In order to gain an understanding of some of the issues relating to the youths and serious youth violence, we’ve carefully selected what we hope will be some insightful viewing material.


Stella Creasy Names Every Londoner Killed by a Knife Earlier This Year

Labour MP Stella Creasy has urged the 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.

Harlem Spartans - Kennington where it started

In one week, there were a spate of 3 reported fatal knife killings in a space of 3 years and one of those deaths was Crosslam ‘Bis’ Davis a member of the South London Drill group Harlem Spartans. Each of these attacks is a tragedy – not just for the victims and their families but for the wider communities who are left reeling by these senseless violence.  This video gives an insight into drill and it’s lyrics which some say fuel violence between rival 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. April 2018.

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.

AMANI | Drama Short Film (2019) - Based On A True Story | MYM

Based on a true story from Amani Simpson, ‘AMANI’ is the latest short from Joivan Wade.  The film depicts the inner reflections of a young man battling with his faith after being stabbed seven times. The vision is that this will be much more than a film, but rather a movement to strengthen the discussion and debate towards the end of the knife crime epidemic plaguing the lives of our young people and adults across the country. 

Craig Pinkney speaks at the LGFL DigiSafe Conference 2019

Craig Pinkney deliveres a powerful keynote at the LGFL DigiSafe Conference 2019 in London titled ‘Youth Violence in July 2019: Whats the Drill?’

Balaclavas in Church, are Christ and Drill music compatible?

Using Drill music SpacNation aims to bring London’s black youth into church. In the first episode of our new documentary series Inside, host Alhan Gençay from ‘Boiler Room’ investigates: is Christ and Drill compatible? This is Ballys and Bibles.  Vital bridges to help support the movement. 

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- 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.