Another one of my childhood fav’s tackles the social and political issue of ‘black hair’.
It may or may not have come to your attention that many black women in the western hemisphere wear what we call weaves: hair made from artificial or human hair that is literally weaved or plaited into their own hair.In an effort to help young black girls feel good about their natural afro hair, Sesame Street created a sketch of a happy young lady singing about her wonderful afro and her various hair styles.
This is a subject that I could quite easily write a thesis about, but for the sake of keeping it short and sweet, it’s an interesting state of affairs when a children’s show feels it has to create alternative representation for authentic afro hair (albeit on a muppet).
Great to see a children’s programme consistently not afraid to tackle the social and political.
This week we hosted our second TWAC event for the third sector in partnership with Timebank andLegal & General. We headed down to 1 London Bridge at the crack of dawn to talk about change and how to respond to it and are pleased to say it was an open and lively debate on the challenges and how to deal with them.
From ‘Big Society’ to recession, the Not for Profit sector has had to rethink everything from service delivery with 50% less funding to retaining a prominent position in the hearts and minds of Joe Public. Timebank and Legal & General shared their recent experiences of rebranding, and why that doesn’t just mean a new logo…
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Love this! Mummies & Daddies may know this, but Tinga Tinga Tales is a beautifully crafted children’s animation on the BBC . Created by Tiger Aspect, it actually provides a great model for Social Enterprise.
Why? Well the creative concept was based upon the real arts and crafts from Tingatinga Arts Co-operative in Tansanzia, as well as folktales from all around Africa. Rather than producing the show in the UK, Tiger Aspect set up a studio in Nairobi to train and provide employment opportunities for aspiring animators in East Africa.
The programme manages to keep the authenticity of the original artwork as well as provide job creation. They now employ 50 people.
It will take Big Society’s much bigger brother to pick places like Detroit up off its knees. These dramatic photographs of The Motor City paint the picture of a country still struggling to come to terms with its new position within a larger global economy.
Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre‘s photography provide a haunting reference to when life was simpler for those who could afford access to these once grand buildings.