Black History Month 2018: Celebrating the contribution and ideas of black Wulfrunians to the life and culture of the city.

During October, our HeadStart mini Ambassadors have captured video interviews with two members of the black community in Wolverhampton about their lives and experiences of working within the city, and how these have been impacted by their race. They are delighted to present these interviews below!

Rapper and MC Vital speaks to HeadStart mini Ambassadors from Colton Hills School

Vital (YouTube) is a well known local rapper, MC and grime artist, who has worked extensively with Wolverhampton schools, presents a regular show on BBC Radio WM (every Tuesday, 7pm to 10pm), and has performed as part of Radio One’s Big Weekend as part of BBC Introducing.

The HeadStart mini Ambassadors from Colton Hills School had the great opportunity to ask Vital about his experiences as a black person living in the city, including experiences of racism, and his thoughts on the importance of understanding black heritage and history for everyone, irrespective of race.

Here is what Vital said:

Dennis Ffrench from Gazebo Theatre talks to Bilston Mini Ambassadors

Dennis Ffrench is an actor and performer, and one of the fantastic organisers and session leaders of the HeadStart-commissioned Gazebo Theatre programme running in Bilston East for 10-16 year olds and families.

He is also possibly the longest-running black dame in UK pantomime, having donned the frocks and wigs for a huge range of pantomime shows every year since the 1990s!

Bilston mini Ambassadors prepared some questions for Dennis - here is what he said: