Black Women in Activism Film Festival

Having kicked off on Friday May 5, 2017, the Women in Activism Film Festival is set to be an inspiring and invigorating watch. Re-discover a history the system will not teach us. Who better to teach us then ourselves?

Bought to you by Black History Studies, the Women in Activism Film Festival is a programme of screenings celebrating Black Women in Activism, highlighting the efforts, experiences and excellence of our Melanated Queens around the world and throughout history.

The film festival will feature a mixture of feature films and documentaries, along with presentations and post film discussions with audience members.

The programme of events are as follows:

Mama Africa (15)

Friday May 12, 2017 at 19:00 – 21:00pm. Bernie Arts Grant theatre, Tottenham. Doors open 19:00pm. Film begins 19:30pm.

Mama Africa is the biography of the South African singer Miriam Makeba, who was the first black, African musician to win international stardom. Her music influenced artists across the globe, although her style stayed anchored in her South African roots. She sang for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie.

Makeba was also a vocal campaigner against apartheid, and always stood for truth and justice. After her involvement with the 1959 documentary Come Back Africa (one of the first films to expose the harsh realities of apartheid) she was forced into a life in exile from her homeland.

This documentary traces her life and music through more than fifty years of performing. Friends and colleagues, some who knew her from the beginning, in the dance halls of South Africa (remember Pata Pata), together with her grandchildren, allow us to know the remarkable journey of Mama Africa.

Tickets £8 + booking fee. To buy, click here.

NORTH LONDON PREMIERE – BaddDD Sonia Sanchez (15)

Friday May 26, 2017  at 19:00 – 22:30pm. Bernie Arts Grant theatre, Tottenham.  Doors open 19:00pm. Film begins 19:30pm.

Deemed “a lion in literature’s forest” by poet Maya Angelou and winner of major literary awards including the American Book Award, 81 year old Sonia Sanchez is best known for 17 books of poetry that explore a wide range of global and humanist themes, particularly the struggles and triumphs of women and people of color.
In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Sanchez’s life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, Imani Uzuri and Bryonn Bain, the documentary examines Sanchez’s contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.
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NORTH LONDON PREMIERE – The Amazing Nina Simone (15)

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Little Queens With Royal Dreams

Following a recent trip to Ghana, the team behind Nana Dolls visited Cape Coast Elmina castle. The team were touched by the heart breaking and traumatic stories they learnt about the north-Atlantic slave trade, and how brave women fought for black freedom.  This inspired the creation of Nana Dolls, which strives to teach and educate our children and future generations to come, about these beautiful and powerful women in our history – a history which western schools will not bother to teach.

‘Nana’, from the Akan language spoken by the Akan people of Ghana, means ‘Queen’, and what better way to represent the ancestral characters these dolls represent. There are countless historical women – and men of course, all over the continent who helped to fight for freedom, who we should never forget. Amongst those are four who have inspired Nana dolls. Yaa Asantewaa from Ghana, Mbuya Nehanda from Zimbabwe, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti from Nigeria and Miriam Makeba from South Africa.

Nall Dolls said: “We want to teach the younger generation the important history in a fun way”

Take your children on this exciting journey as they learn about their ancestors and their ultimate bravery. Knowledge is power, so empower your children with the knowledge of self.

To buy a Nana Doll, see: http://www.hellonanadolls.com/

67 reasons (and counting), why there should be a White History Month

Originally found on Instagram, we thought this was definitely worth sharing, because this is the white history everyone should know.  These are histories that have undeniably sought to destroy black people, yet we are told to ‘get over slavery’, when our ancestors were still subjected after this, to endless violent population control, spiritually, genetically, psychologically, economically and emotionally speaking.

Instead the UK education system only seeks to pay attention to the Tudors, Suffragettes, WW1 & WW2, Hitler, Holocaust etc.,. Well, pay attention to the 67 truths of white history, the white world doesn’t want you to know.

