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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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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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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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The Hostile Environment – Olusoga Uncovers a Policy Seventy Years in the Making

If you are a fan of historian David Olusoga’s work, you will have watched the documentary The Unwanted Secret Windrush Files which aired on BBC 1 on 24th June. The film was previewed at the Southbank Centre the night before in front of a packed auditorium. Frank discussions were held after the screening between Olusoga himself, …

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Putting on The Glitz for Nollywood Premier “Victims Love Games”

  A review by Mercy Francis. Nollywood premier “Victims Love Games”, written, directed and produced by Helen Surtees, a nurse by profession working in the industry for 32 years, is based on her own true life story. The multi-talented Surtees, who also found time to act in her own movie said she was keen to …

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Celebrations on Africa Day with 9th Anniversary of Zim Achievers Awards

It was the 9th anniversary of Zim Achievers Awards, held at the beautiful Gloucester millennium Hotel in London. This was a celebration of successful Zimbabweans in the diaspora from across the country who had made a mark in their fields. The red carpet affair happened to fall on Africa day on 25th May so a …

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Ms Angela Davis- Still Unchanged and Carrying the Banner of Social Justice

Review by JD Douglas Angela Davis was the guest speaker on International Women’s Day at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Her audience came from far afield, filling the 2,500 venue. They were there to witness a cultural icon, a one-off, a centre piece of America’s history. To narrow her acclaim only to America and …

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Don’t Give Up; Become Extraordinary says Best Selling Author Angie Thomas at the Southbank Centre

Review by Mercy Francis The Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre was packed. Both young and old listening with much anticipation as best- selling author Angie Thomas conversed with interviewer, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuf, over the history behind her first book ‘The Hate U Give.’ She spoke on how the book mirrors her own life and …

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JD Douglas meets Marlon James at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Marlon James was in conversation with Ekow Eshun at the Southbank Centre, 25th February 2019 Marlon James walked on stage with the casualness of entering a private green room. The main event had arrived with ease and in the most unassuming manner. He sat without looking out and it would be another two minutes before …

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