Archive for July, 2011


Posted in Articles, Black British Literature, Black History, News, Newsletter, Writing with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by

“Never put off tomorrow what you can do today.”




Greetings and Welcome to another issue of PANTHER NEWSLETTER: its mission – To Educate; To Motivate; To Promote; To Inspire; To Express; To Share

The next issue of PANTHER NEWSLETTER will be in October and then December.  With effect from March 2012, PANTHER NEWSLETTER will be published quarterly.  If you like what PANTHER NEWSLETTER has offered over the past 18 months, please feel free to make a donation to help keep this newsletter going.

In this month’s issue we have some of the usual suspects.  The FEATURED POEM, an enlivening interview with our SPECIAL GUEST, from Brooklyn New York, THE MUSICAL COA-COA BASKET, there is no FEATURED ARTICLE this issue, however, last but by no means least, we do have everybody’s favourite THE CULTURE CORNER.  So sekkle steady, warm and easy and enjoy ISSUE 19.





Cecil Coley, 72, was playing dominoes with afriend when his shop was targeted by robbers; more…


Racism in primary schools increased by 4.5 per cent; here…


Jamie Oliver could be pushed to the side by new chef on the block Lorraine Pascal; here…


Rio Ferdinand sparks CIA security alert as White House picture is pulled from Twitter; here…


Anti-knife crime campaigners condemn Manchester City striker’s violent t-shirt; here…





Everyone aboard a Caribbean Airlines jet from New York survived when the plane overshot a rainy runway, slid through a chain-link fence and broke in half just short of a ravine at Guyana’s national airport on Saturday; read here…


Maruge goes to school aged 84 and becomes a totem of hope for the Kenya education system; more…


Read the The Mzungu Diaries here…





For more details of her classes, check out Chloe’s website here…



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…




A free E-Book publication

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…



The book launch of…


Thursday 22 September 2011: 7.30pm

£5 (£3)

In the Studio

Ten Black British Poets from the West Midlands Edited by Eric Doumerc and Roy McFarlane (Birmingham Poet Laureate 2011)

Celebrate Wha? is an anthology of poems about identity and race, curry goat ‘n’ rice.  Ten poets – Dreadlock Alien, Sue Brown, Marcia Calame, Evoke, Martin Glynn, Michelle Hubbard, Kokumo, Roy McFarlane, Chester Morrison and Moqapi Selassie – explore what it means to be black and British and from the West Midlands.  This is the English language in a Caribbean coat, Auden in a Creole accent.  Celebrate Wha? celebrates writing with a reggae rhythm, born out of a heady mixture of dub, grime and performance poetry, politics and music, anger and laughter.   Join us for the official launch of an anthology dedicated to Birmingham’s Black poets – long overdue.  Read more about the anthology here…



A long time in the making

Multifaceted and multi-talented Tonya Bolton enthrals you with her one woman show.  Let her take you on a journey taken by many, but one that is rarely shared so honestly in the public domain.









His full name was Alvaro Jose Arroyo Gonzalez but he was known in the music world as Joe Arroyo -and in his native Colombia as just Joe.  Read about him here…


Posted in Black British Literature, Black History, Newsletter, Poems, Writing with tags , , , , on July 31, 2011 by


© 1987 Norman Samuda-Smith


When I was a yout in school

I didn’t wanna leave and be no fool

I wanted big wages in a office job

Drive a flash car, ride wid me sound

Me and me bredrins spend off nuff pounds

Buy quality clothes inna de latest style

Rest wid me Empress fe a likkle while

Bu’n couple spliff wid ‘Neville’ and ‘John’

And when weekend come

We guh rave in London!


When me come out of school

Unemployment was de rule

There was no big wages in a office job

Me never drive a flash car, but me still ride wid me sound

Me and me bredrins had to hussle fe de pound

Me never have all de quality clothes inna de latest style

But I rest wid me Empress fe a likkle while

I still bu’n couple spliff wid ‘Neville’ and ‘John’

And when weekend come

Me and me children had some fun!


Listen me good all you youts in school

If you don’t wanna be vanity’s fool

Turn to yuh talent!

Mek it yuh golden rule!

If you are a yout in school

Don’t idle and be vanity’s fool


INSPIRED BY: ECCLESIASTES; Chapter 11: verses 9 and 10.


Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgement.

Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.


*All rights reserved.  No part of this poem may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written permission of the writer Norman Samuda-Smith.*


Posted in Articles, Black History, News, Newsletter, Poems, Writing with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by

Her first love was to be an architect.  Her poetry started out as a hobby.  She feels that the gift she has received from God has to be put to good use and reach others.

