The Abolitionist Curriculum

    by Tristan Davies, 30th September 2022

    “The name “Abolitionist Curriculum” is intended to evoke both the historical and ongoing struggles of resistance to systems of oppression and their legacies, such as the transatlantic slave trade, apartheid, and the prison industrial complex, as well as encouraging its readers to think about abolition happening in tandem with creation: creating new knowledges, new ways […]

    Paris is Burning

    by Tristan Davies, 16th September 2022

    “This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their “house” culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion.” (source: Wikipedia) Paris is Burning is a documentary […]


    by Tristan Davies, 15th September 2022

    Set in the 1980s, ‘Pose’ is a fictional portrayal of the New York queer Ballroom scene. It became a crucial for self-expression, celebration of a marginalised community-within-a-community, and a way to take care of each other. “Beginning in the late 20th century, Black and Latino drag queens began to organize their own pageants in opposition […]

    The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    Marsha P. Johnson (1945-1992) was an American gay activist and self-identified drag queen. The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson is a 2017 film documentary by David France. In it, France looks at the work and legacy of Johnson, as well as the circumstances around Johnson’s death, which the police initially declared was by suicide.   From […]

    Top Boy

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “This drama takes viewers into the housing estates of east London. There is tension between the drug gangs that operate almost openly and those who strive to live honest lives against the odds in the crime-riddled area… The programme combines elements of a tense gangster thriller with subtle social realism, some tenderness, innocence and wry […]

    Black and British: A Forgotten History

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “David Olusoga’s A Black History of Britain is a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa.” (source: Google Books)

    Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “A unique portrait of how art and activism for black people in film are indivisible from race and cinema… From background actors to centre stage, Gone With the Wind to Black Panther. Stars including Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg and John Boyega share stories of prejudice and success.” (source: BBC iPlayer)

    Small Axe

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    Small Axe is an anthology of stories by Steve McQueen. In five films, we experience stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s. We have selected this resource as an illustration of historic and modern day injustice faced by members of West Indian immigrants in the UK. Many from the Windrush Generation faced […]

    I May Destroy You

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    I May Destroy You is a comedy drama series written, co-directed and produced by Michaela Coel. Based on her own life experiences, this BBC and HBO series explores consent, race and life as a millennial. Michaela Coel is a Black British actress, writer, director and producer. She made history creating ‘I May Destroy You’ by […]


    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Black-ish follows an upper middle class black family led by Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross). The show revolves around the family’s lives, as they juggle several personal and sociopolitical issues.” (source: Wikipedia) Designed to educate and entertain, Black-ish is a highly-renowned fictional program for its authentic depiction of the lived […]

    The Birth of a Nation (2016)

    by Tristan Davies, 1st April 2022

    The Birth of a Nation is a 2016 period film drama by actor and film maker Nate Parker. “The film, which also stars Nate Parker and Armie Hammer, tells the true story of Nat Turner, an enslaved man who ended up leading a revolution.” (source: Wikipedia) Watch on Amazon

    ‘Native: Race and class Empire in the ruins of Empire’, Akala 

    by Tristan Davies, 10th February 2022

    “Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire is a 2019 British book by the rapper Akala. Part memoir, the book provides race and class analysis of a variety of historical eras, in addition to contemporary British society.”(source: Wikipedia)

    ‘Colour Matters?’, Anuranjita Kumar

    by Tristan Davies, 10th February 2022

    “The colour of the skin, through its subtle and attached symbolism and beliefs, its presence or the lack of it, tells a story of human dynamics that is constructive and/or destructive, depending on the lens used. It has the visual power to influence, pronounce judgements, divide, confer privileges and even influence the right to love, […]

    ‘Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking’, Malcolm Gladwell

    by Tristan Davies, 30th July 2021

    ” Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is Malcolm Gladwell’s second book. It presents in popular science format research from psychology and behavioral economics on the adaptive unconscious: mental processes that work rapidly and automatically from relatively little information.” (source: Wikipedia) Our unconscious experiences and assumptions drive our conscious actions, driven by lived & […]

    ‘Black British History: Black Influences on British Culture (1948-2016)’, Robin Walker, Vanika Marshall, Paula Perry, Anthony Vaughan

    by Tristan Davies, 30th July 2021

    A book with 30 hours of learning material for parents and children on the topic of Black British history and Black culture. This book is “aimed at parents and teachers who would like solid information to teach their children Modern Black British History, and to exercise the historical skills required by the National Curriculum.” (source: […]

    Yale Open University: ‘African American History: From Emancipation to the Present’

    by Tristan Davies, 30th July 2021

    “The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present (2010). Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and […]

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