This year I would love to see The Forgotten Gang exhibited across the country. So we are going to 'make it happen' (that's my daily motto by the way)
If you are a young person, have any of the following skills and would like to partner with us please email Elen B at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We require additional young people with the following skills
- interviewing techniques
- Social Media Experts
We look forward to hearing from you!
You are all invited to the Private Viewing of The Forgotten Gang. Please see the below press release for more information.
So the Looting and the Rioting was just young people? Young thugs? disillusioned youth?
NO of cause it was not. Every age and every race was rioting and looting. Let's not forget that the majority of young people are beautiful examples of young, creative, energetic people. We know that many were upset and not in support of what has happened in the past week.
To be honest with you the events have been very depressing.
Especially when you hear and listen to the voice of those who WERE looting for a cause.
Oh it's no excuse I hear you say! Now before I go further I am NOT speaking of the few anarcist who strategically started the fires. I can't speak for them.
But I can speak for the young people who are angry and upset with the situation they are in.
Many feel isolated from the world of opportunities and possibilities.
Many feel like society is setting them up for failure
Many feel like there is no point in even trying to succeed, even though they keep trying
Many feel like they are on their own their with no one to understand their grievences
Many feel like the system has 'set them up' and they don't know how to get out of the maze
Let me move on for a second to speak of the solidarity of the generations within a family.
Many elders were sickened by the events of the riots; and had lost so much faith in their children or grand children that they did not come to defend their youngers from the false reports from the news broadcasts. Some elders fell prey to the media. It's sad really.
There's one thing I will take from the event's of the past week.
I will always believe in my children. Regardless of the negative situations they will go through, I will Love them enough to be able to see and recognise changes in their behaviours, moods and eye's. And give them the time to talk and reason about 'anything and everything'.
I will love them enough to stand up to those teachers, schools, authorities and the mass media that thrive from bullying young people. In a professional and balanced way of course.
I will also teach my children the more appropriate way to use their voice. It's a God Given Gift, that if abused and not used, can be muted forever. I wish for my children to be able to say mum 'I'm angry because this has happened or because you said that to me mum'. Instead of holding it inside and only letting the anger out when its too late and has the strength of a volcano.
Darcus Howe explained everything perfectly on BBC News on 9th August. He said that if we truley listened and heard what our children were saying we would have seen that these riots were on the horizon.
I, hope for a positive change after all this is over.
I will continue to work with a non judgemental and encouraging heart with our young people regardless of whether the government give support.
For more blogging on what I think about the London Riots please go to the 'Follow the Journey' section of this website.
'The Forgotten Gang' Project, is a photo documentary, that is touring the UK as a photography exhibition; and its clear to see that
'everybody loves the idea of The Forgotten Gang just as much as we do.
Our aim house our final exhibition in one of the UK's large museum.
This photo documentary highlights young Black Briton's who are doing well for themselves. Those who are this current moment in time are not involved in a gang, getting into trouble with the police or 'having up' their parents / family. This group I must add, are the majority of the young black population; and we are going to show them off to our counterparts who love to continuously only show our community and our youth in a bad light.
We aim to interview and photograph 1000 young black Briton's by 2012. Each young person's story will inspire other young people to follow suit and work towards achieving thier ambitions. It is free to take part in this project... So get your skates on and contact us now to get your voice heard and receive a free photo shoot.
Everything we do within Powerful Measures ultimately develops respect, skills and beliefs that improve young people’s life experiences we also have a consultancy and advocacy agency in support of the Forgotten Gang aims.The Forgotten Gang Project (UK)
Don't forget if you require advice, information or representation from the young African and Caribbean community please contact Elen B on 079521244785
Where do I start with explaining how The Forgotten Gang came about....................well I suppose at the beginning.
It came about very simply really. I was at home working (as usual) and like a flash of lightening the title came to me; just like this 'The forgotten Gang'.
It came at a time when I was feed up with the news exploiting the deaths that kept occuring in my community. As a researcher, its well none that the media use and abuse sad, 'fearfilled' stories to boost sales.
Now being affected by gun and knife crime, quite badly a couple of years before, I firstly had enough of the perspection that if your young and even more so if your young and black; you must be in a gang; and secondly I felt obliged as a black artist to do what I could to state the truth and clear young black peoples name.....before the end of my days.
So.... the journey of the Forgotten Gang Project began; with a title that sounded fantastic.....I will be honest. It started very slowly, like ant steps. But I am thankful that it at least, started.
It's proof that when you give yourself a goal and voice this goal out loud (whether to yourself or someone you trust) the inspiration, mechanism or link will come to get going whatever it is you want to 'get going'.
Try it out sometime. Say a goal or amibtion out loud with a dateline (I don't like saying deadline; the phrase doesn't make sense to me). Then continue with your daily routine (almost forgetting about the goal or ambition), you'll no doubt find that within that month (depending on your beliefs about yourself...you know whether you feel you are worthy of achieving the goal / ambition for example) an idea, spark of inspiration, person, link or something else will come to get you one step closer to achieveing you goal. From then on everything will kinda fit into place...naturally.
Try it out. Let me know if 'letting go and allowing' for the things you need to acomplish your goal come natually to you actually works.
Unless of course your addicted to being in control of everything...........
Our BIGGEST project yet
'The Forgotten Gang' is a not for profit Project, that will tour the UK as a photography exhibition, offering mentoring, work experience and apprenticeships to participants.