Not Everyday Shaku Shaku, Sometimes Adumu Adumu: Dance Cultures of Eastern Africa

Dance is a big part of life across the African continent. It serves many purposes; entertainment, enjoyment, religious rituals, celebrations, some are even used before warriors enter into battle. Whatever the dance is used for, the all share one characteristic – they are all very well structured and require a certain amount of talent toContinue reading “Not Everyday Shaku Shaku, Sometimes Adumu Adumu: Dance Cultures of Eastern Africa”

The Artistic Tradition of Yoruba Culture & Art

By Pamilerin Thompson The arts of the Yoruba are as numerous as our deities, and many objects are placed on shrines to honor the gods and the ancestors. Beautiful sculptures are made from wood and brass and the occasional terracotta. The Yoruba also have varied masking traditions that have resulted in a great diversity ofContinue reading “The Artistic Tradition of Yoruba Culture & Art”

Black Music as a form of Protest

By Michelle Aboagye What makes protest so impactful and so effective is its versatility. Protest comes in many shapes, forms and mediums, and as seen through history it can be inspired from even the smallest events. Protest is a human response to unpleasant and unfavourable conditions. Protest can be something as unifying as taking toContinue reading Black Music as a form of Protest

Black Countries, Indigenous Communities, and Climate Change 

By Michelle Aboagye Over recent years, the climate change debate has permeated all aspects of life, particularly in the media and amongst non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The reporting of several of the Extinction Rebellion protests from 2019-2022, as well as the continuous platforming of climate change sceptics in the media may have contributed to the popularityContinue reading Black Countries, Indigenous Communities, and Climate Change 

Urgent Human Rights violation trigger sent to United Nations for the Police Killing of Chris Kaba

 BLAM UK Founder sends an urgent warning to UN Human Rights experts and committees Dear UN CERD Committee and UN Experts, My name is Ife Thompson, I am a Criminal Defence Pupil Barrister, a Community Activist, Founder of BLAM UK and a United Nations Fellow for PAD 2020. I am emailing to highlight the fatalContinue reading “Urgent Human Rights violation trigger sent to United Nations for the Police Killing of Chris Kaba”

The History of Brixton

By: Michelle Aboagye ‘Little Jamaica’, the ‘one-time Oxford Street’, and other nicknames sometimes refer to this multicultural, multi-ethnic melting pot – Brixton. Brixton is a district in the South London borough of Lambeth known for multiple traits, such as its high population of Black communities and the creativity of its residents. Before being built upContinue reading The History of Brixton

Notting Hill Carnival; The ultimate display of Caribbean culture in London

By Rianna It is impossible to call yourself a true Londoner and not have at least heard of Notting Hill Carnival. Every August bank holiday, North-West London comes grinding to a halt. You’ll be sure to see people in bright costumes or covered in paint (depending on the day), smell the sweet flavours of jerkedContinue reading “Notting Hill Carnival; The ultimate display of Caribbean culture in London”

The History of Black British Climate Activism

By: Michelle Aboagye Britain has had a long history of environmental consciousness, evident by its anti-pollution legislation. Interestingly, the world’s oldest anti-pollution legislation is a British decree from 1273 which made the burning of sea coal forbidden. Where there is environmental legislation, there is environmental consciousness. And where there is environmental consciousness there are environmentalContinue reading The History of Black British Climate Activism

The History of Saturday Schools

By Michelle Aboagye Black Saturday schools have been in existence for as long as there has been a significant Black presence in the UK. Saturday schools, also referred to as supplementary schools, have had a long history in the UK. They were first associated with Irish migrants in the late 19th century, but since theContinue reading “The History of Saturday Schools”