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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

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Campaign launched for Britain's first black army officer to be honoured with Military Cross for bravery during the First World War

Second Lieutenant Walter Tull was the first black British Army officer; served in WWI

Elaine Brown is known for being the FIRST & ONLY women to head the Black Panther party. But more importantly she is a radical WRITER, ACTIVIST, SINGER. She also ran for the Green Party in the 2008 election. "The value of my life had been obliterated as much by being female as by being black and poor. Racism and sexism in America were equal partners in my oppression." Elaine is now the Youth Economic Development Coordinator with the office of Alameda County aka Oakland, California.

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.

Arthur Wharton (28 October 1865 – 13 December 1930) is widely considered to be the first black professional association football player in the world.

Ignatius Sancho (c. 1729 – 14 December 1780) was a composer, actor, and writer. He is the first known Black Briton to vote in a British election.

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:

We've been a fan of British novelist Helen Oyeyemi, since her 1st novel, "The Icarus Girl" (penned when she was just 19). Her latest novel "Mr. Fox", received a great review from the NY Times and has been nominated for a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

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This Is What British People Used To Dress Like

Mimi Joshua-Olushoga, London, 1971

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...”

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.

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.

Above the Rim , starring Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon, David Bailey. Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard. #Crime #Drama #Sport