Monday, April 09, 2018

Increase in Gun and Knife Crime

London Metropolitan Police 2018
If you have been reading and listening to my blog posts, you know that my work is about solutions. 

As I am sure you know, there has been an increase in violent crime, including knife crime and gun crime, in London. Black communities have been dealing with this crisis for many years.  


What is the response to this from the police?   

Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, has said that there needs to be an increase in stop-and-search, and The Metropolitan Police are planning to do just that.  
 
As we know, the stop-and-search is deployed overwhelmingly against Black African-Caribbean people, particularly young Black African-Caribbean men.

Given that British prisons are already disproportionately incarcerating Black people, something is definitely wrong here. Several things, actually.

The police conducting their stop-and-search incidents are finding larger numbers of weapons.

This would suggest that stop-and-search is not working. Stop-and-search is not preventing young people from carrying knives. The ethos has been described as making young people more afraid of being arrested than they are of carrying knives. Given most young Black men are aware that the police may kill them with impunity, and this has happened numerous times, making them more afraid of police is a tall order.

What needs to happen is for young people become confident in their ability to reduce or prevent violet crime without needing to carry weapons. Our young people need to become skilled in methods such as NVC (Nonviolent Communication) that can PREVENT violent incidents and PREVENT situations escalating into violence.

By the time a young person starts carrying a knife, ostensibly for protection, the situation is out of control. We need to PREVENT young peoplle believing they need to carry guns in order to protect themselves,as they know other people who are carrying weapons.
For more about this, see  Children and Knife Crime.


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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Black Panther's African History + the Books to Prove It

This is another highly enjoyable, engaging and educational event from London Black History Walks. If you want to learn about the practical, historical basis for The Black Panther Movie, take the opportunity to attend this event. 

Go here to read my review of The Black Panther Movie

And go here for the next event, on 28th April.  

I am not going to share all the knowledge Brother Tony dropped on us.  Instead, I will raise some of the questions he asked. 

What was the first superhero film produced by Marvel Studios?  Okay, I will give you that one.  Go here for the answer.  

Who is the richest superhero in the Marvel universe?  

Is there a real-life precedent for a rare precious mineral which is found in abundance in an African country?  

Who first used the term "Black Panther" and used a black panther logo?  (It's probably not who you think.)  

Are there real-life examples of an African king or leader having an all-female bodyguard?  

What African language does the Black Panther speak?  

What is another name for the British Museum?  

What precious African artefacts are held in the British Museum and other collections?  Again, I'll give you this one - go here for one answer- one of many. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

End Taser Torture in U.S. Prisons

Watch some horrendous footage of tasers being used to torture prison inmates.  

People have been tased when restrained with their arms behind their backs. This is despite a lawsuit dating back to 2011.  

The guards have been called "sadistic". 


I wonder how many other prisons are using these kinds of brutal tactics. 

Of course, this does not apply exclusively to Black people/people of African heritage. But Black people are more likely to end up on the sharp end of the criminal injustice system.  For some statistics about this, see:  How to Escape the Prison System.  

The U.N. has been called in to investigate this situation. 

If you are in prison or you know someone who is, or you work in a prison, you really need to check this out. 

This is just one reason why we need Nonviolent Communication (NVC) - as a PREVENTATIVE measure, to PREVENT these kinds of incidents. 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What Does The Black Panther Movie Tell Us about Black People?

The Black Panther Warrior Women
The Black Panther movie tells us a great deal about Black/African people, psychology, traditions and potential.  I saw the film last night and I enjoyed it immensely. It is doing brilliantly at the box office, breaking all kinds of records, as well it should. 
 
Lest we forget, the first Marvel comic films were the Blade trilogy, which did so well at the box office that they enabled Marvel to bankroll all the other superhero films they subsequently produced, yet, somehow, they have been left out of the Marvel narrative.

Further, lest we forget, Black filmmakers, notably Oscar Michaux, have been making films giving positive depictions of Black filmmakers since at least 1919.

