catford, London on Friday November 2nd at 8pm. This time around The Broadway Pomedy Show will feature Benjamin Zephaniah, Yasus Afari, Ping Wing, Pink Panther, Jamaica's High Commissioner, Ambassador Aloun Assamba and a special guest.

    POMEDY Excites the UK
In addition to the Broadway Theatre in London, The Pomedy Show will also be stage at the DRUM in Birmingham on Friday October 19th, The Hudawi Cultural Centre in Huddersfied on Saturday November 3rd at 7:30pm and The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Friday November 9th at 7pm. Kindly see the flyer above and attached for more detail and please feel free to share the information.

The Success of POMEDY in Jamaica 
After a very huge and successful annual series in Jamaica which climaxed at the Un iversity of Technology ( UTech) on Friday September 14th, 2012, The Pomedy Show has now embarked upon it;s very highly anticipated UK Autumn Tour 2012, with the highlight being the return to The Broadway Theatre, The Drum in Birmingham, The Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton as well as the Hudawi Cultural Centre in Huddersfield.
Over the years the very popular and successful POMEDY Show has featured the likes of Oliver Samuels,  Joan Hutchinson, Mutabaruka, Ity and Fancy Cat among others with this impressive track record the Uk and in particular Londoners are in for a treat as The Pomedy Show makes its triumphant return to the Broadway Theatre on Friday November 2nd at 8pm. The Pomedy Show will feature Benjamin Zephaniah, Yasus Afari, Ping Wing, Pink Panther and Ambassador Aloun Assaamba plus a special guest.

The Pomedy Show is a Jamaica 50th Anniversary Event which is in support of Jamaica 2000 School Link Projects and is being sponsored by WESTERN UNION - Money Transfer from GRACE KENNEDY.

See you at The POMEDY Show as we celebrate JAMAICA's 50th Anniversary and Black History in UK with Laughter, Love and Learning for the entire family.

Edutainment Promotion

UNIA Blue Plaque DVD Screening

When: Saturday 20th October 2012
Where: The Bernie Grant Art Centre, Town Hall Approach, Tottenham, London N15 4RX
Adm: £6 donations - Food and refreshments will be provided.

Dear Family and Friends, come and join us as we celebrate the outstanding achievements of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement association (UNIA).

The largest Pan-African organisation of our time and an inspiration for most, if not all movements that came to follow.

We'll be showcasing the UNIA Blue Plaque unveiling and tribute that took place on Marcus Garvey's earthday - August 17th 2011 - an event that was the result of collective work, demonstrating what we can achieve when we call for recognition of the good that has and can emerge from our community.

DVD copies of this landmark event will be on sale for £7.99

Nubia Pamper Day

When: Saturday 20th October 2012, 14:00 -21:00pm
Where: Community centre, 65-67 High Street Colliers Wood, SW19 2JF
Adm: £35 for two treats

If you haven't yet experienced "nubiance" at one of our pamper days this
year, here's a great opportunity for you to do so!

Call 07950 308033 for more info

100BMOL Education Through Film

When:  20th October 2012, 11.00am - 3.30 pm
Where:  Room LR7, South Bank University, 100 - 116 London Road, [Elephant & Castle]  SE1 6LN
Adm: Free

Film: A GREAT AND MIGHTY WALK - JOHN HENRIK CLARK ( Duration 120 minutes)
 J H Clarke advocated for studies on the African-American experience and the place of Africans in world history. He challenged academic historians and helped shift the way African history was studied and taught. Clarke was "a scholar devoted to redressing what he saw as a systematic and racist suppression and distortion of African history by traditional scholars." When some of the scholarship he championed was dismissed by many historians, Clarke imparted to them the biases of Eurocentric views.
He was memorialized for devoting "himself to placing people of African ancestry 'on the map of human geography'."Clarke said "History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are, but more importantly, what they must be

Film: THE BLACK LIST [Part-1] ( Duration 92 minutes)

The traditional definition of the phrase 'blacklist' has been rendered obsolete by the documentary "The Black List," which seeks to bury the negative weight of the term by allowing African-Americans to provide an up-to-the-minute answer to the grim origins of "blacklist." In a film that works as a series of living portraits, twenty prominent African Americans of various professions, disciplines and backgrounds offer their own stories and insights on the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in this country and manage to re-define "blacklist" for a new century in the process. The film is presented as a series of vignettes - a kind of living portraiture - in which the subjects address the camera directly as they tell their stories.

