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42 Podcasts About The Black British Experience & Race In The UK

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On May 25, George Floyd became one of around 1,000 people killed by American police annually. In the days following, organisers across the globe led anti-racist marches in solidarity with those protesting for Black Lives Matter on the ground in Minneapolis. Londoners took to Trafalgar Square in their thousands for a peaceful protest, kneeling for Floyd and staging a sit in at the U.S. Embassy.

Millions more have voiced their support using the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on social media, with many sharing posts to urge friends, family, and followers to join them in speaking out against the racial injustice experienced by the Black community worldwide.

While speaking out online can be a powerful form of activism, bringing the sentiments shared on social media into our daily lives is the only way to enact real change and take steps towards creating the safe space that Black people everywhere are entitled to. This change begins by looking closer to home, listening to the Black stories in our communities and standing for progress and inclusivity where we live.

It’s impossible to produce an exhaustive list of resources that speak to the Black British experience of today and highlight that of the past. If podcasts are your preferred method of learning, the below episodes, series, and one-off segments are a starting point for continued education, allyship, and action.

Racism & Anti-Racist Activism In The UK Today

Activists, writers, journalists, and more discuss the current state of racism in the UK, exploring what is – and isn’t – being done to eradicate it, and where we as allies can do more

Series

Episodes

  1. Ghetts on black British artists, gang violence & the evolution of grime
  2. George The Poet on youth violence, representations and limitations of government
  3. Munroe Bergdorf on racism, trans activism and acceptance

History

These episodes and series look back at the Black British experience through history, celebrating the activists responsible for the progress made up to this point and reflecting on the collective and individual trauma Black people in Britain have endured. They also cover Britain's colonial past and its 21st Century repercussions, including the Windrush Scandal.

Black British History – Series

Britain's Colonial Past & Legacy – Episodes & Audio Documentaries

Windrush – Episodes

In 2018, the Home Office wrongly deported at least 83 people from the UK. Many more were unlawfully detained, threatened with deportation, and denied legal rights. The below episodes highlight the devastation caused by the Windrush Scandal up to this point, as well as the continued impact the UK government’s actions has on Black families across the country.

Additional Episodes

Life

Self-care, career, finance – these podcasts about daily life as a Black person in the UK are as much about joy as they are the struggles faced and trials overcome.

Pop Culture

Popular culture through a Black lens, featuring interviews with creators, in depth analysis, and recommendations for your Watch/Read/Listen List.

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