Bye Bye Black History Month. See you next Year!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have come to the end of what has been a very successful Black History Month! And to end this month with a reminiscent bang, here are 10 Brilliantly Black occasions that have taken place in October. In no particular yearly order: 1st October 1943: First African American LA Police Chief is born. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Willie L. Williams (great…

The Origins of Carnival 

The month of Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest celebration of Caribbean culture in the United Kingdom, has come and gone in a matter of two dance-fuelled, vibrant days. Millions of people attend the annual carnival that falls on the bank holiday weekend at the end of August and this year was the 50th anniversary of…

TRANSCENDING GENERATIONS: THE LEGACY OF THE BLACK OLYMPIC ATHLETE

A common theme in the 2016 film Race, which explores the rise of the iconic track and field athlete (and personal hero of mine) Jesse Owens, is that sports and sportsmanship are above politics. This was clear this summer in Rio when the IOC allowed 10 refugee athletes to compete under the Olympic flag: a…

Afro-nuggets with Chi

THE AFRICAN PRINCESS: SARAH FORBES BONETTA       Sarah Forbes Bonetta (originally named Aina) was a princess of the Egbado clan of the Yoruba people. She is best known as being the god-daughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. However, the charmed life which she came to live had very tragic origins. Sarah was born…