It's Not A Debate
The Cocoa Butter Club gives a voice to Black, Asian and racially othered performers, founded by Saddie Sinner in 2016, The Cocoa Butter Club seeks to also amplify voices from the LGBTQIA community.
Recently I had the opportunity to document their rehearsals in a intimate space in East London, as they prepared for their upcoming summer shows.
The first official Gay Pride Rally in London was held in 1972. Pride London 2022 was the 50 year anniversay, and the first Pride since the start of the pandemic.
The event was launched in response to the Stonewall riots, which began in the early hours of 28 June 1969 when a police raid took place at Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York.
Following the police raid, for three nights members of the LGBT+ community fought back against police brutality. These riots played a key role within the wider gay liberation movement.
London Pride was born three years after the Stonewall riots. It took place on Saturday 1 July 1972. Approximately 2,000 people took part, since then it has grown in size, to the the estimated 1.5 million that attended Pride London 2022.
I attended at a participant and not in any official capacity. I plotted up on Whitehall Road, at the bottom of Trafalgar Square, and captured the parade as it made it's way throught the historic finishing stretch.
Fire In The Mountain
This is my grandmother, Mary. This picture was taken outside her home in Plymouth, Montserrat, in the the early 1980s on an instant camera. My grandmother was a nurse. Her work took her from Montserrat, to the UK and back again.
Montserrat is a mountainous Carribean island, known as "The Emerald Isle of The Carribean" due to it's complex history. It is a British territory. Structurally it is 11 miles long, and 7 miles wide, with a circumference of approximatley 26 miles. The three mountainous regions, the Silver Hills, the Centre Hills, and the Soufriere Hills, are home to volcanoes.
These volcanoes lay dormant for over three hundred years until volcanic began in 1995. Major erruptions in 1997 saw much of the island destroyed and uninhabitable. Erruptions continued into the early 2000s with another major erruption occuring in 2003.
When the major erruptions began, and the Island was evacuated, my grandmother returned to the UK once more for many years. When it was safe, Maryreturned to the emerald isle, where she now lives.
In 2006 I decided to visit Montserrat. The place that I remembered growing up as a child had changed irrevocably. Before we entered the restrcited zone, we went to the police station and signed a log book to say we were entering at our own risk, and essentially no one would be coming to save us (there had been volcanic activity detected earlier that same week).
We drove into Plymouth, to see if we could find my grandmother's home. We were unsuccessful. The house was no longer there, it was completely destroyed by the erruptions of 1997. The following images are from the surrounding areas to Plymouth.