Benjamin Zephaniah

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Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah (born 15 April 1958) is a British writer, dub poet and Rastafarian.wikipedia
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In 1999 he wrote a novel for teenagers, Face, the first of four novels to date.
Face is a British novel by British-Jamaican author and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, published in 1999.

Dub poetry

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Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah (born 15 April 1958) is a British writer, dub poet and Rastafarian.
Oku Onuora's Reflection In Red in 1979, was the first Jamaican recording of a dub poem, followed by Lillian Allen's Revolutionary Tea Party and Benjamin Zephaniah's Rasta, both produced in 1983, and many others from the early 1980s onwards.

Birmingham

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Zephaniah was born and raised in the Handsworth district of Birmingham, which he has called the "Jamaican capital of Europe".
Other influential poets associated with Birmingham include Roi Kwabena, who was the city's sixth poet laureate, and Benjamin Zephaniah, who was born in the city.

Handsworth, West Midlands

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Zephaniah was born and raised in the Handsworth district of Birmingham, which he has called the "Jamaican capital of Europe".
Handsworth has produced some notable popular musical acts: Steel Pulse (whose first studio album Handsworth Revolution is named after the area), Joan Armatrading, Pato Banton, Benjamin Zephaniah, Swami, Apache Indian, Ruby Turner and Bhangra group B21 and Jamaican musicians such as Mighty Diamonds, Alton Ellis, Burning Spear and Dennis Brown have performed in Handsworth, rare photographs of these musicians are held in Pogus Caesar's OOM Gallery Archive.

Newham Monitoring Project

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Zephaniah is an honorary patron of The Vegan Society, Viva! (Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals), EVOLVE! Campaigns, the anti-racism organisation Newham Monitoring Project with whom he made a video in 2012 about the impact of Olympic policing on black communities, Tower Hamlets Summer University and is an animal rights advocate.
The patron of NMP is the poet and author Benjamin Zephaniah.

British African-Caribbean people

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His first performance was in church when he was eleven, and by the age of fifteen, his poetry was already known among Handsworth's Afro-Caribbean and Asian communities.
Another dub poet, Benjamin Zephaniah, born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, overcame a spell in prison to become a well-known writer and public figure.

Refugee Boy

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Refugee Boy is a teen novel written by Benjamin Zephaniah.

Keith Mann

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In 2004 he wrote the foreword to Keith Mann's book From Dusk 'til Dawn: An insider's view of the growth of the Animal Liberation Movement, a book about the Animal Liberation Front.
From Dusk 'til Dawn, with a foreword by British poet Benjamin Zephaniah an endorsement by singer Morrissey and featuring Britches on its cover, offers a behind-the-scenes account of the animal liberation movement.

Peaky Blinders (TV series)

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Peaky Blinders (2013–2016) – Jeremiah Jesus
Benjamin Zephaniah as Jeremiah Jesus: A preacher and friend of the Peaky Blinders.

Toddla T

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The album also features further collaborations with Matt Helders from the Arctic Monkeys, Benjamin Zephaniah, Roots Manuva, Tinchy Stryder, Joe Goddard and Hervé.

LGBT rights in Jamaica

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The poet joined Amnesty International in speaking out against homophobia in Jamaica, saying: "For many years Jamaica was associated with freedom fighters and liberators, so it hurts when I see that the home of my parents is now associated with the persecution of people because of their sexual orientation."
British-born writer Benjamin Zephaniah said in 2005, "[I]t hurts when I see that [Jamaica] ... is now associated with the persecution of people because of their sexual orientation. I believe it is my duty to call upon all the progressive people of Jamaica ... to take a stand against homophobia."

Dubioza kolektiv

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The Open Wide EP was released in December 2004, and featured four remixes of songs from the Dubioza kolektiv album, and two up until then unpublished tracks featuring English dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, and Mush Khan of the Pakistani-British group, Fun-Da-Mental.

Didn't You Kill My Brother?

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There are cameo appearances by reggae poet Benjamin Zephaniah and Beryl Reid, in the role of the mother of the twins.

2011 United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum

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Zephaniah appeared in literature to support changing the British electoral system from first-past-the-post to alternative vote for electing members of parliament to the House of Commons in the Alternative Vote referendum in 2011.
Celebrities supporting a 'Yes' vote included comedian David Mitchell, comedian and actor Eddie Izzard, author Naomi Alderman, playwright Bonnie Greer, comedian Francesca Martinez, actress Helena Bonham Carter, Oscar award-winning actor Colin Firth, actor and Liberal Democrat supporter John Cleese, comedian Stephen Fry, actor Art Malik, John O'Farrell, actor Richard Wilson, editor and writer Rowan Davies, broadcaster Greg Dyke, co-founder of the Ministry of Sound James Palumbo, actor and comedian David Schneider, Kriss Akabusi, Chris Addison, Josie Long, Benjamin Zephaniah and Honor Blackman.

Tower Hamlets Summer University

Zephaniah is an honorary patron of The Vegan Society, Viva! (Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals), EVOLVE! Campaigns, the anti-racism organisation Newham Monitoring Project with whom he made a video in 2012 about the impact of Olympic policing on black communities, Tower Hamlets Summer University and is an animal rights advocate.

Order of the British Empire

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In 2003, Zephaniah was offered appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, but publicly rejected it.
Benjamin Zephaniah, a British Jamaican poet, publicly rejected appointment as an Officer in 2003 because, he asserted, it reminded him of "thousands of years of brutality".

List of people who have declined a British honour

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In 2003, Zephaniah was offered appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, but publicly rejected it.
Benjamin Zephaniah, poet (in 2010), stating: "I get angry when I hear the word 'empire'; it reminds me of slavery, it reminds me of thousands of years of brutality, it reminds me of how my foremothers were raped and my forefathers brutalised."

Acid Jazz Records

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1996 in literature

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July 11 – At the request of Nelson Mandela, Benjamin Zephaniah hosts the president's Two Nations Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Literature of Birmingham

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John Rogers compiled the first complete authorised edition of The Bible to appear in the English Language; Samuel Johnson was the leading literary figure of 18th century England and produced the first English Dictionary; J. R. R. Tolkien is the dominant figure in the genre of fantasy fiction and one of the bestselling authors in the history of the world; W. H. Auden's work has been called the greatest body of poetry written in the English Language over the last century; while notable contemporary writers from the city include David Lodge, Jim Crace, Roy Fisher and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Malik Al Nasir

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Malik also featured in a documentary film about his poetry along with Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets and Benjamin Zephaniah.

2018 in literature

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Benjamin Zephaniah – The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography (May 3, UK)