Reflections on Child Q

“Until the revolution come and all the feds start runnin’” Noname Last week, it became publicly known that a 15-year-old Black girl, known as ‘Child Q’, was the victim of state-sanctioned sexual assault and racist gendered policing, which were a violation of her human rights. We as a collective are enraged, traumatised, and deeply dispiritedContinue reading “Reflections on Child Q”

Child Q: Statement from BLAM UK

Last week, it became publicly known that a 15-year-old Black girl, known as ‘Child Q’, was the victim of state-sanctioned sexual assault and racist gendered policing, which were a violation of her human rights. We as a collective are enraged, traumatised, and deeply dispirited to learn that this had happened to Child Q. As an organisation that works with schools to abolish current systems and introduce transformative justice and BlackCrit practices and thinking, we have seen first-hand what happens when radical and transformative practices do not exist in a school. This is seen in the egregious failures that led to Child Q’s unlawful strip search.

In the 36 page report by the City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP), we read how she was adultified, subjected to misogynoir, racially profiled, and criminalised by her teachers, school, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), and the State.

Afrofuturism

By Pamilerin Thompson “I just knew there was stories I wanted to tell.” Octavia Butler Afrofuturism is represented and presented over several mediums ranging from art, music, literature, film, design, fashion, and more. Most commonly, though, it is recognised in the science fiction novels by Octavia Butler, the jazz music of Sun Ra, and theContinue reading “Afrofuturism”

From Harlem to Global Mogul: The Creative Impact of Dapper Dan

by Sophia Harberd Fashion plays a central part within Black culture and identity. The clothes, outfits, and accessories that we wear tell stories about our heritages and histories, as well as the traditions and skills that are passed down within material construction creative processes. Many items of clothing or accessories have become indicative of aContinue reading “From Harlem to Global Mogul: The Creative Impact of Dapper Dan”

Connecting Black Atlantic Languages

By Ife Thompson Unpacking the interconnectedness of Black Atlantic languages whilst disrupting linguistic supremacy through a decolonial lens. As words like Lit, Snitch, Tings, Gwarn, Gyal, Dem, Dey, Nyash and Bae have become words used by Black British English speakers and have effectively been creolised into Black British English. It is important we better understandContinue reading “Connecting Black Atlantic Languages”

A Brief History of Black Cowboys

By Pamilerin Thompson In this blog post, I look at famous Black cowboys and the influence they had on ‘cowboy culture’ in the US. I also explore the vital relevance Black cowboys have in our community today: including the sense of self-worth cultivated and developed by contemporary Black cowboy programmes. Let’s get into it! HistoryContinue reading “A Brief History of Black Cowboys”

Black Foods in the USA

by Rianna Wilson Food is a big deal in the US and Black food is an even bigger deal. We have all seen pictures of the elaborate and hearty cookouts, barbecues, seafood boils, Juneteenth celebrations, and the festive holiday meals that Black Americans make. So, what makes their meals different? The answer is Soul. “SoulContinue reading “Black Foods in the USA”

Black Foods in South America & The Caribbean

by Rianna Wilson We’re back for another installment of ‘Black Foods In…’ and today we are looking at foods eaten in South America and the Caribbean. So how did Black foods (and people) end up in South America and the Caribbean? I think the answer is simple, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade — the forced kidnappingContinue reading “Black Foods in South America & The Caribbean”