Happy Monday everyone. Today’s Black History Month hero is Kele Okereke, lead singer of the band Bloc Party, nominated by Norwich Pride Trustee Nick, who writes: Kele Okereke is one of the only queer, black singers in an indie band of his generation. Silent Alarm by Bloc Party is one of my favourite records and still sounds urgent today. Seeing a black frontman of a rock band felt unusual in the early 00s so Kele being black and queer meant that he was a real trailblazer. His most recent solo work has reflected an increasing openness about his identity. “I still remember” is a great example of his excellent songwriting and the video, about young queer love is really beautiful. This song was also a massive hit in the united states.

If you would like to nominate your hero or find out more about our BAME LGBT+ Forum, please email Norwich Pride historian Stevie at history@norwichpride.org.uk

You can check out all our Black History Month LGBT+ heroes on our website www.norwichpride.org.uk/news/

To download a copy of the Norfolk Black History Month 2020 brochure go to: www.norfolkblackhistorymonth.org/events