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Our Pan African Drum programme on 22 September 2009 we will be discussing the issue of;

Progressive Politics: How do we move beyond spectator voting?


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Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Progressive Politics

“When the face of the drum is there, you don't beat the sides” – African proverb, Tshi

Greetings, over the past few days I have received many interesting items in the mail. Just a few minutes ago (I started this article late Thursday), I received an email from the government, the subject – ‘The Home Office Monthly Newsletter’. I almost chocked on my water – a monthly newsletter opening with the photo of a smiling government official, hey - thankfully it didn’t open with ‘welcome from your leader’ or ‘greetings’. Nope, instead Home Secretary Alan Johnson grandiosely announced; “Voluntary and community organisations are key to helping us deliver a reduction in youth violence.” Revealingly he then went on to admit that “the use and discharge of tasers against violent criminals (presumably school children) has increased” and that the UK’s first identity commissioner had been appointed. Phew. Do you feel much safer now?

The police are only going to taser i.e. inject over 10,000 volts into those of our young people who are confused about their identity. I am sure the new ‘Identity Commissioner’ alongside the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will be delivering lessons on why we should all embrace our British entitlement to join the government’s criminal database and reject our African heritage for the good of the country. I jest (or do I?).

Incidentally the e-newsletter was also rigged with QbaseMail tracking links so had I clicked on any of the news items contained within, the government would then log my name in a database against which areas were of particular interest to me as an individual. Creepy - huh?

Anyway the most interesting correspondence that came in that day was an innocent looking letter from the Electoral Commission that stated Ligali was required to submit form RP6 if we do not intend to field any candidates at the next general election.

For those of you that don’t know, Ligali has been a legally registered political party in the UK since 23 September 2003. It may seem strange that there has been no media coverage of this fact even in our own press – but whilst most Africans are unaware of the existence of a Pan African Political party, the British National Party (BNP), the British establishment and their fans most certainly are. Their websites from the NF and Stormfront to individual blogs by ‘patriots’ all speak about the existence of the Ligali Party and most foolishly argue we should be investigated by Trevor Phillips and EHRC for having a racist membership policy!

Anyway.. we were discussing the disbandment of the party during last weeks radio programme when a couple of messages were received in the studio arguing that we should consider fielding some candidates in the next general election. The suggestions made me pause. Since then others have joint in with the suggestion.

Pause.

Now, many of us know the effects of Africans engaged in western styled politics on the Continent. Let’s look at the British colony named ‘nigeria’ - my own beautiful Ancestral home place for example. In ‘nigeria’ the ruling political elite have excelled in the task of totally replicating the corrupt systems of Westminster.

The national language is English, the statutory electoral bodies mirror that in the UK and even the most honest of judges are forced to still wear the silly little wigs designed in deference to european culture and traditions.

Sadly, this is not only tragic, it's pathetic.

I really believe that the powerful potential of the deeply spiritual ‘nigeria’ plus many other African nations in the world are key to the complete transformation of this realm. But until we have the courage to free ourselves from the decadent leadership of a few ruling families – Africans everywhere will as a whole remain mentally enslaved.

Due to a total lack of Consciencism, the retrogressive mechanisms of politics remain a barrier to honest people engaged in community empowerment wanting to work in the political domain. Instead it favours egotistical individuals belonging to profligate oppressive factions that are politically and spiritually aligned to selfish greed as a defining character trait. That is not to say there are no ‘councillors’ operating on a grassroots level loyally serving African people with integrity. Yet these majority voices are actively disempowered by the minority in power. Sadly this is a global situation mirrored across the world from the US to India.  

Politics in the UK is not only nasty, but also spiritually filthy. In Africa you can clearly see this reflected in the very close links between church ‘ministers’ and the state. If you think of western democracy in Africa as being the illegitimate child to european civil systems, then British parliament is the morally bankrupt father, aggressively spreading its seed through gun point democracy across the world when it comes across an area which sees little moral value in sharing the spoils of its rotten economic wealth.

So understanding that history, perhaps you can understand my hesitation. Why I pause. You see it is difficult to become involved with a dirty electoral process and not in some way become tarnished by the excrement it produces and worse yet – fail to attract ‘supporters’ who secretly are seduced by the promises of fame and the economic benefits rife in the corrupt system. I am tired. And to be Truthful, despite there being almost 2 million of us here in this country, when it comes to 'taking the fight to the man' - many of us feel lonely.

And yet, we should not give up. You see several years ago I made the decision not to vote at general elections until there was a party that closely represented the values I believed in. Since then I have been in limbo. In truth I would favour a coalition government with all the disparate voices in the UK politically represented with equal parity, but this kind of political transformation is unlikely to ever happen in the UK unless Alan Moores vision in V for Vendetta comes to pass.

In fact, just as in a comic book scene, two days after receiving the governments ‘newsletter’ I received a warning from Hackney council in the post.

‘Register now!’ It demanded. It then escalated the pressure by stating I may ‘not be able to get credit’ and ‘be fined £1000’ if I choose not to comply. 

So guess what? I chose not to comply. Like many of us I don’t like threats and I’ve always loathed bullies.

But our individual stance is not enough. Forget the nonsense spouted out in Knight Rider – one man can’t really make a difference when it comes to an election. The reality is that we can’t wait for someone else to deliver us freedom. It doesn’t work that way. We have to work for it. Like our Ancestors did. Unless we ourselves are prepared to fill the existing void in progressive Pan African politics, the ingrained inequality and blatant discrimination we experience in this country will intensify.

The BNP alongside groups like UKIP have long abused the issue of immigration to motivate its powerbase. By drawing on the deep racist pulse of Britain’s ethnic majority - ignored but very present in the mainstream parties, the famously inept group has successfully managed to organise itself sufficiently enough to warrant a national media platform to articulate the views of their constituents.

And yet if we look at the pressing issues for us today we have to admit it is our disorganisation that makes us vulnerable to sustained attack. It is our political and spiritual neutrality that makes us impotent en mass and ineffective to help our peoples not only here in the west but back home where our families reside.

Because of that disorganisation the British government was recently able to sneak in a new ‘trial’ for all Africans migrating to the UK. As a result of our silence, members of our family travelling here from home and requesting asylum or refugee status are now forced to give a DNA sample for ‘Ancestral testing’. The governments ‘Human Prevalence’ project has started and only targets those travelling from Africa. We should have stopped this.

Because of that disorganisation the British government has recently been able to suspend the parliament of the Turks & Caicos Islands, an African nation in the Caribbean. In effect, it has recolonised it. We should have stopped this.

Instead, our disorganisation enables the British state to feel emboldened to openly attack our children on the streets with its ruthless stop and search policing, openly criminalise our vulnerable whilst over medicating those using mental health services, secretly dump toxic waste killing innocent Africans for profit, get away with raping and brutalising Africans in Kenya, lie whilst killing innocent people in custody - some forcibly made naked to strip them of their dignity, others gagged or held in cages, openly discriminate against refugees and asylum seekers solely on the basis of ethnicity, kill the export trade whilst importing sex tourism in the Caribbean, unfairly tax Africans through a corrupt visa system, encourage self loathing and institute cultural disinheritance through its schools.

And I'm not even touching on the historical issues of Maafa....

So surely it is the primary responsibility of Africans in the UK to contribute towards challenging and ultimately preventing these types of human right abuses occuring and bring about natural justice and reparation. What else are we here for if not that?

Somehow our disorganisation has made us too dependent upon massa for our daily bread, and I suspect far too many of us out of fear and despair are beginning to accept the situation as having to always be this way.

Well that’s not true.

With the increased access to history and information that we have in today’s world it is difficult for all but the most compromised or duncified to argue against the need for us to identify and remove our overseers.

There is no reason why we should feel compelled to put up with the banal platitudes mouthed by appointed ‘black’ faced representatives who never mention what issues effecting us now and yet still claim to speak on our behalf both in the media or to government.

Since the passing of Bernie Grant, a true African Rebel - we have made very little true political progress despite the increase of African faces collaborating with european ‘power’. In fact, despite those jumping up and down with excitement over a perceived validation to their weak ideological stance. The alleged progress realised by the coming of the so called ‘Obama Effect’ (where apparently ethnicity is no longer relevant) – has failed to stem the backwards motion of true progressive political empowerment, organisation and mobilisation for African people in the UK.  

Let me give you an example, take a look at the short film Blood a Go Run by Menelik Shabazz and then ask yourself - if the New Cross Massacre were to take place today, would we be able to respond so authoritatively again tomorrow? Could we mobilise almost twenty thousand Africans to take part in a “Black People's Day of Action” as we did almost 30 years ago on 2 March 1981?

And in contrast - if London Mayor, Boris Johnson offered free chicken at Notting Hill Carnival if we agreed to officially merge it with the London Pride March to save money - how many of us would still attend in droves supporting his ‘post–racial’ policy?

Don’t answer – it’s a rhetorical question.

This weekend I attended one of the many Nkrumah @ 100 commemorations. I suspect that one day it will be a criminal offence to attend a Pan African gathering in the UK. But until then let me report back that it was a wonderful event and reminded me why despite the future sometimes seeming hopeless, change is always present in our lives shaping, transforming our future. And yet we must not be complacent, progressive change often needs a hand if it is not to become negative, change needs to partner opportunity, and before opportunity can knock it must be invited to the party. 

So if we are going to big up our revolutionary Ancestors, like Sankara or of course Nkrumah, then we must first recognise that they were organised. Not in some ad-hoc kind of jamboree, fighting in a drunken stupor for more benefits, but as a highly efficient, organised political party, a vanguard of the majority – often articulated through the socio-cultural empowerment of a loyal and dedicated minority. 

Leaders like Cabral, Nzingha, Parks, Ture, Asantewaa, Bogle, Nana, Garvey, Truth, Nehanda, Lumumba, Nyerere or Kuti did not shy way from the task of putting their heads above the parapet but instead championed the cause of our people at great risk and cost to themselves. They had clarity of vision that looked beyond the common excuses of economic disempowerment and we would do good to recognise that we have far more resources today to organise for change than our Ancestors had during their times.

I know for many Ligali with its pan-African ethos will never be quite ‘black’ British enough but perhaps it is time we all paused for thought. Is the alternative of doing nothing, or worse still – ‘doing what we always did’ a responsible decision, a worthwhile legacy for our children?

At this time in our destiny when many of us are riding the coat tails of history screaming success and shouting “yes we can” – dare we ask the obvious question, those who went before us, those who born us, fought for us, lived for us and died for us,  would be confusingly asking us now...

