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”

Jungle Music & Gentrification

The emergence of jungle music in the early 1990s deserves a special spot on the timeline of Black British music. The unique blend of reggae, reggaeton, dancehall, hip-hop, soul and funk sounds was built on a foundation of Black British artists, yet enjoyed commercially by the masses. Jungle music and the surrounding community marked a safe space for young Black people to partake in their own ‘rave-style’ events.

The myth of “proper” English – How the ban on Black British English continues a colonial tradition of linguistic injustice

By Oyin Makinde & Eve Doran Upon learning about the ‘language ban’ of Black British English (BBE) at Ark All Saints Academy, BLAM UK wrote an open letter detailing the harm caused by such practices and demanding the removal of it. In response, we received a short letter that ignored and misidentified language discrimination againstContinue reading “The myth of “proper” English – How the ban on Black British English continues a colonial tradition of linguistic injustice”

Campaign Update – Banning of Black British English at Ark All Saints Academy

On Monday 11th October we received a short letter from Principal Lucy Frame at Ark All Saints Academy in response to our open letter sent on 7th October. We were disappointed that the letter was generic and that it failed to respond to any of the points we raised in our detailed letter.  The Academy’sContinue reading “Campaign Update – Banning of Black British English at Ark All Saints Academy”

Exploring Black Languages, a quick look at AAVE (African American Vernacular English)

By Temi Oyenuga Surely, you’ve heard of the words ‘bae’… ‘lit’… ‘trippin’, ‘what’s good’. In your music, on social media, or maybe just in everyday conversation. But have you ever stopped to wonder where these words actually come from? The renowned lingo forms part of a language called AAVE. For those who don’t know, AAVEContinue reading “Exploring Black Languages, a quick look at AAVE (African American Vernacular English)”

Press Release – BLAM Calls for the Immediate Reversal of a South London School’s Decision to Ban Black British English from the Classroom

Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health  http://www.blamuk.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER 2021 BLAM UK Press Release: Leading Black Organisation Calls for the Immediate Reversal of a South London School’s Decision to Ban Black British English from the classroom. A South London Secondary School, Ark All Saints Academy, has banned the use ofContinue reading “Press Release – BLAM Calls for the Immediate Reversal of a South London School’s Decision to Ban Black British English from the Classroom”

The historic significance of community-based collective action in decolonising education By Eve Doran

The discourse around decolonising education has been brought to the public stage in recent years. Activists, academics, educators, parents, and students alike have voiced their concerns about the whitewashing of British history and anti-Blackness in all levels of education.   An important early initiative towards the decolonising the curriculum movement as we know it today thatContinue reading “The historic significance of community-based collective action in decolonising education By Eve Doran”