EXCLUSIVE: ‘KING IN CONCERT – THE MUSICAL’ BY MARTIN SMITH: starring Sharon D. Clarke and Cedric Neal – performed by London Musical Theatre Orchestra

Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July 2018 @ The Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ   A new concert staging of King, the musical about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, is to open at Hackney Empire, in the 50th anniversary year of the legend’s death. This year marks 50 years since…

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‘BBC RADIO 4 will broadcast the first radio dramatisations of Maya Angelou’s autobiographies to mark her 90th birthday year’

Starting on June 18 2018, with ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings‘, the dramas will feature three “Maya Angelou’s” at different stages in her life, beginning in childhood with Indie Gjesdal playing the young Angelou and continuing with Pippa Bennett-Warner playing the adult Angelou. Angelou’s remarkable works have been dramatised by award-winning playwrights Patricia Cumper, Janice Okoh and Winsome Pinnock. NB: please…

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‘UK African Enterprise Excellence Awards’ 2018

23rd June 2018, 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ The International Convention Centre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA Celebrating excellence in entrepreneurship, thought leadership, business innovation and cultural creativity The Awards aim to celebrate the achievements of outstanding and successful African businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals in the UK. The Awards gives nominees the chance to…

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‘Exhume Those Stories: Dramatising African-British Historical Figures’ with Phillis Wheatley and John Blanke, by Greenwich Book Festival

Saturday 16th June 2018, 3.30 PM – 5:00 PM @ University of Greenwich, Council Room, Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS “You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place and that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, what…

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‘Racism, Gender Violence and the Build up of a Prison Nation: The Case for For Feminist Abolition Politics’ by Birbeck School of Law

Wednesday 20th June 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ Room B34, Birkbeck University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury London WC1E 7HX The Department of Criminology at Birbeck is pleased to welcome Dr. Beth Richie to give our annual criminology public lecture. Dr Richie’s presentation will focus on the ways that gender violence, systemic racism and criminalisation interact to…

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‘Radiate Windrush 2 Day Festival’ by Wanda Nation

 Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018. 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Crystal Palace Park, Anerley Hill, London SE19 2GA   Wanda Nation presents ‘Radiate Windrush Festival‘, a friendly cosmopolitan Black Culture and Afro Arts community event. It has been created to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Windrush and to appreciate the Black…

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Dr Sadiah Qureshi ‘There is Black in the Union Jack: Britain’s Forgotten History’ by the IF Project

Thursday 21st June 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM @ St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9P   Dr. Sadiah Qureshi’s lecture is the second of three ‘Summer lectures on Inequality’ from The IF Project. Dr. Qureshi is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at The University of Birmingham. Her research explores the ways in…

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Social Commentary No.15 ‘We been Royal’

What are your honest views about the royal wedding? Many are excited, ecstatic and eager to see what the future holds for Meghan and Harry in this so called ‘post-racial society’. Personally, I wish we would honour our own African Queens from our homelands, such as: Queen Aminatu Makeda, Queen of Sheba Queen Nefertiti Queen…

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‘Love Hour + Real Comedians of Social Media’ by KevOnStage

Saturday June 30th 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM @ Elim Church Leytonstone, Hainault Road, London E11 1EL ‘Love Hour’ (Relationship Seminar) 6 – 7:30 PM ‘The Love Hour’ is a live discussion on love, relationships, and happiness. Based on the podcast “The Love Hour” Kevin and Melissa Fredericks will spend an hour and half talking about…

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‘AFRICA WRITES 2018’ BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ROYAL AFRICAN SOCIETY: FRIDAY 29TH JUNE – SUNDAY 1ST JULY @ THE BRITISH LIBRARY AND RICH MIX, LONDON

Africa Writes returns for an exciting summer weekend celebrating the best of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora. We’re excited to announce our headline events for the festival, where poetry takes the spotlight with Warsan Shire in Conversation, Yomi Sode’s sizzling performance of ‘COAT’ at The British Library and Octavia Poetry Collective’s Wakanda-themed party…

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‘Angie Thomas and Patrick Ness in Conversation’ by Greenwich Book Festival

Saturday 16th June 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM @ University of Greenwich, Queen Mary Building, Queen Mary Undercroft, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS Greenwich Book Festival is beyond excited to be hosting two of the biggest international stars of YA, in South-East London. Angie Thomas is the Carnegie-nominated, 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book…

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#LondonTechWeek – ‘Black Women In Innovation’ by WCAN (Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network)

Friday 15th June 2018, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Google London, 1-13 St Giles High St, London WC2H 8AG   WCAN are excited to present ‘Black Women in Innovation‘ hosted by the Black Googler’s Network at Google London. Join us for an evening celebrating black women in tech and entrepreneurship!    You will get a chance to be…

