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    FAB Event: Forward UK and Gavin Weston to Launch ‘Harmattan’ on International Girl Child Day

    FAB Event: Forward UK and Gavin Weston to Launch 'Harmattan' on International Girl Child Day

    The highly anticipated novel about child marriage Harmattan by Gavin Weston will be launched in London on 11 October at an event to mark International Day of the Girl Child by the author himself and The Foundation for Women’s Health, Research & Development (FORWARD), An African Diaspora women led campaign and support charity dedicated to advancing and safeguarding the sexual and reproductive health and rights of African girls and women. As well as hearing more about  the global scale of child marriage, its disproportionate ef...>Read More

    FAB News: GUBA 2012 is Launched

    FAB News: GUBA 2012 is Launched

    The launch of the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards 2012 was a night of humour, humility and Ghanaian pride.  The 3rd Annual Launch of GUBA Awards 2012 was hosted by Mr Henry Bonsu, as guests were treated to a preview of what to expect at the Annual GUBA Awards scheduled for the 10th of November 2012 at the Park Plaza Hotel. A host of media and public figures which includes GUBA patrons Hugh Quarshie and Team GB sprinter Jeanette Kwakye were in attendance to witness the unveiling of the 2012 nominees. Also at the launch were prest...>Read More

    FAB Opinion: Are We Beating Creativity Out Of Our Kids?

    FAB Opinion: Are We Beating Creativity Out Of Our Kids?

    No one knows exactly where talent comes from, some people say it comes from God, some say it comes from our Parents and in some extreme scientific cases…genetic mutations. Whatever the case, we know talent is a special gift, but sadly we manage to scare talent out of our children daily. Just several weeks I am at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport waiting for my flight (that flight was coincidentally suspended due to the Dana aircrash) to Lagos to be called up, when this young girl about 5 or 6 years in age suddenly gets up and starts twirling arou...>Read More

    FAB News: 2012 Ankara Festival Features The Diversity Of African Fashion & Music Creatives

    FAB News: 2012 Ankara Festival Features The Diversity Of African Fashion & Music Creatives

    Rich African Culture,  with copious designs and a serene environment backed up with music. THE ANKARA FESTIVAL is the perfect place to be on the 9th of September. The ANKARA FESTIVAL, is designed to showcase upcoming and established designers who specialize in using traditional African fabrics and prints to create contemporary clothing in a fashion show. The Ankara Festival aims to bridge the gap between generations of Africans and African - Americans living in the United States through fashion and music. Featured designers include: Des...>Read More

    FAB Culture: Deloitte Ignite Contemporary Arts Festival Curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE

    FAB Culture: Deloitte Ignite Contemporary Arts Festival Curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE

    Over the past decade, Yinka Shonibare MBE has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. Shonibare’s work has explored these issues, alongside those of race and class, through the medium of painting, sculpture, photography and, more recently, film and performance. He is famed for his Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth work, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, and Globe Head Ballerina, a new public art commission by the Royal Opera House for the Bow Street and Russell Street...>Read More

    FAB Spotlight: Presenting Roucheon Iloyi Singer, rapper, songwriter, producer and much more

    FAB Spotlight: Presenting Roucheon Iloyi Singer, rapper, songwriter, producer and much more

      Roucheon Iloyi is an extremely talented, Singer, rapper, songwriter and producer. Her new album ‘Love Royelle’ is one of the most highly anticipated underground records of 2012. On the album we see her delve deep into her personal life and emotions, to give us raw and moving lyrics, that will have you replaying this album over an over again . her words will completely resonate with you, and there is a track for everyone, whether you are looking for a heartfelt track or one that expresses the unspoken issues in society. The album i...>Read More

    FAB Gig: BT River of Music Africa Stage Brings the Stars Out

    FAB Gig: BT River of Music Africa Stage Brings the Stars Out

    I arrived at the gravel wasteland curiously named London Pleasure Gardens early afternoon on Saturday 21 July. This bleak and abandoned wasteland that was more reminiscent of pain than pleasure was the odd choice of venue for Africa Stage for what must have been the most ambitious music events London's ever played host to - BT River of Music. By the time I made my way to the photographers' put, I was in time for the South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela rounding off his headlining act with SAfricanto in backing vocals with his classic ...>Read More

