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You can’t go through hell alone …

Gargie Ahmad watched the Black Men’s Consortium and Tony Cealy perform Kwame and The Lockdown – keeping up the conversation about Black men’s mental health After a year of lockdown, the impact of the pandemic on mental health has become clear. The pandemic has also disproportionately affected Black people and communities of colour,...

Black British satire – a new frontier

Gargie Ahmad talks to Nels Abbey about his debut novel Think Like a White Man, and using satire to highlight racism in Britain today A satirical self-help guide Think Like a White Man – Conquering the world … while Black, that was launched at Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives, gives sage...

Young carers celebrate completing arts project

Up to a third of young carers are looking after someone suffering from mental health problems writes Gargie Ahmad. Yet the mental health and wellbeing of the young carers themselves often goes unsupported. Mental Health The Arts, a creative arts academy for young people with experience of mental health problems,...

Prayers for peace as Inter Faith Week starts in Lambeth

Inter Faith Week runs nationally from 15-23 November, and is being recognised locally by the Faiths Together in Lambeth group with a series of community events. Contributor Gargie Ahmad reports back from the first event this week. News and social media this weekend was awash with heated, and often hateful, comments against Muslim,...

Bhopal: Facing 30 exhibition launches at Photofusion

Arts contributor Gargie Ahmad went along to the opening of the latest Photofusion exhibition, Bhopal: Facing 30 by Francesca Moore, which considers the site of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster today and the people who continue to be affected thirty years on.  On the night of 2 December, 1984, a devastating gas...

Home from Home: Architecture exhibition at Pop Brixton

Glasgow based  Collective Architecture was founded to pursue themes of participation and sustainability in architecture. They have exhibited in the UK, Barcelona, Chicago, and Venice, but from the 18th-21st of June for the London Festival of Architecture , a team from the award-winning collective came down to Brixton to host  Home from Home,...

Burning the Books – debts to go up in flames in Brixton

What is debt? What can it mean to people? These are the questions artist Alinah Azadeh wishes to explore with Burning the Books. A live and touring project, Alinah launches a Book of Debts in different places around the UK, encouraging people to contribute stories of their experiences of...

Radical Readers of Lambeth take on The Establishment

On the second Friday of every month, the Radical Readers of Lambeth get together at Brixton Library to discuss topical texts. Last week was the biggest meeting the group has had yet, where the Radical Readers took on The Establishment: And how they got away with it, Owen Jones’...

Global Justice Brixton launch event

Gargie Ahmad, arts and community blogger, was at the launch of Global Justice Brixton, part of Global Justice Now. Global Justice Now is a democratic social justice organisation, challenging the powerful, working as part of a global movement to create a more just and equal world. In solidarity with people...

How come we didn’t know? Exhibition on NHS privatisation opens at Streatham Library

A photography exhibition about the NHS has opened at Streatham Library. Arts writer Gargie Ahmad went along to the launch. Health activists and local people gathered together on Tuesday 3rd February to launch photographer and Hackney Keep Our NHS Public campaigner Marion Macalpine’s exhibition, How come we didn’t know? NHS run for...

Lambeth gathers to keep the memory alive at Holocaust Memorial Day event

Lambeth held a Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday at Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton at the weekend. Arts contributor Gargie Ahmad went along. 27 January 2015 marked the 70th year since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious Nazi concentration and extermination camp in southern Poland. 27 January is also the day...

JUJU! at Upstairs at the Ritzy raises money to fight Ebola

On Saturday evening, JUJU!, the monthly Afro-centric music night at Upstairs at the Ritzy, hosted a fundraiser for the Sierra Leone Ebola Taskforce, raising more than £800 to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone. The MC for the event was the dynamic storyteller Usifu Jalloh, introducing the audience to the pan-African...