An account detailing a report which urges the French president to return Africa museum pieces.
100 African cities destroyed by Europeans: Why there are no historical monuments in Africa by Afrikhepri Foundation
An article that revisits the old African empires giving an insight of how these presented to their oppressors and the subsequent destruction as a means of suppressing their development by total annihilation.
A sample of 14 popular and lesser known musical styles from Africa’s diverse musical genre.
This article draws out how slavery and colonialism has been woven into the fabric of British and global history, and how for 400 years white British people, companies and organisations gained huge amounts of wealth through the appalling exploitation of enslaved people as part of the slave trade.
A Met Museum article showing examples of where African Influences can be seen in Modern Art.
A discussion about broadening the curriculum in New York Times Archives.
A framework from the National Education Union for developing an anti-racist approach within education to enables the exploration of ideas around race equality and the planning of how to tackle racism with children, young people and staff.
Battle for the Ballot The Black sorority that faced racism in the suffrage movement but refused to walk away by Sydney Trent
This article highlights the absence of African American suffragette marchers and their erasure from the narrative in the fight for women’s vote as a result of their internal fight battling racism within the movement.
An outline about several of the most important black playwrights of the period describing the contexts in which their plays were staged.
31 places identified by Historic England throughout October 2020 to celebrate Black histories. They feature a range from the first public sculptures of Black Britons to the home of Britain’s first West Indian newspaper detailing the accomplishments of those associated with them.
The timelines uses momentous events to celebrate the contributions of Africans and their descendants whose stories need to be told as part of the common narrative of British and world history.
A brief reflection on the links between slavery, racial injustice and the need for change in global trade. Gibney of Fairtrade Foundation recognises that the drive for “ever cheaper products comes at the expense of farmers, with risks and costs passed down the supply chain until there is no value left for those who actually produce”.
This article suggests a need to provide legal services that is rooted in the community through its practice. Support is needed at grassroot level such that those affected can shape the process rather than being constrained by the established legal framework.
An article about the lesser known history of how Africans were removed from the Argentinean population between 16th and 19th Century.
This article tells the story of over 2000 Black prisoners of war captured by the British from the French Republicans in the Caribbean. They arrived in 1796 at Portchester Castle and were imprisoned there. Also includes a useful audio account.
An article that explores why the black presence in Argentina has virtually vanished from the country’s records and consciousness.
A collection of poems and stories in The New York Times magazine as part of the 1619 Project examining the legacy of slavery in America.
The story of Ota Benga, kidnapped from what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1904 and taken to the US to be exhibited at the monkey house in the Bronx Zoo, NY. It focuses on the long overdue acknowledgment after years of trying to cover up the truth.
An archaeological dig at Estate Little Princess on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands sheds light on how enslaved people lived on this and many other estates.
Caught between a rock and a hard place: navigating global research partnerships in the global South as an indigenous researcher by Chisomo Kalinga
This article looks at the imbalance of power, benefit and interest between European researchers and indigenous populations which skews outcomes. It highlights a reluctance to acknowledge coercion and penalises those who want to change the status quo.
Christian Frederick Cole was born in Sierra Leone in 1852. He fought his way to Oxford University and qualified as England’s first black barrister despite having to navigate many obstacles.
Christopher Alder was killed in police custody in Hull in 1998. This article includes the circumstances surrounding his death, the media report at the time and a recorded interview with his sister Janet Alder in 2017.
Cleo Sylvestre was the first black woman to play a lead at the National Theatre and one of the first black actors to have a recurring role in a British soap. Despite this and many other accolades from her contemporaries, including Laurence Olivier, she has had much to contend with and yet has excelled with grace.
A reflective comment on racism within brown communities that contributes towards white supremacy. A suggestion that brown aspiration to be aligned to whiteness results in complicity in a lack of diversity and avoidance of true multicultural progression.
