|Nyansapo – Work of African Art
‘It is not the eye that understands, but the mind ’ – African Proverb, Hausa
Greetings, I am writing this after just attending the first memorial for one of Mama Africa’s late but great sons, Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem. Not only was he the United Nations Millennium Campaign Deputy Director for Africa but he was also a leading Pan-Africanist. Contrary to the beliefs of some, for one with integrity the two positions were not contradictory. The past few days have been unusual in that we Africans residing in the UK have been able to feed on the sun’s heat. As a result the occasion couldn’t have been warmer as family, friends, colleagues and supporters attended to pay tribute to Taju. A fellow African of Nigerian heritage, his was a name you are unlikely to hear in eurocentric state schools or in multicultural text and history books and yet if you travel around the world and say to those working for African liberation ‘don’t agonise… organise’ you are likely to be met with a smile of recognition, that unmistakable sign that he had somehow, somewhere, crossed your path and left that indelible mark upon your conscious.
Taju was someone who you could not but help love his spirit, a tireless worker organising and empowering the grass root communities whilst simultaneously criticising those amongst us who can and should be doing better. He was a Pan Africanist whose walk was as powerful as his talk. And make no mistake about it, his talk was magnificent. How he managed to share his frequent brilliant insights forever providing solutions to our condition whilst engaging with his responsibilities to family, friends and community is a mystery, a balance I myself am still trying to master.
Today’s technology means many of us now communicate in a manner where we often get to know of someone without ever meeting or truly knowing them. Taju’s legendary writings are a perfect example of this. I was fortunate in that I did meet him, reason with him, and came to be influenced by this man who was a true giant when it came to speaking Truth to power. The recently released book containing a selection of his famous weekly Pan African Postcards are in many ways a superb means to assist those seeking to understand who he was, and more importantly where we are as a global people.
Taju joined the Ancestors in Nairobi, Kenya last year, 25 May 2009 on his way to launch a maternal health campaign in Kigali, Rwanda. The 25 May is a day some blandly refer to as Africa day, but to the rest of us we know it as African Liberation Day (ALD). This weekend there will be many ALD events where we can come together and break bread in order to ritualise the passing of the liberation baton from our Ancestors to the next generation involved in the struggle. I am hoping to attend the event in London whilst a similar event will be taking place in Birmingham on what remains an important day in the Pan African cultural calendar.
As well as attending ALD I also suggest you purchase copies of Taju’s book Speaking Truth to Power in which he provides us with a framework that continues to teach (not preach) us how to organise instead of simply agonizing over the plight we face as a global African people. Indeed, some of the proceeds from sales of the book are going to help continue his work, typical of Taju, even as an Ancestor he continues to guide us. It is up to us to remember his name and continue building on the groundwork he so admirably laid.
Imagine a world without freedom of expression
I just received an email detailing communications between the British Prime Minister, David Cameron and our elder Ras Seymour McLean requesting the return of priceless Ethiopian manuscripts stolen and retained by the British Government in its plundered colonial vault/museum. Perversely obedience to the ‘rule of law’ is the often cited and abused tool used to justify the hypocritical stance and incontrovertible flaw in British intellectual thought that occurs whenever it comes to defending the retention of illegal obtained artefacts by state institutions purporting to be doing the world a ‘free’ favour. Yet this continuing act of historic injustice is any thing but legal, the silence of African trustees and politicians a facsimile of ostriches burying their heads in the sand.
I am sure I cannot be the only one who has noticed how the British media readily refers to gems obtained by or used to fund conflict as ‘blood diamonds’ and yet strangely suffers from collective amnesia when loyalty to justice demands it should likewise refer to the African cultural works that has been obtained through theft, plunder, rape and murder in institutions such as the British Museum as ‘blood art’.
Indeed, with this particular criminal activity the legal principle of joint enterprise extends not only to include the participation of the media, but also that of the church and monarchy who all alongside the government sanction and support this gangster act of thuggery at their highest levels.
