DRUM and Flamingo: Shifting Perceptions of Black Print Media

Friday 20 August 2021

Join us for a panel discussion about DRUM & FLAMINGO: two historic publications that shaped representations of Africa & Diaspora


Join us for a conversation on evolving representations of West African, Caribbean and African Diasporic communities through ground-breaking Black lifestyle magazines, DRUM & Flamingo. This dynamic discussion will feature photographer James Barnor, whose images often graced the covers of DRUM magazine, broadcaster and presenter June Sarpong, and author and journalist Stephen Dorril. Moderated by Bianca A. Manu.

The popularity of social media has expanded African, Caribbean and Diasporic narratives over the last decade, democratising and demolishing dangerous notions of a monolithic history. DRUM and Flamingo’s pioneering work in print and broadcast media redefined representations of Black life. Our speakers will discuss the mechanisms and controversies that created the space for new depictions of Black life in print media from the 1950s to today.

This programme accompanies the exhibition James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective.