Category: Social

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: AKALA

Kingslee James Daley (born 1 December 1983), better known by the stage name Akala, is a British Hip-hop artist, author, and political activist.

Born in 1983 to a Scottish mother and Jamaican father, Daley grew up in Kentish Town, London.

He chose the stage name Akala, a Buddhist term for “Immovable”, and started releasing music in 2003 from his own independent music label, Illa State Records. He released his first mixtape, entitled The War Mixtape, in 2004.

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Akala has given guest lectures at East 15 Acting School, and the International Slavery Museum as well as a workshop on songwriting at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has also spoken at the Oxford Union.
He has also been involved in campaigns to decolonize the curriculum including giving a talk at the University of Leicester.

Akala is the author of Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, Visions (Part One), and children’s book, You Can Do Anything: Hip and Hop.

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RECOMMENDED BOOKS: BLACK AND BRITISH: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY BY DAVID OLUSOGA

In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa.

Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare’s Othello.

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It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britain’s global slave-trading empire and that much of the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery. It shows that Black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of the First World War. Black British history can be read in stately homes, street names, statues, and memorials across Britain and is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation.

Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.

Adrian Denton: London’s Increasing Gang Violence is Caused by Lack of Parental Awareness and Community Leadership

Another kid has been murdered in London…

According to the children’s commissioner there are currently 100,000’s of children living in poverty or high-risk family situations.

Many believe that this is the sole reason for the increase in gang-related activities carried out by teenagers.

While this may be a contributing factor it is also important to focus on the actual root of the problem.

I never came from poverty and my family was not in a high-risk situation yet my friends and I would often end up involved in what some might label as gang activity; therefore, it is stereotyping to state that only kids in poverty are more likely be involved in gang culture.

When parents of murder victims tell the newspapers that they just don’t understand why their well-behaved son was murdered because he was never in a gang, I understand their bewilderment.
A lot of these so-called dangerous gang members are just kids who got caught up in the wrong crowd and probably act completely different when they are at home with their family.

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The main reasons for the increased gang violence in London is a lack of parental awareness and community leadership in an ever growing city that is fed by capitalism and materialism.

Some of the main primary social desires that exist in most people from all walks of life are to belong to a group, to be taken seriously and to be useful, so, it is no surprise that a child who is not led along the right path will seek the solution to his/hers social desires even if it means belonging to a dangerous gang.

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The problem is many parents are unaware of the social needs of teenagers and most don’t realize their child is in a gang or connected to a gang until it’s too late.

I was never in an official gang although I did hang around people who ended up being murdered and some who are now in prison.

Some of them purposefully decided to live that lifestyle while others were sucked in to it because of people they knew.

I understand the boredom, the restlessness, frustration and anger of the wandering youth.

I understand how one silly moment of anger can turn in to a big mistake.

This is why teenagers need guidance and they need their parents to be aware of their social needs in their current environment.

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The effects of gang culture must be decreased by the affected communities in which the negative activities are taking place.

If the youth are introduced in to a community that embraces their problems and opinions, supplies them with opportunities and respects them as contributing individuals of the next generation then we can lower the amount of kids entering in to gangs.

Children need to feel that they have a chance to make it in the big world and I fear some kids don’t realize that the world stretches past their  city and that they could be anything they wanted to be, anywhere in the world.

 

 

Students Recreate Film Posters Using Black Leads

Students have been putting up posters in south London displaying popular films but replacing the cast with black characters to raise awareness of the lack of black leads in British television and movies.

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The students recreated posters for Titanic, The Inbetweeners, Harry Potter and Doctor Who.

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“The point was to highlight the lack of authentic black roles in media,” said one of the students.
Unfortunately the posters were swiftly removed as they had been illegally placed but props to them for spreading the message!

A 2016 study by the BFI showed that black actors were cast in 0.5% of all lead roles in British films released between 2006 and 2016.