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Say It With Your Work

I found this great adaptation image on the exittheapple website, and I loved it so much I’m posting it here.

This image sums up my motivation for getting into creative endeavours of film, photography and writing etc in the first place, (see my work at website – click here), and it’s a great reminder.

As KRS One said, “Use your gift to uplift.... read more »

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Introduction to ’12 Years a Slave’, The Watershed – 28.1.14

[Below is a written up version of what was spoken from the head, rather than recited from a script.
Introduction given at The Watershed, Bristol, 28 January 2014, 5.30pm] ... read more »

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Black Nerd Bullet Points

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Black History in Wiltshire symposium

Last week I was honoured to Chair (and speak at) the ‘Black History in Wiltshire’ symposium in East Tytherton.

The earliest known record of a person strongly suspected of being an African living in Wiltshire is 1586, Maria Mandula (described in the records as “Stranger, Aethiops”) living in Calne. (Ref – Terry Bracher) ... read more »

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Chapter in new book ‘Slavery and the British Country House’

Proud to see this book arrive, ‘Slavery and the British Country House’, published by English Heritage, which includes a chapter by me and Rob Mitchell. Book edited by Madge Dresser. The book is full of insights into how the finances from the slave trade built the aristocracy and the legacies still visible in the British landscape.

Link to Amazon here. ... read more »

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40th anniversary of Hip Hop culture

40th anniversary of Hip Hop culture today, which gave birth to MCing, break dancing (and related dance styles) and graffiti art. It’s been quite a journey so far, containing the good, the bad and the ugly.

Hip Hop gave me my first independent moment(s) of constructive focus as a teenager, inspiring me to be creative. Thanks for the good times, looking forward to many more.

Yours sincerely, An aging BBoy ... read more »

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Dr Trayvon Martin

I’m 41 years old, have a PhD, PG Cert and a BA (Hons) First degree, am married with children and a mortgage, and I am Trayvon Marton.

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Gary Younge’s article about the disgusting Zimmerman verdict, ...

Article removed “pending investigation”. Here’s the full text:

Let it be noted that on this day, Saturday 13 July 2013, it was still deemed legal in the US to chase and then shoot dead an unarmed young black man on his way home from the store because you didn’t like the look of him. ... read more »

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To Post or not to Post

Today’s meditation: ... read more »

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Where can young people go for refuge? (Open letter to the Principle ...

Courtni Webb, one of your 17 year old high school students, is now facing the possibility of being expelled from your school after writing a poem about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the poem Courtni wrote she understood why someone like Adam Lanza might do what he did. She wasn’t agreeing with it, but in her poem said she understood the oppression in society that could cause such a tragedy. ... read more »