Listening Tree


On February 25, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. Many students from African and Caribbean nations were trapped in Ukraine, due to the
suddenness of the invasion. Here, some Jamaicans share their accounts.

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Cherry Natural considers herself as a feminist dub poet or activist, and her sources of inspiration include the late Jamaican poet Louise Bennett. Louise Bennett is well-known as the first Caribbean poet who used Creole or patois consistently and to great effect in her ballads, and who relentlessly stood up for the people’s language as opposed to standard English which was then considered as the only passport to social elevation.

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Listening Tree Video (LT) April 5, 2022 Malcolm X Talks Meeting Fidel Castro (1960)| Barry Gray Talk Radio

Barry Gray on WMCA New York interviews Malcolm X. Malcolm X discusses his meeting with Fidel Castro in Harlem and systemic injustice on or about September 20, 1960.

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General (LT) Listening Tree April 5, 2022 TATE BRITAIN: Life Between Islands Exhibition (2022)

There was a lot to take in and ideally this would have been a two visit exhibition.

Listening Tree Narrative (LT) February 27, 2022 James Baldwin – How to Cool it, Esquire interview (1968)

In Esquire’s July 1968 issue, published just after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the magazine talked to James Baldwin about the state of race relations in the country. We’ve republished the interview in full—and his words are incredibly relevant today.

Read the landmark 1968 Q&A on race in America.

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Listening Tree Video (LT) February 27, 2022 13th – documentary by Ava DuVernay

Made available by Netflix (not known how long) this is a don’t miss documentary

Image: Stephanie Moreno/Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications for Peabody Awards/University of Georgia, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Listening Tree Video (LT) February 27, 2022 The Black Cop: a villain, a victim and a hero​ – Bafta 2022 nominated documentary

An account of a Black man who decided to join the Metropolitan Police Force and what happened to him while he was part of that particular organisation

General (LT) Listening Tree February 5, 2022 It Ain’t Half Racist, Mum (1979)

The programme was made in association with the Campaign Against Racism in the Media, which exposes the subtle and explicit racism against black and Asians not only in the popular ‘ comedy’ shows of the time but also of the ‘serious’ current affairs programmes produced by television. Featuring Professor Stuart Hall.

General (LT) Listening Tree February 5, 2022 Samora Machel Documentary (1983)

A revealing documentary compilation from historic footage shot by the National Institute of Cinema in Mozambique which looks at the rehabilitation of former colonial government collaborators by the government of Samora Machel (former president of Mozambique).

Image of Samora Machel Monument, attribution to Kabelo Maleke Wa Ncube, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

General (LT) Listening Tree January 28, 2022 An Introduction to CLR James’ The Black Jacobins (Pt. 1)

This video covers a brief introduction to CLR James’ book, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. It is Part 1 of 2. Part 2 will cover the main and secondary ideas of the book.

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