But then there has always been this moral double standard in the minds of those that have happily enslaved and oppressed innocents in the name of religion and civilisation or sent children to die whilst waging ‘shock and awe’ war in defence of terror to allegedly promote liberal, conservative democracy. As the looting of the national museums in Iraq revealed during the illegal US-UK occupation, the theft of art is not only valuable in a monetary sense, but also a political one too.
So how is this relevant to us now some of you may ask? Well I believe too many of us have been indoctrinated into seeing art as a static vanity commodity simply for collection, instead of as a breathing representative reflection, not only for admiring but also for living with and sharing with others.
For far too long we have been miseducated into seeing the so called ‘dark arts’ as something wicked and yet those truly involved in perpetrating evil know better. They have fought with all their might to posses and exploit our cultural heritage, to purchase our creativity, and where that has failed, to murder our Ancestors in order to steal their creative and spiritual wares.
Today if you go into buildings like the British Museum and look at exhibitions similar to that based on the people of Ife you can immediately see why. Many such institutions continue to showcase art reflective of human talent that remains capable of transmitting timeless information into the future. Ancestral documents of our past, chronicling our culture, civilisations, rituals and beliefs all exists in these objects that do not belong in a sterile environment amongst the stolen property of other ancient peoples, but instead on a platform designed to create the correct socio-cultural context intended by the artist - a museum of the people, a shrine, a gallery - not that created by a brutish state of criminals.
But yet, in reminiscing over the past we must never forget that the art on display in these museums provides evidence not only revealing the creative genius within Africa, but also that which is still within all Africans. Whether we are expressing what we receive and feel from our lives in the Diaspora or are simply expressing our reality and aspirations on the Motherland, we must never fall in to the trap where everyone else appreciates our art but us. For in doing so, everyone else also sets the value of our art, but us.
This means the young woman who creates sculptures in Lagos is unable to share her work with the African in Brazil, the young filmmaker in London has no opportunity to market his film on Walter Rodney to his cousin in Trinidad who is a poet from Guyana, the singer sharing details of African life in Britain cannot play for the dancer in the US alongside the traditional drummer from Congo residing in Canada. The young graphic designer working in Bristol can’t work in partnership with the Somali architect in Birmingham who has just finished building a house in St Lucia.
During times of economic woes, people rely on their cultural artists to provide them with inspiration, they serve as a reminder of who we are, what we have - and can achieve. More importantly they provide networks, stimulating growth, thought and insight into what we will accomplish if we have vision.
Now if others are dictating to our artists, what they can sing, what they can paint, what they can write, sculpt, sew, cook, wear and even dream then we remain spiritually enslaved to the culture of those others.
Imagine being banned from choosing the style of clothes you can wear on the streets, the kind of hair style you can wear to work, the genre of books you can read or even write, the type of music you can hear on the radio. Imagine living in a world where we are not ‘allowed’ to express ourselves freely, where censorship happens through economic and political forces denying public access and exposure to our craft through corporate control of mass media and channels of national distribution. Imagine if all conscious artists had to be informally licensed by the state and sanctioned by the state broadcaster in order to avoid cultural segregation and exclusion from inclusion in the daily media our children are exposed to.
Wouldn’t that be scary?
Some like me would even say barbaric. Why are so many infatuated with our art but simultaneously terrified by it?
As a writer I thank the Creator for being blessed with the gift to channel that which is within and shared with me by the Ancestors. My ability to articulate words in a manner that some people tell me touches them is one skill I do not take for granted. Especially with my poor grammar and spelling, I give thanks for the proofing tools in MS Word! I also recognise that if I were writing for mainstream media or some academic journal then I would not be free to write from the heart on topics such as this. Yet if we are asked to be honest about our need to have a space, a secure permanent platform where we can be immersed in an environment that reflects our worldview many of us go into denial. Some say ‘it’s racist’, ‘militant’ or ‘controversial’ to express self love. The desire to culturally adorn ourselves and home, even an office desk is said by some to be somehow divisive.
