Black British Life coming to the BBC


Historian David Olusoga who will present the documentary “Black and British: A History Forgotten” on BBC TWO 9/11/2016.

Throughout the rest of this month, BBC channels BBC TWO and BBC FOUR will be at the forefront of illustrated black life and history, specific to Britain, according to the Voice newspaper.  The season of programming, which will feature radio shows, documentaries and films, is simply titled “Black and British”, exploring the history of black communities in Britain as well as following contemporary narratives too.

Writing for the Voice, Nadine White states:

“After approximately 18 months in the works, the BBC will unveil a season of programming celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK and exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain called ‘Black And British’. According to the BBC, Black and British season will feature bold, vibrant and provocative stories, overturning preconceptions and challenging widespread – albeit covert – stances on the matter. The season will also cast a fresh light on black history, examining the contribution and impact of black people in the UK, as well as interrogating just what it means to be black and British today.”

You can find out more about the programme scheduling and catch up on certain features (if in the UK) via iPlayer from this BBC website.


Being “Black in NL” new web series

On heels of Cecile Emeke’s pioneering Strolling series, which explores “Afropean” narratives in the UK, Sweden, France and the Netherlands, Dutch filmmaker Bibi Fadlalla has launched a new project named Black in NL. Through interviews, the series gives a voice to the Dutch black community, shedding light on subjects such as belonging and identity within a society that still considers itself and its culture inherently white.

So far, two episodes have been posted via Youtube (see episode 1 below), but you can continue to follow the series by subscribing here.

New series “Wandelen” by Emeke on Dutch race and identity!

Ramona Sno

To add to her already successful and provocative “Strolling” and “Flâner” series, Cecile Emeke is back with a Dutch counterpart called “Wandelen”. Once again, through the interviews – conducted with articulate and evocative wanderers – Emeke pieces together a picture of Dutch identity and belonging by focusing on topics such as race, immigration, mental health, diet, education and politics. It’s impossible not to be impressed, moved and horrified – all at the same time – by what the interviewees have to say about contemporary Dutch life for people of colour, which it why is so necessary for us to share these messages.

You can watch the first episode below, as well as subscribe and/or catch the second episode here.

Heartbreak High ’90s TV Series



So who here is old enough to remember the Hartley High gang of hit Australian TV series, Heartbreak High? This show followed the lives of a group of Sydney-based teenagers and their families going through all kinds of difficult situations, from bereavement and teen pregnancy to academic struggles and sexual abuse. Moreover, while many Australian TV shows focused on the lives of glowing, blonde surfer dudes, this show illustrated far less Disneyfied story-lines and characterisations. Grittier and more racially diverse that other Australian television shows of the time,  HBH presented audiences with a very different portrayal of life “Down Under”. Additionally, the show refused to shy away from issues such as racism, poverty or Australia’s colonial past.

The show ran for a total of seven seasons, which were broadcast all over the world, the last being aired in 1999 and leaving a significant gap in television media outside of the US in terms of portrayals that were relatable to varied audiences. Thus, if you enjoy throwback 1990s TV and have been searching a show that has diverse, realistic characters while undermining Eurocentric depictions of Australia, search no further. Check out the HBH episode guide here and/or watch and search for episodes for all seven seasons below.

Strolling and Flâner by Cecile Emeke



The web has already been buzzing about London-born film-maker  Cecile Emeke due to the launch of her evocative web-series Ackee & Saltfish. And now there is even more reason to take note of her work since she launched her new France-based docu-series “Flâner“. The basic concept of the series is Emeke wandering around with individuals discussing topics such as race, identity and belonging.

Flâner is the French counterpart and second season to Emeke’s first doco-series “strolling” which was available from April 2014. The overall project’s main objective is: “connecting the scattered stories of the African/Black diaspora” from perceptive and articulate individuals. Both series provide an important appreciate for alternative and non-white views of society at a time when these very views continue to be marginalised within many mainstream platforms.

You can watch the first episode of Strolling and the most recent episode of Flâner (published roughly a year apart) below: