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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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    Black British Horseguard at Buckingham Palace

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

    Second Lieutenant Walter Tull was the first black British Army officer. (1888-1918)

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Stella McCartney's Olympic uniforms #UK #British #England #best www.roehampton-on...

    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.thebritishbla...

    Gullah/Geechee TV with Queen Quet EP 116 Red King Danto

    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.

    Mimi Joshua-Olushoga, London, 1971

    "I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels." -Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014)

    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

    Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874 – 1938) was a Puerto Rican historian, writer, and activist in the United States who researched and raised awareness of the great contributions that Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Americans have made to society. Aurthur was known as the “Sherlock Holmes” of Black History, and he was an important intellectual figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

    In April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was murdered by a group of young white men on a street in south-east London. From the first police investigation onwards, the case was badly mishandled. In the end, long after the case against the five suspects had been dropped, the government had to give in to mounting pressure and hold a public inquiry, which became the most explosive in British legal history....'And Still I Rise' by Doreen Lawrence - Download a free ebook sample and give it a try!

    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...”

    Alice Walker. Brilliance.

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