Caucasians are the global minority yet medicine is taught using only example of whiteness, which can have huge impact in dermatology when diagnosis relies on skin presentation. This prejudice brings confusion when there’s nothing to use as a point of reference or benchmark.
Discussion instigated by a comment by Meghan Markle about lack of Black professors and curriculum content.
This report outlines the educational background of Britain’s leading people which is concentrated within the independent and private sector. It shows how privilege and limitations on access means that many are prevented from ascending to positions of influence and social mobility is stunted.
This explores the inequalities faced by nurses from the Black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are treated with lesser value despite their personal sacrifices.
This article demonstrates an example of how a museum can take an honest look at its collection with a critical eye to acknowledge colonial connections within their histories.
This article explores the terminology we use to denote racial identity and ethnicity. Language matters and conveys the relationship between power and how we frame people’s identities.
The university aims to spend £20m to develop the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research.
The impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the development prospects in Africa.
In May 2020 Congolese designer Anifa Mvuemba under the brand Hanifa showed her latest collection using 3D models on Instagram Live. This was a digital show that came into its own because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It took until 1980 before there was an African archeologist. The article outlines why having Africans in the profession adds a deeper nuance as history is seen as a living part of culture and more than excavating objects from the ground.
The erasure of Black women from Western art.
The story of how 100s and 1000s of African war dead who served in WW1 have been written out of history.
This highlights that contributions of millions of colonial soldiers and labourers who fought with British and French forces in Europe remains largely unacknowledged and uncommemorated. Not examining the racist imperial past impacts on the experiences of Black people today.
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, this Penguin article provides a signpost to those who want direction to books which encourages an understanding of black people’s lives. It includes information about Black publishers and initiatives.
A photo project in response to the continued power of skin colour on how humanity is perceived. Dass uses the skin’s equivalent Pantone colours to reframe and celebrate skin colour in its rich hues encouraging a move away from the artificial tags for race. Includes a film.
An investigation into the collections, houses, gardens and parklands in the care of the National Trust and sharing the dialogue to acknowledge its connections to colonialism and the slave trade.
In 1860 the slave ship, Clotilda, was still smuggling enslaved Africans into the US. This account includes a film about its history, its discovery and the impact on descendants.
An insight into the life of Matilda McCrear who is believed to the last surviving enslaved African who lived until 1940 in Selma, Alabama.
“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”
A society built on violence and oppression of Black people that is unwillingness to change.
This article suggests that the removal of statues cannot be compared to the dishonesty of destroying documents from the colonial era to hide the British atrocities in Uganda, Kenya, Cyprus, India, Malaya and South Africa.
Meet the psychologist exploring unconscious bias and its tragic consequences for society by Douglas Starr
The findings of Eberhardt’s into the roots and ramifications of unconscious bias and how social conditions can interact to determine our responses to other people.
New York destroyed a village full of African-American landowners to create Central Park by John Smith
Seneca established in 1825 through land purchased by 100s of freed African American slaves as a village of sanctuary in New York. 30 years later the affluent Black community were forced out to allow the wealthy white people to build a park.
The lived experience and observations of a Franco-Indian woman highlighting the impact of micro-aggressions, stereotyping and the many social pressures that adversely affect the well being of ethnic minorities. She raises the fact that some are physically distanced from comfort and support as well as finding other services inaccessible.
A disturbing account about how the American government wilfully used Black soldiers as human guinea pigs for chemical experimentation.
An article that explores the use of the acronym BAME/ BME which is
widely used by government departments, public bodies, the media and others when referring to ethnic minority groups but is vaguely understood by a few and disliked by many.
This article showcases some Caribbean dances which have origins in Africa but have been blended with elements from other cultures.
This report analysis the differences between ethnic groups and considers the ways in which effective strategies can be employed to reduce the disparities.
An account of the indiscriminate killing of blacks and the poor as a historical and institutionalised event in Brazil.
