Articles

Anti-racism charter – National Education Union

5 August 2020

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.

Black Histories of 31 Places in England by Historic England

9 November 2020

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.

Black History timeline – Guardian

5 August 2020

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.

Black lives matter and de-colonising trade by Michael Gidney

11 September 2020

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”.

Christopher Alder (1960-1998) by Thomas Burrows

3 June 2020

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 by Lanre Bakare

9 November 2020

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.

Elitist Britain 2019 by the Sutton Trust

5 October 2020

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.

Here’s why we need more African archaeologists by Sada Mire

9 November 2020

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.

How to support black publishers and bookshops by Penguin Books

5 August 2020

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.

Humanae by Angelica Dass

2 July 2020

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.

Letter to My Son by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2 July 2020

“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. 

On racism and mental health by Mélina Valdelièvre

5 October 2020

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.

Please, don’t call me BAME or BME! by Zamila Bunglawala

5 August 2020

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.

Target Audience: the films of Marlon Riggs by Ed Halter

9 November 2020

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.

The Ascent of Young Ghanaian Artist Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe by Terence Trouillot

5 October 2020

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.

The Black Press and Disinformation on Facebook by Kim Gallon

9 November 2020

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.

The Death of the Black Utopia by Brent Staples

18 April 2020

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

The Long Hours: remembering David Oluwale by Kester Aspden

9 November 2020

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.

Young British & Black – Guardian

5 August 2020

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.

Films

“I heard monkey chants” by Adebayo Akinfenwa

9 November 2020

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)

Alt History

18 April 2020

Alt History is a series of short films exploring critical moments in Black history that we’re not taught in schools.

Ama Ata Aidoo – WketDZ

3 May 2020

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.

Black British History – BBC

18 April 2020

A range of programmes covering many aspects of history and contemporary issues including war, Windrush, health, arts and more.

David Olusoga – James McTaggart Lecture speech

11 September 2020

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.

Going Home – Ghana

18 April 2020

This documentary focuses on films, community outreach, healthcare and education in Ghanaian’s everyday life in Accra, Takoradi and Akwidda.

Jane Elliott interviewed on The Rock Newman Show

2 July 2020

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.

Our Jamaican Problem – Pathe film (1955)

2 July 2020

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.

Victory Parade – Colonial Film Unit 

11 September 2020

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.

We didn’t want to watch – by Mark T Thompson

5 August 2020

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.

White Fragility by Dr. Robin DiAngelo

18 April 2020

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.

News pages

Africa is a Country

18 April 2020

Africa is a Country offers regular an online commentary, original writing, media criticism, videos, audio and photography.

Africa Times

18 April 2020

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

18 April 2020

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.

Black Europe Resources

18 April 2020

Blog focusing on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic issues. Also informs on various events and publications.

Black Youth Project

18 April 2020

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 Trust

18 April 2020

Runnymede is the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank working through research, network building, debate and policy engagement.

Super.Selected

18 April 2020

An online magazine based in New York, created by a fashion stylist with a fine art slant and a particular interest in diversity.

The African Exponent

18 April 2020

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 Crisis

18 April 2020

The official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); a civil rights organisation.

The Guardian

18 April 2020

News summary page focusing on race related issues across the world.

The Root

18 April 2020

A digital magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary and news from a variety of black perspectives.

The Undefeated

18 April 2020

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.

The Voice

18 April 2020

A London based British national weekly newspaper aimed at the British African-Caribbean community.

Yes magazine

18 April 2020

Yes magazine aims to report on the root causes of issues by uncovering environmental, political, economic and social justice factors.

Podcasts

African Online Digital Library

18 April 2020

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.

Finding the image – Nii Obodai

18 April 2020

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.

Food and the legacy of slavery – BBC

11 September 2020

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.

Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

18 April 2020

George the Poet uses a mix of storytelling, music and fiction to comment on inner city life. Grenfell and The Journey are outstanding.

Radicals in Conversation – Grenfell

18 April 2020

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)

Why racial equity belongs in the study of economics – Berkeley Talks

5 October 2020

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.

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