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.

Introduction to ’12 Years a Slave’, The Watershed – 28.1.14

[Below is a written up version of what was spoken from the head, rather than recited from a script. Introduction given at The Watershed, Bristol, 28 January 2014, 5.30pm] Good evening and welcome to the Watershed for the screening of ‘12 years a Slave’.  I’m Dr Shawn Sobers – I’m told to use the “Dr”

Complaint sent to the BBC about the bias on the BBC Bristol newsdesk – 26.5.13

This was sent to the BBC via their complaints website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complain-online/ “On 25 May there was an anti-Islamic EDL faction march in Bristol, which started in the Kingswood area and turned violent in a pub in Church Road. They were heading to Lawrence Hill and Easton, quite Muslim populated areas of Bristol, before the police

Warning: (Possible) News bias detected on BBC Bristol news desk

Why didn’t the BBC Bristol news desk mention it was an anti-Islamic EDL march that turned violent in Bristol?  If this was an Islamic march, Black people’s march or anti-capitalist protest that turned violent you can bet that would have been mentioned.   What is going on BBC Bristol?  I sure hope you are not

My complaint to the BBC – (Olympics 2012 – the timing of the race and eugenics item)

10 August 2012 I thought the eugenics item before the Usain Bolt race was inappropriate, crass, badly timed, and questionable it its message. Out of all of the sports in the Olympics where white people do well, the one that black people excel in, was analysed from a race perspective in the minutes before the

Winterbourne View: care home newsletter (Once a week news pic, plus comment on ‘new’ vs ‘old’ media)

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke Note: I think this BBC Panorama documentary and reporter Joe Casey should go down in history, not only for raising awareness of the evil actions it witnessed, but also to highlight the reasons why serious investigative journalism should never die

Famous, Rich & Homeless

I’ve just finished watching the first episode of ‘Famous Rich & Homeless‘ on BBC1.  On seeing the title of course I was sceptical – five ‘celebrities’ pretending to be homeless for a few nights wasn’t my idea of in-depth investigation and sincerity.  It just sounds wrong, crass, cringe worthy, and a symbol of everything that is wrong