Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Small Axe: The Mangrove at the BBC

The Real Mangrove NIne
Imagine you are sitting in a local Caribbean cafe, enjoying a meal with your friends and loved ones, and the police come in and smash the place up.  I heard about the Mangrove  many years ago.  


This is the first of four films which The BBC will be screening on the BBC under the heading of "Small Axe".  

These films by Steve McQueen, who directed Twelve Years a Slave, will explore the experience of Black people in Britain.  

All the proprietor, Frank Crichlow, wanted was to run a Caribbean restaurant which reflected his culture and that of his local community.  But the racism of the police turned it into a battleground.  They are shown brutally trying to close down the Mangrove and even assaulting Frank Crichlow in the courtroom. 

This film, The Mangrove, is still available on iplayer.  This article about the Mangrove and the Mangrove Nine contains footage of the events described.  It also gives background information, including the fact that drugs, which apparently came from a police lab, were found on the premises.  

Black activists, including Darcus Howe, got involved in the struggle around the Mangrove.  This was an education for many people, not least Frank Crichlow.  

If you have not seen this film, you definitely need to see it.  I hope it will be shown internationally.  

Plus journalist Peter Kellner talks about giving evidence at the Old Bailey trial of the Mangrove Nine

See also:  Injustice:  The Film the Police Tried to Ban.  

Plus, we discussed television showing films about the Black experience here.  

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Success Strategies with Zhana: What's on Your Mind?

Kamala Harris
At the time of recording, the result of the U.S. election had just been announced - a few minutes before we went on air, we found out Joe Biden was the new President, with Kamala Harris his new VP.  Listen below for more. 

What do you think about this?  What prospects does a Biden Presidency hold for our communities? 

Did you listen to our Election Day Roundtable?  Or our Post-Election Roundtable

Meanwhile, here in the UK, we are back in lockdown due to the coronavirus covid-19.  How do you feel about this?  Will it work to stem the rise of covid-19?  And what will it do to the economy? 


This scientist says the pandemic is over in the UK.  I find this fascinating.  What do you think? 

Our caller from Ghana told us the President of Tanzania had tested a papaya - and it had been found covid-positive.  

Plus:  Before Black History Month in the UK, why was there so much Black programming?  What are your thoughts?  

Go here to listen

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Injustice: The Film the Police Tried to Ban

My guest on the most recent edition of my Success Strategies online radio show was Ken Fero, the director of Injustice.   You have probably heard of, or seen, Injustice, Fero's film about seven UK families that are still fighting for justice after a family member died in police custody.  The police tried to ban this film - every time a cinema was scheduled to screen it, the police would phone them 15 minutes beforehand and tell them not to show it. 

Go here to listen.  

Ken Fero spoke to me about the fact that the police are, in his words, "killing Black people", and that this must stop.  

Some people believe the "Black Lives Matter" movement only pertains to the U.S.  Ken Fero talked with me about filming the experience of Black people and other migrant communities in many places, including the UK, Germany and France.  Go here to listen

He also spoke about his new film, Ultraviolence, and the fact that deaths in police custody are just "the tip of the iceberg".  

For more about Ken Fero and Injustice, see Ken Fero on Deaths in Police Custody.  

Go here to listen to our conversation.  

See also:  Protecting Our Communities.  

As I am sure you know, October is Black History Month/African Heritage Month here in the UK.  

And, of course, every month is Black History Month/African Heritage Month.  

Go here for my recent conversation with Brother Tony Warner of London Black History Walks:  Does Black History Really Matter?  As usual, he offered us loads of information about Black British history. 

Go here for more of my Black history blogs.  

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Go here for more from the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2020.  

Monday, September 14, 2020

Girl Knocked Unconscious in Racist Attack after Telling Boy “My Black is Beautiful”

Nevaeh Thomas, an 11-year old girl from Kansas City, says that she was racially harassed and assaulted by a 12-year old boy while playing outside. The boy allegedly began calling her racial slurs and then knocked her unconscious when she told him “my Black is beautiful.” 

Go here to read more about this.  

I see this photograph of her lying wounded in a hospital bed and it just breaks my heart.  

Your Black IS beautiful, baby.   One has to wonder why this boy is so hateful at the age of 12.  Why can't he tolerate a Black child celebrating her own beauty?  So sad.  These stories break my heart.  

This is just one more reason why we need Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and The Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence.  

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Global Peace Summit with Naimah Latif

I am delighted to invite you to The Global Peace Summit with Naimah Latif, owner and Executive Producer of The Female Solution, which will be held this weekend. We will be live on Blogtalk Radio, on Facebook and on Zoom - see below for details including the full schedule.

The presenters on The Female Solution - including me - will speak during the weekend, sharing thoughts about practical methods for achieving and maintaining global peace. I will be speaking about Nonviolent Communication (NVC) on Friday at 10 a.m. Central Time/4 p.m. UK time.

