Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The African American Apprentice

Donald Trump Hires African-American Randal Pinkett as the Next Apprentice

BY DELROY CONSTANTINE-SIMMS

Seasoned entrepreneur and new reality-TV star trumps the competition for the Donald's Trump's latest gigA lifelong entrepreneur, Randall Pinkett, at just 34, has gone from running nickel lemonade stands to a multimillion-dollar consulting firm,
BCT Partners, a multi-million dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, N.J., that works with corporations, government agencies, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Pinkett discussed his decision to apply for NBC's The Apprentice, and shared some success stories and advice.

To read this interview, visit:
http://www.blacksuccess1.com/randalpinkett.htm

Click here to read an article about success in Black America.

Or visit:

http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/11/success-in-black-america.html

Keywords: Black Success Stories, African American, The Apprentice

Monday, December 19, 2005

NVC – How to Get our Needs Met


Many of us think “I shouldn’t use hurtful language” because “nice people don’t say or think these things”. Some of us may even think, “I am a bad person because I say/think these things”.

Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of Creative Communication/NVC, says, and I truly believe, that everything we do is done in order to try to get our needs met.

Everything anybody does is done in order to try to get their needs met. Or, to use Marshall’s definition of “needs”, everything we do and everything anybody does, is done in order to connect with life.

The problem is that the strategies people use to get their needs met are often not life-affirming.


To read more about NVC, visit: Nonviolent Communication. For workshops for Black parents, visit Improving Communication.

To order your copy, visit: Nonviolent Communication.

To read about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), visit: http://ancestralhealing.blogspot.com/

For lots more information about life-affirming methods to help you ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS and TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, order Success Strategies for Black People.

If you are beating yourself up, giving yourself a hard time, or not achieving your goals, you need this book.

For ongoing support and advice, join Nurture Success - for ALL people of African heritage.

Click here to read more about Creative Communication.

See also NVC vs. Anger Management and Self-Love, Self-Respect.




Monday, December 12, 2005

Kwanzaa Listings

I am going to be listing Kwanzaas here. I will keep updating this list, so please come back!

If you want to find out more about Kwanzaa, click on the "Ancestral Energies" link on the left.

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This year is our 10th Anniversary of hosting Kwanzaa!

AUAF’s 2005 Kwanzaa Celebration

LONDON

Monday 26th December (Umoja)

5 p.m. to 11 p.m,
African Caribbean Cultural Centre,
9 Clarendon Road, London N.8
(junction of Wightman Road and Turnpike Lane)
Nearest tube Turnpike Lane (Piccadilly Line).
Buses: 144A, 41, W2.

Bristol

Wednesday 28th December (Ujima)
Malcolm X, Centre, 141 City Rd, St Pauls, Bristol BS2
3:00pm.

Info: 0117 951 6836/07747 462 404

Birmingham
Thursday 29th December (Kujichagulia)

12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
47-50 Hockley Hill
Birmingham B18 5AR
(0121) 554 2747

Wolverhampton
Friday 30th December (Nia)
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Dunstall Hill Community Centre
Dunstall Ave.
Wolverhaptom
Whitmore, REANF
(07956) 447 576

Manchester
Sunday 1st January 2006 (Imani)
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
West Indian Centre
74 Carmoor Rd.
Manchester M13 0FB
(07988) 20918

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« COMING SOON « COMING SOON « COMING SOON « COMING SOON «

The BIGGEST Kwanzaa in the UK:

Alkebu-Lan Kwanzaa
Tues 27th December ‘05
3pm-10pm
@
York Hall, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2

Admission: FREE (Contributions welcome)

Info: 020 8539 2154 / 07957 376 328 / soulforce@yahoo.co.uk

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Da Chillout Spot Kwanza Special…
Saturday 07/01/06 @ The Nub

Excellent performances in Poetry and Songs

Great Food and excellent music

Beautiful people with positive vibes

Only £5

More Info:
www.thenub.org.uk/chillOut00.htm

www.ticketweb.co.uk

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Books make an excellent gift for Xmas and Kwanzaa for all the family. We have loads of books about Kwanzaa, inspiration and spirituality.