... “Yes we can… what?”

May the Ancestors guide and protect us. Ase.

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


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Nyansapo: News and Updates

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The Pan African Drum

Greetings: Welcome new listeners to Nyansapo. The Pan African drum is broadcast from the UK and attracts new supporters from Africa and the Americas every week. Our broadcast is currently only available online. Our podcasts of previous shows are usually available 24 hours after broadcast.

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


Archives: The podcast of both the Nkrumah@100 event at Ayekoo and the National Commemoration at the Peckham Academy will be available on the Nyansapo archive pages at www.ligali.org


Newsletter: We have been informed that some of our readers have not been receiving their newsletter until after our broadcast, others have not received it at all. We apologise for this ongoing issue and ask those that who do receive our newsletter to redistribute amongst friends and family who they know will appreciate its contents.


Volunteers Needed

Pan African Drum
We are looking for a producer for the Pan African Drum programme. The person will need to be able to research news stories, book guests for interviews and collate information about community events on a weekly basis.

Rites
We are looking for a small team of volunteers to provide 24 hour stop and search phone support for people in our community attacked by the police. The Ligali Organisation will provide technical support and training on legal related issues to enable delivery of a high quality service.  We are also on the look out for young presenters to host a weekly Police Watch programme that will highlight Stop and Search abuses for Nyansapo Radio.


Resources Donations Needed

We are currently looking for various items of software with a valid license. For obvious security reasons we cannot use downloaded pirated software that may contain virus and other such malware.

We are currently asking for your assistance in acquiring for;

Adobe Flash Media Streaming Server 3.5 software
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (32 Bit)


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

 

Ligali Screenings


Screening: Maisha Solutions (Part 1)

Maisha Solutions

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

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

For more details


Maisha Choices Trailer (Solutions Part 2)

Maisha Choice DVD

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

 
Libation
Steve Biko
Chief Ganiyu Fawehinmi 

Ganiyu Fawehinmi

Democracy activist and human rights lawyer Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi, passed away of lung cancer aged 71, on Sep 5. He was one of the most outspoken critics of Nigeria’s government and defended many political dissidents. He stood for president in 2003 after founding the National Conscience Party and was often referred to as ‘the People’s President’. In 2008, Mr Fawehinmi rejected the highest honour that can be bestowed on a Nigerian citizen - The Order of the Federal Republic - as a protest at years of misrule since independence in 1960.

He had been held in police cells 32 times and detained in eight prisons and other centres across Nigeria. Yet he was never convicted of any offence. He and his widow said that he contracted the fatal ailment from the gas pumped regularly into his cell while he was in prison. When he eventually became ill, hospitals in Nigeria misdiagnosed his ailment as a heart disease and he was treated for that for several years. He got the correct diagnosis only at a hospital in the UK two years ago, but the harm had been done. His life was slowly ebbing away. Earlier this year he was voted one of Nigeria’s 20 living legends by the Nigerian Vanguard newspaper.

Text submitted courtesy of Nubiart


Wycliffe Steely Johnson
Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson

Wycliffe ‘Steely’ Johnson

Wycliffe ‘Steely’ Johnson, who passed on Sep 1, aged 47, was one half of the influential Jamaican production duo Steely & Clevie. Among the earliest exponents of digital dancehall or ‘ragga’, they made their biggest international impact with a new version of the Dawn Penn hit ‘You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)’, which reached number 3 in the British charts in the summer of 1994. Among the famous figures they worked with were Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, King Jammy, Gregory Isaacs, The Specials, Jimmy Cliff, No Doubt, Back Street Boys, Caron Wheeler and Sean Paul.

Steely was born on Aug 18 1962 in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica. During his early teens, he got his first music tuition from two older brothers of his friend Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne after they formed their group the Browne Bunch, which became the new Studio One Band. In 1977, he played on an Earl Sixteen recording session at Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Black Ark studios. He also played on Hugh Mundell’s classic ‘Africa Must Be Free By 1983’ album. Johnson began running errands at Channel One Studios, which led to him playing on Sugar Minott’s ‘Ghetto-ology’ and joining his Youth Promotion collective. Steely then joined the mighty Roots Radics band, Jamaica’s most in-demand session players during the first half of the 1980s.

Clevie’s musical partnership with Steely solidified after they worked on Bob Marley’s ‘Confrontation’ to the extent that they adopted the name Steely & Clevie. In 1986, they became the in-house backing band and production team at King Jammy’s studio, with Clevie enthusiastically embracing new digital drum machine technology and Steely transferring to synthesizers. Within a year they had set up their own Steely & Clevie label, known for merging elements from different eras of Jamaican musical history. Together, Steely and Clevie bolstered the careers of Billy Ocean, Shabba Ranks, Heavy D and the Boyz, Buju Banton, Foxy Brown, Supercat, Maxi Priest, Beenie Man, Cocoa Tea, Dawn Penn, the Specials and even the Backstreet Boys.

Steely passed away at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital on Long Island, from a heart attack following a bout of pneumonia. He suffered from diabetes, kidney problems and hypertension, and had undergone brain surgery in July. He leaves behind five children and a strong legacy as a musical pioneer.

Text submitted courtesy of Nubiart

 
News
 

Please Note: Some of the following stories contain details of a disturbing and graphic nature. Please do not read if you are of a sensitive disposition as it may be traumatic.


 

Bribing oil company escape prosecution after toxic deaths

Toxic Dumping

The Tory backed oil-trading company Trafigura has reached a silencing cash settlement with the people of Ivory Coast after killing and injuring Africans with its toxic dumping

Over 30,000 Africans in Ivory Coast are expected to be financially compensated in a deal which sees Trafigura pay over $50m £25 million to secure the silence of those poisoned by its 400 tonnes of toxic waste dumping.

Under the deal, Trafigura, the British-based multi-national mineral trading company is to pay the claimants nearly $1,700 to each of the victims to ‘accept’ that there was no link between the deaths, injuries or miscarriages suffered caused by exposure to its waste dumped around the capital, Abidjan.

The Ivory Coast government had previously revealed that at least 17 people have died and more than 100,000 sought medical help after the illegal dumping took place.

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Michael Aondoakaa

 

War Against Corruption: Nigerians in London chase AGF Aondoakaa back to Abuja

Nigerians in London today used their telephones to chase AGF Michael Aondoakaa out of their city. The action followed an advisory by the Nigeria Liberty Forum in London notifying Nigerian nationals that Michael Aondoakaa was in the city.

"Nigeria and all haters of corruption have been alerted to the presence in London of Nigeria's notoriously corrupt protector of looters of Nigeria, Michael Aondoakaa," it said.
 
The Nigerian Attorney General of the Federation (who is being referred to as Attorney General of Fraud) was staying at the London Heathrow Marriot Hotel on Bath Road, Harlington, Hayes, UB3 5AN United Kingdom, Phone: +44 20 89901100.  He arrived in the UK yesterday to deploy federal power against the impending trial of President Yar'Adua's friends: the former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, and Yar'Adua's Private Principal Secretary, David Edevbie.  The trial commences at the Southwark Crown Court on Monday.

The Nigeria Liberty Forum, which earlier this year successfully organized the picketing of the presence of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, urged  Nigerians to protest Aondoakaa's presence from the comfort of their homes by calling the hotel to ask them to kick the AGF out of the place.

The NLF advised callers: "Be civil, ask to speak with Michael Aondoakaa after you dial to speak with the operator. If he is there in his room, curse the daylights out of him for destroying Nigeria; if [he is absent], leave him a voicemail message.

"If you want to join in protesting his presence in London, contact the Nigerian Liberty Forum by text on: 07984212553."

The Marriot Hotel management told Saharareporters that they found themselves overwhelmed by calls from across the world within just 30 minutes. They  said that Mr. Aondoakaa, who had checked into the hotel yesterday, checked out abruptly when alerted that so many people were calling to ask after him. Our sources said Aondoakaa left empty handed without successfully securing any meetings with the UK Home Office or the Crown Prosecution Service, the UK bodies to which he was instructed to make some protests and submit "clearance papers" on behalf of Ibori and Edevbie.

Aondoakaa, who also claimed to have attended a UN meeting for a few hours in Vienna yesterday, told his friends who approached him about his recent embarrassing conduct that he was merely playing the script of Nigeria's taciturn and reclusive leader, Umaru Yar'Adua. He also told friends in London before hurriedly departing for Abuja today, that he enjoys the confidence of Yar'Adua in defending Ibori and other corrupt former governors. He bragged that Mrs. Farida Waziri, who is currently traveling with her husband in Saudi Arabia, will be in trouble for disowning his statement that the EFCC had cleared Ibori.
 
Aondoakaa also admitted that there were cracks in the Yar'Adua cabinet, saying that some people want him removed at all cost. He singled out former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, as the biggest international headache for the Yar'Adua regime, and vowed that Ribadu would be charged for treason in due course.

News Source: Saharareporters, New York   

Ibori Case Venue in London: Date: Monday 21 September 2009. Venue: Southwark Crown Court (1 English Grounds, off Battlebridge Lane, Southwark, London, England, SE1 2HU). BEFORE: HIS HONOUR JUDGE HARDY For Trial. IBORI-IBIE Christine O POGOSON Adebimpe F LINKED TO: ONUIGBO Udoamaka.

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Patrick Ken Larbash

Larbash claims abused child was his girlfriend

Patrick Ken Larbash, the alleged American pedophile who reportedly videotaped some Ghanaian children sucking his penis in his rented apartment at Adjomanikope near Sege in the Dangme East District, made his maiden appearance in court yesterday

Larbash, who is 65 years old and a retired teacher, arrived at the Tema Circuit A court, presided over by Mrs. Lorenda Owusu, in the company of Inspector Ebenezer Kwaku Darkey, the investigator who ensured his arrest when the Tema Regional Command branch of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) got hints of his alleged cruel sex acts on children.

His alleged victims comprised boys and girls from the area where he was reported to have settled some seven months ago.

Spotting a pair of grey khaki trousers and a yellow shirt, the accused arrived at the court with support from the investigator and another police officer who held him by the arms as he limped in the corridors of the court to wait for the hearing.

Holding the right side of his ribs, the accused wriggled and walked slowly with intermittent stops as if to tell people present at the court that he was in severe pains, moments after his victims were shepherd into the courtyard by some residents of the village.

Briefing DAILY GUIDE, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Matilda Tetteh, explained that the hearing was held in camera due to the sensitive nature of the case which involved minors whose identity needed to be protected and added that the case could not go as planned because the accused did not have counsel.