Born and raised in Brooklyn New York of Guyanese parents, a mother of two, an educator with the New York City Department of Education and has been writing poetry for fifteen years; PANTHER NEWSLETTER SPECIAL GUEST this month is Joanne ‘Black Poet’ Stephen.  I recently hooked up with Joanne to reason with her, about her and her works.  Check out her interview with me here…


Posted in Articles, Black History, News, Newsletter, Writing with tags , , , , on July 31, 2011 by


“One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain.”

Bob Marley (1945 – 1981)

Music has always played an important role in all our lives, especially Reggae, the music genre first developed in Jamaica, strongly influenced by traditional African, American jazz and old-time rhythm and blues. Reggae owes its direct origins to the progressive development of Ska and Rocksteady in 1960s Jamaica. Each month, THE MUSICAL COA-COA BASKET will salute the legendary artists and recording studios from out of Jamaica that have placed reggae on the musical global map.






Born: Joel .A. Gibson

Sunrise: October 14 1942   Sunset: February 21 2008




The legendary recording producer Joe Gibbs passed away on 21 February 2008 at Kingston’s University Hospital of the West Indies from a heart attack. Aged 65, Gibbs left behind an impressive back catalogue of music, the bulk of its contents given classic status by Jamaican music enthusiasts. However, these songs have also had a truly global impact, inspiring and influencing everything from punk to the very latest British urban music.

Born in Montego Bay in 1942, Gibbs left Jamaica to train as an engineer in the United States. He returned to the island in the mid-1960s to set up a TV repair shop, before he made his first venture into the music industry when he diversified into record retail from the same store front, stacking boxes of 45s alongside the broken-down electrical equipment. In 1967, shortly after this sideline proved a runaway success, he took the natural step of setting up a DIY recording studio in the office at the rear of the building.

Despite falling into the business more or less by accident, Gibbs had a hand in some of the biggest hits of the rocksteady era, his Amalgamated imprint almost singlehandeldy establishing the genre with Roy Shirley’s Hold Them. Gibbs was also clever in his collaborations, first enlisting the studio talents of a young Lee Perry and subsequently, Winston Holness aka Niney The Observer. Both alliances paid off, and throughout this period his operation churned out a flood of popular music by artists including Errol Dunkley, Sir Lord Comic and The Pioneers.

However, it was the later reggae sound that brought Gibbs his first international success, scoring a UK top 10 entry in 1970 with Nicky Thomas’s Love of The Common People (later covered by Paul Young) and starting a more hands-on working relationship with Errol Thompson and house band the Professionals, an outfit that included among its members bassist Robbie Shakespeare and drummer Sly Dunbar.

Thanks to an unstoppable run of hits, numbering among them more than 100 Jamaican No 1s, Gibbs and Thompson would soon become known as “The Mighty Two”.  Through out the mid-1970s, they continued to produce the biggest artists in Jamaica, The Mighty Diamonds, Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs to name but a few, releasing songs across a bewildering and continually changing array of labels.

However, the end of the decade would bring about their most famous work, from Althea & Donna’s 1977 pop crossover anthem Uptown Top Ranking to Culture’s Two Sevens Clash – an album that would come to be a key reference for bands including the Clash and the Slits, and JC Lodge’s 1980 smash Someone Loves You Honey.

Gibbs never enjoyed quite the same level of success later in his life, but by thispoint he could afford to slow down, having already established himself as one of reggae’s most important figures. Accordingly, he continued to enjoy the respect of both his peers and generations of younger performers. This can be seen on veteran producers Steely & Clevie’s 2002 album Old to the New:  A Steely & Clevie Tribute to Joe Gibbs Classics, yielding Sean Paul and Sasha’s hit single I’m So in Love With You. This project marked four decades in the international charts for Gibbs. With that in mind, it’s no stretch to say that he will be remembered as a man responsible for some of the most important music to ever have emerged from Jamaica’s fertile cultural turf.

So kick back, click on the tracks below and listen to some of the classics Joe Gibbs produced.

People Grudgeful – Sir Gibbs; Pan-Ya-Macete – Sir Gibbs (Pioneers); Kingstoians Reggae – Joe Gibbs All StarsCool Out Son – Junior Murvin; Babylon Too Rough – Gregory Isaacs; Two Timer – Cornell Campbell; Three Piece Suit – Trinity; How Can I Leave – Dennis Brown; If This World Were Mine – Dennis Brown; I’m Still in Love With You Boy – Marcia Aitkin; Boxing Around – Cornel Campbell; Chapter Three – Joe Gibbs; Loving Pauper/Judgement time – Ruddy Thoms & Trinity; Concrete Castle King – Dennis Brown; Deliverance Will Come – Dennis Brown; Milk & Honey – Dennis Brown; Officially – Lloyd Parks; Just Like A River – Mighty Diamonds & Ranking Joe; Two Seven Clash – Culture.

