Black History Month 2019

As part of the Royal College of Arts’ Black History Month celebrations the SU hosted a screening and panel discussion in Battersea, an exhibition in White City and teamed up with the library to produce a display that rotates throughout the month, you can find our reading lists here, and watch lists here.

Just Because We’re Magic Doesn’t Mean We’re Not Real

In this talk we explore the significant contributions black creatives have made to British Culture. Chaired by Jerome., this talk invited panelists Janette Parris, Ruka Johnson and Akil Scafe-Smith from RESOLVE to communicate their past aspirations and challenges till present day, as well as what hopes they have for the future of themselves and other creatives like them. The title is taken from a speech by Jesse Williams at the 2016 BET Awards where he beautifully describes his experience of being an African American man, touching on elements of the struggle faced by black people globally.

Jerome. is a fine artist and recent graduate from the MA Painting course . He uses several mediums to express the concept play, through which he addresses conversations on painting, otherness, and power. He is the chair of the artists council for a-n (the UK’s largest artist network) and has recently put on talks and exhibitions as he looks to expand on his writing ‘First Wave of the Mandem’, where he advocates black cultures influence in the production of a living language amongst the lower inner city classes.

You’ll be able to access the talk via Moodle in the coming weeks.


Documentation from INTERSECTION RECONNECTION in RCA White City cafe, curated by Catherine Mondoa. ‘The exhibition explored blackness, the children of the diaspora, and intersections in our community, particularly as they relate to the London LGBTQ+ community…’ graphic identity by Baki Haider & Betty Brunfaut. Photography by //Evangeline M-A // Toni Sonubi // Les Child // Winn Austin // Andy Polaris // Lana Pillay// Frank Akinsinte