EVENTS

Cultural Ball ’16 | Rooted In Gold (TICKETS!)

Hey guys!

Hope your exams are going/have gone well and everyone is excited about the 6th of June…
[IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW – FLASH TICKET SALE!!!!!]

It’s that’s time of the year again! Our finale event is here and this year we’ve themed it Rooted In Gold which is all about celebrating the riches of our African and Caribbean heritage! We’ve had an amazing year and would love to end it with a bang so we’ve put in a lot of effort and arranged a lot for you at this year’s Cultural Ball. The night will consist of a red carpet entrance, live performances, photo booth, African and Caribbean cuisine and lots more! See the posters below for more information.

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Make sure you grab your ticket ASAP as we’re having a FLASH SALE!
You can get 4 TICKETS FOR £20 EACH so get your squa ready and purchase before the sale ends TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT… Also, tickets purchased after 1st June will NOT include free transport to and from the venue so get your tickets sooner rather than later.

https://nottsacs.shoobs.com/

https://nottsacs.shoobs.com/

https://nottsacs.shoobs.com/

After you’ve speedily purchased your tickets, please put your names on the seating plan by clicking here.

Lastly, non-members: you can also buy your membership now to save money on tickets by clicking here. Make sure join and share the Facebook event and tell a friend to tell a friend!

Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us on snapchat (nottsacs) to stay up to date, see who else is on the line-up and any further info about transport etc…

See you there!

The Notts ACS team

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BOOKS

New year, new book | Best “New” African Poets 2015 Anthology

Hey readers,

There’s an exciting new book out called the Best “New” African Poets 2015 Anthology which is by Tendai R. Mwanaka (Editor) and Daniel da Purifacacao (Editor) with a contribution from one of our very own University of Nottingham students, Osita Kabba! The anthropology consists of 214 poems by 79 poets from over 23 African countries and the Diaspora, each delving into a huge variety of topics from corruption and exile to love.

You can purchase the book from Amazon or from the African Books Collective website here.

Please share and support the work of our fellow students and Happy New Year to you all!

The Notts ACS team

COMMUNITY, EVENTS

The Great Debate Tour 2015 | Nottingham (UoN x NTU) edition

The Great Debate Tour came back to Nottingham and this year we collaborated with Nottingham Trent for an interesting night of debating! There were some really exciting topics ranging from education to “black music” to politics and voting patterns.

Photography by Lola (Creative Director).

It was an incredible evening of discussion, banter and a touch of controversy and we hope you all took something from it. We’d like to say a huge thank you to The Great Debate team and panellists for coming down and hosting an amazing event with us.

The Notts ACS team

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

EVENTS

Meet Your Buddy

Every year we link up freshers with higher year students who act as their support system and go-to person throughout the academic year. Whether you need help with your course or just want to know where to buy plantain, you’ll have a buddy to assist you the best they can.

Photography by Belita Marfo (Biggie Snaps).

Honey, our welfare officer deals with the buddy system so if you have any questions please get in touch with her on Twitter or on 07931888603. There will be a ‘How well do you know your buddy’ event next semester to test you and your buddy and see who’s bonded the most so get involved (only members can participate)!

The Notts ACS team

BLACK HISTORY, EVENTS

No Drama Obama? | Race and Politics Event

Obama

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

BLACK HISTORY

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

FOOD

Where to | African & Caribbean groceries

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There will come a time when you’re just craving some sweet fried plantain or fried yam and fresh pepper. Yup, that day will come and when it does you’ll be thanking us for this blog post! After you run out of your stock of home cooked food you’ll probably want to buy some familiar groceries and follow mum’s recipe or just experiment in the kitchen.

Below are a few local supermarkets to cater to your needs:

  • Mogal Express – 188 Ilkeston Rd, NG7 3FY
  • Iqra shop – 117 High Road, Beeston, NG9 2LH
  • Victoria Shopping Centre market – 222 Victoria St, NG1 3PT

You can purchase all sorts of ingredients from plantain and yam to the realest seasonings.

Don’t forget to invite your lovely ACS committee round for dinner 😉