‘Til October – Everyting Bless


Posted in Articles, Black British Literature, Black History, News, Newsletter, Writing with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by


“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture, is like a tree without roots.”

Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887 – 1940)

Every year in October we celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Black history is with us every second, minute, hour, week, month and year. PANTHER NEWSLETTER’S CULTURE CORNER will attempt to enlighten you with what they never told you in your history class. Our story will be told right here – So enjoy the journey of clarification.


Blacks in Britain (Part Seven) 

Not widely known – But true…


In 1931, a West Indian doctor Harold Arundel Moody founded the missionary and welfare League of Coloured Peoples in Merseyside Liverpool. Read more about Harold Moody here…

Between 1939 – 1945, the second (and larger) wave of Afro-Caribbeans arrived in Britain to fight in World War II.  In all, several thousand workers migrated as volunteers to fight in the RAF and other branches of the armed forces, and to serve as military technicians. Many others were also recruited by Britain to work in its Mersyside (Liverpool) munitions plants.

1940 – The Passage of the Colonial Development and Welfare Act. was launched in Parliament.

Also in the early 1940’s, the British Colonial Office began welfare work for black seamen and their families in seaport towns. The Colonial Office aligned their work with the missionary work of the League of Coloured Peoples. (L.C.P).

In 1941, The British Ministry of Labour opened a welfare hostel, the West Indies House in Liverpool.

Also in early 1941, 110 Jamaican workers (plus ten stowaways) arrive on the HMS Ormonde.

In April 1941, Labour Minister M.A. Bevan argues that Britain should “dismiss the idea” of bringing West Indian labourers to Britain “from the start.” The idea had also been rejected two years earlier by then Labour Minister George Isaacs. At that time, the problems of “shipping and accommodation” were given as hinderances to the scheme. Although the 1941 arrival of the Ormonde had proven Isaacs wrong, the possible arrival of additional West Indians caused fear within official circles that a “colour racial problem” would arise in Britain.

In 1944, the Education Act combined church, state, and charitable schools that had once been seperate under the control of local education. At the centre was a system of “checks and balances” that would mediate between funding at the national level, the schools general autonomy, and the termination of educational policies at the local level. Detractors in the 1960’s and 1970’s would later maintain that the system institutionalized religious and class differences and, from its inception, automatically shuttled most Afro-Caribbean children into programs for “under-achievers,” and declared most Asian children inferior due to cultural and language differences. The concept of an un-unified education system would remain so until the Thatcher years and the Education Reform Act of 1988.





Ok, you are on a TV game show and have to answer this question to win £10M. The question is, who invented the cellular phone? In all probability most of us could not answer this question. Those of you who know are in that small minority.

The inventor of the Cellular phone is Henry Sampson, Jr. Sampson is an African-American from Jackson, Mississippi. He attended Morehouse College and transferred to Purdue.  He received an MS in Engineering from the University of California. He was awarded an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Illinois and his Ph.D from Illinois.  Sampson is the first African-American to receive a Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering.

In 1971 Sampson was awarded a patent for the “gamma-electric cell.”  This technology was used in the cellular phone.  Hopefully Dr. Sampson was well rewarded for his efforts.

Alright, now that you have this information join the “Tell a Brethren and Sistren Club” by passing this information on to more of us.

Barbershops and Beauty Salons are great places to discuss this information.

During the week let our Anglo Brethren and Sistren know about Dr. Sampson. This is called the “Breakdown the stereotype campaign.”



Queen Judith of Ethiopia (ruled 940 – 980 AD) – {Falasha conqueror of Ethiopia and destroyer of Christianity}In 940 AD, though some authorities give slightly earlier dates, Judith, a Falasha conqueror, seized the throne of the Ethiopian city of Axum and proclaimed herself Queen. Inspiring dread in many Christian minds, she destroyed the churches, killing thousands in the process.  Her campaigns ended both the thousand-year supremacy of Axum and also an era in Ethiopian history.  An old history book, History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria, mentions that the King of Axum begged the Patriarch of Alexandria for help against this onslaught – but none came. Judith ruled unchallenged for around 40 years.  Succeeding her was the Zagwe Dynasty, who ushered in a golden age.

