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Black History Studies presents the UK PREMIERE of 


'BLEACHING BLACK CULTURE'

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Monday 11th January 2016

BLEACHING BLACK CULTURE


New Documentary Bleaching Black Culture Tackles Cultural Misappropriation.

 

Black History Studies in association with Moguldom Studio presents the UK Premiere of 'BLEACHING BLACK CULTURE' on Monday 11th January 2016

 

What do Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus have in common? To many, they are cultural vultures, and a new film called Bleaching Black Culture explores this ongoing issue of cultural misappropriation.

 

From the birth of jazz to the evolution of hip hop; the advents of urban trends to transformative advances in technology, African Americans have played an integral role in molding American culture. Unfortunately, we tend to not be the beneficiaries of our own innovation. Bleaching Black Culture examines the continuum of America's Black cultural appropriation and effects on the African American community.

 

The imprint of cultural theft has a long legacy, and this power of influence in music, sports, fashion and art translates into millions of dollars for our country. So, if the African­ American community is the cultural architect, why are we still outside of the building begging to get in? Cultural branding has not only helped to exploit the hip­-hop community along with other forms of Black art, but it's managed to monetize off of Black marginalization. Currently, the Rhythm and Blues Billboard chart, a genre developed for the African American voice, is dominated with the likes of Robin Thicke, Justin Bieber and Adele. Perhaps, it's easier to sell Black art when it's masked in "white face." Yet the argument with the latter comes from the 2013 African American consumer report. It shows Black buying power rising from its current astonishing $1 trillion level to a forecasted $1.3 trillion by 2017.

 

 

Since the African American community is the number one consumer, it begs to ask - can we take ownership of our cultural influence and convert our buying power into economic capital? Or, with the appropriation of Black culture becoming more and more exploitative and lucrative, is admiration the new bastardization?

 

Following the screening there will be a Q&A and discussion with panel members such as Ty Chijioke, one of the most revolutionary rappers on the British hip-hop scene. Ty embodies the intellect, talent and ferocity of an MC always destined to become a legend. Over the last decade, the Mercury Prize nominee has achieved the rare feat of establishing a legacy through his three albums and wise persona, strengthened by his amazing worldwide shows and countless appearances alongside luminaries such as De La Soul, Tony Allen and Pee Wee Ellis. Musically, he's also worked with Estelle, Scratch Perverts, Talib Kweli, Black Twang, Arrested Development, Bahamadia and Zion I, both in front and behind the mixing desk, further proof of his relentless artistry and his evolution from roguish wordsmith from South London to an internationally-acclaimed hip-hop connoisseur.

 

 

 

Reviews

 

 

"If you've danced to James Brown records, done the Shmoney Dance, or quoted Kevin Hart or Richard Pryor comedy skits, you've been influenced by Black culture" - Brandon Robinson, The Source Magazine

 

"Well-researched and executed, Bleaching Black Culture is a history lesson in stolen Black art... that should be played in schools" - Raqiyah Mays -, Writer, Radio Personality, Advocate

 

"Bleaching Black Culture' is a timely documentary that explores cultural appropriation with a magnifying lens" - Shamika Sanders, Entertainment Editor, HelloBeautiful.com

 

Meet the Director: Cas Sigers-Beedles

 

Cas Sigers-Beedles is a professional writer of 12 years. To date, she has authored 6 women's fiction publications under Kensington Press. Her written works also include over a dozen screenplays; several of which have been optioned to major networks and production houses. As a producer, she has worked on national television shows, Welcome to Dreamland, Platinum House and Tiny and Toya. She was the associate director for the TVOne series Verses and Flow and the supervising producer for BET/Centric's music documentary series As Written, for which she won 4 Telly Awards. She also served in the script department for The Mo'Nique Show and BET's, TD Jakes Presents. Cas also created and developed a sitcom for the UPTV, For Richer or Poorer and wrote and executive produced seven TV movies and plays for UPTV including the NAACP Image Award nominated Sugar Mommas. Cas is also the script supervisor for Steve Harvey's annual Ford Neighborhood Awards.

 

 

 

A SCREENING NOT TO BE MISSED!!

 

 

 

This screening will take place on MONDAY 11TH JANUARY 2016 from 7.00pm to 9.30pm.

 

The event will be held at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1.

 

Doors open at 6.15pm. The screening will start 7pm sharp!