  1. Cherokee Trail of Tears
  2. Japanese American Internment
  3. Phillipine-American war
  4. Jim Crow
  5. The Genocide of Native Americans
  6. The Trans-atlantic slave trade
  7. The Middle Passage
  8. The history of white American racism
  9. Black Codes
  10. Slave patrols
  11. Klu Klax Klan
  12. The war on drugs
  13. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
  14. How white racism grew out of slavery and genocide
  15. How white people still benefit from slavery and genocide
  16. White anti-racism
  17. The southern strategy
  18. The rape of enslaved black women
  19. Madison Grant
  20. the Indian wars
  21. human zoos
  22. how the Jews became white
  23. white flight
  24. Red lining
  25. Proposition 14
  26. Homestead act
  27. Tulsa Riots
  28. Rosewood massacre
  29. Tuskegee experiment
  30. Lynching
  31. Hollywood stereotypes
  32. Indian appropriation acts
  33. Immigration act 1924
  34. Sundown towns
  35. Chineese exclusion act
  36. Emmet Till
  37. Vincent Chin
  38. Islamaphobia
  39. Indian boarding schools
  40. King Phillip’s war
  41. Bacon’s Rebellion
  42. American slavery compared to Arab, Roman and Latin American slavery
  43. History of the gun
  44. History of the police
  45. history of prisons
  46. history of white suburbia
  47. Lincoln’s racism and anti-racism
  48. George Wallace Governor of Alabama
  49. Cointelpro
  50. Real estate steering
  51. School tracking
  52. Mass incarceration of Black men
  53. Boston school riots
  54. Man-made Ebola and AIDs
  55. Church bombs and fires in deep south to Blacks
  56. Church shootings
  57. How the Irish and Italians became white
  58. The perpetuation of the idea of the ‘model minority’
  59. Housing discrimination
  60. Systemeatic placement of highways and building projects to create ghettoes
  61. Medical experimentation on poor, especially Blacks including surgical and genealogical experimentation
  62. History of planned parenthood
  63. Forced Sterilization
  64. Cutting children out of pregnant Black mothers as part of lynching
  65. Eurocentric beauty standard falsification
  66. Erasure and eradication of all achievements of Ancient Africa and Kemet
  67. White washing of history and cultural practices

Too Black for Brazil – the reality of colourism

As a follow up to my previous post, Dark skin, Light skin: two sides of the same coin, I decided to write about a video I actually came across months ago. I wanted to write about it then but I was too angry. Now, I still am but words are better than bottled anger.

This video is titled ‘too black for Brazil’. The title speaks volumes. Watch and read my response to this deep rooted issue we have, called colourism.

http://www.theguardian.com/news/video/2016/feb/09/brazilian-carnival-queen-too-black-nayara-justino-video

Nayara is a beautiful melanated black Brazilian woman. Too melanated for Brazil it seems… What I found really upsetting is the fact that she won the title of Carnival Queen, making it seem like Brazil was trying to take a step in the right direction, and away from colourism, yet as soon as the public voiced their opinions, they replaced her with another mixed race woman. What was the point of selecting her if you were not going to stand by her? People will make their racist, ignorant and hurtful comments, but this shouldn’t be a deterrent to the changes Brazil needs to work on.

How will this teach or at least make sleeping black people aware of their own sub-consciously distorted mind-sets. Black people in Brazil descend from their ancestors who were taught by the white man to hate themselves, which was then passed on from generation to generation. Keeping Nayara on wouldn’t have broken this damaging cycle overnight, but it would have created the platform for people to QUESTION themselves and their mind-sets.  Instead of supporting Nayara and standing up for her and her melanated skin, some black people chose to follow the white racist mind-set. Why? Why are so many black people not proud to be black? Who taught you to hate the colour of your skin? Ask yourself that.

During the video, a black woman says her grandmother told her mother “You should marry a white man to improve the race.”

A white man to improve the race…

As if to say the black race are completely inferior and need white blood to make it pure. I think this is a deafening example of the Willie Lynch complex where many black people in Brazil hate themselves, as a result of the generational cycle of self-hatred imposed by white European slave masters. Never mind improving the race, improving our dam mind-sets is what we need to work on!

The painting shown in the video is beyond words… The mealnated grandmother has her hands up as if to say thanks to God for removing the ‘stain’ of blackness from her family, who we see are lighter and therefore ‘closer to white’. It’s sad and crazy to think that there are black people, not just in Brazil but in other parts of the world who may actually believe they need the white race – the same race who kidnapped, enslaved, raped, tortured and psychologically destroyed their ancestors, to ‘improve’ the black race.

Seriously?

Get outta here.

The only way black people can ‘improve’ themselves is through UNITY amongst ourselves in every aspect, not this team mulatto/light skin v dark skin nonsense. How are we ‘improved’ if we’re divided? Think about it! We need to let go of the  psychological chains of slavery and learn to love every dam shade of melanin  we see.

We are a MELANIN race. Be proud, be bold and stay melanated!

