Black History is longer than a month...
Walks, Talks and Films on African history all year long
16 Years of Education Through Film
Black Women as Goddesses

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In this  issue:
 
Walks in St Paul's, Trafalgar Square, Soho
The real Nefertiti
When Aborigines became human (1967)
Sisters in Science Fiction: Black Women as Goddesses
Unbound: Black women directors season at BFI Southbank
Les Rue de Cases Negres/Black Shack Alley
Daughters of the Dust
Planet of the Apes Movie Breakdown
Medical Apartheid Update

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Nefertiti, an icon of Black Beauty ? Queen Nzingha lecture 35 
 Thursday 18th May 6.30-9pm
Free tickets HERE

An evening exploring ideas of beauty and the role of African Queen Nefertiti as a Black icon. From pop videos like Michael Jacksons' Remember the Time to Queen Latifah as Nefertiti in 2013, Queen Nefertiti has gained prominence as an icon of Black beauty. Nzingha lecturer Kandace Chimbiri, considers how Nefertiti has defined (or not) Ancient Egyptian Beauty. We will cover:

  • Who was Nefertiti?
  • What did she look like?
  • How and why did she become the definition of Ancient Egyptian beauty?
  • Is Nefertiti a valid icon for Black women when the most famous image of her shows her as White? White Supremacy at the movies
  • The role of African women ancient and modern in the construct of Beauty
  • Museums in Europe which hold African artefacts

Plus Q &A.This event is brought to you free by Black History Walks, donations gratefully accepted

Black Panther Movie breakdown: Fantasy vs Reality
Friday 19th May 6-8.30pm
Kings Cross area, more info and tickets HERE

The Black Panther superhero movie comes out in 2018 but the character has been around since 1966. In this Fantasy versus Reality breakdown we will chart the history of the African comic book character alongside the real Black history presented in (and left out of) the comics and upcoming film. We will also illustrate the factual history of the British and American Black Panther movements. We will cover:

  • The World War 2 and X Men connection
  • Black female warriors, the real Dora Milaje
  • The real life Vibranium, Captain America and the Ethiopian link
  • Stoke Newington and Brixton Black Panthers
  • Casting and Controversy. African spirituality and the origin of Bast
  • The Richest Man in the world Tony Stark/Iron Man or T'challa/Black Panther ?
  • Black British Civil Rights: Huey P Newton, Darcus Howe and the Mangrove 9
  • Marvel and Black Superheroes, creation and ownership, the African solution
  • What we can look forward to and what we can be worried about

About the speakers: This will be a double presentation with both Andrew Muhammad and Tony Warner delivering

When 'Aborigines' became human (1967)
Two films followed by discussion on White Supremacy
Saturday 20th May 2pm  @bfisouthbank 

To commemorate 50 years since 'Aborigines' became human under Australian law (1967) we host two amazing films, one drama and one documentary, about Indigenous Australians. The films screen back-to-back from 2-4.30pm in the cinema at BFI Southbank. Tickets for the films available now from HERE

The films will be followed by a presentation and Q&A on global white supremacy for which entry is free

Drama, Rabbit Proof Fence: Until the 1970's. Aboriginal children of mixed race were taken by force from their families and raised in training 'schools' that would prepare them for lives domestic servants. More than a century after slavery was abolished , a white 'democracy' was still practicing racism of the most cruel description. This is a true story, based on the book by Doris Pilkington of three children and their heroic resistance to oppression.The thousands of children affected are known today as the Stolen Generations. 


PLUS.

Documentary, The Redfern Story The Australian National Black Theatre was established in 1971, a few years after the 1967 referendum that recognised indigenous Australians as human beings. In the early 1970s, the Sydney suburb of Redfern hosted over 20,000 Aboriginal people. 
A small group of untrained, but passionate and talented activists came together and became a focal point for civil rights activism using theatre. The Redfern Story documents the efforts made through activism and theatre to bring the cause of Black people to public notice, as a first step towards gaining land rights and better treatment. With theatre, dance and song as powerful political tools. 

