Why black British drama is going online, not on TV Faced with British TV's indifference to black shows, young writers and directors are taking their talents to the web to find an audience. Bim Adewunmi talks to some of them
Black British actors are taking Hollywood by storm. In recent years more and more have been cast in on-screen roles, not just in big budget U.S. films but also on American television. In fact, nowadays it is highly likely a Brit will be found starring in a major Hollywood movie or hit TV series. Currently, U.S. television boasts several black British actors who are regular cast members in popular shows like Homeland and Game of Thrones.
Octavia E. Butler, science fiction writer. She was one of the best-known African-American women in the field, with works including the Patternist series (including Wild Seed), Lilith's Brood (formerly the Xenogenesis trilogy), and the Parable series. Her work was associated with Afrofuturism, where sci-fi parallels a marginalized, Black experience. She became the 1st science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant and was a recepient of Hugo and Nebula awards. R.I.P.
As WW1 centenary commemorations begin let's remember the contributions of all. Many African/Caribbeans joined the forces and 'Black Poppies', written by Stephen Bourne, tracks the their endeavours in The Great War. Bourne's book is published this month. As part of the commemoration, iconic British buildings will turn off their lights at 22:00 BST. Source: www.thebritishblacklist.com
During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d'Honneur from French president Charles deGaulle.
Racist pub landlord tells TV chef Lorraine Pascale 'n*****s aren't welcome' but she's OK because his wife 'likes her cakes'
Ms Pascale, born to West Indian parents and adopted by a white family at 18 months Ms Pascale began modelling when spotted at a Devon boarding school at 16. She became a face of Donna Karan and Versace and was the first black British model to be on the cover of American Elle
Colonial soldier with German women, 1919. In the period following World War I, French colonial troops were used as part of the Allied occupation of the German Rhineland, in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles. Germ Hitler wrote about the Black Shame in Mein Kampf, decrying the "negrification" of Europe. His government would later sterilize 500 or so mixed-race children born of African servicemen and German women (the so-called "Rhineland Bastards"),
Biography/They Die By Dawn Evocative, provocative, highly imaginative and utterly individual, The Bullitts are the brainchild of writer, producer and musician Jeymes Samuel. Samuel is a producer/singer/songwriter and filmmaker. His debut album They Die By Dawn and Other Short Stories is due out in the summer of 2012.
WOW! A film is in production about Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. She lived at Kenwood House with the her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, a judge, famous for presiding over the Somerset case regarding the legality of slavery in England. "This is an important story which still has great resonance today," said producer Damian Jones. "[Director Amma Asante] has created a powerful tale inspired by true historical events...”
Attendants at Old Slave Day, Southern Pines, North Carolina April 8, 1937 Photo forms part of the Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. WPA, Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives collection Old Slave Day was a day set aside annually for former African American slaves. Participants spent the day in the Municipal Park sharing their experiences and recollections with the thousands of people, black and white, who came to see and hear them.