Dr-Pearl Jarrett who will be in Bristol at the E5 Church Bristol next Saturday 17th June talking about being an Adopted Parent and the massive racial disparity there is in the care system.
Home for Good is organising a series of events in June that aim to address racial disparity in the care system and explore how local church communities can advocate for justice for #Blackchildren in need of care.
Check out this amazing evening filled with #creativity and meaningful conversations as we delve into the experiences and requirements of the countless children in our communities who are patiently awaiting a suitable home. Even if you are not thinking of adopting yourself we highly recommend going as you never know when you, your family or your friends paths may head in this direction. Plus there’s free food!
Find out more when Dr Pearl Jarrett joins The Word with Miranda on Ujima Radio this Friday 16th June between 4-6pm.
Our evenings will feature Dr-Pearl Jarrett, a highly accomplished businesswoman, philanthropist, speaker, and actor, who has showcased her talents in national TV advertisements such as Natwest Bank and Etsy. She is also a singer and a dedicated agent of positive change.
Today is the anniversaary of the toppling of the statue of slave trader & owner, Edward Colston!
On 25th May 2020 the brutal murder of George Floyd reignited the issues of systemic brutality!
The sickening murder of George Floyd Reignited the issues of systemic brutality against African heritage people not only in America but worldwide, resulting in masses of people taking to the streets to demand justice and an end to systemic racism.
The peaceful protest on 7th June 2020 led to the statue of Slave owner and slave trafficker, Edward Colston being torn down & thrown into Bristols harbour, sparking similar actions globally, with governments forced to confront their country’s genocide, exploitation and theft of resources that have led to decades of oppression of African heritage people. We also saw a plethora or reports on race and disproportionality here in the UK with Doreen Lawrences unavoidable crisis and including Public Health England “Beyond The Data Report” and the disparity of outcomes for BAME people under the spectre of Covid. The “UN black people, Racism and Human Rights Report” confirmed the negative affect of institutional racism on African heritage people. The Wendy Williams report on the Windrush Scandal and the report on Stop and Search highlighted the hostile environment that people of African heritage continue to suffer here in the UK. In the summer of 2020 the Prime Minister at the time, Boris Johnson, announced a commission on race and ethnic disparities chaired by Tony Sewell to look into discrimination against BAME people in education, health and the criminal justice system.
Let’s to take a moment to remember and pay tribute to why the protest happened in the first place which was of course in response to the brutal murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and all those who had gone before George Floyd, the unwillingness or inability of the criminal justice system to take timely action, it was failure of human rights and democracy.
The Racial justice system in United States, whats happened there? What improvement has been made there and here and in the UK?
Just 13 days after the murder of George Floyd on Sunday 20th June the BLM protest took place, organised by 5 young people, one as young as just 15 years old, was an iconic day in British and Bristol’s history that had a massive ripple affect globally with other statues being brought down, but then the following ‘Kill the Bill’ protests against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts act is being branded an attack on human rights. Which was a massive step backwards, without protests we lose out on social progress, look at the suffragettes.
The BLM protest divided people, remember we had just had the 1st lockdown just 2 months before and people were still terrified and in the dark about what Covid or the Corona Virus meant at the time.
In the week leading up to the protest there was a real confusion about who was doing what.
The Sounds of Blackness who George Floyd used to do security for and whose studio is round the corner from where Floyd was murdered released a charity single for the George Floyd Foundation called Sick & Tired and this summed up the mood of many older people, and remember anyone over 60 was considered vulnerable at this time, so this is when we saw something incredible happen, a real uprising of young people who gathered in their 1000’s to stand up and against racism, wherever it rears it’s ugly head!
BRISTOL’S THE MAZI PROJECT LAUNCHES CROWD FUNDER TO HELP MORE DISADVANTAGED YOUNG PEOPLE
As food insecurity amongst disadvantaged youth in the UK increases during cost-of-living crisis, The MAZI Project – a CIC striving to challenge food inequality amongst young Bristolians – launches crowd funder #recipe4change to raise funds for a new van.
