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London Metropolitan University is hosting a series of documentary screenings in association with www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk  in honour of Mosiah (Marcus Garvey) month, African Remembrance Day and Pan-African Women’s Day. ( Womens Day was founded as a celebration of the first Pan-African Women’s Conference in Tanzania in 1962. The day is a special occasion to honour the tremendous achievements of African women, and also to advocate for greater gender equality on the continent)

. Every Wednesday in August starting from the 8th, we will have a film or presentation. Previously censored, excluded from the mainstream and forced underground, these documentaries and presentations highlight the political, economic, cultural and social condition of people of African descent.  Free entry to all films/presentations, just send an email   to 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. All events will be hosted by Dr Michelle Asantewa and Black Hisotry Walks and have Question and Answer sessions  

 Symbolic Violence and Images of Black Women. Wednesday 8th August 6.30 to 8.45pm. Room T11-03

 

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This event is about female representation and the black female identity. Dr Nathalie Montlouis shares her doctoral thesis and highlights black women as 'Anansy' in the promotion and diffusion of their own interests by content sharing websites. We will cover..

  • The African Queen
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  • The label of domestic violence
  • The diktat of the 'strong black woman'
  • Religion, make up and long sleeve
  • It's not raining men 

..interactive, with  short videos, photos and rare documents we illustrate and discuss  what it means to be a ''black woman '' in the 21st century. This event is a preview of a major conference on black women titled "Rebellion and Compliance of Womanhood within the African Diaspora" taking place in March 2013 

Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters Wednesday 15th August 2012: 6.30-8.45pm Room: T11-03

 

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How Africans fought back against US slavery.

Black History Month will soon arrive with the usual suspects paraded as heroes. Racists like William Wilberforce will be  held up as paragons of virtue when in fact; he refused to eat in the same room as black people; recommended they be whipped at night to save the planters loss of work during the day; encouraged breeding farms of African people and voted to send 60,000 British  troops to Haiti to reinstall slavery. What's always missing from these such is the voice of the enslaved men and women and what they did to free themselves.This film details how Africans resisted by: open rebellions, running away, the underground railroad, poisoning slavemasters, burning buildings, learning to read, political lobbying and total defiance in the face of torture and death.

It also reveals the extraordinary lengths that white people went to, to suppress black  people's freedom by terrorism, torture, murder, brainwashing, rape and unjust laws which still have an effect to this day 

The Walter Rodney Story Wednesday 15th August 2012: 6.30-8.45pm Room T11-03

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  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  

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

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 are also interviews with researchers Horace Campbell and Robert Hill, among others. 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.

 Black Women and the Aparthied Upisings Wed 29th August  2012: 6.30-8.45pm Room T11-03

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The recent anniversary of the Soweto Uprisings (June 16 1976)  passed unnoticed in most white media.  Black Women played a crucial part in South Africas liberation from Apartheid but like many women freedom fighters in Africa, their role has been under-reported and under-valued.

This presentation, hosted by Dr June Bam-Huchison, will explain the role of African and so-called 'coloured' women in the struggle since the 1950's to 1976. In particular we will cover..

  • Methods of resistance: Not just the gun
  • Beauty as a form of oppression: The role of the dentist
  • Methods of oppression: birth control and experimentation
  • Male female relationships: How does a couple involved in resistance work survive ?
  • Life in prison for men, and what it means for women
  • The role of female sex workers in the struggle
  • Love and Liberation music

Dr June Bam Huchison is a Khoi woman from South Africa and resistance leader who lived through the Soweto Uprisings and survived dragnets and death threats to become a member of  the post-apartheid government. She is the author of Peeping Through the Reeds a semi-autobiographical book of life in South Africa.

More info on book here  http://www.peepingthroughreeds.co.uk/Black  

  

All events take place at London Metropolitan University (Tower Building) 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB

Tube: Holloway Road

Queries and RSVP to Michelle Asantewa Emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NB: Important to register for the screenings.