Presentation: WHO IS CARTER G WOODSON ? (Duration 45 minutes)

Carter Godwin Woodson was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first great scholars to provide us with a comprehensive study of African American history.

The 100 Black Men of London is a registered charity dedicated to education, mentoring, economic development, health and well being. For more details visit www.100bmol.org.uk 

For Queries on Education Through Film e-mail etf@100bmol.org.uk


When: Saturday  20th October 2012, 2 – 5 pm
Where: The Uni-Hood Centre, 1-5 Hinton Road, Brixton (Loughborough Junction), London SE24 0HJ / Buses: 35, 45, 345, P4 & P5 / Google Maps Link
Adm: £1

Hosted by Mikel Ameen
Along with: Tara Brown, ShaKaRa, J The Ex, JJ Soul, Lionel, Fuse ODG, Alim Kamara & Andrew Muhammad

Telephone: 020 7501 9800 / 07758365785 for further information

LSE'S BLACK ACHIEVEMENT CONFERENCE: 'Helping you realise your potential'

When: Saturday 20th October 2012, 10am - 4pm
Where: London School of Economics & Political Science, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

The fifth annual 'Black Achievement Conference' is a free one - day event for African-Caribbean students from London (aged 11-18) and their families 

Hosted by Presenter and DJ Kat B, the conference aims to inspire students from across London to aim higher, think bigger and make informed decisions about what to do with their futures.

Featuring inspirational speakers from the African-Caribbean community, Black to the Future will also include:

  • A motivational sessions for students run by Fix Up Seminars
  • Practical tips for parents on supporting their child's education
  • A Careers Fair
  • A free lunch will also be provided

In previous years the conference has attracted keynote speakers such as Baroness Patricia Scotland, Yvonne Brewster, Bonnie Greer, Levi Roots (Winner of Dragons Den) Lee Jasper and Sandi Okoro. In addition it has included seminars by 'Action' Jackson Ogunyemi (CEO of Fix Up Seminars); Stephen Brooks (National Black boys Can); Tony Warner (100 Black Men of London), and Professor Gus John (International Consultant).

The event is also open to teachers, youth and community staff and anyone else with an interest in the educational achievements of Black students.

For the online booking form, please visit lse.ac.uk/blacktothefuture or contact Niaomi Collett on 020 7 852 3662
More information can also be found by putting Black Achievement Conference into the LSE search engine, www.lse.ac.uk
Widening Participation Officer
Student Recruitment Office
London School of Economics
Houghton Street

Could this be the oldest living civilisation?

When: 20th October 2012, 7-9pm 
Where: E17
Adm:  Free refreshments provided

The oldest relations to the first human beings are still living today in central and east Africa. There is strong suggestion that the Ancient Egyptians were descended from this civilisation. North London-based researcher and writer Felicity Heywood travelled to Uganda earlier this year to hear and record some of their stories. Come and hear her reports of the Batwa, a people who are landless, and trying hard to keep their original culture alive amidst external pressure to conform.

For more info: 07958 671 267/ 020 85097598 or email thinktank_27@yahoo.com


When: Saturday 20th October, 11.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Stamford Hill Library, Portland Avenue, N16 6SB
Adm: Advance tickets only £5 (£7 on door)
Tickets on sale through Douglas Williams on 0788-2403-871Contact Douglas on 0796-0239-493

What do we know about them?
What can we do about them?