She disclosed that only one out of the seven alleged victims presented to the court testified and narrated how the accused made her and some other little girls sucked his manhood in exchange for toffees, food and chance to watch movies on his laptop computer.

Chief Inspector Tetteh stressed that the accused person's demand for counsel brought an end to the hearing into the allegations leveled against him by the little children, who themselves played around the courtyard as if they did not come there for any serious business.

Earlier on in an interaction with the accused, he maintained his innocence.

He told DAILY GUIDE that he actually travelled to Ghana after reading about the history of the country on the internet, adding that the story was different from what he was experiencing on the ground. Larbash maintained that he loved people, especially little children, and added that the accusations leveled against him were not true.

He revealed that he was a father of three children and that he was divorced from his wife in 1999 after she complained of being fed up with his bad drinking habit.

“I can tell you that I used to get drunk a lot and sometimes I spent about eighteen hours of everyday drunk. You know, a lot of women do not like that so one day my wife told me she wanted to leave me and we both agreed that it was the best for our three children,” he said in a sober manner.

He expressed surprise at the allegations and added that he did not have confidence in the justice system of the country which according to him was corrupt.

“I have refused to answer any question from the people that arrested me and I have told them that I will not speak until I get a lawyer,” he stated.

He claimed that at the time of his divorce, all he owned were the pair of trousers, shirt and the shoes he was wearing, adding that he left everything to his wife who bore him three kids. He also narrated how he once called his wife and was told of his son's involvement in selling drugs for which his son was jailed in the USA.

He also said that he was recently informed of his younger son who, just like his elder brother, got jailed for dealing in drugs and that he actually felt sorry for them and explained that his absence might have contributed to what happened to his family.

The accused also said that contrary to what was being speculated about him, one of the victims was his girlfriend who he had intended to marry when she turns eighteen and continued that he had even held talks with her mother who is based in Togo who gave her blessing for the intended marriage.

“Do you know one of the little girls' mother actually sold her daughter to me for GH¢100 and told me that it wasn't her problem if I slept with her even though she was only six years old? I will speak about it when I come face-to-face with the judge for the court to know how cruel some people can be in this country,” Larbash said.

“I came here so that I can become a citizen and live here for the rest of my life, but from the way things are happening, I guess I would have to relocate to another country, perhaps Togo, where my girlfriend's mother (referring to one of the victims) can help me settle”.

Meanwhile, one of the victims who lived with the accused has revealed that he asked her to vacate his residence shortly after she testified against him in court. He had also asked her to lock up the house and hand over the keys to the investigator, perhaps disappointed at her revelations.

From Razak Mardorgyz Abubakar, Tema

Source: Daily Guide - Daily Guide



Survivor

Larbash survivor speaks out

“I MUST say that despite the fact that I might never get over what he did to me, I feel sorry for him”.

These were the words of the 17-year-old house girl (name withheld) who lived with the 65-year old United States citizen, Patrick Ken Larbash, the alleged pedophile facing court action for molesting young children. The victims, she alleged, included little boys aged between three and nine living in Gbom, another village near Adjomanikope.

Speaking exclusively to DAILY GUIDE on the balcony of the house where the accused was alleged to have asked his victims to suck his manhood in exchange for toffees, food and opportunities to watch movies on his laptop computer while he videoed-taped them, the young woman, believed to be the oldest of the victims, revealed how she met him.

She said she met Larbash through her friend in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo region where she was staying with her uncle, a carpenter, who according to her was finding it difficult to cater for her.

“My friend, who knew Mr. Patrick, then a teacher in a computer school in Techiman, told me nice things about him and said Patrick did not have anyone to run errands for him so I left my uncle’s place to put up with him as a house-girl”. According to her, when Larbash left Techiman he invited her to live with him at Kasseh near Sege in the Dangme East District”.

The young woman, who looked traumatized, divulged that the first time the accused engaged her in oral sex was during her stay with him at Kasseh, when she had gone into his room to get something. She saw him naked and quickly left the room for hers.

“Moments later he came over to me in the room when I was wrapped up in only a towel getting ready to take my bath. He sat in a chair and forcefully pulled me towards him, made me squat in front of him, forced his penis into my mouth and then asked me to suck it”, she admitted shyly.

She said not able to stand Patrick’s behavior, she packed her baggage and left for Techiman to live with her uncle. She was however ashamed to tell her relatives the true story behind her return since she was considered to be a good girl who could never have done such a thing.

“I could not bring myself to tell them what the white man subjected me to but rather decided to keep that to myself”, she said.

The victim claimed her mother was married and lived in Togo. She never knew her father but was told he was from Burkina Faso.

She explained that the accused later came back to Techiman and pleaded with her to come with him to his new place at Adjomanikope, promising that he would not engage her in that act again.

She said on her return from Techiman to Adjomanikope, she found two little girls aged four and six who, according to her, were brought from Kasseh by Patrick to live with him. She disclosed that she had on some occasions spotted the little girls giving the accused blow jobs in his favourite chair in the room Patrick always sent his victims to.

She also claimed that the number of children who became Patrick’s victims were more than the eight mentioned in media reports, as she was told the accused brought pupils of the Adjomanikope Basic School to his house for food, after which they allegedly performed lewd acts on him.

Getting quite angry, she described the suspect as a racist and a violent person who rained insults on her and the other kids, all the while referring to them as ‘stupid black fools’ and ‘idiots’ who did not know anything. She said initially her boss did not show any sign of ill-treating her, she was therefore quite surprised at his behavior.

The victim, who was still living in the house rented by the accused as at the time DAILY GUIDE visited the village, said she had no money, and a fridge stuffed with food items had been sold by the suspect’s friend to raise money to battle the legal action.

She however came to Tema last Tuesday to give evidence at the Tema Circuit A court.

Meanwhile, Patrick Ken Larbash has told DAILY GUIDE that the victim was his girlfriend who he intended to marry when she turns eighteen, claiming he held talks with her mother in Togo, who gave her blessing.

“Do you know one of the little girls’ mother actually sold her daughter to me for GH¢100 and told me that it wasn’t her problem if I slept with her even though she was only six years old. I will speak about it when I come face to face with the judge”, Larbash said.

Source: Daily Guide Ghana



Disgraced: Vincent Torgbenu

Larbash supporter arrested

21-YEAR OLD Vincent Torgbenu, an internet cafe manager and a resident of Adjomanikope near Sege who described himself as a friend of Patrick Ken Larbash, the suspected American pedophile, has been arrested for smuggling a mobile phone and its accessories to the suspect whilst in police custody.

Vincent was reported to have arrived at the premises of the Tema Circuit A Court with a black polythene bag before mid- day last Tuesday.

Inspector Ebenezer Kwaku Darkey, the DOVVSU official who brought Larbash to the court, examined the content of the polythene bag and then handed it over to the accused for him to see what his friend had brought to him.

The Inspector, according to reports, emptied the contents of the polythene bag onto the wooden bench he was sharing with Larbash and started checking to see if there were other things stuffed in the toilet rolls. The policeman is said to have found a mobile phone and another gadget believed to be a cordless mobile phone charger stuffed in two separate toilet rolls.

He claimed the suspect asked him to smuggle the mobile phone to him, explaining that he wanted to get in touch with his family and the United States embassy. He could not, however, explain his reason for hiding the phone in toilet rolls and why he failed to tell the Inspector about the real content of bag.

He was handcuffed and sent to the Tema Regional Police Command for further investigation into the case.

The arrested person was also reported to have sold a fridge which belonged to the accused, an action which is reported to have helped raised money for Patrick who had earlier on complained of not having money on him since his arrest.

Source: Daily Guide Ghana



 

Game promotes United States of Africa

What's the most widely spoken African language? The longest African river? Just two questions from hundreds in a new board-game seeking to promote the "United States of Africa"

The pan-African brainchild of a Senegalese man, the game is based on snakes and ladders, with different factors steering the continent towards unity -- "return of athletes", "solidarity" -- or downfall -- "malaria", "conflict."

"I've been travelling around the continent for 15 years, usually as part of the fight against AIDS, and I've seen the development gap with Europe or Asia," says the game's inventor, Salif T Ba, who heads a public relations company.  "I said to myself 'shouldn't all the nations of Africa come together?'"  "Jeka ben" ("Let's unite" in the West African language Bambara) seeks to improve people's knowledge of Africa, providing answers like those for the above questions, Swahili and the Nile.

Read More


 

Jay-Z and Will Smith Back $11 Million play about Fela Kuti
By Nolan Strong

Rappers Jay-Z and Will Smith are among the investors in a Broadway play about the life of Nigerian singer/activist Fela Kuti.

The heavyweight Hip-Hop duo are backing an $11 million dollar production of Bill. T. Jones' musical "Fela," which will open in November.

The original version of the play opened off-Broadway last September, starring actor Sahr Ngaujah, who will reprise his critically acclaimed role as Fela Kuti.

Financial concerns due to the recession briefly halted production of the play, which was written and co-produced by Steve Hendel.

Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones choreographs and directs "Fela" using the pioneering Afro-Beat style of music Kuti created with his Black-Panther inspired group, Africa 70.

Kuti was one of Africa’s most well known musicians and activists and was eventually imprisoned and released by the Nigerian government on a currency smuggling charge.

The singer died in 1997 due to complications from AIDS.

The 2-hour "Fela" play is slated to debut at the Eugene O’Neill theater on October 19 and will run until April 4.

Box office opens September 28th, while previews of the play start October 19th.

Source: All Hip Hop

 

Community Noticeboard

  Dear All,

An Invitation to Electric Africa on 23rd October 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many Thanks and Regards,

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


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

Regards
Sanchia Alasia

 

Olojo Festival

Chief Amlak: invites you to the Olojo Festival in the ancient city of Ile-Ife.  Why not attend the Olojo Festival for a traditional and cultural experience that brings a sense of black pride for the utimate sense of belonging to the continent, our home...The  Motherland?

For more information: 07956 497 263


  African Union: Call for African Women Professionals to Submit their CVs


Purpose: To identify high caliber African women professionals (AWPs) who could be selected for a wide spectrum of executive positions internationally and regionally. The names of selected AWPs would be compiled in a compendium that profiles their professional competencies, academic credentials, work experiences and core values among other things. AWPs, who believe they meet the following criteria and would like to be included in the said compendium are invited to submit their CVs. A copy of academic credentials and any other supporting document should be send along with a short Curriculum Vitae (C.V), which should provide highlights on : competencies, achievements, special appointments, area of expertise, awards, core value that the individual identifies with and publications. A most recent passport photo would be desirable.

