Inspiring the next generation

I initially didn’t pay too much attention to the BBC news story about the 14 Black men studying at Cambridge University, (see here). If you hadn’t heard, the guys represented Cambridge’s small Black student population and the group shot (taken by a Black female Cambridge student) was aimed at encouraging more from the Black community to come forward and consider learning at the institution. Continue reading “Inspiring the next generation”

Amma Asante & Belle

British-Ghanaian director Amma Asante directed Belle – the story of a woman with African and European heritage in 2013. Her film signalled a welcome shift in the ownership of films about the other. But as Amma explains in this segment, having the creative control to tell the story how she would want it is still fraught with challenges. Continue reading “Amma Asante & Belle”

Where has the Black family gone from the John Lewis Christmas advert?

This piece was updated at 15:00 on 5 December 2016 to include the response from the John Lewis press office (see final paragraph). The blog was originally published at 00:36 on 5 December 2016.

There was a time – not too long ago – when the airing of the Coca Cola advert in the UK heralded the start of the Christmas season. But in my opinion, UK high street supermarket adverts are slowly but surely stealing Coke’s thunder. Anticipating what our retail chains are going to come out with annually has become a big talking point that even deserves column inches in our top newspapers. Continue reading “Where has the Black family gone from the John Lewis Christmas advert?”