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 Tvs
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Second Lieutenant Walter Tull was the first black British Army officer; served in WWI
Black magician and his assistants. From the book “A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts 1920-1936.” Credit: South Carolina ETV.
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...”
Guillermo Moncada (1841-1895) was an Afro-Cuban military leader, and the well-known Moncada Barracks, nicknamed “el gigante de ébano” (the ebony giant) and “Guillermón” (big Guillermo) was born in Santiago de Cuba at a time when Black slavery was still legal and widespread in the island. He is also renowned for killing Miguel Pérez y Céspedes, the most feared “rancheador” or professional fugitive slave hunter in eastern Cuba.