• At least a Master’s degree (from an accredited university) in either natural and or /social sciences or MBA
• Over 10 years of work experience
• A minimum of 10 years in top management or in high government position ( at the rank of Ministers , Permanent Secretary, or a Director managing a reasonably large staff ) or in private organisations (CEO or head of organization or Head of academic institutions etc). Those who served in Ambassadorial position for at least 10 years are also encouraged to submit their CVs
• Solid knowledge of Africa’s development challenges, opportunities and potentials
• Good knowledge of the global geo-political environment and international relations
• Excellent Advocacy, Communication skills and experience in multi-cultural setting.
• Demonstrated experience in international/regional negotiations and problem solving ability
• Leadership qualities
• Notable Publications, Articles and awards

Background

The lack of organised and readily available information on African women professionals particularly those that are suitable for executive level appointment constitutes a major obstacle to efforts that aim at; (a) bridging the knowledge gap; and (b) accessing existing information for possible appointments of African women for high office - whether in the public or private sector. Except for a very few number of African women who have received specific acclaim for notable achievements, the knowledge base on a wide spectrum of highly qualified women professionals is still scanty. In an effort to contribute to improving the availability of information on African women professionals, the African Union Commission ( through its Women, Gender and Development Directorate), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has taken the initiative to compile a list of 200 African Women professionals with the above-mentioned credentials.

It is acknowledged from the outset that the compendium will not be all inclusive as there may be thousands of African women professionals who for various reasons may not be included in the first edition of the compendium. However, if necessary and deemed useful, the scope could be expanded and a number of subsequent editions may emerge from this initial exercise.

The Submission should be sent (with full address including email, mobile and land line telephone etc) to:

UNFPA for the attention of tsegera@unfpa.org
copy to : debritu@unfpa.org, Leilab@africa-union.org, emebeth@africa.union.org and fiorellap@africa-union.org

*we believe that anyone that excels in what he/she does must be considered a “professional”. For the purpose of the above, however, the word professional is limited to Academic attainments plus high level career development, ability to lead regional and international organisations, among others.

Deadline for CV submission is 30 September 2009

 

BFM International Film Festival
2009 line-up announced

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

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

Funded by ACP Films, Film London and the UK Film Council, the bfm International Film Festival, will provide audiences with abundant opportunities to view a diverse range of some of the most innovative films of either black content or directed and written by black filmmakers.

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

The festival opens on the 6th November with the European premiere of Good Hair (Dir: Jeff Stilson), the award-winning film co-written and produced by Chris Rock. Something is Killing Tate; (Dir: Leon Lozano); Good Day to be Black and Sexy (Dir: Dennis Dortch) and The Story of Lovers Rock; (Dir: Menelik Shabazz); are just a few of the acclaimed films which will also be showcased.

Other festival highlights include; the opportunity to discuss and debate an array of issues addressed in the films in a selection of post-screening Q&A’s with filmmakers, industry seminars and workshops facilitated by the UK Film Council Channel 4 and Skillset, DJ evenings and the Shorts Awards on closing night.

“This year will see the strongest bfm International Film Festival program to date, says Nadia Denton, festival director. “The line-up is daring, engaging and inclusive and covers a range of subjects. In addition to the ACP Films funded Caribbean strand - which will see all the participating Trinidadian and Jamaican filmmakers in attendance - the festival will also feature world and European premieres of award-winning films. 50% of the program represents films made in the UK, and we are thrilled to be offering a US based scholarship on behalf of the Legacy Media Institute. The 11th bfm International film festival has something for everyone”.


  Request: Lanyero's Collection

Lanyero Collection
Lanyero Collection

Hello, As you may know or not, I design and make clothes. So if you know of any chic boutique that sells nice, trendy things and you think my line maybe suitable for them to stock. It maybe one that you might shop in or not, one that you may walk pass now and then, whatever, please do let me know, as I am looking for place to stock my line.
 
Below are few examples of what I do!

Thank You
Lanyero

email: blanyero@hotmail.com


 

Gender Violence Training

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

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

The workshops will be held at:

Comberton Childrens Centre
10 Comberton Road
London E5 9PU

Please book your place on any or all of the workshops by contacting

MICHELLE LOWE   020 8806 0680.

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

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



ADAP - African Development Awareness Day

Peckham Cosmetics: Fined for selling skin poisions to customers
Greetings,

ADAP will be staging its first African Development Awareness Day, taking place on the 14th November 2009 @ The West Green Learning Centre, Langham Road, London N15 3RB. Time: 3pm - 8pm.

The aim of the day is to educate and inform members of the African/Caribbean Diaspora community living in the United Kingdom, about ADAP's developmental programmes taking place on the African continent.

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

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

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


  Appeal: Chi Creation Stories CIC

Greetings Visionary!

This summer was a great summer on many levels! The level I want to share with you is the place where Chi Creation Stories CIC is gifted 5 acres of land in Ghana to build a Griot cultural centre. Griots are beings who take the stories of the community, structure them in a specific way and tell those stories back to the community. Griots bring the stories from one village to the next, Griots hold the histories of a community, family, individual. A griot could be focused on a ruler and or others in positions effecting global history. Griots tell the story of the new born child and the hopes and dreams the community have for that child. Griots impart the appropriate story for the particular rites of passage through ritual. Griots use song, music and dance ensuring the storytelling is a community event. Griots know who is entitled to which stories, when. Griots hold volumes of information, knowledge and wisdom all filed away in their mind, body and spirit to share when called upon.

In our celebrating of this new acquisition we honour the Divine Chi Creator (the whole of all the parts), the Ancestral Spirits (who project and guide us), and Sista Mena (the gift bearer). After celebrating we quickly realise we need to work much harder than we already are. We need not only to earn a living for family and self but also we need to earn money to save toward building the centre. This next year we will focus on; re-writing the 5 year business plan, networking and communicating, and saving for the Griot cultural centre.

Chi Creation Stories is a community interest company (CIC) that design and run storytelling theatre projects based on the griot way. Our philosophy is based on the Ancient traditional wisdoms of teaching and learning. It uses storytelling as an holistic approach. It puts participants at the centre of their learning. Gives them an opportunity to personally identify with their education! One reason for building the cultural centre is to create a space for families in the Diaspora to connect with Africa the Griot way. Another reasons is to invite Griots from all over the world to generate Griot energy. Chi Creation Griots has an undertaking to use historical knowledge, philosophical thought and spiritual wisdom. We Inspire Visions Through Oral Traditions.

We offer three ready made programs: Transition  program (rites of passage), Heritage program and An Oral Tradition program. Some outcomes of our work; Research skills, Knowledge of African heritage, develope interview techniques, collect interview data, confidently debate and discuss, structure presentations, develop new oral stories,  performance skills, experience a different culture. We also tailor design programs for groups.

The Griot cultural centre will enable participants to contribute to a community. We hope this will inspire participants to return to their community to contribute and share knowledge.

At this stage we are not asking for donations, though we have been given £500 . We ask you to consider us for all your creative project needs. We have a wide range of expertise and professionalism. From Poetry to literature, from directing to filming, from storytelling to history, from engineering to art,  from geography to movement from camping to ritual. We also offer presentation and performance skills workshops. When it comes to creativity it is all within our remit. YES WE CAN!

We want to work for the money in the first instance. By you putting contracts, commissions, projects, long-term and short term work our way you will greatly help the vision manifest. Also We need volunteer fundraisers and Marketing co-ordinators. Do you have those skills?

Please pass this message onto those who can SUPPORT the VISION!



Blessings and Love Chinyere

Chinyere Nwobani (B'eng MA) Director Chi Creation Stories CIC www.chicreationsstories.co.uk 07765 070042

 

Health Matters

Peckham Cosmetics: Fined for selling skin poisions to customers
100 Mothers Movement: Health Fair

Community Health Fair

Greetings,

The 100 Mothers Movement will be organising a health fair on Saturday 26th September from 12-6pm in Tottenham.

The day will include:

  • Tai-chi demonstrations
  • Breathing and meditation
  • Smoothie making and juicing
  • lectures and seminars on business, raw food and fibroids

much more....

Please forward to family and friends.

 

Education Matters

Islington AHM 09
African Youth Education Program

African Youth Education Program

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

New term starts: Sat Oct 3rd 2009

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

Our Philosophy
We believe that all of our young people have potential - although what is often lacking is the environment in which this can be properly nurtured.

As adults those educational experiences gained during childhood - whether in a school, or in the home are those which help to shape and determine future adult experiences, expectations and potential. Therefore we recognise and value the role that education plays in shaping childrens and adolescents views and perspectives of the world at large, and their current and future role within it.

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

Self Development Studies
We explore historical and contemporary African and world concepts, themes and history that has relevance to our young people. This is in order to provide a support and an understanding of the modern realities they face.

We believe that young people who are self-aware are better placed to cultivate self-belief. Self-belief in turn fosters; self-confidence, self-determination, self-discipline, independent thinking and ‘achievable’ elevated expectations. These are the traits that allow our young people to be better armed and self-supported as they navigate through life’s stages and any environment which they may find themselves in.

Maths
Children often find the study of maths frustrating and intimidating, as the techniques they are taught can be very mechanical. We take and imaginative approach, whereby maths becomes a discipline that can be both fun and inspiring.

English
Language is the building block for learning, in that it enables communication and self-expression. As such, we are of the view that our children need a good grounding in the structure and principles of the English language in order to develop confident articulation skills and 'creative' self-expression.

Kudo
This martial art teaches more than self-defense and how to protect yourself. It helps to develop self-respect and self-discipline; self-esteem and self confidence; anger control, concentration, resisting peer pressure, as well as an awareness of environment.


Endeleo
Endeleo is a Swahili word which translates as 'development', or 'growth'. Through this lesson we teach themes relating to African manhood and womanhood, We explore historical and contemporary male and female roles, responsibilities and personal expressions in order to promote mutual cooperation and mutual respect.

Program Structure
Our sessions run during term time. There are 3 terms per year and each term has 12 session. Therefore 36 session for the year.

Payment Options (discount for siblings)
No. of Children    1           2            3            4
Per Session        £10       £18        £27        £36
Per Month           £34       £61        £92        £122
Per Term             £110     £198      £297      £396
Per Year              £320     £576      £864      £1152

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



 

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

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

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

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

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

ALL WELCOME

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

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


 

Igbo Training School

The Igbo Training School runs its next set up workshops this October 2009.
Sponsorship opportunities available  and prospective students should call 07932 063 233.
 