Presented by visiting Natural Health Practitioners

Dr.Llaila O.Afrika and Dr.Melanie Stevens

Dr.Llaila O.Afrika is a doctor of Naturopathy, lecturer and author, including the bestselling ‘African Holistic Health’, as well as a pioneer in African Science.

Dr.Melanie Stevenson, also a Naturopath, has over 10 years’ experience as a holistic practitioner and is a gifted teacher in this field of health.
020 8356 1964

Stamford Hill Library is easy to get to and well served by public transport:
Buses: 243, 76, 67, 149, 476

For more informationSupported by
SLR Radio Station 97.7fm
Centerprise Word Power
9Ether Circles and Seminars
Find Your Voice every Tuesday from 10.30 – late!Live link number: 07984-931-588

Details of the event on the community news page

Brunch With Valerie Wint, daughter of Dr Arthur Wint, Jamaica's First Gold Medal Olympian

When: Sunday 21st October 2012, 12pm - 3pm
Where: Cottons Restuarant, 70 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QP
Adm: Meals start at £9.95


Dr Arthur Wint, Jamaica's First Olympian Gold Medallist, will be honoured via a brunch and book reading by his daughter, Valerie Wint on Sunday 21st October 2012, at Cotton's Restaurant, 77 Exmouth Market, Islington (see attached flyer for details). You and yours are cordially invited to this unique and sterling event, to celebrate a revered Jamaican and to listen to his fascinating and personal story.

Valerie will be selling her book on the day.

Reparations Sunday Service (UK)

When: Sunday 21st October 2012 from 11-1pm / Please arrive for a prompt start at 11.00am
Where: Clapham Methodist Church, Clapham High Street, Nelson’s Row, London SW4 7JR

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I take great pleasure in inviting you to a very historic occasion - the UK’s very first
Reparations Sunday Service.

African Reparations is one of the most misunderstood issues of our times, it is hoped that
Reparations Sunday (UK) will go some way towards dispelling the myths and raising
awareness of the question of Reparations amongst church congregations but also all peoples who are seekers of truth and justice.

Please join us in inaugurating this historic occasion.

Yours Faithfully in Service
Revd. Hewie Andrew

Pauline Black

Where: Culture Space, Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16
When: Monday 22 October 2012 at 7pm
Adm: Free

Pauline Black, lead singer with the platinum-selling band The Selecter will talk about her life and read from her acclaimed autobiography Black by Design. Adopted by a white working class family in the 50s, the book traces Pauline's escape into the world of music and her recent search for her birth parents.  There will also be an opportunity to ask Pauline questions, followed by book signings.


UK Premiere: The Importance of Black History?
Followed by live debate

When:Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 7pm
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, Greater London N1 9AG
Adm: Free.

Booking: To book visit www.kingsplace.co.uk or call the box office 020 7520 1490

In this riveting and engaging new documentary, award winning filmmaker Nosa Igbinedion teams up with young people from Islington, and experts in the field to explore the importance of Black History and whether it is under-represented in mainstream education and the
impact of that in a multicultural Britain. Nosa Igbinedion notes “Black History comprises the
history of multiple nations, people and ethnicities so how can it be comprised into one month and under the umbrella Black?” So is Black History really World History? And if so should school curriculums be more inclusive to reflect the globalised world and multicultural society we live in today?

Featuring Hakim Adi, Tony Warner and many more, this film seeks to break down barriers, evoke meaningful discussion, and be used as an educational resource and discussion tool for schools and the wider community. This film will be followed by a live debate, featuring the young people who star in the film as well as leaders in education. The debate will be chaired by a special surprise guest. This will be a filmed event and welcomes contribution from
the audience.

