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88 #TBBOutof100: Revelatory Documentary “The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire”, A Must-See

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire is Michael Oswald’s newest revelatory feature documentary – one which is as important to Britain as Ava Du Vernay’s 13th (2016) is to Americans. Both place national history into a disturbing modern context! It parallels Du Vernay’s deduction that in giving up overt slavery, American elites subverted the 13th Constitution of the United States to utilise the judicial system to funnel unpaid prison inmate labour into the business sector, thereby subsidising rising production costs and preserve the  lost profits. It also restricted the power of white society’s ‘unwanted elements’ through incarceration. Spider’s Web exposes similar practices up to a point. It is narrated by actor Andrew Piper and features contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders (including one financial investigator who went undercover for 10 years!) and campaigners for social justice, to tell our story. Oswald uses stylized b-roll, archive and contemporaneous footage to illustrate their points as they discuss how the irretrievable decline of the British Empire (at its height one of the largest in history) led to an increasing loss of income for the City of London. The City, responsible for the UK’s financial services industry and representing its own interests, was incited to compensate itself by creating a whole new monetary system – the Eurodollar; a new market for a new investment system – the London Euromarket; and a safe, regulation-free zone in which...

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100% #OutOf100: Nairobi Thompson Sets African-Caribbean War Record Straight In “Bayonets, Mangoes And Beads” Summer Poetry Salon

Nairobi Thompson’s presentation of 14 of 60 wonderful poems taken from her book Bayonets, Mangoes And Beads which should grace the bookshelf of every African, Caribbean and Diasporic home, is an important gift.

Whilst the brutality and futility of war cannot be denied, what the Great Wars taught the British about themselves was that ordinary people could rise above and act with compassion, camaraderie and resilience, and that is always seductive.

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If You Need A Supernatural Fantasy Fix, Check Out “Salem” Series 1-3 on Netflix UK Starring Ashley Madekwe!

Salem, a dark fantasy drama series, is set in real-life 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts, and explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials in the 1600s. Our own Ashley Madekwe was the first casting announcement of the production, way back in 2013 – slated to play central cast member Tituba. She had enjoyed a successful 5 years playing social climber Ashley Davenport in Revenge (2011-15), lovelorn Molly Lucas in Bedlam, (2011-12), Elisha in West 10 LDN (2008) and call girl Bambi/Gloria White in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl (2007-11). In Tituba, Madekwe gets to play an ambitious, determined, loyal...

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Tate Modern Hosts “Soul of a Nation: Art In The Age of Black Power” Exhibition!

Using a clever play on words, the nation is America, and this landmark exhibition aims to illuminate the vital, and often overlooked, contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in its art and history! Soul Of A Nation asks how the concept of Black Art was promoted, contested, debated and oftentimes rejected by artists across the United States.

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