For more details,
click here or visit:http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/11/black-books-for-xmas-and-kwanzaa.html

Keywords: Kwanzaa, gifts, Black books







Monday, December 05, 2005

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is one of the best-loved African American poets and writers. Her autobiographies have inspired millions of readers.

“Still I Rise” is one of my favourite poems of hers.

Still I Rise


You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise

I rise
I rise.

To buy poetry books by Maya Angelou,
click here.


See also, Black Books.

http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/11/black-books-for-xmas-and-kwanzaa.html

Keywords: Maya Angelou, Poetry, African American, Xmas, Kwanzaa, Gifts, Black Books

Alice Walker

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Alice Walker has also produced poetry for many years. “I Said to Poetry”, in which she explores her relationship with her poetry writing, is one of my favourites.

I Said to Poetry

I said to Poetry:"I'm finished
with you."
Having to almost die
before some wierd light
comes creeping through
is no fun."
No thank you, Creation,
no muse need apply.
Im out for good times--
at the very least,
some painless convention."

Poetry laid back
and played dead
until this morning.
I wasn't sad or anything,
only restless.

Poetry said: "You remember
the desert, and how glad you were
that you have an eye
to see it with? You remember
that, if ever so slightly?"
I said: "I didn't hear that.
Besides, it's five o'clock in the a.m.
I'm not getting up
in the dark
to talk to you."

Poetry said: "But think about the time
you saw the moon
over that small canyon
that you liked so much better
than the grand one--and how suprised you were
that the moonlight was green
and you still had
one good eye
to see it with
Think of that!"

"I'll join the church!" I said,
huffily, turning my face to the wall.
"I'll learn how to pray again!"

"Let me ask you," said Poetry.
"When you pray, what do you think
you'll see?"

Poetry had me.

"There's no paper
in this room," I said.
"And that new pen I bought
makes a funny noise."

"Bullshit," said Poetry.
"Bullshit," said I.

To buy poetry books by Alice Walker, including “Revolutionary Petunias” and “Horses Make a Landscape Look more Beautiful”, click here.

See also, Black Books.

http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/11/black-books-for-xmas-and-kwanzaa.html

Keywords: Alice Walker, Poetry, Xmas, Kwanzaa, Gifts, Black Books

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Healing and Transformation through Using EFT

I have recently discovered Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a technique which is meant to help with healing or eliminating a wide range of physical and psychoemotional difficulties. This blog has moved to http://ancestralhealing.blogspot.com/

For details of more techniques for emotional, physical and financial healing, send an e-mail to: info@blacksuccess1.com




Friday, November 25, 2005

Racial Equality + Education

Educationalists call for racial equality to be part of the education system.

Racial equality should become part of the curriculum in schools or universities, in order for the race relation policy to become effective, say Ofsted.

Click here for details.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Black Books for Xmas and Kwanzaa

Books make an excellent gift for Xmas and Kwanzaa for all the family.

We have inspirational books such as
My Soul Is a Witness.

http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/11/my-soul-is-witness.html

We also have lots of poetry for you to enjoy and to share with your loved ones. We have poetry by some of the best-loved African American authors including Alice Walker, Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. Click here to visit the shop now.

We have books about Kwanzaa if you or your family want to learn more about this traditional African American festival.
Click here to order.

See also:

Langston Hughes

http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/11/poetry-of-langston-hughes.html

Dreaming Me http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/11/dreaming-me.html

Alice Walker http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/12/alice-walker.html

Maya Angelou http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/12/maya-angelou.html

Black Success Stories is also a brilliant gift for Xmas and Kwanzaa. Click here to download your copy now. www.black-success.com

For Kwanzaa listings, click here or visit http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/12/kwanzaa-listings.html

Keywords: African American poetry, Langston Hughes, Xmas, Kwanzaa, Gifts, Black Success Stories


HIV Rates Decreasing

Some countries in Africa and the Caribbean are among the worst-hit by HIV and AIDS. The fact that a large percentage of the population may be living in desperate poverty only adds to the suffering. Areas in wealthy Western countries, such as South London, which have large African populations are also affected.


The U.N. says that HIV infection rates are starting to decrease consistently in some countries for the first time, indicating that prevention programs set up over the last five years are finally yielding results. Click here to read the story.

