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Why did Robert Mugabe let go of power?

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Love him or not, everyone has an opinion about Robert Mugabe. Whether you think he is one of Africa’s greatest freedom fighters who is unafraid to spit in the corrupt face of colonialism, or whether you think he is the corrupt face of an African freedom fighter turned dictator- Mugabe’s 37-year tenure will go down in history.

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50,000 Reasons to Celebrate

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Last night I went to The Common Sense Network, a news company that is set on the path to permanently revolutionise British media. After a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised £50,000 the team and supporters behind The Common Sense Network celebrated in style with delicious red-velvet cake and topical conversation about Beyonce’s legendary status. You could literally feel the energy and desire for these young people to create change in the British media landscape, and that’s why I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next!

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The Face of Grassroots Activism: Isis Amlak

 

 

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Activist Isis Amlak

 

 

Last Friday after watching the Young Historian’s ‘We Our Are Own Liberators’ film, a woman asked me to take a picture of her, because as she needed one for her next Spoken Word performance in THE GAMBIA. I took one, she then told me how she used to WORK for ‘Grassroots’, the home of Black Liberation Front, and a major part of the UK’s Black Power movement. I was happy when she offered to tell some more, we exchanged emails. Here’s what she had to say.

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Black British History: Reflections from The Black Liberation Front

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Memebers of the Young Historians Project, who brought History to life

On Friday I went to an exhibition and film primer, that was 2 years in the making, creatively crafted by the Young Historians Project, and listened to a panel consisting of some of the early pioneers of the Black Liberation Front, a British Black power organization created in 1971. It was fascinating hearing their experiences, and how they laid the foundations for Black Liberation in Britain. At the same time it was eerie listening to their past struggles as they sounded both strangely similar, but also alien to current black struggles in Britain and the diaspora.

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My First Four weeks at Four

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Today marks exactly four weeks since starting my job at Four Communications, a Marketing and PR agency. It’s been an interesting four weeks, mainly because of how new everything is. I’ve never had an ‘office’ type job before, but I’ve heard a lot about the infamous culture of the office, so as an ‘outsider’ to this new world, I thought I’d make a few mental notes on what I was experiencing.

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The original Charlie was black…

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Actor Freddie Highmore would have been 14 when filming started for the latest Roald Dahl remake

Yesterday, author Roald Dahl’s widow revealed that Charlie was black but Dahl was persuaded to make him white. I find it so interesting the concept of white washing can be found tucked away in a book that was written more than 54 years ago. I know some people will think Charlie’s skin colour is not that deep, but to me this revelation points to a valuable home truth people of colour need to learn.

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