Kunle Olulode
director, Voice4Change England

Kunle Olulode is the director of Voice4Change England, a BME charity and support body. Its members number over 400 black community organisations and charities covering everything from criminal justice to migrant rights. Kunle believes it’s time to develop a new narrative around race equality away from deficit models. Working in a sector that eats, sleeps and breathes identity politics, he is acutely aware of how lack of diversity in thought is crippling serious debate on social policy issues including Brexit. More recently, he worked with Catholics for Choice and a range of African civil society organisations, thinkers and politicians in exploring issues of secularism, burkini bans and what a 21st Century ‘African Enlightenment’ might look like.

Kunle also has a long-standing interest in arts development. He was the creative director of the Anglo-Spanish arts group Rebop Productions which, for over 20 years plus, was involved in the seed development of a whole host of British and American musicians connected to artists such as Amy Winehouse, Neneh Cherry and Hip-Hop heads, The Roots. His time in Catalonia also included the founding of the legendary WTF Jam sessions at the Jamboree Club Barcelona.

A keen film buff and film historian, he is known for his ground-breaking work on jazz and modernism in art, presented as part of the Miro season at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2012. He is part of South Bank’s BFI’s African Odyssey programming board responsible for last year’s Black and Banned Season; which examined censorship in black film, art and sport. Currently he has high hopes for director Julius Amedume’s film Rattlesnakes, the first thriller to capture well the transatlantic neuroses on race chipping away at contemporary society here and the US.

Kunle is a regular contributor to Radio London, Al Jazeera, Sky and RT on debates relating to politics the arts, diversity and race.

Follow Kunle on Twitter: @KunleOlulode

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