Doreen Lawrence OBE New Labour Peer

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Doreen Lawrence OBE, is to sit in the House of Lords as a new working peer. Baroness Lawrence was awarded a life peerage for her continued campaigns for justice, race equality and better policing.

The mother of murdered Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in a racist attack in Woolwich when he was 18 years old, Baroness Lawrence has continually campaigned to bring Stephen’s killers to justice.

Baroness Lawrence founded a charity in her son’s name,  the Chair of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Symon Sentain said

“We are so proud of Doreen. The Peerage is a very welcome acknowledgement of the role that Doreen has played in shaping this country through her relentless fight for justice.”


Stephen Lawrence Trial Guilty Verdicts

January 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The jury in the trial of Gary Dobson and David Norris for the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 at a bus stop in Eltham, south London has found both defendants Guilty of murder.

In a verdict given after three days of deliberation by the jury and deliverd at lunchtime today, the seven week trial comes to an end but the case remains open. The verdicts come as a relief to much of the black community in the UK who have long felt that the two convicted murders, are part of a larger group of white youths who attacked Lawrence and his friend Duwayne Brooks on the evening of April 22nd 1993.


Teena Marie Dies at Home

December 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Singer Teena Marie died on Sunday 26th December at her home in the USA. Her manager, Mike Gardner reported that the singer was found dead by her daughter. She was aged 54.

Marie was an award winning singer and songwriter who had hits with songs such as “Portuguese Love”, “It Must Be Magic” & “Since Day One”.

Marie is also well known for her partnerships with other soul and funk legends such as Rick James.

Black History Season 2010 begins

October 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re celebrating or staging an event to celebrate Black History season 2010, why not drop us a line so we can publicise your event online at!

International Day Remembering Slavery

August 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Dungeon passage where slaves were led to be imprisoned at Rose Hall JamaicaInternational Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is 23rd August. This day which commemorates the slave uprisings in Santa Domingo (modern day Haiti and Dominican Republic). UNESCO in 1998, officially designated this day as Slavery Remembrance Day, a reminder that enslaved Africans were the main agents of their own liberation. Read more

ACLT Gift of Life Ball

October 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) annual Gift of Life Ball (GOL) was held 11th October 2009, it was the 10th and final Fundraising Charity Ball and here we have a review of the spectacular night writted by Ms D. Knox who has attended the GOL for the past 6 years.

ACLT Gift of Life ball, the 10th and final one.

I have attended several GOL balls over the past few years, the Grand Finale was a “must do” social event. The ACLT event is like a friends and family reunion, full of positive vibes and brings together people with a true understanding of the gift of life that we all have and the potential gift of life that we may give to another person through giving blood or becoming a donor. Following the passing of Daniel De Gale in October 2008, his parents and the ACLT founders Bevererly De Gale and Orin Lewis agreed to arrange this final tribute ball. Read more

Singer Louisa Marks Dies

October 18, 2009 by · 32 Comments 

News has come through this morning that another of the great Lovers Rock singers Louisa Marks died on Saturday 19th 2009. Unconfirmed reports state that she died as a result of a stomach ulcer.

The reggae world is once again rocked by the news that we’ve lost another talented artist. Ms Louisa Marks is one of the Queens of lovers rock music. Her hits include ‘Caught you in a lie’, ‘Keep it like it is’ and so many more.

Radio stations up and down the country have being paying tributes as people try to come to terms with losing another great.

As more information comes in we will update this post.

International Womens Day Celebrations London

March 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

This Sunday 8th March is International Womens Day, a day earmarked to celebrate, on a global scale, the achievements of women past, present and future in all areas of economic, political and social spheres.

A Celebration of Women

A Celebration of Women

International Womens Day is a national holiday in countries such as China, Russia, Bulgaria and Vietnam. Events going on all over the world and especially in London include Celebration of International Women’s Day Breakfast a breakfast at the House of Commons for business women, Tina Turner at the O2 and the Eclectic Arts Network ‘A Celebration of Women’ event at Hypnotik Jazz Bar London SE24.

For more information on A Celebration of Women visit the EAN website (here). With a line up that boasts poets, speakers and inspirational readings as well as music from funk band KB Fusionaires, the event is one not to be missed and starts from 3pm – 12am.

Acoustically Speaking – Eclectic Arts Network

January 29, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Acoustically Speaking, once per month

Acoustically Speaking, once per month

Once a month in South London, Acoustically Speaking, an event that fuses Music, Poetry and the Arts, helps to keep the winter blues quite firmly at bay. Presented by the Eclectic Arts Network, Acoustically Speaking gives artists and performers a platform with which to connect with people who enjoy different styles from the underground.

Last night saw the night resume, the first for the new year, at Hypnotik (formerly Brockwells) opposite Brockwell Park. The informality of the night is appealing and the vibe is warm and welcoming. So much so that it is not unusual for members of the audience to add their name to the list of performers, even though it’s not technically an ‘Open Mic’ situation.

Alongside the poets, singers and musicians performing on the night, last night, Ugandan artist, Eddie Bbira had some of his work on display. This amazing artist, who is currently in the UK studying at Art Therapy at the Roehampton Institute, uses his skills to help street kids in Kampala City, Uganda regain their dignity and assist them in rejoining mainstream society by developing their own artistic skills.

Last night we were treated with performances ranging from Classical guitar, Roots poetry, North African/Franco/Arabic and home grown British soul. Performers included Micheal Phillips, Desmond Rose and Deborah Grace, who fresh from recording her new studio album is sure to be a hit on the live circuit.

Poet Flexi has been writing poetry for the past 20 years, but is new to performing her art in front of an audience. Nerves got the better of her a one stage, but the warmth and encouragement of the Eclectic Arts audience and crew enabled her to complete her set, showing anyone who may think otherwise that whoever you are, and whatever talent you may have, performing in front of a crowd is something that is not that easy to do.

Perhaps that’s the beauty of a night like Acoustically Speaking. It’s a place in which even those new to the art of performing can find an audience of people who love music, and the arts and will appreciate the lengths to which you as the artist have gone to perfect your work.

So if you’re in the mood for discovering new music, new performers or if you’re someone who has long desired to be onstage, if you’re an artist wanting to display your work to a captive audience, check out the Eclectic Arts Network website for more information and dates for the upcoming shows.

Jean Adebambo, Brother Confirms Suicide

January 28, 2009 by · 19 Comments 

The brother of Lovers Rock singer Jean Adebambo has confirmed to her manager, Orlando Gittens, that Jean Adebambo’s death is thought to be suicide and that there was no one else involved.

According to an article on Voice Online, Gittens said

“I spoke to Jean’s brother Claudius who told me that Jean took her own life and that there was no-one else involved,”

Rumours have been circulating the Internet since the the the singer was found dead on the 15th of January, as yet no official confirmation has come as to the cause of death, however the Voice online article is the closest we have to come to an official confirmation of suicide.

Jean Adebambo’s death has shocked the British reggae community. There is a benefit concert planned for March 15th at the Hackney Empire. Tickets were still available as of the time of this report.

Next Page »