On the 22nd of January, 2018 I was Sandra Gordon’s guest on her radio program, R.I.S.E Women [Which she usually hosts with Lynn Mareno] on Ujima radio, Bristol.
Black women who overcome draw a line in the sand,
for the next generation to step over, over, over,
till we get to the Promised Land…
Everyone who knows me (not that many people really) is probably completely fed up with me talking their ears off about the new unit we are teaching called Law and Race.(No, I haven’t heard of it either…) Because, I think all visual media makes significant contributions to knowledge, I have included several films in the reading. In this I have been inspired by one of my own lecturers, Dr Agata Fijalkowski whose lectures included 3 films. I have never forgotten that experience. Thank you Agata!
The first time I saw a copy of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney, I was in my first year at university. The book had a yellowing yellow cover and was nestled in the armpits of one of those people we not-so fondly called, ”Aluta boys.’ The first thought on my mind was, ‘what fresh hell is this?!!!‘
Black Earth Rising has finally ended, after a massive 8 weeks. For me, it was well worth every second I spent watching each hour long episode. The acting was superb. Every actor was absolutely on point. There was not a false moment. Such a strong female cast. My personal favourites… Every scene with Michaela Coel. The power trio. Lucian Msamati. Noma Dumezweni. Abena Ayivor. A ‘cameo’ from Wale Ojo as the refugee Doctor, Tamara Tunie as the gynaecologically oversharing Eunice Clayton…
On the 4th of October 2018, I gave a Black History Month talk, in which I argued that the ‘celebration’ of Black History Month should be more than an act of remembrance of voices at the margins but must have bringing about radical transformations as an ultimate aim. Especially in the context of such celebration by a university and within a university. And especially in the International Decade of People of African Descent.