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In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and pursuing justice for George Floyd, we will be only sharing this post today. Today, the music industry is participating in a media blackout in efforts of taking a step of action to provoke accountability and change.

“As gatekeepers of the culture, it’s our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins, but also hold each other up during a loss.”

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Suggested Literature, Television, and Music to educate + familiarize yourself with Black culture.

5 Series on Netflix

  1. Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
  2. Time: The Kalief Browder Story
  3. When They See Us
  4. 13th
  5. Who Killed Malcom X?

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I’m gonna be real – for me, racism makes me feel uncomfortable. It’s 2020 yet I’m baffled at why someone’s skin colour still makes a difference to how they’re treated. So many people are getting called out on here but I can understand that EVERYONE has their ways of dealing with things. Some people internalise, some people scream off the top of their lungs, some people punch things etc. I’ve had a few conversations with my friends and family and it’s almost sad because am I surprised that this shit is still happening? No not really. Someone asked me how I feel about this situation and so many people are going to absolutely hate me for saying this but in all honesty, I feel slightly relieved. 50/60/70 years ago, we didn’t have social media, or cameras on our phones. We didn’t have platforms where regular people could speak up. Where regular people like me and you can educate others and be listened to and taken seriously. The bottom of the line is, our world is still racist but I feel that the world is more awake than ever before. Back then, do you think something like this would get so much coverage? Absolutely not. I know where I came from – my last name is Thomas ffs and come on, that definitely wouldn’t have been my original surname. Am I worried to bring a child of colour into this world? Yes. But I recognise that slavery happened for 400+ years, and radical change takes a long time. It’s been such a short time being out of that. I hate that people have to suffer for change to happen, of course it breaks my heart! No one can tell me different! But also, I’m just glad that I can see way more people of all races fighting for what’s right. Anyway, on a lighter note, for those who want to learn more but don’t know where to start, add a couple of these badboys to your @netflixuk list to watch. There are way more, these are just 5 of my must watches. Please like and share! Those of y’all that have more suggestions, feel free to drop these in the comments. I don’t want any hate on here, just love. 💖 ** EDIT – for those that can’t find the first recommendation, type in ‘Explained’ – season 1 episode 4 **

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Africana Literature

  1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  2. Barracoon by Zora Zeale Hurston
  3. Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney
  4. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglass
  5. Salt by Earl Lovelace
  6. In Black and White: Racist reporting and how to fight it
  7. In the Castle of My Skin by George Lemming

Playlists

Mom’s Sunday Playlist by Exhibit Creative

Afro-Roots Playlist by Niles Ellis

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