Love Of The Panther

The excitement is already building eight whole months before the film is due for release. A who's who of this generations black stars in their ascendancy make up the cast. Chadwick Boseman, known better on the other side of the pond for his biopic roles, playing James Brown in Get On Up and, to the soccer loving U. K. audience at least, the little known of U. S. legend that was the baseball player Jackie Robinson in Forty-Two.

Guerilla – just don’t

Just to be clear, this is not a fair review of this programme. It is not fair because I found the programme so awful, that I could only manage to get through one episode of six. I started watching the second episode but had to switch off after twenty minutes. So, to be clear, I did not enjoy it.

Quiet Suppression – We’ll Take That

Back in the mid eighties I and many of my friends, in our mid to late teens, listened to the same music. This was around the time I started going to clubs and meeting people who would become life long friends. One of the commonalities among us was music. Being black and having attended a…

The Acceptable Face Of Black

Back in 2009, seven days from today on the 20th January, events on the other side of the Atlantic were making headlines around the world. Barack Hussein Obama the second became the first 'black' president of the United States of America. This was a big thing. Huge in fact. In a country somewhat infamous, in…

Before I Die: 101 things to do – part three

And the list continues.... 15.) Be in the majority Having been born and raised in the UK and never having lived or visited, in adulthood, either Africa or the Caribbean, my view of the world; media, populace, histories, is that it is all white. As a black person I am curious to see it from…

Rant, Bond Rant.

I do not watch Doctor Who. There are two reasons: 1.) As a child it scared the bejesus out of me and 2.) Idris Elba. With the recent Sony hacks that have hit the news,  the leaked emails and what not, one story that piqued my interest - the whole North Korean insult debacle is…

Minstrel

Back in the seventies, there was a television programme in the UK called The Black and White Minstrel Show. It would, as the title suggest, feature white entertainers in blackface make up, doing various singing and dancing things. A different time; different sensibilities. Such things are not seen on our screens anymore. The likes of…