Some of you may remark that I am fortunate in being able to use the political and spiritual force of Pan Africanism in order to make a little space to breathe despite living in an environment that denies most Africans the opportunity to be truly creative. But it is not easy.
For example, the main computer I use to create my films recently died. It cannot be repaired and I do not have the funds to build a new one. I was annoyed at first, as I was in the middle of a new documentary for our young people about African identity and had hoped to move onto creating cartoons and Africentric Sci-Fi / spiritual based action films, but perhaps now is not the time. There are many ways in which we can express ourselves, and should seek to try and do so.
Like most of those I meet engaged in the arts, many are not only self employed but also conscious. This means we work in servitude of the people whilst being manage by our conscious which demands we work hard to achieve that which fulfils our purpose. Anything else is a denial, a betrayal not only of self, but also of those around us who believed in us.
But that does not mean we should all be placed in a cultural straightjacket. Conscious cultural art should by all means include honest expressions of enslavement, oppression, injustice but not be limited by it. There is much wonder in our normality as our natural response to the rays of the sun reveals, but not the immoral exotica type focus of those who observe us like laboratory rats through figures and statistics, or money and sex, but instead through the eyes of those who truly love and adore us, capturing our portraits be it in a photograph or a metaphysical autograph signed via movement, sight, sound, touch, smell or taste. As artists our tools can be varied, our canvas broad, we can paint with clay, light, movement, vibrations, cloth, icons, words – whatever it is we can imagine is a possible topic for bringing forth to light.
Today I write about art because I worry for the many others like me, some older, others younger, more vibrant, and with far more talent. I fear we often don’t recognise the importance of the cultural worker who in many ways has potentially more influence for good over us than the religious and political leading classes that abuse our culture through lies and creative spin instead. Sadly like the rest of us, many conscious artists today are without the opportunity to be honest with their work; therefore it is we who must provide them with both the training and platform to be free. You see, if our young people have no vision of hope, no remembrance of our collective past then we as a people have no future. If we have no future then we have no purpose, and if we have no purpose, we are enslaved to a path of self destruction.
Imagine that... and then, realise something better.
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.
Nyansapo: News and Updates
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Pan African Worldview
Ethiopian tabots are held illegally in the British Museum
|Subject: RE: Africa Liberation Day inquiry
Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 01:23:21 +0100
Please accept our Ras Tafari greetings and best wishes for 25th May Africa Liberation day to The Embasses of Jamaica ,
Please find our paper concerning the death of King of Kings Theodore a Africa Liberation day inquiry, as this is a public matter please do not fail to communicate this information to your Government and public, for 25th May Africa Liberation day, you can help our inquiry by requesting detailed information from the British Government representatives please find copy letter to the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister. Seymour Mclean.
Dear Rt Hon, David Cameron MP, Prime Minister. Witney Constituency,
Upon your oath of Office, and to vindicate the honour of the Crown of England, the soul of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd, her heirs and successors you have made this Oath.
I ( David Cameron ) swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.
As a member of the voting public, we present new evidence, concerning the death of King of Kings Theodore, the looting of the Churches, and the judgment of Almighty God on the heirs and successors of Queen Victoria according to law, and to which you have been properly notified.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd will appear before you on 25th May, Africa Liberation Day, you will be invited to comment on Her speech, you will do your duty before Almighty God, upon your Oath to vindicate the Honour of the Crown of England to bear true allegiance to Her Majesty and in fulfilment of the highest Duties of your Sovereignty.
I am Seymour Mclean
Office of the Chaplain
EWF Inc. London.
Dear Mr McLean
Thank you for your email to the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw, regarding Ethiopian manuscripts currently in the possession of the British Museum. I have been asked to reply.
We are aware that many people have very strong views about these manuscripts. However, as our national museums and galleries operate independently of Government, this is a matter for the British Museum.
