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The best politicians know how to bury bodies, award-winning comedian tells Greenwich Student Radio Show

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For a Black History month segment, “What’s Occurring” host Calin Epure invited 2016 BBC Radio New Comedy Award Finalist, Michael Odewale and me Chloe May, as Greenwich Feminist society president.

Michael Odewale  is a recent Greenwich university graduate who worked as a stand-up during his tuimes studying. .

With comedy, and his experience as a black man he gives a perfect balance when discussing serious topics from Brexit, to The Oscars, political blackness and the relevance of black history month in this day and age.

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“Good evening everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of What’s Occurring.”…. Sound proof walls intact, scripts ready and microphones on. At the flick of a switch the show begins.

Speaking on the American presidential election, Michael gave advice on how Americans should decide their vote.

“The best politician is one you can trust to bury a body with.You may not necessarily like them, but they would get the job done.

Donald Trump would be boastful and blow your cover, whereas Hillary would be sneaky and able to help you get away with it.”

Later explored, was the Uproar surrounding The University of Kent.  According to The BBC, Former One Direction member Zayn Malik of Irish and South Asian descent was chosen as a headline act for Black History Month.

In agreement, it was clear all members felt more should be done to involve the Black British community when decisions for black history month are made in the future.

This is a taste of the discourse “What’s Occurring” offers to its listeners. The audience is able to explore the views of many, whether feminist, socialist, conservative or Leninist. There are no boundaries.

Do you have opinions which deserve to be heard? What’s Occurring is a radio show run by The Politics Society at Greenwich University.  Encouraging diversity in political beliefs, a variety of voices appear on this show.

Every Wednesday at 7PM, learn more about Politics domestically and internationally. Guests are from a variety of backgrounds, and the occasional light hearted comedy brought by comedian Michael Odewale.

Image – (Reference:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03zc79f/p03zc3z9)

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Celebrating black history month in Greenwich

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This October the borough of Greenwich has been putting on a variety of events for black history month.  The Greenwich Theatre at Crooms Hill, hosted a play called “African Women”. On Sunday 16th October, writers Milly Namukasa and Essence Kasozi put on a play with talented actors around the exploitation of African women. The writers aimed to portray relevant themes in a humourous and relatable way. Topics explored include polygamy, misogyny and status.

Later on this week, trade unionist, artist and poet Zita Holbourne performed at The University of Greenwich. Reciting spoken word from her book “Striving for Equality, Freedom, Justice”, audience reception was overwhelmingly positive. Third year student Aman, age 20 commented “Zita is an inspiration” as did former student Michael, 21 when stating “This is one of the best events I have been to”.

Ongoing events include “A Celebration of African Queens”, an exhibition celebrating black women in the past and present. The work featured within this exhibition, consists of artists from Nigeria, Uganda and The United Kingdom. Hosted by JonaQuestArt, the gallery is on 36 Greenwich Church Street. This free exhibition is running from 19th -25th October, 11am – 7pm.

Later on in October, Goldsmith University invites author of “The Politics of race in Britain and South Africa” Elizabeth Williams to discuss her latest book. On Monday 24th October at 6pm, Williams will be comparing South African and British history, through the lens of racism. A fascinating and historical event like the former, this is just some of the events occurring in the creative borough of Greenwich.

Click here more information in booking a place for Elizabeth Williams’s event

 

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Shut Down Yarls Wood – Greenwich

Each year, women sent to Yarls Wood detention centre are living in prison like conditions, vulnerable to sexual assault, the detain of their children and even death.  Detainees are likely to have experienced, domestic violence, forced marriage and female genitale mutilation prior to arriving at Yarls Wood.

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December 3rd 2016, efforts continue with a demonstration against this institution. But before then, Yarls Wood campaigners are travelling across the United Kingdom to engage participation from students.

The University of Greenwich will be holding an event, on November 17th to spread awareness of the experiences faced inside this detention centre. The event will include, discussion, a film and Q&A to allow representatives from this movement to reveal the experiences women within Yarls Wood face.

Support the campaign here

Find out more information about the demonstration here