 


 


Black History Studies presents


'Paul Robeson: Celebrating his Life, His Art, His Legacy'

 

Wednesday 27th January 2016

 


The legendary African American singer, actor, civil rights activist, law school graduate, athlete, scholar and author was born on 9th April 1898 in Philadelphia and died on 23 January 1976 at age of 78. This event will celebrate the life and legacy of Paul Robeson on the 40th anniversary of his death. Paul Robeson was a man who lived his life full of passion and conviction. Paul Robeson was a well known and widely respected Black American of the 1930s and 1940s. He learned to speak more that 20 languages in order to voice his public opinion and unyielding views on issues of race and ignorance throughout the world.

 

As a talented actor, Paul Robeson appeared in ‘The Emperor Jones' (1933), ‘Sanders of the River' (1935), ‘Showboat' (1936), ‘Song of Freedom' (1937), ‘Jericho' (1938), ‘Big Fella' (1938), ‘King Solomon's Mines' (1938), ‘The Proud Valley' (1939), ‘Tales of Manhattan' (1942).

 

Join us for an evening celebrating his life and legacy. An event for all the family.

 

This event will take place on WEDNESDAY 27TH JANUARY 2016 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

 

The event will be held at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1.

 

Doors open at 6.30pm. The screening will start 7pm sharp!

 

Hot food will be on sale.

 

Admission is £6 per person. Under 16s are FREE.

 

PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY. Places for this event is limited so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to acknowledge your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.

 

Please confirm via email info@blackhistorystudies.com of how many of you will be attending this event. Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation. (Please note, photographs will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional purposes).

 

 


 


Black History Studies in association with Rocqué Pictures presents


'INTELLECTUAL SCUM'

 

Wednesday 20th January 2016

Intellectual Scum


Intellectual Scum is a provocative 2015 Kenyan short film directed by Njue Kevin. Produced by Rocque Pictures, the film is an adaptation of the controversial article "You lazy African Intellectual scum" by Field Ruwe, a USA based Zambian media practitioner.

 

On board an airplane, Walter (a white American man) forces his opinion on the state of Africa on a fellow passenger, Ruwe (an African national). Brutally honest and borderline racist, Walter blames the ‘intellectuals' of Africa for the continent's woes. Thought-provoking and challenging, this short feeds into an ongoing debate about Africa's (under) development and those who need to take responsibility for it, calling for better leadership.

 

 

 

Njue KevinNjue Kevin is a 23 year old award-winning writer and director from Nairobi, Kenya. His short Help/Saidia won best young director at the 2014 Modern Day Slavery Short Film Competition in London. Intellectual Scum has screened at festivals around the world. Njue is working on his feature film debut.

 

 

 

 

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with Phoebe Ruguru of Rocque Pictures and others TBC.

 

This screening will take place on WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY 2016 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

 

The event will be held at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1.

 

Doors open at 6.30pm. The screening will start 7pm sharp!

 

Hot food will be on sale.

 

Admission is £6 per person.

 

PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY. Places for this event is limited so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to acknowledge your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.

 

Please confirm via email info@blackhistorystudies.com of how many of you will be attending this event. Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation. (Please note, photographs will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional purposes).

 



Black History Studies presents the UK PREMIERE of 


'OUT OF DARKNESS'

 

Monday 8th February 2016

Out of Darkness

 


Out of Darkness is a full length three-part documentary by director Amadeuz Christ (Δ+), examining the untold history of African people, the African cultural contribution to the nations of the world, and the events that have contributed to the condition of African people today. Out of Darkness will explore the Nubian/Kushitic origins of Nile Valley Civilization, contact between Africa and the Americas since the times of antiquity, as well as the influence of the Moors in Europe leading to Europe's intellectual Renaissance. In addition, the film will analyze the history of modern day racism, the concept of "white supremacy," the impact of Hip Hop as a social movement, and the idea of nationhood.


Out of Darkness is narrated by Prof. Kaba Kamene and co-stars Dr. Umar Johnson, Dr. Claud Anderson, Tim Wise, Prof. James Small, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Anthony Browder, Sabir Bey, Atlantis Browder, and Taj Tarik Bey.

