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Inspirational poet, musician, songwriter and novelist, Gil Scott-Heron.

Born in Chicago,1949, Gil Scott-Heron became a social and political messenger of the 1970s and 80s. His lyrical content focused on the turbulence and uncertainty of the times, he was committed to the liberation of Black people. 

Gil’s own term for himself was "bluesologist", he would define this as "a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues."His vocals are a combination of a rapping and melismatic style, which can be described as a chant like vocal. Many considered him to be the first rapper/MC ever.

Aged 13, he had written his first collection of poems, by 19 he had published his first novel, The Vulture; which themes include the devastating effects of drugs on urban black life. His second novel, The Nigger Factory is a statement on the way in which human beings are conditioned to think.

Gil has released more than 15 albums. In 1970 he released his first album, New Black Poet Small Talk at 125th and Lennox, then Pieces of Man (1971), Free Will (1972) and Winter in America (1974). The albums include legendary works such as “The Revolution Will Not be Televised,” “Home Is Where the Hatred Is,” “Lady Day and John Coltrane,” and “Whitey on the Moon.”

Gil passed in 2011 and will be remembered as a phenomenal street poet, community leader and political voice for the struggles of Black people in America. 


Starring the late, great Norman Beaton, Desmond's was a classic sitcom set in a barber shop in Peckham, London. An important part of British cultural history, the comedy features a predominantly Black British Guyanese cast, it was first shown in 1989 and ran for six years.

The hub of the community's social scene, Desmond Ambrose runs the barbershop, with his wife Shirley and children Michael, Sean and Gloria. Desmond's old friend Porkpie and Gambian student Matthew add to the family dynamics.

The character Desmond, has a dream of retiring and returning to Guyana; the actor Norman Beaton who was born in Guyana, did just that and retired to his home city of Georgetown. Sadly he collapsed at the airport as he reached Guyana, from a heart attack and later died.

Desmond’s provided a positive insight into Black family life, different from what had been seen before on British TV.


Pioneering actress and singer Diahann Carroll was born in 1935, in The Bronx, New York. She made a number of films during her career and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Claudine in 1974. She starred in No Strings (1962) and also appeared in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979). Her lead role in Julia in 1968, made her the first African-American woman to star in her own television series.

Diahann was an award winning actress, a successful entrepreneur, and a devoted humanitarian.

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