what Nuha, Rotimi, Selina are doing…

Latest news in about three of Shake’s brilliant young participants from 2010/11 programme!  Nuha Baruti and Rotimi Skyers are taking part in Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s 2012 architecture and design exhibition ‘People & Places’, held with Scott Brownrigg in Covent Garden. Nuha was a Bursary recipient at SLCT and has played a key role in […]

Videos of Shake! at Rebellious Media Conference

Those good people at RMC have now put up a great compilation of videos from Shake’s session “The Unheard: Youth, ‘the riots’ and the media” at the 2011 conference in London. Watch recordings from the session itself, plus interviews and poetry performed by Rotimi, Samia, Selina and Kadish (Leeds Young Authors).   Also watch interviews with […]

Zodwa Nyoni – A Letter for Mama Oluwale

One of the most successful aspects of Britain On Trial was the coming together and sharing of experiences between active, articulate, dedicated young people from two different parts of the UK and from two different artistic organisations – Leeds Young Authors and Shake!. Zodwa Nyoni, a Leeds Young Authors alumni (Leeds Superheroes of Slam winner […]

BRITAIN ON TRIAL- The Charge – Young Voices Speak Out!

BRITAIN ON TRIAL- The Charge – Young Voices Speak Out!, a set on Flickr. The first photos are up on flickr featuring snapshots of the first order of the day – THE CHARGE: Welcome by: Esther Stanford-Xosei -co-Vice-Chair of PARCOE (the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe)Outline of the day by: Jane Trowell– Shake! coordinator/ Platform […]

The Unheard: more great feedback

Ro, Kadish, Selina on the panel The emails are still coming in about Shake’s event “The Unheard: Youth, the ‘riots’, and the media” at Rebellious Media Conference on 9th October. “…I was over at the Rebellious Media Conference and caught the discussion on the London riots that you  guys were involved in facilitating. It was fantastic…..”  From Rabble […]

IGNITE – Poem by Rotimi Skyer

Written on the night ot Tottenham unrest. More voices of our Positive Young please. Peace. IgniteFireBlack engulfs da airSmoke blocks out skyHands raised up high…FireBlack is da youthEmotions feel da heatppl burnt too much to retreat FireBullet tears thru blackPigs grunt in their styMama, mama looks up to da sky oh my oh my at da […]

Our first meeting for the ‘Britain on Trial – Arts and Activism’ event

Jane, Rotimi, Samia and Selina from the SHAKE! collective took a day trip to Leeds yesterday to meet up with Khadijah and Simon, facilitators from Leeds Young Authors and Stuart, a researcher from the University of Leeds MA in Activism & Social Change. The meeting was planned to lay down the groundwork for the “Britain […]

Rotimi’s poem “Hey Stevie” presented to Doreen Lawrence

It was such a special moment last Thursday, when Rotimi Skyers and Nuha Baruti from SHAKE! presented a beautifully designed poster of Rotimi’s poem to Doreen Lawrence at the Stephen Lawrence Centre. Doreen was guest of honour at the SHAKE! Preview at The Albany in February, and was very struck by “Hey Stevie” and the […]

SHAKE! By Ro

SHAKE A young black afro saxon Living in a UN united kingdom. Divided by postcodes of different ways of thinking Race, colour, creed or    religion. So who represents us, can some1 tell me DA line is fading, i can’t tell DA the difference between red and blue Feeling sick going purple, what to do, WHAT […]

HEY STEVIE – A tribute poem for Stephen Lawrence by Rotimi Skyers

Reviewed by Zena A hard hitting poem by a young man who had never written poetry before but found his voice in less than a week!! Another piece that successfully communicates the waste of life to race hate as Rotimi almost puts himself in the place of Stephen. He shows respect to UK Hip Hop Artist […]

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