Small Axe: Black Film Miniseries by Steve McQueen

The first film from Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated Small Axe will premiere on BBC One and iPlayer on Sunday 15th November at 9pm. The five original films that make up the Small Axe collection by Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker, Steve McQueen will air weekly on the BBC’s heartland channel. Set from the […]

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Paulette Wilson Award Acceptance Speeches

By Joy Sigaud   The first annual Windrush Caribbean Film Festival came to a close this weekend. Coinciding with Remembrance Sunday, screenings and discussion panels took place throughout the day culminating in the Awards Ceremony which this year had to be virtual in accordance with Covid-19 national lockdown rules. The new Paulette Wilson award, so […]

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Kelvin Okafor Artist, Editions Cover Story, Baby Zuri, Winnie Harlow, Naomi Campbell and more…

By J. Sigaud The front cover image that captured thousands of  hearts and imagination yet many were surprised to learn this was not a photograph but a pencil drawing. Such talent has earned Okafor recognition and acclaim and yet he remains humble to his craft. Editions Black Lifestyle Magazine captures the growing spirit of entrepreneurship […]

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Pelé – The Legend – Art World Celebrates his 80th Birthday with Exclusive Exhibition

By Joy Sigaud Revisiting the exhibition of his 75th year it is timely that for perhaps the “greatest footballer of all time”  his birthday falls during  Black History Month Whether you like football or not, everyone knows the name Pelé, celebrated worldwide for his great talent and skills with the ball. It is claimed that […]

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BBTA Award Winners aired on Sky Arts Last Night!

By Joy Sigaud See Gallery Below In case you missed the first ever national televised screening from the Young Vic  of the Black British Theatre Awards (BBTA) here is a list of the winners.  Founded by directors Solange Urdang and Omar F Okai and sponsored by Sky Arts, the BBTA has gone from strength to […]

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BBTA Launches Global Black Theatre Directory for Black Creatives

By Joy Sigaud The Black British Theatre Awards are launching The Black Theatre Directory. The much needed  global online database will feature profiles of Black theatre talent right across the industry including performers and creatives. Designed to expand awareness and visibility of Black expertise, it will provide the international theatre industry with a pool of […]

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First Contemporary African Photography Gallery Launches – London

By Joy Sigaud In spite of the  restrictions caused by the pandemic Covid-19, the London art scene continues to thrive with many exhibitions now presented online. This Black History Month sees a number of Black artists making their mark in the sector which can be visited for the live experience.    Doyle Wham, a contemporary […]

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BBTA 2020 Theatre Awards Nominees Announced – Watch on Sky Arts

The BBTAs, Black British Theatre Awards,  have revealed the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards nominee list and this year’s nominees represent some of the finest work by Black performers and creatives in UK theatre. The 2020 awards ceremony promises to engage and inspire audiences nationwide when it airs on Sky Arts during Black History Month. […]

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Windrush – Then and Now! Words and Music Event

WINDRUSH FOUNDATION  presents WINDRUSH THEN AND NOW! WITH SANDRA AGARD & KEITH WAITHE on Wednesday 23 September 2020  7.30pm to 9pm FROM THE CARIBBEAN TO THE UK, HOPES AND DREAMS SAILED THE OCEANS BLUE; SO MUCH WAS LEFT BEHIND.  MEMORIES WERE MADE IN PASTURES NEW. THROUGH WORDS AND MUSIC, SANDRA AGARD AND KEITH WAITHE WILL […]

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Legacy Of The Sugar Plantations

By Joy Sigaud From the lush groves of cane Standing in majestic rows under vivid blue sky Tall green grasslike feathered poles The juice is sweet, Who would ask for sweeter Who could ask for more. That sweet tooth is with us still today. They, the plundered, chop chop chop in season with their machetes […]

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El Anatsui Ghanaian Artist – Two Stunning Concurrent Exhibitions

From 15th July – 8th August the October Gallery London  is  focusing on Ghanaian born artist El Anatsui.  They will be showing his metal wall sculptures and a selection of prints created in collaboration with Factum Arte, Madrid.     El Anatsui who lives and works in Nigeria  is arguably one of the most influential […]

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Mandela the Artist – The man behind The Hand of Africa whose Legacy knows no Boundaries.

“Only three people in the world whose artwork sold for charity would attract so much interest: Nelson Mandela, the Prince of Wales and the Pope.”  by Anna Hunter curator and gallerist. In 1997  we were at a meeting at St James’s Palace to discuss some new watercolours by the Prince Charles and the programme we […]

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Nigerian born artist Toyin Ojih Odutola’s installation commissioned by Barbican

Supported by The Arts Council England and Jack Shainman Gallery New York,  the Barbican Art Gallery will present A Countervailing Theory, a site-specific installation for The Curve. It is the  first-ever UK commission by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola. Ojih Odutola’s epic cycle of groundbreaking new work unfurls across the 90-metre long gallery.  An immersive soundscape […]

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WINDRUSH DAY EVENTS 2020 – WHAT’S ON!

Black Cultural Archives: Oral Histories of the Windrush Generation Windrush 2020 community online event by BCA and  Radiate Festival. Monday 22 June 2020 10:00 GMT+1 / 45 Minutes via Zoom https://www.radiatefestival.com/festivals/event-links Brighton Museum: Reminiscence and Reflections on the impact of Windrush to our collective memory and national cultural life.  Brighton Museum & Art Gallery are pleased to host […]

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Windrush Heroes Sam King MBE and Claudia Jones – Joyce Fraser gives a personal insight.

 A woman of many talents, award winning descendant of the first Windrush pioneers,  Joyce Fraser is the  founder of the charity Black Heroes Foundation. Here she speaks frankly to Joy Sigaud about some of her personal experiences as a child of the Windrush Generation and the making of the acclaimed film, The Story of Sam […]

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