British history and anti-racist campaigning A discussion event

 British history and anti racist campaigning A discussion event

We are pleased to announce that our first event ‘British history and anti-racist campaigning‘ will be held at the Marx Memorial Library, London EC1 on Tuesday October 20th at 6.30pm until 8pm. Please go to our Eventbrite page to register. The event is free of charge but registration is required.

This event is inspired by listening to anti-racist campaigners say that their work is hampered by a general lack of historical knowledge in respect of Empire and colonialism amongst the white British public. In order to explore this more fully, the event will bring together four speakers to examine the relationship between the white general public’s understanding of British history and anti-racist campaigning work. Since the point of the event is to assist historians in directing their research in socially responsible and useful ways, the speakers will be campaigners, journalists, and educationalists rather than academic historians. The panel members will each approach the topic from a different vantage point based on their experiences and will speak for 10-15 minutes each. After which, the discussion will be opened up for the next hour or so to include the floor.


Kiri Kankhwende: ‘How the lack of a historical perspective fuels racist media narratives about migrants’.
Kiri is a journalist and immigration and human rights campaigner.

Rita Chadha: Title tbc.
Rita is the Chief Executive of RAMFEL.

John Siblon: ‘Losing and gaining the British Empire in the classroom’.
John is a Sixth Form History Teacher in London and PhD candidate.

Suresh Grover: ‘Before My Memory Dies: The Persistence of Imperial Racism’
Suresh is Director of the The Monitoring Group and a Civil Rights campaigner and will explore how the role of the British Empire remains invisible in understanding the cause and impact of racism in UK today.

Event Info:

Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015
Time: 6.30pm8pm
Venue: Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU

Format: 4 speakers (10-15 mins each), followed by an open discussion with the floor

Eventbrite: Register here
Facebook: Applied History Network
Website: Applied History Network

The Applied History Network is a group of PhD students and early career researchers committed to politically engaged history. We put on regular evening events in London which aim to apply an historical perspective to contemporary events and debates.

The event grew out of conversations started at the ‘what is radical history?’ conference at Birkbeck in March 2015. In an effort to carry on these important debates, we put on free events every two months in central London. We have events scheduled for 20 October 2015, 1 December 2015, February 2016, April 2016 and June 2016.

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Oxford University’s Black History Month Lecture 2015

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On 20th October at 6pm, Professor Hakim Adi will present the University of Oxford’s 2015 Black History Month Lecture, entitled ‘The 70th Anniversary of the Manchester Pan-African Congress and Its Significance Today’.

The Fifth Pan-African Congress (Manchester 1945) was the most influential and politically significant of the seven Pan-African Congresses, as it brought together key activists who would later play leading roles in liberation struggles across the continent, including Jomo Kenyatta, the first leader of Kenya after independence, and Kwame Nkrumah, who later led anti-colonial resistance in Ghana. American writer and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois chaired the Congress, describing 1945 as ‘a decisive year in determining the freedom of Africa’.

The talk is free, but registration is recommended.

Hakim Adi has written widely on Pan-Africanism and the modern political history of Africa and the African diaspora. His groundbreaking work includes the political history of West Africans in Britain, and the influence of Communism and Pan–Africanism on anti-colonial activism. He is the author of West Africans in Britain 1900-1960: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Communism (1998), Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 (2013); (and with Marika Sherwood) The 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress Revisited (1995) and Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787 (2003) He has also written history books for children, including The History of the African and Caribbean Communities in Britain.

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Sandy Parris and Ladies Who Lunch

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The founding principle of Ladies Who Lunch UK is ‘Women Empowering Women’ and my aim is to provide a forum for women of all backgrounds, cultures and nationalities to meet, share and exchange experiences, views and ideas in order to gain confidence, knowledge and grow. My extensive work experience includes legal PA, senior EA, project management and hospitality roles in corporations such as Marriott International, where I gained considerable insight and experience working in multi-national organisations.

In 2008, I pursued my passion for event management and following a series of successful social and business networking events, I founded Ladies Who Lunch UK. To date, the Ladies Who Lunch team have designed, managed and hosted events around the world, including the US, the Caribbean and most recently the UAE.

I am passionate about issues affecting women and actively raise awareness and funds for several charities including Cancer Research UK’s Breast Cancer Campaign, Breast Cancer Care, Champions in Pink (Barbados Cancer Society Breast Screening Program), Women For Women International and The Eve Appeal.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we host annual ‘Ladies Who Lunch UK’ fundraising events in the UK and the Caribbean.

As a co-founder of Rocking Ur Teens CIC, I’m delighted to have helped create an inclusive forum to support teen girls to embrace their uniqueness, share, learn, grow and successfully navigate their teenage years to make change happen.