Film Screening: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

When: Wednesday 24th October 2012, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
: PCS Headquarters (CLAPHAM JUNCTION), 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1)
Adm: £5 per person

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

Precious Williams

Where: Culture Space, Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16
When: Wednesday 24 October 2012 at 7pm
Adm: Free

Precious is a tale of mothers and daughters, of a struggle with racial identity and a journey to find a sense of belonging. Precious Williams was just ten weeks old when her Nigerian mother arranged for her to be fostered by a 57 year old white woman, beginning a story of growing up black in a white community, of struggling to find an identity that fits, of deciphering a childhood full of secrets and dysfunction. Precious's talk will include readings from her acclaimed autobiography and an audience Q&A session followed by book signings.


Comedy Slam: The Prophet Kwaku

Comedy Slam: The Prophet Kwaku Bonsu

When: Saturday 27th October 2012, 8PM
Where: The Broadway theatre, Catford SE6 4RU
Adm: £15 (Box office: 0208 690 0002 or 07985 814444)

Hotep Family as you all may well know. I will be celebrating my 50th Eaart strong with a Afrikan History month special. TOO BLACK for TV One Man show.

Live and uncut uncensored real deal somting yu caan feel serious comedy, no seriously funny but cultural witty but real.

Doors open 7pm show starts 8pm sharp so don't be late to miss is a double dis.

Pass on di good news di Prophet Rise Again

United Friends and Family Campaign

When: Sat 27th October 2012, 12:30
Where: Trafagar Square to Downing Street


The Afrikan Wears Ball

When: 27th October 2012
Where: Club Couture, 58 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8QZ
Adm: £7 adv - MOTD

Peace & Blessing BKS Family
It has been a while but we are BACK with a very special date for your diary

I ‘ Nyasha Promotions & Best Kept Secret present A Black History Month Special.....

Purchase Tickets Online: http://inyasha.shoobs.com | http://inyasha.shoobs.com/events/2012-10-27-the-afrikan-wears-ball  

Ticket Outlets:
East London: 0208 539 21 54 | South London: 020 8671 0800

More Info: www.bestkeptsecretbks.com | shakara.afrimantic@gmail.co.uk | 07932 366 429

Train: Denmark Hill or Peckham Rye  - Tube: Oval (Nothern Line) | Buses 12, 35, 36, 40, 42, 45, 68, 171, 176, 436, 468, 484

Screening: Happily Ever After Collection (U)

When: Sat 27th October 2012, 12.00pm noon
Where: Peckhamplex Cinema, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST

‘The Great Getaway – Children’s Day’
Classic animated fairytales with an afro-centric twist.

Collection 1-4 
The Happily Ever After Collection is a collection of 4 DVD sets featuring classic animated fairy-tales with an afro-centric twist and voiced by celebrity stars.

This is classic animated family edutainment.
Featuring the various voices of; Will Smith, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel. L. Jackson, Denzel Washington and others.`
USA / 2004/54 mins

Including: Aladdin, Puss in Boots, Thumberlina, Goldilocks & The 3 Bears, Pinocchio, The Pied Piper, MotherGoose, The Golden Goose & King Midas

Kush Media Group Ltd
Kush Promotions & PR Ltd (aka Kush Films)

Bookings & info: 0844 567 2742 / http://www.peckhamplex.com



When: Sun 28th Oct - 3pm to 8pm
Where: Tricycle Cinema, Kilburn, London NW6 7JR
Adm: Box Office - 020 7328 1000

The 2nd Intl  Black Hairitage (IBHM 2012) is back with an afternoon of films, Q&A's, talk, workshop as well as a Mini Market to celebrate and explore the culture and issues around natural living and holistic health.

FILMS ON THE PROGRAMME sign up to NuCinema to see films' detail www.nucinema.co.uk

Yellow Fever  

Ancestral voices: Esoteric African Knowledge
Afro Cut; Whatever the cost ?

