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