A challenge during lockdown to recreate a famous work of art using props from around your home. Opera singer and broadcaster Peter Braithwaite used the opportunity to draw attention to examples of Black presence in portraiture as they are not frequently seen in works of art.
The list includes Alice Ball, Patricia Hill Collins, Kwame Nkrumah, Patricia Bath, Stuart Hall, Claudia Jones and W.E.B. DuBois. These people were highlighted during Black History Month 2020.
Current director of the V&A explaining his viewpoint that plundered artwork shouldn’t automatically be returned to the country of origin.
Slavery: new digital tools show how important slave trade was to Liverpool’s development by Nicholas Radburn and David Eltis
This article explains the use of two digital tools to depict the enormous scale of the slave trade and its impact on the enslaved Africans.
This article reviews the life’s work of Marlon Riggs who died of AIDS in 1994. Riggs’ work reflected on the complexities of African American identities. His work is seen as radical as he often explored how Black people are depicted.
An article about American, James Marion Sims whose research on enslaved women without anaesthetic was founded on racism. His attribution as a pioneer of gynaecological and reproduction does not acknowledgment his brutal methods or lack of ethics.
An article about young Ghanaian artist, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, at his debut Los Angeles exhibition, “Black Like Me”. He paints Black figures in grey tones adorned with colourful fabrics and stylish clothing. He perfected his style watching artists create large scale movie posters and his own style has evolved to be huge, striking and contemporary.
Four experts discuss the ethical and historical aspects of returning the treasures.
The reputation of Black Press as countering disinformation targeted at Black voters is compromised by its association with Facebook who are alleged to have links to troll farms based in Ghana and Nigeria to mirror cultural authenticity.
Africans in Guangzhou, China are being demonised over COVID-19 but the roots of prejudice go back centuries. Their current lived experience in being refused access to hospitals, hotels, supermarkets, shops and food outlets is outlined.
The Costs of Code Switching by Courtney L. McCluney, Kathrina Robotham, Serenity Lee, Richard Smith, Myles Durkee
An insight into the reality of code switching and how that can impact on the well-being of Black people.
An exhibition on Seneca Village, which was destroyed to build Central Park, pays homage to a forgotten chapter in New York City history. Also a link to a film by Khan Academy
Wired magazine article on the rise of race science that’s being enabled by technology and genetics research.
The Effect of Occupation on Poverty Among Ethnic Minority Groups by Malcolm Brynin and Simonetta Longhi
This Joseph Rowntree Foundation report looks into why ethnic minority groups are more likely to work for less than the living wage. It looks at the wage gaps associated with particular occupations.
The story of how 1 million Black families were dispossessed of their land.
A free and open access publication by the University of Tennessee Honors Program at Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange.
The Involvement of Black and Minority Ethnic Staff in NHS Disciplinary Proceedings by Uduak Archibong and Aliya Darr
A report to assess whether black and minority ethnic staff were overrepresented in disciplinary procedures.
The recognition of the harmful trend of voluntourism and orphanage tourism. Includes an article on best practice with expert advice to promote responsible volunteering alternatives in orphanages and residential care centres.
The story of David Oluwale whose life as a stowaway slid from the hope of new beginnings towards persecution, mental health crisis, homelessness and then to be finally murdered at the malicious hands of two racist policemen without accountability.
How Southern whites found replacements for their emancipated slaves in the prison system.
This article explores how toppling statues has become a way of making Britain acknowledge the truth about Empire and the multiple injustices represented by statues.
A discussion about the experiences of ‘Brown Babies’ following the Second World War: related audio – Woman’s Hour (14.49 to 25.04)
A demonstration of how the true size of Africa can encompass USA, China, India, Japan and Europe combined.
The killing of George Floyd led to worldwide protests expressing outrage at police brutality and racial inequalities. This has prompted a discourse on actions and practical steps to combat racism.
The death of George Floyd in the US sparked the UK’s biggest anti-racism protests in centuries. The voices of 50 young Britons at the heart of these rallies are heard in this article.