I have a few quibbles about The Black Panther, as follows (this contains spoilers): 
  • I do not like to see two Black men duking it out as they do in the film, albeit displaying awesome fighting skills;  
  •  I particularly disliked seeing Black men and women fighting each other on the battlefield, and I'm not even sure what they were fighting about; 
  • The brother from U.S. appeared conflicted – he addresses a white woman as “Coloniser” and makes reference to the plunder of African artefacts, yet he partners with a white thief of, and dealer in, such artefacts;
  • Perhaps my strongest objection is to Martin Freeman's role – he plays a duplicitous, double-dealing CIA man (in other words, a CIA man) who allies with the Wakandans and, at the end of the film, is shown in the United Nations like some kind of benevolent paternalistic figure.
Having said all that, the visuals are amazing, the storyline and the depiction of African people as masters of technology are – well, masterful, and The Black Panther offers us a largely positive view of African people and traditions. The Wakandans, from the fictional African state of Wakanda, are depicted as kings, queens and heroes. And the movie is highly entertaining.  
 
The Black Panther is a dazzling sci-fi romp.  I am old enough to remember a time when Black people did not exist in the future, i.e. in science fiction.  So I greatly enjoy this film's strong characters. 


The characters' inner and outer conflicts mirror, to a certain extent, similar conflicting emotions within and among people from the Diaspora and the African Continent. I found this fascinating. 
 
One thing I particularly liked was that the men, and the women, were so beautiful to look at and so strong, brave and fearless. These sistas looked awesome. The characters carried themselves with great pride and dignity and the sistas were warriors, fully ready to throw down. 
 
I need to see this film again, soon, to gain clarity and because it is such great fun!  If you have not seen it yet, see it! 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Looking for Black Bloggers to Interview (2)

The landscape has changed a great deal since I produced Secrets of the Black Bloggers.  There is still a vibrant Black blogging community, and many more Black bloggers have emerged.  

Do you have a story to tell?  

Are you able to inspire and motivate others?  

Does your blog contain useful, educational material?  

Are you a writer or author?  

These are just some of the qualities and skills Black bloggers display.  

If you want to share your blog and would like to be interviewed, please contact Zhana here or here.  Please include the link to your blog.  

See also:  The Black Blogger as Modern Griot.  

For a list of the types of blogs I am looking for, see:  Looking for Black Bloggers to Interview

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Looking for Black Bloggers to Interview

Black bloggers wanted
It's been awhile since I published Secrets of the Black Bloggers

Are you a Black blogger who really wants to make a difference? I am looking for bloggers to interview for Volume Two of Secrets of the Black Bloggers. To be interviewed, you need to have been blogging for at least two years. Your blog must be aimed primarily at Black people, i.e. people of African heritage. The primary focus of your blog must be about one or more of the following: 
  • Black health
  • Nonviolence
  • Black history
  • Personal development
  • Mind/body/spirit
  • Parenting
  • Education
  • Black business
  • Energy healing
  • Books/Literature/Writing
  • Black film
  • The arts
  • Current affairs
  • Travel
More topics may be added later. They will NOT include beauty, fashion or celebrity gossip.

If you would like to be interviewed, please contact Zhana here or here.  Please include the link to your blog.   

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Black Success: How to Escape the Prison System

I have called this blog post How to Escape the Prison System, but I could have called it
How to Overcome Mental Slavery. 

And I believe that knowledge is power. So we are aware of the problem. The only solution
is one that we can provide. Nobody else can do this for us. We have to do it. 

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Dunkirk's Use of Prison Labour







Monday, February 05, 2018

Black Success: Stop Causing Yourself Pain

Stop Causing Yourself Pain
Black people are very good at blaming. We blame white people. We blame the government. We blame the politicians. We blame men. We blame women. Most importantly, and most tragically, we blame ourselves and each other.  We need to GET OUT OF OUR OWN WAY. 

Listen below for more about how we can heal ourselves and stop causing ourselves pain.  I am sharing practical methods of healing ourselves.  

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Charlotte Sophia, Invisible Queen

Queen Charlotte Sophia
As you may know, Queen 
Charlotte Sophia, consort of George III, was a Black woman - a woman of African ancestry.  

Dr. Stephanie Myers from Black Women for Positive Change has recently produced a book, Invisible Queen, about Queen Charlotte Sophia.  You can listen to it below. 

Go here for more Black history links.