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Black British Lives Matter: A Clarion Call for Equality

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Marcus Ryder has over twenty-five years’ experience working in television and journalism and is a leader on the issue of diversity in the media. Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder introduce an essential collection of essays arguing how and why we need to fight for Black lives to matter - not just for Black people, but for British society as a whole. With Black Britons four times more likely to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act this is one of the most pressing issues affecting our communities. Our guests talk about the reality behind the shocking stats, their own personal mental health experiences and whether living in Britain is bad for our mental health. This is the podcast where we explore why and how Black British lives matter –What it means to be Black and British, our culture, our joy and our pain.

In 1816, Richard Fitzwilliam donated vast sums of money, literature and art to the University of Cambridge, creating the Museum that is named after him. It is clear, though, that the response to last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests must go beyond just representation.From Nobel Laureates Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to theatre greats Tom Stoppard and Alan Bennett to rising stars Polly Stenham and Florian Zeller, Faber Drama presents the very best theatre has to offer. A podcast investigating what it means to be Black in Britain today, from exposing the racism to celebrating the joy in every walk of life.

The essays are most effective when the authors use their experiences and expertise to address a specific problem. Butler laments the smattering of black and Asian representation in overwhelmingly white institutions such as parliament, arguing that, as a result, minorities can easily be pitted against each other.Drawing from personal experience, they stress how Black British people have unique perspectives and experiences that enrich British society and the world; how Black lives are far more interesting and important than the forces that try to limit it. Great mix of guests, accessible to all ages as well, only gripe is I’d love to hear even more topics and also get more views from the podcast hosts themselves of what they think of the topics! This week we discuss why Black British Food Matters with Zoe Adjonyoh, founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and award-winning food journalist Melissa Thompson.

Her tireless battle to get justice for her son, and force the country to confront the reality of racism, has transformed her into a symbol, but this has also dehumanised her.Honestly there is no other podcast out there like this and which manage such delicate and challenging issues in such a human and even funny way.

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