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Back to back films from independent Black filmmakers highlighting the voices from the past to new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK. Film is not just an important way to understand a collective history – offering audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community, and the struggle against inequality – but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.
Screening shorts and feature movies exploring themes around the lived Black experience and their intersectionality., each event will offer participants the chance to engage and learn more about the subject matters with open Q&A sessions.
All events are free and open to all. The building is open access. Free refreshments and popcorn will be provided
BEYOND There’s always a black issue Dear
Beyond ‘There’s always a black issue Dear’, explores and celebrates black LGBT identities, to demarcate the huge influence that Black LGBT culture has had upon Fashion, Fine art, Dance, Music and Language, much of which has been appropriated by the cultural mainstream. The cast vividly recalls daring to be different. From ballet dancing schoolboys to make-up wearing gender-fluid school days, their experiences shed new light on the UK in the 1970s/80s. Creating their own identities in a time when ‘if you were black you could be either Reggae or Soul’, these are the untold stories. The film spans an era, where Soul and Disco, Punks and Blitz Kids met in underground clubs, like The Four Aces in Dalston and Crackers in Soho through to the explosion of queer culture at Taboo. Beyond captures a vital historical period. Here are the trailblazers.
Looking for Langston
To give background on this film, one must know more about the person this movie is mostly about, Langston Hughes. Hughes was known as an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist who died in 1967. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called “jazz poetry.” He is a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. The Harlem Renaissance was a time of cultural, social and artistic explosion in Harlem, New York. When writing about this period, Langston is quoted as, “ The negro was in vogue.” This quote is heard in part of the clips I gathered for Looking For Langston as the scene goes into detail as to why black artists were thrown to the curb once they were no longer in “vogue.”
The Yellow in Wembley Park
Be part of London’s cultural hot spot and discover The Yellow, Wembley Park’s community centre, events space, learning hub and fitness spot, open to everyone. The traditional village hall reimagined, The Yellow is a fun meeting point for education, support and so much more. A vibrant space in the heart of Wembley Park, you can expect a calendar jam-packed with workshops, classes, clubs and events that cover a huge range of topics and interests. Are you looking for a great place to do yoga in Wembley? Maybe a new arrival in the family has you searching for a fun and supportive parent and baby club. Perhaps you fancy taking up a cooking class? Or maybe you want to meet new people over a shared love of food, fitness, music or art. The Yellow has it all, and you’re welcome any time. Come and find out what it’s all about!