** BREAKING NEWS ** FREE AT LAST! The first member of a group of black radicals known as the ‘Move Nine’ incarcerated unjustly for almost 40 years has been released from prison

Debbie Sims Africa, 61, walked free from Cambridge Springs prison in Pennsylvania on Saturday, having been granted parole. She was 22 when with her co-defendants she was arrested and sentenced to 30 to 100 years for the shooting death of officer James Ramp during a police siege of the group’s communal home on 8 August…

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“Secrets of Soho” by Black History Walk

Saturday 21st July 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM @ Soho, London (meeting point TBC) Discover 2000 years of London’s Black History! As featured in USA Today This special walk delves deep into African – Caribbean history between Soho Square and Russell Square in London. The walk will feature the following topics: Ancient African civilisations…

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“That’s What She Said” feat. Siana Banura

Wednesday 27th June 2018, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM @ The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH “The biggest spoken word night in London for women” (Evening Standard) is back for a rabble rousing 2018! Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards, 2017), ‘That’s What She Said‘ showcases the…

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‘Cultural Compounds: Is African Identity Lost in Translation?’

Saturday 7th July 2018, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM @ City University, London WC1H 0XG Cultural Compounds is a series of one day symposiums to explore how the cultural and the personal conditions of African diasporic society, relate to current practices and theories, our knowledge of the past and contribute to our aspirations for the…

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“Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century”

Thursday 26th July 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ Level 6, Foyles Book Shop, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT Reclaim ‘Radicalism!’ – as author and educator Kehinde Andrews sits down with writer and blogger Mina Salami Tracing the history of the Black radical tradition—from its origins as resistance to slavery through the Black…

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New Work: Onyeka Igwe – ‘No Dance, No Palaver’

Thursday 5th July 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ LUX, Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF ‘No Dance, No Palaver’ is the culmination of Onyeka’s research into the Aba Women’s War of 1929. All the films use the first anti-colonial uprising in Nigeria led by an all woman army, as a entry point to experiment…

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BBC 4 “Africa: A Journey into Music” June 2018 – Web Series

A documentary series exploring the musical traditions of African countries and their influence on popular music. Rita Ray travels to 3 countries in search of ancient musical traditions. Nigeria – to explore the importance of rhythm in the music – DJ and broadcaster Rita Ray travels to Nigeria, home of some of the most influential…

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UNMISSABLE: “Rapport Festival – The unique African arts festival returns to Brixton!

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th June 2018: various times, Brixton, South London With just one week to go, the streets, squares, cinemas and playgrounds of Brixton will be brought to life by the Rapport Festival. Founded in 2017, the festival will once more showcase the very best of African diaspora art in the UK in the…

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Guardian Live “GRENFELL TOWER: ONE YEAR ON” Panel Discussion & Documentary Screening

Thursday 28th June 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1 9GU When Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey block of public housing flats in North Kensington, erupted into flames on 14 June last year, it immediately became a symbol – and indictment – of housing and economic…

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“BLACK WOMEN IN AFROS” by Code Ébène

Thursday 28th June 2018, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2 1EF Where is your Afro? Is it standing tall or hidden low? Are you inspired or underwhelmed by the Natural Hair Movement? Perhaps you haven’t had an Afro since you were a child. How might you…

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** 3 DAYS TO GO ** “AFRICA STORIES: CHANGING PERCEPTIONS”

Tuesday 12th June 2018, 09:00 AM – 5:30 PM @ Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, UCL Wilkins Main Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT Think you know Africa? Think again.   Climate change, human rights abuses, mass migration, pandemics, economic chaos…the list goes on. All these problems have grown too big and…

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“9th ANNUAL YORUBA ARTS FESTIVAL”

Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd July 2018, 12:00 PM –9:00 PM @ Clissold Park, Green Lanes, London N16 9EY Founded in 2010, the annual Yoruba Arts Festival celebrates the rich and diverse arts and culture of one of Africa’s largest and oldest cultures.   The festival features cultural performances, arts and crafts, workshops, competitions, children’s…

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Exhibition: ‘SOUTH AFRICAN MOMENTS’ by Lucy Abraham

Monday 30th July – Sunday 5th August 2018 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM @ 54 The Gallery, 54 Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QX   The exhibition will capture the vitality of life in contemporary South Africa. Erina’s vivid and colourful paintings depict sunny South Africa and its rainbow nation, drawing inspiration from the beauty…

