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Dec. 8, 2020

Small Axe: A Love Letter To London's West Indian Diaspora

Small Axe: A Love Letter To London's West Indian Diaspora

On this week's episode of Kickin' ' & Streamin' Podcast, Graham hosts the podcast solo as Jocelyn was unwell at the time of recording. Graham began by asking listeners to be lenient and bare with him as he attempts to "fly solo" on this episode discussing the Amazon Prime Video mini -series  "Small Axe," an anthology of 5 movies directed by Academy Award-winning British filmmaker Steve McQueen.  Graham explains that Small Axe is collection of stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London during the 1960's and 1970's.  As of now,  only 3 out of 5 films in Small Axe are available to stream on Prime Video and they are: 'Mangrove,' 'Lovers Rock,' and 'Red, White & Blue.' Graham began to discuss Mangrove, the first of the films; which tells the story of Frank Crichlow, played by Shaun Parkes the owner of a Caribbean restaurant in Notting Hill, London, who was the subject of police harassment; which led to a demonstration organized by the London Black Panther Party led by Altheia Jones- Lecointe,  played by British-Guyanese actress Letitia Wright, and Darcus Howe, played by Malachi Kirby.  The demonstration led to a confrontation with the police; which led to the arrest and subsequent show trial known of 'The Mangrove 9.'  Graham then, discussed the film Lovers Rock; which is an exhilarating, and beautiful tribute to the "Lovers, the Rockers who love the Blues"  Finally, Graham discussed the film Red White & Blue starring British-Nigerian  actor John Boyega. This movie is about a British young man of Jamaican descent, who decided to join the London Metropolitan police force after his father was brutalized by the same police department.    Listen to this episode and please tell us your opinion.  This and all of our podcast episodes will be available to watch on our YouTube channel on Fridays at noon. please don't forget to subscribe for future episodes. If you like this episode, please rate us on your podcast player, and subscribe for future episodes. Follow us on social media on Faceboook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can also support the show by becoming a Patron on our Patreon page where you'll become eligible for our exclusive patrons-only contents. Finally, we'd like you to visit our merchandise store on Teespring where you can purchase our beautiful and stylish t-shirts, pullover, and mug.