 

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Walks, Talks and Films on the African history of London all year long

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African Superheroes Day 

Sunday 20 July 3.30pm to 6pm,

Pimlico Academy

Lupus Street, SW1

Tube: Pimlico Victoria line (5 mins walk)

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

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 cartoons from Disney/Pixar etc. 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, Plus examples of new Superhero cartoons  coming out and where you can get them.

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The Black Image 

Friday 20 July 7pm to 9pm,

Pimlico Academy

Lupus Street, SW1

Tube: Pimlico Victoria line (5 mins walk)

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

A very revealing presentation and short films which show how the image of African people has been deliberately altered by Europeans to show negativity. In the 15th century African people were portrayed in European art as noble, sophisticated and dignified. With the rise of Empire these images were thrown out and replaced with demeaning stereotypes which still inform public opinion via children’s books, Hollywood movies and tv adverts. There are many connections between this presentation and How to Brainwash the Youth and make them Act Like Fools, although the  images used are totally different. Previously held at the National Portrait Gallery and Imperial War museum in 2008 to full houses

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Black Women in the Apartheid Uprisings

Thursday 19 July 7pm to 9pm,

Pimlico Academy

Lupus Street, SW1

Tube: Pimlico Victoria line (5 mins walk)

Entry: £6.00  Pay on the door, first come first served.

The recent anniversary of the Soweto Uprisings (June 16 1976)  passed unnoticed in most white media.  Black Women played a crucial part in South Africas liberation from Apartheid but like many women freedom fighters in Africa, their role has been under-reported and under-valued.

This presentation, hosted by Dr June Bam-Huchison, will explain the role of African and so-called 'coloured' women in the struggle since the 1950's to 1976. In particular we will cover..

  • Methods of resistance: Not just the gun
  • Beauty as a form of oppression: The role of the dentist
  • Methods of oppression: birth control and experimentation
  • Male female relationships: How does a couple involved in resistance work survive ?
  • Life in prison for men, and what it means for women
  • The role of female sex workers in the struggle
  • Love and Liberation music

Dr June Bam Huchison is a Khoi woman from South Africa and resistance leader who lived through the Soweto Uprisings and survived dragnets and death threats to become a member of  the post-apartheid government. She is the author of Peeping Through the Reeds a semi-autobiographical book of life in South Africa.

More info and book here  http://www.peepingthroughreeds.co.uk/

 

 

 

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Breast Cancer and Women of African descent.

Plus Q &A

Saturday 10 March  7.00pm to 9.00pm  

Tube: Walthamstow Entry: £5.00 only pay on the door

Register your attendance by email or phone for adress details:      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

or                07958 671 267         or                07956 337 391        . Contribution £5.00

 

 

Black women develop breast cancer two decades earlier than white women, the first UK study looking at the differences suggests.

Researchers found that black patients were diagnosed with breast cancer aged 46 on average while white patients were diagnosed at an average age of 67.

The study, published online in the British Journal of Cancer, involved 102 black British women and 191 white women diagnosed with breast cancer at Homerton University Hospital in Hackney, East London, between 1994 and 2005. Researchers, based at the Institute of Cancer and Cancer Research UK clinical centre at Barts and the London, also found that survival was poorer among black women with smaller tumours.

In addition, their early findings suggest that tumours in the younger black patients were more likely to be aggressive, and a higher proportion of tumours were basal-like - meaning they were less likely to respond to newer types of targeted breast cancer treatments like Herceptin.Study author Dr Rebecca Bowen, said 25 per cent of all breast cancer cases diagnosed in London during the study period were in women aged 45 or younger.However, this figure rose to 45 per cent among the black population in Hackney

 

 
 This presentation on March 10  aims to empower women with information to help defeat breast cancer. Peviously delivered at the Science museum, it will cover: 
* The reality of risk rates for black women; how white women skew the risk indicators
* 5 steps you can take to reduce your risk , 
* How not breast feeding can increase your risk
* What food and lifestyles increase liability
* The signs that ensure early detection.
* The experience of Black women within the health system
* How such information is made difficult to access (there has only ever been one study on how cancer affects black women in  the UK)