BLAM UK condemns the behaviour of Shortlands Station staff

On December 5, 2022, at Shortlands station, two young Black school children were harassed by rail staff and British Transport Police (BTP) officers. Anti-Blackness from rail staff  When considering the adultification of Black children by the establishment, this is a prime example. At no point can it be justified to have this number of adultsContinue reading “BLAM UK condemns the behaviour of Shortlands Station staff”

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”

Mami Wata, La Sirene, Mama Dlo

Mermaids in African & Caribbean Mythology By Michelle The myth of the mermaid is a universal cultural staple. They feature in fairytales, fantasies, adventures, and the like. The concept of mysterious beings who live in the sea and other bodies of water has captivated the minds of those who live on land for milenia. TheContinue reading “Mami Wata, La Sirene, Mama Dlo”

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”