It’s Black History Month! As part of our celebrations this October, we are asking our members to share their Black History Month recommendations.
The Black History Month picks recommended by our members are a great way to learn more about the Black experience, identity and culture. You can pick up a new book, discover a new author or performer, or try something new.
A huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share their recommendations.
As recommended by: Grace Moronfolu MBE
The good immigrant by Nikesh Shukla; a selection of short personal essays written by people from across the African and Asian diasporas each sharing their experiences of life in the UK. It is an exploration of privilege in all its manifestations.
The Squid Game TV series on Netflix.
To me, the Netflix Squid game is a parody of real life. It delves into topics such as the human condition, trauma, addiction, and debt. The series serves as a mirror to all of us. It shows that goodness, fairness, courage, hope, and luck can still triumph over power and greed. Worth a watch.
My personal favourite is George the poet’s podcast on BBC Sounds. He is a poet, rapper, and podcast host from the United Kingdom who is interested in social and political topics. He beautifully articulates the lived experience of those on the fringe of society due to race, poverty, and class. The first episode of his series is about criminal justice. He’s clever, hilarious, and truthful. His podcasts are a feast for the ears, but you may find yourself crying a lot after listening to them.
See and Experience
I’m pleased to recommend a work by the son of one of our CPS Thames and Chiltern colleague. Fehinti Balogun is an actor who is now touring with an innovative production called ‘Can I Live.’ It’s a digital performance about the climate disaster. Using spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and scientific facts, he shares his own journey of finding his place in the climate movement as a young Black British man. Find out more on the Complicité website.