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Saturday 24 August
An afternoon and evening of events devised by Iggy LDN and J C Cowans that formed part of Arcade East’s 2019 Design and Politics season.
With knife crime in the UK reaching epidemic proportions, this panel and screening discussed issues around blackness, knife crime and masculinity. The day started with an exhibition and screening of three films to set the tone for the discussion.
Screenings of Black Boys Don’t Cry (2016), Fatherhood (2017) and Velvet (2018).
‘No My Name’ – an installation that featured three male body outlines with names of young men. The installation pays homage to the young lives lost to knife crime.
Caleb Femi, Jordan Stephens and Kevin Morosky joined Iggy for an intimate and honest discussion on the black male identity in Britain. The panel began with a recital of Iggy’s poem We Built This Man followed by a screening of Caleb’s short film Secret Life of G’s. The audience was given the opportunity to ask questions at the end.
Music & Drinks
DJ set by Donnie Sunshine. Drinks were available throughout the evening.
Filmmaker, creative and co founder of #qmmunitypod
Jordan Stephens is a writer and performer best known for being one half of pop duo Rizzle Kicks. More recently, Jordan wrote an article in The Guardian about the negative effects that Toxic Masculinity has on men’s wellbeing and has since been invited on television and at festivals to discuss the matter further.
Using film, photography and music Caleb pushes the boundaries of poetry both on the page, in performance and on digital mediums. He has written and directed short films commissioned by the BBC and Channel 4 and poems by the Tate Modern, The Royal Society for Literature, St Paul’s Cathedral, the BBC, the Guardian and many more.