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3 Screenings only with Q & A with director Clairemont Chung

Premiere Saturday 11 June  6.00pm-9pm

Kensington Library Theatre

 Phillimore Walk, London W8 7RX

Tube: High St Kensington on District/Circle
Entry: £9.00 in advance £12.00 on the door

Advance tickets here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/120246

 

See trailer here http://www.youtube.com/blackhistorywalks#p/u/6/yF5PHRPe2Kc

A Rod Westmaas and www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk production. Proceeds from the screening to be donated to the Queen's College of Guyana Association (UK) which raises funds throughout the year to enrich the lives and educational experience of current students at the Queen's College of Guyana, Walter Rodney's old school.

 

W.A.R Stories: Walter Anthony Rodney takes a straightforward, chronological approach to Rodney's life in Guyana, Jamaica, Tanzania and England, footage of various physical locations interspersed with interviews of persons who knew and worked with him, as well as his daughter Asha. Michael O. West said that Rodney was under surveillance almost all his adult life and there were also interviews with researchers Horace Campbell and Robert Hill, among others.

Substantial treatment was given to Rodney's political activities in Guyana in the final few years of his life in which he formed the Working People's Alliance. Included in those years was his 1979 trial for arson, along with colleagues, after two government buildings were razed. Robin Small was involved in his defence.

Rodney was killed on June 13, 1980, when a bomb disguised as a walkie talkie, given to him by Sergeant Gregory Smith of the Guyana Defence Force, exploded in a car in which he was being driven by his brother Donald Rodney.

Close to the end of the documentary, there was the all too common testimony of collective amnesia, as it was said "there is so much ignorance in the country. You ask young people about Walter Rodney and they don't know".

Interviews with, Horace Campbell, Ph.D., professor of African-American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; Rupert Roopnaraine, Ph.D., principal of the Critchlow Labor College, Georgetown, Guyana; Clive Thomas, Ph.D., professor of Political Science, University of Alaska Southeast; Issa Shivji, Ph.D., professor of Law, University of Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania;  the late professor Haroub Othman, Ph.D., University of Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania; and the late Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Rex Nettleford, Ph.D., professor of Cultural Studies, University of the West Indies, at Mona, Jamaica. Also included among the list of those interviewed were poets, U.S. poet and playwright Amiri Baraka and Working Peoples Alliance (WPA) member Eusi Kwayana, writers, and activists including, Karen DeSouza and Andaiye, members of the WPA, the political party in Guyana to which Rodney belonged. Manning Marable Malcolm X biographer ,Asha Rodney (daughter) and Donald Rodney (brother)

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Sunday 3rd April 3.00-7.00pm prompt start

 

Venue: to be announced 

Tube:   www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk   

The original 3.5 hour event repeated by popular demand with African Superhero dvds for sale on the day and interviews with animators and directors

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

 

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Next Date Sat 30 July 1-5pm

Secret Hideout near Victoria, send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for secret password and invitation

Admission Adults £6.00 kids £4.00

    

www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk   

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

 

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After the hysteria that greeted Disney's  Princess and Frog, its worth reviewing the presence and state of black characters in childrens movies.

It is quite 'normal' for an African/Caribbean family to pay £8.00 each plus £5.00 for some popcorn  and spend two hours gazing at an fantastic environment where they absolutely do not feature in any way, shape or form. Here's a list of recent kids' movies which seem to be designed as Black People Free Zones (BPFZ)

Tangled, a re-working of Rapunzel, takes place in a society where black people do not exist at all. In How to Tame Your Dragon the only black character in the movie is the dragon. Despicable me is a BPFZ(although there is a black woman in the waiting room) Gnomeo and Juliet yet another  all-white casts. megamindMegamind: there are some black children glimpsed for about 20 seconds in Megaminds nursery and a few  in the crowd scenes. Chronicles of Narnia 3: Voyage of the Dawn Treader there are some scenes with black sailors in the background but most seem to die before the film is over. Previous Narnia films were 100% BPFZ. In fact you are more likely to see; a talking lion/penguin/owl/dog/horse, a  blue big- headed alien, a gnome or a robot  portrayed as hero, than a black person.

Is  there  any animated movie that is full of only black characters, that features no white people at all; that is regularly viewed by all-white audiences who happily pay their money to see a fantastic environment in which they do not see anyone who looks like them ? 

Perhaps this is why Disney's Princess and the Frog was so eagerly embraced. While Disney was applauded for its first ever black princess. There are a few questions to be asked before clapping

  • Why did it take 80 years for them to feature a black princess?
  • Why was their first black princess given a white boyfriend/husband in the original script?
  • Why was she originally portrayed as a maid?
  • Why only after an outcry from the US black community were the two features above changed?
  • Why was the prince changed from a white male to the ethnically ambiguous Naveen from Moldovia as opposed to a definitive black man from a real African country
  •  Why was the supposedly non-white Naveen played by a white man from Brazil?
  • If it was no big deal who her partner was, as love is blind, can Disney list the names of its 80 years of white princesses who have ended up marrying black guys or even ethnically ambiguous Naveen-type characters?  Mulan their only Chinese heroine was given a Chinese partner.
  • Why were the clearly African masks that chased Tianna given such negative characteristics when such masks are an important and positive part of African culture and art?

And, just out of interest, why did they make the Lion King with African animals as opposed to African people ?

Disney is no doubt happy as it made large profits from its Frog Princess while not apologising for its eight decades of racial exclusion, not to mention its years of exploitation of Haitian workers See Disney abuses Haitians video

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C. S Lewis original Narnia books  refer to 'Darkies' who could never go to heaven as they were born bad.  

Disney's recent behaviour evokes Vogue magazine who a couple of years ago issued their first issue with all black models. They were universally praised for their 'brave stance' on the race question while it might have been pertinent to ask Vogue why they had not regularly featured black models in the past 20 years. However this point was studiously ignored. Meanwhile that issue sold out and indeed thousands of  black women went out of their way   to give Vogue their money . Vogue was very happy, improved its bank balance but have there been lots of black models in their magazine since that time?

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How often are these images portrayed?

So back to Disney's Tangled, having made a tokenistic gesture with Tianna things are back to 'normal'. In Tangled a white girl with long, straight, blonde hair is the heroine; her hair is the source of her power and beauty. What effect will this have on little girls with curly African hair that, unlike Cat Deeley's does not 'swish' ? What do black children pick up when they see beautiful fantasy lands where absolutely everyone is white? How would white children feel if the majority of films they viewed on the big screen showed happy African families having adventures in lands where Europeans were totally absent ?

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"Clearly there's always a correlation between the images you are bombarded by and how you feel about yourself," says Dr. Robert Atwell, president of the Association of Black Psychologists, "So you either get presented with images that stimulate your sense of potential or images that ignore you or are negative."

'In the first stage, the Black child absorbs many of the beliefs and values of the dominant white culture, including the idea that it's better to be White. The stereotypes, omissions, and distortions that reinforce notions of white superiority are breathed in by Black children as well as White. Simply as a function of being socialised in a Eurocentric culture, some Black children may begin to value the role models, lifestyles, and images of beauty represented by the dominant group more highly than those of their own cultural group. On the other hand if Black parents are what I call race-conscious - that is  actively seeking to encourage positive racial identity by providing their children with positive cultural images about what it means to be black-the impact of the dominant society's messages are reduced '

From Why are all the Black Kids sitting together in the Cafeteria by Dr Beverly Tatum pg.55

African Superheroes Day takes place on Sat May 21st 2011

 

 

 

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Haiti: Moloch Tropical

 

Saturday 29th January 2011 2pm-5pm

BFI SouthBank

Belvedere Road SE1

Tube: Waterloo.

Tickets £6.40

Box office 0207 928 3232

www.bfi.org.uk     www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
 

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck (Lumumba, Sometimes in April) returns with a haunting film on his home country - Haiti. Peck takes us to a hilltop fortress where the nation’s president is falling apart, buckling under the pressure of civil unrest and the international community’s increasing disapproval. Crafting an almost Shakespearean tragedy in the confines of this isolated citadel, Peck delivers a searing critique of a government corrupted by power and an individual driven mad by it. Completed just months before the devastating January 12, 2010, earthquake, Moloch Tropical explores the ruinous costs of political dysfunction in Haiti.

Screening followed by discussion

If Haiti is to chart a new course as it rebuilds from the earthquake, addressing the political and human rights themes raised in this bracing film will be critical. Human Rights Watch sent a team to Haiti in February 2010 to look at issues of sexual and gender-based violence as well as human rights issues more generally in the delivery of humanitarian aid. Integrating human rights concerns into the relief operations is essential to protecting the well-being of Haitian victims, especially women, children, and other vulnerable groups. http://www.hrw.org/en/americas/haiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BlackHistoryWalks, Nu-Beyond, Positive Mental Attitude Community 
College & Lewisham Black Staff Forum are hosting a series of events to 
mark 30 years of Black resistance and transcendence in the UK. This 
will be tied in with the United Nations declaration that this is the 
Year of People of African Descent, so we have decided to utilise this 
moment to make our collective position known.

Our first event will be The Black People's Day Of Action: Remembered 
30 years On, which takes place at the Civic Suite, Catford, London on 
Wednesday March 2nd (see flier for full details). This will be 
followed by a series of BLAK Friday specials @ The PMACC on the 2nd 
and last Friday of each month throughout the year where the focus will 
be on our local and global struggles against white racism as Afrikan 
people (full details to follow).

We will also be hosting larger events celebrating the outstanding 
achievements of some of the stalwarts in our communities including 
Prof Gus John (May), Mavis Best (TBC), Dame Sybil Phoenix (June) & 
others TBC.
See Below for list of 14 events up to October

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30 Years of Remembrance/Resistance: a series of events organised by community groups to recognise the social, cultural, legal and political significance of the New Cross Fire, The Back Peoples Day of  Action  and the Brixton Uprisings which all took place in 1981. 2011 is also United Nations International Year for People of African Descent. For more details of the events listed below contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. more events to be added, check this page every 10 days


March 2  Wednesday
Black Peoples Day of Action: 30 Years On


Speakers: Professor Gus John, Menelik Shabbaz, Mavis Best, Mia Morris Dr Lez Henry ,Elder Hera Kuti speak on how the march was organised, the day itself and its effect upon Britain plus spoken word and screening of Blood Ah go Run
7-10pm 240 seat, Lewishan Civic Centre, Catford SE6 4RU
Entry: Free

www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk  


March 11  Friday.  (Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
400 Years of Black British Civil Rights:


Speaker: Black History Walks presents interactive audio/visual evidence on the African presence in England  from 1596 onwards and how they fought for equality 7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College, 26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS www.pmacc.co.uk: £8.00 waged, £5.00 Concessions Entry

www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

March 19 Saturday

Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend

 

A brand new documentary on this reggae icon whose political lyrics inspired the black community through the 70’s and 80’s. His African consciousness and Rastafari teachings informed a new generation about Marcus Garvey, Paul Bogle and the spirit of resistance in the struggles against apartheid in Zimbabwe and the Sus laws in Brixton. Produced ny Esther Anderson and Gian Cody 11am-1pm at  BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1.Tickets £7.00. Need to book in advance

www.bfi.org.uk www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk


 
March 25 Friday  (Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
400 Years of Black Women Resistance Fighters
 

International women's day is  8 March 2011
Speaker: Black History Walks presents  45 unheralded  black women from around the world and their contribution to world history. Generals, spies, politicians, ,astronauts, community leaders, women you’ve never heard of are revealed and given their true place in history
7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College,26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS
www.pmacc.co.uk

Entry: £8.00 waged, £5.00 unwaged

www.nubeyond.com www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

 

April 9  Saturday  

Blood Ah Go Run plus Masterclass with Director Menelik Shabbaz


Classic footage  of the Black Peoples Day of Action March 2nd 1981 the biggest political action by African/Caribbean people

there has ever been when 20,000 marched from New Cross to Central London dealing with police brutality and Fleet street journalists that spat on them and gave Nazi salutes. Plus extended interview on grassroots film-making, political activism and the way forward  11am-1pm at 450 seat BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1. Tickets £7.00. Need to book in advance

www.bfi.org.uk www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk


April 9  Saturday 

The Story of Lovers Rock plus Q & A with Menelik Shabbaz

The premiere screening of the only documentary on Lovers Rock. At a time when BBC refused to play reggae on the radio and nightclubs had an open ban on black people, Lovers Rock provided sounds and lyrics to uplift the soul against the oppression. It was the glue that kept the black community alive through decades of official government abuse. Reggae Britannia recently sold out and when the Lovers Rock section came on the crowd went wild . Directed by Menelik Shabbaz   2-5pm at 450 seat BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE. www,bfi.org.uk   Tickets £7.00. Need to book in advance                                                      

 www.bfi.org.uk www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

April 15 Friday (Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
Sound Systems as Cultural  Resistance

Speaker: Dr Lez Henry on how black music was used to inform and liberate in 1980’s Britain. Black people were banned from clubs and black promoters found it hard to get venues. The solution , mobile sound systems which would move around London playing particular beats and lyrics that kept the community alive and informed
7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College,26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS
www.pmacc.co.uk
Entry: £8.00 waged, £5.00 concessions                                                   
www.nubeyond.com www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk


 
April 29th Friday (Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
Topic: The Infinity of black history


Speaker Paul Obinna creator of the 8000 year African timeline www.hogarth-blake.com
7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College,26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS
www.pmacc.co.uk
Entry £8.00 waged, £5.00 unwaged
www.nubeyond.com www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk  



May 13th Friday (Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
30 years of Mental Health  

Speaker: Matilda Macattram Director of Black Mental Health UK www.blackmentalhealth.org.uk on attitudes and realities then and now. Many young black people in the 1980’s were misdiagnosed and sectioned in institutions while overdosed with drugs. Picking or washing rice was seen as mentally deficient at the same time the pressure of dealing with racism  drove some people insane. 7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College, 26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS www.pmacc.co.uk
Entry £8.00 waged, £5.00 unwaged
www.nubeyond.com www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

 

May 27 Friday ( Blak Friday with Nubeyond)
The Haitian Revolution


Speaker: Panyin Aikins on the details, effects and legacy of the revolution. Putting the uprising in its international context of Tunisia in 2011.
7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College, 26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS
www.pmacc.co.uk
Entry £8.00 waged,£5.00 unwaged
www.nubeyond.com,www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

 

June 10 ( Blak Friday with Nubeyond)                                                                  

Soweto Uprising 1976/Brixton Uprisings 1981

Speaker: Dr Kimani Nehusi on youth resistance, reasons and comparisons
7.30-10.30pm Positive Mental Attitude Community College, 26 Admiralty Close, Reginald Square, SE8 4SS
www.pmacc.co.uk
Entry : £8.00 waged, £5.00 unwaged                                                    

www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistoywalks.co.uk

 

June 17 Thursday 

The Sybil Phoenix Story & the Soweto Uprising.

The first black woman to receive an MBE on how she set up the first black youth club (Moonshot) in the 1970’s, which played such an important role in the New Cross Fire response and the Black Peoples Day of Action
Speaker: Sybil Phoenix and others
7-10pm at 240 seat Lewishan Civic Centre, Catford SE6 4RU
Entry : Free                                                                                       
www.nubeyond.com, www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

 

October 2011 Date to be announced

Burning an Illusion 30 years on The classic British film directed by Menelik Shabbaz will be treated to a Gala performance and review with stars from the film reflecting on its impact and comparing life then to life now. Venue 450 seat BFI Southbank. www.bfi.org.uk www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

Further events to be announced. Check this page for details in 10 days time

This initiative is supported by ..

Nubeyond www.nubeyond.com

Positive Mental Attitude Community College www.pmacc.co.uk

Lewisham Black Staff Forum

Nubian Jak www.nubianjak.com

Black History Walks www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

Well Placed Consultancy www.black-history-month.co.uk