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For the Love of Opera -The Story of Pegasus Opera Company

By Mbeke Waseme Pegasus Opera Company (POC) was established by Lloyd Newton in1992. He was a Jamaican opera singer who found it difficult to secure work in the UK.  The company’s strapline is Harmony in Diversity. They are based in Brixton and were created to represent the diversity of London and of course, to provide opportunities …

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Unleashing the Power of Black History Month in Parliament 2019

‘Unleash, Unlock and Impact’ was the theme of this year’s Black History Month in Parliament which was held at The Speaker’s Palace in the Halls of Westminster. Each distinguished guest, brought together by Mercy Gilbert, the Co-ordinator of the event, embodied the theme through their words and actions and legacies they are creating. The elevated …

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Humour will Save Us All- Reflections on the Southbank Literature Festival 2019

Review by Mbeke Waseme The 13th Southbank Literature Festival took place over eleven days.  In attending the first weekend, like so much I have come to expect from the Southbank Centre, I knew that it was going to be very good. Heaux Noire is a platform where Black and Brown women perform their stories, founded …

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Creating a Quality, Ethical Online Baby Business for Conscious Parents – Two Creatives Lead the Way

  They say necessity is the mother of invention. Two friends Rabi and Melissa adhered to that phrase and came up with a brainwave to solve the lack of quality baby products modern parents desired. Seeing a gap with what was on offer, they developed their own brand of environmentally friendly products under the catchy …

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An Evening of Joyful Verse in Praise of Dyslexia and Diversity

They certainly were amazing. All the writers who performed at the ‘Evening of Spoken Word’ at the Glass Box Theatre in Gillingham on 16th October 2019. Headlining the group of talented artists was the outstanding Lemn Sissay MBE, the award winning poet, playwright, broadcaster and wonderful raconteur. The event celebrated and raised awareness of Dyslexia …

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Making History with Black Heroes – JD Douglas Sets the Record Straight

Black History Month is upon us. So many events, so much history. One event worth noting is a talk given by JD Douglas on the history of the stage production ‘Black Heroes’. The spectacular theatrical production broke all records and influenced so many theatrical performances to follow. JD Douglas, one of the Creators, was there …

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Africa Utopia Festival – Celebrating the Vibrancy and Energy of African Culture at the Southbank Centre

Review by Mbeke Waseme Africa Utopia – the 52 countries in one of the most disparate and diverse continents in a perfect state.  That is what we want! The 2019 African Utopia took place at London Southbank in collaboration with Indaba X. It was opened by Kojo Annan, the son of the former UN Secretary …

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It’s Africa Utopia Time Again at The Southbank Centre

Preview by Mbeke Waseme During September 13th-15th 2019, the Africa Utopia Festival is where an explosion of African films, literature, music, fashion and cultural debates take place at the Southbank Centre in London Black Sheep is the Oscar-nominated documentary which begins with the murder of Damilola Taylor.  Cornelius Walker lived in the same area and …

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Show Stopping Fashion from Award Winning Bespoke Tailor and Designer, Kwame Koranteng

B By Mercy Francis It was a breath taking fashion show from Kwame Koranteng, the Ghanaian born designer, showing his latest collection, appropriately in time for the holiday season, entitled the Savannah collection. The show took place at the prestigious Tiger restaurant in the heart of London’s West End. Kwame is an award-winning fashion legend …

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Thabiso Sekgala: A Close Up View of Contemporary South Africa at the Hayward Gallery, London

The images are stark revealing abandoned spaces. Large horizons inhabited by a solitary figure at the forefront look directly at you capturing the gaze of the photographer. In some pictures derelict buildings or colourful homesteads are portrayed. Most of the images have one thing in common; the vast South African landscapes both urban and rural …

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