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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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Diversity House ‘Breaking the Myth’ Project Closes with Book Launch

The ‘Breaking the Myths’ exhibition and dissemination event hosted by Diversity House at the Royal Overseas House on 24th October in London turned out to be a fitting occasion to close the two year project. Created to promote awareness of the contribution of Africans in World War One, the exhibition displayed the vast amounts of …

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Making History at Black History Month in Parliament.

Amongst the wealth of activities scheduled during Black History Month, was one in particular which may not have garnered the headlines but was no less significant. The event was held at Parliament on Thursday 25th October and coordinated by the well-connected Mercy Gilbert Francis, an active member of the Operation Black Vote team and a …

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Grenfell as Seen Through the Artistic Eye of Damel Carayol

As a young musician, Damel Carayol achieved fame and recognition for his songwriting abilities, soulful tunes and smooth vocals. During the eighties and nineties, he toured and performed the breadth of the British music scene with his Band Clique and other successful funk/soul/reggae outfits like Soul II Soul. He even appeared on stage with the …

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