Early Birds Offer Available till 19TH OCT

Collectively Blak: Black History Month Quiz

When: Sunday 28th October 2012, 2:00PM-5:00PM
Where: Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road,  Walthamstow,London E17 4QU (Nearest BR/Tube: Walthamstow Central)
Adm: Adults = £4 /  Children (under 16) = £2

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.“ - Marcus Garvey

  • Food and refreshments (please bring your own)
  • Stalls (Books, T Shirts and DVDs)
  • Team entries of no more than 6-8 members are welcome to participate.
  • 2 Team members must be under 16 years
  • Maximum of 6 team entries

For more information contact:

PO Box 6528, London E17 2TP

Madu – 07939-721591
Derek – 07879-464492
Peter & Sharon – 020-8925 0664 Gary – 07956-554199

  • Collectively Blak - Putting the “C” back into Community

Marcus Garvey Legacy Tour

When: Sunday 28th October 2012, Doors open at 6.30pm.  Show starts at 7pm.
Where: The Sojourner Truth Centre SE15 6JL. 
Adm: £10 / Children £5

Uhuru Supporters & Friends

You are warmly invited to attend this exciting and special event in South London which forms part of the Marcus Garvey Legacy Tour that will be sweeping across Europe stopping in High Wycombe, Stockholm, Berlin, Brussels and London in October 2012.  The London showing will be the last leg of the tour and will take place on Sunday 28 October at the Sojourner Truth Centre SE15 6JL.  Doors open at 6.30pm.  Show starts at 7pm.

The tour features acclaimed Guyana-born actor Ron Bobb-Semple, whose one-man show, “The Spirit of Marcus Garvey” has received rave reviews.  Bobb-Semple channels the identity and persona of the great orator and leader Marcus Garvey.

Omali Yeshitela, lifelong U.S.-based African liberation activist, Chairman of the African Socialist International and leader of the Uhuru (Freedom) Movement will also lead the tour.

Omali Yeshitela is the founder of The Burning Spear newspaper, the only black power journal in continuous existence since 1967.  He leads numerous campaigns and organizations representing the interests of African people inside the U.S., Africa and around the world.  Known as an electrifying and enlightening lecturer, Yeshitela speaks to enthusiastic audiences the world over.

Bobb-Semple’s powerful portrayal of the brilliant early 20th century black leader, Marcus Garvey, is coupled with the fiery presentations of Yeshitela, whose work to unite Africa and African people worldwide today seeks to make a reality of Garvey’s dream of “Africa for Africans, those at home and those abroad.”

The Marcus Garvey Legacy tour shows that the aims of the Jamaican-born and Harlem, New York-based Garvey, who built an organization of 11 million Africans worldwide in the 1920s, are more relevant to today’s world than ever before.
This is not simply a nostalgic look at the work and times of Garvey; the goals of this tour are to show that the spirit of Marcus Garvey is alive and well in a time when the majority of African people everywhere continue to struggle to overturn the poverty and oppression resulting from colonialism and slavery.

This program has already been performed and enthusiastically received at the ancestral home of Garvey in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica; aboard cruise ships in the Caribbean and at the Akwaaba Hall in St Petersburg, FL, where it received a standing ovation.

Below is the flier for the London tour.  If you cannot view the images please click these links. 

For more information on the other tour dates and locations please see website  www.uhurunews.com  or email  uhuruasi@aol.com  or telephone  07862 294 364      .

Looking forward to seeing you on the 28th.

Uhuru means Freedom

MGLT Organising Ctte

25 Years On...

Anniversary of Black History Month in Britain and  the Labour Party’s Black Sections'

When: Tuesday 30th October 2012, 6.00-9.00pm.
Where: Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY
(4 minutes walk or 1 bus stop ride from Harrow & Wealdstone station. Buses 182, 186, 258, 340)
Adm: Free


WHEAT MST in association with Akoben Awards & TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) present 25 Years On...
A Harrow African/Black History Month event marking the 25th anniversary of the introduction of
Black History Month in Britain and  the Labour Party’s Black Sections' work which culminated in the election of the 4 African and Asian MPs in 1987 
Hear from panellists & special guests who were part of working behind the scenes of these 2 historic events

