Rated: March 2019

Each month, Rated lists our favourites: the must-sees, must-be-seen-ats, have-you-reads, ins and outs, and up and downs for your diaries

March 2019

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The UK ballroom scene continues to thrive. Don’t miss out, join The Real Kiki for their March workshop for LGBT+ POC in East London on the 21st – especially beginners & non-dancers. Covering the basics & foundations of the original style of Voguing – Old Way.

Or go check out the semi-final games in the London Unity League Cup on the 10th. East End Phoenix take on league leaders, Soho FC, while in the other semi, London Romans battle Titans 2Brewers

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Interested in the psychological impact of race on people of colour from a UK perspective? The Black, African and Asian Therapists Network podcasts invite professionals to share their thinking and psychological concepts.

Or read the latest collection of essays from Toni Morrison; ‘Mouth Full of Blood‘ –
“this collection underscores her rage and linguistic brilliance” – The Guardian

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Christians, are invited to understand the theology that underpins the House of Rainbow message. This program will help you understand that the Bible is not homophobic nor discriminatory against LGBTQ folks. It is possible to love God, Church and be Queer

Or listen in to new podcast Black Love Bytes exploring Black British attitudes to love, with Joy and Patsy from The Black Love Project

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The new BBC Scotland channel will be screening BAFTA Scotland award winning short ‘My Loneliness is Killing Me‘ starring Luke Elliot, and directed by Tom Curtis, this month. For those south of the border, check it out on BBC iPlayer

Or get over the disappointment of another ‘White Saviour’ movie passing for diversity at the Oscars, by discovering the real story in Yoruba Richen directed Green Book: Guide to Freedom via the new-to-UK Smithsonian Channel

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Stellar line-up at London’s Ministry of Sound commemorating the foundations of house music at Paradise Garage. A fundraiser for THT and GMHC

Or dance at winner of our favourite clubnight name of this month, Dupe’s Den present’s ‘Jungle Kitty’ at Dalston Superstore on Friday 1st – “Jungle Kitty loves Big Batty Riddims to bruck her back to & get her claws into”

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We’re big fans of the New York based Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI);  who launched their exciting 2019 programme in February. Inspiring to see Black queer men working together to shape their futures.

This month there will be hundreds of event for International Women’s Day (8th) – show your support, as well as the International Day for the Elimination of Racism (21st). Stand Up to Racism have organised marches against racism and fascism in London, Glasgow and Cardiff on the 16th

Here and Now at the OXO Tower on Southbank (6-10th) is an art exhibition showcasing expressions of the Black British Experience in the United Kingdom today. More than 14 artists bring Black British narratives to life and document contemporary times.

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BlackOut launches our new project on Sunday 10th. Lessons In The Life will create the materials for a ‘Black Queer Curriculum’, pooling our expertise in order to provide guidance and resources for other Black queer men – in particular those who have recently ‘come out’, and those who are new to the UK and/or London. Join us for lunch and real talk.

Or. . . see Inua Ellams’ Barbershop Chronicles from the 7th to the 23rd at Manchester’s Royal Exchange – really, what are you waiting for? Required viewing. You can join the cast of the play for a Q&A on Friday 15th

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BFI Flare, London’s LGBT+ Film Festival, across the whole month includes a weekend (30th-31st) of films from Marlon Riggs. Thanks to Jay Bernard who has programmed both Tongues Untied and a collection of his short films.
Tickets will go quickly!

Catch the remarkable Angela Davis: Portrait of A Revolutionary until the 7th at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Birmingham has its own queer film festival this month (22nd-24th) and it focuses on people of colour – CineQ – festival passes are available for less than £30! Big fan of Brazilian film ‘Body Electric’ and the stunning ‘Rafiki’ from Kenya

Watch out for a special mailing about the new Berto Pasuka Arts Prize later this month

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Coming Out?

Join BlackOut with our friends at OutAtClapham to see Diana Ross: Live in Central Park originally directed by the award-winning Steve Binder, who along with Diana has put together a presentation that will feature never-before-seen footage, the best of the Central Park concert and inspired, heartfelt messages from the Ross family.

A relaxed night out with a diva (or two) – make some new friends, catch up with old ones, see a legend at her best 26th March 8pm, Clapham Common, London

Let us know if you want to join us (by 24th March)

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