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Who better to tell the black female story than a black woman? Thank you Ava!

When you think of a director, the first thing that probably pops into mind is a white man standing on set, wearing a cap, folding his arms. For a long time, these cap wearing white men were the only ones carving out narratives for black women. As a result, we existed on screen as either the ‘angry’, ‘single’, ‘downtrodden’, ‘strong/hardened’ black woman.’  These tropes were unlike the women I saw growing up. I witnessed strong, but sensitive, beautiful but beastly women in my lifetime and I understood that what was reflected on TV and Film, was only a fraction...

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Marvel’s Black Panther & the 30 Year Wait For Real On-Screen Afrofuturism: Part 2 – Sci-Fi & Fantasy on TV

Coming to America is the very definition of Afrofuturism. It remained unmatched for 30 years until the release of those first-look Black Panther trailers. Reflecting on the high production values and cinematic scope of four of the biggest and best science fiction and fantasy television series’ available in the UK on streaming platforms since late 2016, we see a limited vision of character not remediable by expensive CGI or lightning-fast editing, if you look closer….

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UK Women in entertainment & activists join Time’s Up movement to speak out on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Abuse

Dear Sisters, A little over a month ago Time’s Up was launched. You might have read a public letter in the New York Times. You may have noticed women wearing black on the red carpet. You might have seen women coming forward to share their stories of harassment. Maybe you identified with some of the stories these women shared. Maybe you found yourself nodding as you recalled similar moments in your own life. All over the world, women have been organising, resisting and speaking out – from Ni Nunca Más in Latin America and the #lifeinleggings movement in the...

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Marvel’s Black Panther & the 30 Year Wait For Real On-Screen Afrofuturism: Part 1

Ever since Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America (1988), the African Diaspora has yearned for another taste of the Afrofuturism depicted in the first 20 minutes. It is as yet unfulfilled by the big budget products currently produced by Starz in partnership with Amazon Prime or by Marvel, CBS and DC Comics in partnership with Netflix. Even the hotly anticipated collaboration by Macro and Netflix may fall a little short. So, people of the African Diaspora have been keenly awaiting the arrival of Marvel’s Black Panther, in the hope that it just might meet the need to see our story –...

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Sigh… Daniel Kaluuya’s Historical Oscar nomination should have been British breaking news…

When an industry is trying so hard to appear to care about committing to diversity, Daniel Kaluuya’s groundbreaking moment needs to be BREAKING NEWS… A Brain Dump of Thoughts… The reason I started The British Blacklist aside from databasing talent, was that I wanted to create headlines for British Black actors and creatives whose names were being ignored by the British press and popular magazines. Six years in and it’s been a long tired slog dancing this industry dance. But what has made life a little easier are the few times British Black talent break through the barriers of racism, supremacy, industry prejudice, cronyism,...

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