Brixton's Blacker Dread jailed for two and a half years for money laundering

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I am curious to see what the film/TV programme has to say on this.
    The way I read the case at the time it wasn't money laundering at all. Unless he is trying to make out his daughter/female relative who diverted the money from the company she worked for forced him to put it through his bank account, and he really had no idea what was going on.
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  2. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    He got done for money laundering. She made up fake invoices and put proceeds through several people bank accounts. Including Blacker. So he was done in law for allowing his bank account to process money got from criminal actions of another.
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  3. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member

  4. David Clapson

    David Clapson Infamous Knob

    So far it's only saying he 'helped' set up Splash.
  5. editor

    editor hiraethified

  6. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I watched the film on TV just now, obviously, and thought as documentaries go it was a very full approach to the subject.

    From a Brixton history point of view I found it interesting that the family originally had some connection with the Bible Truth Church of God - the tin shack in Hetherington Road (is it still there? - the church has had permission to redevelop for several years).

    I thought the idea that grammar schools in Jamaica know how to educate Jamaican kids without labelling them as hyperactive, autistic or having ADHD was interesting. I guess Blacker and his son's mother can say that - but if establishment people came out with that here it would be crossing politically acceptable boundaries.

    I remember going to a talk in St Matthews crypt back in about 1982 where the speaker, a white probation officer, brought along 3 of his teenage black clients, and they all discussed youth crime and punishment. The probation officer said one of the things that kept him involved in his job was that the clients always had some sense of optimism and thought there was a potential for them to eventually succeed.

    There was a bit of that attitude in this film - but the most moving speech was from the young man at the end whose friend had been stabbed to death. Solidarity is great, but in the face of senseless murder might be futile.
  7. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I enjoyed it, good documentary. I didn't get the impression Blacker was making grandiose claims at all, some of the digs above seem a bit unnecessary. He seemed the same affable, larger than life character I've always experienced when buying records in his shop over the last 20 years. The schooling sentiments I've heard many times from Jamaican families, it was a proper slice of Brixton life.
    His sidekick was good value, probably less so in his badman days.
    Big up Blacker.

  8. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    It was the recent Guardian article where it says:

    Blacker Dread: the record store owner who became Brixton’s hero

    No mention at all of Pat.
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  9. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

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  10. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member

    The documentary is repeated tonight on BBC2 at 11.25 p.m.
  11. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills Well-Known Member

    That Graun piece has been amended:

    "This article was amended on 6 March 2018 to include reference to Ros Griffiths as a founder of Brixton Splash."

    Talk about writing your own history :facepalm:

    I wonder is she places the same demands on people writing about Brixton Wave?
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  12. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member

    That is one that you will have to ask those who have always led you to beleive it.
  13. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member

    Some of those shown in the documentary appear to take a different view.
  14. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills Well-Known Member

    There was an interesting discussion on 5Live this afternoon coming out of some of the issues raised by Blacker when he was a guest on Nihal's show last week.

    The discussion starts at around 22 minutes in. Stay with it to hear some spot on views from local artist TY.

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  15. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    The show is on again right now on BBC2
  16. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Excuse the esoteric nature of this response. It's late (as Andrew Neil would say) and the Polish Lager has done it's work. I noted up-thread that Blacker's family originally had a connection with the Bible Truth Church of God in Hetherington Road. The film has some good vintage still photos of a family occasion at the church.

    Just for fun was Googling away and found this recent posting of part of a service there (from 2016). I haven't been down Hetherington Road lately - it could be that the "tin tabernacle" building has already been demolished. The church had planning permission for a new building with church on the ground floor and (presumably) luxury flats above.

    Like everything else in Brixton those quirky old features are being consigned to the dustbin of history.

    The Youtube clip is the only interior view I've ever seen (towards the end)
  17. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member

    As news reaches me of the legendary Lloyd Coxsone's displeasure with some of Blacker Dread's actions, the BBC give "Being Blacker" a further airing this evening on BBC2 at 11.15 p.m.
  18. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

    What news has reached you?
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  19. editor

    editor hiraethified

    As Nanker Phelge says: what news? Please explain.
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  20. thebackrow

    thebackrow Active Member

    It's still there but not sure if it's still in use. Certainly hasn't been redeveloped yet.
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