Economics lecturer Howard Nicholas gives a presentation on the role that economic policies and international institutions have in the ‘underdevelopment’ of Africa.
A frank and honest disclosure by Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa about the overt racism he faced in Lithuania during his time as a young professional footballer. (Sky Sports)
An outline of a future newtopia – a world where Africa is the ‘promised land’.
Seventeen African nations gained their independence in 1960, but a new, covert scramble for resources was born.
A 1987 TV show in which the two author/historians discuss some untold truths about how religion and western culture links to ancient African civilisations.
Black and German: news anchor Jana Pareigis has spent her entire life being asked about her skin color and afro hair. What is it like to be Black in Germany?
Alt History is a series of short films exploring critical moments in Black history that we’re not taught in schools.
A 1987 film focusing on the Ghanaian author, poet and education minister Ama Ata Aidoo. A key point within this film is her speech at 30.40.
A forthright debate on whether the significant aid allocated by western governments to Africa for contraception is welcomed by Africans themselves given their other priorities for survival.
A look at the contradictory and complex ideas around Black masculinity and what tensions arise from stereotypes, colonial histories and economic power.
A range of programmes covering many aspects of history and contemporary issues including war, Windrush, health, arts and more.
This film directed by Akinola Davies emphasises Black presence throughout British history by bringing their hidden stories to the fore.
The causes of maternal deaths, stillbirths and infant deaths in Black women which is increasing year on year.
A reading by on Lucian Msamati on April 12 2018.
David Olusoga’s James McTaggart lecture speech at Edinburgh TV festival where he argues racism has led to a ‘lost generation’ of minority ethnic people in the UK television industry.
This documentary focuses on films, community outreach, healthcare and education in Ghanaian’s everyday life in Accra, Takoradi and Akwidda.
An insight into great civilisations of the past and modern communities of today. 16 episodes of Africans history told by Africans.
A presentation on TED Global 2017 showcasing new art from African nations and the diaspora.
A candid interview with Elliott who first used the “Blue Eyes Brown Eyes” exercise for American white children to experience the racism in 1968 after the death of Dr Martin Luther King.
Art historian Gus Casely-Hayford explores the history of the Lost Kingdoms of West Africa, with particular attention to the 16th-century bronzes from the kingdom of Benin.
A reading by Lucian Msamati, first given on 20 April 1964 from the dock of the defendant at the Rivonia Trial.
Recruitment of workers from the British empire saw over 20,000 citizens arriving from the West Indies by 1955. Their presence prompted this film to allay the fears of the home population. The narrative gives a glimpse of how they were perceived.
Author and Historian Robin Walker gives a breakdown of the earliest known religions in ancient Africa.
A series of videos which feature a range of different viewpoints, perspectives and experiences of race and racism.
A short film explaining the rights of an individual in the event of being ‘stop and searched’ by the police.
Prostate Cancer in Black African and Black Caribbean; a prevalence of 2 to 3 times greater than any other ethnic group in the UK.
Mbongeni Buthelezi combines his love for art and recycling to create a unique kind of images that he calls “plastic fantastic”.
The Atlantic slave trade which forcibly brought more than 10 million Africans to the Americas stands out for both its global scale and its lasting legacy. This short film shows the historical, economic and personal impact of this massive historical injustice.
The Africa Union Ambassador speaks about how the African countries were divided and economic impact of western governmental policies.
This is a short film that relays how the illicit smuggling of rosewood trees out of Senegal to Gambia is fuelled by the Chinese demand as it runs out of stocks from elsewhere.
A documentary that outlines how the Windrush generation came to be in Britain and the ‘hostile environment’ policy 70 years later that has had catastrophic impact on their families.
This looks at the powerful empires, wealthy city states and civilised rural societies of Africa.
How foreign subsidised tomatoes has destroyed Ghanaian markets and livelihood leading to mass migration and labour exploitation.
