The Guardian and 4th Estate present the BAME Short Story Prize competition is an opportunity for marginalised groups to share their stories and have their voices heard. If you self-identify please apply and share!
"2016 started with hope... Hope of peace with the signing of the peace agreement. Hope of coorporation between the leaders, but our expectations were quickly crushed..." Our 2017 was ushered-in in Kenya were we met members of Anataban; a collective of young South Sudanese creatives supporting the 'taban' - 'tired' people of South Sudan, during the … Continue reading #AnaTaban South Sudan Campaign for a Peaceful 2017
In April 2016, Fabio Tedde publicly shared his vision of taking a custom designed piano to Uganda to support an orphanage of 300+ children by touring and raising awareness of their plight. That dream was shared with me on my first day meeting Fabio aka Pianist Without Borders. As the name rightfully suggests, Fabio has … Continue reading #ThumbsUpForUganda awareness piano tour continues for Christmas!
"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!
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
When we invited New York based Italian film-maker Fred Kuwornu to launch Diversity Matters Awareness Week by previewing an exclusive screening of his film BLAXPLOITALIAN: 100 year of Blackness in the Italian cinema, it was an opportunity to include the voice of our Black continental European counterparts in the discourse around race matters. The fight for representation in … Continue reading Black Italian activist shares what it’s like being Black in Italy
The UK's first national heritage centre dedicated to Black history and culture, Black Cultural Archives (BCA), has put out an open call to the community in aid of identifying a minimum of 1000 successful and influential black people to make it on its list of Unsung Heroes! Details: - Successful black people across all sectors - Must … Continue reading Black Cultural Archives to honour over 1000 Unsung Heroes
In the mist of all the darkness surrounding killings of black men - both in the USA and UK, it's refreshing to highlight a positive spin on campaigning and challenging our social norms though 'art activism'... For the black community especially, this visual medium of campaigning couldn't be more apt to channel our frustrations into making a positive … Continue reading Diversity Matters Spotlight: Why ‘Black Faces in White Spaces’ matter (VID)
Earlier this week, we organised a fundraising film screening of "In The Shadow of the Sun" to support Wimbledon College of Arts (WCA) student Jacqui Ennis Cole who's art work is themed around awareness of people with albinism. Jacqui will be volunteering in Tanzania with Standing Voice to provide participatory workshops for women with albinism and mothers of children … Continue reading “In The Shadow of the Sun” film screening and fundraiser to support WCA student albinism awareness project!
When MA Drawing student from Wimbledon College of Arts, Jacqui Ennis Cole, reached out asking for support towards her fundraiser for a trip to Tanzania where she'll facilitate art workshops to support the work of Standing Voice organisation - accepting her request was the only option. WHAT IS ALBINISM? Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, recessive genetic condition that limits … Continue reading In The Shadow of the African Sun: An art student’s plight to raise awareness about albinism