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Jenny Garrett is Rocking her Role

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Women’s Coach of the Year 2014, APCTC award winner Jenny is a sought after executive coach and trainer, author of Rocking Your Role, the how to guide to success for female breadwinners, speaker, founder of Reflexion Associates leadership consultancy and Co -Founder of Rocking Ur Teens CIC.

Jenny mentors women entrepreneurs and executives internationally for the Cherie Blair Foundation and was a finalist for the PRECIOUS Mentor of the Year 2012. She is a selected Sage Business Expert.

Jenny was honoured to be listed in LinkedIn Uk’s Top 10 Power Women 2013 and is Vice Chair of the TwentyTen Club, an award-winning organisation and website committed to connecting, supporting and inspiring Black female entrepreneurs and the enterprising women of the future. Jenny is an Advisory Board member for Generation Success,  a student-led society built on creating shared value between three key stakeholders: students, employers and charities.

She has been featured on TV across Europe, has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, featured in Magic FM’s Book Club and been quoted and written articles for numerous publications. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post, has her own radio show and has been quoted on the front page of The Daily Telegraph on the rise of stay at home fathers being fuelled by the growth of female breadwinners.

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Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, the Chineke! Foundation and the power of classical music

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Viva Chineke! Viva Musica!

At the Chineke! Foundation, we think that all young people deserve the chance to grow and develop as musicians, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Chineke! therefore seeks to be a force for good in the classical music industry, levelling the playing field for young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) music students, and helping to create a vibrant new generation of professional musicians of all colours.


At the Chineke! Foundation, our goal is to make music, so at the heart of our project are our two orchestras.

The Chineke! Orchestra is Europe’s first, professional all-BME orchestra. Drawn from orchestras across the continent, our players represent some of the best musicians of any colour working in Europe today.

Chosen through a rigourous audition process, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra represents the very best young BME talent between the ages of 11-18. Mentored and tutored by our senior musicians, the Junior Orchestra is truly where the future of classical music lies!

Board members

Meet the two sisters that make up half the Board of Directors

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Candace Allen

Candace Allen is a novelist and essayist, with a particular affinity towards music. In her book Soul Music The Pulse of Race and Music she investigated the inspirational personal, social and political power of music, visiting the Sistema programme in Caracas and its off-shoots in the UK and US as well as similar projects in Palestine and Kinsasha. Her novel Valaida, was based on the life of trumpet-player Valaida Snow. She was a political activist in her time at Harvard University in the late 60s/early 70s – instrumental in the establishment of its African and African-American Studies Department, now headed by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. — and again during the 2008 Obama campaign. She is frequently asked for broadcast and newspaper comment on culture, race and politics.

In a previous life she was the first African-American female member of the Directors Guild of America, spending some twenty years in Hollywood film production. She lived in Berlin for several years in the 1980s and has lived in London since 1994.


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Joy qualified as a chartered accountant with Horwath Clark Whitehill and became a member of both the ICAEW & ICAN, in doing so, setting a Guinness world record for the most chartered accountants in one family along with her father Chief David Dafinone and her 3 brothers and sister.

After qualifying as an accountant Joy worked for KPMG in their UK Financial Services tax division before joining General Electric (GE).

In 2003, she became a partner at Horwath Dafinone, the largest indigenous firm of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria. Joy used her expertise in UK tax to customise Sage’s payroll software in the Nigerian market and in 2005 the firm were in the top 10 resellers of SAGE worldwide.

Following the birth of her first daughter in 2006, Joy joined Amazoil, where she is now a director.

Founder – Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE

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Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE

Chi-chi is Principal Double Bassist and co-founder of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She is Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and was made a Fellow there 1998.

Her range of musical interests has resulted in a broad career performing and recording in a diversity of styles from authentic baroque through to 21st century and new commissions, with many of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras and ensembles. Some of her notable chamber recordings include Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet (recorded three times), and Octet, Beethoven Septet, Hummel Piano quintet and Boccherini Sonatas. Her solo recording of Dittersdorf and Vanhal Concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Hyperion CD 67179 received critical acclaim.

In 2012 Barrie Gavin directed a documentary film about Chi-chi’s career, called ‘Tales from the Bass Line’.

As a broadcaster, Chi-chi presented BBC Radio 3 Requests for four years, she guests for the TV Proms and was Jury member of BBC 2 TV Classical Star. She will be presenting a new two part series for BBC Radio 4 in 2015 which brings to life the stories and music of black composers and musicians from the eighteenth century, whose vivid presence on the classical music scene have slipped through the net!