Ansel Wong (London Strategic Policy Unit officer  who helped introduce BHM)
Marc Wadsworth and Roger McKenzie  (Black Sections executives who helped with the election of the first 3 African British MPs)

Chair: Kwaku (Akoben Awards & TAOBQ (The African Or  Black Question) co-ordinator)

Presented by WHEAT MST in association with Akoben Awards 

UK Premiere: Hoodwinked

Film screening followed by post screening panel discussion

When: Tuesday 30th October 2012 at 7pm
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Adm: £6.50 or £4.50 for online bookings

Booking: To book visit www. kingsplace.co.uk or call the box office 020 7520 1490

Hoodwinked is the much anticipated and long awaited sequel to 2007 Best African American
Documentary What Black Men Think.

Award winning filmmaker and activist Janks Morton states about his new film:

“For over four-hundred years, the majority of white society has used many tools to reinforce a
message that the people of African descent are less than, not equal to or not good enough. In this modern era of information, the media, government and special interests use statistics to further promote the message of black inferiority. What troubles me most is that we as
people have internalised the misinformation, embraced the myths, and perpetuated
the stereotypes, sadly reinforcing a collective misperception of our own identities.”

Family Workshop: Jamaican and Trinidadian independence

Where: Hackney Museum, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
When: Wednesday 31 October 2pm-4pm
Adm: Free drop in workshop for families

Fun for families during Autumn half term

Explore Jamaican and Trinidadian independence in this workshop with a professional story teller. Create your own independence inspired artworks or stories exploring what it means to you and your family to be independent and living in Hackney. 

Remembering Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

An African British musical genius & pan-Africanist

When: Wednesday Oct 31 2012, 2.30-4pm.
Where: Streatham Library for Lambeth schools

Wednesday Oct 31 2012, 6.30-8.30pm.
Where: Putney Library, 5-7 Disraeli Road, SW15 2DR. 020 8871 7090

When: Thursday Nov 1 2012, 2.30-4pm.
Where: Brixton Library for Lambeth schools

SamuelColeridge-Taylor was born on 15th August 1875 in Holborn to an English mother and a Sierra Leonean father who was a doctor. He moved to Croydon as an infant.

Best known for his choral composition, ‘Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast’, Coleridge-Taylor was also a pan-Africanist who introduced African sensibilities into classical music.

For more information: Awula Serwah  btwsc@hotmail.com

Black History Month Operatic Celebration

When: Wednesday 31 October 2012, 19:00
Where: St Georges Church, Hanover Square, SW1 1FX
£20.00, £30, £80* (*includes post performance supper)

The Black British Classical Foundation present an Operatic Gala of Arias, Songs & Spirituals

With Grace Nyandoro, Byron Jackson, Nadine Mortimer-Smith, Ronald Samm, Hyacinth Nicholls


The Second Anniversary of the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020

When: Wednesday 31st October 2012, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
(please allow at least 15 minutes to go through security)
Where: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Make Every Woman Count cordially invites you to The Second Anniversary of the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 Also to celebrate the 12th Anniversary of the UNSCR 1325
Hosted by SOAS Centre for Gender Studies

This event will mark the publication of MEWC’s annual report which summarises the
progress made by African countries regarding women’s rights & gender equality on the
continent during the second year of the African Women’s Decade

Chair: Professor Nadje Al-Ali Professor of Gender Studies at SOAS University
Rainatou Sow Founder &Executive Director of MEWC
Marie-Claire Faray Common Cause UK, DR Congo
Voices of African Women Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
Mama Khadija Hussein Founder & Chairperson of Sudanese Mothers for Peace
Chitra Nagarajan Director of Gender Action for Peace & Security (GAPS UK)
Betty Makoni Founder & Executive Director of “Girls Child Network”

Speakers/Discussions to be followed by a reception

Please RSVP, by sending an email toevent@makeeverywomancount.org


Exhibition: Tokio Aoyama: "We Are The 99%"

