Thursday, October 26, 2006

African American Leadership: Recovery for the New Millennium

Joseph Chapman of Columbus, OH (a former addict in recovery for more than 13 years) has developed in conjunction with a non-profit corporation, an Afrocentric recovery program called "Recovery for the new millennium." Mr. Chapman states passionately, "The 'Recovery for the new millennium' goes beyond the traditional 12 step approach and looks at the vestiges of deep seated inferiority complexes and how African American addicts are also simultaneously facing poverty, slave mentalities, poor education and a lack of marketable job skills."

Dr. Alvin Poussaint on a controversial PBS special commented, "Of the two million people in jail, about 45 percent are African-American, most have been males. Of the homicides in the country, about 45 percent are African-American males, mostly killing other black people and black males. So there is a crisis, and the dropout rate from high school is still very high. It's better, but it gets camouflaged in the statistics. In Baltimore again, 50 percent of 9th graders don't graduate from high school. Well, if you get pockets like that in urban areas like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, there's a serious problem for the black community."

Joseph Chapman states discerningly, "The need for new African American leadership to address the above-mentioned problems in an unfeigned substantial way that does not continue in the blame game is imperative." Mr. Chapman has also created a recovery from dysfunctionality program that is designed to combat and alleviate the crisis in the African American community. Mr. Chapman has developed - through thorough exhaustive research and perspicacious insight - practical tools, CDs, DVD's, lectures, and workshops in order to facilitate the instituting of the necessary mental, emotional, and behavioral changes that need to take place in the African American community. Joseph Chapman goes on to say unwaveringly, "People need real workable tools in order to facilitate real workable change in their life situation."
CONTACT:Joseph Chapman AS, BS, MBA614-668-2075

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Blood - African Heritage and the Arts

The next The Blood event will be held on Friday 20th October at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more details.

People were bought and sold like fax machines, cars and mobile phones, as if we were being traded on eBay.

Given our history of enslavement, how can we as artists of African heritage can uplift and inspire our community?

In popular, mass-produced depictions of Black people, where are we? Where is our experience? Click here to read more.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Black Visual Arts

I attended the Black Visual Arts course today at the V&A, on which there is a strong emphasis on the historical context, plus lively discussion. Click here to read more about it.

There are still places on this course, which runs for the next two Fridays, 13th and 20th October, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Click here for more details and to book.

Click here for more BHM arts events.

Click here to read about Black British artists' responses to objects on display at the National Maritime Museum.

The Blood event

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Arts Event - The Blood - Building Our Future

Given our history of enslavement, how can we as artists of African heritage uplift and inspire our community?

The next The Blood event will be held on Friday 20th October, 7:30 p.m., at Yaa Asantewa Arts Centre.

Panellists will include novellist Alex Wheatle, author of East of Acre Lane and often called the Brixton Bard.

For more info, click here.

Dancehall Queens

Queens of Sound– A Herstory of Reggae and Dancehall
Dir: Sandra Krampelhuber

This film explores the long neglected female side of Reggae and Dancehall music in Jamaica. Three generations of women in the Jamaican music business tell us about their roles, their first steps into the career, their struggle for acceptance in a male-dominated business, their life paths and success.

There are several showings during BHM. For this and other BHM arts events, click here.

Keywords: Black History Month UK, arts, films, reggae, dancehall, women