    FAB Culture: ‘ Ancestral Voices’ Documentary at BFI Southbank

    FAB Culture: ' Ancestral Voices' Documentary at BFI Southbank

    Long Belly Productions documentary Ancestral Voices, Esoteric African Knowledge released in May 2011 and described by the British Film Institute "the most informative documentary you are yet to see" is coming to the BFI Southbank screen on 18 August. Ancestral Voices, Esoteric African Knowledge is an educational documentary spanning two continents, opening up a much-needed debate about traditional African spiritual systems; their cosmologies, ideologies and underlying ethical principles. Modern science no longer refutes the origins o...>Read More

    FAB Event: 2nd Annual African Women In Business Conference – Women Of Influence

    FAB Event: 2nd Annual African Women In Business Conference – Women Of Influence

    School of Oriental and African Studies played host to the 2nd Annual African Women In Business Conference – Women Of Influence last Friday, 13 July. The day kicked off at 12noon with guests and speakers registering for the event and enjoying a light lunch and an opportunity to network with like-minded, entrepreneurial others. Following lunch and networking, ladies filed into the lecture hall ready to be inspired by some inspirational ladies on stage. The first speaker, introduced by the host popular TV broadcaster & column...>Read More

    FAB Gig: Uprise Live! Fundraiser Concert for UpRise Anti-racism Festival

    FAB Gig: Uprise Live! Fundraiser Concert for UpRise Anti-racism Festival

    Open the Gate, a cultural organisation whose objective is to promote a positive and contemporary image of African & Diaspora arts, crafts, music, design and culture ; offering accessible cultural programs across the communities,  and Brazenbunch, a non-profit Arts Collective producing innovative creative initiatives which benefit those that are marginalised, discriminated against or at a disadvantage, are getting ready for another exciting event in the shape of Uprise Live! on Friday 10 August - fundraiser for UpRise Anti-racism festiva...>Read More

    FAB Video: Mandela Story for the Facebook Generation

    FAB Video: Mandela Story for the Facebook Generation

    On Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday yesterday celebrated worldwide as the South African hero's name and Madiba, his Xhosa tribe name, became trending topic, an inspiring and creative tribute video conceptualized and put together by Prezence Digital to celebrate Mandela's life to date was uploaded on YouTube. With already 24,455 hits in 24 hours and on its way to becoming a viral, the video's premise is simple yet thought-provoking: Would the father of our nation have spent 27 years in captivity if he (and others) had access to the same tec...>Read More

    FAB News: The Future Awards 2012 Young Person of the Year Nominees Announced

    FAB News: The Future Awards 2012 Young Person of the Year Nominees Announced

    The Central Working Committee (CWC) for The Future Awards, which the World Bank has called "The Nobel Prize for Young Africans", has once again decided to unveil the long list for the biggest award, Young Person of the Year before the full list. As is the tradition, the nominees for Young Person of the Year have been taken out of the various categories  as trailblazing role models for young Nigerians - all except for the Science and Technology categories - a deliberate exception to encourage and spotlight more high-impact activity in tho...>Read More

    FAB News: Nigeria’s Top Musical Forces Take to Stage at the London Olympic City and FAB Tickets Giveaway

    FAB News: Nigeria’s Top Musical Forces Take to Stage at the London Olympic City and FAB Tickets Giveaway

    With only ten days left to the Olympics, Africa's most dynamic country, Nigeria is brought to life at Stratford. The East London borough of Newham will be treated to a feast of African music when top Nigerian artists take to the stage at the historical Stratford Theatre Royal from 21 to 25 July 2012 as part of the New World Nigeria Sports and Cultural Showcase. New World Nigeria is an initiative of the Bank of Industry. Created to market the diverse and vibrant Nigerian economy, it promotes investment and business opportunities for inves...>Read More

    FAB Asks: Can People Let Frank Ocean Define His Own Sexuality?

    FAB Asks: Can People Let Frank Ocean Define His Own Sexuality?

    By Cleo Manago, CEO and founder of the Black Men's Xchange (BMX) African-American hip-hop artist Frank Ocean recently shared in a post on his Tumblr page that he had fallen in love with a man before. At the speed of sound, all available media space has been consumed with ill-informed presumptions about Mr. Ocean's identity and conception of his sexuality. In less than 24 hours everyone, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identified individuals, had defined his sexuality for him even though he has said nothing at al...>Read More

    FAB Event: Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre

    FAB Event: Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre

    Revered musician and Oxfam Global Ambassador Baaba Maal realised a ‘decade-long dream’ when Southbank Centre’s Africa Utopia launched this week. Programmed in conjunction with the renowned Senegalese singer and human-rights campaigner, Africa Utopia is a month-long festival of music, theatre, film, literature, dance, fashion, talks and debates and part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World with MasterCard. Africa Utopia kicked off on Sunday July 1 with readings by the 2012 Caine Prize nominees - providing a brilliant snapshot of co...>Read More

    Baby Popstars

    Baby Popstars

    In the midst of a club, whippin' your hair back and forth real good to Willow Smith pre-pubescent vocals, I wonder if you have ever really genuinely considered the fact that her vocals were pre-pubescent? Now I mean really mulled over the fact that you are sensually whipping your weave/fro/braids in a club to a 9 year old's songs? I have. And it made me stop-mid whip and consider how awkward and somewhat wrong it is to booty pop to a little girl who probably still has a few more milk teeth to lose. Now don't get me wrong. I think it's g...>Read More

    FAB Events: AfroPunk Festival, Brooklyn, NYC

    FAB Events: AfroPunk Festival, Brooklyn, NYC

    Afropunk Festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park for the 8h Annual Afro-punk Festival on August 25-26. The 2012 festival has the most stellar line up yet with Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, The Memorials, Bad Rabbits, Gordon Voidwell, The London Souls, Cerebral Ballzy, Phony People, Body Language, and more to be added! In addition, the Nike Battle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition i...>Read More

    FAB Events: Manhattan’s African Soul Jam

    FAB Events: Manhattan's African Soul Jam

    New York City + Modern African rhythms = African Soul Jam, a heady cocktail of vibrancy, soul and culture that will leave you buzzing. African Soul Jam was founded by music lovers who felt something lacking in the city's nightlife scene: Africa's scintillating dance rhythms. Since 2009, they have organized events that strive to make African music a staple part of New Yorks entertainment. Their parties are multicultural social mixers where world music and African music lovers converge. However they welcome ALL partygoers, regardless ...>Read More

    FAB Opinion: Religion is not the Problem, People are

    FAB Opinion: Religion is not the Problem, People are

    I’ve actually been meaning to write this for a while. It was just never the right time or place to do so but I took a minute to try analyse religious homophobes and as much as they excite my disgust I still reason with them to an extent. Here is what I summed up: Religion isn’t the problem; people are. No religion I have ever encountered has actually advocated violence, rape, oppression, racism, or sexism of any kind. If anything, they advocate against all of that. Maybe I’m just sick of hearing people say they don’t believe in Go...>Read More

    FAB Culture: To Be or not to Be… The Portrait of Famed 19th Century Shakespearean Actor Ira Aldridge

    FAB Culture: To Be or not to Be... The Portrait of Famed 19th Century Shakespearean Actor Ira Aldridge

    Could this be the portrait of Ira Aldridge, the acclaimed black Shakespearean actor? The discovery of a 1820s painting is causing quite a bit of a stir amongst art and social historians keen to solve the puzzle. To date no-one has been able to accurately pinpoint the play it depicts in order give the work its proper placement in black history, and now the owner of the piece, Birmingham-born art enthusiast Stephen Howes, who found it in his late mother’s garage, is appealing to art historians to help solve the mystery. “We know Ira Ald...>Read More

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