 

Meet the Director: Amadeuz Christ

 

Amadeuz Christ is the CEO of Vigilance Records LLC. He is a talented recording artist, producer and engineer who offers professional and high-quality mixing, editing and consulting services. He has produced and directed several music videos. Amadeuz Christ is also a brilliant film director who has worked on several interesting and thought-provoking movies over the years. One of his best works is "Malcolm X: 50 Years Later", in which he worked with Prof. Kaba Kamene to examine the life of Malcolm X and see how he transformed from being an ordinary citizen into one of the world's most influential leaders. He has also worked with popular barber Angel the Barber Queen to produce a three-part motivational video series.

 

 

A SCREENING NOT TO BE MISSED!!

 

 

 

This screening will take place on MONDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2016 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

 

The event will be held at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1.

 

Doors open at 6.00pm. The screening will start 6.30pm sharp!

 

Hot food will be on sale.

 

Admission is £6.50 per person.

 

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS from https://ukpremiereoutofdarkness.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Demand for this screening is high so please don't delay.

 

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.

 

Please note, photographs will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional purposes.

 


 

 

BLACK PANTHER WOMEN FILM SERIES


March 2016

 

"Women make history every hour of every day. For they bring forth life." - Mumia Abu Jamal

 

To mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defence (1966 - 2016) Black History Studies presents a series of screenings that look at the role of women in the Black Panther Party in March 2016 for International Women's Month.

 

"It is our belief that the role of Black Women is the same as everyone else in the struggle to educate, mobilize, organise, and fight to the best of her ability.The word revolutionary has no gender. It is neither masculine or feminine. It is neutral, which means a revolutionary can either be male or female." -Right On!, December 1971

 


ASSATA SHAKUR: A BIOGRAPHY (12)
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 

 

 


Assata Shakur teaches us in her autobiography that: "No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free."

 

For her truth-telling and struggle for Black Liberation the US government has created a bounty for her capture at $2 million.

 

On May 2 1973, Black Panther activist Assata Shakur (fsn) JoAnne Chesimard, was pulled over by the New Jersey State Police, shot twice and then charged with murder of a police officer. Assata spent six and a half years in prison under brutal circumstances before escaping out of the maximum security wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey in 1979 and moving to Cuba.

 

This is an intensely personal and political autobiography that belies the fearsome image of Joanne Chesimard. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hands of government officials.

 

This event will take place on WEDNESDAY 2ND MARCH 2016 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

 

The event will be held at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1). Free parking on site.

 

Doors open at 6.30pm. The event will start 7pm sharp!

 

Hot food will be on sale.

 

Admission is £6.50 per person. Children under 16 are FREE.

 

Please purchase your tickets from http://assatashakur.eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

 

REFLECTIONS UNHEARD: BLACK WOMEN IN CIVIL RIGHTS (12)

 

 

 

Friday 4th March 2016 from 7pm - 9pm @ Bernie Grant Arts Centre Cinema, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15 4RX. Tickets: £8.00.
Purchase from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reflections-unheard-black-women-in-civil-rights-tickets-21004159005

 

 

Saturday 5th March 2016 from 2pm - 5pm @ Upstairs at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG. Tickets: £8.00
Purchase from https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Ritzy_Picturehouse/film/reflections-unheard-black-women-in-civil-rights

 

 

Where do Black women activists fit into the epochal struggles for equality and liberation during the 1960s and 70s? This feature-length documentary unearths the story of Black women's political marginalization-between the male-dominated Black Power movement and second wave feminism, which was largely white and middle class-showing how each failed to recognise Black women's overlapping racial and gender identities. Archival footage and in-depth interviews with former members reveal how Black women mobilized, fought for recognition, and raised awareness of how sexism and class issues affected women of colour within and outside The Black Power Movement and mainstream feminism.

 

Archival footage and in-depth interviews with former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), SNCC's Black Women's Liberation Committee, the Black Panther Party, Third World Women's Alliance, and the National Black Women's Feminist Organization reveal how black women mobilized, fought for recognition, and raised awareness of how sexism and class issues affected women of color within and outside The Black Power Movement and mainstream feminism. Prominently featured activists include Frances Beale, Angela Davis, Kola Boof, Nikki Giovanni, Rosemari Mealy, Judy Richardson, Gwendolyn Simmons, Deborah Singletary, and Eugenia Wiltshire. Required viewing for Women's Studies, African American Studies, and students of the Civil Rights Movement.