Keywords: HIV, AIDS, Africa, Caribbean

The Poetry of Langston Hughes

THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world older than
the flow of
human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to
sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids
above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe
Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its
muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

Langston Hughes

Langston was one of the poets in the forefront of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s.

Get a free copy of an e-book of Langston Hughes poetry when you order your copy of Black Success Stories. An excellent gift for Xmas and Kwanzaa.

Click here to order your copy today.

See also Black Books

Keywords: African American poetry, Langston Hughes, Xmas, Kwanzaa, Black Success Stories, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou





Dreaming Me

Dreaming Me: From Baptist to Buddhist, One Woman's Spiritual Journey
by Jan Willis

We are starting to get more and more books written about Buddhism from an African American perspective. This is one of the first and best. Jan Willis speaks about growing up in a town which was regularly terrorised by the Ku Klux Klan, and how she found herself and took charge of her life. Click here to order your copy.

We have lots of Black books including books about Kwanzaa, inspiration, spirituality and poetry. Click here for details, or visit http://ancestralenergies.blogspot.com/2005/11/black-books-for-xmas-and-kwanzaa.html.

Here is an article on Ancestral Energies with lots of Kwanzaa links.

Keywords: Gifts, Xmas, Kwanzaa, gifts, African American, Black books, Inspiration, Buddhism

My Soul Is a Witness

My Soul is a Witness : African-American Women's Spirituality
by Gloria Wade-Gayles


This is a wonderful collection of essays, poetry and a few novel extracts from writers such as Toni Morrison, Toni Cade Bambara and Alice Walker. I highly recommend it. This would make a beautiful gift for Xmas or Kwanzaa. Click here to order your copy.

Black Success Stories would also make a lovely gift.

We have lots of Black books in store. Click here for details of more inspirational books.

See also Black Books.

Here is an article on Ancestral Energies with lots of Kwanzaa links.

Keywords: Gifts, Xmas, Kwanzaa, African American, Black books, Inspiration, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison

Sunday, November 20, 2005

NVC vs Anger Management


Young Black men in Britain are disproportionately likely to experience unemployment, involvement with crime, imprisonment and admission to mental health institutions. They often experience a sense of alienation and anger, partly as a result of the pressures on them and partly as a contributory factor. Thus, the situation can become a vicious cycle.

Men are often taught to resolve their issues, not by communication, but through using their fists or other forms of violence.

Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of NVC, says that anger management is like a fire alarm. Someone keeps setting fires and the fire alarm keeps going off. So the person says, "I must sort out that fire alarm". That's anger management.

NVC is more to do with stopping the fires from being started.

In NVC, we sometimes say that anger is like an iceberg - the anger is the 10% of the iceberg we can see above the water line. The 90% below the water line consists of pain, fear and unmet needs. When we deal with these, the anger goes.

I think Creative Communication/NVC can be very beneficial for young African Caribbean men because of the pressures they face in dealing with schols, unemployment, family, the police, etc. NVC is very effective at helping us to process emotional pain, fear, guilt and shame.

It can also be very beneficial for parents and teachers.

To find out more about Creative Communication/NVC, click here.

For NVC trainings and resources within Britain, click here.

Internationally outside of Britain, visit the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

See also Self-Love, Self-Respect and Connecting with Feelings and Needs

Black Success Stories explores issues affecting young Black men in Britain today, including education, politics, self-awareness and positive cultural reinforcement. Click here to order your copy of Black Success Stories.



Sunday, November 13, 2005

Success in Black America

Success in Black America is an interesting article. The writer asks, do you have to achieve the level of success of Oprah Winfrey to be successful? And argues, "there are different levels of success". I could not agree more. We all achieve successes in our lives and we need to be more aware of this, and celebrate our successes.

David Neita's new film emphasises the importance of celebrating the contributions of people of African heritage - not just well-known people, but everyone. Click here to read about his Massive Respect film and watch the video.

Click here to read an article on Celebrating Black Heroes and Sheroes.

To read books by and about Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of personal development, click here.

To visit Oprah's site, click here.

Keywords: Black Success Stories, Black Heroes and Sheroes, Oprah Winfrey

Black Online Entrepreneurs

This blog is a great resource for people of African heritage. Black Online Entrepreneurs.