These manuscripts form part of the British Museum’s collection. Under the Museum's governing statute, the Trustees are prevented from “deaccessioning” objects in the Museum’s collections unless they are duplicates or not worth keeping. The Government has no plans to change the law in this respect.
The British Museum Trustees believe that the Museum is the best place for these manuscripts to be displayed. It is a world museum and people from all over the world come to visit it for free. There is nowhere else in Europe where visitors can look at the cultural achievements of the whole world under one roof.
||African Liberation Day - 2010 : Reparations Now! Haiti First! Haiti Now!
Day 1: The real conditions confronting Afrikan People in Haiti
When: Friday 28th May 2009 @ 6.30pm
Where: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS
Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436
Adm: Youths are especially welcome – All free of charge
Day 2: The Main Event
When: Saturday 29th May 2009 @ 1pm – 7pm
Where: Yvonne Carr Centre, 2 Thessally Road, SW8 4HT
Nearest Tube: Stockwell; Nearest British Rail: Wandsworth Road
Buses to Thassally Road: P5; Buses Nearby: 77, 87, 156, 196, 344, 452
Libation, dancing, singing, drumming, poetry, children’s activities, dynamic performers
Keynote Speaker - Mario Joseph ( Haiti’s Leading Human Rights Lawyer)
Plus Panel Speakers & Solidarity Messages
For more information: Ring 07940 005 907; email – Panascf@yahoo.co.uk;
Website – www.pascf.org.uk
Organised by: The Nkrumah Foundation* Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum* All-African People’s Revolutionary Party* George Jackson Socialist League. Sponsored by: Global Afrikan Congress* Pan-African Congress Movement* Alliance of Afrikan Women*
African Liberation Day - 2010 Conference: Reclaiming Afrika
The Pan Afrikan movement wishes to invite you to attend a conference titled Reclaiming Afrika. The conference will take place at Camp lane Birmingham B21 8JA on Sunday 30/05/2010 – Monday 31/05/2010 and the main speakers will be Dr Arthur Lewis and Pro Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Dr Celi Gutsmore, Dr Asher Jean-Baptiste, Sis. Nzingha Assata, Bro Paul Ifayomi Grant and Mario Joseph. Please circulate to your network for the greater extended family so that they can get the information.
For more details go to this website link http://www.banturadio.co.uk/events/ald2010.html
Hotep Bro Al
Diaspora Volunteering and Placement Opportunities
Looking for volunteering opportunities with ADAP this coming summer?
ADAP is seeking to recruit the following professions for its summer programme in Ghana!
- HIV/AIDS facilitators
- Registered Doctors/Nurses
For further information, please e‐mail email@example.com and a member of staff will
be in touch, or you can call 07405166346.
Diaspora Volunteering Placements
DIFN is pleased to announce the start of their recruitment process for the 2010 Diaspora Volunteering Programme (DVP) and DIFN UK. DIFN is particularly interested in engaging with Teachers, Educators, Teacher Trainers, Project Management Trainers, Community Workers, Youth Workers, Social Workers and Counselors. Placements will last for 3 weeks, and a series of placements will be held between mid July and the end of November 2010. More information regarding the DVP Programme can be found at www.difn.org.uk under “Volunteering”.
Please contact us for an application form, reference request forms and monitoring form. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to an information session and interview in the week beginning 31st May 2010.
PS: Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you feel would benefit from this opportunity. Please note that these volunteering opportunities are only open to Nigerians currently living in the UK (this excludes those on a student visa).
Diaspora Volunteering Programme Officer
Development Impact For Nigeria
C/o HCVS, 84 Springfield House
5 Tyssen Street
London E8 2LY
020 7923 1962
Feature in upcoming documentary...
