By Rianna Wilson We all love a good boogie. The Electric Slide at the end of a family party (that’s the Candy Dance for those who are not familiar with the official title), a Zanku in the middle of an Afrobeats set or maybe just a simple two step at a work party. Once theContinue reading “Dance cultures of the Caribbean”
Blam UK condemns the recent articles by a range of white-owned media companies that further entrench language discrimination and the erasure of Black British English speakers in British society. The British media has a long history in shaping racist, discriminatory and anti-Black racial discourse. The highlighted articles make repeated, unfounded statements about Black British EnglishContinue reading “Blam UK condemns the recent anti-Black language racism from UK white-owned media outlets”
By Rianna Wilson When you think of African art, you probably think of traditional art like this: And you’re technically not wrong. However, there has been a shift in African art. Artists are moving away from the traditional pieces and materials and methods of art-making and have developed modern art pieces that mesh the oldContinue reading “African Contemporary Art”
By Christina Idowu Black British English (BBE) is a distinct language that directly connects us to our ancestors, who created and used their own language as a form of cultural resistance. Using elements of African and Caribbean languages, such as Pidgin and Patois, and Black-British vernacular to those who speak it and those who feelContinue reading “The mental health impact of the policing of Black British English”
By Christivie Manga Grime tracks tell a story of Black urban youth experiences growing up in London Origins of Grime Grime is a genre of uniquely Black and British electronic rap/hip-hop music that emerged in East London in the early 2000s. Grime is known to be rapid, syncopated breakbeats, generally around 140 beats per minute,Continue reading “The UK’s Very Own Refreshing and Upbeat Genre…GRIME”
by Christivie Manga Fun fact: Did you know sound systems were invented in Jamaica? Sound systems are one of the most overlooked aspects of Black-British music despite being a commercial success story of immense proportions! Sound System: Defined A sound system is the combination of microphones, signal processors, amplifiers, and loudspeakers in enclosures all controlledContinue reading “Diving Into the History of the Legendary Jamaican Sound System”
By Sophia Harberd For centuries Black people have been shaping the popular music scene in Britain. By the 15th century, Black music traditions were being carried en masse with the African diaspora over the 400-year period when swathes of Africans were stolen and brought across the Atlantic into the ‘New World’. This population of theContinue reading “Notes in time: Retracing the influence of Black British musicians in the 15th-19th centuries.“
By Rianna Wilson Can you name any Black artists? For an extra challenge, can you name any Black British artists? If not, don’t fret. We are here to help you out! So first we should define what it means to be ‘Black British’. The Black British population is made up predominantly of descendants of immigrantsContinue reading “Black British Art”
“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”
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.