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Heralding a New Era of Growth and Prosperity for Black Businesses

Opinion and Review by Mercy Gilbert. Promoting excellence in black businesses is now needed more than ever. In a year when being Black and male attracted heightened attention, after the death of George Floyd made global headlines and sparked a sense of solidarity within Black communities to promote each other and support black businesses. The …

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Deconstructing The Purpose of Power By Alicia Garza, Co-Creator of Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza , the Co-Creator of the Black Lives Matter movement wrote her new book ‘The Purpose of Power’ to give her followers an insiders view of how to make change happen.  “People only see the protests,” she said in an online interview with radio presenter Leah Davis, screened as part of the Southbank Centre’s …

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A Round Table of Excellence at the Empowered Men’s Circle Conference

Singing with one voice, the chorus of the day was made loud and clear by each Speaker at the ‘Empowered Men’s Circle’ online event called Unlocking Potential – Impacting Lives.’ The rallying cry, which became the theme, was for greater collaboration and unity to overcome the multiple challenges faced by young black men in the …

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Living without Stigma – A Woman’s Fight to Gain Equality and Inclusion as a Neuro Diverse Person

By Sam Rapp I never knew I was dyslexic. I didn’t even know what the word meant let alone, how to spell it as I was growing up. It means difficult in Greek. It is a condition that affects reading, writing, spelling. It is also life long, with no cure and about 1 in 10 …

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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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