Please take a read of our latest Newsletter for the month of September09.
 
Sincere Regards,
 
Ebere Nwosu
Founder
Igbo Training School
 
+ 44 7932 063 233
igbotrainingschool@live.co.uk


 

The African Market Day

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

Come and experience a taste of Africa and the Caribbean

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


 

Spiritual Matters

Tameka J. Raymond
Tameka J. Raymond

"She's Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl..."
by Tameka J. Raymond


I am a dark-skinned African American woman with features that reflect my ancestry. Debates regarding Light vs. Dark and other biases have plagued our race for years and continues to impact millions of Black women. The deeply rooted intra-racial contempt that lies beneath this inane "compliment" is the reason I've chosen to spark dialogue surrounding the topic of self-hatred in our culture. It saturates every aspect of our lives, dominating the perspectives of our generation as a whole. We culturally are so influential, at times inadvertently, that we affect all with the words we utter and the images we portray. It lends to the theory of systemic racism. I'm authoring this piece because I'm miffed by this reality and would like to share my views on these subjects.

It is a fact that many African-Americans are often mixed with an array of other ethnicities (as am I), which allows for the spectrum of our features to be as distinctive and special as we are diverse. Why is it felt that the more diluted our traditionally African features become the more aesthetically acceptable we are considered? It was said in the 1960s and the sentiment seems to be forgotten, "Black is Beautiful." Wow, nearly 50 years later and is that now only meant for a specific shade? Nonetheless, I believe the beauty of our people and splendor of every individual is reflected in our varying features and hues.

Often dark-skinned women are considered mean, domineering and standoffish and it was these very labels that followed Michelle Obama during the campaign for her husband's presidency and which she has had to work tirelessly to combat. I was appalled when I heard a Black woman refer to Michelle Obama as unattractive. The conversation turned into why President Obama picked her as his mate. No one in the witch-hunt made reference to the possibility that Michelle Obama was smart, funny, caring, a good person, highly accomplished or brilliant. Nor did they mention that she previously was President Obama's supervisor. If she were fair skinned, petite with long straight or wavy hair, would the same opinions be linked to her? I seriously doubt it. It is believed that for the dark skinned, dreams are less obtainable.

In fact, I have read similar comments about myself that I am "dark, aggressive, bossy and bitchy." It has been stated that my husband should have been with a "younger, more beautiful" woman. Astoundingly, the majority of the remarks come from African-American women and are mimicked by others. Sadly enough, I don't know nor have I met 99% of those making these assertions. Funny, how we can judge another without having personally seen, interacted with or experienced a person's character.

As I began to delve into further research on this topic, and the more I read, I concluded that many of our people do not like what they see in the mirror. Seeing ones own reflection in another person and then to dissect it in an effort to destroy can only be the product of self-loathing. Why don't we congratulate as opposed to hate?

There is an adage "hurt people, hurt people". If this is true then we must examine the root of negative words and judgments that are passed on people. Unfortunately, we have internal stereotypes based off of skin color and facial features that stem from years of programming, dating back to the "Willie Lynch" method for creating a slave. In this infamous formula, one of the main factors in separating and creating division was placing the lighter skinned blacks in a higher position in the house, while those with darker skin were made to stay in the fields and deemed "less desirable". Much like the Caste System in India. No matter what strides we make as a people, these issues continue to plague and rot our souls, causing significant decay to a portion of our population and truly hindering our progress. Perhaps we show progress in our wallets and lifestyles but not in our mind set.

Reading magazines, social media sites, watching our music videos, and television shows feed our appetites for all things 'beauty". Rarely, however do I see depictions of grace and elegance in the form of dark complexioned women. I Googled one of the more ethnic models, Alek Wek and I was saddened by the tone of what the bloggers wrote in reference to her complexion, features and hair texture. Ms. Wek's escape from Sudan, her journey, philanthropy, and groundbreaking success as a supermodel in America is not only beautiful, but it displays her tenacity and character. African-Americans seemed to have lost their eye for character. These comments are evidence of the confusion that lies within many black people. It's the cruelty and prejudice that has spilled into the fabric of our everyday lives. It makes me wonder what have we collectively lost as a people? Our Minds.

I too have fallen prey, while on vacation in Brazil I decided to undergo tummy lipo-surgery. After having an allergic reaction to the anesthesia, I went into cardiac arrest before the procedure ever began. I nearly lost my life over something as superficial as having a flatter mid-section and trying to adapt to society's traditional definition of beauty. As I nursed my psychological wounds, I began to realize that trying to live up to the prototypes of external beauty paled in comparison to the fact that I have undergone labor, subsequently being blessed to raise five handsome, smart, healthy, intuitive, and happy children. I emerged from my ordeal realizing that my body is an amazing vessel that has given birth to life and that being healthy is what's important and nothing more.

It is my hope that our First Lady and others who share in this effort will continue to be the beacon to shine a light for those who toil on America's beauty totem pole. Now don't get me wrong or take my words out of context. I truly believe that everyone has a right to delineate what they deem is attractive, but we must not confuse perceived "attractiveness" with authentic "beauty." It is important for African Americans, especially, to realize that true beauty is a spiritual element that lies deep within an individual's spirit. It can neither be seen nor is it tangible. People tend to forget that beauty is not about looks and looks is not about beauty.

One of my favorite quotes comes from the great poet Khalil Gibran who once wrote, "Beauty is not the face; beauty is a light in the heart."

Source: Shes pretty for a dark skinned girl


 

Books on Spirituality (listed in last weeks program)

Tapping the Power Within by Iyanla Vanzant
 
The Spirit of a Man (a vision of transformation for Black men and the women who love them) by Iyanla Vanzant available via Amazon, also may be at Centerprise or Bro Pepukayi)
 
Return to the Afrikan Mother Principle of Male Female Equality by Dr Oba T'shaka, (again maybe available via Centerprise, Maarifa Books and bro Pepukayi)
 
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
 
The Metu Neter volumes 1&2 by Ra un nefer Amen
 
There are many other books if people do their research
 
One love
 
Sis Nzingha

 

The Spoken Word

Miss Lou Bennett-Coverley

'Miss Lou' Bennett-Coverley

Tenky Miss Lou, Tenky
By Joan Andrea Hutchinson

Mi a born Jamaican and mi proud
An yuh fi feel proud too
Fi walk roun an big up yuh chest
An say tanks to Miss Lou.

When she did start, she neva know
A how it would a go
An nuff nuff people wen da laugh
An a call her pappy show.

But she galang strang and stick it out
For she know say she did right
Inna her belly battam she did know one day
Dem would a see di light.

Entime trouble teck wi a Miss Lou wen put
Wi good name pon di map
And wen da push Jamaica heritage
An Laad, she wouldn stop.

She say, "Tek kin teet kibba heart bun"
Wen times neva so sweet
"Good luck will come as long as fowl
A scratch up dungle heap".

Nuff a dem went ink she crazy
An nuff meck up dem face
How Miss Lou a chat dis boogooyagga POatwa
All ova di place.

For dem wen tink patwa was bad English
Dem neva know, poor ting
Dem wouldn tell dem pickney Nancy story
An folk song dem wouldn sing.

But a di jackass wid him long tail
Bag a coco comin dung
An did peel head jankro pon tree top
Jus meck dem head spin rung.

An lickle bi lickle dem start fi back her
Start fi fan her flame
An see deh, after fifty year
Miss Lou - a house hold name.

Now wi nuh shame fi chat wi owna language
An wi dah tank yuh fi it Miss Lou
Dem a teach it clear a university
An ongle sake a you.

Dem a mek flim, dem a write book
Dem a sing whole heap a song
An a say "Oh Patwa is a good language"
But yuh wen know dat all along.

So now wi tan up proud fi be Jamaican
An wi want di whole worl fi hear
Miss Lou, nuff tanks, for Howdy and Tenky
Neva bruck no square.

Source: Ode To Miss Lou

YouTube: Miss Lou

 

Pan African: World View

Muntazer al-Zaidi
Muntazer al-Zaidi is an Iraqi reporter who served nine months in prison for throwing his shoe at former US president George Bush at a press conference.

Why I threw the shoe
by Muntazer al-Zaidi

Published by the guardian.co. uk, Thursday 17 September 2009

I am no hero. I just acted as an Iraqi who witnessed the pain and bloodshed of too many innocents

I am free. But my country is still a prisoner of war. There has been a lot of talk about the action and about the person who took it, and about the hero and the heroic act, and the symbol and the symbolic act. But, simply, I answer: what compelled me to act is the injustice that befell my people, and how the occupation wanted to humiliate my homeland by putting it under its boot.

Over recent years, more than a million martyrs have fallen by the bullets of the occupation and Iraq is now filled with more than five million orphans, a million widows and hundreds of thousands of maimed. Many millions are homeless inside and outside the country.

We used to be a nation in which the Arab would share with the Turkman and the Kurd and the Assyrian and the Sabean and the Yazid his daily bread. And the Shia would pray with the Sunni in one line. And the Muslim would celebrate with the Christian the birthday of Christ. This despite the fact that we shared hunger under sanctions for more than a decade.

Our patience and our solidarity did not make us forget the oppression. But the invasion divided brother from brother, neighbour from neighbour. It turned our homes into funeral tents.

I am not a hero. But I have a point of view. I have a stance. It humiliated me to see my country humiliated; and to see my Baghdad burned, my people killed. Thousands of tragic pictures remained in my head, pushing me towards the path of confrontation. The scandal of Abu Ghraib. The massacre of Falluja, Najaf, Haditha, Sadr City, Basra, Diyala, Mosul, Tal Afar, and every inch of our wounded land. I travelled through my burning land and saw with my own eyes the pain of the victims, and heard with my own ears the screams of the orphans and the bereaved. And a feeling of shame haunted me like an ugly name because I was powerless.

As soon as I finished my professional duties in reporting the daily tragedies, while I washed away the remains of the debris of the ruined Iraqi houses, or the blood that stained my clothes, I would clench my teeth and make a pledge to our victims, a pledge of vengeance.

The opportunity came, and I took it.

I took it out of loyalty to every drop of innocent blood that has been shed through the occupation or because of it, every scream of a bereaved mother, every moan of an orphan, the sorrow of a rape victim, the teardrop of an orphan.

