African Superheroes Day
Saturday 30 March 3.00pm to 6.30pm,
Conference Room, Voluntary Action Camden
200a Pentonville Road,
Tube: Kings Cross (5 mins walk)
Entry: £7.00 Adults, £5 kids Pay on the door, first come first served.
A www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk event
Many artists are making up for the severe lack of positive images of black people in animated films and comics. We will show the history of black people in cartoons and reveal how African/Caribbean culture is essential to many block buster animations. We also expose stereotyping in some of the most popular cartoons from Disney. This animation festival for 6-60 year olds, will feature a variety of African-themed cartoons which tell tales of; Magical Nigerian women warriors, Anansi the West African Folk Hero, The story of Ogun, and other heroic black men and women. Plus examples of new Superhero cartoons/movies coming soon !
Comments on African Superheroes Day
The African super heroes session today was great ! My two children really, enjoyed it. They couldn't wait to get home and watch the DVD, which they did more than once . It's 8.42am and the first thing all of my children are watching is that DVD I bought from you on Sunday (lol) no joke. My 14 year old daughter, my 7 year old son and my 3 year old daughter are watching as I e-mail you but I need some more ! My children are hooked on the images and the story lines of all of them.
' Surprisingly one of the best set pieces was a breakdown of the use of African culture including our dance and music traditions. The historical narrative provided was both insightful and entertaining. The width of the section presented was breathtaking from tap dance to capoeira. In closing, guest animators were invited to share details of some of the challenges faced by artists and announce projects in production such as the exciting Anokyes Sword .It is not often a community event makes history. This one, which engaged adult and child alike through the world of animation. African Superheroes Day is a first that should be celebrated, and then repeated
Toyin Agbetu, Director and Author www.ligali.org
Saturday 3 March 3pm to 6pm. This event will start at 3pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat
Admission free only if booked via Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5286664556/es2003/?rank=1# Donations accepted on the day
Venue: Near Holborn tube see above link
Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series will feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in an academic setting.
This lecture features Antoinette Kwegan speaking on how the third sector raises educational achievement and Professor Elizabeth Anionwu on :
Antoinette Kwegan, is a Phd student at Queen Mary University researching the role of the third sector in raising educational achievement, she is also managing consultant at Genesis Youth and Community Ltd. http://www.gcy.org.uk/
1834 Slavery Compensation: Who got the money ?
Sat 2 March 2pm to 6pm
In 1834 when the British abolished slavery in the Caribbean the government paid 20 million pounds in compensation to the owners of the enslaved Africans. The Africans got nothing.
Many people have wondered who exactly got that money and what they did with it. Which islands and plantations benefited ? What houses were built ? What institutions were established ? What was the cultural and economic legacy of this massive payout ? Can it be identified and quantified ? A team of scholars from UCL have been researching exactly these questions and more. Over the last 3 years they have collated research on several thousand beneficiaries and created a searchable, user-friendly website that covers...
Professor Catherine Hall, Dr Nick Draper, Keith McClelland, Kate Donnington and Rachel Lang will share their research, demonstrate how to use the website and take extended questions on both topics
Saturday 2 March 2pm to 6pm. This event will start at 2pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat
Venue: Birkbeck University WC1 E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square side), Tube Holborn/Russel Square,Tottenham Court Road click here for map and to book
Admission free only if booked via http://slaverycompensationwhogotthemoney-eac2.eventbrite.co.uk/?ebtv=C# online
If you wish to particpate in the live website demonstration please bring a laptop.
2pm Intro/ welcome
4.20pm Welcome back. Preview of 'Is there a case for Reparation' ? on 10 March
4.45 2nd set of speakers, specific individuals of note in London and how they used their compensation
The Slaveholders of London project http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/project aims to develop the first systematic analysis of the extent and significance of slave-ownership in the formation of modern Britain. Drawing on the census of slave-owners in the British empire created by the Slave Compensation Commission in the 1830s to manage the distribution of the then enormous sum of £20m paid as compensation to slave-owners on the abolition of colonial slavery, the project will comprehensively document the people in nineteenth-century Britain who either owned slaves or otherwise benefited financially from slavery, and examine the different legacies of slave-ownership. A database Encyclopedia of British Slave-Owners will be created which will capture each of the several thousand slave-owners resident in Britain in the 1830s. It will be publicly accessible and act as hub for the local and regional efforts to show the linkages of communities in Britain to slavery.
The project will examine their roles and influence within British society in their lifetimes, and trace their major legacies after their deaths.
Sunday 24 February 3pm to 5.45pm Part 1
Sunday 17 March 3pm to 5.45pm Part 2
Cottons Caribbean Restaurant, 70 Exmouth Market, Islington EC1 .Tube: Angel
Pay on the door. £8.00 First come, first served.
Black History Walks is working with Cottons Caribbean Restaurant to showcase African/Caribbean history and promote excellent African/Caribbean food. Enjoy the best in black cinema, have stimulating debates and sample the delicious weekend buffet.
Recent Marvel movies Iron Man, X Men, The Avengers, Spider Man have made megabucks all over the world but black superheroes have been missing in action. Where are they do they even exist ? The first Marvel movie to make over 100 million dollars was Blade this triple black superhero starred in two further sequels each making over 100 million thereby setting the trend for Iron Man etc. Andrew Muhammad the Investigator who has previously deconstructed Avatar and the Matrix will give a race,class and gender analysis into the Blade movies and an insight into Wesley Snipes afrocentrism and why the US government choose to make an example of him.
Since 1994 Andrew Muhammad has been conducting Hidden Truth Tours nationwide and internationally to Kemet (Egypt), Tunisia, Ireland and Spain. Andrew Muhammad has also designed what is widely known as the ‘Hidden Truth Movie Breakdown’. This delivery is based on the Chinese proverb that a picture paints a thousand words.
The movie industry has perfected the art of using signs and symbols to convey many hidden truths to a very unsuspecting and susceptible audience. This type of communication was first invented in Kemet (Egypt) and was used throughout their society. Many Hollywood blockbuster films and cartoons such as The Matrix and Lion King contain secrets that will amaze the viewers. More info on Andrew Muhammad here http://www.theinvestigator.org.uk/about.html