BLACK HISTORY, EVENTS, MUSIC

Legacy – The Black History Month Showcase | #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Legacy, our black history month showcase, was a huge success! Raw talent graced the stage in the form of singers, spoken word artists and rappers as well as committee members performing poems in line with the theme – the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement. Henry Stone then ended the night with three poetic pieces which blew the crowd away.

Photography by Lola (Creative Director) and Belita Marfo (Biggie Snaps).

And our Twitter mentions were filled with lovely comments about the night…

We’d like to thank everyone who was involved and the amazing audience who attended as there would be no show without you guys. We will be releasing an Autumn semester round up video very soon but if you performed on the night and would like individual videos, get in touch with Lola, our Creative Director. Or for promotion of your creative work, skills or anything relevant you can contact us via this link.

The Notts ACS team

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No Drama Obama? | Race and Politics Event

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Good morning all,

The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Research in Race & Rights are putting on another one of their insightful events and this time the focus is on Obama’s presidency. Professor Kevern Verney will be leading the lecture, chaired by Rosemary Pearce! Everyone is welcome and it’s free so you can register here so they are aware of numbers.

See you guys there!

The Notts ACS team

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Black History Month | Black Excellence 2

This week’s #BlackExcellence is:

Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba

Often referred to as ‘Mama Africa’ and ‘The Empress of African Song’, Miriam Makeba was a musical goddess in her own right. She was known for introducing Xhosa and Zulu songs to Western audiences as well as using her fame to condemn the South African apartheid regime under which wrongful imprisonment and death as a result of police brutality were regular goings-on.

-Miriam Makeba was born during an economic depression and spent her first few months on Earth in a South African prison alongside her mother who was imprisoned for illegally brewing beer to make ends meet.

-After testifying about the South African apartheid regime at the United Nations, she had her South African passport and citizenship revoked and her songs were banned in her home country.

-After relocating to the United States, she refused to conform to the norm; leaving her hair in its natural state and going makeup-free. She called this look the ‘Afro look.’

-Her famous song ‘Pata Pata’ made her the first black woman to have a top ten worldwide hit song ever in 1967.

-After her exile from South Africa, Guinea, Belgium and Ghana gave her international passports and she became an honorary citizen of ten countries.

-Miriam Makeba married, and later divorced, Stokely Carmichael: a Trinidadian-American civil rights activist and leader of the ‘Black Power’ movement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq5S5sH1Ikk – One of her most famous songs ‘Pata Pata’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mwh9z58iAU – Miriam Makeba performing ‘The Click Song’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWP5mBJ4HWs – Plea to the world to intervene in the South African apartheid regime.

Written by Michelle Tambi.

BLACK HISTORY, EVENTS

UoN Black History Month | Culture, History & People

This year the University of Nottingham are putting on some amazing events to celebrate Black History month ranging from film screening to talks and discussions. If you haven’t been to some of them already, check out the next upcoming events below. Don’t miss out guys, you can learn so much about black history regardless of whether you’re African or Caribbean.

-> http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/blackhistorymonth/2015/09/29/events-for-black-history-month-2015/

-> https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2015/september/black-history-month-2015-celebrate-with-the-university-of-nottingham.aspx

You can also email bhm@nottingham.ac.uk to register for certain events or to be added to the Black History Month mailing list.

The Notts ACS team

BLACK HISTORY

Black History Month | Black Excellence 1

Hey everyone, as you all know today marks the first day of Black History Month, a month where we celebrate all things black (but of course we should do this 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Today will also be the first of our weekly blog posts on #BlackExcellence – a series of short and concise posts that will educate you on people who have done or are doing revolutionary things for black people and more generally, the human race.

The first in our series of BlackExcellence will be:

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Malcolm X

Once a young delinquent, inspired by the rough streets of Harlem, it would be hard to imagine that Malcolm X would become the renowned fiery, controversial and opinionated figure he is known as today.

After an unsuccessful burglary, Malcolm Little served a 10 year sentence; During his time in prison he came into contact with the Honourable Elijah Muhammed and henceforth grew to become a passionate preacher of the Nation of Islam and once out of prison climbed the ranks to become a Minister for the Nation.

-He first changed his surname to ‘X’- denouncing Little as the name of a slave owner and therefore, a name not belonging to him. Then later adopted the name Malik El-Shabazz after a journey to Mecca.

-He quickly became a prominent figure in the media for his controversial views and statements; often referring to Caucasians as ‘blue eyed devils’ and sharing the belief that African Americans needed their own state to be able to prosper socially and economically.

-While a nation of Islam minister, he agreed with the philosophy that stated black people were the original people of the Earth and that white people were created by a scientist called Dr Yakub.

-After parting ways with the Nation of Islam and leaving for a pilgrimage to Mecca, his view of white people changed and he became more open to the view that all Caucasians are not inherently racist. “It isn’t the American white man who is a racist, but it’s the American political, economic and social atmosphere that automatically nourishes a racist psychology in the white man.” – a quote from Autobiography of Malcolm X.

-Malcolm X was assassinated on the 21st of February 1965 at the age of 39, leaving behind a wife and six children.

Here are a few interviews if you’d like to know more about him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRSgUTWffMQ ‘Who taught you to hate yourself?’

https://www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/~moritz/Archive/malcolmx/malcolmx.playboy.pdf – Interview with Alex Haley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENHP89mLWOY – The name ‘Little’ as a slave master’s name.

We hope you enjoyed this short post on this legendary man! Please feel free to send in any suggesstions for next week’s Black Excellence.

Written by Michelle Tambi.