BLACK AND MUSLIM IN BRITAIN
The Black and Muslim in Britain Project was initiated in October 2016 with the intention of addressing the lack of faith representation during Black History Month in the UK. Co-founded by Mohamed Mohamed, Sakinah Lenoir and led by Project Coordinator, Saraiya Bah, they discovered that an overwhelming response on social media from many Black Muslims from around the UK from different ages and backgrounds who could relate and empathise with the importance of ensuring that we provide a narrative of the stories, struggles, rich history, challenges, culture, politics, family traditions and the beauty of being Black and Muslim. It is essential that this narrative is reflective of the diversity of the Black community.
This overwhelming response allowed the team to realise the need of such a project in today's society and the importance of making sure that such a project is done to the highest of quality, so it was decided to re-launch and with the intention of releasing the video during Black History Month in October 2017.
The series, which consists of five videos is a collection of stories and dialogue from influential Black Muslims in the UK in the arts, sports, academia, etc. The collection is light hearted, informative but also manages to address sensitive issues that apply both to the Black Muslim Community as well as the wider community.
The official screening of the videos took place on Sunday 1st October after tickets sold out on two separate occasions. Showcasing to a sold out audience of 165; Black and Muslim in Britain held an exclusive screening with special performances from poets Neimo Askar and Ahmad Ikhlas, presentations and discussions from noteworthy Black figures in the community which included Habeeb Akande (historian and author), Rakin Niass (Scholar and Teacher) Ra’ifah Rafiq (Mostly Lit Presenter), Jay Kast (Activist), Abdul Karim (Youth and Community Worker), Hodan Yusuf (Journalist), Jamilla Hekmoun (Academic).
The first official launch of the series (episode 1) was Wednesday 4th October 2017, followed by four episodes over the month of October 2017. More information about the project can be found via the Black and Muslim in Britain Facebook and YouTube. I have also included the link to the trailer.