Entertainers create a memorable evening at private view of Happening To Be exhibition

Yinka Shonibare MBE, creator of the famous Nelson’s Ship in Bottle that was displayed in Trafalgar Square, attended the private viewing of Happening To Be, an exhibition showcasing the work of accomplished black alumni of University of the Arts London, on October 17. The distinguished artist, who was a Turner Prize nominee in 2004, is…

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Music Review: Tassili by Tinariwen

Tinariwen have taken Saharan music to a whole new level over the past few decades. Their latest album Tassili slightly shifted towards a new direction. Here’s my verdict. How often do we listen to a song for the first time, either love it or hate at once, only to change our mind later on? Normally,…

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New website launched to honour India’s war dead

A new website has been launched by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to mark the often overlooked contribution of the people of India during the First and Second World Wars. “Forever India” at www.cwgc.org/foreverindia tells the remarkable story of some of the millions of Indians who left their homes in order to fight for the…

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Music Review: Kora Jazz Band in Paris

Building on the release of a recent album, Kora Jazz Band and their brand new line-up delivered a fiery performance at the New Morning in Paris. I obviously would not have missed it for anything. Here’s my verdict. As soon as I entered the jam-packed venue, I could not help but sensing a general impression…

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Going the extra mile to support black films

It is well known that television channels have a habit of screening positive black films very late at night. Similarly cinemas have a habit of only screening such films very seldomly or not at all. Given these realities, what can be done to support black films and encourage the accurate portrayal of people of African…

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Captain America’s black history

Captain America's movie origins involve being the subject of experiments by a kindly German doctor who escaped Nazi barbarism. It is a well-known fact that the Nazis performed atrocious experiments on human beings (injecting people's eyes to turn them blue or freezing them to death to see how long it took). But it is less…

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