Actor Richard Blackwood, reveals new role tackling racism in the police

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Alder Tribute – Hull graffiti artist Preston Fox

source: Metro News
published: 19 February 2021

Hollyoaks’ Richard Blackwood has revealed that he hopes people will be ‘more receptive’ to his upcoming project in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Typical, a play by Ryan Calais Cameron, tells the true story of former paratrooper Christopher Alder, 37, who choked to death while handcuffed and lying on the floor of a police station in Hull in 1998. The inquest jury in 2000 returned a verdict of unlawful killing, and in 2002, five police officers went on trial, but all the officers were acquitted on the orders of the judge. The play originally premiered at the Soho Theatre back in 2019.

Richard – who portrays Felix Westwood in Hollyoaks — recorded the show in the summer of 2020 as Black Lives Matter protests took place all around the world following the death of George Floyd.

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Stan Douglas: Why I restaged the London riots

Fire Burning Buildingsource: The Guardian
published: 25 October 2017

“So how much of your work is really documenting the ineptitude of the police?” Stan Douglas is laughing at my question without completely avoiding it. “Well, the work can’t conceal the points at which they are out of their depth,” he says.

We’re sitting in the Victoria Miro gallery in Mayfair, London, talking over the sounds of drilling as the artist’s latest large-scale works are secured to the wall next door.

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Pastors hope movie sparks racial reconciliation

Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin

source: Orlando Sentinel
published: 31 December 2014

Black and white pastors are hoping the movie Selma will renew efforts toward racial reconciliation in Sanford that started with the death of Trayvon Martin.

Northland Church Pastor Joel Hunter and Calvary Temple of Praise Pastor Paul Wright say the film, which opens Jan. 9, can restart discussions on the unfinished business of the civil rights movement for blacks and whites.

“What I want to do as a white pastor is to continue to be part of the civil rights movement. This movie gives us a chance to re-engage with each other,” Hunter said.

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