Queen Oluwo of Ife (1000 AD) – {Yoruba Queen who paved the southern Nigeria city of Ife}Professor Ekpo Eyo, a former head of the Nigerian museums system, narrates a curious oral tradition concerning Oni Oluwo, a distinguished Yoruba ruler. Apparently she was walking around the capital city of Ife when her regalia got splashed with mud. Oluwo was so upset by this that she ordered the construction of pavements for all the public and religious places in the city. Archaeology confirms that: “Pavements are widespread in Africa.  Potsherd pavements are the most common types of pavements known in West Africa.  The most consistent reports about excavated pavements in West Africa have so far come from Ife, specifically the sites at: Oduduwa College, Lafogido, Ita Yemoo, Obalara’s Land and Woye Asiri Land.”  The pavements embellished the courtyards and often had altars built at the ends against walls. Many of the pavements had regular and geometric patterns, often emphasized by the incorporation of white quartz pebbles in their surface. Such pavements have been found on prehistoric sites from Tchad in the northeast to Togo in the west.

Prophetess Kimpa Vita of Kongo (1682 – 1706) – {Kongolese founder of Black Liberation Theology}Towards the end of the seventeenth century AD, both the combined states of Ndongo and Matamba, and also Kongo, fell victim to European predator activities where “executions, treachery, robbery, and violence became the order of the day.” Even under these trying circumstances, a great woman emerged. Kimpa Vita also called Dona Beatriz continued the resistance against the Portuguese slave traders. She was a Kongolese aristocrat born in 1682.  By 1704 she began to get national recognition as a prophetess. Though a Christian, she led an interpretation of Christian doctrine that her opponents called the Antonian Heresy. This theology created a national religion in Kongo that owed little to the Church of Rome. Vita preached that (1) Kongo was the Holy Land described in the Bible; (2) The Kongolese capital, Mbanza Kongo, is the real site of Bethlehem; (3) Christ and all the other saints were Black; (4) Heaven was for Africans only; and (5) The White church was the anti-Christ. Thus, she called on Africans not to listen to White missionaries. Her political programme was to find the new king of Kongo who would lead the next golden age of Kongo civilisation. Unfortunately, it was not to be. She was eventually captured and executed by the Portuguese in 1706.

Maya Angelou born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928.  The African-American author and poet has been called “America’s most visible black female autobiographer” by scholar Joanne M. Braxton.  She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie.

William Davidson (1785 – 1820) – was a Jamaican, born free in 1785.  His father, an influential man on the island, sent him to Scotland in 1800 to study Maths.  Davidson decided to run away to sea and spent a number of years in the Navy.  He settled in Lichfield about 1805 to become a cabinet maker, moving to Birmingham to start his own business a few years later. As this failed, he moved to London where he became involved in radical politics and along with several others, attempted to blow up a meeting of the Cabinet. The plot becoming known as ‘The Cato Street Conspiracy’. He was executed for his role in 1820.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997) – was the voice of radical politics in Africa.  He was radicalised after he was introduced to the politics of the black activist Malcolm X.  As one of Africa’s leading musicians, Fela created his own brand of music called ‘AFRO-BEAT’. The ace saxophonist from Nigeria, once had twenty-seven wives and his hit songs include ‘Unknown Soldier’, and ‘Zombie’.

Albert Johanneson (March 13, 1940 – September 28, 1995) – {The Black Flash} – was a skilful and swift left winger, was recommended to Leeds United Football Club by a South African schoolteacher and he joined the club in April 1961. He stayed there for nine years working diligently at his game, and by the 1963-64 season, had established himself as a powerful attacking force providing 13 league goals, which assisted in Leeds’ promotion from the Second Division. In 1965, Johanneson earned his berth to the Football Association Challenge Cup (F.A Cup) Final played at Wembley Stadium. Although Leeds lost the match to Liverpool, and Johanneson regrettably did not play his best, he made history by becoming the first black person to feature in the final of the world-renowned football competition. Over following seasons, a spate of injuries and the emergence of Eddie Gray left Johanneson on the sidelines, and he made only 10 further starts for Leeds before manager Don Revie released him in 1970. Later that year, Johanneson joined York City, scoring three goals in 26 appearances before retiring.

Peter Tosh (19 October 1944 – 11 September 1987) – The late great Peter Tosh transcends reggae music.  He was an artist of uncompromising talent and vision, he was equal parts poet, philosopher, preacher and prophet, and the original member of the 1960’s trio The Wailing Wailers, from 1963 to 1974{Bob Marley and The Wailers}. Born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Grange Hill, Jamaica with a father and mother too young to care for him properly, he was raised by his aunt. He began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations. After a notable career with The Wailing Wailers and as a solo musician, as well as being a promoter of Rastafari, he was murdered at his home during a robbery.

Here ends your history lesson for this month.


Log on for more CULTURE CORNER in October and remember…

“In the beginning there was the word.  The word was Jah.  The word is in I, Jah is in I.  I make what is good, better, and what is better, best.  I follow this in every aspect of life.”

Peter Tosh

(October 19, 1944 – September 11, 1987)

‘Til October – Everyting – Bless

%d bloggers like this: