Rated: Feb 2019



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Each month on Rated we list our favourites: must-sees, must-be seen at, have-you-reads, ins and outs and up and downs for next month

February 2019

Something . . .

Limin’ Rum Shop re-opens in Shoreditch

Or staying in Shoreditch . . bottomless peach Bellini’s at the Feb 10th Drag Brunch? Don’t mind if I do

Something . . .

Join the Bishopsgate Institute courses on LGBT history

Or brush up on your factoids – read and share the education resource pack for LGBT History Month 2019 – the theme is ‘Peace, Reconciliation and Activism’

Something . . .

BABYLON Festival, Bush Theatre, London
International festival celebrating the contemporary influences and experiences of Black and Brown People

Or . . .check out Kele Orekere’s Leave To Remain @Lyric Hammersmith Until Feb 16th

Something . . .

Andre Holland stars in High Flying Bird Netflix, Feb 8th

Or . . . fall in love with Ncuti Gatwa’s performance in Netflix’s Sex Education or how do you like your superheroes? Black? Lesbian? Thunder, played by Nafeesa Williams breaks new ground in CW’s D.C. inspired Black Lightning. Season 2 finale in February

Something . . .

House Gospel Choir, Remembering Frankie Knuckles, Feb 9th, XOYO, London

Or. . . check out the latest at LGBT Underground, EvOn Scarlett’s project to deliver the best in LGBT Urban Music Culture, providing information, inspiration and exclusive content

Something . . .

Get ready to jump up at the first Trinidad and Tobago Carnival since last year’s liberalisation of laws regarding homosexuality

If you can’t physically get to the Caribbean, escape with Marlon James’ who will be interviewed by Ekow Eshun about his latest book Black Leopard, Red Wolf at London’s Southbank Centre on Feb 25th. Jamaican author, James,
penned the New York Times bestseller, and 2015 Man Booker Prize winner, A Brief History of Seven Killings

Something . . .

Dr Ronx debuted on CBBC Operation Ouch and continued to live out loud so that kids know that they can too. We LOVE your work! As Ronx reminds us, ‘you can’t be what you don’t see

The BlackOut/Fringe Film Festival screening of When The Beat Drops was held in memory of one of the film’s stars who passed in October; originator, organiser and inspiration, Anthony ‘Big Tony’ Davis. Check out director Jamal Sims’ emotional tribute when we spoke after the film

Something . . .

Inaugural Berto Pasuka Lecture by David McAlmont, Feb 15th, National Portrait Gallery, London

Or. . . catch the House of Suarez + Queer Contact Festival extravaganza Feb 9th at Manchester Academy or death drop at JuJu’s in London, Feb 17th at the House West Homecoming Mini Ball

Something . . .

Or find a way to see Hale County, This Morning This Evening a documentary that is RaMell Ross’s
’76-minute epiphany of love for his community’

Something . . .

February marks the start of our targeted space for Black queer men between 16 and 23. Sign up here to find out how you can get involved

Maybe you are the hero you’ve been waiting for! If so, pay it forward. Take some time to reflect in a safer space. If you are in Birmingham on Feb 11th, join LGBT+ POC, group coaching session, with Aquila Hope: Queerness in a Hostile World

What should be rated in March? If you are creating experiences that you think our readers would appreciate, CLICK HERE to let us know. 

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