Perseverance Drive @ Bush Theatre – Wednesday 13th August 2014

Perseverance-Drive-poster-239x300On Wednesday 13th August 2014, Sis Sonia and I attended the brilliant theatre production titled ‘Perserverance Drive’ at the Bush Theatre. Due to my busy schedule and motherhood, it is sometimes difficult to go and visit the theatre but this was a treat. 

Preserverance Drive was an excellent play which had Sis Sonia and I laughing as we were reminded of past experiences and scenarios but it also prompted you to think about family, death, religion, relationships and marriage, happiness, health & wellbeing, attitudes towards homosexuality and much more. As the production was ending two days later, I just hoped that this was not the only time that people got to see this play. As a keepsake, Sonia purchased the screenplay booklet which I read of the way home. Thank you Bush Theatre for inviting me to see this play.

Synposis:

In the heat of the Caribbean sun and to the familiar sound of gospel hymns, the Gillard family prepares for the funeral of their mother Grace. Tensions ignite as Josh, cast out for being gay, arrives in Barbados after 6 years of excommunication. Widowed Eli wants to sell the family home on Perseverance Drive, but Grace’s will reveals a different plan.

London, 4 years later. The table is set with Tiger Malt, lashings of Madeira cake and chocolate digestives (milk, not dark). Secrets are exposed at this last family gathering but Eli knows time is running out: Can the Gillard family reconcile their faith in God with their faith in one another?

I know we have a certain amount of dirty laundry in this family, but is it really necessary to keep on washing it so publicly?

Exploring the joys and frustrations of loving our loved ones, Perseverance Drive tells an epic family story that stretches from the sunny shores of Barbados to the grey skies of Leytonstone. Don’t miss this witty and uplifting new play by acclaimed writer and actor Robin Soans (Talking to Terrorists, Out of Joint / Royal Court, Life After Scandal, Hampstead Theatre), directed by Madani Younis, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre.

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Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism Screening in Clapham Junction

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On Monday 11th August 2014, Black History Studies screened Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism at the Public and Commercial Services Union headquarters in Clapham Junction. With over 80 people in attendance, the film was positively received. Listen to the feedback recorded after the screening.

 

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African Heritage Network of Luton Kwanzaa Family Fun Day – Sunday 10th August 2014

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On Sunday 10th August 2014, I took the family on a road trip up the M1 to support the African Heritage Network of Luton’s Summer Kwanzaa held at the University of Bedfordshire Postgraduate Centre. This event was an opportunity for the community to come together and promote the positive values of Kwanzaa which will give a sense of togetherness and hope for the future. The event featured African Drummers, African Dancers, Talent showcase and a Raffle. There were also stalls selling Afrocentric products.

Due to the heavy rain, we arrived late but was able to catch the presentation by Sis Leah Salmon and other performers on the day and mingle with the other delegates. 

 

 

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The Naturally You Day – Saturday 9th August 2014

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On Saturday 9th August 2014, Black History Studies attended and exhibited at the Naturally You Day event organised by fellow superwoman Leah Salmon. I brought the whole family and we had a brilliant time eating some amazing food, learning about lifestyle choices and healthy living and networking with delegates and other stallholders. My daughter had a good time bouncing around on the bouncy castle and walking around with her new friends she met on the day. Overall, we had a wonderful day. Well done Leah and her team!

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Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism Screening in Tottenham

On Friday 8th August 2014, Black History Studies screened Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism at Tottenham Chances in Tottenham. Listen to the feedback recorded after the screening.

 

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Black Economic Empowerment Course – August 2014

 

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During August, I had the pleasure of teaching 26 students about Black Economic Empowerment over 5 weeks. Thank you to the beautiful souls who invested their time with Black History Studies to improve their financial situation and start businesses.

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Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain’ Exhibition at Black Cultural Archives

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Have you been to the ‘Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain’ exhibition at Black Cultural Archives yet?

I passed through Brixton after I got my locks washed and styled at Adornment and went to visit the ‘Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain’ exhibition at the newly opened Black Cultural Archives.

It is a nice free exhibition of the hidden contributions of Black Women to World History. I brought my two daughters with me and it was nice to see other young people with their parents and guardians too. I loved the audio guides which my daughter found very amusing.

At the exhibition I learnt that Seaman William Brown was a Black woman who disguised herself as a man to become the first Black women to serve in the Royal Navy as a Captain of the Fore-top. I also found a picture of Amanda Alridge that I’ve never seen before.

The exhibition is on until 30 November 2014.

For more information visit http://www.bcaheritage.org.uk/re-image-black-women-in-britain/

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