I say to those who reproach me: do you know how many broken homes that shoe which I threw had entered? How many times it had trodden over the blood of innocent victims? Maybe that shoe was the appropriate response when all values were violated.

When I threw the shoe in the face of the criminal, George Bush, I wanted to express my rejection of his lies, his occupation of my country, my rejection of his killing my people. My rejection of his plundering the wealth of my country, and destroying its infrastructure. And casting out its sons into a diaspora.

If I have wronged journalism without intention, because of the professional embarrassment I caused the establishment, I apologise. All that I meant to do was express with a living conscience the feelings of a citizen who sees his homeland desecrated every day. The professionalism mourned by some under the auspices of the occupation should not have a voice louder than the voice of patriotism. And if patriotism needs to speak out, then professionalism should be allied with it.

I didn't do this so my name would enter history or for material gains. All I wanted was to defend my country.

Muntazer al-Zaidi is an Iraqi reporter who was freed this week after serving nine months in prison for throwing his shoe at former US president George Bush at a press conference. This edited statement was translated by McClatchy Newspapers correspondent Sahar Issa www.mcclatchydc. com

Source

 

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

Lord Strathclyde, leader of Conservative party in the Lords
Strathclyde:Trafigura director and Conservative leader in the House of Lords

Profile: Trafigura and the Conservative Party

Published: 16 September 2009

Behind Trafigura is a little-known but wealthy group of London oil traders, who have high-level connections in the Conservative party.

The firm's profits have ballooned over 16 years; it made $440m (now about £267m) last year on a $70bn turnover, as the world's third-biggest private oil and metals trader, outstripped only by Vitol and Glencore.

The Conservative leader in the Lords, Lord Strathclyde, is on Trafigura's payroll as a director of its hedge fund, Galena Asset Management, which is based at the firm's Marble Arch office, in Portman House, Oxford Street, London.

When Trafigura faced the toxic waste controversy, Strathclyde assisted by recommending the former minister and fellow peer, Peter Fraser QC, to the embattled traders. Fraser says he is being paid to produce an independent report on the dumping affair. But he has agreed not to publish any conclusions in the near future.

The firm's holding company is in the Netherlands, there is a branch in Switzerland, and a parent, Farringford NV, offshore in Curaçao, in the Caribbean. But Trafigura's operations are essentially run from London.

Graham Sharp, a founding director, is based in Kensington. Another director, Claude Dauphin, brought up his family in Hampstead, north London. A third founding partner, Eric de Turckheim, lived until recently with his wife in Wimbledon, south London. The traders charter up to 100 tankers at sea, and control worldwide tank farms which blend fuel.

Trafigura split off in 1993 from an even more controversial group, run by Marc Rich. Rich was accused by the US of sanctions-busting to Iran and tax evasion, but was pardoned by the US president, Bill Clinton, in 2001.

Trafigura's own name has been linked not only with Ivory Coast's toxic waste, but also with worldwide accusations of bribery, smuggling or improper waste disposal.

Source: Guardian


President Obama
Barack Obama: Does the 'silence' of the US President herald the end of racism?
Barack Obama and the “End” of Racism
by Juan Santos, First published - February 13th, 2008

Barack Obama deeply troubles me. As a Mexican who grew up in a Black neighborhood in the U.S. at the height of the Black Power era, I absorbed Black people’s rage — their righteous rage with the aim of justice and, ultimately, with the aim of healing — until it had sunk into my very bones. It was not a rage aimed at me; and no one “taught” it to me, no one schooled me in it. School was just everyday life in a Black senior high; for example, school was having my own personal cop who stopped me every time he saw me, the first pig who ever took me to jail. I didn’t try to act Black; I didn’t try to talk Black; I never tried to walk Black or dress Black; I didn’t even particularly listen to Black music outside of Motown and funk — the crossover stuff.

So, I was a little stunned and more than a little confused when, as I entered my 20’s, I had to confront how different I was from people in the white world and in the Mexican world. I didn’t realize it as a teenager, of course; It was just natural. But as I came into deeper contact — and sharp conflict — with the world I had not grown up in — the world outside of the working class area that people now would call the “ghetto,” I came to realize that while I had not adopted Black culture, I viewed the world through a Black lens; and since I had only been a kid when I developed the lens, there was little about it I could articulate, and almost nothing I could find to help me illuminate my experience of what post modernists and other people who long to go slumming these days now call “the borderlands” — a phrase they ripped out from under Gloria Anzaldua, a Chicana lesbian feminist writer, poet and cultural theorist. They talk about “alterity” and “difference,” and it’s nothing more than chic poses and impotent cultural elitism by those who have no authentic experience of what difference really is.

Growing up on the border I grew up on was not exotic; nor did I think of it as a kind of crucifixion or torment. It was just normal. The Black world and my odd presence in it were just normal. The sense of torment would only come later, when I learned that I reacted to white middle class bullshit — the “polite” evasions of naming the daily realities of power and pain that characterize the white middle class — just the way any Black youth of my time would have reacted. They dumbfounded and enraged me. It took a long time to get that they are not just outright phonies, straight-up deliberate hypocrites, almost every one of them — but that they don’t see and that for that reason, they are very dangerous to those who do. My reality was not their reality.

Today, I am blessed to have a radical white friend, Tim Bennett, who gets this clearly. He calls white people like this “Not-Sees.” His pun is intentional. But I didn’t get the white world at all as a kid. They just enraged me. Not one of them talked straight, as far as I could see. The “nicer” they were the more they enraged me.

The real torment came later, when I had to learn, not only to see, but to fully articulate what I see. And for someone in my position, there were very few guideposts then for me to follow. I had to learn for myself and largely from myself which part of me was which, what was Mexican, what was absorbed from white culture, and what was Black in how I experienced myself and the world I lived in. It’s easy now; I can switch culture and tone like switching a channel or clicking a link. I can do it, but usually I don’t bother; I just come from where I am at the moment, secure in who I am and what I know about the world and the dynamics of it that I am meeting in the moment. I rely less on my own tone than on understanding and knowing how to listen. Then, however, it was all sheer suffering.

I came from both inside and outside the Black world. My reality was Black reality, a Black world — and even at that it wasn’t really mine, in a sense, although I grew up in it. The Mexican community wasn’t quite mine either: I was lacking in the proper resepto, and there was nothing — or very little, of the agachado in me. I was arrogant, a sinvergüenza. Besides, my Spanish was poor. White people very often had no idea what to make of me; I felt they instinctively feared me, and I despised their thinly veiled brutality.

I reacted to the world like a Black youth, not as a Mexican or white youth would react, and I didn’t understand it.

When I was 16, I used to buy The Black Panther newspaper at a little convenience store across from the local supermarket on what is now called Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. It came to haunt me. I always bought it — for a quarter — from the same brother. Then, one day, I was listening to the radio. The pigs had the local Panther headquarters under siege. There was a shoot-out. I don’t know what may have happened to him, but I never saw the brother again. And I never talked to anyone about it. There was no one to talk to. It never occurred to me to talk to anyone about it. As I said, I had no teacher. I was just a kid, I wasn’t Black, and no one in my family cared — just me. I remained silent. Millions of people from the oppressed nationalities in the US remain silent; and it’s not just that white people don’t care about oppression — it’s that we are punished for speaking out, for saying what we really see.

Here’s one simple example. About half the workers at my place of employment are people of color. Supervisors are hired in-house, as a rule. The boss is a “liberal” white woman in a company whose work is devoted to “liberal” causes. She came to our office after busting a union on behalf of the company in another city. In her first year and a half here not a single person of color became a supervisor. In my case, she tried to fire me; she sent my case to the corporate president and the corporate lawyers to see if they could fire me for having organized a union in another, similar workplace in the past. I came to work every day for four and a half months last year not knowing, if, that day, I would be fired. That’s the way it is, that’s the atmosphere white Amerikkka — liberal and conservative alike — has created for poor people and minorities.

Yes, of course, those of us who work there are the working poor. The “passionate” liberals who run the company act like they never heard of a living wage — but there is a shelf in the kitchen with “free food” for the people whose paycheck didn’t stretch far enough this week. It’s bought with money the liberal boss solicits from the workers. No one says anything. We all know the nature of the white liberal façade; We all know we’ll be punished if we speak up, if we demand equality in hiring or a raise, much less a living wage. So, our rage simmers in a pot with a tight lid. There’s one guy, though, who has blown up at work a couple of times over racist incidents at work. He’s one of the company’s most productive employees. I was told by a lower level supervisor that he was passed over for a promotion only because he’d gotten angry on the floor about racism; he’d created “conflict.” He wasn’t trustworthy.

So we stay silent, as a rule, on the job. We stay silent as a rule, in the white world.

Barack Obama is the living symbol of our silence. He is our silence writ large.

He is our Silence running for president –

With respect to Black interests, Obama would be a silenced Black ruler: A muzzled Black emperor. A Black man at the head of the White Amerikkkan State — one who’s unwilling to speak truth to power, but more than willing, like a Condi Rice or a Colin Powell, to become that power and to launch wars of aggression against other people of color.

In Obama’s case the targets will be Iran (which he has threatened with “surgical” missile strikes) and Pakistan, rather than Iraq. That’s the only difference between Obama and Rice and Powell, or Bush, for that matter.

Even ABC News notes that “Obama, one of the more liberal candidates in the race, is proposing a geopolitical posture that is more aggressive than that of President Bush.” Washington Post columnist Robert Kagan, in a column entitled “Obama, the Intervensionist,” cites Obama’s claim that “he wants the American military to ‘stay on the offense, from Djibouti to Kandahar.’” To help the empire stay on the offensive, and despite the fact that US military spending is breaking the bank at over $1 trillion a year, and far outstrips the spending of any potential imperial rival, Obama wants to beef up military spending, adding 65,000 troops to the Army and 27,000 more Marines beyond the obscene levels already under arms in the so-called “War on Terror.”

That’s another matter. Most of us at my workplace, for example, don’t want to become that power, we don’t want to lord it over others or punish them if they disobey the corporate rules, much less the rules of Pax Amerikkkana. We don’t want to “succeed” that badly, not badly enough to sell our souls and boss around — and certainly not kill — people who, we know, suffer every day just like we suffer.

Nor do we want to be cops — pigs — or to be the commander in chief of pigs, be they local police or the cops of the world. No one imagines themselves the commander.

We’d like things to be better in our personal lives, of course, if we could have them better and still feel clean.

