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

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.

To Post or not to Post

Today’s meditation: Over the last few days on a few occasions I’ve started to write different statuses about it, but then deleted them rather then pressing send, as I don’t want to get into a debate about it. But there is so much to say about it, but I don’t want to spend my time

Sniper Michael Gove MP (Once a week news pic)

Image produced by Shawn Sobers for Once a Week News Pic series. Original copyright remains on image details. Tougher targets for schools is not the answer to problems in education. The problem is too much top down agenda setting and interfering.  New Labour were bad enough with this, and in a record short space of

Signs of Times – placards of student protest (The Musical)

Photographs taken during the first student & lecturer march against the ConDem rise in tuition fees, November 10th 2010.  A one stop shop for all your student placard slogan needs. All photography by me – Shawn Sobers Music by Musical Youth – original copyright remains All messages by The People If the video does not

Islington people attacked by the police. Activist Suzanne Jeffery & councillors speak out.

Message from my activist colleague Corine Dhondee about the heavy-handed tactics she witnessed by the police when secretly filming protests at the council building.  We might look at what is happening in Libya today and say we are lucky and have nothing to complain about, but I feel we must protect the freedoms that we have today, as if we take