Event: StereoHype presents Menologues


source: StereoHype
published: January 2018

StereoHype are proud to announce their next production called Menologues. Menologues is a fresh and exciting art based programme that will explore men’s emotional world and how they express their feelings through thought provoking drama and other artistic media.

Taking place on, Thursday 8 February 2018
Tickets: £10.00 / £7.00
The MAC Birmingham

The Menologues event will be an evening of theatre, spoken word performances from Trademark Blud and Divine Minds and discussion that explores what black men feel and say and why the two aren’t always the same. Continue reading


Benjamin Zephaniah: ‘I’m almost 60 and I’m still angry. Everyone told me I would mellow’

Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah

source: The Guardian 
published: 25 August 2017 

Benjamin Zephaniah’s 1998 poem Carnival Days is a lyrical love letter to the Notting Hill carnival, where “We dance like true survivors / We dance to the sounds of our dreams.” Or, more accurately, it’s a love letter to what the carnival once was. He still supports the event, which takes place in London this weekend, and plans to be there on Monday, but reckons it has become less innocent, less spontaneous in the two decades since he wrote his poem. These days, even dreams have to be policed – and ideally sponsored.

“It’s become more corporate and – to some people this might sound positive – more organised,” he says. “Stalls have to pay a fee; sponsors get involved. People used to take to the streets and do it for themselves. They’d say: ‘I’ll sell some food on this corner; you sell some food on that corner.’ It was organised anarchy. There was no big committee. There was a group of people and that was it. Now, it’s all about liaising with the police, which for me takes away the spirit of us really taking to the streets.” Continue reading

What is Mandela Day? Get Involved!


Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s  birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.

It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.

It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

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