Response to complaints against Radio 1 playing Dave’s ‘Black’.

Opinion piece… Yesterday Radio 1 played the song ‘Black’, by Dave, and some listeners complained saying it was ‘reverse racism’ for him to talk about being proud to be Black. I’d say if they see this song as a problem, then it is they themselves that are the problem. Arguably however this is where communication

Walking, Talking, Snapping and Thinking with Sarah Connolly from Avon Stories.

On 27th July I went for a 4 hour walk and talk with my good friend (and former student) Sarah Connolly, who runs the Avon Stories project, which sees her interview various artists, historians and other interested people about their connections with the river.  This wasn’t an official Avon Stories walk, and I wasn’t being

Art Education DNA

Went to the Arnolfini with my youngest and brought back a poster by the artist for the eldest. When the eldest saw it she said thanks but she’s already got it, and had it signed by the artist. Ok then. 😂👍🏾 #JobDone #YoungArnolfini #Proud

Five Corners of Reggae Music

SPEECH GIVEN AT THE AFRIKA EYE FILM FESTIVAL – 12 NOV 2016 Introduction given before the screening the documentary Roots, Reggae, Rebellion. ____________________________________ Five Corners of Reggae: what reggae music means to me Welcome to the Afrika Eye film festival screening of Roots, Reggae, Rebellion, the documentary on the history or reggae music presented by Akala.

Speech given at the opening of the Roots photography exhibition at Tafari Gallery, Fairfield House, Bath – 3rd January 2015.

Greetings in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and Her Imperial Majesty Empress Menen Asfaw. Welcome to friends and visitors to Fairfield House, whichever mansion, community or identity you represent, or however you came to be here today.   You are all welcome.  Give thanks. My name is Shawn Naphtali Sobers –

RWA exhibition – 10th – 31st August 2014

For some reason I’m only now getting to advertise this on my own blog,  I have an exhibition with Angus Fraser at Royal West Academy Gallery (RWA), Bristol – 10th – 31st August 2014 (so only one week left!!) My work, multimedia works including a 23 minute film (made in collaboration with Rob Mitchell), is about the SS