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Django Unchained or Tarantino Unrestrained ?

Movie Breakdown with Dr Lez Henry and Brother Hakim

Friday 29 March 3pm to 6pm,

Conference Room, Voluntary Action Islington

200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP

Tube: Kings Cross (5 mins walk)

Entry: £8.00 adults, not suitable for under 16's  Pay on the door, first come first served.

Loved and hated by some people we apply a forensic historical and cultural analysis of this controversial film adding in little known facts about the producers, actors and director to answer the following and more questions.

Is Django a symbol of black male empowerment ?

Why was this fictional film, with a majority black cast so welcomed by Hollywood while the true story of Red Tails, with a majority black cast,  rejected and dismissed ?

What about the actual stories of rebellious slaves ? Do such movies exist ?

What obvious and hidden messages were in the film ?

Dr Lez Henry is an author, cultural critic and communit activist. Brother Hakim 'the Film Doctor', has been researching Hollywood films and presenting breakdowns for several years . Together these 'Street Surgeons' they will bring an unforgettable session of reasoning which includes you the audience. So bring your minds and make sure they are open

 

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African Superheroes Day 

Saturday 30 March  3.00pm to 6.30pm,

Conference Room, Voluntary Action Camden

200a Pentonville Road, 

Tube: Kings Cross (5 mins walk)

Entry: £7.00 Adults, £5 kids  Pay on the door, first come first served.

www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk event

Many  artists are making up for the severe lack of positive images of black people in animated films and comics. We will show the history of black people in cartoons and reveal how African/Caribbean culture is essential to many block buster animations. We also expose stereotyping in some of the most popular cartoons from Disney. This animation festival for 6-60 year olds, will feature a variety of African-themed cartoons which tell tales of; Magical Nigerian women warriors, Anansi the West African Folk Hero, The story of Ogun, and other heroic black men and women. Plus examples of new Superhero cartoons/movies  coming soon !

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The African super heroes session today was great !  My two children really, enjoyed it.  They couldn't wait to get home and watch the DVD, which they did more than once .   It's 8.42am and the first thing all of my children are watching is that DVD I bought from you on Sunday (lol) no joke.   My 14 year old daughter, my 7 year old son and my 3 year old daughter are watching as I e-mail you but I need some more !  My children are hooked on the images and the story lines of all of them.

 

Kehinde Ogunlabi

 

' Surprisingly one of the best set pieces was a breakdown of the use of African culture including our dance and music traditions. The historical narrative provided  was both insightful and entertaining. The width of the section presented was breathtaking from tap dance to capoeira. In closing, guest animators were invited to share details of some of the challenges faced by artists and announce projects in production such as the exciting Anokyes Sword .It is not often a community event makes history. This one, which engaged adult and child alike through the world of animation. African Superheroes Day is a first that should be celebrated, and then repeated

Toyin Agbetu, Director and Author www.ligali.org 

 

 

 

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Sunday 24 February 3pm to 5.45pm Part 1

Sunday 17 March 3pm to 5.45pm Part 2

Cottons Caribbean Restaurant, 70 Exmouth Market, Islington EC1 .Tube: Angel

Pay on the door.  £8.00 First come, first served.

Black History Walks is working with Cottons Caribbean Restaurant to showcase African/Caribbean history and promote excellent African/Caribbean food. Enjoy the best in black cinema, have stimulating debates and  sample the delicious weekend buffet.

Recent Marvel  movies Iron Man, X Men, The Avengers, Spider Man have made megabucks all over the world but black superheroes have been missing in action. Where are they do they even exist ? The first Marvel movie to make over 100 million dollars was Blade this triple black superhero starred in two further sequels each making over 100 million thereby setting the trend for Iron Man etc. Andrew Muhammad the Investigator who has previously deconstructed Avatar and the Matrix will give a race,class and gender analysis into the  Blade movies and an insight into Wesley Snipes afrocentrism and why the US government choose to make an example of him. 

Since 1994 Andrew Muhammad has been conducting Hidden Truth Tours nationwide and internationally to Kemet (Egypt), Tunisia, Ireland and Spain. Andrew Muhammad has also designed what is widely known as the ‘Hidden Truth Movie Breakdown’. This delivery is based on the Chinese proverb that a picture paints a thousand words.

The movie industry has perfected the art of using signs and symbols to convey many hidden truths to a very unsuspecting and susceptible audience. This type of communication was first invented in Kemet (Egypt) and was used throughout their society. Many Hollywood blockbuster films and cartoons such as The Matrix and Lion King contain secrets that will amaze the viewers. More info on Andrew Muhammad here http://www.theinvestigator.org.uk/about.html

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A National Association of Black Saturday Schools www.nabss.org.uk  and Black History Walks www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk production

This event is sponsored by  Birkbeck, University of London

Saturday 3 March 3pm to 6pm. This event will start at 3pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat

Admission free only if booked via Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5286664556/es2003/?rank=1# Donations accepted on the day

Venue: Near Holborn tube see above link

Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series will feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in  an academic setting. 

This lecture features Antoinette Kwegan speaking on how the third sector raises educational achievement and Professor Elizabeth Anionwu on :

  • The real history of Mary Seacole,
  • The facts behind the recent controversy,
  • The status of the statue appeal 
  • The institutional attack on black history and how it can be resisted 

Speakers include:

Antoinette Kwegan, is a Phd student at Queen Mary University researching  the role of the third sector in  raising educational achievement, she is also managing consultant at Genesis Youth and Community Ltd. http://www.gcy.org.uk/

Professor Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu PhD CBE FRCN, was, until her retirement in 2007, the founder and head of the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice (at Thames Valley University, now the University of West London).  Here Elizabeth created the www.maryseacole.com website that is still  hosted by the university and which she still updates. Following her retirement she was awarded the status of Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London. 
Multi-ethnic aspects of nursing and midwifery education and the practice issues of sickle cell and thalassaemia were the drivers in Elizabeth’s nursing and academic career. These areas were chosen because she believed they were not being adequately addressed.  Elizabeth set up the first nurse-led sickle cell/thalassaemia information and counselling centre in Brent in1979 and ran it until 1990. This Centre became the model for many other towns and cities and has recently celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. Elizabeth is renowned for having directly or indirectly trained and mentored many of the specialist nurses, midwives and health visitors working in this area in the UK, as well as advising on the development of similar services in other parts of the UK. There are now over 100 sickle cell and thalassaemia specialist community nurses/ midwives, health visitors and allied health professionals working in more than 40 specialist centres; there are also more than a dozen specialist acute care nurses.
Elizabeth’s influence extends beyond the UK to Africa, Caribbean and other countries worldwide. She was awarded a CBE for services to nursing and honoured with becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN) for developments in multi-ethnic aspects of nursing.  As a Patron of the Sickle Cell Society Elizabeth maintains her commitment to improving the quality of life with those affected by sickle cell conditions. Elizabeth is the author of 'A short history of Mary Seacole' that was published by the Royal College of Nursing in 2005 and is also Vice-Chairperson of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal.  This registered charity is vigorously fundraising for a memorial statue of Mary Seacole to be erected in the grounds of St Thomas' hospital, overlooking the Houses of Parliament.  It will be the first statue to a named Black woman in the UK.  Online donations can me made via http://www.justgiving.com/maryseacolememorial.

 

 

 

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1834 Slavery Compensation: Who got the money ?

Sat  2 March 2pm to 6pm

This event is sponsored by  Birkbeck, University of London, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk, and www.nabss.org.uk

In  1834 when the British  abolished slavery in the Caribbean the  government paid 20 million pounds in compensation to the owners of the enslaved Africans. The Africans got nothing.

Many people have wondered who exactly got that money and what they did with it. Which islands and plantations benefited ? What houses were built ? What institutions were established ? What was the cultural and economic legacy of this massive payout ? Can it be identified and quantified ? A team of scholars from UCL have been researching exactly these questions and more. Over the last 3 years they have collated research on several thousand beneficiaries and  created a searchable, user-friendly  website that covers...

  • Which individuals received monies.
  • How much they received
  • Which houses they lived in
  • What they bought with the money
  • Which cultural/ educational institutions they established or supported with the money
  • What islands/plantations/ individuals in the Caribbean were compensated
  • Exactly how banks and financial institutions used the money to further the needs of empire
  • The role of slave-owners as writers and historians
  • The connections between the compensation,  finance companies and political parties
  • Physical legacies; buildings, statues, parks, docks,railways, bridges, libraries
  • How to use the website to expand your own personal or professional or genealogical research

 

Professor Catherine Hall, Dr Nick Draper, Keith McClelland, Kate Donnington and Rachel Lang  will share their research,  demonstrate how to use the website and take extended questions on both topics


Saturday 2 March 2pm to 6pm. This event will start at 2pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat

Venue: Birkbeck University WC1 E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square side), Tube Holborn/Russel Square,Tottenham Court Road click here for map and to book 

Admission free only if booked via http://slaverycompensationwhogotthemoney-eac2.eventbrite.co.uk/?ebtv=C# online 

If you wish to particpate in the live website demonstration please bring a laptop.

2pm Intro/ welcome 

2.05 About the project/demonstration of how to use site
 
3.0pm Q and A and audience tries out website 
4pm break

 4.20pm Welcome back. Preview of 'Is there a case for Reparation' ? on 10 March

 4.45 2nd set of speakers, specific individuals of note in London and how they used their compensation

5.15 Further questions and answer
5.45 Finish and networking

The Slaveholders of London project http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/project aims to develop the first systematic analysis of the extent and significance of slave-ownership in the formation of modern Britain. Drawing on the census of slave-owners in the British empire created by the Slave Compensation Commission in the 1830s to manage the distribution of the then enormous sum of £20m paid as compensation to slave-owners on the abolition of colonial slavery, the project will comprehensively document the people in nineteenth-century Britain who either owned slaves or otherwise benefited financially from slavery, and examine the different legacies of slave-ownership. A database Encyclopedia of British Slave-Owners will be created which will capture each of the several thousand slave-owners resident in Britain in the 1830s. It will be publicly accessible and act as hub for the local and regional efforts to show the linkages of communities in Britain to slavery.

The project will examine their roles and influence within British society in their lifetimes, and trace their major legacies after their deaths.