"NEVER , EVER BE AFRAID TO MAKE SOME NOISE AND GET IN GOOD TROUBLE, NECESSARY TROUBLE"



“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”   

  ~ John Lewis 8/6/2020 




Fighting racism isn't easy BUT it is the right thing to do.

BLACK LIVES MATTER TEAM
BLACK LIVES MATTER

We all have a responsibility to change society and the world we live in for the better. A world were everyone feels included.


A world where everyone belongs

BLACK LIVES MATTER TEAM
BLACK LIVES MATTER

DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE?
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE?
Richard Okorogheye

What happened to Richard Okorogheye?

The mother of Richard Okorogheye has spoken of her heart being “ripped apart” after the student’s body was found in a lake in Epping Forest, Essex.
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE?
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE?
Richard Okorogheye

What happened to Richard Okorogheye?

The mother of Richard Okorogheye has spoken of her heart being “ripped apart” after the student’s body was found in a lake in Epping Forest, Essex.
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK CHILDREN?
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT YOUNG BLACK CHILDREN?
Death of Christopher Kapessa
Who was Christopher?

A 13 year old black child, who was pushed into a river and drowned by his peers. Within 24 hours of his death, CPS ruled it non suspicious and closed the case even though there is evidence to prosecute.

Help us demand justice. #justiceforchristopherkapessa
JUSTICE FOR CHRISTOPHER KAPESSA
JUSTICE FOR CHRISTOPHER KAPESSA

“Justice for Christopher Kapessa”

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BLACK KIDS MATTER


Black children are undervalued and young black teenagers have long been and continue to be demonised by the mainstream media, suffer discrimination in the educational system and criminal justice system.


Change must come...


Our children and young people deserve so much more.

BLACK CHILDREN DESERVE MORE



2021 Black Lives STILL Matter


DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT BLACK CHILDREN?
DOES THE UK CARE ENOUGH ABOUT BLACK CHILDREN?
Noah Donohoe 14 yrs disappeared in North Belfast in June 21st, shortly after he was seen cycling near the Shore Roadsparking a huge search effort. His body was later found in a storm drain.
Noah's mother Fiona has launched a public appeal to find out what happened to her son. She has set up dedicated pages on Twitter and Facebook, called MyNoah Donohoe, as she seeks answers about his disappearance and death.
Mayor pledges support for 'Remembering Noah' campaign

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Brian Tierney, has pledged his support to the family of teenager Noah Donohoe, as they continue to seek answers surrounding his tragic death.
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
The Noah Donohoe Foundation

Noah Donohoe (14) went missing from his home in South Belfast on Sunday 21st June 2020. His Mum Fiona has set up the Noah Foundation in his memory; a foundation that will support the causes and issues that Noah cared about.

Charity Registration No. 105105
JUSTICE FOR NOAH

A Mother's fight for justice!
Justice Mohamud Hassan
Justice Mohamud Hassan
Police officer served misconduct notice as part of investigation into Mohamud Hassan's death.

Mohamud Hassan came into contact with 52 police officers within the hours before his death

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Four South Wales Police officers served misconduct notices
Four South Wales Police officers served misconduct notices
Four South Wales Police officers served misconduct notices in Mohamud Hassan investigation

Three further police officers have been served misconduct notices concerning their decision-making on use of force on Mr Hassan during his arrest and another has been served a gross misconduct notice relating to police professional standards

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JUSTICE FOR LEON BRIGGS
JUSTICE FOR LEON BRIGGS
Leon Briggs died in hospital after being restrained and detained. The court had heard that 'prone restraint and prolonged struggle', according to the post mortem, were a primary cause of death.

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BED POLICE APOLOGISE MARCH 2021
BED POLICE APOLOGISE MARCH 2021
Inquest jurors identify police and ambulance failings before 39-year-old’s death in Luton in 2013

The way in which police officers restrained a man with drug-induced psychosis “more than minimally” contributed to his death in Luton in 2013, an inquest jury in Milton Keynes has found by unanimous verdict.

Leon Briggs, a 39-year-old father of two of mixed ethnic background, was a lorry driver and also taught computer skills to older people. His family described him as “a loving brother and fathe
APOLOGY COMES 7 YEARS ON...
APOLOGY COMES 7 YEARS ON...
Beds Police apologises to Leon Briggs' family after inquest finds failings 'contributed' to his death

Bedfordshire Police has apologised to the family of Leon Briggs after an inquest concluded significant failings by officers "contributed" to his death seven years ago.

Tupac 1992


Tupac Shakur passionately explains his views on generosity and responsibility, traits he feels some people with extreme wealth like Donald Trump lack, in this MTV News clip from 1992.


Wordsmith. Change-maker.

Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology. She has written for the New York Times and has three books forthcoming with Penguin Random House.




I can't Breathe: Black and Dead in Custody

|Contains upsetting scenes|


Panorama investigates why black men in the UK are more likely than white men to have force used on them by police and to die in police custody. 

