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

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

Black Nerd Bullet Points

I made this graphic in honour of Zadie Smith, who on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs told Kirsty Young, “It’s good to be a Black nerd — I enjoy it.”  I totally agree! It would be great to hear more Black people in the public eye in the UK and US say this .  It’s time.  Especially those

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

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