October has indeed been an eventfull one, as can be expected with it being Black History Month in the UK. However events of the month also took me to Ghana where I had the honour of attending and supporting BTWSC/African Histories Revisited seminar held on the 14th October 2016, at the Ghana Institute Of Journalism … Continue reading IDPAD Ghana: raising awareness of International Decade For People Of African Descent
Did you know that Black students & International students at UAL (University of the Arts London) are 20% less likely to graduate with 1st or 2.1? That only 47% of International students graduate with a 1st or 2.1? Join Arts SU: UAL's Students' Union for a discussion on Working Through the Gaps - A discussion … Continue reading Working Through the Gaps – A Discussion on Attainment at UAL
Diversity Matters is proud to support the BFI Black Star Season; A celebration of black screen talent in film, TV and special events October - December 2016! Travel back with BFI to the earliest days of American cinema, where black performers fought against racism and stereotypes to blaze a trail for their inheritors to tread. View the giant … Continue reading BFI Black Star Season: Celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors
This month I'm embarking on a personal journey which involves the platform I've dedicated much of my time and energies to developing (and thankfully it's paying off!); I'm taking Diversity Matters to Ghana exploring the theme 'The Returned'; a personal take on the African diaspora (re)connection to Africa, through a host of events, reflective writing and interviews! We're supporting BTWSC/African Histories Revisited - a … Continue reading The Return: Diversity Matters supports UN IDPAD events in Ghana 2016
"Thing is, when you get out more, you see there's a disconnect between the real world & TV world. People in the TV world often aren't the same as people in the real world... Change is coming, but it's taking its sweet time." Idris Elba Who remembers where they were, or what they were doing when Idris Elba's speech … Continue reading #DiversityInMediaMatters: United Artists For Italy stand for representation in the media!
We caught up with UAL alumnus, journalist James Childs, founder of Diffrnt - an online magazine, who'll be curating an exciting exhibition exploring Hip-Hop culture both past and present! Diffrnt is an online magazine which aims to create a platform for aspiring & established talent in music, art and fashion. Diffrnt Presents Rap Portraits is their … Continue reading #DMSpotlight: Diffrnt Presents Rap Portraits on the 21st Oct 2016
A brand new academic year is upon us, as is the venture of setting up Diversity Matters as a Students' Union Society at UAL - you asked for us to stay so we're delivering! Arts SU Freshers Fair was a great way to introduce Arts Diversity Matters Society (Arts DMS) to University of the Arts London … Continue reading Diversity Matters at Arts SU Freshers Fair 2016 and Arts DMS committee roles!
Black History Month is an opportunity to highlight the history and contributions of African and African diaspora communities and individuals both past and present. Educational spaces have a history of producing grassroots campaigns in the discourse of representation. We caught up with Gabriel Choto, BA Fine Art student student using the facilities of his art school to … Continue reading #DMSpotlight: African Migration Exhibition curated by UAL Fine Art Student
Earlier this week we hosted an audience participatory art workshop to support LGBT charity Stonewall for their Stonewall Season exhibition next month. The workshop held at University of the Arts London (UAL), was facilitated by Black, transfemme performance artist and writer Travis Alabanza. "Instead of presenting a thing where maybe Black folk are expected to have this … Continue reading #ByYourSide: Diversity Matters LGBTQ workshop calls for allyship to the Black struggle
Despite working as a photographer for over six decades, James Barnor's relatively recent recognition has come at a demand; "It's only in the last 10 years... If it was before when I was younger I could have done more" James Barnor shared with me as the lights started to dim in a final call for guests to … Continue reading Ever Young: A meeting with a James Barnor