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BOOK SHOWCASE

 
 
 

BOOKS

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

By Akala

Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire. Awards: The James Tait Black Prize/The Jhalak Prize /The Bread and Roses Award.

White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society

By Kalwant Bhopal

How, after decades of civil rights activism, do people from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalized? In White Privilege, Bhopal draws on social science research and political and economic analysis to show how people from black and minority backgrounds are continually positioned as outsiders in public discourse and interpersonal interaction.

Naughts & Crosses

By Malorie Blackman

Cullum is a naught, a second-class citizen in a society run by the ruling Crosses. Sephy is a Cross, and daughter of the man slated to become prime minister. In their world, white naughts and black Crosses simply don't mix -- and they certainly don't fall in love. But that's exactly what they've done.

Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race

By Reni Eddo-lodge

Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism.

Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain

By Peter Fryer

Recognised as the definitive history of black people in Britain, an epic story that begins with the Roman conquest and continues to this day. Fryer reveals how Africans, Asians and their descendants, previously hidden from history, have profoundly influenced and shaped events in Britain over the course of the last two thousand years.

Black and British

By David Olusoga

genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare's Othello.

Safe: on black British men reclaiming space

By Derek Owusu

What is the experience of Black men in Britain? With continued conversation around British identity, racism and diversity, there is no better time to explore this question and give Black British men a platform to answer it. SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space is that platform. Including essays from top poets, writers, musicians, actors and journalists.

How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality

By Adam Rutherford

A vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry. Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise.

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

By Afua Hirsch

Reveals the uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain today. Your parents are British. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking where you’re from? Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. We are a nation in denial about our past and our present. We believe we are the nation of abolition, but forget we are the nation of slavery.

How to be an antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

By Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law offers “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation.

Between the world and me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates.

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. He also explores what it is like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it.

So you want to talk about race

By Ijeoma Oluo

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race

By Beverly Daniel Tatum

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

By Austin Channing Brown

From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with “diversity” so often falls short of its ideals.

Black Feminist Thought

By Patricia Hill Collins

In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination, African-American women have developed a rich intellectual tradition that is not widely known. In "Black Feminist Thought," originally published in 1990, Patricia Hill Collins sets out to explore the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals and writers, both within the academy and without.

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

By Brittney Copper

Far too often, Black women's anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that.

Just Mercy

By Bryan Stevenson

A Story of Justice and Redemption revolves around the case of an innocent man, Walter McMillian, a black man who had a white girl friend in Monroe County, Alabama, framed by the Sheriff, the District Attorney, and convicted by a Jury for the murder of a clerk in a dry cleaner's shop. Condemned to die.

Redefining Realness

By Janet Mocks

Redefining Realness is Janet Mock's story of growing up in California and Hawaii as a low-income trans girl of color. Throughout the book she richly recounts exploring and embracing both her black and Hawaiian identities. She details the painful sexual abuse that she experienced at a young age.

The new Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness

By Michelle Alexander

Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander offers a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status, denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement.

This Bridge Called My Back

By Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa

Through personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry, and visual art, the collection explores, the complex confluence of identities—race, class, gender, and sexuality—systemic to women of colour oppression and liberation.

 

PODCASTS

About Race

From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.

Blacticulate

A British podcast featuring young Black professionals, where we find out how they do what they do so you can too. Black stories. Positive action. Here to specifically speak about actions that will allow us all to positively change Black circumstance.

The Diversity Gap

The Diversity Gap, will empower people to create the cultures they say they want—cultures where all people are seen, celebrated and given the space to thrive. Listening to stories of the people most impacted by diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Speaking of Racism

A podcast dedicated to frank, honest, and respectful discussions about racism.

Dope black Dads

Dope Black Dads is a digital safe space for fathers who wish to discuss their experiences of being black, a parent and masculinity in the modern world. Their aim is to celebrate, heal, inspire and educate black fathers for better outcomes for black families.

1619

Is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah – Jones that explores America from August 1619, when a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia.

Pod Save Our People

Is an American podcast that offer a unique take on the news, culture, social justice, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.

The Nod

The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else, they celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black -- in America, and around the world.

Code Switch

A podcast hosted by journalists of color and tackles the subject of race head-on. The hosts explore how race impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.

Slay In Your Lane

The podcast explores topical news and popular culture from a Black British female perspective while expanding upon many of the same themes addressed in the Slay in Your Lane book including navigating the workplace, finances, education, health, relationships and dating.

TBB Talks (The British Blacklist)

Host interviews with some of the best British Black creatives, across screen, stage literature and sound who are making a difference in the arts.

Busy Being Black

Busy Being Black hosted by Josh Rivers is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives.

Good Ancestor Podcast

An interview series with change-makers & culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. Hosted by globally respected speaker, anti-racism educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad.

Over The Bridge Podcast

Bilal, Kwaku, Patrick & Tom are four Black & Mixed-Race guys who became friends whilst studying at Cambridge University. They talk about life before, during and well - after 'The Bridge'. Expect chats about life, and our own experiences.

 

MOVIES

Belle (2013)

on Prime Video

The illegitimate daughter of a navy admiral is trained and brought up by her aristocratic uncle and his wife. She grows up to abolish slavery in England.

Sitting in Limbo (2020)

on BBC iPlayer

A shocking drama inspired by the Windrush scandal. After 50 years in the UK, Anthony Bryan is wrongfully detained by the Home Office and threatened with deportation.

A United Kingdom (2016)

on Prime Video

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

12 Years of Slave (2013)

on Netflix & Prime Video

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

The Purge (2013)

 

A wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legal. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.

The First Purge (2018)

on Netflix & Prime Video

The New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalised, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

Fences (2016)

on Netflix & Prime Video

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

Just Mercy (2020)

on Netflix & Prime Video

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner. A powerful and thought-provoking true story.

Birth of a Nation (2016)

on Prime Video

Follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher. As he witnesses countless atrocities against himself and his fellow slaves-Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Selma (2015)

on Prime Video

The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery.

Hidden Figures (2017)

on Prime Video

The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history.

Amistad (1997)

on Prime Video

Joseph Cinque leads a revolution aboard a slave ship sailing from Cuba to the USA in 1839 and tries to lead his crew back home. However, things go horribly wrong due to misdirection.

American Son (2019)

on Netflix

An inter-racial estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son. With each character presenting four distinct viewpoints, while also navigating the unique dynamic of an interracial couple trying to raise a mixed-race son.

Get Out (2017)

on Prime Video

Chris, an African-American man, decides to visit his Caucasian girlfriend's parents during a weekend getaway. Although they seem normal at first, he is not prepared to experience the horrors ahead.

Fruitvale station (2013)

on Netflix & Prime Video

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Blackklansaman (2018)

on Prime Video

Ron Stallworth, an African-American detective, embarks on a mission to infiltrate his town's chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist hate group.

Django Unchained (2012)

on Prime Video

When Django, a slave, is freed, he joins forces with a bounty hunter to rescue his wife, who has been captured by a hard-hearted plantation owner.

13th

on Netflix

Explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States, it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.

If Beale Street Could Talk

 

In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

The Hate You Give

on Prime Video

Starr Carter, an African-American teenager, faces pressure from various communities and tries to stand up for what is right after she witnesses the shooting of her best friend by the police.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975

 

A 2011 documentary film, directed by Göran Olsson, that examines the evolution of the Black Power movement in American society from 1967 to 1975 as viewed through Swedish journalists and filmmakers.

Clemency

 

Bernadine Williams is a prison warden who, over the years, has been drifting away from her husband while dutifully carrying out executions in a maximum security prison. When she strikes up a unique bond with death-row inmate Anthony Woods, a layer of emotional skin is peeled back, forcing Bernadine to confront the complex-and often contradictory-relationship between good intentions, unrequited desires, and what it means to be sanctioned to kill.

I am not your negro (2016)

 

I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. The film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history.

That Mercy (2020)

 

After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence.

Selma (2014)

 

A film based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated and directed by James Bevel and led by Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams, and John Lewis.

Black Panther (2018)

 

Black Panther is a Marvel superhero movie that follows T'Challa who, after the events of "Captain America: Civil War," returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King.

Hidden Figures (2016)

 

The Untold story of three female African-American mathematicians play a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn's launch into orbit. Meanwhile, they also have to deal with racial and gender discrimination at work.

Green Book (2019)

 

A world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert in need of a driver and protection, recruits a bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

Fences (2016)

 

Troy, an African-American man who once longed to be a baseball player, misses the opportunity due to racism. A dejected man, he takes out his frustration on his loved ones and ruins his son's future.

 

SERIES

Jane Elliott- How Racist Are You?

on All 4

Educator Jane Elliott organises an experiment to show British volunteers how racial discrimination works.

Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap

on Netflix

A discussion on how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.

Black and British

on BBC Iplayer

Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa. (BBC iPlayer).

Time: The Kalief Browder story

on Netflix

This series traces the tragic case of Kalief Browder, a Black Bronx teen who was failed by the criminal justice system, spending three horrific years in jail, despite not being convicted of a crime.

When They See Us

on Netflix

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Underground

on Prime Video

Plantation slaves in 1850s Georgia band together to attempt a daring escape. The fight for their lives, their futures and their freedom lead to the runaways traveling hundreds of miles away via the Underground Railroad.

Roots

on Prime Video

Kunta Kinte is sold into the slave trade after being abducted from his African village and is taken to the United States. Kinte and his family observe notable events in American history, such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and emancipation.

Dear White People

on Netflix

Dear White People is an American comedy-drama television series that follows several black college students at an Ivy League institution, touching on issues surrounding modern American race relations.

Seven Seconds

on Netflix

When 15-year-old black cyclist Brenton Butler dies in a hit-and-run accident with a white police officer behind the wheel of the vehicle Jersey City explodes with racial tension.

Living Undocumented Season 1: Episode 6

on Netflix

Focuses on Awa, whose father has been detained after his asylum is revoked. Her father is from Mauritania, a country in North Africa, where black Mauritanians flee because slavery persists. Mauritania did not have a deportation agreement with the USA, but as soon as Trump came into office, he was quick to make a change to that.

Who Killed Malcom X

on Netflix

Decades after the assassination of African American leader Malcolm X, an activist embarks on a complex mission seeking truth in the name of justice.

Trial by Media Season 1: Episode 2

on Netflix

Bernhard Goetz shoots four black teenagers on a New York City subway in 1984. His claim of self-defence sets off a controversial, tabloid-fuelled trial.

Self-made: Inspired by CJ Walker

on Netflix

A chronicle of the incredible story of Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first African American self-made millionaire.

She Gotta Have it

on Netflix

Brooklyn-based artist Nola Darling struggles to stay true to herself and her dreams while dividing her time between her friends, her job and her lovers -- all three of them.

Meet The Adebajos

on Netflix

Following the lives and hilarious times of a British Nigerian family living in London.

The Long Song

 

Set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica, we follow the trials, tribulations and survival of plantation slave July and her odious mistress Caroline.

Noughts and Crosses

on BBC Iplayer

A story about how racism and class collide. Set in a world where the white people are inferior and black people are the ruling people and they are fated to be bitter enemies. However, Callum and Sephy two teenagers fall in love and are set to challenge this.

I May Destroy you

on BBC Iplayer

A British comedy drama, written produced, co-directed, executively produced and starred by Black British Artist Michaela Coel. If you can't remember it, how could you consent? Resisting the label of sexual assault victim, Arabella takes on the painful, freeing climb to who she could be.

Black Earth Rising

on Netflix

Adopted by a human rights attorney after the Rwandan genocide, legal investigator Kate Ashby confronts her past when she takes on war crimes cases.

Chewing Gum

on All 4 & Netflix

The virginal Tracey, who was raised in a strictly religious Tower Hamlets flat, is ready to realize her potential. And the first step is having sex.

Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta have us

on BBC Iplayer

From background actors to centre stage, Gone With the Wind to Black Panther. Stars including Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg and John Boyega share stories of prejudice and success.

Black is the new Black

on BBC Iplayer

Exceptional figures from politics, business, sport, science and more share their insights into being black and British today, how they got where they are, and thoughts on what the future holds.

Black Music Legends of the 1980s

on BBC Iplayer

Series of documentaries looking at the careers of four titans of African-American music. Public Enemy, Lionel Richie, Prince & Janet Jackson.

Black and British: A Forgotten History

on BBC Iplayer

A Forgotten History. Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa.

Black Dynamite

on All 4

Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa. (BBC iPlayer).

The Black Lesbian Handbook

on All 4

A lively guide to the underground Black Lesbian scene in Britain and the US.

Desmond's

on All 4

Sitcom about Desmond who runs Desmond's Barber Shop in Peckham, south-east London. His shop is the hub for the community's social scene.

 

ARTICLES

 

VIDEOS

But i’m not racist

by UnJaded Jade

White fragility

by Robin DiAngelo

Button poetry: black privilege

by Crystal Valentine

White boy privilege

by Royce Mann