 

Eunice

Dark skin, light skin – two sides of the same coin

I originally wrote about this topic for my University newspaper during my final year at Brunel University, in 2014. Now I’m re-visiting this deep-rooted issue from a fresher perspective.

Our society is forever telling us that lighter skin is more beautiful. Why? Because it’s closer to white skin, and white skin has been established as the pinnacle of beauty, and continues to be today. Look around you. What do you see? When you watch TV, music videos, when you’re browsing magazines, or glancing at billboards and adverts, what do you predominantly see? Faces with what skin colour and what skin tone?

Colourism – the prejudice or discrimination based on the relative lightness or darkness of the skin, was born from the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Willie Lynch, a British slave owner in the West Indies, came up with a cunning and destructive plan to destroy unity between our ancestors, and all concepts of self-love they had, before being kidnapped by the Europeans. He advised other slave owners to segregate the Africans based on their skin complexion. This lead to what was known as the ‘paper bag rule’. African men and women who had skin as light as a beige paper bag, would be put to work in the house, as servants or maids. African men and women darker than the paper bag would be forced to endure the strenuous tasks in the fields.

Let’s take a moment to fully understand the sheer depth of the evil ways Willie Lynch. Imagine, generation after generation of internalising his ideology to point where you don’t even have to be told, because you believe it. You think it. You know it. It becomes so locked into your psychological complex, you don’t know anything else.

“… I HAVE A FULL PROOF METHOD FOR CONTROLLING YOUR BLACK SLAVES. I guarantee every one of you that, if installed correctly, IT WILL CONTROL THE SLAVES FOR AT LEAST 300 HUNDREDS YEARS

… You must use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT skin slaves, and the LIGHT skin slaves vs. the DARK skin slaves. ” – Willie Lynch

The result today? Black people are still divided because of colourism. I’ve seen and heard of how black men, dark-skinned in most cases, gravitate towards lighter black women with the hope that they will have ‘lighter’ children. A black man once said to me “You’re kinda peng for a dark girl, you know” – as if to say that I shouldn’t be attractive because I’m dark… I’ve had light skinned sisters give me and my boyfriend funny looks, because he’s a red skinned Jamaican black man, and I’m a blue-black Ghanaian woman. They look at us as if to say ‘what is that fine light skinned black man doing with this dark girl?’ Nearly three years one, we still get funny looks.

But, on the other side of the mental ‘colour line’ – I say mental because this is the state of our mind-sets. We’re so divided psychologically, we sub-consciously draw a line between dark and light without even realising. Stop. Think. We are all black – technically a diverse spectrum of melanin, and white people are pink… So let us support our sisters who bear the pain of not feeling ‘black enough’ just because their skin is ‘too’ light’. I’ve seen a young black man’s face fully drop in disbelief, when he learnt that another friend of mine was fully black and not mixed… The way I had to repeat and explain that blackness comes in different shades…

We’re all black because we’ve been given this label, ‘I am black because the white man constructed black to be as different as possible from white.’ – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Black and white are nothing but binary labels which seek to confuse and divide us. Black  is the opposite of white yet being a lighter black is being closer to white…

Colourism is damaging to black sisterhood because it generates jealousy between us, which ultimately leads to division. Black girls might even choose to form friendship circles based on their skin complexion. Sounds silly I know, but I’ve seen this happen myself. Look at the stupid #team light skin, #team dark skin nonsense. This is Willie Lynch all over again, twitter style. He made his speech in 1712 yet here we are continuing to divide ourselves using social media. He must be laughing in hell at us. One of my friends told me about her time at a club, when she saw a group of dark skinned women fight a smaller group of light skinned women. Why? Because they were getting all the attention from the black brothers at the club. Instead of learning to respect our melanin diversity, and to humble ourselves in the face of ignorance, we fight each other like our ancestors were forced to fight on the plantation.

Just as colourism affects our women, it affects our men too but in a different way. Yes, there are black men who despise their dark skin but it’s more to do with them despising dark skinned women, even though they are dark themselves. I’ve seen this too many times. It’s a projection of the non-existent self love these men have for themselves… I remember reading an article based on the experience a model shared, via Fashion Ghana, about how Wiz Kid only picked light skinned or mixed women to star in his music video…

Colourism isn’t just affecting our men and women. It’s our children too. Our children are being born into a society which judges their skin complexion and it needs to stop. Instead of learning to love the essence of their identity, they learn to devalue and loathe who they are. In a psychological study featured in the Dark Girls documentary, a child is presented with five cartoon drawings of children based on a skin colour scale. The scale is presented from white skin to black skin with a spectrum of skin tones in between, which appear to be a mixed race tone, caramel, milk chocolate brown, and then dark chocolate brown.