And that’s the Obama equation. Keep your Black/ Brown mouth shut and you can “succeed.” And you can still feel “clean.” Here we have the real story behind Obama’s portrayal of his squeaky clean-ness. Yes, Black man, yes, Black woman, you can have power in this killer-racist system and stay “clean.” In Obama’s carefully constructed image lies a symbolic resolution of a profound inner conflict that all people of color in the US face in their daily lives.

Obama plays the role of a Black Cinderella. He does for Black folks what Cinderella does for girls. He shows that oppression and silence can be good for you — at least if you are the one the prince chooses, or if you are the one who gets to be the prince. It’s total fantasy. It’s a glass slipper that will break at the arch and be turned on us like a broken beer bottle or a jagged-edged knife; the same knife Obama has threatened to turn on the people of Iran and Pakistan.

But, he’s getting over with it, if for no other reason than that the inner conflict I’ve described remains largely unconscious for oppressed people in the US. That’s why one Black poet, spoken word artist Darian Dauchan, wrote a piece called “Damn You Barack Obama You Pretty M********.” It’s because Dauchan was trying to sort it through. Even though he fails, he buys into the Obama myth; nonetheless, he had to sort it through as best he could, because Obama is the walking illusion of the realization of an impossible dream; the dream that in white racist Amerikkka a Black man could be judged on the content of his character, not the color of his skin.

There is, of course, a racist subtext to Obama being called “pretty”; it’s the subtext of internalized racism and the imposition of an internal color-caste system within the Black nation itself, a color-coded stratification held over from the era of slavery — the era of the “mulatto, the “half-breed,” “quadroon” and “octoroon,” a caste system in which “whiter” is better -– smarter, “prettier,” more worthy, etc.

The rest of the racist subtext is this: Obama, with his extraordinary intelligence and presence (by any standard), is, in the eyes of white Amerikkka,(and, according to the standards of the so-called “Enlightenment,” which still rule the thinking of Euro-Americans) the half-white, and thus, half-redeemed “Black savage” — “redeemed” by his “white blood”, “civilized” by it – redeemed by his relative whiteness — ultimately redeemed and refined by the white nation itself.

The question from the Black perspective has been posed as to whether Obama is “Black enough” — which is to say, “Is he loyal enough to the Black nation? The more decisive question, viewed from the white electorate’s standpoint, at least, is this; “Is he white enough, is he loyal enough to whiteness and to the white nation?” That’s why the question of his religion, and of his Arabic name, are points of attack and vulnerability from the standpoint of the more openly racist and xenophobic sectors of the white public. That’s why his “patriotism” is also questioned, unlike any white candidate. After all, everyone in the US knows that people of color with Arabic names are the enemy. It doesn’t matter, apparently, how many nukes Obama wants to hit Iran with, he’s got to stand up and recite the pledge of allegiance to prove he’s not a terrorist — at least not an anti-US terrorist.

Obama is not being judged on the “content of his character” — the question of how his character is perceived in a racist nation and, conversely, among a colonized African people, is a question that is sociologically inseparable from the color of his skin.

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Where The Guns Come From: Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander Assasin Kit
Paul Alexander: The author and ex British Army soilder created and sold £1500 'assassin kits'

53 year old retired British army sergeant, Paul Alexander, a martial arts expert who trained in jungle warfare and claims to have worked with the SAS lived in a £2.5 million mansion, had more than 33 different aliases and pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, converting imitation firearms into real guns, possessing or manufacturing prohibited ammunition, cultivating a cannabis plant and money laundering.

Alexander converted replica guns at factories in an Essex village and Bath and then sold them for as little as £1,500 a time, complete with ammunition, silencers and carrying cases, in what police have described as "assassination kits". A police raid on his country mansion, which he took on with a £9,000 deposit in cash and paid another £3,800 a month in rent despite no evidence of him ever having had a proper job since leaving the army, uncovered 28 firearms and more than 10,000 bullets.

Investigators also seized equipment that Alexander had used to convert replica and antique firearms and to manufacture ammunition. Forensic examination of the ammunition showed that many rounds bore tell-tale markings left by his manufacturing equipment, enabling police to link him to ammunition and guns used in 28 incidents. They include one alleged murder, four attempted murders, nine other shootings and an armed robbery. Among the rounds discovered were around 200 soft-point dumdum bullets, prohibited under international law.

Officers found that between March 2007 and September 2008 almost £130,000 in cash was deposited into accounts belonging to him, his wife and a stepdaughter.

Related
Former soldier set up secret gun factories to supply street gangs
Gangland guns supplier 'linked to 28 crimes'


 

Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

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

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Community Media: Pan African

 

Pan African People's Phone In

When: Sunday
Time: 22:00 - Midnight
Where: Galaxy Radio 99.5 FM (www.afiwestation.com)

Number for on-air discussion: 07908 117 619

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

http://www.afiwestation.com/


 

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

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

Number for on-air discussion: 0208 180 2523

www.voiceofafricaradio.com


 

New African Magazine

Where: Newsagents
When: Monthly

The worlds most authoritative, best selling Pan African magazine.



  Pambazuka News
The authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in AfricaYou can help Pambazuka News become independent. Become a supporting subscriber by taking out a paid subscription. Donate $30 a year http://www.pambazuka.org/en/donate.php

 

Shoot The Messenger

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

Current affairs on the Pan African TV channel with Henry Bonsu

 

Community Events

 

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

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

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

Tickets 020 7928 3232
www.bfi.org.uk



Horizon Venture
Horizon Venture

The Horizon Venture

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, Highgate, London, N6 5AA
Adm: Tickets £10/£8/£5 - see below for details

As a prelude to African History Month, the J-Life trio of Robert Mitchell, Daniel Crosby and Taylor, (award winning editor of www.jazzreloaded.com ) are reunited on stage for the first time in a decade for a live multimedia show based on Vidal Montgomery’s pulp sci-fi book, The Horizon Venture, a futuristic retrospective on the middle passage.  With visuals by Des Taylor, physical theatre by Nicole Pschetz, narration and vocals by Nanar Vorperian. Plus Chris Jerome ( keys), and  Donald Gamble, (percussion)

The Horizon Venture is the Race for Space, reloaded; it’s a pulp science fiction multimedia mashup; video, visuals, spoken word, narrative, physical theatre and dance all set to live music performed by the UK’s top improvisers.

The Horizon Venture is an expression of ideas of citizenship and humanity as they relate to us now, and as they will relate to us when we discover worlds beyond our own.

2009 marks the 400th anniversary of the launch of the Sea Venture, which set sail from England headed for the New World, laden with enslaved African humans, forced into establishing colonial settlements. 

2009 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo Space program’s moon landing,  in which The leader of that New World again began a quest to explore unknown worlds at a time when many in his New World were still fighting for free access to voting, books, transport, things that can easily be taken for granted today.

Today, the leader of that New World is of direct African descent. And he observes that "There is another generation of kids out there that is looking up at the sky and they'll be the next Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin"

Today, as we look again to Mars and beyond the stars, The Horizon Venture invites AfroPeans in particular, and urbanites in general, to ensure they are truly stakeholders in our collective vision for the future through multimedia – and in so doing, perhaps express their own solutions to tomorrow’s problems today, a little closer to home.

First 30 people to register at www.thehorizonventure.com  are eligible for £5 tickets .  All other tickets £10/£8 concs.

Book all tickets by telephone @ the Jacksons Lane Box Office on 020 8341 4421

Web:  www.jacksonslane.org.uk / Email: becky.c@jacksonslane.org.uk


 

Black British Perspectives: Visual Arts

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

www.bankstreetarts.com/location.html

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

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

Rsvp by 18 Sep to
kadijageorge@gmail.com



  Breaking Barriers

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

A creative arts Training course specialising in:

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

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

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

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

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

Course running this year (2009)

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

All Participants receive a free TRAINING MANUAL on completion.

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

For more information please contact www.tonycealy.com 07956 877358


Book Slam
Book Slam

Book Slam

When: Thursday, 24th September, 2009
Where:
The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY
Adm: £6 in advance from bookslam.com/ £8 on the door (Doors open 6pm, stuff starts around 8pm)

This month, Book Slam battens down the hatches for the long dark nights ahead in the company of: - 

  • WILLIAM BOYD - 'English fiction's master storyteller' (Independent) reading from his brand new novel, 'Ordinary Thunderstorms', the electrifying follow-up to Costa Novel of the Year, 'Restless'. 
  • DON PATERSON - Winner of the Forward Poetry Prize, the TS Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, reading from his latest collection, 'Rain'.
  • NETSAYIone of our very favourite performers, the Zimbabwean singer-songwriter's launching her new album, 'Monkeys' Wedding', in preparation for her UK tour with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
  • Plus DJ ILS, the Serb from the burbs. 

Food available from the excellent Tabernacle kitchen. Come early. Eat well. Misbehave.



 

Blak Friday: Sister Rosanna - Afrikan Spirituality and the Metaphysics of Pregnancy and Childbirth

When: 25 September 2009
Where: Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 1BZ

In this BLAK Friday session Afrikan Spirituality and the Metaphysics of Pregnancy and Childbirth: Ancient and Modern, Sister Rosanna of Muatta Books, will be posing questions to find answers about ourselves and the source of our Spirituality & Metaphysics through the lens of Pregnancy & Childbirth. With the aide of ancient Myths, Folklore & Symbolism, we will explore The Realm of the Womb and discuss themes such as the role of Men in Pregnancy, Rites of Passage, Abortion, Breastfeeding, the Placenta etc. We will explore the forgotten, suppressed & obscure information that can help us all to overstand our destiny.



  DNA Advice Clinic

When: 25th September 2009
Where: Hackney

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

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


  ‘Visual Ink’ - An evening of Art, Poetry & Live Music
 
When: Friday 25th September 2009
Where: 56 Church Road Crystal Palace, London SE19 2EZ (a few doors away from the MYJUMBIE.COM store)

Exhibition: from 7:00pm featuring Adrian Bell with other in house Artists
Live Poetry: from 8:00pm (various artists) &
Introducing from 8:30 soul singer Diana Haye!!!

 

Cezanne: Art Launch

When: Fri 25th Sept 6.30-8.30pm for a guided tour of my paintings
Where: The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach (5 mins from Seven Sisters stn, just past Conel College).

Join 'Cezanne' for the launch of her new range of inspirational black greeting cards using artwork & poetry!

Come and be inspired! For more info visit: www.myspace.com/cezannepoetess

Hope to see u there!

