Does The Legal System Stifle Black Creativity?
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About the Event
Drill music has become the mainstream creative outlet for many young people from a specific demographic, either by way of production or consumption. However, the law has sought to clamp down on drill music and artists in various ways, resulting in what many people have deemed as unfair treatment and the targeting of a specific demographic. Join us as we unpack drill music with artists, academics and lawyers in the hope it offers insight and assistance to those in the legal profession and beyond.
Momodou Taal is a law graduate from the United Kingdom. After attaining his LLB, he travelled to Egypt to study the sciences that pertain to sharia (Islamic) law, primarily at AlAzhar Mosaue and Markaz Imam Malik. He has a keen interest in race related issues, particularly anti-blackness, which sees him often engage in activist work Momodou is also the host of The Malcolm Effect podcast which seeks to raise the level of discussion amongst a generation by hosting discussions on various pertinent topics.
Dr. Abenaa Owusu-Bempah
Abenaa joined the LSE in 2017 as Assistant Professor of criminal law and criminal evidence. Prior to joining the LSE, Abenaa was Lecturer in Law at City, University of London. She has also held positions as Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex, Teaching Fellow at UCL, and as a research assistant at the Law Commission for England and Wales. Abenaa holds a PhD from UCL, an LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice from UCL, and an LLB from the University of Bristol. Abenaa is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
Abenaa’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of criminal procedure, the law of evidence and criminal law. Her current research focuses on the admissibility and use of rap music as evidence in criminal trials. Abenaa also researches fair trial rights and the participatory role of defendants in criminal proceedings, and she has expertise in hate crime legislation and the legal process for prosecuting hate crime.
Jammz came up studying Grime, and in 2020 finds himself at the forefront of it. Born and bred in East London, Jammz started to make a name for himself on London’s radio circuit in 2014 and 2015, appearing regularly on Rinse FM, Radar Radio, NTS, Mode FM and BBC 1xtra and teaming up with both established DJs like Slimzee, Spooky, Bok Bok and Spyro and newcomers like Moleskin and Finn. His free Hit Then Run EP became a cult classic: the title track was playlisted on BBC 1Xtra and Noisey’s #3 grime track of 2015, and the remix was Sian Anderson’s #1 remix of the week six weeks on the spin.
S.White is a well known drill artist from Birmingham and has amassed an impressive total online views of approximately 8 million
Naeem Mian QC
Ranked as a Tier 1 Silk by the Legal 500, Naeem has extensive experience of defending at the highest level in the most serious and high profile of cases. He has successfully defended clients in multi – defendant terrorism, national security, murder, drug conspiracies and complex fraud cases. In recognition of his ability, exceptionally for the Criminal Bar, Naeem was appointed Queen’s Counsel at 14 years call.
Consistently cited in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 as a leader in his field, Naeem is rightly regarded as one of the leading defence advocates in cases involving allegations of terrorism. To date, he has been instructed in over 60 terrorism cases and is one of a handful of barristers to regularly act for individuals subject to TPIM (formerly Control Order) proceedings. Many of Naeem’s cases have received substantial coverage in both the national and international media.
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