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“Reel Black Lives Matter: African Diaspora focused Documentaries” by Rapport Festival

 Saturday 16th June 2018, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM @ Whirled Cinema, 259-260 Hardess Street, Loughborough Junction, London SE24 0HN Rapport Festival returns to Brixton for its second year. We present a weekend of African Diaspora films (15th -17th June). International films focused on the real lives, experiences, and perspectives of Africans in Africa and the…

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‘G.I.R.L. Xhibition’ by Aisha Kigwalilo

 Saturday 16th June 2018, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3AP   The Africa-UK Young Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Movement, TuWezeshe Akina Dada presents to you G.I.R.L. Xhibition – A collaborative art exhibition showcasing young up and coming artists through the representation and celebration of black female individuality.…

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“The World We Want: Prison Abolition, Gender, Racial & Economic Justice”

Friday 15th June 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ The School of Law, Birkbeck University, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, Bloomsbury London WC1E 7JL Join us for the public launch event of Abolitionist Futures: Building Social Justice Not Criminal Justice, the 2018 International Conference on ‘Penal Abolition’. We are excited to host Beth Richie,…

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“Jamaican Cookery Course” by Black Cultural Archives

Friday 8th June – Saturday 23rd June 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ 1 Windrush Square, Brixton London SW2 1EF In tribute to the rich cuisine Caribbean culture brought to the UK during the Windrush era, we are offering a three-day taster course of live demonstrations teaching you how to prepare and cook authentic…

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“Love it or Leave it – your guide to finding true work happiness” A Guardian Masterclass with Samantha Clarke

Wednesday 23rd may 2018, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM @ The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, Islington London N1 9GU Are you happy in your job? Thinking about a career change, but are yet to take the leap? Worried you might be throwing away your years of experience or training? Various factors, such as…

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‘Voices of Young African Women’ by Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel

Friday 25th May 2018, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 4 Merches Places, Cardiff CF11 6RD ‘Voices of Young African Women‘ is all about developing young African women as leaders of tomorrow and celebrating diverse African cultures in Wales. To celebrate Africa Day, the event led by Tuwezeshe fellows from Wales will bring to…

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SIXTEEN BLACK AND MIXED RACE ACTRESSES STAGED A GLAMOROUS RED CARPET PROTEST AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL WEDNESDAY (MAY 16) TO DENOUNCE EVERYDAY RACISM IN THE FRENCH INDUSTRY.

Led by “Bamako” star Aissa Maiga, they were also launched their new book Being black is not my job (Noire n’est pas mon metier), denouncing the prejudice they have suffered from directors and casting agents. But the heavens opened as they stepped out onto the red carpet from their cars wearing spectacular gowns by Balmain’s…

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Launch of ‘Forever Africa Conference and Events’ [FACE] 2018 – University of Bristol

Saturday 9th June, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ Carpenter Room, Richmond Building, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1LN The organisers of FACE 2018 cordially invite you to the launch of the ‘Forever Africa Conference and Events’ [FACE]. FACE is a Pan-African initiative brought together by staff and students at the University of Bristol. It has a goal-oriented,…

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‘JULIUS CAESAR & ME’: new book by acclaimed Black British actor Paterson Joseph – in conversation with Geoffrey Colman

Thursday 31st May 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP   For one night only, Paterson Joseph will be in conversation with Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, about Paterson’s eloquent, arresting new book, ‘Julius Caesar and Me‘, which explores Julius Caesar as…

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“Friday Night at the Museum – The Exhibition” by Afristoricals Ltd

In response to the overwhelming demand for ‘True Knowledge’, the tour will focus on different themes covering different aspects of Ancient African presence around the World

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“BLACK MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS” by The Mind Cafe

Sunday 27th May 2018, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM @ The Mind Cafe, Eastside, Kings Cross Station, London N1C 4AX Black Mental Health Matters Road Shows provide bespoke practical interventions for the African Caribbean community. We are using the opportunity of our 8th edition to respond to the corporate trauma we as a community are…

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“Black British Travel Meet Up x London” Good Vibes, Good Food and Bowling!

Thursday 24th May 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM @ All Star Lanes, Westfield Stratford City, London E20 1ET Hey guys! It’s been a minute and we’re super excited to invite you to our next London Black British Travel Meet Up – and we’re switching it up a little so we’ll be having a social at the All…

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“Black Creatives Dinner Party” An intimate networking event to celebrate Black British Creative Artists

Saturday 26th May 2018, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Poplar Union, 2 Cotall Street, London E14 6TL Black Creatives Dinner Party is BACK for its second event as an intimate networking moment. Join us for a DIY, informal and fun dinner party to celebrate Black excellence and meet other Black creatives from across the…

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