Carol Ann aka 'Cezanne'


 

The Haiti & Zimbabwe Fundraising Event

When: Saturday 26th September 09,12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
Where: 44-46 Offley Rd, The Oval, London SW9 0LS

YOU, Your family & friends are invited to our fundraising event for the peoples of Haiti and Zimbabwe

Face painting, performances, music, stalls, African Market, Childrens Activities, Workshops



100 Mothers Movement: Health Fair

Health Fair

When: Saturday 26th September 2009. 12pm-6pm
Where: St Anns Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham. N15 5PU
Adm: Free

Free health fair organised by the 100 Mothers Movement. An educational day for all the family focusing particularly on Black womens health (but brothers are welcome!) The day will include fitness demonstartions, taster sessions, smoothie making and juicing, breathing and meditation, lectures, seminars, stalls and food...

Contact: Tanya on 07506 826243 or Marchu on 07958 671267. Email is 100mothers@gmail.com


 

African Odysseys Screenings: Democracy in Dakar

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

Adm: Matinee tickets £5

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

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

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



 

One Heart Beat Drumming Session

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

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

Contact: 07956 673255 / EMail: fuboh@tiscali.co.uk
Website: www.fuboh.org


Boyz n the Hood

Future Film Hip Hop Day

When: Sat 26 Sep 2009
Where: BFI Southbank, Waterloo

Join us for a special day of Hip-Hop and film. There’ll be loads of free stuff on the day for young people, including dance and vocal workshops, screenings of music videos produced by young rising Hip-Hop artists and live performances.

We're also screening Democracy in Dakar (tickets just £5) and Boyz n the Hood (tickets just £5 or bring a friend for just £1 more i.e 2 tickets for £6) Only for 15-25 year olds (proof of ID required)

Announcement: Dudu Sarr, Senegalese musician and speaker will intro Democracy in Dakar and we are going to have a panel featuring film maker, Geoffrey Okol and two people from Future Film Institute events (16-25 year old club at the BFI Southbank).

Click here for a full schedule for the day.

To book your tickets at these special prices, please call the box office on;
020 7928 3232 quoting "Future Film". Please note these offers are not available online.


 

ETF Presents: ‘400 Years of Black Women Resistance Fighters’

When: Sun 27 Sep at 1-4.30pm
Where: The Imperial War Museum, St George’s Road, London, SE1.

Biographical details of Afrikan women from all over the world who have resisted slavery, colonialism, sexism and racism. Women do not get the historical credit they deserve. This event will give the audience video and documentary evidence of the who, what and why of 40 female fighters who used pistols, pens or placards to fight for equality. Includes: Queen Nzinga, May Jemison, Dora Akunyili, Dame Jocelyn Barrow, Una Marson, Edna Ismail, Lieutenant Sanite Belair, Althea Gibson, Mavis Best, Fawzia Hashim, Dr Beryl Gilroy, Leyla Hussein, Mavis Best, Benadita Da Silva, Mary Prince, Epsy Campbell, "William" Brown, Dr Patrica Bath, and many more.


 

Music therapy using the healing power of the Drums

When: Sunday 27 September 2009, 3-9pm
Where: The Happy People Restaurant 178 Seven Sisters High Road London N16
Adm: Donations welcome

3pm-6pm: Music therapy form the healing power of the Drums

Drumming Therapy is not focused on learning traditional music. The goals are therapeutic. Drumming Therapy is intuitive, spontaneous, and highly personalized. It allows for the greatest amount of creativity and self-expression within a structured and disciplined process. Although some drum technique is taught, the focus is on the development of coping skills. Identification and expression of feelings is practiced both verbally and through the drums. Firm and consistent limits are set in order to maximize learning

6pm- 9pm: Bata ceremonial drumming Celebrations ( Ebge Ilu oduniyi Ceremonial Bata drummers and orisha singers ensemble)

We invite you to participate in a unique opportunity to learn and experience a genuine healing drum ceremony. These types of practices were an intricate part of life in past thousands of years ago and now have become largely forgotten by most people of African decent in the world As a result, many in our culture are at a loss as to how to access our natural connection with our own secret self. Our goal is to reintroduce the core of these ancient practices in a form that serves today’s needs and culture. We keep a great reverence and respect to the ancestors who keep these secret rituals alive by passing them on from generation to generation as they were taught to are people session conducted by Ifaleke Omo Anyan Dolapo Ogodo Kevin Haynes

Through these ceremonies we are able to transcend physical limitations and release one’s own potential as a being connected with the stars and universe; a being, part of a cosmic whole from this enlarged and peaceful state of awareness, one naturally discovers his or her own potential for self healing and guidance.

For more information on this workshop please go to www.egbeoduniyi/ning.com


 

Super Dads - Capturing my Heritage Project for Young Fathers

When: Monday 28th September 2009

Mighty Men of Valour in conjunction with CALAT are running a free course for young fathers called. "Super Dads" Capturing My Heritage Project for Young Fathers. It is aimed at young men or fathers under who would like to engage more with their children.

For further information contact Mighty Men of Valour on: 07958 770 779 or email mightymenofvalour@live.co.uk


  African and South Asian Britain Seminars

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

7 October, Bill Gulam,  The "academy" and black labour 
4 November, H.E. Ross, Black People Don't Sail
2 December, Cliff Pereira, Black and Asian Community Voice and Local History. – the Bexley Example.


Norman Beaton Free Screening (For Elders): Playing Away
with special guest, film director Horace Ové


When: Thursday 1st October 2009, 2pm 
Where: Southbank, Waterloo, NFT 1

Join our special screening of  Playing Away,  a classic film from veteran director, Horace Ove  who will attend the event. A cricket match is held in an idyllic Suffolk village  between  the local team and a visiting West Indian team from Brixton, London. The game leads to new friendships but also unexpected hostility with passion and underlying tensions rising to the surface. This screening - supported by the City Bridge Trust - is free for over-60s; otherwise tickets are available at normal matinee price.

To book tickets, please contact the box office on 0207 928 3232 from 11 : 00am.

You can find out more about our event on the 1st October on our web site.


 

Dr. Runoko Rasidi Lectures

Where: Casp Hall, 14, Badsworth Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 0JY (near Camberwell Green)
When: Thurs 1 October - Friday 2 October 2009, 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Adm: £5.00 at the door (each evening)

Part 1 : 7.15pm to 8.45pm. Topic: African Presence in Early Europe

Part 2 : 7.15pm to 8.45pm. Topic: The Nile Valley Presence in Asian Antiquity


Runoko Rashidi's guided tour: Egypt & Nubia

When: Saturday 3 October 2009, 10.30am to 12 noon.
Where: British Museum, Russell Street, London, WC2B 3DG
Adm: £10: Pre-booking necessary.


African Queens in Antiquity (Nefertiti, Nefertari, and others)

When: Sunday 4 October 2009, from 2pm to 4pm.
Where: Museum in Docklands, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL
Adm: £5: Pre-booking necessary

Dr Runoko Rashidi is an historian, world traveller, and public lecturer focusing on the African presence globally and the African foundations of world civilisations. He is particularly drawn to the African presence in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, and has coordinated historic educational group tours to India, Aboriginal Australia, the Fiji Islands and Southeast Asia as well as Egypt, Ghana, Turkey, Jordan and Brazil
 
Contact: Arthur Torrington - Mobile. 079 8511 0501.                  

email.  arthurtorrington@hotmail.com


 

 

Ayekoo Session

When: Saturday 3rd October, 3-6pm
Where: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden NW10 4BZ.
 
This is the last Ayekoo session for this year so don't miss it.

The topic for discussion is What Is African History, and we will launch our OCN accredited African History Overview Course taking place, Saturday 10th October, Saturday 17th October and Saturday 24th October, 3-6pm, at Mission Dine Club.

Click: http://btwsc.com/Ayekoo_Chill_Out_Sessions.


Runoko Rashidi
Runoko Rashidi: Historian
Runoko Rashidi: London Weekender

Ancient Future in conjunction with Muatta Books present Runoko Rashidi

When: Saturday 3rd October 2009 - Sunday 4th October 2009
Where: Happy People Restaurant - 160 Page Green Terrace, High Rd Tottenham, London, N15 4NU
Adm: £10 per night

Part 1 (Sat 6pm - 10pm): Indigenous Global Presence in the Ancient & Modern World
Part 2 (Sun 4pm - 8pm): Indigenous Global Presence in the Ancient & Modern World

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to get there?

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

-Vendors Welcome! –

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

email: info@ancientfuture.org.uk


  Workshop: Invisible Theatre

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

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

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

Led by Tony Cealy

The workshop costs £90.00 Spaces are limited.

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


 

Halala Women of Fancy Stitch Halala: Contemporary Indigenous Tapestries

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

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

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

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

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

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


Fancy Stitch


 

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

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

Adm: Matinee tickets £5 (free for seniors)

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

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

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

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



Feminism In London - 2009

Feminism in London 09

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

Pornification, the pay gap, eating disorders...

Where do we go from here?

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

Speakers include

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

Workshops include

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

This is a child-friendly event

For information about childcare and accessibility, see Practical Stuff.

Cabaret evening and raffle

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

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

Cabaret Evening.


 

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

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

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


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

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

Dir: Dan Gordon 2008 / UK / 90mins

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

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

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

or visit www.richmix.org.uk/bookings


  Black British Perspectives: Music

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

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

Rsvp by 16 Oct
kadijageorge@gmail.com

  Electric Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many Thanks and Regards,

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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


Reparations Awareness Symposium

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

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

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

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

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


 

Lecture: Dr Frances Cress Welsing

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

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


 

The African Market Day

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

Come and experience a taste of Africa and the Caribbean

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


 

G MaG 10th ANNIVERSARY GALA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*More to be confirmed later....

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

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

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

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

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


  Black British Perspectives: Style

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

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

Rsvp by 9 Nov
kadijageorge@gmail.com


 

African Odysseys Screenings: A Charmed Life

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

Adm: Matinee tickets £5

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

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

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

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



  Workshop: Education 4 Liberation

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

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

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

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

The workshop costs £40.00 Spaces are limited.

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


 

  Black British Perspectives: Stage

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

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

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

Rsvp by 27 Nov
kadijageorge@gmail.com

Black British Perspectives: Literature and Publishing

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

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


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

Rsvp by 16 Oct
kadijageorge@gmail.com

 

Screening: The Hunger Season

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

Dir: Beadie Finzi 2008 / UK / 74mins

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

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

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

or visit www.richmix.org.uk/bookings


 

African Odysseys Screenings: The End of Poverty?

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

Adm: Matinee tickets £5

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

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

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

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



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