It includes blogs about web design and web development, and Google AdSense, as well as specifically Black themes.

The sistah who runs it also includes some very useful links. Here is her site.

Here is a link to the Black Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.

See also Sell Black Success Stories.

Keywords: Black Success Stories, Internet Marketing, Blogging, Make Money






Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Roots of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Africa in the making of Global Justice*
by the World Development Movement
"Africa is the way it is precisely because of how it has been incorporated, often forcefully, into the rhythm of the global patterns in which profit is created, into the rhythms of how inequalities are constantly reproduced."
www.wdm.org.uk

The Roots of the Atlantic Slave Trade*
Key locations in Spain and Portugal
By David Pott, Lifeline Expedition
The full text of this article can be found at:
http://www.lifelineexpedition.co.uk/content/view/35/82/
For further information about Lifeline Expedition go to: http://www.lifelineexpedition.co.uk

*Taken from the e-bullletin of the 2007 Bicentenary Cross-Community Forum. To receive a copy of the current e-bulletin, contact crosscommunityforum2007@hotmail.co.uk

The deadline for the next e-bulletin is Weds 15 Feb 2006, for distribution at the end of Feb. We encourage ALL contributions.

For further information, please email us at the same address or call 07984 996784 (or leave a message on 020 7738 3186).


2007 will see the commemoration of the end of the transatlantic trade in African people. To mark this anniversary, I am seeking articles by writers and artists about the relationship between African Diasporic/Black history and artistic expression by people of African heritage. Click here to read the Poem, "The Blood", which explores these themes. It takes a few moments to load.

Please submit your article for consideration for my new website. This project is funded by Arts Council England. For more details, send an e-mail to Arts@blacksuccess1.com

See also: 2007 - Commemorating the End of the Transatlantic Trade;
The Blood - The Artist and the Legacy of Enslavement and Emancipation;
Rendezvous of Victory

Keywords: Black Success Stories, African Diaspora, 2007 Commemoration, history, arts + culture

Black History - Antislavery Resources

Resources*

SLAVERY - Lancaster Museums Citizenship
Resource Pack for Key Stage 3
£10.00 + £2.00 postage and packing from
Laura Pye,
Lifelong Learning and Outreach Officer,
Lancaster
City Museum,
Market Square,
Lancaster, LA1 1HT
Email laura.pye@mus.lancscc.gov.uk

Anti-Slavery International
New publication: 1807-2007: Over 200 years of campaigning against slavery
Anti-Slavery International has produced this publication as part of its campaign to use the 200th anniversary of the end the slave trade in the British colonies in 2007, to raise awareness of both historical and contemporary forms of slavery.

*Taken from the e-bullletin of the 2007 Bicentenary Cross-Community Forum. To receive a copy of the current e-bulletin, contact crosscommunityforum2007@hotmail.co.uk

The deadline for the next e-bulletin is Weds 15 Feb 2006, for distribution at the end of Feb. We encourage ALL contributions.

For further information, please email us at the same address or call 07984 996784 (or leave a message on 020 7738 3186).

2007 will see the commemoration of the end of the Transatlantic trade in African people. To mark this anniversary, I am seeking articles by writers and artists about the relationship between African Diasporic/Black history and artistic expression by people of African heritage. Click here to read the Poem, "The Blood", which explores these themes. It takes a few moments to load.


Please submit your article for consideration for my new website. This project is funded by Arts Council England. For more details, send an e-mail to Arts@blacksuccess1.com

See also: The Roots of the Atlantic Slave Trade,
2007- Commemorating the End of the Transatlantic Trade,
The Blood - The Artist and the Legacy of Enslavement and Emancipation

Keywords: Black Success Stories, African Diaspora, 2007 Commemoration, history, arts + culture




'Voices of the Transatlantic Slave Trade'

'Voices of the Transatlantic Slave Trade' is a brand new teaching resource with a DVD and accompanying notes to support key stage 3 and above in teaching the history and abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The DVD contains powerful first hand narratives, presented by professional actors, around the themes of Africa pre-slavery, the Triangular Trade, Capture and Middle Passage, Plantation Life, Rebellion and Abolition. From emotional extracts of the hardships endured by Mary Prince, to the A-Z alphabet taught to Sunday school children by the abolitionists, the DVD contains a wide range of stimulus material for use in the classroom.