A Ministry of Information film showing the arrival in London of the numerous soldiers from all over the British Empire. This victory parade took place over a year after V.E Day on 8th July 1946. Questionable commentary but a more honest insight into those who contributed to the war effort.
This poem about the killing of George Floyd is one of many examples from the Cultural Chameleon Press (Mark T Thompson) who uses powerful grassroots poetry as a social commentary of world events.
A question on whether the introduction of one currency (Eco) for all of West Africa will spell the end of France’s dominance in French-speaking Africa.
Reading from her book “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”, Dr DiAngelo explains how white people can develop their capacity to engage more constructively on race.
Africa is a Country offers regular an online commentary, original writing, media criticism, videos, audio and photography.
Africa Times is an independent participative online news site for Sub-Saharan Africa, publishing content by a range of people, from academics to bloggers.
Afropunk is a multimedia platform which offers a forum for artists to contribute to the content. It covers arts, media, culture, health, music, film, fashion, activism and more.
Blog focusing on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic issues. Also informs on various events and publications.
Black Youth Project examines the attitudes, resources, and culture of the young, urban black millennial and how this influence their decision-making and behaviour.
Runnymede is the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank working through research, network building, debate and policy engagement.
An online magazine based in New York, created by a fashion stylist with a fine art slant and a particular interest in diversity.
This is a pan-African news platform dedicated to providing news and analysis about contemporary and historical issues in politics, economics, entrepreneurship and culture relevant to Africa.
The official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); a civil rights organisation.
News summary page focusing on race related issues across the world.
A digital magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary and news from a variety of black perspectives.
This is a platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. We enlighten and entertain with innovative storytelling, original reporting and provocative commentary.
A London based British national weekly newspaper aimed at the British African-Caribbean community.
Yes magazine aims to report on the root causes of issues by uncovering environmental, political, economic and social justice factors.
BBC African History collection through eye history accounts.
A varied array of African History podcasts.
Africa Past and Present is a podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora. It is hosted by Michigan State University’s Peter Alegi and Peter Limb.
A selected list by the website of Black British podcasts as they increase in number.
A programme exploring the prevalence of anxiety and depression in Black women.
These three series uncover the stories of Black musicians in Europe through the ages.
For decades, the world of romantic fiction has been divided by a heated debate about racism and diversity.
Acclaimed Ghanaian photographer Nii Obodai prepares for his new exhibition, Of Natural Magic which displays images captured using a large old-fashioned Deardorff camera to print black and white prints.
An exploration into how the modern food system in terms of what we eat, our palates and the shape of our bodies are all rooted in the centuries centuries of the brutal slavery put in place by European powers.
George the Poet uses a mix of storytelling, music and fiction to comment on inner city life. Grenfell and The Journey are outstanding.
Psychologist Dr Keon West explores racial bias and the trend in anti-bias/unconscious bias training.
A collection of programmes and content marking Black History Month.
Explores the disproportionate rise of maternal mortality rates in Black women.
A showcase of podcasts, from 2016 – 2019 offering conversations on or around the subjects of race and anti-racism from literature by Africans and writers of African descent.
A discussion on the structural inequality and lack of response that escalates the impact of the Grenfell fire – discussion by four editors of the book After Grenfell (2019)
An important discussion on why so few Black Britons give blood.
A look at the challenges Black players have faced against racist abuse on the terraces and in the dressing room.
The untold story of the British Black Panthers founded in London’s Notting Hill in 1968.
After the abolition of slavery, Britain paid millions in compensation – but every penny of it went to slave owners, and nothing to those they enslaved. We must stop overlooking the brutality of British history.
A discussion of how everyday racist actions have a negative impact on the mental well-being of Black men.
The speakers at UC, Berkeley consider the impact of race on economics where even ‘free markets’ have a racial load dictated by the positions of decision makers and the system. It discusses how the foundation of economics perspectives and theories are also predetermined by historic assumptions that undermine analysis.
Short interviews with people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history.