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Why Everyone Needs to Watch Black-ish

My partner and I have been re-watching Black-ish, and every time we do, we are reminded of its unique power and importance. Black-ish is a comedy that doesn't shy away from getting deep and real about life, specifically for black people in America. And no, it's not just the obvious things. If you're not black,… Continue reading Why Everyone Needs to Watch Black-ish

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Mindset Shifts About Racism and Inclusion

There's a lot we still don't know about the history of people of colour. Indigenous peoples. People who laid the foundations of our world, and had their lands and resources stolen from them with brutal murder, oppression and enslavement. But there is a lot to learn about our world and ourselves in discovering more in… Continue reading Mindset Shifts About Racism and Inclusion

Life & Stuff · Mental Health

Racial Education: Being Uncomfortable, Vulnerability and Allyship

I'm not just talking to white people here. Being an ally is also for other ethnic groups because I, as a Mixed Race (Black Caribbean and White British, Irish) cisgender woman will have no lived experience compared to say an Indian, Hindu man; or a Japanese lesbian; or a Native American Transgender woman etc. etc.… Continue reading Racial Education: Being Uncomfortable, Vulnerability and Allyship

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Think Racism Doesn’t Exist Anymore

Here is a questionnaire to help you realise that Racism very much does exist, even without the very OBVIOUS displays of it with police brutality in America and mass incarceration etc. etc. (These are very gentle, easy to answer questions. Not aggressive or personal or rude, but an easy way to shine a light on… Continue reading 10 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Think Racism Doesn’t Exist Anymore

Author Stuff · Writing Tips

How to Bring Diversity into your Story

I wanted to discuss this as someone who supports diversity, someone who feels underrepresented in books and films and TV, and someone who is an author who writes with diversity in mind. Everything I say is my own opinion and advice, said with good intentions... Be realistic The first thing to remember when writing diversity… Continue reading How to Bring Diversity into your Story

Life & Stuff · Reviews

Thoughts on “The Hate U Give” Book & Film (Black History Inspired)

Yesterday, I finally got to watch The Hate U Give, the new Black Lives Matter film. Earlier this year, I read the book by Angie Thomas and loved it and was moved by it as well. Let's just say that the film had my heart aching in every way. And I truly hope that as… Continue reading Thoughts on “The Hate U Give” Book & Film (Black History Inspired)

Life & Stuff · Writing Tips

Discussing Black Representation & Life (Black History Month Inspired)

I've always written white characters because that's what I was so used to seeing for myself. So, that was like the rule! I remember with the 3rd book in the Eternity Series, I put an Indian man in there and a black man and I felt good for doing it. But what did it matter… Continue reading Discussing Black Representation & Life (Black History Month Inspired)

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Black Authors to Read (Black History Month Inspired)

Here is a list of some truly inspiring, notable black authors and some of their works: Oprah {I've read some} Maya Angelou {I've read some} Martin Luther King & Coretta Scott King Malcolm X Alex Haley - Roots: The Saga of an American Family Tomi Adeyemi - The Children of Blood and Bone {I've read} Nic… Continue reading Black Authors to Read (Black History Month Inspired)

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Films to Watch This Black History Month

Malcolm X 12 Years a Slave Django Unchained The Butler Ali I Am Not Your Negro Selma Hidden Figures Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Fruitvale Station Moonlight The Great Debaters 4 Little Girls Belle Get on the Bus Straight Outta Compton 13th The Help Boyz in the Hood Glory The Color Purple Fences The Hate… Continue reading Films to Watch This Black History Month