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October 14, 2021

The story of Coventry’s Windrush church

The story of Coventry's Windrush church - an historic sanctuary for new arrivals to our city The church was a safe space for West Indian arrivals It was founded by…
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October 14, 2021

Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah, awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature:

Congratulations to Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah, who has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature: Tanzanian novelist #AbdulrazakGurnah has said he was "surprised and humbled" to be awarded the…

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The writer Amanda Gorman in an image from Estée Lauder. Ms. Gorman is the newest spokeswoman for the beauty brand.

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‘How I escaped a hidden world of gangs and exploitation’


Aliyah

At first glance, Aliyah looks like any other 24-year-old – she loves fashion, posts selfies on Instagram and appears happy. But her smile conceals a background of abuse and exploitation – a pattern that experts warn is all too common among forgotten teenage girls.

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There is no such thing as a Republican or a Democratic judge. Climate change is a hoax.


UK urged to return sacred treasures hidden away for 150 years to Ethiopia

High-profile Britons urge return of plundered altar tablets that British Museum has never put on display

Ethiopian priests carry tabots during the Timket festival of Epiphany, celebrating the baptism of Christ.

Ethiopian priests carry tabots during the Timket festival of Epiphany, celebrating the baptism of Christ.Photograph: Age Fotostock/Alamy


 

They are hidden religious treasures that have been in the British Museum’s stores for more than 150 years, never on public display – with members of the public strictly forbidden from seeing them.
Now hopes have been raised that Ethiopian tabots, looted by the British after the battle of Maqdala in 1868, could finally be returned home following a new legal opinion and an appeal backed by Stephen Fry, the author Lemn Sissay and the former archbishop of Canterbury George Carey.

 

 

Launch of an evolved tube map dedicated to Black History in Britain



We’re pleased to announce the launch of an evolved tube map dedicated to Black History in Britain, in partnership with TfL, which coincides with Black History Month and our 40th Anniversary. The London Transport Tube map is reimagined with over 270 Black icons across the ages: Pre-Tudor, Georgian, and Victorian, to present times. 
Celebrating the rich and varied contribution many Black people have made to British life over the last two thousand years, the tube lines have been renamed also to represent the Campaigners, Vanguards, people from the LGBTQ+ community, Trailblazers, Artists, Medics, Performers as well as those from the Sports, Culture, and Literary scenes.  
Read more about the historical names here: https://blackculturalarchives.org/bca-x-tfl-list
You can get your own copy of the Black History Map from: https://blackculturalarchives.org/shop/black-history-tube-map
#BlackCulturalArchives #BlackBritishHistory #BlackHistoryMonth #transportforlondon

Today, the Nigerian film industry or Nollywood as it is more commonly referred to, is recognised as one of the biggest in the world.


There are star actors, higher production values and the intensely enthusiastic participation of global audiences in the burgeoning film scene in the country.

However, these advancements did not occur until recently, when it went from its direct-to-video hits in the Golden Era to its current state – the new wave, more controversially called “New Nollywood.”

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Ghana, Dubai South sign MoU to accelerate economic ties and bilateral trade

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Newcastle mayor Habib Rahman subjected to 'sickening' racist abuse as youths aim fireworks at mosque. The lord mayor, who has vowed to use his term in office to tackle racism and hate crime, was targeted by a gang of teens

We made history last night

in  the renaming of Cecil Rhodes House with
@missyankey @DavidOlusoga & @mayorofcamden.

77% of the local residents wanted this change to remove Britain’s top white supremacist.The new name is Park View House.


Last night, Park View House residents were joined by the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Sabrina Francis, Council Leader Councillor Georgia Could and Cabinet Member for Equalities, Councillor Abdul Hai to celebrate the occasion.

During the event, there were speeches from a resident, David Olusoga a historian, author and film maker, campaigner Patrick Vernon as well as from poet Miss Yankey. The Mayor of Camden also unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the name change.

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Windrush scandal: Victim on 38-year battle to return to the UK

Imagine going abroad to visit your in-laws and suddenly being told you have no right to go back to Britain because of a mistake in your passport.
That’s what happened to Richard Black, who went to Trinidad almost 40 years ago to see relatives and has only just won his battle to be allowed to return to the UK.
But like so many families separated by the Windrush scandal, the nightmare continues.
Mr Black’s daughter, who was born in Trinidad while he was stranded, is being denied the same right.
https://www.channel4.com/news/windrush-scandal-victim-on-38-year-battle-to-return-to-the-uk
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Racism within the Windrush compensation scheme

The Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman wrote her first story on the Windrush scandal almost three years ago – yet she is still hearing from people facing injustice. Alexandra Ankrah, the most senior black Home Office employee in the team responsible for the Windrush compensation scheme, discusses why she resigned this year, describing the scheme as systemically racist and unfit for purpose while Samantha Cooper describes her frustrations with trying to access financial help

 

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The government cannot ignore Black mothers any longer

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Waterloo Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, in Waterloo, Iowa. Fitzgerald, the first Black police chief in Waterloo, is facing intense opposition from some current and former officers as he works with city leaders to reform the department, including the removal of its longtime insignia that resembles a Ku Klux Klan dragon. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Waterloo Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, in Waterloo, Iowa. Fitzgerald, the first Black police chief in Waterloo, is facing intense opposition from some current and former officers as he works with city leaders to reform the department, including the removal of its longtime insignia that resembles a Ku Klux Klan dragon.