The 20 page accompanying teachers' notes contain transcripts of all the extracts on the DVD, background biographies (including John Wesley, Frederick Douglass, Ignatius Sancho, Mary Prince, William Wilberforce and others), follow up activities for the classroom and curriculum links.

The pack is available for just £9.99 from
The British Empire & Commonwealth Museum
Clock Tower Yard
Temple Meads
Bristol, BS1 6QH
T: 0117 925 4980
F: 0117 925 4983
E: bookings@empiremuseum.co.uk

Please note the contacts at the museum have changed.

For Learning and the Understanding Slavery Initiative contact Lucy Bradley:
lucy.bradley@empiremuseum.co.uk

For 2007 exhibition contact Anne Lineen:
anne.lineen@empiremuseum.co.uk

Katherine Hann is now freelance and can be
contacted at
katherine.hann@btopenworld.com

2007 will see the commemoration of the end of the transatlantic trade in African people. To mark this anniversary, I am seeking articles by writers and artists about the relationship between African Diasporic/Black history and artistic expression by people of African heritage. Click here to read the Poem, "The Blood", which explores these themes. It takes a few moments to load. Please submit your article for consideration for my new website. This project is funded by Arts Council England. For more details, send an e-mail to Arts@blacksucces1.com

To order Black Success Stories, visit www.black-success.com

See also: The Roots of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 2007 Commemoration,

Black History - Antislavery Resources

Keywords: Black Success Stories, African Diaspora, 2007 Commemoration, history, arts + culture



Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Sell Black Success Stories

Now, you can sell the Black Success Stories e-book from your site and make 50% commission on every sale.

Not a Clickbank reseller yet? Click here to join for free.

Once you are a Clickbank reseller, click here to get your hoplink and start selling this e-book.

Click here for a great article by Willie Crawford, a highly successful African American Internet marketer, "Can You Really Make Money from Blogging?" Click here to visit his site.

I am seeking writers of African heritage and successful business owners of African heritage. Also people of African heritage who are involved in community activities, including health and education. To provide articles for my online Black success stories. I will help you to get exposure and free publicity for your business or organisation. Click here for more details.

See also: Black Online Entrepreneurs

Keywords: Black Success Stories, Internet Marketing, Blogging, Make Money









Friday, November 04, 2005

Connecting with our Feelings and Needs

Click here to read more about NVC.

We can use NVC to help improve our communication at home, at work, at school, with partners, loved ones, and with ourselves.

Nonviolent Communication is very practical and its results are exceptional. It is used by children as young as four. It is used by people all over the world, including places where there is extreme violence, such as Rwanda and Burundi, Israel and Palestine.


To find out more about Creative Communication, click here.

To read more about NVC, click here.

To read books by and about Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of personal development, click here.

To visit Oprah's site, click here.

See also: How to Get Our Needs Met; NVC vs Anger Management

Keywords: Black Love, Self-Love, NVC, Personal Development, Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Self-Love, Self-Respect

Click here to read more about NVC.

I have been a personal growth consultant for many years, and Creative Communication (also known as NVC) is the single most effective method I have found for developing self-love, self-worth and a positive self-image.

To find out more about Creative Communication,
click here.

For books about NVC,
click here.

See also Connecting with Our Feelings and Needs, NVC vs. Anger Management, How to Get Our Needs Met.

To read books by and about Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of personal development, click here.

To visit Oprah's site,
click here.

Keywords: Black Love, Self-Love, NVC, Personal Development, Oprah Winfrey


Monday, October 31, 2005

Massive Respect Black History Film

Check out David Neita's new film about the importance of celebrating the contributions of people of African heritage - not just well-known people, but everyone. Click here to watch the video.

Trevor Phillips OBE says something similar in my book Black Success Stories. He says you don't have to be someone well-known or in the public eye to be a caring, loving and supportive parent to your children. Click here to order your copy today.

