Akila Richards and Ink On My Lips

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Akila Richards is a writer and spoken word artist of German and Liberian ancestry. Akila immigrated to the UK in 1984 and performed in theatre, collaboratively and solo in the UK.

Akila has been published in three anthologies with her short story ‘Eleven Years’ by Penguin in The Map Of Me in 2008, her poem ‘Red Saviour’ in RED by Peepal Tree in 2010 and in Ink On My Lips in 2013.

She works professionally in the creative and cultural sector.

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2015 Black Portraiture{s} II Conference: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories -28 thru 31 May in Florence

 2015 Black Portraiture{s} II Conference: Imaging the Black Body and Re Staging Histories  28 thru 31 May in Florence

The conference and exhibition will offer comparative perspectives on the historical and contemporary role played by photography, art, film, literature, and music in referencing the image of the black body in the West. It will be held in Florence, Italy, in May 28-31, 2015—as a sequel to five conferences held over the past six years. The most recent conference in the series was held in Paris, France in January 2013, where it attracted over 400 attendees. As on those occasions, the sixth conference will bring together artists and scholars from an assortment of disciplines and practices, including art history, fashion, dance, theater, and studio art, in wide-ranging conversations about imaging the black body. In this context, “Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories,” explores the impulses, ideas, and techniques undergirding the production of self-representation and desire, and the exchange of the gaze from the 19th century to the present day in fashion, film, art, and the archives.

In conjunction with the conference, the exhibition, ReSignifications, curated by New York University Professor Awam Amkpa, will be open May 29th to August 29th 2015. The exhibition is an inter-artistic re-staging of European 17-19th century objects of decorative arts loosely termed ‘Blackamoors’, through works that foreground African and African Diasporic bodies as heterogeneous subjects of history and culture. It includes the blackamoors alongside contemporary re-stagings of black African bodies as subjects of varieties of contemporary art by artists working in Europe, Africa and the Americas. ‘ReSignifications’ brings together these artists in a critical dialogue with artifacts that objectify black bodies, as well as those that portray black subjectivity. The exhibition will intersect with the conference papers in order to enhance the discussion among scholars, visual and performing artists, writers, historians, arts administrators, curators, legal scholars, students and the general public.

Registration is open on Eventbrite.

Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century – May 8 event in Oxford

 Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century   May 8 event in Oxford

Launched in January 2013, the Race and Resistance network brings together researchers in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

We meet every Friday during term-time, with sessions taking a variety of formats, including lectures by invited speakers, short research presentations, seminars discussing pre-circulated texts from a range of disciplines, book launches, and film screenings.

All are welcome to attend.

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

Events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford University (unless otherwise stated), and lunch will be provided at the lunchtime meetings.

8th May, 12.30 – 2.30pm: (**please note change of time and place)

Film screening of When Voices Rise, followed by discussion with civil rights activist, Dr Kingsley Tweed.

Eccles Room, Pembroke College

When Voices Rise is a 2002 documentary focusing on the civil rights movement in Bermuda and the struggle to end segregation in the 1950s. The film was directed by Errol Williams and features an interview with Dr Kingsley Tweed, founder of Bermuda’s Black Brotherhood.

International Natural Hair Day – Amsterdam

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Wearing curls and afrohair in its natural state is booming. More and more people are turning their backs on relaxers and proudly wear their hair natural. In 2012 the American vlogger Adeaa Rogers founded International Natural Hair Meetup Day (INHMD). A day when wearing natural hair is celebrated worldwide. This year, International Natural Hair Meetup Day is on Saturday May 30th. Amsterdam is particpating for the third time. Gisèle Cooper, owner of the shop is Shesells.nl is hosting the event with the theme “Healthy Hair & Skin from within.” The event takes place from 12:30 to 18 pm at the Paasheuvelweg in Amsterdam Southeast.

The program will include a Q&A session with natural hair bloggers, the workshops ‘Beauty from within’, ‘Colour Styling’, ‘African head massage’ , ‘Basic Haircare’and ‘Healthy Kids Hair’ interviews, an inspirational speech, hairstyle and headwrap demonstrations, an award for the visitor with the best hairstyle, photo shoots, goodie bags, a mini fair with haircare products, hair analysis, cosmetics, clothing, jewelry and much more. Tickets are available online via www.naturalhairday2015.eventbrite.nl

For more information Gisèle, She Sells | www.naturalhairday.nl | naturalhairday@gmail.com | 020-3656692 | 0624556844

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Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century – May 1 event in Oxford

 Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century   May 1 event in Oxford

Launched in January 2013, the Race and Resistance network brings together researchers in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

We meet every Friday during term-time, with sessions taking a variety of formats, including lectures by invited speakers, short research presentations, seminars discussing pre-circulated texts from a range of disciplines, book launches, and film screenings.

All are welcome to attend.

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

Events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford University (unless otherwise stated), and lunch will be provided at the lunchtime meetings.

Week 1:    1st May  (12.45  – 2pm):

A discussion, led by members of CRAE (Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality), exploring the lessons in curriculum reform that can be learnt from other institutions.

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