This week on the Keeping Busy show we have our usual recommendations plus, we take a look at how we can gain a better understanding of racial injustice across the globe. Listen to the show below and take a read of the blog.
With the death of George Floyd in America causing a resurgence in Black Lives Matter Protests, it is more important than ever to educate ourselves on the racial injustices that are still ever present in this world. I have composed a list of books, podcasts and documentaries that can help us better understand the changes that need to be made.
- Me and White Supremacy: How to recognise your privilege, combat racism and change the world by Layla F Saad – This book can be found at Mr B’s Emporium here. Or you can listen on audible here:
- White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin Diangelo – This can also be found at Mr B’s here. Listen on audible here.
- Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of the Empire by Akala – buy online here. Listen here:
- Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria: And other conversations about race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD – Can’t find this one in UK book shops but its available via Amazon here.
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo – Not mentioned in the show but another great book that you can buy from Mr B’s emporium here.
- Code Switch – Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby explore how issues of race and identity manifest in every corner of American culture, from music to poetry to sports. This can be found on Apple podcasts or here.
- Yo, Is this Racist? – Actress and musician Tawny Newsome, writer Andrew Ti, and a weekly guest provide funny-yet-thoughtful responses to voicemails from people wondering whether a given situation is racist. Can be found on Apple Podcasts here.
- Identity Politics – Ikhlas Saleem and Makkah Ali invite guests to share their thoughts on race, culture, gender, and faith. It’s all explored through the lens of being a Black Muslim woman, and it’s a highly informative listen whether or not you identify as the same. Listen to it here.
- Pod Save the People – Is a grounding listen when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the news cycle, as organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson and his cohosts make sense of it all. Each episode features an interview between DeRay and a guest, and cohosts Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Sam Sinyangwe, and Dr. Clint Smith take a closer look at the week’s biggest stories—as well as issues that particularly impact people of color. Listen here.
- Come Through with Rebecca Carroll – Culture writer, editor, and producer Rebecca Carroll sits down with high-profile guests for in-depth chats in the vein of NPR’s Fresh Air—but with a focus on race. Notably, Carroll centers herself and her own experiences in the introduction to each interview, setting aside notions of “journalistic objectivity” to unpack issues that inform all of our lives. Listen here.
Films and TV series:
Netflix has a great selection of films and documentaries about racism. Why not check out these ones:
- 13th – In this documentary by Ava DuVernay, activists, politicians and formerly incarcerated people analyse the criminalisation of African Americans, focusing on injustice and mass incarceration in the US.
- The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson – Marsha P. Johnson is a black trans icon, and a central figure in the 1969 Stonewall riots. Black trans women are some of the most marginalised people in society, and this documentary is a fitting tribute. The film is led by her friend and activist Victoria Cruz, who celebrates Marsha’s life, but also probes her suspicious and mysterious death.
- Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap – This series from Vox digs into a wide range of topics. This episode looks into how slavery, housing discrimination, and centuries of systemic inequalities can cause a racial wealth gap – and it does it all in 16 minutes.
- Becoming – follows Michelle Obama as she travels around the US on the 34-stop book tour for her memoir of the same name. She recalls what it was like growing up in the south side of Chicago with a dad dying of MS, her experiences in the White House, her fight for girls’ education, and the school guidance counsellor who told her she wasn’t ‘Princeton material’.
- Strong Island – This Oscar-nominated documentary explores the murder of William Ford Jnr, a black 24-year-old teacher who was killed by a white 19-year-old mechanic in Long Island in April 1992. Mark P. Reilly was not charged for his crime by an all white jury. The documentary is directed by William Ford Jnr’s brother, Yance Ford, and includes powerful interviews from the family about how their lives were altered and shaped by the horrific crime.
12 Years a Slave
Based on Solomon Northup’s memoirs of being born a free man then sold into slavery in 1841, this film vividly portrays the brutal and often fatal reality of slavery.
The film charts Northrup’s twelve years on a southern plantation, as well as his efforts to escape.
While showing the violence and abuse black slaves were forced into, this film can also provide a greater understanding about the long-term effects of the emotional scars of slavery.
Also this week we shine a light on the Edge Arts and how they are helping with mental health. If you like to sing, this one is for you!
Recipe of the Week
As the weather turned slightly chilly I decided I needed something delicious to warm me up. So I went on the hunt for hot chocolate recipes. I found A Unicorn Hot Chocolate recipe that is totally decadent and also sounds totally delicious. For people like me who can’t handle too much dairy I suggest replacing the milk with coconut milk and cream with coconut cream for a delicious alternative. Ingredients below! Here’s a link to the recipe.
- 300ml whole milk or coconut milk
- 50g white chocolate, chopped
- Pink food colouring
- 100ml Double Cream or Coconut Cream
- Your choice of sweets and Hundreds and Thousands.
As always Bath Virtual Festival has shared some awesome activities for people to check out. This week a lot of them have an emphasis on Black Lives Matter.
From a group called Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Their Spring tour was cancelled due to the COVID-19. While an audience couldn’t be present, the group still performed in LA to an empty venue and the uplifting performance was recorded and is now available on YouTube. You can find more about their group here.