It takes a lot of confidence to be this ridiculous.
Today is October 1st. The 274th day of the year. The 54th Anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence. It is also the first day of Black History Month in the UK. Now, as much as I’m not a fan of having my melanin compartmentalised and repackaged into thirty-one days in October, we may as well make the most of it. And as I said in my previous post, we must use this as a stepping stone and delve into the rich and vast history of black people, the diaspora, and our ancestors, starting with reading books and going to the events put on by organisations like Black History Walks, Black History Studies, and the Black Cultural Archives to name just a few. We must engage beyond the British classrooms, because the current curriculum is in adequate at best.
Someone that has made the most of the opportunity is filmmaker Troy James Aidoo. He has embarked upon a project to explore black identity in the UK. Using a series of documentaries directed and filmed by the man himself, the viewer is invited to see life through the lens of interviewees from a variety of walks of life, each sharing their unique experience of their life in the UK. And yes, I am honoured to say that I was one of the interviewees.
The trailer previewing the project has been released. Each documentary film will be posted throughout the month of October as part of Troy’s ‘More Than Melanin’ series.
An extremely powerful and moving offering, please note that the opening scene is very harrowing and upsetting, so HUGE TRIGGER WARNING for extreme violence, resulting in a fatality.
Watch and listen to the words carefully. And then share, share, share.
Happy Black History Month to you and yours.