 

 

MAMA C: URBAN WARRIOR IN THE AFRICAN BUSH (U)

Friday 11th March 2016

 

 

 

 

Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush tells the story of Charlotte O'Neal-or Mama C as she is known-poet, musician, visual artist, spoken word artist and ex-member of the Kansas City Black Panther Party. Mama C, whose life was formed growing up in the artistically and politically vibrant atmosphere of the African American community in Kansas City, KS, has lived for past forty years in the Tanzanian village of Imbaseni in the shadow of Mount Meru.

 

Mama C speaks the dialect of Black culture in the 1960s and Kiswahili, the lingua franca of East Africa. As a high-school student in the 1960s, she took part in community activism and Civil Rights work, leading a protest at her high-school to force the school administration to recognize the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King. She joined the Kansas City Black Panther Party as one of the youngest members and married Pete O'Neal. In 1971, Mama C and Pete joined Eldridge Cleaver and Black Panthers in exile in Algeria. A few years later, they moved to Tanzania to join African-American and international revolutionary expatriates who came to participate in President Julius Nyerere's project of nation-building.


This event will take place on  FRIDAY 11TH MARCH 2016 from 7pm to 9pm. Doors open at 7.00pm and the film will start at 7.30pm.

 

The event will be held at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX. For location details go to http://www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk/index.php/your-visit

 

Tickets for this event are £8 plus booking fee.

 

Please book your ticket(s) here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mama-c-urban-warrior-in-the-african-bush-tickets-21004373647

 

 

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 (12)
Monday 14th March 2016

 

 

 

 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is a 2011 documentary film, directed by Göran Olsson that examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in American society from 1967 to 1975. It features the found footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists (discovered some 30 years later in the cellar of Swedish Television) overlaid with commentaries and interviews from leading contemporary African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars.

 

The footage includes appearances by Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile de Antonio, Angela Davis and commentaries by Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Robin Kelley and Abiodun Oyewole, amongst others.

 

This event will take place on MONDAY 14 MARCH 2016 from 7.00pm to 9.30pm.

 

The event will be held at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1). Free parking on site.

 

Doors open at 6.30pm. The event will start 7pm sharp!


Hot food will be on sale.

 

Admission is £6.50 per person. Children under 16 are FREE.

 

Please purchase your tickets from https://blackpowermixtapefilm.eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

BLACK PANTHER WOMAN (12)
Friday 18th March 2016 

 

 

 

 

"Black Panther Woman," director Rachel Perkins' documentary on the little known Brisbane chapter of the Black Panther Party, which was directly inspired by the American Black Panthers. In 1972 Marlene Cummins fell in love with the leader of the Australian Black Panther Party. With the break-up of that relationship, she spiralled into a cycle of addiction that left her on the streets and vulnerable. Forty years later Marlene travels to a gathering of international Black Panthers in New York. The journey takes her back in time. Still struggling with addiction, she reveals the secrets she has held onto, to face her demons today.

 

This event will take place on FRIDAY 18TH MARCH 2016.

 

The event will be held at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX.

 

For location details go to http://www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk/index.php/your-visit

 

Doors open at 7.00pm. The event will start 7.30pm sharp!

 

Admission is £8 plus b.f per person.

 

Please book your ticket(s) here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-panther-woman-tickets-21004727706

 

ANGELA DAVIS: PORTRAIT OF A REVOLUTIONARY (12)

 

 

 


Saturday 19th March 2016 from 2pm - 5pm @ Upstairs at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG. Tickets: £8.00
Purchase tickets from https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Ritzy_Picturehouse/film/angela-davis-portrait-of-a-revolutionary-1972


Friday 25th March 2016 from 7pm - 9pm @ Bernie Grant Arts Centre Cinema, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15 4RX. Tickets: £8.00
Purchase tickets from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/angela-davis-portrait-of-a-revolutionary-tickets-21004845057

 

The late '60s and early '70s produced a large crop of social critics and self-labelled revolutionaries. Outspoken Black militant feminist and communist Angela Davis was one of these. Davis, also a professor of philosophy at U.C.L.A., is the subject of this documentary film made by one of her U.C.L.A. students. It features her in the classroom, at a "rap" session, studying quietly, and giving her rumbustious speeches at antiwar and other demonstrations.

 

 

 


 

 

Black History Studies in conjunction with Dreamscape Films presents

 

PRINCE AMONG SLAVES

 

 

 



Black History Studies in conjunction with Dreamscape Films presents a true story of an African Muslim prince enslaved in America. In 1788, the slave ship Africa set sail from the Gambia River, headed for American shores with its hold laden