Welcome to a round-up of the latest additions to the resource library over the last month.
The one podcast this time is from The Guardian’s Long Read; Fifty shades of White. This looks at the long-standing racist stance by publishers within romance novels that limits the presence of Black people in stories and restrict the opportunities of Black writers.
The account demonstrates how the denial of Black representation in text not only has a negative impact on their diverse readership but also serves to perpetuate stereotypes and renders them invisible.
There are two very different film additions.
The first one is Africa: States of independence – the scramble for Africa, which is about the way the West divided the African nations up to guarantee access to its riches and then later the pseudo-independence in 1960s stimulated by WWII. It outlines the manipulation and influences that continue to exist to the present day.
The second, Tomatoes and Greed, shows how foreign subsidised tomatoes have destroyed Ghanaian markets and livelihood leading to mass migration and labour exploitation.
There are four new articles this week. The first two stories are on a similar theme and from ECPAT exploring the controversies around the harm done by the well-established trend of volunteering in orphanages or similar.
The first article discusses the opportunities for child sexual exploitation and a second link provides advice to promote responsible approaches and alternatives.
The third article is by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and considers how and why ethnicity is connected to poverty. It looks at the disparities that are evident, demonstrating that people from minority groups experience a wage gap within occupations and are more likely to work for less than the living wage.
The fourth article celebrates the most important Black playwrights in British theatre from 1950-1979 with a commentary on the contexts in which the plays were staged.
In this week’s directory two links have been added. The first is Afridiziak, a one stop guide for the latest news, reviews and interviews in the world of theatre from an African-Caribbean theatre. The second is The Black Plays Archive which is an online catalogue for the first professional production of every African, Caribbean and Black British play produced in Britain.
The one non-fiction entry in books is by John Newsinger, The Blood Never Dried; A People’s History of the British Empire. This is an honest and transparent account of the true meaning of the campaigns which served to uphold the British empire.
- 4 articles (2 on voluntourism and child abuse, ethnicity and poverty, Black playwrights)
- 2 films (African independence and resources, Tomato led migration)
- 1 podcast (racism in romantic novels)
- 2 entries (Afridiziak, The Black Plays Archive)
- 1 non-fiction (Newsinger)
Image – Townswomen share their labour and a natter under the shade of a tree (Credit: Holly Walton)