Linett Kamala at Metroland Studio's Making Myself Visible launch event © Kes-Tchaas Eccleston

A list of resources for supporting anti-racism, black artists and black-led organisations in Brent.

Metroland Cultures stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the global protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality that took place throughout 2020 and continue now. We are committed to opposing racism and prejudice in all its forms wherever it occurs.

The team at Metroland Cultures are dedicated to ensuring the programme and platform supports Brent's Black communities and amplifies their voices.

Below you will find a list of some of the Black-led organisations based in Brent, as well as young people and creative voices from across the borough.

This list is a work in progress, so we will be adding to it periodically. We are committed to making it as comprehensive as possible, so if you have further suggestions please email We would be delighted to hear from you.

Metroland Cultures recognises the vast array of cultures and communities that exist in Brent, and the work required to fight anti-racism. Metroland Cultures would like to make a commitment to carry on supporting the borough’s diverse communities, and make a pledge to amplify all of the voices in the borough.

(Last update: November 2021)

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Pesolife Filmings © Pesolife Art Collective


These resources include organisations in Brent who are led by members of the Black community, or are at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement in Brent.

  • Brent Black Lives Matter: A family-friendly group focussed on bringing about community change.

  • United Borders: A charity working within the community to support at-risk youths.

  • 4Front: A youth organisation empowering young people and communities.

  • Girls I Rate: push for change and creates opportunities for young women in the music and entertainment industry.

  • Mindspray: A creative platform established to preserve, celebrate and share cultural narratives.

  • BAME in Property: are increasing ethnic diversity in the property and planning sectors.

  • Eat Black Owned: A website to find black owned restaurants.

  • Making the Leap: A charity working to increase access to opps for disadvantaged young people across London.

  • Girls of Grime: A movement dedicated to raising the voices of women in the UK music industry.

  • Young Brent Foundation: helping Brent's youth voluntary sector connect, collaborate and succeed.

  • Zest of Mind: helping individuals and communities make positive choices, and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

  • Fly Girls UK: promoting activity, creativity and leadership, empowering girls and women to be active, authors, and leaders.

  • Drip Punch: A social enterprise founded by Joshua Hall, a member of the Blueprint Collective.

  • Ultra Education: teaches entrepreneurship to the next generation of children and young people.

  • Namron Dance: offers dance masterclasses, focusing on providing an insight into contemporary dance frameworks and technique. Founded by Namron Yarrum, who grew up in Willesden, was first ever Black dancer to have been employed in a British dance company, founder member of The Place and London Contemporary Dance Theatre.

  • Freedom & Balance: is an art college for the artist in everyone.

  • Authors of the Estate: Chalkhill: co-authored by Brent-born André Anderson and Nathaniel Telemaque, the book aims to give members of the local community an opportunity to share their stories and experiences in a seldom-seen positive light. And was posted to all 1000 households on the St Raphael’s Estate.

  • BBMC (Brent Black Music Co-Op): an establishment that is known as the ‘Home of Reggae Music’. Find out more via the Brent 2020 Reggae Map.

  • Music Congress (BBM/BMC): focused on highlighting British black music and creating forums for improving music industry knowledge and contacts.

  • Lin Kam Art: enriching lives through festival culture via residencies, events and programmes.

Paterson Joseph with Mehaira Abdelhamid and Kamiah Chae in Brent Locked In


Metroland Cultures current programme Making Myself Visible platforms artists of colour and considers how we can ensure everyone has access to participating in the arts, as makers, organisers, participants and audience members.

  • Come along to Rasheed Araeen's exhibition Preliminary Notes is at Metroland Studio until 23 October, free, every Thursday until Sunday, 12-5pm. Read and take away Araeen's landmark text, 'Preliminary Notes for a Black Manifesto,' which raises important questions about under-representation of artists of African and Asian descent in the arts.
  • Metroland Studio's artists in residence showcase their work as part of Making Myself Visible:
    • Linett Kamala draws inspiration from oral histories, carnival culture, academic papers and Jamaican culture. Her current ongoing project is Recipe for a Happy Mind which includes raising awareness of how festival culture contributes to our wellness. Come along to Metroland Studios on Saturday 4 December between 2 - 5pm for Soundbites, a talk and workshop inspired by Jamaican sound system culture. Book your free space here.
    • View Pesolife Art Collective's Peso Bodega Installation++ inspired by ‘Bodegas’, small family-run convenience stores from. Friday 5 November - Sunday 7 November 2021. The collective will also release their new photobook – A Pesolife II Trapping Out The Gallery with a launch event on Friday 5 November will feature a live reading and short talk by Nathaniel Télémaque. Plus there's a live audio stream on Saturday 6 November.

The Brent 2020 programme was about giving the community a voice. You can hear from some of the Black artists and creatives in the borough, and their responses to Black Lives Matter, through the Brent 2020 and beyond


The voices of young people were at the heart of Brent 2020, informing and directing the programme for the year. The following resources feature the voices of young people in Brent and their response to Black Lives Matter:

  • VENT Podcasts: A collaboration between VICE and the young people of Brent, the audio project is designed to explore the multitude of issues affecting youth today.

    • VENT Weekly: A pertinent episode is a discussion all four of our hosts had with broadcaster Linda Adey, just after the death of George Floyd as a result of the actions of the Minneapolis Police. You can listen here.

    • VENT Daily: Part of the 'Family' mini series, 2 Brent young adults discuss the life of British Black Panther, Olive Morris, and the importance of archives with LSE graduate and Podcaster Oumou Longly and Archive Volunteer Michael Appouh. You can listen to it here.

    • VENT Covid-19: Right now, our favourite episode is about why some people of colour are being hit the harder by Covid-19 thank white people. You can listen to that episode here.

    • VENT Documentaries: We recommend you start by listening to the episode that investigates how the whiteness of big institutions impacts the education and career paths of people of colour. Listen here.

  • The Agency: A scheme developed in collaboration with Brent 2020 to support young entrepreneurs between 15-25 years old develop ideas for social change in their area.

    • Presenting the Underrepresented is a DIY zine by Brent Fizza Syed; a giving of love to incredible black artists. Fizza’s project works with young people in Wembley to look at issues around consent and healthy relationships through fashion and art.

  • The Blueprint Collective: Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth, the collective created a specially curated Black Excellence playlist. From James Brown and Dr Maya Angelou, to Kendrick Lamar and Lauryn Hill.

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