Black Art in Focus – Wolverhampton Art gallery

The Black Art in Focus exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery brings together paintings and prints from a number of important Black artists from the past 30 years showing us the range of artistic techniques, styles, ideas and themes which have been present in the work of Black British artists over this time.

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Kefi Chadwick talks about ‘Any Means Necessary ‘

The balance between engaging with the art form, exploring the political and legal issues, and providing something back to the victim’s, whose lives become your working material is a difficult balancing act. All too often, artists simply prioritise their art, leaving many people annoyed. I heard that Kefi Chadwick’s new play about undercover policing had taken a very different approach, giving the women who were the victims of the undercover policing operations a say in how the play developed. Here we talk to her about her approach.

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Batman confronts police racism in latest comic book

People die every day in Gotham City, the fictional hive of corruption where Batman patrols the rooftops. But not until Wednesday did the Dark Knight find himself investigating a black teenager in a hoodie shot dead by a frightened white police officer, let alone wondering about his own indirect role in the boy’s death. The latest issue of…

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Oxford Union and the colonial comeback

Posters advertising a “colonial comeback” cocktail depicting the shackled hands of a black slave have been condemned as racist after appearing at Oxford University Union’s bar. Now the union’s BME (black and minority ethnic) officer has resigned over the issue, telling student newspaper the Cherwell: “I want nothing to do with them at all. I’m disgusted. Racism…

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Mario Balotelli subjected to 4,000 racist messages on social media

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been the subject of more than 4,000 racist messages via social media this season, according to research from anti-discrimination body Kick It Out. The organisation’s research estimates that there have been over 134,0000 discriminatory posts this term with 34,000 of them directed towards Premier Leagueplayers. England pair Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck received more than 1,000 discriminatory…

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The pool of blood that changed my life

By Kavita Puri Radio 4, Three Pounds In My Pocket 5 August 2015 Listen to the program HERE Suresh Grover’s family came to the UK from Kenya in 1966 for a better life and a British education. But what he saw and heard growing up in the 1970s changed him. (This article contains language that…

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“American Sniper”: Hollywood’s Racist Propaganda Promoting Military Aggression Spawns Death Threats Against Arabs, Muslims

Following the release of the film American Sniper in theaters across the US, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has warned of a “significant rise in violent hate rhetoric targeting the Arab and Muslim-American communities.” The ADC believes the threats “are directly linked to the negative media coverage and hateful propaganda launched against the Arab and Muslim communities…

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Black Cultural Archives unveils new centre in Brixton

In the turbulent spring of 1981, as the streets of Brixton seethed with rioters and the shops burned, a small group of black artists, activists and teachers met in the midst of the conflict. Their common goal was to create an archive that commemorated and educated people on the forgotten history of black people in…

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