Breast Cancer and Women of African descent.
Plus Q &A with Sister Abi and Marina a Breast Cancer Survivor
Thursday 12 May 7.00pm to 9.00pm (arrive early)
Science Museums Dana Centre 165 Queens Gate, London SW5:
Tube: South Kensington/Gloucester Roadon District/Circle.Piccadilly line
Entry: Free only if you book in advance over 18's only
The Dana Centre and café are licensed premises open only to those aged 18 or over. Arrive early to enjoy a wide variety of delicious food and drink in our air-conditioned d.café.
This presentation by Sister Abi aims to empower women with information to help defeat breast cancer. It will cover:
Sister Abi holds a first degree in Medical Bio-chemistry, a masters in Clinical bio-chemistry and is pursuing another masters in Public Health. She is currently Programme Manager for an infomatics project for a major cancer charity. She has been featured on Colourful Radio and will be in the next edition of the New African Woman magazine for her cancer prevention work
Medical Apartheid: European Experiments on African Bodies 1810-2010
Friday 20th May 7.00pm-10.00pm
Admission : £5.00 first come first served This is a small venue (40 seats) be on time to get one. Bring pen and pad
A review of the scientific experiments and research performed on black
people to refine various drugs and medical treatments for use with white people
This presentation will draw on Harriet Washington's book of the same name, various
documentation from World Wars 1/2, Aboriginal history, Vietnam, US Prisons and Porton Down.
It will cover:
*Radioactive People: North Africa and the Pacific
*Birth and Crowd Control: The South African Solution, Project Coast
*National Security Memorandum 200
*Vic Mackie and Congressional Inquiries
*The 'War on Drugs', Haiti and Jamaica
*The Mau Mau, Kenya and the Brixton Riots
Next Date Sat 21st May 3-6pm
Admission Adults £7.00. Under 15 £5.00
African Superhero dvds for sale on the day
African Superheroes: Many artists are making up for the severe lack of positive images of black people in animated films and comics. 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 Oshun, Teenage black superheroes and more
Extract from review by Toyin Agbetu of Ligali.
'..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 and African Superheroes Day is a first that should be celebrated, and then repeated
African Animations Forum
Sunday 29th May 3.30-6pm
At Secret Hideout near London Bridge
Tickets £7.00 Adults £5.00 under 15's
Send e-mail with number in group to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive password and locator spell
This is different from African Superheroes Day as there is no analysis just non-stop cartoons that could not fit into African Superheroes day. Plus Q and A, a black history quiz and interview with directors/producers. Educational and fun cartoons include:
Afroman: Kwame lives in New York but has been given superpowers by the ancient Egyptian Auset. He has to recharge his superpowers by studying history and must use them to fight the Media Monster
Bino and Fino: produced in Nigeria this brother and sister live in the city and find out about colonialism, african food and culture in their adventures.
Anansi the spider gets into trouble after betting the Elephant that he's stronger, plus 6 other cartoons from all over the world. Plus 6 more African made cartoons
In commemoration of the “ United Nations International Year of People of African Descent” London Metropolitan University is hosting a series of documentary screenings in association with Black History Walks. The UN declaration states that the year “aims to strengthen international, national and regional cooperation to benefit the people of African descent, and to recognize and promote their political, economic, social and cultural contributions from their diverse heritage and culture.” http://www.un.org/en/events/iypad2011/
Previously censored, excluded from the mainstream and forced underground, these documentaries highlight the political, economic, cultural and social condition of people of African descent. Free entry to all films
I Heard it Through the Grapevine
A highly personal film essay, written by James Baldwin, about who and what survived the Civil Rights movement. It features Baldwin, his brother David, Chinua Achebe, Fanni Lou Hamer, Amiri Baraka, and other friends Baldwin made through the 60s. On his journey he compares the strategies and tactics used by the black community in the 60s to see what worked and didn’t work with surprising results and revelations.
See video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VlUc2xxBlo
Thursday 5th May 2011: 6.30-8.30pm
Ghosts of Rwanda
Multi award winning history of the international response to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Whether you've seen or missed Hotel Rwanda this film presents a comprehensive understanding of the Rwandan genocide and the links between Somalia, Rwanda, Sudan and racism at the United Nations. The film also highlights African heroes such as the Senegalese peacekeeper Captain Mbaye Diagne who saved countless lives by repeatedly driving into enemy lines to rescue people. The genocide began on April 6th 1994 and went on for 100 days.
“Ghosts of Rwanda has the scope and the dramatic immediacy of an epic mini-series, such as Herman Wouk's War & Remembrance. What makes it bearable to watch, despite scenes that recall Nazi death camps, and bearable to contemplate, despite widespread evidence of moral dereliction are the acts of humanitarianism and heroism documented. ... Ghosts of Rwanda is almost as humbling as it is horrifying." Newsday.
See video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVtN99_f4dE
Thursday 12th May 2011: 6.30-8.30pm
In The Land of the Free
Directed by Vadim Jean this film examines the story of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King, known as the Angola 3. Together they have spent almost a century in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Herman and Albert are still held in solitary confinement after thirty seven years. Narrated by Samuel L Jackson and featuring Robert King, now campaigning to free Wallace and Woodfox, the documentary questions how this abuse of Human Rights could still exist in America today.
See video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U5JMs0LvBo
Thursday 19th May 2011: 6.30-8.30pm
The Murder of Fred Hampton
Black Panther Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton was one of the most charismatic and inspirational leaders in the USA. He organised free breakfasts for poor children and negotiated a peace deal between 6 different Chicago gangs who then used their members to help the community. The FBI and Chicago Police Department organised his assassination by paying an informer to drug him and draw a layout of his bedroom before arranging a police raid. Dismissed at the time as a 'conspiracy theory' this rare documentary uses government records and police informers to show how the American government murdered civil rights activists. See video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks7Qzfel4nE
Thursday 26th May 2011: 6.30-8.30pm
London Metropolitan University (Tower Building) 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB
Tube: Holloway Road
NB: Important to register for the screenings.
Walks, Talks and Films on the African history of London all year long