Loving black couples, a rare sight on British TV but why ?
Saturday 6 April 3pm to 6pm,
Conference Room, Voluntary Action Islington
200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP
Tube: Kings Cross (5 mins walk)
Entry: £7.00 adults, £5 kids. Pay on the door, first come first served.
A very revealing presentation and short films which show how the image of African people has been deliberately altered by Europeans to show negativity. In the 15th century African people were portrayed in European art as noble, sophisticated and dignified. With the rise of Empire these images were thrown out and replaced with demeaning stereotypes which still inform public opinion via children’s books, Hollywood movies and tv adverts. Previously held at the National Portrait Gallery and Imperial War museum in 2008 to full houses
How to Brainwash the Youth and make them Act like Fools !
Presented in association with the Adefioye Trust
Bank Holiday Monday 1st April New Time 12pm to 4pm. Prompt start
32-36 Loman Street
London SE1 OEH click for map http://www.can-online.org.uk/data/files/pages/Maps/How_to_find_us_-_Loman_Street_Mezz.pdf
Entry £5 adults or children. First come, first served
Tube: Southwark, Borough
Previously sold out and back by popular demand. BHW present this highly rated, in-your-face seminar aimed at children and parents to illustrate how they are conditioned via Hollywood movies, music videos, computer games and advertising to act dumb and love it. This presentation uses pop and mainstream culture combined with a black history perspective. Battle Los Angeles, Scary Movie, Predator, Lil Wayne, Futurama, Disney, 300, Trinidad James, GTA, Eastenders, Nikki Minaj, Ciara, Nelly, Etana, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of Caribbean, Transformers Call of Duty, Walking Dead all make an appearance
Comments on How to Brainwash..
I have been meaning to write you all week to thank you for the informative and thought-provoking session you held for ACD students last week. It was tremendous.What was really satisfying is that you held their attention throughout the 3 hour session even in the not ideal situation of being cramped into the foyer space due to the projector being taken by another organisation. Brenda King, African Caribbean Diversity Group
'Just to say, once again, thanks for the fabulous presentation yesterday. It is always great to be around children when they are learning something new and enlightening for them' Marva Bell Pivot Point Community Project Harrow.
I'm a student who is part of the ACDiversity programme and you came in to talk to us about the issue of 'How to brainwash the youth and make them look like idiots' This was so so powerful and helped shape my view on what the media feeds me. I have a few friends around my age, I'm eighteen by the way, who I believe will truly benefit from this as I think it needs to be seen by A LOT more youth who are mature enough to take it in and understand. Peter Adefioye
'I loved the way the speaker would just ask questions and make us find the answers ourselves. This is perfect because what is the point of coming to an event to counter brainwashing, only to have someone else tell you what to think. The speakers way was much better plus filling in the blank yourself means that it is more likely to stay in your head.'
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/
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