#GuestPost by Christopher Clark / Images by Samora ChapmanThere’s something about London in spring. The whole place feels like it just emerged from the throes of a civil war. Everyone seems a little delirious: too happy, too hopeful; there is too much damn naked flesh, too much damn Pimms and sunburn already. Yet I can still feel the remnants of the cold, grey destruction that stalked this…
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16th London Asian film festival: Honeycomb Lodge
Women rarely secure principle roles in British film and minority women barely get a look in. Actress Surendra Kochardecided to take up the gauntlet and break the silence to write a film about seven women’s struggle with domestic violence in the Asian community. Through a series of miraculous circumstances they manage to flee their life-threatening home lives, escaping to Honeycomb Lodge, a…
Black boys in film: indie promise?
Very few kids’ movies feature young black pre-teen boys as the main star, even in so called “black movies”. Black actresses seem to fare comparatively well, think, is there a male-centric equivalent to Keke Palmer’s career trajectory after her success in Akeelah and the Bee? Hollywood has its knickers in a twist over Beasts of the Southern Wild Oscar-nominated actress Quevenzhané Wallis but…
New kid on the block: indie filmmaker Praheme Praphet
Patrick Ricks, aka Praheme Praphet, 29, from Richmond, Virginia has just released his debut film Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lionsabout a young boy who is forced to join the scouts the Boy Scouts by his mother as he struggles with the temptations of inner city Richmond projects. Praheme has a BA Film Production from Howard University and an MFA in Film Production from Florida State…
How to survive writing in public spaces: the library
For those writers who struggle to work from home, live far away from trendy hot-desk joints or are just simply strapped for cash, the only alternative for us is to go to the library.
Too often people forget they exist. Of course, many local libraries are closing and maybe the last time you went there it was to revise for your GCSE’s…a long time ago perhaps.
Fortunately for me my local library is…
Jump Off TV battles 2014: Rise of the female producer
The day after I posted on my Facebook wall, “The Jump Off took it out of me– need more caffeine!!” I got some major side-eye comments from my corporate finance friend posting in disbelief, “You went to the Jump Off?!”
Let me explain. Jump Off TV specialise in ratchet-chic. If you don’t know what ratchet means, it’s just the new word for ‘ghetto’ and I’m not (this convo is worth an entire blog…
Why Black Britons need Steve McQueen to win
I remember distinctively a loud scream from one of my relatives, urging me to drop everything, lock, stock and barrel, to watch brown faces grace the television set in a non-criminal role.
One of these moments came in 1992 at my grandmother’s house in Kensington, me and my extended family huddled around to watch an ENTIRE black family go through the rigours of a rags to riches journey in The…
“Creation is really a sustained period of bliss — even though the subject can still be very sad. Because there’s the triumph of coming through and understanding that you have, and that you did it the way only you could do it — you didn’t do it the way somebody told you to do it, you did it just the way you had to do it. And that is what makes us us.”
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An exhibition called ‘Black Anthology’ starts 18th May at Musee Quai Branly in Paris
"80 years ago, on 15 February 1934, Englishwoman Nancy Cunard (1896-1965), a symbol of the Anglo-Saxon and French avant-garde of the early 20th century, published Negro Anthology. Lavishly illustrated, this 858-page book, resembling a major documentary enquiry, blends popular culture, sociology, politics, history, art history in the form of articles, archives, photographs, extracts from the press, musical scores, eye-witness accounts etc.
The contributors were militants, journalists, artists, university staff; African-Americans, people from the Caribbean, Africa, Latino-America, America, Europe; women and men. Some of them had been colonised, discriminated against, segregated. This anthology was both a political/cultural history of the black Americas and of Africa through time that revealed the transnational and multi-faceted character of the anti-racist and anti-colonialist struggles of the 1930s.
Nancy Cunard was a poet, model, editor, collector, militant, journalist and anti-conformist who symbolises a period in which the artistic and literary avant-garde became intertwined with the political world. Through the great themes examined in Negro Anthology we will present the transnational artistic, literary and political networks constructed by Nancy Cunard in the years between 1910 and 1930, and which have made this anthology a monument to black history. — Sarah Frioux-Salgas.
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