ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – MR ROGER ROBINSON -TS Eliot Prize and Ondaatje Prize winner/ Fellow of The Royal Society Of Literature

Roger is a writer and educator who has taught and performed worldwide and is an experienced workshop leader and lecturer on poetry. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. He received commissions from The National Trust, London Open House, BBC, The National Portrait Gallery, V&A, INIVA, MK Gallery and Theatre Royal Stratford East where he also was associate artist. He is an alumni of The Complete Works.

His workshops have been part of a shortlist for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums and Galleries and were also a part of the Webby Award winning Barbican’s Can I Have A Word. He was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize and highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize 2013. He has toured extensively with the British Council and is a co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Kitchen. He is the lead vocalist and lyricist for King Midas Sound and has also recorded solo albums with Jahtari Records

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COLLECTIVE IMPACT “PROUD TO BE NETWORKING” EVENT TAKES PLACE SATURDAY THE 30TH OF OCTOBER AT 3PM

COLLECTIVE IMPACT @CHECKPOINT “PROUD TO BE NETWORKING” EVENT TAKES PLACE THIS SATURDAY THE 30TH OF OCTOBER AT 3PM

VENUE- CHECKPOINT COMMUNITY CENTRE, WESTGATE, BRADFORD BD1 2 QU

THERE WILL BE MUSIC AND FOOD

COME AND FIND OJUT MORE ABOUT ALL THE GOOD WORK FROM OUR BRADFORD BLACK ORGANISATIONS

DO NOT MISS IT

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BRADFORD 4 BETTER OFFERS FREE BASIC LIFE SUPPORT TRAINING- GET INVOLVED TODAY

Saturday 16th October was #RestartAHeart Day, an international campaign to raise awareness of Basic Life Support (BLS) training.

Bradford4Better (B4B) launched an ambitious new project called
BRADFORD LIFESAVERS and will be delivering Free Basic Life Support training across all parts of Bradford.

BLS is a vital life skill that everyone should be trained in and can make the difference between life and death in an emergency.

We need your help to get this training in all communities across Bradford.

If you would like to join the team to help or host a training event:

Please contact the team on:
bradfordlifesavers@bradford4better.com

Or visit our website:
https://bradford4better.com/bradford-lifesavers/

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, ATIM ANNETTE OTON- CURATOR AT CALABAR GALLERY

Atim Annette Oton is a Nigerian-born, American and British educated designer turned art curator who grew up in Nigeria with her mother collecting and buying contemporary art.

She is the Curator and founder of Harlem based Calabar Gallery. She is the African Art Curator for Amref Health Africa ArtBall for the past 4 years which honored Wangechi Mutu, El Anatsui, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Zanele Muholi.

Atim has been an advisor to the David Prize, and is an advisor to PUBLIC SQUARE and Haiti Cultural Exchange.

In 2016, she launched Calabar Gallery in Harlem to focus on contemporary African Artists and African Diaspora artists globally whose work is inspired and influenced by black and global African culture globally investigating dynamic ideas about art, culture and society.

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Bradford named as one of eight longlisted places through to the next round of the UK City of Culture 2025 competition

Bradford is through to the next stage of the competition to host UK City of Culture in 2025.

The Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS),
Nadine Dorries, has announced that the district is one of eight longlisted places selected
from a highly competitive and far-reaching field of 20 locations from across the UK.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “Culture is for everyone, regardless of their
background and I’m delighted that the bids from our eight longlisted places will help areas
across the UK level up by increasing access to culture.

“I wish all our successful bids luck in the next phase of the competition. Bradford’s bid
showed huge promise and I look forward to seeing what they have in store.”

This marks a major milestone for Bradford which has committed to embedding culture in the
district’s inclusive growth as part of a 10-year cultural strategy, ‘Culture is Our Plan’.

Responding to the longlist announcement, presenter and artist Shanaz Gulzar – Chair of
Bradford 2025 said: “We’re thrilled to have made the longlist for UK City of Culture 2025.
The competition is about to ramp up and we are completely focused on creating the best
possible bid – a winning bid – with and for the district. Bradford district is changing fast and
we want to use our rich cultural heritage, our storytellers, our innovators and our diverse
young population to create a bid that is both recognisably Bradford and a new story written
on our own terms. We’re in this to win.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe – Leader of Bradford Council said: “Thousands of people across
Bradford, Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley and Bingley have been involved in getting the district to
this point. To be selected for the longlist of eight is a massive show of confidence in all that
we’ve done together.”

Winning the UK City of Culture title will be a game-changer for Bradford, putting the district
firmly on the national and international stage. A City of Culture designation brings
considerable long-term benefits including increased employment, new investment, enhanced
skills, renewed pride, greater cultural capacity and more opportunities to participate in arts
and cultural activities.

Preparations for Bradford 2025 to date already have generated a new confidence in the
area’s creative sector which has secured £2 million for The Leap, the city’s Creative People
and Places programme, and £1.5 million for Bradford Producing Hub – one of only two pilot
projects in the UK receiving funds to develop local talent.