BRISTOL CIC, THE MAZI PROJECT, LAUNCHES CROWD FUNDER #RECIPE4CHANGE FOR NEW VAN AFTER DEMAND FOR MEAL KITS GROWS TO AN ALL-TIME HIGH
THE MAZI PROJECT’S CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES ON WORLD HUNGER DAY, WHICHAIMS TO AMPLIFY THE VOICES OF THOSE FACING HUNGER AND HELP MAKE ZERO HUNGER A REALITY
FINANCIAL AND FOOD INSECURITY AMONGST 16–25-YEAR-OLDS INCREASING IN COST-OF-LIVING CRISIS
STREET ART POSTERS, DESIGNED IN COLLABORATION WITH RISING ARTS AGENCY AND THE MAZI PROJECT’S YOUNG PEOPLE, WILL GO UP ACROSS THE CITY FROM SUNDAY
On World Hunger Day, 28th May, The MAZI Project, a Bristol Community Interest Company (CIC) striving to challenge food inequality amongst young Bristolians, is launching its crowd funder campaign #recipe4change. The crowd funder will aim to raise £30,000 to purchase a new van which will enable them to reach more young people in need.
After a 30 per cent increase in demand since March 2023 amid the cost-of-living crisis, The MAZI Project has set its sights on purchasing a new van to allow them to double the number of meals delivered to individuals who need support, from 80 to 160 young people.
Founded on the principle of empowering communities through sustainable solutions, The MAZI Project, which recently announced Maisie Williams as its ambassador, has been making waves with its dedication to tackling food insecurity and promoting social equality. By using locally sourced food from small scale producers transformed into delicious and nutritious meals, The MAZI Project has already made a significant difference in the lives of many young people across the city.
Melanie Vaxevanakis, Managing Director and Founder of The MAZI Project, said: “We believe that everyone deserves access to nutritious meals, regardless of their circumstances. With the support of our community, we can make a significant difference in the lives of even more individuals. The new van will enable us to increase our meal deliveries, ensuring that no one goes hungry.”
In collaboration with Bristol-based Rising Arts Agency, a community of young creatives aged 16–30 mobilising others for radical social, political and cultural change, The MAZI Project has worked with five of its own young people to create a series of street art posters, helping to bring awareness to the crowd funder campaign. The posters, which will be showcased in key locations around the city from Sunday, will draw attention to the difference food delivered by The MAZI Project can make in a young person’s life, at a time when young, disadvantaged people are often having to choose between the cost of rent and food.
On Friday 2nd June Ujima Radio welcomed the entire force of Project Zulu to the station. After a day of busking and raising vital funds the Project Zulu Choir of 20 school children aged between 8-11 years old came to Ujima Radio and performed live on The Word with Miranda! The Ujima Family were moved to tears by this group of inspirational children and adults who after a long day busking in Broadmead found the energy to come and perform live on the airwaves. If you missed this incredible performance then catch up on our Listen Again service here:
Or even better book your tickets NOW and see them perform live at Clifton College Chapel Friday 9th June, book here.
After a five-year hiatus, the incredibly talented and inspirational Project Zulu children’s choir from the Madadeni Township in South Africa is set to return to the UK in May for a three-week tour.
The 20 schoolchildren, aged from eight to 15-years-old, will be entertaining audiences across Bristol, Bath and the South West, from 20 May until 11 June. They will perform a range of traditional Zulu songs and dances, including gospel songs and gumboot dances in full Zulu attire.
This will be the first time the nine boys and 11 girls have travelled abroad and they, along with four accompanying adults, will be staying with local host families in Bristol for the duration of the tour.
Money raised during the trip will be split equally between the two schools – Mntimande Primary and Jobstown Primary – and used to build new classrooms to reduce overcrowding.
Sinaye Phakathi, choir member from Jobstown Primary School, said: “I enjoy singing in the choir because it makes me feel comfortable and it gives me hope. My favourite song is ‘Ngiyakuthanda Jesu’ (I love you Jesus). I’m excited to meet my family in Bristol in the UK.”
Ndomiso Zungu works at Mntimande Primary School and says: “I am a music teacher and I am also a choir conductor for Project Zulu Choir. The choir are so, so excited, you can even see that in our rehearsals. They want to go and showcase their talents. They want to go and sing, they want to go and show people there how do we sing, how do we dance. They want to show them our music.”
