Sebastian Thiel

Sebastian Thiel Is a 26-Year-Old Award-Winning Filmmaker & Digital Social Entrepreneur. Just a Couple (BBCThree), Illegal Activity (Screen Nation Winner), Fill Me In (Sundance Finalist.) In his late teens he Founded Upshot Entertainment, a company that aims to leave a mark on hearts and minds through entertainment. Thiel has featured on TEDx Talks, and was […]

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Varaidzo is the Arts & Culture editor at gal-dem, an award winning multimedia platform produced by women of colour. Her writing has been featured in New Statesman, Dazed, and award-winning anthology ‘The Good Immigrant’ amongst others. In her personal work, she has a particular interest in exploring stories of the African diaspora in the digital age, through fiction, […]

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Andy Amadi

Andy Amadi is the creator of the hit online debate show series BKChat LDN, which since its debut in November 2016, has fast become one of the most talked about YouTube shows amongst millennials in the UK and beyond. Graduating 7 years ago from Brunel University with a degree in Film and Television theory, Andy […]

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Elizabeth Pears

Elizabeth Pears is a news editor at BuzzFeed UK. Before this, she was head of news at The Voice, Britain’s leading black newspaper, where she expanded its digital presence. Previous roles include work on The Guardian’s Reading the Riots project, a data-driven study into the causes and consequences of the 2011 London riots. She was […]

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Kiri Kankhwende

Kiri Kankhwende is a journalist who writes primarily about politics and immigration for Media Diversified and  other outlets including the Guardian, the Independent and Open Democracy. She has a background in human rights advocacy and modern languages. Kiri has been a contributor on Newsnight, BBC TV, radio and Al-Jazeera, and in 2015 she was a speaker […]

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Leona Satchell-Samuels

Leona Satchell-Samuels is a doctoral researcher in the field of Digital Black Studies. Her thesis is titled “Beyond the Problem of Blackness”, and engages the areas Black love, Black Fugitive Thought, and Digital Black Consciousness.  Leona is also a writer, cultural critic, and mental health advocate with a radical approach to Black spirituality – bridging […]

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Kadian Pow

Kadian Pow is a Jamaican-American ex-pat conducting PhD research at Birmingham City University. Her dissertation focuses on Black women and Intersectionality TV discourse on social media. Mrs. Pow’s topics of interest include: Black women and desire in US TV; queer formations of Blackness; Black content creators on YouTube; the politics of Black hair; and Tumblr […]

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Abira Hussein

Abira Hussein is a Transforming Archive trainee, led by the National Archive in collaboration with the London Metropolitan Archives.She also currently undertaking a research residency with the British Library exploring their digitised collections, and is currently completing an MRes in Clinical Research at Imperial College, and working on Healing Through Archives, a Somali digital archive project.

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Nathan E Richards

Nathan E Richards is a PhD student and scholarship recipient at the University of Sussex working within the field of Digital History. His research focus is concerned with the impact of digital research methods, theories and practices, on the investigation of the black past.  He is the organiser of the Digital Blackness conference, as well as a documentary film […]

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Afrikult. is a literary platform dedicated to exploring, discussing and celebrating African literature. Afrikult.’s website consists of bite-size book reviews, interviews with writers, translators, publishers and organisations to opinion pieces. Afrikult. hosts workshops, panel discussions and present papers at conferences and literary festivals. Afrikult. was formed in July 2014 by three friends passionate about African literature, […]

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Nancy Adimora

Nancy Adimora is the Founding Editor of AFREADA, an online literary magazine featuring short stories from emerging writers across Africa. She recently completed an MSc in Leadership and International Development with the African Leadership Centre at King’s College London, and earned her Bachelor in Laws (LLB) from Queen Mary, University of London. Born and raised in London, […]

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Emma Shercliff

Emma Shercliff is a director of Cassava Republic Press (UK) and Publishing Director for romance imprint Ankara Press. Emma has worked for publishing houses in the UK, US, France and Australia, and was formerly Managing Director of Macmillan English Campus, a global digital publishing division of Macmillan Publishers. She is a PhD candidate at the […]

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Dr Sanjay Sharma

Dr Sanjay Sharma is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences & Communications, Brunel University London, UK. He has published in the areas of race and representation, critical pedagogy, digital networks, and is the author of Multicultural Encounters (Palgrave). His current work is examining social media, assemblages and affect.  He is interested in developing […]

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Irene Fubara-Manuel

Irene Fubara-Manuel is a Creative and Critical Practice PhD student at the University of Sussex, where she is researching the surveillance of migrants through digital technologies and the possibilities of opacity or resistance through art practice. As a practice-based researcher, she utilizes animation in visualizing subjects and issues that avert the camera’s gaze.

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Florence Okoye

Florence Okoye is a User Experience and Service Designer, interested in the application of design thinking as praxis for engineering complex systems. Since 2015 she has curated the annual AfroFutures_UK conference, exploring AfroFuturism and the intersection of race and technology, with a particular focus on how technology can impact the reimagining of the black identity. […]

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Kelly Foster

Kelly Foster is a public historian and London Blue Badge Guide with a background of working in libraries and archives. She specialises in the histories of London’s communities and regularly works with Black Cultural Archives, Lambeth Archives,  London Walks and Black History Walks. Kelly is a founding member of TRANSMISSION, a collective of archivists and […]

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Rob Waters

Dr Rob Waters is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of History and the Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex, researching the racialization of space and the development of black politics in London, 1958–1981. His previous work has focused on conceptions of race and decolonisation in black radical imaginaries in Britain, and he has […]

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Tony Warner

Tony Warner is a management consultant specialising in diversity. He spent several years running workshops on institutional racism with large organisations. He’s pioneered community partnerships with, and lectured at, the Imperial War Museum , National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Docklands and the British Film Institute which have all led to huge increases in minority ethnic audiences. […]

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Patrick Vernon OBE

Patrick has previously worked as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health, Director of the Brent Health Action Zone (Brent Primary Care Trust) and Regional Director for MIND, North West London Community Foundation and The Afiya Trust. He was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his work in tackling health inequalities for ethnic […]

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Kui Kihoro Mackay

Kui Kihoro Mackay is a doctoral student at Royal Holloway University of London’s Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Centre. Kui holds an MSc in Practicing Sustainable Development with a specialisation in ICT4D. Her PhD research explores how Kenyans in the UK construction and perform their identities online. Her research interests include intersectionality, race, diaspora […]

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