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‘HEART OF THE RACE: BOOK LAUNCH’

Friday 27th July 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2 1EF   To celebrate the republication of ‘Heart of the Race‘, first published in 1985, Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe will be discussing their seminal book about the collective experience of black women in Britain, and…

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“BLACK PROFESSIONAL’S LONDON NETWORKING PARTY”

Friday 6th July 2018, 6:30 PM – LATE! @ Sway Bar, 61-65 Great Queens St, London WC2B 5BZ #CityNights is an exclusive networking event set in the heart of London. Attracting high flying young professionals; we bring the city’s top talent and entrepreneurs together for an evening of socialising and partying. Format: We will be mixing…

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Curators Talk ‘Family Ties: The Adamah Papers’ by Black Cultural Archives

Thursday 12th July 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ 1 Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2 1EF ‘Family Ties Curators Talk‘ – Natalie Fiawoo shares insight into her journey curating this new exhibition, which gives you an insight into what life was like in 1885 to 1950s Ghana; and how a British-Ghanaian family from east London rediscovered their…

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‘Arrival’: Celebrating Windrush and the Communities who Followed

Saturday 30th June 2018 @ City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA Arrival: celebrating Windrush and the communities who followed. City Hall will host a free event to bring the story of ‘arrival in London’ to life. There will be talks, music, workshops, film screenings and installations. The day will honour the Windrush generation and…

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‘Black Christianity and Social Justice: Tools for Social Change’ by Dr. Robert Beckford

Saturday 30th June 2018, 11:00 AM – 15:00 PM @ London South East Colleges, Greenwich, 95 Plumstead Road London SE18 7DQ Three interactive talks on how to re-read the Bible, politicise the mission of Jesus and empower black Christians to engage in social justice matters in Britain.

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‘Heritage and Identity’ by The University of Westminster School of Architecture and Cities

Friday 29th June 2018, 12:00 – 7:00 PM @ University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road London, NW1 5LS With the revisiting of Britain’s colonial and slave-trading history, for example, there is growing awareness that heritage is contested and that we may just be entering foothills of cultural decolonisation. Heritage, thus, could be central to negotiating difference and diversity; it is…

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‘The Conflict Resolution Strategies of President Olusegun Obasanjo’

Saturday 23rd June 2018, 6:00 PM – 11:30 PM @ The Chelsea Bridge Hotel, 354 Queenstown Road, London SW11 8AE In partnership with the Nigerian High Commission and the African Leadership Forum, the Eminent Nigerian Series (an initiative of the Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit) will be launching the 3rd volume of the “Eminent Nigerian Series (ENS)” and a…

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** 2 DAYS TO GO ** BUFF original film ‘No Shade’: Screening and forum discussion hosted by Black Cultural Archives

Friday 8th June 8 2018, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton SW2 1EF London After 13 years of bringing the best of urban independent cinema to a wider audience, the British Urban Film Festival takes things to the next level with the announcement of their first original production as part…

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‘Ancient Africans in Europe, Asia & America – June 2018 Tour’

Sunday 17th June 2018, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM @ The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG The concept of “race” is a European invention, yet when it comes to identifying the ethnicity of the first humans and civilisations, European scientists and institutions claim not to recognise “race” and attribute the founders of…

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‘ASSETS OR NET WORTH?’: History & Wealth Mastery Lecture with Robin Walker

Tuesday 19th June 2018, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, Brentfield, London NW10 0RG This empowering workshop will teach you your history. It will also show you how to practically use the lessons learned from that history to financially empower yourself and the Community through personal development, money management, business…

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THE ULTIMATE DAY OF INDULGENCE: “The 2018 CurlyTreats Festival” – The UK’s Biggest Natural Hair & Beauty Event!

CurlyTreats Festival London 2018 is the ultimate one-day event focused on all things natural hair, beauty and wellness. Known as the UK’s leading event of its kind, this is a day of empowerment, entertainment and influence at its best. Packed with vendors, seminars, interactive workshops, live features and expert speakers.

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‘BlackWoman 2018 – The Inauguration’ 

Saturday 23rd June 2018, 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM @ COS, 146 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4BY BlackWoman will showcase the best of four emerging designers and 20 models with Catwalk Shows, Human Rights Presentations, and Cultural Debates. BlackWoman will be a glossy, crowd-pulling experience where young, edgy designers will showcase their next-generation cool, with art-world…

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