I Can’t Breathe: Spoken word inspired by George Floyd

I can't breathe-george flloyd poem

The killing of George Floyd sent shockwaves across the world and triggered global outrage at the treatment of black people at the hands of US police forces. However, it opened a wider conversation about the continuing institutional struggles that Black people face in today’s world. I can’t breathe is a spoken word piece involving the…

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The Blackness: Black History in Southampton

Southampton Mayflower 400 The Blackness video

As part of the Mayflower 400 project, I was commissioned to write the script and narrate The Blackness, a film featuring stories about the experience of black people in Southampton throughout history. My role later expanded to co-producer and co-director alongside Black History Month South’s Don John & Southampton-based film production company Music Eye. The…

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Super Alf Charles : Stand Up to Racism

Super Alf Charles Stand Up to Racism Film

British football has called time on racism and as part of the Football Association’s “Kick it out” campaign. I was called by BHM south Founder Don John to get involved with the script and narration of an animated film created by Hampshire Football Association in conjunction with Southampton Football Club and Black History Month. On 21st October 2021,…

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Launching Black History Month at MAST

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I was delighted to launch Black History Month alongside Lou Taylor at the live stream event hosted by MAST Mayflower Studios in Southampton in conjunction with Our Version Media®. The event featured 2012 Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo as a keynote speaker. Shelina runs Lakaz Maman, a Mauritian street food restaurant in Southampton’s Bedford Place. The…

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The Colour of Love – Daily Echo

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I was invited alongside my wife Jo and dear friends Lou & Liz Taylor to contribute to the Daily Echo’s Colour of Love article exploring the experiences of mixed-race couples in Southampton. The article was based on a studio debate filmed in Southampton in 1992 which explored issues of mixed-race relationships and examined how this…

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Black Voices In Conversation : ITV interview

Olu Rowe speaker being interviewed by ITV News at the Concorde Club

I was interviewed by ITV as part of their Black voices in Conversation series about my experience growing up as the only black child in a white family. The interview formed part of Black History Month Watch the full interview here

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