Taboo Topics: Traditional African Belief Systems
Taboo Topics: Traditional African Belief Systems is a candid documentary exploring the various opinions on the mysterious topic of the spiritual beliefs and practices of African people’s. The subject that is not widely discussed is often referred to as Obeah and Juju; terms to suggest people using these practices for negative purposes. The various African ethic communities themselves however share spiritual and moral codes similar to other belief systems such as Buddhism and Hinduism; including finding one’s sacred centre and the karmic connection of life. These principles directly conflict with the negative portrayal of this subject matter, and it is this side of the belief systems which is not spoken about in the mainstream.
The aim of this film is to give a much needed open debate on the subject allowing true insight and genuine feelings towards the matter to be revealed. The narrative of the film is led with the opinions of various UK residents as they speak openly on the on this perceived Taboo Topic...
Recorded interviews taking place from 24th May – 20th June, to take part in the conversation please email Verona.Spence@longbelly.co.uk to arrange a filming date. People from all backgrounds and faiths are welcome to participate.
Is popular black music empowering us?
When: Tuesday 1ST June 2010, 8-10 PM
Where: Bridge Park Complex, Brentfield (Harrow Road) Stonebridge London NW10 0RG
Nearest Station: Stonebridge Park (Tube/BR) – Buses: 18, 112, PR2
Adm: Free entry but pre booking necessary
A Panel Discussion to tackle an important subject before an inter-generational audience during the mid-term break.
Assistant Minister Polymin Muhammad (Nation of Islam)
Dennis Gyamfi (Strength in Numbers Youth Representative)
Kwaku (Black Music Congress)
and guests artists
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Marissa Muhammad. I have become very interested in the benefits of raw milk for good health. I have decided to partake in a raw milk fast for 3 weeks in support of my children’s school, New Mind! This will entail me consuming no food other than raw milk!
Please support my efforts by sponsoring me via this page. My fast starts on Wednesday 19th May 2010 - to conclude on Wednesday 9th June 2010.
Your donations will go towards helping New Mind School purchase much needed IT equipment.
Thank you for your support!
Reachout will be hosting its 5th Annual Walk for Peace on Saturday 5th June 2010. The event starts at 1:00 pm. to 8:30 p.m at Lakefront Promenade Park in Mississauga. Last year’s event was a huge success with participants from all across the GTA. Our goal is to raise funds for Reachout’s upcoming Youth Scholarship Awards which will be held 3 July 2010, as well as to bring awareness to the constant violence that is plaguing our community, to motivate the youth to play a part in creating peaceful and positive relationship with each other.
Reachout Committee is a voluntary, non-profit community-based organization founded in 2001 in Mississauga in response to problems of conflict and violence in the African-Canadian community. Its membership includes 96 active members from the local community with youth from all cultural backgrounds.
Reachout Committee Inc.
(416) 571-9337 (24hr)
"It takes a community to raise a child"
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.
Courses running this year (2010)
Course delivered by Tony Cealy. London courses cost £150.00 (£110.00 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
Workshop: Education 4 Liberation
Arts Practitioner, Tony Cealy has developed a series of popular education techniquesfor 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.
Taking place in London UK 10.00am – 6.00pm on Saturday 25th September & Saturday 13th November 2010
The workshop costs £40.00 Spaces are limited.
For course guide & to book go to www.tonycealy.com
or contact + 44 (0) 7956 877358
Workshop: INVISIBLE THEATRE
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.
Taking place in London UK 7th – 10th October & 4th – 7th November 2010
Thursday 8.00pm – 10.00pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10.30am – 6.00pm
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
Workshop: Creative Lifestyles
Interior Design - Cake baking and decorating - Floristry - Hand knitting - Sewing skills and fashion design - Natural hair - Soft furnishing - Card and Gift design - Textiles printing/painting - dyeing - Recycling projects
Creative Lifestyle CIC is here to help! We are running creative hands-on workshops and short courses for anyone wishing to learn skills to achieve wonderful creations. Sewing techniques & fashion design, soft furnishings, hand knitting, card & gift design, natural hair design and many more!
Creative Lifestyle CIC aims to bring creativity back into the community. We provide short ‘taster’ creative workshops.
Our project enables beneficiaries to tap into their creative energy and develop their creative options whether it be career driven or for practical home use.
We have developed an intensive short program of workshops which caters for busy people who would like the option to take our creative courses as an evening class.
All workshops and courses take place at the heart of the Bethnal Green community, at our modern Oxford House studios (Derbyshire street, E2 6HG).
We will shortly be running African dance and interior design workshops.
To sign up with us for one of our courses and to get more information, please contact us:
0207 749 1105 or email us: email@example.com
Our website address is: www.creativelifestyle.org.uk
Get in touch with us to start your creative journey with us today.
Creative Lifestyle CIC - bringing creativity back into the community!
Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation
Akoben: Symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.
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
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
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
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross / Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177
Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734
Community Events - May 2010
Screening: In the Land of the Free
When: Tuesday 25th May, Doors Open - 7.30pm / Film starts: 8.00pm
Where: The West Green Learning Centre, Tottenham, London, N13 3RB
(Nearest tube: Seven Sisters & Turnpike Lane / Buses: 67, 41, 341, 230)
Adm: £6 Buy tickets in advance
When: Tuesday 25th May (7.30pm Doors Open / 8.00pm start)
Where: West Green Cinema, Parkview Academy, West Green Rd, London, N15 3RB
In the Land of the Free… is an astonishing documentary feature that examines the story of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King. They are known as the Angola 3 and have spent almost a century between them in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary in the USA. Herman and Albert are still held in solitary confinement after 37 years.
How could this be? In Obama’s America - Today?
In the Land of the Free… is a documentary feature narrated by Samuel L Jackson that examines the story of these 3 extraordinary men who claim to have been targeted by the prison authorities for being members of the Black Panther party because they fought against the terrible conditions and systematic sexual slavery that was rife in the prison. Herman and Albert were subsequently convicted for the murder of a prison guard, Brent Miller.
There was no physical evidence against them. The main eyewitness was bribed and promised his freedom by the warden in exchange for testifying and another key witness was a legally blind, mentally retarded sociopath. A bloody fingerprint from the scene was shown not to belong to Herman or Albert and yet never tested against the rest of the prison population.
One man understands their plight more than any other. Robert King, also an active member of the BPP, was also held in solitary at Angola under investigation for involvement in the same Miller murder… even though he wasn’t even in the prison when it happened. The prison authorities used this as their reason for keeping him in solitary confinement for 29 years. He was subsequently accused of the murder of another prisoner in Angola, again convicted by an all white jury on the evidence of unreliable witnesses who all subsequently recanted, before his conviction was overturned in 2001. Since then he’s worked tirelessly all over the world to help bring justice for Herman and Albert.
Robert King will be coming to London to launch the film. Before touring the UK to promote the cause of the Angola 3 and release of the film in UK on March 26th 2010
The film is directed by Vadim Jean (Leon the Pig Farmer, Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather) produced by the Mob film company (Terry Pratchett’s Colour of Magic, Stone of Destiny) Gold Circle Films (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, White Noise, A Haunting in Connecticut) and UKTV’s Yesterday films.
Further information can also be found at:
Message in a Bottle: Debating Multiculturalism and the Arts
When: Tuesday 25 May 2010, 18.30–20.00
Where: Tate Britain Clore Auditorium
Adm: £5 (£3 concessions), booking recommended
To mark the Fourth Plinth Commission, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, by Anglo-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, this panel discussion explores the legacy and impact of multiculturalism in the context of the arts in Britain today.
Yinka Shonibare says his piece will reflect the story of multiculturalism in London "honouring the many cultures and ethnicities that are still breathing precious wind into the sails of the United Kingdom". Multiculturalism and its many legacies is a contested concept.
For some it celebrates and encourages diversity and the positive impact of migration on the British landscape. For others, multiculturalism causes cultural division and has even played a part in the development of home grown terrorism.
The panel will consider these difficult questions about the legacies of multiculturalism within the field of art and culture:
- What role should public institutions play in fostering Britishness and national identity?
- Can great art promote cultural wellbeing and a sense of integration in the public sphere?
- Is multiculturalism a spent force that promotes cultural disharmony?
- What does it mean to be British in the 21st century?
Chaired by Kwame Kwei-Armah (Playwright, broadcaster, actor).
Distinguished panelists include: Yinka Shonibare MBE (artist), Munira Mirza (Mayor's Director of Arts and Cultural Policy for London), Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Columnist, writer and cultural commentator) and Matthew Taylor (Director of Royal Society of Arts).
Supported by Guaranty Trust Bank, plc and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and organised in association with the Fourth Plinth Commission
Screening: A Charmed Life
When: Wednesday 26th May 2010 at 7pm
Where: The Hartley Centre, 267 Barking Road,London E6 1LB.
Adm: Free (Donations welcome)
Director Patrick Vernon, presents an inspirational story of Eddie Marlon Noble, a Jamaican airman who lived from 1917 and died in East London in 2007. Eddie shares his many tips and strategies for overcoming adversity which restores a sense of pride and self respect. His story is a source of inspiration for all.
Places are limited, so if you would like to book a place for the film screening, please email Keshia Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org by 19th May 2010.
African Caribbean Business Network: Innovate Her - Open Day - Be The Change
When: Thursday 27th May 2010, 10am - 8pm
ACBN on behalf of our members Innovate Her invite you to attend this free event full of innovation, information, and creativity for those who believe in change because....
Change is something that presses us out of our comfort zone. It is destiny-filtered, heart grown and built on belief. Change is inequitable; not a respecter of persons. Change is for the better or for the worst, depending on where you view it.
Ladies you are invited to step up, step out, Innovate and Be the Change!
The Women's Business Centre (formerly known as Her Business) warmly invites you to our Innovation and Creativity Open Day - Be the Change on Thursday 27th May 2010 where you can come and find out about our new project Innovate Her, take part in our discovery sessions, workshops, network with innovative women and embrace change through innovation.
You will learn how Innovate Her you can help you take your business to the next level. Discover how innovation can make a positive impact in your business right now!
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE
We have devised a day which is jam-packed with workshops, discovery sessions, and showcases. You will have the opportunity network and connect with other innovators and embrace innovation and change. Our goal is to equip you with essential tools, hints, tips and you will leave with an action plan to help you thrive and grow! Join us and create an innovative strategy to enable you to grow, financially, spiritually and socially...
'Innovation is a change in the thought process for doing something or new stuff that is made useful'
We look forward to seeing you there!
ACBN Events Coordinator
Launch of BBMM 2010, Networking, The Great British Black Music QUIZ, performances by Bridget and Tayshan!
When: 28th May 28, 7-9pm
Where: The Space, Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden Green NW10 2SF
Adm: Free, but food will be on sale
To book and for more information: email@example.com
PASCF Haiti's leading human rights lawyer tells us what's really going on in Haiti
When: 28 Friday May 2010
Where: Starlight Music Academy, 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS
Presented by Mario Joseph, (Jackie)
When: Friday 28 May, 18.30
Where: British Museum, Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Adm: £3, concessions £2
Adetutu, a beautiful young priestess, is selected to carry the sacred calabash at the Osun Osogbo festival. The calabash can only be carried by a virgin, and after being abducted by three men, her chastity and suitability is questioned.
Director: Tunde Kulani
Nigeria, 2008, 95 minutes.
Book Launch: MILK AND PEACE, DROUGHT AND WAR - SOMALI CULTURE, SOCIETY AND POLITICS
When: Friday 28 May, 6-8pm
Where: Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG (nearest underground station: Russell Square)
Centre of African Studies, SOAS, & HURST Publishers cordially invite you to the launch of
Book Launch: MILK AND PEACE, DROUGHT AND WAR - SOMALI CULTURE, SOCIETY AND POLITICS
(Essays in Honour of Professor I.M. Lewis)
Milk and Peace, Drought and War offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship on Somalia and Somaliland, one that transcends the usual boundaries and presents readers with a timely, incisive and compelling introduction to Somali culture, history and politics.
