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 […]

    Shame in the game: Racism in Football (2020)

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    As incidents of hate crimes at professional football matches were on the rise, this 2020 documentary from the BBC delves into the levels and impact of racism in football in the UK. “With emotional interviews and shocking undercover footage of abuse, this film shows the scale of racism that still needs to be tackled. The […]

    ‘Your Silence Will Not Protect You’, Audre Lorde

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Audre Lorde was an African-American writer, womanist, radical feminist, professor, and civil rights activist. She was a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” who “dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.” (source: Wikipedia) “Your Silence Will Not Protect You is a 2017 posthumous collection […]

    Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Son of Patricia is a Netflix comedy special starring the Daily Show host Trevor Noah. In the stand-up show, Trevor, originally from South Africa, touches on his experiences of racism and immigration, alongside tacos, runaway snakes, camping and lessons he learned from his mother.” (source: Netflix)

    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 […]


    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    BlackAF is an American sitcom starring and executive produced by Emmy nominees Kenya Barris (“black-ish”) and Rashida Jones #blackAF. In the series, a fictional Kenya Barris and his family navigate relationships, race and culture while grappling with their newfound success.

    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 […]

    Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Former professional footballer Anton Ferdinand explores the issue of racial abuse in the game from a personal perspective. He also confronts the online abuse he has experienced since, which has affected his mental health, his career and the lives of his loved ones.” (source: BBC iPlayer) We have selected this resource as an opportunity to […]


    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Four close friends in Los Angeles challenge and support each other through life’s triumphs and disasters. Sophisticated, relatable and always funny.” (source: Netflix)

    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 […]

    Racism in the UK: ‘I feel like an Alien’

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    A BBC News interview: “As Stormzy pledges £10 million to UK organisations to tackle racial inequality, four black men speak to the BBC’s Ashley John-Baptiste about their experiences of racism in daily life.” (source: BBC iPlayer) We have selected this resource as a showcase for the authentic, lived experiences of Black people in the UK, […]

    Being British East Asian: Sex, Beauty & Bodies

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Elaine Chong reveals what British East Asians think about their bodies and their lives. She explores the struggles they face caught between the cultures of West and East.” (source: BBC iPlayer) This TV series highlights the experiences of East Asian people in the UK. Watch the series on BBC iPlayer:

    The Intersectionality Wars

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “When Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term ‘Intersectionality’ 30 years ago, it was a relatively obscure legal concept. Then it went viral.” (Source: Vox) A VOX article exploring Intersectionality and the context in which the term was coined. Intersectionality is a powerful tool; it’s a lens through which we can look to see how systems […]

    Why you should stop saying “All lives matter,” explained by German Lopez

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “It’s a common conversation these days: One person says, “Black lives matter.” Then another responds, “No, all lives matter.” It’s also a complete misunderstanding of what the phrase “Black lives matter” means. The person on the receiving end interprets the phrase as “Black lives matter more than any other lives.” But the point of Black […]

    The Doll Test – the effects of racism on children

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    A video discussing the ‘doll test’, a psychological experiment designed in the 1940s in the USA to test the degree of marginalization felt by African American children caused by prejudice, discrimination and racial segregation. The below video, filmed in 2016 with children with differing racial and ethnic characteristics, think about the dolls when asked questions […]

    Racism in the Ranks

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    This documentary investigates experiences of racism within the Armed Forces. “In the British Army, complaints of bullying, harassment and discrimination come disproportionately from ethnic minority soldiers. Reporter Callum Tulley hears some shocking complaints from ex-soldiers, including those who were born in Commonwealth countries, and meets a British soldier who was thrown out of the army […]


    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    A sharp comedic sketch show starring Black British talent. Meet the Nigerian prince no one emails back, discover Nollywood’s ‘finest’, and watch the rudest Midsomer Murders ever. “Famalam travels across the galaxy with a dazzling array of accents, cultural observations and colourful costumes. Famalam gives a glimpse of the latest Nollywood blockbuster, and reveals who […]

    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 […]

    Podcast: Growing up with Gal-dem

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Editor-in-Chief of the UK’s gal-dem magazine, Liv Little, and her fellow head of editorial, Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff, tackle questions and curiosities from their younger selves in this enlightening podcast. They invite notable non-binary individuals and womxn of colour to weigh in on the conversations—making for a refreshingly inclusive perspective on the lessons we all could’ve […]

    Investing in Ethnicity ‘Ethnicity Ally Toolkit’

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “The guide gives a checklist of how to be an ally,  advocate and champion and explains why everyone should be an ally. Including awareness building on micro-aggressions, language, scenarios and quotes from our favourite allies.” (Source: Investing in Ethnicity)

    Stonewall: ‘Being BAME and LGBT in the Workplace’ (2017)

    by Tristan Davies, 13th September 2022

    From the Stonewall Workplace Equality Conference 2017, this report focuses on the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ and race, including experiences of racism within the LGBTQ+ community, privilege and allyship. We have chosen this resource as a source of education and self-reflection.

    Stonewall: ‘Martin’s Workplace Story’

    by Tristan Davies, 12th September 2022

    “Stonewall regularly publishes stories about LGBT workplace experiences. Here you can read about the lived experience of Martin, a first-generation East Asian immigrant who identifies as gay.” (source: Stonewall) Click to read other LGBT workplace stories by Stonewall.

    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, […]

    Harvard Implicit Bias Test

    by Tristan Davies, 10th February 2022

    “It is well known that people don’t always ‘speak their minds’, and it is suspected that people don’t always ‘know their minds’. Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology.” (source: Harvard Implicit Bias Test) This website presents a method identify one’s own conscious-unconscious divergences and identify one’s own implicit bias towards race, gender, and […]

    Disclosure (2020)

    by Tristan Davies, 31st January 2022

    “Examining Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact it’s left on both the transgender community and American culture.” (source: Netflix) This film follows an in-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and American culture. (required paid subscription)

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

    by Tristan Davies, 31st January 2022

    The book explores the links between gender, class and race in Britain and other countries. It covers the experiences of Black and Asian people in the UK today and in recent history, including the Atlantic slave trade, Indian soldiers in World War I, the Bristol Bus Boycott, the 1981 riots and Labour Party Black Sections. The book also covers topics such […]

    ‘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 & […]

    ‘Noughts and Crosses’, Malorie Blackman

    by Tristan Davies, 30th July 2021

    “Noughts & Crosses is a series of young adult novels by British author Malorie Blackman, including six novels and three novellas. The series is speculative fiction describing an alternative history The series takes place in an alternative 21st-century Britain.” (source: Wikipedia) The book presents a series of intriguing thought experiments and meditations of Black experiences […]

    ‘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: […]

    George the Poet

    by Tristan Davies, 30th July 2021

    “George the Poet is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His innovative brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim both as a recording artist and a social commentator.” (source: George the George’s podcast and wider work draws from his Ugandan heritage, told through the lens of his life and experiences. […]

    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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