We’ve stumbled across BLACK GAL LIVIN’ (a bit late to the party…) but oh boy, what a delight. Every Monday, friends Vic and Jas hailing from London and Essex chat about current affairs, mental health, pop culture and ‘random shennanigans’ in their award winning podcast.
This sincere, easy listening podcast is insightful, clever and funny, with episodes like “I want big gal tings but I don’t have big gal money” & excellence doesn’t prevent racism, “You’re pretty for a black girl”, white guilt & cancelling PLT and My wig was suffocating my head & Insecure discourse. Give it a go, you’ll be lost in a Black Gal Livin’ rabbit hole, sifting through the entire back catalogue to try and get all caught up – but you’ll emerge enlightened, educated and titillated.
For a deep and essential dive into American history, take time to digest Pulitzer Prize
winning Nikole Hannah-Jones examination of slavery and the lasting effects across America, in The New York Times 1619 podcast
Hollywood star and human rights activist, Samuel L Jackson appears alongside author and Guardian writer Afua Hirsch, and investigative journalist Simcha Jacobovici this October to explore 400 years of human trafficking and the slave trade.
Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, is a four-part series, set to air on BBC Two, this October.
The documentary shines light on the millions of Africans who were kidnapped and shipped to America. Using new advanced 3D mapping and ground-penetrating radar, deep sea diving teams locate and examine sunken slave ships and uncover how millions of people died on the brutal transatlantic journey. From beneath the ocean the documentary travels on land England, America and Ghana, to uncover the lost stories of our ancestors.
‘Enslaved provides a fresh and authentic history of the transatlantic slave trade – one that demonstrates to today’s audiences that this is a truly global story. It celebrates the cultures that millions of enslaved people left behind, and the impact those who survived had on world culture today,’ says the BBC.
In order to have an honest and open conversation about race, we need to identify areas where things are not right. The Clapback: Your Guide to Calling Out Racist Stereotypes examines negative stereotypes towards the black community and delivers a straight-talking guide on how to act right every day.
Author Elijah Lawal is the communications manager and spokesperson for Google, in his first book he uses an easy style and sharp wit to retell tales of the hardship of growing up, what it was like to feel ‘very different’, and the impactful events that became the catalyst for him writing this debut book.
Compelling chapters from Identity and Police, to Sex, Drugs and Dance are revelationary, informative, heartfelt and unput-downable; taking us on a journey through history and providing cold hard facts – because we need them.
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Moonlighting as a radio DJ ? I really enjoyed taking part in @bbc6music 's Paperback Writers, in which I was given free reign over an hour of broadcasting time to play all the songs that have influenced me as a creative and author. It's on today at 1pm. Tune in live or listen worldwide on the BBC Sounds app! ? EDIT: Link to the full show in my highlights.
Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote an impassioned blog post back titled, ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ back in 2014 and it went viral:
‘I couldn’t have a conversation with white folks about the details of a problem if they didn’t want to recognise that the problem exists. Worse still was the white person who might be willing to entertain the possibility of said racism but still thinks we enter this conversation as equals. We didn’t then, and we don’t now.’
With such a passionate response it was clear that there were bigger discussions to be had, questions to be answered and ideas laid out.
In her book Reni covers everything from eradicated black history to white privilege, the fallacy of ‘meritocracy’ to whitewashing feminism, and the inextricable link between class and race. This September Reni featured in Vogue as one of the 19 chosen activists, read/listen to her book, you’ll understand why she’s there.
Not many people have the skillz to pull together a joyous outfit quite like the incredible creative that is @londisgoods. @Charlottesevensix founded the @sevensixagency in 2019, her goal? To diversify a glaringly lacking industry and market place with beautiful creative collaborations and a passion for sustainability. @itstrinacole is getting us moving and making us FEEL. FAB-UH-LUS! The beauty, @char_bailey_ is bringing all those good feels. While Jessica Morgan is keeping us entertained with her fabulous wordsmithery and natural sass. Check out the piece she wrote for us on Black History Month.
We were completely blown away by Michaela Coel’s masterpiece I May Destroy You. Not only for her genius writing, producing and acting skills, the gritty, raw brilliance of the narrative and characters – that resonated with so many of us – but also for the integrity and strong self-belief she showed when she turned down millions for the show in order to keep creative control.
After becoming totally obsessed with the BAFTA award-winning actor, director, screenwriter, producer, playwright and poet, Michaela Coel and watching everything she’s ever written/produced/appeared in, we found this – an uplifting, beautiful story told from a true artist of our time.
Header image credit: Michaela Coel by Tom Craig.