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

Decolonising the curriculum

For the record, I did my MA at SOAS 17 years ago, and in one of the essays I wrote there talked about Kant’s racism, Marx’s dismissive blind spot to race, and today I continue to talk about Franz Fanon and Paulo Freire (who was directly inspired by Fanon) in most lectures I give about

Say It With Your Work

I found this great adaptation image on the exittheapple website, and I loved it so much I’m posting it here. This image sums up my motivation for getting into creative endeavours of film, photography and writing etc in the first place, (see my work at website – click here), and it’s a great reminder. As

Black History in Wiltshire symposium

Last week I was honoured to Chair (and speak at) the ‘Black History in Wiltshire’ symposium in East Tytherton. The earliest known record of a person strongly suspected of being an African living in Wiltshire is 1586, Maria Mandula (described in the records as “Stranger, Aethiops”) living in Calne. (Ref – Terry Bracher) This is

Chapter in new book ‘Slavery and the British Country House’

Proud to see this book arrive, ‘Slavery and the British Country House’, published by English Heritage, which includes a chapter by me and Rob Mitchell. Book edited by Madge Dresser. The book is full of insights into how the finances from the slave trade built the aristocracy and the legacies still visible in the British landscape. Link

40th anniversary of Hip Hop culture

40th anniversary of Hip Hop culture today, which gave birth to MCing, break dancing (and related dance styles) and graffiti art. It’s been quite a journey so far, containing the good, the bad and the ugly. Hip Hop gave me my first independent moment(s) of constructive focus as a teenager, inspiring me to be creative.