The aim was to see how early a child’s mind is influenced by the colourist ideologies embedded within the black community. “Show me the ugly child”, the psychologist asks. The little girl points to the darkest black child. The psychologist asks, “Why is she the ugly child?” The little girl, who points to the darkest black child, answers, “Because she’s black.” The little girl is also told, “Show me the good looking child.” She points to the white child. When asked why, she responds with, “because she’s light skinned”.

The division between light and dark skin has become so prominent in the black community that the degradation of what it means to be black has become internalised on a global scale. This is made worse by the media which perpetuates the problem. The wider portrayal of predominately white beauty in fashion, predominately light skinned women in black music videos and increased advertising in bleaching creams, are all feeding off the historically embedded insecurities. In America, the Caribbean and the UK, black people are using bleaching creams to lighten their skin despite knowing the dangers. Even in some parts of Africa, where nearly everyone is black, people desire to be lighter.

So what can we do to change this narrative?

We need to overcome this psychological legacy of slavery by understanding where colourism comes from, and how it has been carried like unwanted trauma, for so long by our people. Remove the Willie Lynch syndrome from your mind. Replace it with a mentality where we learn to love the essence of who we are, just melanin rich and beautiful.

Eunice

 


References:

  • Dark Girls, directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry –

Dear White People

I know we can never be equal. I am for one, being abrupt, unless you change your way of thinking, your ways will always stay corrupt. Stop with all the ignorance, it has never been bliss, it’s plain and simple, honestly what is there to miss?

I am not apologising for pulling out the ‘race card’. You find it hard to see the oppression of my ancestors and what my current people are going through, sometimes I think to myself, are you ever going to?

We have marches for rights since the 1960s. The civil rights movement was only partially successful. Even today discrimination and race crimes are incredibly high. All you seem to do is turn your eye from the suffering and the injustice of a people seen to be less than you!

It’s like you haven’t got a clue of what’s in front of you! You got scared of the black power movement, they have rights to bear arms, it is part of the amendment or does this apply to white US citizens only?

This is all just plain baloney, America is just phony, Huey Newton made strives to make a change for people suppressed by the system and saw them as a threat and wanted them dead. We are labelled as militant and as thugs, so you say it serves them right, they deserve to die you imply, just move on and shrug.

I’m tired of sweeping this under the rug, I know you’re shocked as you spit out the tea from your mug, it’s time for you to taste your own medicine, I know it’s bittersweet, time to relive the history of the people you used to beat.

This is not an attack on white people, I’m addressing this issue to the elite racist people lurking in the government and on all forms of social circles.

 

– Ogechi ©-

Patrice Lumumba – did they teach you about him?

 

No, ‘they’ being the educational system, did not teach me about Patrice, like they didn’t teach me about the Warrior Queen, Nzinga of Angola who fought against the invading Portuguse or Queen Nanny of the Maroons, who lead a resistance against slavery. There’s so much more they didn’t teach you and I, it’s a mis-carriage of education. No wonder why so many of us grow up thinking all our ancestors were subjected to nothing but slavery and colonialism. Yes these inhumane events occurred – which we must never forget, no matter how profound or traumatic it is, but our ancestors were Kings and Queens before this time period, and when this period was taken over by the Europeans, our ancestors fought for their survival. They fought for their freedom. They fought to preserve their spiritual and cultural customs and traditions. They fought for the next generations to come – me and you, they fought to pave the way for the next generations to have a chance to uplift a nation, and a continent. They fought to protect their rich, natural resources the Europeans so greedily wanted. So, let us remember what they did. Let us learn for ourselves about the bravery and sacrifices our people endured. Let us know about Patrice Lumuba.

Today marks 55 years since Patrice Lumumba was assassinated. Until today I had not known of this brother. It was via Dynamic Africa’s tweet that I came to discover who he was. Patrice Emery Lumumba (2nd July 1925 – 17th January, 1961), was born, Élias Okit’Asombo in the Kasai province of Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), in the village of Onalua. Lumumba was a leader of Congolese Independence, who stood for the unity of his people and his continent. He became the first democratically elected leader of the Congo in 1960, the same year his country were declared independent from Belgium. What struck me whilst doing my research, was seeing the words ‘Congo’ and ‘Belgium’ in the same sentence. A shiver wet down my spine. Just last year I had learnt about Belguim’s King Leopold II and how he ruled over the Congo with unmeasurable horror. Up to 10 million Congolese people are said to have died under his inhumane regime. Murder, poor living & working conditions, death by disease or lack of food led to the inevitable deaths of these innocent people, who were brutally worked on rubber plantations to feed the greed of European colonialists. This was the scramble for Africa at it’s disturbing extreme.