Vehement pushback against police reform is oftentimes a clear indication of progressive change being conducted on behalf of marginalized communities. Ignore the naysayers whose only interest is to maintain the status quo. Bravo Chief Joel Fitzgerald Sr., Ph.D.!

“NYPD’s Women at Ground Zero,” features the stories of women officers and civilians who selflessly served during and after the large-scale terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan.

It recounts the experience of Moira Smith, who was the only city policewoman to die on Sept. 11.

It is anchored by interviews with women officers who survived to reflect on their shared history from some of the highest levels in the department.

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Twenty years ago on 9/11, Marcy Borders ran down 81 flights of stairs inside of the World Trade Center to escape the north tower as flight 11 crashed just a few floors above.

She got to the bottom right before it fell and AFP photographer Stan Honda took one of the most famous photos in history from that day. It was seen around the world in thousands of papers.

She became known as the “The Dust Lady”. For years her identity was marred from this photo as she suffered and struggled for years due to the trauma she experienced that day.

She later contracted cancer caused by the toxins and passed away in 2015. Her story resonated with me for the last few years. And thanks to her daughter and family members in New Jersey, I was able to finally tell this story from their eyes and with their help.

Please honor Marcy Borders life as we commemorate the September 11 20th Anniversary by taking a read #SayHerName #MarcyBorders

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Stolen Soul

Africa’s colonial overlords brutally stripped it of countless cultural treasures. Now, the fate of these items is being hotly debated in Europe and Africa as well. Some say the pieces should be returned, while others have reservations.

European museums proudly present art and cultural artifacts from all over the world. But until recently, many of them have never considered their own complicity in the brutal ways in which the pieces were acquired. Only slowly are they starting to include the people to whose ancestors these artifacts once belonged in their decisions, although European colonial overlords pillaged and looted them in the first place.

The issue of restitution is taking on a new urgency in Germany, last but not least because of the controversy surrounding Berlin’s Humboldt Forum, which is home to non-European collections.

It’s estimated that more than 1.5 million artifacts from all around the world are held in storage at Germany’s ethnological museums. The Linden Museum in Stuttgart alone holds 60 thousand pieces from Africa.

How many of them were stolen? And how do museums address the fact that their colonialist collectors had blood on their hands? This documentary takes an African perspective on some examples, including valuable bronzes from Nigeria, an ornamental prow of a boat from Cameroon, and what is known as the Witbooi Bible from Namibia.

What do the people in the African countries where the pieces originated think about all this? What are the views of researchers, museum directors, artists and curators?

What emotions arise when the frequently painful past is stirred up and examined? And how significant is the issue in the context of problems such as poverty, hunger and corruption in former colonies?

Out of the void and stepping up

Meet women across South Asia who are breaking stereotypes and voicing their opinions loud and clear. Get ready for HER – great stories about stepping up, health, depression, dating, beauty and marriage filled with twists, turns and feeling.

01:19 – Out of the Void Mental health and addiction problems are not talked about in many Asian countries. That can make it especially hard to overcome the crisis and the pain. For this episode of HER, three women take a look back at very difficult periods in their lives and share how they found their way out of the void that surrounded them.

17:10 – Stepping Up Many women across Asia still lack access to basic education, and even educated women often face significant obstacles at work and in their daily lives. How can women secure their income? How can they succeed in male dominated professions? Are careers compatible with family life? Three women tell us their stories. DW presents:
HER In recent years important steps have been taken to strengthen women’s position in South and South East Asian societies dependent on the extent of their economic development. Reforms of basic rights and legal systems, demographic changes and more dynamic civil societies have made this transformation possible.
Despite all progress enormous challenges in various parts of Asia still lie ahead especially concerning gender equality. With this in mind the focus of our multimedia approach is on the lives of women from India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan. We show their experiences with stepping up, health, depression, dating, marriage and beauty. Each episode focuses on one topic featuring three women from different countries and different backgrounds.
The topics are universal and controversial. Finding Mr. Right and the meaning of marriage / HER (1/3): https://youtu.be/4_Ct8VsYnPM Beauty, body and mind / HER (2/3): https://youtu.be/CCtJ4Ta_1-c Women, mental health and equality – the challenges being faced / HER (3/3): https://youtu.be/3YZIObdGr_A #DWHer #documentary #women #Asia __