The Godfather of Multiculturalism: Stuart Hall

You may be in favour of Black History Month. You may hate the idea. You may believe that Black History should be a year-round affair and that giving it just one month is an insult to Black Culture. Truthfully, I understand both arguments. It’s why Brits + Pieces have a dedicated space for Black History…

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The British Black Panthers: A Fight for Justice, an Advocacy of Black Education

We do not dream for one moment that the Black people in Britain can organise themselves as a unit totally separate from other Black forces in the world. Black Power is an international concept. – Obi Egbuna (founder of the BBPM) Civil Rights movements are often remembered as being based in America to fight against…

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2 Tone: The Quirky Love Child of Ska, Reggae & Punk Rock

Two-Tone: adj. Coloured in two colours or two shades of one colour. OR noun. a genre of British music that fuses traditional ska with musical elements of punk rock. OR Noun. 2 Tone Records was an English record label that mostly released ska- and reggae-influenced music with a punk rock and pop music overtone. THE…

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Neil Kenlock: Opening a Window into the Black British Experience

Born: Port Antonio, Jamaica – 1950 Claim to fame: Photographer, media professional Highlights:  Photographer for the British Black Panther Party Co-founder of Choice FM Work exhibited at Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, Black Cultural Archives and the Victoria and Albert Museum Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is –  Anon Neil…

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Fanny Eaton: A Muse

A muse is someone, often a woman, who inspires an artist, writer or musician. Anyone can technically be a muse. However, through the ages, certain muses have become iconic in their own right. Linda McCartney was a muse to her husband Paul. Kate Moss has been a muse to the artist Banksy. When we think…

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The Winds Are Changing: The 70th Anniversary of the Windrush

“Britain’s history is everyone’s history and it’s all the stronger for it” True words, but not my own. They are David Olusoga’s. He wrote Black and British: A Forgotten History which I have finally finished. I’ve never felt like I had achieved something when finishing a book until I read this one. It’s a long…

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Black and British: A Forgotten History First Look

Kindle books are deceptive. You can’t see them in the flesh. So, if you’re not paying attention, you can end up spending £10 on a 100- page novella or pick up a ‘quick holiday read’ that is actually 700 pages long. This is what happened when I bought Black and British: A Forgotten History (its…

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The Mother of Notting Hill Carnival

The gist: Feminist. Communist. Journalist. Public Speaker. Activist. Born: 15 February 1915- 24 December 1964 (Aged 49) Country of Origin: Trinidad, then New York City Who was Claudia? I’d heard of Claudia Jones before. Not much. It was usually a vague mention of her at the bottom of bog-standard articles about Notting Hill Carnival every August…

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