It was at the Berlin Conference 1884-5 where King Leopold II secured his claim to the Congo on the basis that his aim was to ‘protect the natives from Arab slaves, and to open the heart of Africa to Christian missionaries’. This sick and twisted lie allowed this evil man to torment the Congo until 1908, when his horrors finally became clear to the international world. Leopold had wanted the Congo for its rich abundance of raw materials the very same reason why Europe did not want to leave the Congo in Lumumba’s control. During the official Independence Day celebrations, Lumumba publicly denounced Belgium for it’s brutal colonial grip over the Congo. Lumumba wanted to free his country from it’s colonial shackles. He wanted to unite the divided ethnic groups again and take control of Congo’s resources, so he could use them to improve the quality of life for his own people.

The Belgians did not like to hear Lumumba denounce them because his words were the truth. They saw Lumumba as a threat. A threat. Since what right did a European have to invade, steal and control something that clearly does not belong to them? A threat – yes, to European greed and control, something that hasn’t changed at all, yet society chooses to sweep it under the carpet like it’s all ‘in the past’. It’s not, when white people are still benefiting from this greed whether they care to acknowledge it or not, and my melanated brothers and sisters are still reaping the scars.

Despite independence, Belgian officers were still in charge. The Congolese army revolted against them in the mineral rich region of Katanga. This became known as the Katanga crisis which turned into a civil war. What makes this crisis twisted is the fact that the involvement of the two super powers at the time – USA & the Soviet Union came about not only because of the on-going Cold War tensions, but because of Congo’s resources. As well as the UN, Lumumba called for military support from the Soviet Union, which the US saw as an excuse to claim the Congo was going communist. What they were really ‘concerned’ about was the Russians getting their hands on the rich minerals of the country and Africa in general, (it is said that the uranium from the atomic bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was taken from the Congo). To prevent Russian advancement, the US installed the puppet-sell-out army chief, Joseph-Desire Mobutu.

America’s devious ways of control hindered Lumumba’s dreams and inevitably lead to his murder. This is what happens when a melanated being stands up to the greedy, twisted and corrupted west. The legacy of his death had damaging reverberations for the Congo. Look at the person who replaced him – Mobutu, who morphed into a military dictator, a manifestation of the greed and corruption of colonial Europe.

Lumumba died a martyr. He stood up to colonial Europe and the west for what they did to his country and continent. He stood up for himself and his people. He should be known to us all, as of all the histories of Congo before and after colonisation. For today, let us know Patrice Lumumba.

 

Eunice


Resources on Patrice Lumumba:

  • May our People Triumph: Poem, Speeches & Interviews, by Patrice Lumumba 
  • Death in the Congo: Murdering Patrice Lumumba, by Emmanuel Gerard and Bruce Kuklick
  • The Assassination of Lumumba, by Ludo De Whitte
  • MI6 and the death of Patrice Lumumba – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22006446

Resources on King Leopold:

The Racist States of America

White police officer shoots unarmed black man. What does the media say? ‘Thugs’, ‘criminals’, ‘gang related’.

Black men being stopped and searched. What does the media say? ‘Thugs’, ‘criminals, ‘gang related.’

Asian, Arab and Muslim men being stopped and searched. What does the media say? Terrorist.

White man shoots dead 9 black people. What does the media say? Mental illness.

See the difference?

Why is it that the police and the media are able to paint a story with a different brush? Why are people so blind to what has been happening in what is supposed to be ‘the United States of America?’ United? I think not.

Why are some black people just as blind? It’s like we choose to be blind  as we’re told to shy away from talking about racism because it’s ‘too sensitive’. Or it’s because we’re too scared of being seen as the racist instead. I posted the following images on Facebook, in response to the Charleston shootings, and as I expected, people reacted.

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One of my black friends sent me a long message expressing how she didn’t like what I posted and why. Now she’s entitled to her opinion as everybody is, but what got to me the most, is how she was so fast to accuse me of ‘attacking white people’. She didn’t even bother to ask me what my intentions were.

