A MAINTENANCE man blacked up at a works party then sang songs from the Black And White Minstrel Show to a black co-worker, a court heard. Brian Davies, 62, was filmed looking like 1920s blackface star Al Jolson as he pranced around in front of Loretta Doyley and other colleagues. Yesterday he was fined £120 and ordered to pay £300 in costs after Cardiff magistrates found him guilty of racially aggravated harassment. JP Ken Horseman said: “We have seen the footage and we find it to be abusive.” Loretta earlier told the court she burst into tears and fled the pub after Davies started singing. Addressing him, she said: “Everyone was laughing — laughing at me because your actions were directed at me. LatestPONTINS CHAOS 18 injured after roof collapses at Pontins holiday park during half-term show IT WON'T SWASH Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash have huge rows over ISIS bride Shamima Begum HOLS CHOKE DEATH Butlin's staff 'stood around doing nothing' as boy, 2, … [Read more...] about Man ‘blacked up and sang Black And White Minstrel Show songs to co-worker’
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An employee who dressed up as a black and white minstrel at a work Christmas party has had conviction for racially harassing a black colleague overturned. Brian Davies, 62, was convicted earlier this year of causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress by blacking up his face and performing a “racist” singing routine directed at a black colleague at their Christmas do. The complainant Loretta Doyley said the incident left her “humiliated”. But on Thursday, Cardiff Crown Court said it could not be sure the maintenance engineer Mr Davies intended to be abusive - and cleared him of racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour. Judge David Wynn Morgan concluded Mr Davies' intention was to "entertain and not cause upset". However, the judge added: "The court does not, emphatically, condone the appellant's behaviour. The court deplores it. "The court found the experience of watching the recorded evidence excruciating." The … [Read more...] about Man who dressed up as black and white minstrel wins appeal
By WESLEY MORRIS AUG. 14, 2019 Because it’s the sound of complete artistic freedom. The 1619 Project examines the legacy of slavery in America. Read all the stories. For centuries, black music, forged in bondage, has been the sound of complete artistic freedom. No wonder everybody is always stealing it. By Wesley Morris AUG. 14, 2019 I’ve got a friend who’s an incurable Pandora guy, and one Saturday while we were making dinner, he found a station called Yacht Rock. “A tongue-in-cheek name for the breezy sounds of late ’70s/early ’80s soft rock” is Pandora’s definition, accompanied by an exhortation to “put on your Dockers, pull up a deck chair and relax.” With a single exception, the passengers aboard the yacht were all dudes. With two exceptions, they were all white. But as the hours passed and dozens of songs accrued, the sound gravitated toward a familiar quality that I couldn’t give language to … [Read more...] about Why Is Everyone Always Stealing Black Music?
Lenny Henry remains one of the country’s greatest TV comedy stars, so he has some authority when it comes to lamenting the current state of affairs on the box. “You don’t get to see much [TV comedy] these days because people are on panel shows. You get glimpses on Live at the Apollo, but people don’t get their own show any more, and that’s a shame. There are loads of people with unique perspectives that we’re missing out on. If I’m going to do comedy I sort of want to do my own.” For one night only, Sir Lenny – he was knighted in 2015 – will get his wish in The Lenny Henry Birthday Show. To celebrate turning 60 this month, he’s being interviewed about his life and career by the newsreader he... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium … [Read more...] about Lenny Henry interview: ‘The Black and White Minstrel Show made me a political football’
Man dressed up as minstrel and mocked black colleague BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A 62-year-old man has been fined for dressing up as a black and white minstrel during a work party and singing in the face of a black employee to mock her. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/man-dressed-up-as-minstrel-and-mocked-black-colleague-37836738.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37836737.ece/6343d/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_152eac60-9ddc-4c0b-a0b0-7e5bcfee4330_1 Email A 62-year-old man has been fined for dressing up as a black and white minstrel during a work party and singing in the face of a black employee to mock her. Brian Davies caused the woman “alarm, distress and offence” by blacking up his face and performing during a Christmas outing with colleagues. Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard catering manager Loretta Dayley was “singled out” by Davies when he directed the black and white minstrel song Mammy at her at the Coopers Carvery in … [Read more...] about Man dressed up as minstrel and mocked black colleague
Welcome to The Edit. Each week in our newsletter, you’ll hear from college students and recent graduates about issues going on in their lives. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. It’s a scene that may sound familiar to many black students. You’re one of few people of color in the room, and the discussion turns to race or black history. Then your entire class looks to you to weigh in. Matthew Kashay, a 17-year-old student from Los Angeles, remembers when a question came up during a discussion in one of his classes about the fatal shooting of two black people. “It was a shock to me when a white student said, ‘This is for Matthew to answer,’” Mr. Kashay said. “Watching all of the students turn their heads toward me was extremely infuriating.” Asriel Hayes recalled a similar scenario. “In 10th grade, I was once asked by my English teacher, ‘What do black people like to be called, black or … [Read more...] about I’m Not Here to Answer Your Black History Month Questions