Simple Things

Heartbroken at what has happened in Manchester. My humble thoughts and prayers for those affected, though I know that is not enough and will mend nothing. Just a gesture but I feel helpless and hopeless not knowing what else I can do or solidarity to share, especially on a virtual social platform made up of

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 –

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

Anecdote of media’s domino-effect impact on a child

This morning on a lazy Sunday, watching ‘Good Luck Charlie‘ on the Disney Channel with my 9 year old daughter, two of the characters talked about a game of chess.  My daughter then said to me, ‘Let’s play chess’, and promptly got out the dusty multi-games compendium from its hiding place, leaving the remainder of

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.

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