The district is also set to benefit from a number of major cultural capital projects currently
underway including a new 4,000 capacity music venue, Bradford Live, due to open next
year; the £23 million flagship Darley Street Market including a 750-capacity venue; the
National Science and Media Museum’s new galleries and the Transforming Cities £50 million
public realm enhancement programme.

Beyond the cultural sector, Bradford 2025 already has created new partnerships between
the public and private sectors, with more than 35 businesses across the district including
The Broadway, Morrisons, Jinnah Group, Rushbond PLC and Yorkshire Building Society
coming on board to champion the bid. The campaign also has seen new levels of
collaboration between University of Bradford and Bradford Council.

David Potts, CEO of Morrisons said: “People are increasingly aware of Bradford’s
potential and that’s good for residents, good for businesses and good for visitors. Local
people will benefit hugely from the opportunities, not to mention the incredible experiences,
of a year-long City of Culture celebration. We are looking forward to supporting the bid over
the coming months and creating awareness of the campaign amongst our thousands of
customers as well as our colleagues across the district”.

Bradford 2025 Bid Director, Richard Shaw, said: “Our focus now, alongside creating a
winning bid, is to ensure that everyone – all local people from every corner of the district –
joins us to make ours the most inclusive, most imaginative bid.

Now that we’re officially on our way to creating ‘BD25’ – an extraordinary and dynamic
destination where great things can happen, we need the help of everyone in the district. We
want to create a programme that is unique to Bradford, to build ‘BD25’, a new place and time
where difference is celebrated, where we relish diverse views, where creativity can flourish
and thrive.”

The longlisted places must now submit their final bids in January 2022. Local people can get
involved in shaping the themes and cultural activities for Bradford 2025’s final bid
submission and everyone is encouraged to attend one of the community events that are now
taking place in every ward across the district.

The winner of the UK City of Culture 2025 competition will be announced in May 2022.

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    For press and media enquiries contact Debbie Bradley or Olivia Rhodes at Anita Morris
    Associates on debbie@anitmorrisassociates.co.uk / Olivia@anitamorrisassociates.co.uk /
    01943 603311
    Notes to Editors
    Twitter: @Bradford2025
    Facebook: /bradford2025
    Website: http://www.bradford2025.co.uk
    Bradford 2025 is the district’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025. Awarded every four years
    by Government the UK City of Culture title has had a transformational impact on previous
    host cities, securing millions of pounds of investment and acting as a catalyst for creative
    place-making and culture-led regeneration. Bradford district’s bid is backed by Bradford
    Metropolitan District Council with the University of Bradford as a strategic partner.
    Bradford 2025 is driven by the Cultural Place Partnership which includes Bradford Council,
    University of Bradford and other representatives of the cultural sector and national funders.
    The bid forms part of Culture is Our Plan – Bradford Council’s cultural strategy until 2031.

In July 2021, Bradford district was officially named as one of 20 UK locations bidding for the
title, the highest number of entries in the competition’s history and a resounding show of
confidence in the transformational impact the designation can afford.
Eight longlisted locations were announced by the DCMS in October 2021 and include
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Bradford, Cornwall, County Durham, Derby,
Southampton, Stirling and Wrexham County Borough.
Up to four places will be shortlisted in March 2022 ahead of the winning location being
announced in spring 2022.


Corporate partners for Bradford UK City of Culture 2025 bid include
:


FOUNDING PARTNERS


● Emerald Group Publishing
● Telegraph & Argus (LOCALiQ)
● Rushbond PLC
● Morrisons PLC
● The Broadway, Bradford
● Bradford Bulls
● Jinnah Group

BID CHAMPIONS
● ITC

● Platinum Partnership Solicitors
● Bombay Stores
● Regency Hall

BID PARTNERS
● CityFibre
● Exa Networks
● Schofield Sweeney
● Bradford City Football Club
● My Lahore
● Muse Developments
● Arup
● Bradford BID
● Welcome to Yorkshire
● Naylor Wintersgill
● Expect Distribution
● Great Victoria Hotel
● Yorkshire Building Society

Balfour Beatty
● Faithful+Gould
● Sovereign Health Care

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COLLECTIVE IMPACT AND SORM STUDIOS PRESENTS “PROUD TO BE “

ITS BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND THERE ARE SO MANY INITIATIVES TAKING PLACE THIS MONTH

“COLLECTIVE IMPACT AND SORM STUDIOS PRESENTS “PROUD TO BE”

An event aimed to celebrate, educate , share and acknowledge the contributions and achievements of Black people locally and globally.