An introduction describes I.M. Lewis' career and discusses the legacy of over fifty years of his scholarship, assessing its impact on Somali society's view of itself and those of the academic and policy communities.
Breast Cancer and Women of African Descent (plus Q & A with Sister Abi)
When: Saturday 29th May 3.00pm-5.00pm
Where: Roxy Bar, 128 Borough High St SE1,(next to Sainsburys) London Bridge Tube
Adm: £5.00. www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
This presentation aims to empower women with information to help defeat breast cancer. It will cover:
* The reality of risk rates for black women; how white women skew the risk indicators
*5 steps you can take to reduce your risk ,
*How not breast feeding can increase your risk
*What food and lifestyles increase liability
*The signs that ensure early detection.
*How such information is difficult to access (there has only ever been one study on how cancer affects black women in the UK) Bring pen, pad and be on time.
Sister Abi holds a first degree in Medical Bio-chemistry, a masters in Clinical bio-chemistry and is pursuing another masters in Public Health. She is currently Programme Manager for an infomatics project for a major cancer charity and will be in the next edition of the New African Woman magazine for her cancer prevention work.
African Liberation Day March: One Africa ! One Nation! One billion strong!
When: Saturday 29 May 2010
Where: From Camberwell Green to Peckham Square London, England.
This is a Call to all freedom loving Africans and our allies, to join this African Liberation Day mobilization as part of our efforts to take our destiny in our own hands.
African people are scattered all over the world, but if we unite we are more than one billion strong. In unity is where our power lies and where our salvation will come.
The struggle for a united and socialist Africa will come through revolution that is led by a conscious black working class, organized in its own interest, with its own revolutionary Party.
That international Party is the African Socialist International. The conditions of existence of our people demands revolutionary solutions.
Contact: Luwezi Kinshasa
Tel: 0786 229 4364, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stunning Nu Jazz poster art
Where: Afro Hair & Beauty Live, Business Design Centre, Islington N1
When: 30 - 31 May 2010 10 - 6pm
"Contemporary pop art or lounge art", is how Mandy Reinmuth describes her work. A complete mixture of styles, from ambient, trip hop, acid and nu jazz her work is enriched with Latin American and African influences. Be the first to see these striking images at Afro Hair & Beauty Live where we will be exhibiting these striking prints plus many of your old favourites at stand 105 in the Lifestyle section. Look out for these, and other works by Mandy, appearing on our website in June.
Afro Hair & Beauty Live celebrates 29 years of showcasing the very best brands and suppliers of hair and beauty products. The show is designed to help and guide you through a complete hair, beauty, lifestyle and health regime. See and learn from the experts, watch hair and fashion shows from new and established designers, get a makeover or simply buy products at great prices. This is a fun event for all the family. Lots of free hair and beauty products for you to grab with stage shows and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Afro Hair & Beauty Show
Black British Civil Rights Heroes 1596-2006
When: Sunday 30 May 1.30-5pm
Where: Conference Room, 1st Floor Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd. Tube: Lambeth North.
Adm:Free entry.First come, first served. www.iwm.org.uk www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
The bias in schools gives the impression that racism and civil rights was an American issue and totally ignores the struggles African- British people endured. For example :
* Oxford/Regent Street refused to employ black people
*Black and Asian kids were bussed out of local schools so that there would not be "too many" of them
* Racial attacks were a daily occurrence and ignored by police
* Black people had to pay more for houses and more for mortgages
* There were documented calls for black schools in the 1700's
* In the 1790's a group of Africans in London were lobbying the government for abolition
* In 1820 a Jamaican in London bought 450 guns in order to overthrow the government
Every area of life was contested at great cost. This presentation will give you the names and achievements of those who fought against British racism over the last 400 years. Bring pen,pad and be on time.