Posted on 29 April 2009.
Is death the start of the human journey or its end? Is mortality a transition from one sphere of our existence to another – the recurring cycle of life, death and rebirth? From Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka’s versatile prose emerges a mournful piece of theatre, which isn’t in fear of difficult themes of life and death, tradition and loyalty. These are profound questions and the sacred Yoruba traditions are the raw material from which they are explored.
Written in 1975 – and with comedy, farce and stinging caricatures of British colonials – an intriguing dramatisation of the Yoruba worldview is elegantly portrayed. Read the full story
Posted in Black Britain
Posted on 28 March 2009.
Tuesday 11.30am March 31st & April 7th 2009 BBC Radio 4 and on BBC i-player for 7 days after broadcast
Programme 1: Less than 50 years ago a passionate bedroom kiss between a white man and a black woman in a popular television soap opera was the stuff of tabloid headlines. So risque that, in fact, once the news broke, the kiss was cut.
Inter-racial relationships were just one of the many taboos that early black actors had to deal with – as Burt Caesar discovers in the first of two programmes exploring how immigrants from the Caribbean were depicted in British screen drama.? He talks to some of the pioneering generation of black British actors about what it was like to play black characters in the 1950s and 60s, a time when the new Caribbean presence was still a curiosity for audiences in this country.
Programme 2: By the 1970s the prevailing screen images of black people were as muggers and thieves or as the butt of comedians jokes. But, as tensions between young black men and the police escalated in cities across the country, a small number of black writers and film makers started to challenge these stereotypes and tell their own stories. Their task was not easy but, as Burt finds out in this programme, the body of work they created now provides a valuable alternative view of black lives in Britain.
Contributors include: actors Earl Cameron CBE, Mona Hammond, Cy Grant, Joan Hooley, Rudolph Walker, writer Michael Abbensetts, film makers John Akomfrah OBE,Menelek Shabazz, Alrick Riley, sound recordist Albert Bailey, commentators June Givanni, Dr Jim Pines and Baroness Lola Young.
Please note: Most of the films discussed in this series can be viewed free of charge at the BFI Southbank’s Mediatheque in London or at the Quad in Derby
Mukti Jain Campion
Tel: 0208 994 6980
Posted in African History, Black Britain, Black People in Europe, Black Women
Posted on 09 March 2009.
Invisible Woman black Cinema at Large
I surf the web every single day, (sad I know) but I do it looking for great content to bring to you guys. Well mostly anyway ;D I often find that a lot of the material is either so short or so in depth that it’s not always suitable.
Many of the black blogs I come across focus specifically on one topic or so many that that they are hard to keep track of. Naturally I do find the odd few gems out there.
One such gem is this Invisible cinema. It focuses primarily on black/African Afctors and film. Whilst it can be kind of hard to always find what you might be looking for almost each and every little article is funny or on point which is a great feat to achieve. The blog is illustrated by an old school theme and peppered with descriptive images and witty captions. Some of the images made me laugh out loud, I don’t know where the blogger finds them. I particularly liked the critique of stereotypical film roles from black and latino actors. I think it will raise a few eyebrows for sure.
Get on over there and leave the lady some comments because we have to support each other.
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Posted in African American History, African History