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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7 Black British Spoken Word Poets You Should Know (and Love)

Prepared to be entertained and educated listeners of spoken word poetry. Many Black Brits are using spoken word poetry as a platform to celebrate the fragments of cultures that make our identities hybridised and unique.  They also position themselves as representatives of our community’s shared frustration regarding inequalities, ethnic tags and other ongoing issues that…

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Stormzy Launches Publishing Imprint with Penguin Random House, #Merky Books

There’s no guessing where Stormzy will take his #Merky empire next. With a record label, clothing merchandise, and music festival under his belt, he has just announced a partnership with Penguin Random House. Stormzy is setting up a new publishing imprint called #Merky books that’ll focus on new works by young writers. Earlier this year…

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Wakanda Therapy Is This?

Can a film be therapeutic? The first time I watched Black Panther, at the IMAX cinema, I didn’t feel great. If feeling good is the definition of therapeutic then, my first answer is no. Courtesy of 3D glasses, my stomach lurches through the various chase and fight scenes and the vertiginous land-sky-scapes of Wakanda –…

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On Being a Writer of Colour – the Tide Is Finally Changing

From the dawn of time, stories have been integral to the development of communities. It is the way we have successfully passed down our culture, heritage and truths. But what happens when one story is suppressed and another made dominant? Enter the current publishing industry. As it stands, the amount of diverse voices in the…

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Collective Creation: An interview with SXWKS

Going it alone can be difficult. Whether it be little to no funding, oppressive restrictions or purely lack of confidence. As a creative going solo, I’ve often wondered if producing art would be easier in a team? If I’m surrounded by like minded creatives would it give my work the boost it needs or would…

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There Really Is Something Wrong with a Little Bump and Grind

Warning: abuse, violence, sexual assault Last year we saw Karrueche take out a restraining order against repeat offender Chris Brown, Kevin Spacey accused of assault against a minor, and a gruesome deposition of horrifying abuse suffered by girlfriend of American rapper XXX Tentacion. Black Brit artists are not exempt: Solo 45 and Bonkaz have both…

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Heaux Noire – London & Birmingham’s coolest poetry night for black and brown women

Heaux Noire -‘all puns intended’ as the host Anita explains-is a monthly poetry event for Black and Brown women writers. The event alternates between London and Birmingham with a line-up that mixes an impressive selection of open mic poets, as well as established performers. The poets are enviable; friendly, intelligent and effortlessly talented, many coming…

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