She sits on the Board of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, is a Patron of the Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians, Music Preserved, and the Cherubim Trust. Chi-chi is a past board member of the Association of British Orchestras.

The Salomon Prize was launched in 2011 by the ABO/RPS and celebrates the ‘unsung heroes’ of orchestral life; the orchestral players that make our orchestras great. It is Chi-chi’s brainchild.

Chi-chi was awarded an MBE for services to Music in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday honours. She was voted one of the ‘100 – Happy List’ in the Independent on Sunday 2011. And she still loves the blues!

Read more on her website including tour dates.

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A multimedia feature film about Gentrification in Brixton and South London

Hat tip: Babz Rawls

A Moving Image : A Film about Gentrification

 A multimedia feature film about Gentrification in Brixton and South London

Tanya Fear


A Moving Image is a multimedia feature film about Gentrification in Brixton, incorporating fiction, documentary and performance art.

We follow Nina, a young stifled artist as she returns to her community after a long absence – she is soon painted as a symbol of gentrification and struggles with her complicity.

She forms a three-way relationship with an actor called Mickey and a Nigerian performance artist called Ayo, who both have very different views on the changes taking place in their environment.

During an unnaturally hot summer in London, Nina sets out to create the ultimate piece of art to explore her complex relationship with her community.

In doing so, she poses a tricky question – is she truly part of the problem or can she use her work to be part of the solution?

On her journey, she interviews real members of the community who have been affected by Gentrification, blurring the line between reality and fiction.



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Rienkje Attoh

Rienkje Attoh is a National Film and Television School (NFTS) graduate. While at the school she produced a mix of fiction (The Agreement, The Earth Belongs To No One), animation (Banaroo) and documentary (The Pink House) shorts. She has also co-produced (Hen Pecked), and is currently developing a slate of her productions.
She is one of the three inaugural Prince William scholars supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros. She is mentored by Christine Langan, the head of BBC Films and Chris Law at Warner Bros.

Rienkje has over seven years broadcast experience. She started her career as a journalist at BBC South West in 2006, moving on to produce news and current affairs programmes for TV. In 2009 she moved to BBC London where she produced numerous radio programmes, including The Late Show with Nikki Bedi. She has also worked as a production journalist for ITN and voice artist for Euronews.


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Tanya Fear

Tanya Fear is a London based actress. She is currently shooting a 10 episode Canal+ crime drama called “Spotless”. She has starred in TV shows such as “Some Girls” The Midnight Beast and upcoming BBC1 comedy Boomers. She is passionate about film and theatre and starred in hit African comedy “The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and his Sexy Wife Chipo” at the Tricycle Theatre. She also starred in US summer blockbuster “Kick Ass 2”.

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Jamelia is one of ITV’s Loose Women

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Jamelia has over 1.7 million album sales with 7 top 10 hits from her album Thank You including Superstar, Thank You and her co-write with Chris Martin, See It In A Boy’s Eyes. Jamelia stormed the top 10 again with Stop, her signature track for the second Bridget Jones film. Jamelia’s has also seen success in Europe, Australia and New Zealand where she reached No 1.

Winner of four MOBO awards, including Best UK Act and Best British Female, she has performed at the MOBOS and co-hosted the awards in 2007.

The Superstar singer has also worked with brands including Pretty Polly, Reebok and has fronted her own ethnic hair care range called Model.Me. endorsed byToni&Guy. Jamelia has also been the cover girl for Harpers and Queen, Cosmopolitan and Elle magazine.

Jamelia has authored her own BBC3 documentary and fronted the Channel 4 show, The House that Made Me. She alsostarred on the judging panel of BBC3’s Move Like Michael Jackson. Jamelia is currently starring as one of the judges on The Voice of Ireland.

Find out more about Jamelia in her Q&A:

I’m best known for: Singing a few songs and my big mouth

The proudest moment of my career is: Performing for and having dinner with Nelson Mandela

The first thing I do in the morning is: Check my twitter (@jameliatweeties if you’re interested)

My favourite lunch is: A chipotle burrito – thankfully they don’t have them in Birmingham or I’d be a beached whale!

The most famous person in my phonebook is: Naomi Campbell

The actress who would play me in a film about my life is: Kerry Washington, because I love her!

My favourite memory from working on Loose Women is: Having two people I know and love on my first show – Biggins and Ben Miller

If I wasn’t presenting Loose Women, I’d be: Eating and sleeping, so basically you’ve saved my life!

You’d be surprised to learn that: I am obsessed with Christmas songs

The one thing I couldn’t live without is: My two daughters and chocolate

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