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BLACK HISTORY MONTH LISTINGS BRENT  2013

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THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

London Young Vic 8th Oct – 23rd Nov 2013

Kander and Ebb’s provocative and exhilarating musical receives its UK premiere at the Young Vic

On the 11th February 1990, Nelson Mandela was release from Robben Island Prison after 27 years

 

Thursday  10 October

Lost Civilisations of Central Africa

What has Africa contributed to world civilisation? Robin Walker AKA The Black History Man introduces the early history and achievements of the kingdoms of inner Africa such as the empires of Kongo, Kush, Great Benin, Hausaland, and Kanem Borno. These kingdoms flourished during ancient and medieval times. Robin discusses what life was like in these societies and introduces some of the great personalities including Pharaoh Taharqo, Idris Alooma and Ann Nzinga. He will also relaunch his classic book When We Ruled.  Time 6.30-7.30pm Free

Brent Civic Centre,

Wembley Library,

Brent Civic Centre,

Engineers Way,

Wembley HA9 0FJ

 

Wednesday 16 October

Sugar in the blood with Andrea Stuart

Andrea Stuart discusses Sugar in the Blood her unique personal history and story of slavery and empire. In the late 1630s, Andrea Stuart's earliest known maternal ancestor set sail from England, lured by the promise of the New World, to settle in Barbados where he fell by chance into the lucrative life of a sugar plantation owner. She follows the thread of her own family's involvement with sugar through successive generations, telling a story of insatiable greed and forbidden love, of abuse and liberation that continues to haunt the author's past.  Copies of Sugar in the Blood will be on sale for half price at £5. Time 6.30-7.30pm Free

Brent Civic Centre,

Wembley Library,

Brent Civic Centre,

Engineers Way,

Wembley HA9 0FJ

 

Tuesday 29 October

Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes

Join the writer and broadcaster Lindsay Johns for a book club discussion and screening of this seminal blaxploitation film. Lindsay presents on BBC2's The Culture Show, and is a contributor to Radio 3's Nightwaves and Radio 4's Front Row. Based on Himes' 1964 novel, Cotton Comes To Harlem, it is a seminal 1970 blaxploitation film co-written and directed by Ossie Davis, starring Godfrey Cambridge and Raymond St. Jacques. Cotton Comes To Harlem has all the key ingredients for a classic thriller. Throw in blistering racial tension, the yearnings of an oppressed people and the unscrupulous exploitation of the credulous and downtrodden, and the cinematic pot soon simmers to a boil. Time 6.30-9pm

Free. Tickets collected from library.

Brent Civic Centre,

Wembley Library,

Brent Civic Centre,

Engineers Way,

Wembley HA9 0FJ

 

 

Thursday 31 October

Freedom Song

A talk about Black musicians struggle for creative expression, artistic recognition and economic empowerment in the 1960s, '70s and '80s! Time 6.30pm-7.30pm Free.

Brent Civic Centre,

Wembley Library,

Brent Civic Centre,

Engineers Way,

Wembley HA9 0FJ

 

 

Friday 25 October

Celebrating Black History Month

7-10pm. Brent Civic Centre, Conference Hall,  Wembley HA9 0FJ Free. For adults only. Please collect free ticket in advance from Wembley library.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy a great night out and celebrate Black History Month. Alex Pascall OBE - the broadcaster, musician, and songwriter - will speak about the rise of black British music makers, the media and black vinyl. "There was a wealth of talented Black musicians, songwriters and recording artists in Britain, but it took a long time before they were afforded any presence on British radio and TV, despite the colour of the vinyl," said Alex.

 

The UK's premier saxophonist Lascelles James will help the celebration swing with an eclectic mix of jazz, soul, reggae and blues. True Identity, the female vocal reggae trio who started in the Lovers Rock era, will bring their sweet vocal harmonies. Gospel singer Jacqui Manning will pack a punch with her amazing voice and Jamaica's funniest comedian Ping Wing will have everyone laughing in the aisles.

The evening also includes a poetry performance with David Neita, lawyer and poet with a passion for city leadership and participation

 

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