Voices from our Community - Celebrating Black History Month

Paddington Central, in collaboration with You Press, a local social enterprise who empower young people and underrepresented communities to find their voice, are proud to present a series of online events and film screenings which celebrate the important and significant contributions of Black culture within our community.

Paddington’s proximity to Notting Hill and the Notting Hill Carnival, which was first held in 1966 celebrating Caribbean culture and heritage in London, creates a unique opportunity to tap into our local area’s rich and varied history.

Charlie Phillips - A Photographer's Odyssey:  Event over

A Photographer’s Odyssey, offers a look into the extraordinary life of Charlie Phillips, British cultural icon and one of the most important photographers of his time. 

The short film and Q&A with Charlie highlights his iconic images, his outstanding contribution to Black British culture, and his seminal street photography on Paddington, Notting Hill and Portobello.  There will be a Q&A with Charlie Phillips conducted by talented young poet Sagal Farah followed by A Photographer’s Odyssey documentary.

If you missed the documentary you can view it here:

Voices of Black Opera documentary & live performance by Juwon Ogungbe: Thursday 29th Oct 6:00pm – 6:45pm

Join us for a Screening of Voices of Black Opera which aims to address the misperception among the public about Black people and Opera. Cathy Hassan, Producer & Director will join Farah Mohammoud from You Press for a Q&A, followed by a special performance by British composer and musician Juwon Ogungbe. 

To receive your access code to view the documentary, please register via Eventbrite: Register Here



Juwon Ogungbe: is an all-round musician – Singer, Composer, Instrumentalist and Educator.  His singing career encompasses music from several cultures, including Classical and Contemporary Art Music, African Music genres, Jazz and Popular Music.  In 2007 Juwon sang the songs of Ignatius Sancho – the first Black composer to have his music published for a BBC London/British Library concert. The recording of this performance is still available on the BBC website – the first ever recording of Sancho’s songs to be archived online.

Cathy Hassan: is a London based photographer, filmmaker, producer and creative director with language degrees in French, Italian & Spanish. She graduated from the University of London and went on to study Photography and Film, uncovering a rich visual language that has become her trademark.  Cathy runs production company (Burrogrande Productions & Films).

Farah Mohammoud is the founder and CEO of You Press.  He is a passionate social entrepreneur, with over six years’ experience of training people, managing volunteers and turning a social action campaign into an award-winning social enterprise called You Press.


Voices from our Community Blogs

At Paddington Central, we work with numerous and varied organisations.  Our Community Partners and local Charity Organisations are extremely important to us and we collaborate and support them on various initiatives throughout the year.  As part of Black History Month celebrations we will be sharing stories and backgrounds from contributors within our Community.

Click the links below to read their stories.

Darren Solomon:  Community Manager, Storey

Muf Akay:  All Stars Boxing Gym

Ndu Uchea:  Word on the Curb

Farah Mohammoud: You Press

1 October 2020 - 31 October 2020
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