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Black Joy, Black Hope, Black Influence

Here we are October aka Black History Month and after a worldly wake up call this year we know it’s going to go off.

Photographer - James Rupapara


So what is Black History?

Gosh where do I even start, to think of it black culture is so vast and so diverse I just love it, but its so big that it cannot be squashed or simplified into one month. It’s a lifetime experience and I’m still discovering and learning Black British History. Particularly because to be honest I feel I have been taught and shown so much of the American black experience which is very relatable but for me there are still gaps and a whole lot of discovery for the Black British experience because that’s part of me. Black British.


Back to the question, I like to think of Black History as a celebration of growth, innovativeness, inspiration, influence and cultures. The Black joy that overflows when I hear the heart of the music, the aroma of food inflating my nostrils and the boldness of fabrics that enlightens my soul.


A magnetic force that the world cannot help but be drawn to and love.


It’s an infectious joy.


Blackness does not equal pain, don’t let them fool you. Yes there is a history of oppression, pain and misfortune but that is not all who we are or where we come from. I refuse to keep going around this vicious cycle of pain that racism tries to keep us in. Nope - Sorry you cannot have me or us in fact!


Black people we are trend setters, innovators, creatives, bright, influential, world record holders, leaders and more - we’ve got this there’s so much greatness ahead, yes there’s hurdles to overcome but let's continue the build, because our Black History proves we cannot be stopped. Some will be with us others won’t but we move.


Maya Angelou’s classic ‘I Rise’ poem hit the nail on the head, when she wrote:


“Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide”

We have joy, we have hope and we have influence.

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Hi I’m Jackie, I’m an Ugandan- Brit creative, dancer, health enthusiast and change agent. I have a general passion for encouraging people and am really interested in others journeys. 

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