When: 1 November 2012, 6:00pm until 10:00pm
Where: C
re8 Lifestyle Centre 80 Eastway, London E9 5JCH
Adm: Exhibition & Opening Party: Free Entry

You are invited to experience the striking, potently unique visual art of Tokio Aoyama. For two weeks only Kizito Arts Movement and Ancient Future proudly present Tokio’s “We Are The 99%” exhibition.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/511922832171162

Shaping the Future: Getting the best for BME children and young people

When: Friday 2 November 2012 from 9.45am-4:00pm
Where: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP
Adm: £10, free places available for parents, young people and small voluntary sector
Booking: Booking essential visit www.rota.org.uk. Creche facilities available on the day

Following on from the success of ROTA’s Shaping the Future seminars and picking up from where The London Schools and the Black Child conferences left off, Islington BME
Forum collaborates with ROTA again this year and partners with Black Educators Network and The Asian Health Agency to bring a thought provoking day exploring actions to close the inequality gaps for Black and Minority Ethnic young people in education.
We will hear from Black and Minority Ethnic young people, parents and leaders in education
touching on:

• How teaching can be enriched for modern day multicultural classrooms to ensure equality in
teaching practices

• Supporting parental engagement to influence race equality in schools and in their child’s

• Raising the voice of BME young people in shaping the future of education.

Who is the day for? This conference will provide an excellent developmental
opportunity for teachers to facilitate more effective and inclusive learning environments for
multicultural classrooms. The event will also be of use to educators, parents, governors, young people and representatives from education authorities.

African Heritage Forum: How Educators in Primary Schools Present African History & Heritage

When: Saturday 3rd November 2012, 7pm
Where: Centerprise, 136/138 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2NS

More than 40 London teachers, educationists, parents, children and community workers are expected at the Launch of a Report on‘ How Educators in Primary Schools Present African History & Heritage.

TO CONFIRM ATTENDANCE. Please TEXT 07508 903 634 (with full name)

The Report is published by the African Heritage Forum

Natural November 3

When: Sunday 4th November, 11-7pm
Where: Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London, W6 9JT
: £10 in advance, £15 on the door, 1st 100 tickets purchased online will receive a goody bag
Children under 16 & OAP’s: Free entry (ID required)

A special selection of seminars, (holistic) services & stalls (Exhibitor enquiries: go to Contact page)

Featuring special guests:
Alim Kamara, BASHIYRA, Black History Studies, Black History Walks, the Greenelight Academy of Healing, Israel Ajose, Stephen Ssali Tamale, & Urban Flavours


Black history on the streets of London

When: 6 November 2012
Where: Senate Room, first floor, Senate House, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1  6 to 7.30 pm

Black history on the streets of London: a virtual walk through 5 different parts of the city, bringing the past to your doorstep

This will be a sample of all the walks, from 1500 BCE to 2000 by Tony Warner,  Founder of  Black History Walks UK

Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register.
(Contact: Marika.Sherwood@sas.ac.uk)

The First Grader screening & open discussion

Where: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP
When: Friday 9 November 2012, 6-8pm.
Adm: Free

Screening a heart-warming film set in Kenya, though it has its heart-wrenching moments.  Kwaku leads a post-screening discussion on education and liberation struggles. The film, directed by Justin Chadwick, chronicles 84 year old Kimani  Maruge’s quest to take up the Kenyan government’s promise of free education for all, by enrolling in primary school. Actress Naomie Harris plays a sympathetic school teacher. It’s a true story of the power of education and the shocking untold history of British colonial rule in Kenya. There will be books on sale.

