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Migrant-led news team in West Midlands creating special magazine to showcase Black voices

Migrant-led news team in West Midlands creating special magazine to showcase Black voices

Loraine Masiya Mponela

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 Migrant Voice - Migrant-led news team in West Midlands creating special magazine to showcase Black voices

As part of celebrations for this year’s Black History Month (BHM 2020), a community migrant-led news team are creating an e-magazine to showcase the best of Black talent in the West Midlands.

The community journalists, trained by Migrant Voice as part of the MiFriendly Cities initiative, will be publishing the magazine online in October.

Morshed Akhtar, who is one of the producers of the e-magazine, said: "We are looking for content for this upcoming digital magazine to showcase Black voices, Black talent and Black experience."

He added: "We formed the migrant-led news team to talk about immigrants in mainstream media, for a truthful representation. This came about after several of us attended practical Media Lab sessions and inspiring Power Talks showing that we too can create our own content and develop our own platforms.

“This planned e-magazine has a similar kind of principle, to allow Black voices to be heard. Mainstream media may focus on the most “appealing” parts of Black history only, but this is an opportunity to document and share the reality of what the Black community experience and are proud of. We want it to be a true reflection of a real life. Black History Month is the perfect time to tell these positive stories."

The editorial team for the magazine are looking for photographic features, stories, essays, poems and interviews. They want content to be created by Black people for Black people.

Morshed also said: "All contributors will be Black people from the West Midlands or stories about Black people living in the West Midlands. People who identify as Black and want to share Black excellence should get in touch."

Black History Month is an annual awareness month celebrating the achievements of Afro-Caribbean people, and sometimes other BME people, who identify as Black.

In the UK, the special month takes place every October with activities across the country, including in the West Midlands region.

Althia Barnett, one of the editors of the e-magazine said: "We will aim to get the best content into the magazine while making as much as we can available across our other online and social media networks too."

Those wishing to take part can email their queries or contributions to [email protected] and [email protected].

Individual contributions should consist of between 500-1000 words. The deadline for contributions is Sunday 20th September 2020.

The MiFriendly Cities and Migrant Voice Black History Month e-magazine will be available online from October 1st.


TOP IMAGE: (Left to right): Selbin Kabote (Migrant Voice) with newsroom members Petrona Clarke, Louise Andrews, Althia Barnett, guest facilitator Ben House (back), Sazini Malaba and Morshed Akhtar.