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ABFF Global comes to London

The hugely influential American Black Film Festival (ABFF) makes a timely and historic entrance into the UK this month (September 27-29 2019) staging the first installment of its Global Film Series in London. The event, sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). takes place at Picturehouse Central in London’s West End, and is an integral part…

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Black Cultural Archives appoints new Managing Director

Black Cultural Archives (BCA) has appointed Arike Oke as its new Managing Director. Her role will be to drive BCA’s mission to use its unique collection to promote the teaching, learning and understanding of African and Caribbean people’s history and heritage in Britain, as well as leading the strategic development of BCA, delivering against a…

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A Book That Changed my Life | Patrice Lawrence

We all hold memories of books that have sparked our imagination, but is there one special book that has changed your life? We asked the author, Patrice Lawrence to tell us  about a book that had a huge impact on her. Here’s what she shared… Black Looks: Race and Representation by bell hooks The writer who…

Books | Love Unboxed | Placida Acheru

Placida Acheru is the author of Love Unboxed, a collection of personal short stories from 20  women who have shared their ‘Love Journeys; to heal and empower. Placida says “This book is not just about wanting to share our painful stories. Our single desire is that any woman who reads this book will find answers within its pages….

Books: Penny Ann Lonsdale – Labour of Love

Have you ever wanted to write a book?  That’s the dream Penny Ann Lonsdale had and now it has come to fruition with the launch of her self-published novel Labour of Love. The book is a story of family, turmoil and hardship set in the Caribbean and England, it charts the story of Phylis  a young woman, travelling…

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Hidden Figures screening at Rich Mix London

Not had a chance to see the film Hidden Figures yet? Why not join us at this screening at Rich Mix in London on Tuesday 7th March. Hidden Figures is a film based on the incredible untold true story of the brilliant women working at NASA in the 1960s. Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan…

Win tickets to the West End hit show MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

A SOLID GOLD, 100% MASSIVE HIT SHOW. THE IRRESISTIBLE SONGS DELIVER THE BEST NIGHT OUT IN LONDON’ Paul Phear, Smooth Radio Discover the story behind the sound that moved the world. With just $800 borrowed from his family, Berry Gordy founded Motown records and launched the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson…

Nationwide campaign launches to find, mentor and publish new authors from communities under-represented on bookshelves

The UK’s biggest book publisher, Penguin Random House, has joined forces with writer development charities Spread the Word, Writing West Midlands and Commonword to launch WriteNow.  The nationwide initiative aims to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves. WriteNow aims to find exceptional unpublished writers that are under-represented in books and publishing. This includes writers from a socio-economically…

Books| Banana Bottom by Claude McKay

In ‘Banana Bottom’, Claude McKay explores his own version of Pygmalion in the Caribbean island of Jamaica. After enjoying a European education via white missionary benefactors, Bita Plant is returning home. The missionaries, Malcolm and Priscilla Craig, have mapped out Bita’s life completely. She will receive training at the mission in Jubilee; she will serve…

The Quiet Powerhouse | Jennifer G Robinson

A quiet but powerful intensity inhabits Alex Wheatle which is not apparent in his stature. This author of six novels is very passionate about his beliefs; his writing; his books; almost as though they were, children. ‘Black History Month’, that annual necessary evil, has recently come to a close in the UK and Alex has…