Windrush Community Fund Applications for 2021 Now Open

Voice4Change England (V4CE) are pleased to announce the Windrush Community Fund. This fund is open to community and grassroots groups and organisations to bid for financial assistance from a £500,000 fund to help ensure that community groups can give support to those of the Windrush generation who may have faced difficulties in demonstrating their status or who may have […]

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‘Queen of the May’ 1944: Little Black Girl Crowned During WW2 in Rural English Village

Rural life in wartime Britain movie clips often omit Black faces but this little girl was an exception. Archived footage shows the little Black girl, jolly as ever,  being crowned Queen of the May alongside her colleagues  beaming and wearing a beautiful dress as she is presented to the judges during the Spring Festival. Who […]

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Small Axe Series Review ‘Lovers Rock’

Eagerly anticipated the Small Axe mini series set the tone for what seemed a promising depiction of important aspects of West Indian community life in the UK. Mangrove was a good start, informative and with many facts highlighting the tribulations and victimisation faced by the growing Afro-Caribbean population in the UK by the early 70s.  […]

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Schools: Hackney Celebrates Black History in the Curriculum.

A new interactive  poster has been designed to  complement Hackney’s recent introduction of the Black history curriculum.  Hackney’s Diverse Curriculum – The Black Contribution has seen 480+ schools nationwide sign up in just under a month. The curriculum  has been developed by teachers and council staff, with a nine week lesson plan for any age […]

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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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Windrush Caribbean Film Festival going from strength to strength

Launched to coincide with Black History Month, the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCFF)  is well under way. If you missed any of the films and Q & A audience participation find our more here. Set to become an annual fixture the WCFF is gaining momentum with a panel of experts discussing relevant issues around the films […]

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Professor Hakim Adi’s New Book for Children – ‘The History of African and Caribbean Communities in Britain’

Joy Sigaud The History of African and Caribbean Communities in Britain Written specifically for children aged 12 plus, this new edition by Professor Hakim Adi, a 100 Great Black Briton 2020,  discovers the history of African and Caribbean communities in Britain, from pre-Roman times to the 21st Century. Many people think that Britain’s Black population […]

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Who’s Who in the Jamaican Diaspora – New Book!

By Joy Sigaud Official guide to Who’s Who in the Jamaican Diaspora Remembering those who have contributed so much in the past and those who continue to contribute to the enhancement of the community and the wider population of Britain. Order your copy now here  

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Black Liberation Front, 1971-1993 – A Blue Print for Activism Today

By A.S. Francis In the face of adversity and many challenges, the Black Liberation Front was a well structured organisation which made a huge impact  within the Black diasporas as well as internationally. It’s legacy  stands as a blueprint for activism today.  The Black Liberation Front (BLF) was formed in 1971  and to date  was […]

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‘Diversity Built Britain’ 50p coin unveiled

By Joy Sigaud  The Government has announced a new 50p coin to mark the profound contribution minority communities have made to the shared history of the United Kingdom will enter circulation next week. Around 2.5 million of the coins, which recognise and celebrate Britain’s diverse history, will be released on Monday. The coin features a […]

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Black Britain: Miseducation and Afro-Caribbeans Black History Month 2020

By Joy Sigaud 2020 has been a pivotal year for the Black Community of Great Britain and it is not over yet.  As well as being disproportionately represented victims of the Covid-19 pandemic, police attempts to undermine and humiliate Black people has come to the fore, thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement. Welcoming the […]

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Tribute To Mrs Constance Nembhard. She arrived in England in 1956 having begun her teaching career in Jamaica in 1947. She continued teaching in England for the next 30 years.

Joy Sigaud Mrs Nembhard (1929-2017) herself was a formidable force. Gentle in spirit, though strict,  she expected the highest standards from her pupils and many remember her to this day.  Undeterred by the racism she encountered she was aware what her Black pupils would encounter.   Having been educated on a part scholarship (which she was […]

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Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall DJ Rodigan Awarded by Jamaican Government

By Joy Sigaud English DJ David Rodigan has been awarded an Order Of Distinction by the Jamaican Government for his global promotion of Jamaican music. Rodigan’s undeniable success comes from his deep-rooted passion for reggae music and culture since he was a schoolboy. The longstanding champion of reggae and dancehall began his career in London […]

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About the Editor & Founder Joy Sigaud

  She speaks 3 languages, though a little rusty in some now by her own admission,   and has a longstanding history in publishing which began in 1979, after a short stint with Times Newspapers and then as Special Projects Manager for Africa’s leading business magazine at that time. She went on to publish her own […]

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