Storytelling at the Ubele African and Caribbean Communities in Conversation

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When I was about to finish my undergraduate degree at Pratt Institute, I decided to have some business cards made, to prepare me for the big bad world of work (or to be more precise, looking for it). I found this deal in downtown Brooklyn where I could get 5,000 cards for a relatively reasonable price. So I decided to design cards with content that would be relevant for many years to come. That meant two things:

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Inspired: Afro Supa Hero – An Upcoming Exhibition at London’s V&A Museum of Childhood

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Award-winning Creative Director, Jon Daniel, has curated what is set to be an exciting adventure – the Afro Supa Hero exhibition, running from 14 September 2013 – 9 February 2014, at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London. The exhibition will give us an insight into Jon's own experience, as a boy of African Caribbean heritage, growing up in 1960s and 1970s Britain. Jon's collection of action figures, games, comics and other paraphernalia, starring pop culture heroes and heroines of the African diaspora, represent some of the positive black role models he (and many of us, around the world) grew up with. 

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The Afrika Milele Caribbean Footprints show: Introducing wearable art from Guyanese design house, Shape Custom Creations.

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On Sunday 10th June, Guyanese designer, Donna Ramsammy James, will be launching a bespoke Shape Custom Creations UK collection, at London's stunning Drift Bar

The Afrika Milele (Africa Forever): Caribbean Footprints line expresses "the softness of Asia, the depth of Africa and the colour of the Caribbean". Expect to see over 100 unique outfits and get a chance to buy the one-of-a-kind pieces too (all over a delicious cocktail no-less)!

Tickets are available at www.shapefashionshow.eventbrite.com. See you there! 

 

Africa- and Diaspora-related events this March

Africa- and Diaspora-related events spanning Kenya, the UK and Switzerland. What's happening where you are this month?

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THURSDAY 1st

Kultura Film Club – Nights of Ethnographic Films
City: London, UK
Venue: Passing Clouds
Time: 7:00pm 

This week's installment of the Film Club features two short films about rhythm, negotiating identities, dance and belonging, including Temporary Sanity by Dan Brunn. The film tells about Jamaica’s dance music culture in New York and especially about the versatile disc jockey Skerrit Bwoy. Originally from St. Johns, Antigua, the youngster migrated to Bronx, New York in the mid 1990’s. Clubbing at a very young age, and hanging out on Creston Avenue, it did not take him long to fit into the fast pace life of the city. Skerrit Bwoy burst on the international dancehall scene this year, with his sound system Ghetto Life that he has molded into becoming an award winning sound that was crowned as 2005 – 2006 “Bronx Sound of The Year.” 

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FRIDAY 2nd 

Vibes and Pressure Shubeen featuring Natty, Tinashe and The Skints

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Malene B: carpets & interior decorating inspired by Africa

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Malene Barnett
's custom handmade carpets are inspired by her international travels, love of all things cultural and her African-Caribbean heritage. Above are pieces from her signature collection, Wolof – inspired by traditional Wolof fashion and, Timbuktu – inspired by ancient mud architecture of Mali.

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