Why are we as black people so quick to judge each other, yet when a white person says something we agree instantly? Take this video for example, another black friend posted this and lo and behold, other black facebookers (myself included), posted.

It’s like some of us need a white person to acknowledge the problem before its ok for us to make a racial statement on social media. This time, I didn’t do this. I posted this video a day after telling my audience exactly what I thought about Obama, followed hours later, by those pictures – all to  demonstrate the imbalance of the representation and treatment of ‘coloured’ people, compared to Caucasian people. Is this really so bad that I should be accused of attacking?

Let me make this clear, I do not hate white people. I dislike the fact that we are living in a world where a white supremacist system uses the social construct of race to divide us, which is then perpetuated by the police and by the media.  I have not heard  one news reporter question this. Think about what you see on TV. Sometimes I feel like we’re living in 1984 – and I don’t mean the time era, I mean the novel.  For those who aren’t familiar with this dystopian novel, it’s set in a society where freedom does not exist. The political party ‘Big Brother’ controls everything, and I mean everything. Telly screens in the workplace, in public places – even in your own home, watching you like hawks to ensure you turn a blind eye to oppression.  Yes the society we live in now isn’t as extreme as this, but it’s not a million miles off.

It has got to a point where we have to ask ourselves why? Why are we living in a society where a system works to divide us based on race? Why is the media perpetuating rather than challenging this? Why does the media choose to  label Muslims as terrorists and black people as criminal gang members, yet when a white person commits mass murder the media glosses over it and says ‘mental illness’. Really? Ok. Are we supposed to just sit there and nod in front of the TV box?

It seems there are still some black people within our communities who have the ‘post-slave master syndrome’ and this is why we continue to blame each other or accuse each other of making the issue worse. My friend perceived my actions as ‘adding to the problem’, yet she had no solution to offer apart from calling for ‘black and white people to unify’.

I’m sorry but what? Black people can barely unite with each other let alone with other races, so to say that is just laughable. A lot of us still need to learn to love ourselves first.  How can all Americans unite when American society doesn’t even love, respect and most importantly, acknowledge ‘coloured people’? I’ve been told to stop living in the past but why does no-one say this to Holocaust victims, or to British people who continue to commemorate both world wars which may I remind you, broke out because Britain couldn’t keep itself out of political tensions and alliances – hmmm sound familiar today? I bet so.

Yet, when it comes to slavery and colonisation we’re told to forget these historical events. Excuse me? You want us to forget what white supremacy has done to our people? Why? Because there’s no minute silence to encourage us to remember, no national recognition to make us reflect? Because there’s none of that we think it’s ok to tell each other to forget? Or do we want to kid ourselves into thinking that we’re living in a post-racial world? Sorry but this is not a post-racial world we’re living in. We are not accepted in the way we like to think. We wear suits to look ‘presentable’ or put chemicals in our  hair and skin to conform  to European beauty standards, or we get the highest education possible to prove our intelligence, but this is not enough – the same way Muslims are seen as terrorists regardless of their character.

I was told that by posting those pictures that I’m ‘segregating’. So am I not supposed to say anything and just stay ignorant? I was told that ‘black people need to stop playing the victim’. So, if your family member was gunned down by the police, you’re just going to ignore it and say I’m not playing the victim here? Whether we like it or not we are the victims – victims of a system that refuses to even acknowledge that America was built on the blood of Africans – and not to forget the native Indians who were slaughtered to make way for this.

The black community carries deep and painful wounds only black people can truly understand. Telling me  to stay silent is like me putting TCP on my wounds every day – and we know what that feels like. Excruciating . So what will we do? Talk to each other, or let the silence scream louder than our internal pains…

– Eunice –

The Black Cultural Archives Museum

As a platform for black voices, this is a place to be celebrated. It is the only museum of it’s kind in place and see for yourselves the untold story of  our people.

Location: Windrush Square, Brixton, London, SW2 1EF

Website:  http://bcaheritage.org.uk/

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Here are the photos we took of the archive! This museum has a library which can be accessed at certain times – check the website for more details.  It also has a shop and a café. Me and Ogechi spent hours in deep discussion with a man working in the café who happened to be reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Soon others were drawn into our conversations and we pretty much ended up being kicked out at the closing hour…P.S to the lovely brothers enlightening us, we shall meet again muhahaha!

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So, come along and re-discover a lost history. Seek, learn  and teach!

– Eunice and Ogechi –