GREETINGS & NEWS

“You never miss the water till the well run dry.”

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PANTHER NEWSLETTER VOLUME TWO: ISSUE 17

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“This is for all the individuals who instead of bigging up people’s achievements, choose to chant them down.  We were all taught from young; ‘you reap what you sow’ and ‘what goes around comes around.’  So when you send out negative vibes and those negative vibes come back to haunt you; who’s to blame?  This classic 1970s tune by The Meditations is dedicated to those who think negatively of others.”  Check out the rhythm and study the lyrics here…

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Greetings and Welcome to PANTHER NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 17.

In this month’s issue we have the usual suspects.  An insightful interview with our SPECIAL GUEST, the FEATURED  STORY from a young sistren who hails from Yeadon Pennsylvania, THE MUSICAL COA-COA BASKET, Denise Anthea returns with her third FEATURED ARTICLE which is thought provoking and I’m sure will encourage plenty debates, and last but by no means least, everybody’s favourite THE CULTURE CORNER.  Enjoy ISSUE 17. 

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NEWS (UK)

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STEPHEN LAWRENCE’S MOTHER DOREEN ‘PLEASED’ WITH APPEAL COURT JUDGEMENT

Two men are to stand trial over the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993; Doreen speaks here…

STEPHEN LAWRENCE PAIR FACE MURDER TRIAL

Two men are to stand trial for the murder of Stephen Lawrence.  Gary Dobson, 35, and David Norris, 34, are accused of killing the black teenager at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993; continued here…

THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE PROFILE

Two men are to stand trial over the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence in Eltham, south-east London, in 1993.  But who was Stephen Lawrence? – Find out here…

MILTON KEYNES SHOOTINGS: FAMILIES PAY TRIBUTE

The families of two men who were shot dead in Milton Keynes have paid tribute to them; here…

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ELSEWHERE

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SOUTH AFRICA’S FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS FOR CEASEFIRE IN LIBYA

South Africa’s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane called for a ceasefire in Libya; read the report here…

CHINA DENOUNCES AMERICA’S TREATMENT OF AFRO-DESCENDANTS

In a scathing report issued by China’s Information Office of the State Council, China condemned America’s treatment of its Afro-descendants and other minorities and cited America’s numerous human rights violations against its minorities; continued here…

MINISTER FARRAKHAN’S PROPHETIC WARNING TO WYCLEF JEAN ON LEADING HAITI

Watch it here…

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THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY

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THE MAN BEHIND THE PANTHER

Norman Samuda Smith editor/publisher of PANTHER NEWSLETTER speaks to the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and explains how he came to set up his monthly on-line cultural review; read the article here… 

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NOTTINGHAM ARTICLES: CULTURAL VIBRATIONS INTERVIEWED BY – LEFTLION.CO.UK

Paul Klotschkow put some questions to Rastarella Falade from Cultural Vibrations; read the interview here…

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CONGRATULATIONS TO JASMINE JOHNSON

Congratulations to Birmingham novelist Jasmine Johnson who adapted her novel Mr Soon Come for the stage.  The performances at The Drum, on May 19, 20 and 21st respectively were sold out and a great theatre experience was had by all who were privileged to see the play.  Nuff respect too, to the cast who did Jasmine and the script proud.  Well done JJ for manifesting your dream and getting it done, you are a star!

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NEW EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCE CLASSES WITH Chloe Redmond

Prepare your body for summer; lose that winter weight now and Bellydance your way to fitness!

Chloe has been studying Egyptian Bellydance for 9 years.  From the age of 4 she began Ballet dancing, despite being the plumpest of this group of  “little princesses”, she continued this dance form for 8 years.  Chloe went on to develop techniques in a variety of dance styles from Salsa and Street dance to Brazilian and West African before graduating with a BA in Visual Communication & Film, at Birmingham City University’s Institute of Art & Design Campus.  Chloe lived in Cairo for 3 months training privately with some of Egypt’s most eminent Belly dance instructors.  For more information about her classes, contact Chloe here…

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KING OF KINGS: NGUSA NAGAST by CLAUDETTE. E. JOHNSON

King of Kings is an important revelation, presenting breakthrough facts on biblical history and the Rastafarian Movement.  King of Kings offers insight into uncovering the truth regarding boodlines of King Solomon and The Queen of Sheba, King David, Jesus Christ as well as The Ark of the Covenant, proven through geneology and made popular by movies “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK” and “THE DA VINCI CODE”.  If you’re searching for a good historical read, why not check out this superb and inspiring book; here…

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PRESENTS

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Real Talk

Shadow People speak out …

by Martin Glynn

 

Real Talk…

Shadow People speak out: is a collection of monologues which has been a long time in the making.  For many years Martin Glynn has worked in prisons, engaged with the disaffected sections of the community, and has been through his own rite of passage. Throughout his journey as a writer and criminologist he has encountered many amazing people whose stories have gone with them to their grave, have not been told, been ignored, or have been too uncomfortable for many to hear.

Download your free e-book of Real Talk: Shadow People Speak Out here…

Also check out Sankofa Associates Goods & Services here…

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THEATRE AT THE DRUM; BIRMINGHAM

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PUNCH RECORDS

“THE SPIRAL”

Friday 17 June 2011, 7.30pm

£8 (£6)  –  Auditorium

An inward spiral decays and dies,
An outward spiral grows and thrives!

This gripping piece of spoken word theatre dramatises a life-changing meeting between Glitzy – an emerging grime artist from North Birmingham, funded to study on a 6-month ‘community arts placement’, and their newly appointed ‘development mentor’, veteran dub poet and radical cultural activist Leroy ‘Steppin-Razor’ Ujima.  The initial contradictions – literary and ideological – in their relationship are played out through a startling, intense poetic dialogue that will challenge and eventually change the assumptions and worldviews of both wordsmiths; directed by Martin Glynn, starring Moqapi Selassie and Deci4life.  Check out the trailer here… and DON’T MISS IT!

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KETCH DIS!

I bumped into my bredrin Stevie Ranks the other day in downtown Birmingham and he informed me about the internet radio station he’s very much involved with.  So if you wanna listen to a radio station wid a twis’, this is for you connoisseurs of music; Ketchdis.com here…

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OBITUARY

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Gil Scott Heron, Poet, songwriter and musician hailed as “The Godfather of Rap”, has died at the age of 62; read more here…

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