Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Kiri Kankhwende discusses her experience of the Tate Modern’s exhibition exploring the work of black artists during the US civil rights movement
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Black British feminism then and now

Professor Heidi Mirza reflects upon her involvement in black feminism and the changes she has witnessed over the past 30 years. She is hopeful about new generations of activists and reminds us that “black women’s activism has been central in tackling problems within our local communities.”   ‘Thank you for organising this. I thought black feminism was dead!’ wrote a young woman in an email to… Read More

Oh Come All Ye White Saviors

by Phenderson Djeli Clark Earlier this year, Salon magazine’s David Sirota penned an article titled, “Oscar Loves a White Savior.” In it, Sirota noted that ‘If a movie features white people rescuing people of color from their plight, odds are high an Oscar will follow’ –singling out then Oscar contender Lincoln and showing ten others… Read More

The Butler serves up a chronicle of the Civil Rights movement

by Maurice Mcleod I sat down to watch Lee Daniel’s The Butler, unsure about what sort of film I was about to see. The film tells the story of Cecile Gaines, a black butler who served under seven presidents at the White House while the battle for Civil Rights engulfed the US. I feared I was… Read More

Nina Simone – The High Priestess of Soul

Nina Simone’s ‘Four Women’  Tells the story of four different African American women. Each of the four characters represents an African American stereotype in society. “An instantly accessible analysis of the damning legacy of slavery, that made iconographic the real women we knew and would become.” –Thulani Davis My skin is black, my arms are… Read More