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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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Reliving Art through the Art Poems of Amanda Holiday

Visual artist Amanda Holiday is constantly reinventing herself. Followers of Diversity Business will recognise her name and work from the ‘Creative Goddessess from the African Diaspora Series in which she described herself as a Creative Polymath (see link) https://diversitybusinesspromotes.uk/amanda-holiday . In this recorded interview, Amanda talks about the works of art that have inspired her new collection of poems, …

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Black Heroes of Kent – An Evening of Pure Joy and Edutainment.

There are shows that you prepare to review, genuinely not knowing what to expect.  Then you appear at the venue, and you see Joseph Marcell, the Shakespearian actor and his wife. He of course is better known for his role as Geoffrey in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. A few seats away, from Marcell …

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JD Douglas – A Man for All Seasons Puts the Finishing Touches to ‘Black Heroes of Kent’.

  On the eve of the world premiere of the stage production Black Heroes of Kent, Diversity Business Magazine caught up with its creator and director. Over the years this magazine has carried many articles on the man for all seasons. Articles on his first world lecture and reviews and previews of his production A …

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