Read BITNB co-founder Kelly Emelle's words on the vibrant Chineke! Orchestra! 'The Chineke! Orchestra is one of two amazing orchestras that are part of the Chineke! Foundation. Chineke [pronounced: chi-nay-kay] is the Igbo word for God, and is often commonly used as an expression of surprise such as saying “Oh my God!”. This makes it a very appropriate name, reflecting the surprise I have seen from other black friends at the existence of a majority BME orchestra. The foundation was founded in 2015 by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, it seeks to increase the representation of BME musicians in orchestras by “championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music”.' ... See more
If I chose a black person at random and asked them what they knew about classical music, I would expect to get a vague and generic answer probably just mentioning the names of a few dead white men- Mozart, Beethoven, Bach. Of course, there are those already very invested in classical music, and tha ... See more
Check out our write up of Bristol's first ever Black Girl Convention! 'Safe spaces for black women are incredibly important to our growth and perseverance. In an environment that seeks to take from us - whether it be our culture, emotional labour or energy - black women need these spaces to recharge and become our best selves. There is nothing more calming than exchanging laughs and compliments with other black women who also just seem to *get it*. The convention was a moment of escapism, like many of the women in attendance, I unshackled myself from the persona I use to interact with everyday whiteness and was my true self. Bristol's first Black Girl Convention was a space that allowed for complete candidness that you could not find anywhere else. The conversations were pure and the love ran deep.' ... See more
November 26th saw Bristol’s first ever Black Girl Convention hosted by OJiJi Purple’s founder Mena Fombo at the Arnolfini. The event was a chance for self-identifying black women to come together, celebrate success and share stories from their varied experiences. The event hosted a series of bla... ... See more
Tonight! Sick beats and a safe space for people of all identities. Can't wait to see you there
Tis the season to have a Kiki tra la la la la la la! We're back and its the last one for 2017, so don't miss out! Kiki is set to be bigger and more beautiful in 2018 so prepare yourselves! Kiki “ A party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress and generally fighting ennui. "Let's have a kiki!" Kiki is a night for LGBTQ PoC to meet, greet, eat, discuss, and set the dance floor on fire. Kiki came out of a group of us feeling tired of the lack of spaces for LGBTQ PoC and friends to meet and as importantly to dance to music that we enjoyed. We knew nothing would change if we didn't take action. Join us in making a new scene in Bristol. The evening begins with an early doors social over food, followed by an open mic section before dancing to the finest tracks from across the Black music spectrum. Held in a discreet Bristol venue this is a chance to meet with like- minded People of Colour, to feel safe, networked, have fun and be free. Non PoC & LGBTQI friends welcome. There is a void in Bristol. Let's fill it. Please message our Facebook page Kiki Socials - LGBTQ+ PoC or email us on email@example.com to find out our location and for any more infomation See you on the dance floor! Team Kiki ... See more
Get down to this if you can!
Hello 🙂 The BME Network are hosting a talk on Thursday that may be of interest to people here! Would love it if people would get free tickets and come along: https://www.facebook.com/events/900739823422752/ ... See more
We're live at the White Colour Black post screening panel hosted by @
See you all later for what will be an amazing film and panel!
Starring model-turned-actor @[220898504637411:274:Dudley O'Shaughnessy - official], White Colour Black follows Leke, a mixed race man living in London as a successful photographer, where his privileged lifestyle allows him to navigate his identity largely on his own hedonistic terms. When a message from Senegal calls him ‘home’, Leke travels back to a place he hasn’t visited since childhood. He must confront the complex and emotional layers of his heritage and his estranged relationship with his father. Moving from London’s cityscapes to the stillness of Senegalese village life, Leke must find his feet and himself on this journey in order to forge a new sense of self. A striking debut from director Joseph a. Adesunloye with beautiful cinematography, the film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2016. ... See more
We are extremely excited to announce our screening of the award-winning film White Colour Black in collaboration with the annual Afrika Eye Film Festival! White Colour Black explores the complex experiences of young African and Caribbean diaspora in the UK. We will also be holding an EXCLUSIVE panel featuring director Joseph Adesunloye and main actor Dudley O'Shaughnessy - official (From Rihanna's We Found Love music video)! Other panellists include celebrated filmmaker Samantha Iwowo and UoB student/Bristol is the New Black team member Sheila Bamugemereire! We will be having a raw and frank conversation about the conflicts of diaspora, sex, identity and race. You are not going to want to miss this! Concessions available students and discounts on group bookings! https://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/8603/white-colour-black See you there!!!!!!!! ... See more
Check out this insightful audio documentary about colourism in the UK!
Antonia Odunlami investigates how colourism affects young people in the UK.
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