Keywords: Black Success Stories, Black Heroes and Sheroes





Monday, October 24, 2005

Stories Wanted

I am seeking writers of African heritage and successful business owners of African heritage. Also people of African heritage who are involved in community activities, including health and education. To provide articles for my online Black success stories. I will help you to get exposure and free publicity for your business or organisation. For more details, visit Stories Wanted.

I am also seeking writers of African heritage to write on the topic of the relationship between Black/African diasporic history and the arts for a new website I am setting up. Please get in touch if you want to submit your article.

See also Success in Black America, Massive Respect Black History Film, 2007 Commemoration


Keywords: Black Success Stories, African Diaspora + history, African Diaspora + arts, stories wanted.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

TV + Black Comedy

I went to the Talawa Unzipped sessions at the Soho Theatre last week. On Saturday, there was a good discussion about Black comedy, i.e. comedy about Black people/people of African heritage. Personally, I think it is important to have comedy that reflects our culture and our experience. In the States, there was the Cosby show and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and then Bernie Mack. None of these really addressed racism but they did reflect Black people’s experience to a certain extent, and showed Black family life within a positive context.

In Britain, there have been several highly successful Asian comedy TV shows including Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No. 54. So why are Asian comic writers and performers so much more successful than ours? We cannot just say it is because we are experiencing racism. The people at the BBC commissioning editors are all white, but they commission Asian comedy, so why not ours?

To be fair, BBC has aired Three Non Blondes.

What needs to happen in order for more people of African heritage to become Commissioning Editors at the BBC and other stations?


Ligali are on the case, monitoring the media and its coverage of African British people.

Click here to visit Talawa's site.

Keywords: Black people and media; African people and media; theatre; comedy

Friday, September 02, 2005

Ancestral-Energies

In some African traditions, the griot held the story of the local people - the village, family or clan. The griot pulled together the strands of the story which represented the various people who took part in it. Kept these strands and held them safe. Savoured them, treasured them. Wove them together to form a cloth, a whole that blended the assorted colours and shadings into a pattern which told the story of the people.

The people then heard their story. Their tongues sang it. Their feet danced it. Their hips swayed it. Their hands drummed it. Their fingers carved it. The stories of their ancestors, treasured, remembered, shared, and preserved for future generations. To read the article "Celebrating Black Heroes and Sheroes", click on the link on the left.

My new poem, The Blood, explores how the history of the enslavement of African people informs our creative and artistic expression. To read it, click on the link on the left. It’s long, so it takes a few moments to load.

To read about our African ancestral energies, and for links about ancestor libations, plus lots more useful links, read the Ancestral Energies article by clicking on the link on the left.

The late Len Garrison, founder of the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, is one of the people interviewed in the new e-book Black Success Stories. To read more, and to download the e-book, click here.

For dozens of links, including:

- Black History links in the UK, the U.S.A., Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean
- The only comprehensive list of Black museums, including museums in Africa, the U.S.A. and the UK.
- Black writers' links
- Other links - healing, spirituality, Black interest

visit Nurture Success.

Keywords: Black Success Stories, African Ancestral Energies

Friday, August 12, 2005

Cross-Community Forum + Rendezvous of Victory

The 2007 Bicentenary Cross-Community Forum was initiated by Rendezvous of Victory (ROV), an African led organisation working closely with both grass roots and mainstream institutions, in partnership with Anti-Slavery International and the World Development Movement. This e-bulletin is part of the on-going work of the Cross-Community Forum.

To receive a copy of the current e-bulletin, contact crosscommunityforum2007@hotmail.co.uk

For further information, please email us at the same address or call 07984 996784 (or leave a message on 020 7738 3186).

2007 will see the commemoration of the end of the transatlantic trade in African people. To mark this anniversary, I am seeking articles by writers and artists about the relationship between African Diasporic/Black history and artistic expression by people of African heritage. Please submit your article for consideration for my new website. This project is funded by Arts Council England. Click here to read the Poem, "The Blood", which explores these themes. It takes a few moments to load.

Please submit your article for consideration for my new website. This project is funded by Arts Council England.

For more details, send an e-mail to Arts@blacksuccess1.com

To order Black Success Stories, visit www.black-success.com

See also: Black History Films,

Black History AntiSlavery Resources,

The Blood - The Artist and the Legacy of Enslavement and Emancipation

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