In order to gain a better understanding of a few societal issues in the African-Caribbean communities, and the positive impacts some of them are making, we’ve carefully selected some insightful viewing material.

Stella Creasy Names Every Londoner Killed by a Knife in Early 2019

Labour MP Stella Creasy urged the then Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to launch an emergency response to knife crime by telling the Commons of every Londoner stabbed to death in 2019 so far.  A harrowing ‘roll call’ of every life lost instead of statistics with no face and no substance.

A job like no other. My two Homes. Royal Air Force 2019

Ever wondered what day to day life is like within the RAF? Flying Officer in Engineering Rotimi, explains how he gained much more than a career when he joined the RAF.

 

Cosford Celebrates Black RAF Personnel - First shown in 2014

The RAF museum at Cosford marked Black History Month in October 2014 with a special exhibition celebrating black people who have served in the RAF.

Prisoners 'may' be released if COVID-19 breaks out in jails

Steve Gillan, head of the Prison Officers Association, says previous governments have actioned “executive release of prisoners” in the past. It could mean that people are released, monitored then put back in prison or that ministers can look at low-risk category prisoners and release them towards the end of their sentence.

The Gangs Matrix Documentary. AWL Films - A Short Documentary

For sources and more information on the Gangs Matrix, please see below. The Gangs Matrix is a secret police database containing the personal details of those the police consider to be in a gang. It has been accused of being racist, illegitimate and unfit for purpose by a range of academics, activists and human rights organisations. I investigate how the Gangs Matrix Operates and how it affects those on it.

SICK (2019) | Mental Health Short Film | MYM

A short film about the challenges of a young man with mental health issues and understanding the complexities of mental health and the ever-increasing demand for a reduction in youth violence on our streets. So many young people are displaying early signs of mental health challenges which inspired the making of this movie and to highlight the need for more focus on mental health and a passion to change the narrative and a drive for change. Mental health is on the increase with our youth. We need to address this and start supporting them.

Should There Be a Boost in Stop and Search to Tackle Knife Crime?

At least 35 under 20-year-olds have died this year due to knife crime. Alison Cope, Justin Finlayson and his son Rico, Pastor Lorraine Jones, Omar Sharif, Leroy Logan, Duncan Bew and Will Linden debate whether or not stop and search tactics from the police are effective enough to help tackle the rising issue of knife crime.

 

Don’t Call It Road Rap - A Noisey Film (Full Length)

Don’t Call It Road Rap’ hosted by legend of UK music Mike Skinner, was filmed around London over a year, investigating the explosion of UK rap and follows some of the most important MCs as they try to focus on music and keep their lives on a positive track. The film features the likes of Section Boyz, C Biz, 67, Corleone, Potter Payper and Skore Beezy.

The Gwenton Sloley Show: State of Emergency - County Lines.

County Lines is where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries (although not exclusively), usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs.

Why are black men more likely to suffer psychotic disorders?

Research show that if you’re a black adult male you’re 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder. But why? And is there enough support available to those with mental health issues before they reach the point of crisis. Because too often it’s only when the breakdown happens that contact is made with any kind of services.

BBC Panorama Journalist Greg McKenzie Responds To SpacNation

SPAC Nation’s leader, Tobi Adegboyega, has been courted by politicians and the media for his work in tackling gang violence. But Panorama has discovered how the church’s outward show of concern for young people hides a less than charitable appetite for money. Reporter Greg McKenzie investigates its fundraising activities and speaks to young worshippers who say they’ve been forced into debt whilst church leaders enjoy lavish lifestyles

The Chase | FULL MOVIE | (Nottingham Based Film)

Created by young people in Nottingham and inspired by real life experiences.  This film was uploaded so that people who can’t get a hold of the copy get to watch it (theres currently only a 30min version for people to watch online)… credits are at the end of the film big thanks to- https://twitter.com/NonStopBarz and everyone else who was in this film.

Reach vs Impact (Dr Martin Glynn) - Creating Legacies Series 1

Dr Martin Glynn is one of the countries leading criminologists and recently published his book ‘Black Men, Invisibility and Crime’. Craig Pinkney is one of the countries leading thinkers and ‘doers’ in relation to violence amongst young people. This is a rare opportunity for people to see dialogue between a teacher and his favourite student before he signs up for his PhD.

Faron’s One-Man fight against knife crime in London – BBC London News

Nine teenagers have so far been stabbed to death on London’s streets in 2017, and it’s only June. Faron Alex Paul is trying to tackle the problem on the streets of Enfield. He’s a vlogger using social media to reach those who feel the need to carry knives. BBC London’s Alpa Patel went to meet him.

Understanding More about Pupil Referral Units And  Gang Violence

This documentary produced in 2012 was used as a platform to voice the thoughts and feelings of pupils from troubled backgrounds and some with challenging behaviour and/or learning difficulties attending Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) in Greater London and also as a reflection tool for staff working in the sector.  The interviews with these children required the film crew to be patient, understanding, sympathetic and tolerant.

Inside London's Gang Violence: A Special Report From Sky News

Young black men in London are being murdered at a rate unlike anywhere else in the UK, as gang wars rage on in the capital. Sky News has spent months speaking with London’s fiercest gangs as part of an investigation into this year’s increase in gang-related violence.

London’s Knife Crime Emergency: ON A KNIFE EDGE

In the wake of multiple knife-related murders in the UK’s capital, activist and ex-gang member Josh Osbourne takes an in-depth look at the “code of silence”. This film explores how the internet has profoundly altered the way conflicts are instigated and unravel on London’s streets, and how the communities affected are reacting to this. As London remains in the throes of a knife crime epidemic, VICE takes a look at one of the most important domestic issues of our time and BLAC is here to help address and implement change.