The British Black Panther Party (BBPP) sought to improve political and social conditions for the Black British community. It focused immediately on taking action against police brutality and the discrimination Blacks in Britain often faced in obtaining housing. The British Panthers often worked in coalition with other local groups which had similar goals.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diana, Jemima Khan, Queen Rania of Jordan, Samantha Cameron and Jerry Hall have all worn creations by this master tailor. But his life in high fashion belies his humble beginnings. He was a Barnado’s boy, raised in near poverty, who dreamed of making it big.
“The trade in slaves at this island is very great owing to our supplying the French with that valuable commodity,” he observed in a private letter to George III.
The Crown’s act of willful forgetting demonstrates how easy it was to overlook—then and now—the pivotal role played by the royal family in accelerating England’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the development of an Atlantic empire built on the backs and blood of African and Indigenous people.
“The police were to blame for what happened on Sunday night [Tottenham uprising, October 1985]
and what they got was a bloody good hiding”
The evocative, soulful voice which she boldly put forth as a force for good, turned any song she sang into her own. Today, Billie Holiday is remembered for her musical masterpieces, her songwriting skills, creativity and courageous views on inequality and justice.
“To poison a nation, poison its stories. A demoralised nation tells demoralised stories to itself.”
Baaba Maal released in 1991 Baayo and in 1994 Firin’In Fouta, two albums that again combined traditional Western African rhythms and instruments to more modern sonorities notably with the intervention of several European musicians.
Beyoncé has sold over 75 million CDs worldwide as a solo artist since her first release in 2003.
If they had not murdered Malcolm X, there probably never would have been a Black Panther Party.