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”

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

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