The choir tour is part of Project Zulu, a UWE Bristol initiative which has been working in partnership with South African township schools to support the delivery of educational development projects since 2012, with the most recent volunteering visit by students and staff taking place in February 2023.
The first Project Zulu choir tour took place in 2013 and continued biennially until it was halted by the pandemic. Now, with a mixture of ticketed and free events including busking which is sure to stop shoppers in their tracks, the children hope to wow audiences with their infectious love of music once again.
Ben Knight, Project Zulu founder and Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming back the Project Zulu choir to the UK for the fifth time. The 2023 choir tour will have a big focus in and around the South West to ensure all our local supporters have the chance to celebrate their return, 10 years on from the first tour, and attend their outstanding performances.
“There’s no doubt the choir’s extraordinary musical talent will draw in the crowds, but the tour’s success is also vital to the ongoing development of the children’s schools and their education. Both schools currently have in excess of 60+ pupils per classroom making effective learning a challenge.”
In addition to the concerts, the choir will visit eight schools in and around Bristol during the tour, offering cultural exchange opportunities and musical workshops. These schools are all fundraising to support the choir; the money raised by the Bristol school pupils will go directly back to schools in South Africa to help build their classrooms. This is a unique opportunity for these schoolchildren to meet the beneficiaries they are fundraising for.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to see this group of talented young people perform, but it’s also part of a much wider initiative which brings so many benefits to the children and schools in South Africa, as well as Bristol schoolchildren, our students and staff,” added Naomi Steeds, Project Zulu Coordinator.
“Please do give the Project Zulu choir a warm welcome to the South West and get your tickets booked before they sell out.”
The Proud Mary hit-maker had long been battling high blood pressure and kidney failure and passed away from natural causes.
News of her death sent shockwaves across the world, including to some of her nearest and dearest who had no idea how gravely sick she had been, according to reports. It is with great sadness that we share the sad news of the passing of the legendary Tina Turner. With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. We say goodbye to an icon who leaves us all her greatest work: her music.
All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.
Glastonbury Festival 2023 have revealed the full line-up with detailed breakdown of stages and set times.
More than 1,000 acts will perform across more than 100 stages.
With three weeks to go until gates open at Worthy Farm, the full itinerary for the Somerset event has been confirmed today (May 30), including a detailed breakdown of stages and set times.
210,000 festival-goers will descend on Pilton between June 21 and June 25. Arctic Monkeys will headline the main Pyramid Stage on the Friday (June 23), while Guns N’ Roses top the bill on the Saturday (June 24) and Sir Elton John will bring the festival to a close on the Sunday (June 25).
On the second stage, the Other Stage – Wizkid will headline the Friday, while Lana Del Rey will be Saturday headliner and Queens of the Stone Age will top the bill on the Sunday. Lewis Capaldi, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Blondie Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Manic Street Preachers, Rick Astley and Royal Blood are also set to perform across the weekend, alongside more than 1,000 other acts across more than 100 stages.
If you are not attending the festival, you will still be able to catch all the action across all the main stages on television and radio. The BBC will be providing wall-to-wall coverage across the weekend.
Five new experimental club tracks from Ujima’s Atki2.
Sam Atkin’s aka Atki2’s polari is an aural language all his own; emotive music, queer at heart. Touched by garage, uk bass and dancehall, but never getting too close. Psychedelic moods, occasional nostalgia, late-night cruising vibes.
A successor, in a way, to his Guilty Pleasures EP released back in the day on Werk Discs; even featuring a guest vocal from dear friend and long-time collaborator, Indi Kaur.
Download from Bandcamp NOW:
All tracks written and produced by Sam Atkins. Vocals on “Night Drive” by Indi Kaur, arranged by Atki2.
Producer /DJ /Pianist /Presenter and selector for Super Soca Show on Ujima Radio /co-promoter of Ruffnek Diskotek for 17years /Atki2 /Monkey Steak.
Atiki2’s album ‘Requiem’ is out now on The state51 Conspiracy.
He has released tracks on various labels: State51 Conspiracy, Steak House Records, Idle Hands, Swim Club, Immerse, Punch Drunk, Planet Mu, Frijsfo Beats, Werk Discs, Terminal Dusk, theAgriculture.