Almost year and a half after the announcement of whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union (leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%, source BBC), this week's #DMSpotlight quote serves as a reminder of unity through our shared 'lived experiences' and intersecting histories... "Brexit doesn't mean we should lose our 'Black in … Continue reading #DMSpotlight: Brexit doesn’t mean we should lose our “Black in Europe” solidarity!
The Diaspora Pavilion run from May 13th at the Palazzo Pisani S. Marina during the 57th Venice Biennale, offering an alternative perspective to the conventional contemporary art discourse. As the exhibition drew to a close this week on the 26th November, I took the opportunity to reflect on my experience at the Diaspora Pavilion earlier this year... … Continue reading Diaspora Pavilion 2017: Through my lens and reflections
The prospects of life after university for recent graduates should be filled with one of opportunity and freedom. Freedom from the confined walls of the lecture room, and opportunity that what has been learnt can secure job prospects to enhance their livelihood. However, a study released earlier this year by the Institute for Social and Economic Research … Continue reading #DMSpotlight: Life After Art School with Darren Appiagyei and Philip Alo
If you missed us on the 'I am Gap’ panel conversation on inclusivity and diversity within the creative industries streamed live from #IamGAPstore Covent Garden on the 22nd February - you can still join the conversation! Earlier last month, GAP kicked off the Spring season by transformed their Covent Garden store to celebrate forty seven years on … Continue reading #IAmGAPStore: discussing the diversity ‘GAP’ in the creative industries
The first Diversity Matters 'The D-Word' session took place at ThoughtWorks earlier this week offering an opportunity to address race-related issues in a safe space for open and honest critical discussion. Participants from diverse backgrounds in various HR roles, creatives, students and recent graduates all with a common goal of addressing the necessity of diversity … Continue reading #TheDWord addressing diversity in the Work place, ThoughtWorks Soho
Check out Kai Lutterodt, Diversity Matters founder, featured in a recent Huffington Post article written by William Barylo; sociologist, filmmaker, writer, photographer, and spiritual adventurer. The post titled 'Dark Times, Bright Voices: Hope From The Diaspora' highlights 5 change-makers during the uncertainty of our current political climate contributed by Brexit and the US elections. "Being recognised considering the short time … Continue reading Dark Times, Bright Voices: Diversity Matters featured in the Huffington Post
The ECU (Equality Challenge Unit) national conference 2016 took place at the Nottingham Conference Centre on the 29th and 30th November. The art-decor style building exterior lead into a vibrant modern interior which doubles as part of Nottingham Trent University, making it an ideal setting for discussing issues relating to Higher Education. Professor Janet Beer, Chair, … Continue reading Connect – Collaborate – Share: Highlights from ECU Conference 2016
"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." James Baldwin, A Talk to Teachers 1963 Yesterday signified a heroic day. I submitted by dissertation, which marks end of my studenthood at University of the Arts London … Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Race” dissertation submission!
It's not often that you're given an opportunity to meet royalty. So when that opportunity came through the likes of a book signing at Waterstones earlier this year, I took the opportunity to not just meet Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate, the great-nephew of the late Emperor Haile Selassie I, and have my copy of his book signed, but … Continue reading Diversity Matters Beyond Black History Month: Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate on his great-grand uncle the late Emperor Haile Selassie I
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