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Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham is exploring black male identity

If you haven’t already heard of Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham, then remember his name.

His powerful activism creates a space to celebrate the achievements of black people and shout about the ‘awesome everyday’ stories of black men and women.

As well as shining a light on the incredible accomplishments of others, Fusion also talks the talk through public speaking and immersive experiences to carry his message far and wide.

[Credit: Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham]

Fusion kickstarted his mission back in 2018, when he launched BMT [Black Man Time].

With a little help from his friends – namely rapper Doc Brown, youth worker Chris Preddie OBE, and actor Justin Marosa – BMT debuted with an event telling the tales of black people.

The objective was to explore black male identity and the labels placed on black men.

Fusion explained: “I want to go beyond the stereotype about ‘black man time’, about being late, about not being on society’s beat and moving to our own rhythm.

“So, I thought, if we’re going to move to our own rhythm, then let’s set the agenda and make it a progressive one.”

He added: “We need to document our culture, because if we don’t, did it ever really happen?”

[Credit: Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham]

During that event, Fusion encouraged his peers to open up about their past to normalise the narrative of black lives and share their stories “of the people for the people”.

One of the astonishing anecdotes shared was about a Nigerian surgeon who successfully operated on an unborn baby, in which he removed the baby from the womb, removed the tumour, put the baby back in the womb, then 36 weeks later the mother gave birth to a healthy child.

Now, Fusion continues to shout on his BMT platform, honouring black people and their triumphs, such as Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole who recently died trying to rescue a woman who fell into the Thames, and Jamie Foxx who just made history as the first black lead in a Pixar film (named Soul) that has gone on to win an Oscar and Golden Globe award.

He also speaks to audiences globally to educate people on diversity, having recently delivered to a 500-strong crowd when he visited Warsaw, Poland before the pandemic.

[Credit: Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham]

Fusion said: “I stepped on stage and did what I always do, I spoke my truth about my home city London, growing up in Tottenham, struggles with identity as a teen, the challenges of introversion, racism and the need to rise up against negativity and self-doubt to bring your dreams to life.

“I ended my talk with a request for all the young people to take on the challenges life presents and to allow the adventures they embarked on to transform them.”

He added: “I came home with connection to a new community that I would very much like to stay in contact with. The next time somebody talks about Poland I will have my own story to tell.”

To stay up-to-date with Fusion, click here: BMT.

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