Reporter Mark Daly follows the family of Kevin Clarke on their search for justice. Mr Clarke repeatedly said, 'I can’t breathe' as he was restrained by police on the ground for 14 minutes during a mental health crisis. He died soon afterwards, his words mirroring those of George Floyd, whose death in the US triggered a global debate on race and policing. 

The programme also reveals fresh evidence in Scotland’s most high-profile death in custody. Sheku Bayoh died in 2015 after being restrained by up to six officers.


  • Duration29 mins
  • First shown7:35pm 18 Jan 2021
  • Available for 11 months expires 17 Oct 2020


Audio Described: Sign Language



In the early morning of September 28 1985, armed police raided 22 Normandy Road in Brixton. As Cherry Groce rose from bed to see what was going on, she was shot, leaving her paralysed for the rest of her life and sparking the Brixton uprising of 1985. In this episode of The Justice Gap Podcast, the author and Cherry’s son Lee Lawrence speaks to Calum McCrae.


You can click image above for snippet of discussion, for full interrview click embeded link below and or listen to podcast out on iTunes, Spotify and on thejusticegap.com too.


Click to Read More: https://www.thejusticegap.com/episode-5-the-louder-i-will-sing/


Black Lives Matter Movement won an Ethnicity Award for ‘Media Moment’ 2020


We were honoured to accept the award and with you are collaborating for change


The Black Lives Matter Movement were publicly voted as the most important Media Moment of the year alongside 9 other diverse and important nominees  If you’d like to look at the full list, please look here: ethnicityawards.com 


NEVER FORGET

STEPHEN LAWRENCE


Tate Modern presents the first major UK survey of visual activist Zanele Muholi




UNTIL – 31 MAY 2021


Zanele Muholi is one of the most acclaimed photographers working today, and their work has been exhibited all over the world. With over 260 photographs, this exhibition presents the full breadth of their career to date.


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Voices of children matter too

Let's make their voice count

Listen!


CHANGE IS WHAT WE ALL NEED 

WE MUSTN'T BE COMPLCIT IN THE SUFFERING AND SILENCING OF YET ANOTHER GENERATION…WE MUST LISTEN MORE.


Children want to be able to talk about race and racism


AUDIO

Listen to Thomas Roughan in his own words; age just 7 he wrote this poem titled RUBY RED with the Black Lives Matter Movement in mind. Click here to go to where we've published Thomas's poem for the world to read the words of an innocent child on his early experience of racism in the playgroud of his old school. You'll also get to listen to his recent radio interview on radio Solent!


Thomas wrote this poem for a 500 Words: Black Lives Matter competition


St John’s College a progressive educational establishment encourages important conversations at home, at school and across the nation, the themes and issues was relating to what was emerging from the Black Lives Matter movements all around globe. The initiative encouraged children to think of what’s going on in the world, and Thomas told us!

 

St John’s College wrote “Year 4 student Thomas wrote an incredibly powerful poem in response to the movement and got through to the first round.

Read his compelling piece below:”


The same poem is also on Thomas's new school website St John’s College, Hampshire, here is the link below:

Thomas Roughan - RUBY RED 



FROM THOMAS ROUGHAN A CHILD ABOVE TO

CONSTANTINE AN ADULT'S BELOW 



June 2020 in midst of COVID-19, like so many of us across the world Constantine like millions of other was impacted and affected by the visual and moving images of George Floyd being murdered in front of the eyes of the world, he sent in a poem and went on to recite using his words, his voice. Take a listen to the author...


I AM NOT "OTHER"



Author: Constantine

"To give them context, I am not a writer, far less a poet. These words came out spontaneously in the wake of the George Floyd murder. I just wrote them down as they came, and didn't edit or re-write, although there might have been some benefit in that!"


Read Constantine go to quotes...


AUDIO

Diversity Troupe

Ashley Banjo: "The fight for Justice should not become a ‘trend’🖤 Love this powerful & moving video by the team!"

FIGHT FOR JUSTICE

FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN'S RIGHT TO BE TAUGHT THE WHOLE STORY OF BRITISH HISTORY IN SCHOOLS


FIGHT FOR RACIAL EQUALITY


WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH


Protesting is a Human Right


Both in common law and the Human Rights Act 1998

Article 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights provides freedom of assembly. This means that every individual, regardless of cause has the right to protest, march or demonstrate in a public space.



Protests and marches:


Letting the police know

By law you must tell the police in writing 6 days before a public march if you’re the organiser.

If you arrange a march at short notice, you must still tell the police as soon as you can.


If there’s no march involved

If there’s no march organised as part of your protest, you do not have to tell the police.


Go to Gov.uk Info



THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY - "STORIES MATTER"


Clicki to Read - Disney: storiesmatter.thewaltdisneycompany.com




It's long believed that old animations have racist undertones or even blatant racism portrayed in its character depiction.

 

Several Disney films have been criticised in the past for how they portray stereotypes of people from different countries.

 

Sep 2020 Disney decided to be progressive with its sensitivity surrounding racial discrimination and racism and how it relates to modern times and is now issuing tougher warnings against racial stereotypes in some of its classic films on its Disney+ streaming service.

 

Original cartoon versions of movies such as Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Lady And The Tramp, Aladdin, and The Aristocats now feature a stark message condemning some of the characters.

 

Subscribers to the service will see the following message when they click on certain films:

 

"This programme includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.

 

These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together."

 

"Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience across the globe."

 

IN 2019 Disney featured a shorter disclaimer message on some of its films, and it read:

"This programme is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions."



COREI SHY © 2020

SPEAK YOUR TRUTH

BLACK LIVES MATTER



“James Brown was an inspirational activist throughout his career. Using his platform to fight and raise awareness around the issues regarding oppression of black people. This song by Corei Shy is a nod to him, "is my humble way of doing the same” says Corei. 

"After hearing the story from this warm, socially awkward yet endearing Producer / DJ, you’ll understand why he decided to explore the relationship between the police and the Black British community in the music video for his uptempo club anthem James Brown." Co-Written with long time collaborator & hitmaker 'DaVinChe'


GET TO KNOW COREI SHY - CLICK HERE TO SEE PROFILE!


WHEN THE DUST SETTLES

BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER


THE LEGACY LIVES ON...


David’s Story

Helen’s Story

Rohit’s Story

Will’s Story

Geoff ’s Story

Leila's Story

Simon's Story

Jason's Story

PDLPoet's Story

In Discussion - Prejudice

We believe in the power of imagery to change the world and we choose to amplify imagery for positive change with Agora


#StopRacism by Agora photographers worldwide


Now more than ever, the world is taking a stand against racismAgora photographers included!


2,120 photos have been submitted from all corners of the world, and 48 were selected to make it to the final voting rounds.


Click image to see all the finalist photos, discover the stories behind the pictures and learn a little more about Agora.




YouTube Video SWISS - CAN'T BREATHE (PROD: SKY BEATS) #CantBreatheSwiss

Published Date: 30 May 2020



Description: Made in 2014 after 'Eric Garner' was murdered, and it's sad that these words are still so relevant. So I decided to do a video release in light of the recent murder of 'George Floyd' to release the shock-energy I received after watching his death yesterday (29.05.20) which I tried to avoid doing.


George Floyd "I CAN'T BREATHE" MAY 2020


Sometimes while we adjust to a trauma music can often speaks for us can evokes emotions much louder and deeper than our own words at times.

 

These 3 songs tell a story, a journey of struggle and pain, all three songs takes us there, to a place where it all makes sense...

 

You may have a different song you can call upon, what we do know It's time for a NEW Revolution ~ Black & White Revolution.

 

It has to be together, it cannot work apart and together we can make it through.

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER

HOW DO WE CONVEY EMOTIONAL PAIN AND MOURN BRUTAL MURDERS OF BLACK BODIES


WHEN WORDS FAIL MUSIC SPEAKS


Please take a listen to these 4 thought provoking YouTube videos 


SWISS from So Solid crew (BRIT, PRS ,MOBO award winners)

WITH

'I CAN'T BREATHE'

 

Legend Gill Scott Heron an American soul and jazz poet

'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'


Ajay Stephens - Memories (Drinks Bring Back Memories)


AND


Last but not least

Age just 12yr

Keedron Bryant

Sings a heart-breaking song

ft Will.i.am

I Just Wanna Live ( I Can’t Breathe ) 

(Scroll Down Page to view)


GEORGE FLOYD

(RIP 25-05-2020)

...



YouTube Video Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Full Band Version)

Published Date: 16 March 2016



Description: Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1971)


As the US Civil Rights Movement gained momentum in the late 1960s, Scott-Heron recorded this musical poem that attacks the lethargy of the nation, spouting lame TV advertising slogans to parody the seriousness of the struggle:


“The revolution will not go better with Coke / The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath / The revolution will put YOU in the driver's seat.” 


Keedron Bryant - I Just Wanna Live (Official Music Video)

I Just Wanna Live ( I Can’t Breathe ) - Keedron Bryant ft Will.i.am

Published Date: 27 July 2020



Description: Emotional massage from Keedron Bryant & Will.I.Am Just Wanna Live ( I Can’t Breathe ) expressing the frustration of every black African-American in the United States.


#JusticesForGeorgeFloyd #Icantbreathe

#KeedronBryant #IJustWannaLive #BlackLivesMatter


Music stars including Lewis Capaldi and Rita Ora call for end to racism

More than 700 signatories from the UK music industry - including artists, managers, producers and companies - have written an open letter urging people to "stand together" and "wipe out racism now".


Like many cities, town and villages across the world including the UK Conventry stood up!


We did not chose to ignore George Floyd's death in 2020 nor will we choose to ignore George Floyd's memory how ever many years ahead. George Floyd you changed the world forever. RIP 25/05/2020.

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