This event will be another opportunity to bridge the gap between people from different backgrounds within the vicinities of Bradford, West Yorkshire

The event takes place at The Sorm Studios, 5 Cater Street, Bradford West Yorkshire BD1 5AS

DO NOT MISS IT, ALSO CONTACT Jerry Crawford

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, DR CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON FROM GUYANA

ABOUT DR CHRISTOPHER A JOHNSON

Dr. Christopher A. Johnson was born in Guyana (former British Guiana), South America into a poly-ethnic family. He is an award- winning journalist, editor, publisher and business management consultant since the 1980s. Former Commonwealth/Nuffield Cambridge Press Fellow, Management Science Fellow, holder of a Diploma in Journalism & Professional Writing, a certified
Commonwealth Youth Worker, with an MBA in Marketing Management and a Doctorate in Business Management.

A visiting lecturer/tutor in Marketing, Leadership-Management and Enterprise Research among others. He is a Founder/Director of Global Entrepreneurial Development Services Limited (www.geds.center) and Chair of Community Education Academy of Leadership (www.ceal.org.uk). A highly successful bid writer having contributed over £3 million worth of funding for SMEs and charities in London, the South East and the Midland Counties especially. Keen to support economic and social initiatives in
Africa, Caribbean, MENA Region and South Asia.


Dr Johnson’s most recent publications are The Anatomy of British South Asian Enterprise (2016) and British Caribbean British Caribbean Enterprises (2009) for which he received the ‘Obama
Shield’. Currently, he is working on a new book on British African Entrepreneurship. He is a stirring advocate of inclusive policies for the advancement of the ethnic/migrant firm sector in Britain. Past-
President of the Lions Club of London Hornsey (2004-2005), being a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship (M.J.F) for leading the recruitment of female members into the organisation.
His motto is `Excellence is the Fulfilment of the Human Spirit’.

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HUMBLED TO RECEIVE MY 23RD AWARD – THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

I was so humbled to receive this beacon award on Monday the 4th of October 2021 by The City beacon team.

Many thanks to Dr Sohail Abraham Ahmed and Bradford 4 Better team for the honor.

The soul of any community lives within the heart of its people as we continue to be the CHANGE we want to see in society The truth is, even though this is my 23rd award – it simply feels like the first.

www.tonyfernandez.co.uk

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“THE INTRICACIES OF PURCHASING A PROPERTY” WITH JACQUI AS GUEST ON SUPREME FM

Jacqui Defoe, who will be sharing her experience of purchasing properties, the legalities you need to be aware of plus possible pitfalls and much more…..Tune in to Supreme FM Saturday 9th October 2021From: 8am-10am (GMT) 9am-11am (CEST) 8am-10am (WAT)Www.supremefmlive.ning.com Radio Garden: Supreme FM Tunein: http://tun.in/seSJw

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A SUCCESSFUL BLACK HISTORY EVENT AT THE CITY LIBRARY IN BRADFORD, WEST YORKSHIRE

A SUCCESFUL BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT IN THE HEART OF WEST YORKSHIRE The soul of any community lives in the heart of its people. On Monday the 4th of October,

We organized The BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS which took place at The City Library in Central Bradford. Many thanks to the amazing Dionne V Hood and team for providing us with the venue.

The theme of this years event was THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN SOCIETY AS BLACK PEOPLE. We were humbled to have THE DEPUTY MAYOR OF BRADFORD – Concillor Bev Mullaney in attendance, it was great to meet her for the first time

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR MEDIA PARTNERS FOR THIS EVENT – Bradford 4 Better managed by Dr Sohail Abraham Ahmed and his amazing team,.

They conducted some amazing interviews and provided professional video footage which will soon be available. Watch this space for more updates on Bradford4Better on my International Blog

SPECIAL THANKS ALSO TO OUR AMAZING KEY SPEAKERS WHO HAVE NOT ONLY MADE PROFOUND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SPIRIT OF BLACK HISTORY, BUT WHO CONTINUE TO MAKE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CITY OF BRADFORD

A BIG THANK YOU TO

MR Charles Dacres – DIRECTOR OF BRADFORD HATE CRIME

MR Jerry Red Dred Crawford– ALL NATIONS UK AND COLLECTIVE IMPACT BLM

MR Kofi Amoateng– CEO FO YAM SPICE AFRICAN RESTAURANT, BRADFORD

Nana Abena Owusuwaa Hagan– TV HOST OF THE INSIDE VIEW

YOU WERE ALL SIMPLY AMAZING

THANK YOU TO SOME AMAZING COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO WERE ALSO IN ATTENDANCE

Many thanks to

Mick Chandsoor and team from THE BRADFORD CULTURE BID 2025 TEAM

KATH Kaf Muscrat Canoville OF BRADFORD COMMUNITY RADIO STATION

Matt Henderson – OF Bradford For Everyone

Irene Eribo Ani – THE CEO OF Ebony Ambassadors

AND MANY OTHERS

MANY THANKS ALSO TO OUR LEEDS REPRESENTATIVE OF AFRICA 4 U ASSOCIATION – MR Anzir Boodoo– YOUR COMMITMENT IS PROFOUND.

THIS WAS THE 2ND OF OUR SIX INITIATIVES FOR BLACK HISTORY- CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS SPACE

2You and Inspiring Bradford

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