The full schedule is below. Please join us for as much of the programming as you can, and please share this with your networks.

As we are still reeling from the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many others, never was there more of a need for the Global Peace Summit.

For more about the Global Peace Summit, see:  How Can We Create aPeaceful World? Part 5. For more information, check out The Female Solution on Facebook.  

We will be live on Zoom (with segments heard on Blogtalk Radio on Soul Purpose Healing, It’s My House, and The Female Solution Radio show.)

Friday, August 28, 2020 9 am-2 pm Central Time / 3 pm-8 pm UK time

Zoom Meeting ID: 853 2272 7205 Passcode: 200663Okk

Saturday August 29, 2020 9 am-2 pm Central Time / 3 pm-8 pm UK time

Zoom Meeting ID: 853 5219 9959 Passcode: 040656

This two-day international meeting of the minds will feature presenters from all around the world sharing programs that provide for the health, interests, rights and needs of the people.  Many organizations whose members envision a world of peaceful coexistence through cooperation and mutual respect have demonstrated great success with initiatives that provide solutions to the challenges we face.  This gathering is for the purpose of sharing these solutions so that each of our local successes can spread to the global community. The format is as follows:

Each half hour segment will feature three presenters that give a five minute synopsis of their program, their successes, the challenges they overcame and their website and contact information. In the next 10 minutes, members of the audience may ask a one-minute question or make a one-minute statement regarding the information presented.

Watch us live on Zoom or listen live on Blogtalk Radio and call in and comment:

Friday, August 28th

9-10 am Central / 3-4 pm BST


10am -12 noon Central / 4 pm-6 pm BST



12 noon to 2 pm / 6 pm-8 pm BST


Saturday August 29th 2020

9 am-11 am Central / 3 pm-5 pm BST


11 am-2 pm Central / 5 pm-8 pm BST,



The program is as follows:

Friday, August 28, 2020

9:00 Introduction of Presenters for the Day

9:30 Energy Healing: The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection

10:00 Non-Violent Communication: The Foundation For Peace (with Zhana)

10:30 How To Discipline Children Without Hitting Them

11:00 Peace Schools: Teaching Values in The Classroom

11:30 Cooperative Farming, Urban Gardening

12:00 Avoid Hospitals With Healthy Food Prepared At Home

12:30 Humanity First: Helping Our Neighbors

1:00 Housing Cooperatives, Tiny Houses

1:30 Solar Energy, Own Your Own Power

2:00 Closing

Saturday August  29, 2020

9:00 Introduction of Presenters For the Day

9:30 Bitcoin: A New Global Currency Empowering People

10:00 The Pan African Connection: Doing Business Overseas

10:30 Ending Conflict Through Interfaith Communications

11:00 Declaration of Peace, Cessation of War (DPCW)

11:30 Ethics In Elections: How To Protect Your Vote

12:00 Creating A Culture of Gender Equality

12:30 Redefining Manhood: Bringing Fathers Back Home

1:00 After Incarceration: Transforming New Citizens

1:30 Security With The Right Spirit: Police Officers Who Pray

2:00 Closing

For more information, check out The Female Solution on Facebook.  

Please submit your blog post to The Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence


Monday, August 10, 2020

How Can We Create a Peaceful World? Part 5

The Female Solution

If you have been following this series, you know I was not particularly happy with how Part 4 went.  However, I really enjoyed Part 5, and I think you will, too. 

In the first half, I spoke with Dawn Williams of Black Women for Positive Change. She told us about the Week of Nonviolence events from previous years, plus plans for this year.  Go here to listen.   

In the second half, Naimah Latif, Executive Producer of The Female Solution, told us about the forthcoming Global Peace Summit which will be held at the end of this month.  I am very excited about this and invite you to take part.  Go here to listen

Go here for more about the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2020 and how you can submit your blog post. 

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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

How Can We Create a Peaceful World? Part 4

How Can We Ceate a Peaeful World? 
In the second half of my "Success Strategies" online radio show, we continued our discussion on “How Can We Create a Peaceful World?”. If you missed parts 1-3 of this discussion, go here to listen to them.  
But you don't need to listen to them before hearing this one.  Listen below. 

I was not happy with the way this discussion went.  We got sidetracked and didn't really address the question.  

I do not personally believe that guns, or any weapons, bring about peace.  The police are killing Black folks, our children are killing each other, children are walking into their schools  and opening fire, killing teachers and other children.  That is NOT peace.  

Dr. Boyce Watkins says that more Black people were killed by gun violence in Chicago in one weekend than died of coronavirus in the entire state of Illinois.  

That Trump idiot is promoting the "us and them" mentality.  That does NOT bring about peace.  

It's obvious:  to end violence, we must be nonviolent.  

To create a peaceful world, we need to work together for everyone's benefit.  

These are my opinions.  I want to hear yours.  Please leave your comments below and please join us for Part 5, which will broadcast in the beginning of August.  

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