Episode 57- Africa This Week_The Art of the Griots
The Art of storytelling is an important feature of many African cultures and traditions. We look at the revival of storytelling through modern day griots and their mission to unite the African diaspora and descendants of African heritage through this time honored art form. Khalil Charles speaks to Usifu Jalloh and his trips as a griot in South America and in the United Kingdom.
Episode 56- Africa This Week_Rasta in Motion
Rastafarians have played a vital role in diversity in Britain and Black Cultural Archives in Brixton will be the first to showcase ‘Rastafari in Motion’. An exhibition telling the story of emergence of the Rastafari movement in Britain and Emperor Haile Selassie’s presence’s influence on rising consciousness of Black Youth from the 1960’s onwards. The exhibition also highlights the importance of the changing attitudes that young Afro-Caribbeans felt towards their host country Britain in the 1970s.
Episode 60 Africa This Week_ The Autobiography of Ashley Chin
In an exclusive interview, actor and spoken word poet Ashley Chin aka Muslim Bilal speaks about his debut film 'The Autobiography of Ashley Chin' with Sheila Nortley, the director. The former rapper spent the past year touring the country delivering his story "From The Streets 2 Islam" In a unique poetic style. Ashley is a British actor whose lead roles include, ITV drama 'The Bill' BBC Film 'Storm Damage' ITV drama ''Holby Blue'' & ''The Fixer''.
Episode 51- Africa This Week_ The Remake of 'Roots' film
Confederate soldiers disproportionately took white soldiers as prisoners of war and slaughtered hundreds of blacks soldiers, the survivors were sent into the slave trade, This was omitted from the original ‘Roots’ film in 1997, but will be included in remake of the iconic film. Roots was originally a book by Journalist Alex Haley, commissioned into a film and follows the story of a a young African enslaved and taken to the Americas. The film follows his and his descendants quest from freedom to the 20th century.The history Channel next Monday will revive the film with new cast including Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker and English newcomer Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte to reflect new questions around race, inequality and heritage. But not everyone is convinced by this, including Actor John Amos who played Kunta in the original series.