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
"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
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
BFI London Film Festival is just around the corner! Get ready for the world’s best new films in cinemas across London from the 5th -16th October... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OekM2EzMeQ Taking place in 14 venues across the city, BFI have a number of films in the programme showcasing diversity in cinema, and features some of the best black talent in film. Catch … Continue reading 240+ Films – 12 Days – 1 Festival: The BFI London Film Festival 2016!
In June we invited Travis to perform at the private view of our Diversity Matters Exhibit which showcased over 10 artists works themed on diversity and race matters. And to continue the relationship established, they'll be facilitating our Stonewall art participatory workshop exploring the theme #ByYourSide this coming Black History Month.CLICK HERE the blog post. Travis … Continue reading Diversity Matters Spotlight: Black, Queer and Gifted – Travis Alabanza
Divercity Arts Project was a 2 week programme delivered by Diversity Matters, which offered students who felt marginalised or from lower-income house-holds an empowering opportunity to attend workshops, be mentored by industry creative professionals, create works for sale and gain enterprise skills by selling at Camden Market over a weekend! Students were encouraged to explore … Continue reading Divercity Arts Project: Platforming Emerging Young Artists through Enterprise Skills
Hailing from Bahia; the Brazilian state rich in African culture, currently undergoing a revolution of re-claiming it's 'blackness' starting from it's very root - the natural hair movement, there's more to Magá Moura than meets the eye! Great meeting fashionistas Maga Moura and British-Nigerian blogger Mariette Immaculate at AfroPunk Paris! https://youtu.be/zn8akJ3rENA Check out our full video of who … Continue reading AfroPunk Paris: Diversity Matters with Maga Moura & Marriette Immaculate