Black History Walks in London .
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Trafalgar Square Sunday 21st May 11am
St Paul's/Bank Sunday 28th May 4pm
Secrets of Soho Sunday 21st May 2pm

Book  via info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk 
As seen on BBC/Channel 4/CNN. Voted Top Ten walks in London by the Guardian
Private bookings available for students, staff associations, Saturday schools, pram posses and youth groups

'This is the second time I have taken my students on the Black History Walk around Notting Hill, and both times my students have told me that it has been one of the best aspects of the course. Our guide, is personable, kind, interesting and passionate about the importance of 'seeing' the Black history, along with racism and resistance to racism, that is all around us, part of our everyday life. His knowledge and integrity shines through - we all learnt so much. 
Kavita Bhanot, Lecturer of Creative Writing and Literature, Fordham University

The classic Black Shack Alley  on the big screen 
plus Q&A 
Saturday 10th June 2pm  @bfisouthbank 

The Martinique-born director, Euzhan Palcy, was just 25 years old when she directed this influential adaptation of Joseph Zobel’s, Black Shack Alley. Set in Martinique in 1930, Black Shack Alley (also known as Sugar Cane Alley) tells the story of a grandmother’s battle for her orphaned, eleven-year-old grandson Jose to receive a good education and escape a life toiling in the fields.  When Jose wins a scholarship, she is ready to sacrifice everything for his chance at a new life.


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Afro-futurism, Spirituality, Women and Media : Black Women as Goddesses
Four short films followed by Q&A with producers and directors
Saturday 17th June 2-6pm  @bfisouthbank tickets HERE

Part of our Sisters in Science Fiction season . A whole day of short films about Black women in Afro-futurist films plus Q & A with directors, activists and authors on heroic women in film. Films include:
Cable. A lone Black female astronaut fights the alien takeover of her world
Ori Inu.  a young New Yorker confronts her Christian family with Brazilian Candomble. 
Summer of Gods. , a beautiful little Brazilian girl undergoes rights of passage which link her to African Goddesses 
Rise of the O . A black female superhero series which draws on West African Orishas

NB. Five out of six of our last events here have sold out in advance. Please do not expect to turn up on the day and get a seat.

Unbound : The Black Feminine re-imagined
a season of films by and about  Black women @bfisouthbank
The classic Daughters of the Dust film by Julie Dash (image above) will be remastered and re-issued for the big screen

Full programme HERE

 An unbroken line of influence can be traced back from Beyoncé’s landmark visual album Lemonade to the imprint left on cinema by Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust: a connection highlighting the profound cultural legacy of images created by and about black women. With roots in theatre and activism – and springing from film movements such as the LA Rebellion and the Sankofa Film Collective in the UK – the works in this season are imbued with mesmerising poetic qualities, experimental techniques and a dedication to reflecting the black feminine in all its multitudes. As conversations about black womanhood dominate culture today, from #BlackGirlMagic to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche declaring ‘we should all be feminists’, Unbound revisits works that have historically been obscured from view, and introduces a new band of pioneers, with stories that are ripe for rediscovery.

Planet of the Apes movie breakdown
Fridays 23rd and 30th June 6-8.30pm
Kings Cross area, more info and tickets HERE

The blockbusting 'Planet of the Apes' series of films/tv series have many elements which parallel human and civil rights struggles all over the world. Many viewers have consumed these movies and, like the Matrix, not been aware of the coded messages and specific black history references in these films. Over these two sessions 23rd and 30th June, we will analyse and demonstrate;the double meaning in specific scenes, unveil the hidden agendas, show political quotes from the writers,actors and directors and show the black history references that are in plain sight. We will cover:

  • McCarthyism, Trumbo and Trump
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
  • Rod Serling, Zanuck and 1968 America
  • The original 1970's Apes movies, comics and TV series
  • The River Kwai connection
  • The Arms Race and Race Wars. Watts rebellion 1965
  • Sneak preview of some of the themes in the new War for the Planet of the apes film. The 'Uncle Tom' Gorilla etc

Medical Apartheid update

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Our recent talk on Medical Apartheid talk (above) was oversubscribed. Many people asked for more information and here are some links

How the French poisoned an entire Caribbean Island HERE

How the Dutch contaminated a west African City HERE

Where Europeans dumped toxic and nuclear waste in East Africa HERE

The American politician who suggested aborting all black babies HERE

The South African who researched weapons of mass destruction for use on the Black community HERE

Medical Experiments on Nigerians HERE