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The most accurate known portrait of Toussaint Louverture

Tousaint Louverture is, without a doubt, the most impressive man in recorded history. A man born into slavery in St Domingue (Haiti) who purchased his freedom by 30. He was a successful businessman by 50 years of age at which point he fueled the Haitian Revolution. The Haitian Revolution was a bloody ten year guerilla war. …


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During the lecture on black history which was televised by ITV (watch here), one of the first things I speak of is the hero story.

In summary, shortly after humans first learnt that farming seeds can produce a plentiful supply of food, we see the start of the first great civilisations. The production of food allowed time for people to think. …


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“Why should I be speaking about African history… when not many of the children are of African descent… how am I going to do this justice… what’s the meaning of this?”

These are all questions that flew through my mind for weeks before the televised school presentation at Gravesend Grammar School. However, although every one of these questions may have otherwise deviated me from my objective, I was quickly returned to my path of thought by the subliminal and undeniable belief that this was the right thing to do.

The…

The Race Report 2021

For those who are unaware, the Conservative Government commissioned a race report in the UK to examine the presence of institutional racism in the UK. This is in relation to the protests this side of the Atlantic which were triggered by the murder of George Floyd, May 2020 and subsequent protests in the USA.

The vast majority of ethnic minorities in the UK would have predicted that the report would have, without a doubt, found a presence of institutional racism in the UK. However… it didn’t.

This post is not exploring the evidence of institutional racism in the…


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I’ll ask you a question which I asked myself not long ago when presented with the problems many black youth face; if you want to get your house tidy, do you tidy the house or do you first stop allowing people to tread dirt through your home?

I ask this because for any community you have the internal and external stressors of that community. For example, for the black community, internal stressors may be:


The Oprah Interview | I’m shocked that people are shocked

My experiences of dating outside my race have been fairly predictable; give it enough time and someone is going to say something fairly inappropriate and quite possibly overtly offensive. In fact, if I were to pick a family to marry into which I suspected would be more likely to offend me on a regular basis with their sheltered perspective, ridgid processes and isolated culture, it would probably be the Royal Family.

So I have to admit, when people were shocked and emotionally moved by Meghan and Harry’s interview on Oprah, I was shocked. How could people have expected them…


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You may empathise. Imagine you’re in a conversation and, for whatever reason, the topic moves onto slavery. In fact, you may have been actively avoiding the topic; alas here we are. You’re getting into the dark stuff; the oppression, miseducation, crushing of souls and you feel tension in the group starting to build.

And just like a vent dispersing a build up of pressure, you hear the argument “we were all slaves once”. Watch the Jamaican High Commissioner, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba as she refutes countless interruptions whilst debating at Oxford. …


Why we need our heroes

I briefly covered this in my previous post 4 Black Heroes who changed the world but the question of why we need heroes was left unexplained. Heroes are everywhere. Our religions, folklore, sport, business and politics; from Moses, Jesus and Muhammad to Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan; from Frederick Douglas to Barrack Obhama. But what do they mean? What do our heroes represent? How do they affect our character and sense of self?

the Greatest, Muhammad Ali

In our imaginations, heroes leave their mortal forms to become something far greater; a deity. They become symbols of something greater than their human states and are…


4 Black Super Heroes who changed the world

“Born into darkness… some into royalty. They emerged as heroes to free their people and transform the world as we know it…”

This sounds like an introduction to a superhero film or comic book, doesn’t it? It’s actually an introduction to our history. More Africans have died for the future of Africans than Saints have for Christendom and we should celebrate them. However, beyond Martin Luther King, many black people will be quicker to list Abraham Lincoln and William Wilberforce as the catalysts for their emancipation. …


All people are racist… and then hopefully decreasingly so

I have just finished reading Marley K’s piece “All White People are Racist”… it’s inflammatory to say the least but that’s me speaking from a scientific perspective. None of us have met all people; we can spot trends or correlations but we can’t logically label all people as anything.

As well as this, further conflict arose from me pondering the utility of such a statement that “All white people are racist”. Can you shock someone enough to look inwardly? Unlikely. If you could every marital therapist would be screaming at their…

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www.blackhistory.school Real black history for the diaspora. The curriculum is available for download and comic book universe is pending

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