BTWSC in association with WSDG. To book: btwsc@hotmail.com, www.ahmfirstgrader.eventbrite.com

Discussion Forum: Shifting control of humanitarian aid spending to people affected by disaster


When: Wednesday 7 November 2012, 7PM - 9PM

How can disaster funds collected from ordinary people be controlled by people affected by disaster and spent by them in their countries? In Haiti, hundreds of thousands still live under tarps and the $10 billion donated to the earthquake disaster appeal in 2010 has been spent. Where did all the money go? What can ordinary people do to change this situation? What can we do to make a difference for people in disaster affected areas?

We invite you to join our presentation and debate on how to take power here so that people can take power over there.

Free light refreshments 7.30 – 7.45. [Hot drinks and food can be bought from downstairs Café until 9pm]

Places are limited and pre-registration at griotonline@hotmail.com is essential by noon, 31 October 2012

Rail: Forest Hill is on the London Overground line between Highbury and Islington and West Croydon / Crystal Palace line which offers a high frequency service. The station is also well served by trains from Central London, Croydon and Surrey.
Buses: 185, 197, 122, 176, 356



7.00 Arrivals and registration
Introduction to Griot, plans and elections
7.30 15 minute buffet
7.45 Presentation and debate on control of humanitarian aid by ordinary people and people affected by disasters
9.00 End of evening

GRIOT FOUNDATION TRUST, 1059517, www.griot.org.uk

Africa in Science Fiction


When: 20 November 2012
Time: Universal Mind Control (6.30pm-7.45pm); Parable of the Talents (8pm-9pm)
Where: Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
Price: Free (but ticket required incurring an online transaction fee of £1.75 or £2.75 if by phone)
Booking: Visit here
Tel: 0844 847 9910

The Creative Word, in partnership with Words of Colour and Southbank Centre, is hosting this exciting double bill of African sci fi in literature and film. The first event, Universal Mind Control, looks at how literature and poetry addresses the African diaspora cosmology and futuristic worlds while Parable of the Talents explores sci fi movies and tries to unpick what is African sci fi. Words of Colour’s executive director Joy Francis, award-winning novelist Courttia Newland and Toyin Agbetu will chair the events with leading artists in the field including playwright Oladipo Agboluaje, filmmaker Kibwe Tavares and authors Tosin Coker and Biram Mboob .

Please note - this free event requires a ticket. You can reserve your ticket online (£1.75 transaction fee) or by phone on 0844 847 9910 (£2.75 transaction fee). Transaction fees apply per transaction, not per ticket. You can also reserve your seat without a transaction fee by visiting one of our Southbank Centre Ticket Offices in person.

Diabetes Charity Dinner & Dance!


When:  Saturday 24th November 2012 from 7pm
Where:  The Holiday Inn - Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
Adm:  £45 dinner and dance, £12 dance only

The St. Lucian Diabetes Project UK is a registered charity and will soon be celebrating their 10th anniversary! The Project promotes the health and wellbeing for diabetics, by providing health education on the prevention and management of diabetes through public workshops and clinics as seen in this video.

Every 2 years a team of volunteer doctors, nurses and podiatrists that specialise in diabetes visit St. Lucia to run these workshops to empower and educate both medical staff, patients and the general public on the island.

If more people took the approach of "prevention is better than cure", then this attitude would drastically reduce the amount of diabetes cases. One of the sure signs on the road to diabetes is obesity, especially belly fat Keeping your weight under control, a balanced diet, reducing your sugar intake and very importantly, excercise will reduce the risks of diabetes.

The charity's forthcoming Dinner & Dance event is an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Project to continue the brilliant work that they are doing. Please support a worthy cause by either attending the event, making a donation or simply fowarding this Eml on to 10 friends!

Contact: Mary 0758-867 7504 / Ben 07973 124 191 / Sharon 07956 492 477 www.SaintLuciaDiabetes.DJMrP.com

PASCF (Brixton) Workshop: Masterclass: Independent Filmmaking for African Liberation

When: 30 November 2012, 7pm
Where: 365 Brixton Road
Adm: Free

Toyin Agbetu will deliver a workshop exploring why and how new technology can make independent filmmaking a reality for those enagged in African liberation.

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