Black History Month - Book, TV and Podcast Recommendations

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To celebrate Black History Month, we have created a list of recommended material to watch, read and listen to.  

If you have any other suggestions of material that you think should be on the list, please comment below or contact i.ford@bathspa.ac.uk

Book recommendations 

Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini 

Described as one of the world’s best science writers by Ed Yong, Saini explores the concept of race from its origins to the present day. We recommend this book if you want to read more about how race and science are intertwined and the deep-rooted problems of ‘race science’. 

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

This is an essential handbook for white people to confront their denial about structural and institutional racisms happening around them. We recommend you read this book to educate yourself about race relations in Britain today.

The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla

21 writers explore what it means to be black, asian and minority ethnic in Britain today. We recommend this book to understand the experiences of ordinary people and hear their stories. 

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 

Candice Carty-Williams encompases black female identity and sexual politics in contemporary Britain. We recommend this book if you are looking for a fiction book which explores issues such as race, mental health, consent and class.

The autobiography of Malcolm X 

This biography explores the life of Malcolm X who fought for equal rights for black men and women in the United States.  We recommend this book to look at twentieth century history of inequalities for black people. 

 

Podcast recommendations

Colour Out The Box 

Two friends document their weekly conversations and everyday experiences, covering online dating, racial politics in the workplace and what it means to be Black and British.

You can find this Podcast here. 

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

This podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. This podcast is co-hosted by Chevon and Hiba who inspire listeners to take action and build on their racial justice lens. You can find this podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Play. 

You can find this Podcast here. 

 

Ted Talk recommendations 

The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a famous Nigerian writer, author of Americanah, Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. In this Ted Talk, Adichie challenges us to consider the power of stories to shape stereotypes. 

You can find this Ted Talk here.

 

People to follow on Instagram

@nowhitesaviors

No White Saviors is an advocacy campaign led by a majority female, majority African team of professionals based in Kampala, Uganda. They have a focus on international development and disrupting the white savior complex.

@ckyourprivilege 

Myisha T is a mental health activist and speaker who works with organisations and community groups to take white people on a journey to confront their relationship with racism and privilege. 

 

Article recommendation

100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating For People Of Colour

Kesiena Boom has written a great article with a few suggestions on how white people can be better allies.

You can find this article here.

 

TV recommendations 

I May Destroy You

Released this year and written and starring Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You is a British Comedy Drama about sexual consent that follows the life of an upcoming Millennial Black writer living in London.  

13th 

This Netflix documentary explores racial inequality in the US and how the prison system disproportionately disadvantages African-Americans. 

Black-ish

This American sitcom follows an upper middle class African-American family and their response to sociopolitical issues. 




 

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