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7 Things You Should Definitely Do This Week

What to read, play, and watch this Black History Month.

1. Black History Month: Balancing The Equation

Science should be for everyone, but not everyone gets the representation that they deserve. What does that mean for society? Join Alex Lathbridge and a panel of experts as they explore the work of prominent black scientists from the past and how experts with new experiences are changing the face of contemporary science as we know it.

DATE: October 8

TIME: 7.30pm – 8.30pm

ADDRESS: The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

INFO: From £7

2. Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land

Learn about the Jamaican feminist poet Una Marson, who became the first black woman employed by the BBC. Read Trinidadian J J Thomas’s scathing rebuttal of English colonialism. See the manuscripts of Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island and Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us. And listen to the sounds of the Caribbean, from jazz and calypso to the speeches of Marcus Garvey and personal reflections from some of the first Caribbean nurses to join the NHS. Revisit 1948 and explore how the Windrush story is much more than the dawn of British multiculturalism it has come to represent.

DATE: Until October 21

TIME: 11am – 5pm

ADDRESS: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB



3. Aubrey Williams exhibition at the October Gallery

Aubrey Williams

Guyana-born artist Aubrey Williams founded the ‘Caribbean Artists Movement’ in 1966. This new exhibition at October Gallery will explore how Williams’ oeuvre not only crosses borders between abstract and figurative modes but also between physical and cultural geographies.

DATE: Until Oct 27

TIME: 12.30pm – 5.30pm (Tuesday – Saturday)

: Donations accepted

4. Hip-Hop Karaoke

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Whether you want to go classic with some Biggie, Missy, or The Fugees or keep it right now with Drake, Kendrick Lamar or Kanye, this is your chance to live out your rap fantasies to London's most loving crowd. With hundreds of rap songs to choose from, all those years of rapping along in clubs, in the car, or in front of a mirror have led to this moment! Lose yourself!

DATE: October 11

TIME: 7pm - 2am
Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Rd. Shoreditch, London EC2Z 3JX


5. All White Party

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Enjoy the annual all white party in Nottingham at the newest club in Nottingham city centre.

DATE: October 12

TIME: 10pm - 3am
Parliament Bar, 67 Upper Parliament St, Nottingham NG1 6LD

PRICE: £23

6. Comedy Explosion

Comedy Explosion

Black History Month special with some of the UK’s top comedians including Kojo, Travis J and Kane Brown Will feature an Old School vs New School battle.

DATE: October 13

TIME: 7pm - 11am
The Broadway Theatre, Catford Road, London SE6 4RU


7. Tottenham African Caribbean History Walk

Avril's Walks and Talks

This two-hour tour will take you from the 1550s right up to today, showing you the area in a different light. Here are just some of the things the walk covers includes wartime Britain and black people's contribution, police relations in the area and Tottenham outrage.

DATE: October 14

TIME: 11am - 1pm
Seven Sisters Station, Exit 1 Outside Costa Coffee Tottenham High Road, Tottenham, N15 4RR

From £1.50

8. Brunch & Laughter Comedy Show

Brunch & Laughter

A full day of entertainment, which forms part of Birmingham’s Comedy Festival. There will be games including Lip Sync Battle, Dance Dance Dance, Board Games and more.

DATE: October 14

TIME:1pm - 7pm
Mama Roux’s, 23 Lower Trinity St, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AG

From £10

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