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26Aug

SCENE 3 REVELATIONS Saturday 11:30pm (Living room, ADE and REMI have just come back to the house from WOLE and DUPE’S naming ceremony. MAMA and SHOLA are asleep upstairs) REMI: I’m sure they got tired waiting up. ADE: Shola loves his beauty sleep, always the first to go to bed when we were kids. (Goes […]






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25Aug

SCENE 1 THE ARRIVAL Thursday 3pm (A three bedroom Maisonette in Thamesmead South East London, the living room is furnished with two settees, a television stand with a VCR and DVD player. A raffia mat hangs on the left side of the living room with two canvas paintings of ADE and REMI’S wedding on the […]






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20Aug

The first time I met Gbemisola Ikumelo, she was 25, working on the production, Life On The Stairs, a play which explored the issues of knife crime in London. Since then she has gone on to bigger and better things. In 2008, she worked with Tiata Fahodzi as an assistant director and in 2009, was […]






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18Aug

Ashok Viswanathan is co-founder and deputy coordinator of OBV. In his own words, he explains why Britain’s ethnic minorities must and need to participate in the political process of the nation. Belinda: In comparison to the African American experience where politics is concerned, how much work does the Black British community of Britain still need […]






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17Aug

Ride on Sista! I will not belittle the content of this video by adding more. Selah!






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16Aug

  Woke up this morning Wondering about you and your place in life I thought about your heart And felt your pain The one you will feel when words come at you At a speed so fast, hit you unawares And leave you reeling for you did not see them coming Words, the kind that […]






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12Aug

Lee Jasper is a political commentator and a leading campaigner for social justice and race equality. He was a Senior Policy Advisor on Equalities for the former Mayor of Greater London and was recently awarded the 2010 Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution in the fight for race equality in the UK […]






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11Aug

Lee Jasper is a political commentator and a leading campaigner for social justice and race equality. He was a Senior Policy Advisor on Equalities for the former Mayor of Greater London and was recently awarded the 2010 Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution in the fight for race equality in the UK […]






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10Aug

Matilda MacAttram is one of the leading figures addressing the issue of mental health within the African-Caribbean community. She is the founder and director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK.) Launched in 2006, BMH UK campaigns to raise awareness about the inequality of mental health treatment provided to black communities. In part II of […]






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9Aug

Matilda MacAttram is one of the leading figures addressing the issue of mental health within the African-Caribbean community. She is the founder and director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK.) Launched in August 2006, BMH UK campaigns to raise awareness about the inequality of mental health treatment provided to black communities. In her own […]






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6Aug

The figures sound scary. The question is, what should be done to stop it getting higher and of course, in what ways can the government continue helping those already infected?






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6Aug

I understand tribal marks are dying out in Nigeria, I hope they do die out and never come back. All I need to do is remember when my face was being brutalised by that razor blade and I have no issues saying, so long to facial tribal marks. I mean, what’s with the shark drawn […]






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6Aug

It is always a joy to read a book about African society, folktales, cultures and traditions aimed at children. This is what Tofi’s Fire Dance, achieves as it shows a group of African children in a healthy environment as they listen to their great, great grandmother pass their family history down to them. Gogo Tofi […]






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5Aug

Andre Brink unearths memories of his childhood, young adult years and the shock awakening about the levels of deep rooted divisions based on race during the apartheid era of South Africa. Brink, who is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed authors, leaves no stones unturned in this personal memoir, which serves as a lens into […]






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5Aug

I saw this story on CNN two days ago and it brought tears to my eyes.  It simply shows the power of a big heart and the difference one phone call makes. It would be silly of me to tell you the story of Sibahle Tshibika all over. Its all in the video, watch it […]






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4Aug

The name Chinua Achebe resonates around the world for his work of literature. His debut novel, Things Fall Apart, has remained a jewel of African literature for over 50 years.  The Education of A British-Protected Child is a collection of profound and mind stimulating essays in which Achebe reflects on the different experiences he has […]






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