Edited by Dominican-born Edward Scobie, Flamingo magazine ran from 1961 to 1965. The magazine described itself as ‘the voice for the 350,000 West Indians and many thousands of Africans and Asians’ in Britain. Flamingo published a wide range of news, short stories, reviews, and history articles. Scobie also published Checkers ‘Britain’s Premier Black Magazine’ in 1948, and the monthly magazine Tropic in 1960.
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- ‘London is the Place for Me’ (pp. 25–28), a photo essay which tells the tale of 21-year-old Joan’s arrival to London. It touches upon both the excitement and the difficulties that Caribbean migrants experienced through tracing Joan’s daily life: from meeting a ‘boy at a West Indian dance’ to struggling to find a room to rent.
- ‘Dark Beauty’ (pp. 29–30): skin and make-up tips for women, followed by an advertisement for Flamingo’s monthly caption competition.
- ‘Wine Making In Your Home’ (p. 31).
- ‘Coloured Cabby’ (pp. 32–33): a feature on Errol Edwards, the only Jamaican taxi driver in Britain to have his own fleet of cabs.
- ‘Negro Athletes’ (pp. 34–37): an overview of leading black athletes from a range of nations.
- ‘The Lunatic Fringe’ (pp. 38–41): an account of Oswald Mosley’s Union Movement and other politically far-right organisations active in Britain.
- Full title:
- September 1961, London
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- Edward Scobie, Jeff Vickers, H W Neale, Harold Maize
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- Article by:
- Harry Goulbourne
- Waves of history, The arrivants
From fighting for equality to negotiating the legacies of slavery and colonialism, Harry Goulbourne considers the significance of Windrush and how Caribbeans who came to Britain in the post-war period have contributed to building a post-imperial society, which is still in formation today.
- Article by:
- Linda McDowell
- The arrivants
After World War Two, Britain was a country short of workers and needed to rebuild its weakened economy. Linda McDowell traces the history and experiences of the thousands of men and women who came to Britain from the Caribbean to work in sectors including manufacturing, public transport and the NHS.
- Article by:
- Sandra Courtman
- Exploring identity, Gender and sexuality, Literature 1950–2000
Written in 1959 but not published until 1996, In Praise of Love and Children is a rare account of a woman’s experience of migration from the Caribbean. Sandra Courtman examines the challenges that Gilroy faced as a writer, before focussing on how her novel engages with memory, family and the traumatic legacies of slavery as its heroine establishes a new life in London.