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12 Years A Slave

After the Oscar wins for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, it feels a bit redundant to now add to the buzz surrounding 12 Years A Slave but it is such a powerful story that it would be wrong not to review the memoir from which the film was adapted. … Continue reading

There Was a Country

Chinua Achebe’s memoir, There Was a Country, recalls his personal experience and reflection on the Biafran War of 1967-1970. Beginning with a personal account of his childhood and education in colonial Nigeria, Achebe describes steps leading to Nigeria’s independence in 1960 and the eventual descent to civil war in 1967. When a new nation begins, … Continue reading

What Being Black Is And What Being Black Isn’t

I went to the reading / signing for this book last week, as part of Islington’s Black History month. I’ll be honest and say I knew nothing about t the book or its message for Black Britons. But with a title like that, I was curious, it could either be very good, insightful, inspiring and … Continue reading

Lynch’s Road

At first glance D.D. Armstrong’s debut novel Lynch’s Road, appears to be just another novel about crime, drug dealers, addicts, and violence within the black community, novels which at times fill my heart with despair as I begin to wonder ‘do we not have any other stories to tell?’. However, I was suitably surprised as this novel … Continue reading

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