Why World Afro Day is Important to us by Destini Bleu

September 15th, 2020 marks the fourth annual World Afro Day. A day which celebrates Afro hair, culture and identity, whilst drawing attention to problems such as hair discrimination and inequality. The key aims of World Afro Day are to spotlight Afro excellence, raise awareness and create normalisation and relating to Afro hair and the educationContinue reading “Why World Afro Day is Important to us by Destini Bleu”

Path to Revolution: The History of Rebellion in Jamaica by Malaika Laing-Grant

Some would contend that the abolition of slavery and the liberation of the wider British Empire, was brought to a natural conclusion due to parliamentary processes and reform, or to the alleged decline in significance for the British economy. For many scholars, this contention is largely a misconception which disregards the fundamental revolutionary processes atContinue reading “Path to Revolution: The History of Rebellion in Jamaica by Malaika Laing-Grant”

Mental Health & Therapy in the Black Community by Tavie-Tiffany Agama

In this short piece Tavie explores the issues that many Black people face in the UK when seeking professional help for their mental health and questions whether the mental health services in this country are doing enough to cater to our needs. “Other people are going through much worse you know?” “Have you been praying/readingContinue reading “Mental Health & Therapy in the Black Community by Tavie-Tiffany Agama”

Fifty Years On: The Mangrove Nine Protest by Ruby Koopman

The 9 th August 2020 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Mangrove Restaurant protest; this however was more than just a “restaurant”- the Mangrove was an important hub for the Black community, a regular meeting spot for Black intellectuals and activists. The peaceful protest in London’s Notting Hill was as a result of the constantContinue reading “Fifty Years On: The Mangrove Nine Protest by Ruby Koopman”

Why we need a move towards a Transformative Justice framework within schools by Ife Thompson

In the absence of government-led reforms to the current racist, chaotic and unregulated state of the Schools exclusion system we have in the UK, we are calling for a school-led change to supporting young people.  We at BLAM UK are calling on schools to channel their energy into less punitive approaches that will, in turn,Continue reading “Why we need a move towards a Transformative Justice framework within schools by Ife Thompson”

Black Geographies: Mapping Political Movements By Malaika Laing-Grant

In my previous article, I briefly touched on the evolution of Black Geographies, as well as some of the prominent thematic areas within the Black Geographies scholarship, including space‐making, and the Black geographic imagination. Here, I investigate the relationship between geographic regions and black political movements as a core and inextricable element of the BlackContinue reading “Black Geographies: Mapping Political Movements By Malaika Laing-Grant”

OFQUAL’S STANDARDISATION PROCESS IS DISCRIMINATORY and CLASSIST

BLAM UK is an educational and advocacy not-for-profit This week, A-Level, BTEC and other higher education qualification grades were released by Ofqual (the UK regulatory body for exams and qualifications) prompting a public outcry over downgrading. At the sharpest end of this are multiracial working-class pupils in attendance at comprehensive schools in historically underfunded areas,Continue reading “OFQUAL’S STANDARDISATION PROCESS IS DISCRIMINATORY and CLASSIST”

Why The Black Lives Matter Movement Matters to Me ( BLAM UK Essay Competition) By Sarah Fowler Aged-13

The Black Lives Matter movement. What is it? How is it interpreted? How is it important? How does it relate to problems like police brutality? And how does it affect the lives of black people, young and old? In this essay, we will address these questions and the importance of the movement to me. TheContinue reading “Why The Black Lives Matter Movement Matters to Me ( BLAM UK Essay Competition) By Sarah Fowler Aged-13”

Why The Black Lives Matter Movement Matters to Me ( BLAM UK Essay Competition) By Tapiwa Chingati-Phiri Aged-16

I am the future. A way maker and a change maker. So, I owe it to my ancestors, my younger self and my legacy that I kneel with the movement, that I stand with the movement and that I march with the movement to fight for our rights.   To me, the Black Lives MatterContinue reading “Why The Black Lives Matter Movement Matters to Me ( BLAM UK Essay Competition) By Tapiwa Chingati-Phiri Aged-16”