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FEMALE BLACK VOICES.

What’s happening IRL and URL right now isn’t a moment: it’s a movement. As a white cis female, I’m here to listen, learn [and unlearn], as well as spread the message and call out racist people on their shit.

In this post, I’m sharing the art of black womxn who’s creativity shines strong. Many have taken to the internet to share their lists of books, films, and music that are both inspirational and educational. This is mine…

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YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR: AND OTHER THINGS I STILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN – PHOEBE ROBINSON

I originally read this book in 2017, and its words still need to be told today, and tomorrow. Phoebe is also an actress and podcast host – check out 2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Guys.

Follow Phoebe on INSTAGRAM.
QUEEN + SLIM – MELINA MATSOUKAS

Perhaps best known for directing Queen Bey’s Formation music videos, Melina’s debut feature, Queen + Slim was released last year. Definitely one of the best films I’ve seen in years. It’s a romantic thriller that pivots on police violence, which two strangers on a first date have to have to face.

Follow Melina on INSTAGRAM.

BOILER ROOM BERLIN – HONEY DIJON

Honey is one of my favourite DJs, and has been since my days of sneaking into gay clubs in NYC at 16. If you like disco, house, and techno then you’ll already know and love her. And right now, she’s in the thick of it on social media, campaigning for #BLACKTRANSLIVESMATTER.

Follow Honey on INSTAGRAM.
INSECURE – ISSA RAE

Issa started off by creating the web-series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, then went on to create Insecure for HBO. If you’ve not watched it, do it now.

Season 4 just finished and called upon actor Kerry Washington to direct one of the episodes. Kerry tweeted: “I’ve been a huge fan of Insecure since the jump. This is a show that showcases our full humanity. Our beautiful joys + struggles. Our culture, our neighbourhoods. Our rich alive blackness. To direct this show was a privilege! I’m so proud to be part of the Insecure family.”

Follow Issa on INSTAGRAM.
DIFFICULT WOMEN – ROXANE GAY

Roxane is the author of the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist, which is what introduced me to her powerful voice in the first place. I then went on to read Difficult Women – a beautifully written collection of quirky and vexed human connection stories. I’d also recommend her memoir, Hunger, which she describes as “the hardest book I’ve ever had to write.”

Follow Roxane on INSTAGRAM.
13TH + WHEN THEY SEE US – AVA DUVERNAY

Ava is a filmmaker and director of prolific heights. Both 13th and When They See Us – available on Netflix – explore and explain the black experience and its intersection with police.

13th goes on to say that slavery was never truly abolished, as so many black men find themselves in prison in America, and so many corporations use those incarcerated for free labour. When They See Us tells the story of five young men wrongly charged of assaulting and raping a New York Central Park jogger in 1989.

In recent news, Ava, along with Whoopi Goldberg, was just elected to the Film Academy’s Board of Governors for the first time.

Follow Ava on INSTAGRAM.
QUEENIE – CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS

At the time of discovering this book, I was feeling extremely homesick and missing my South London life. Candice’s well-written prose – beautifully manic and self-deprecating thoughts from the narrator – as well as the Brixton backdrop, all teleported me back home. It was magical.

Queenie discusses the sexualisation of black women, and Candice stated that much like the book’s main character, she experienced creeps who called her ‘chocolate girl,’ and in an interview with The Guardian, she divulged that “You get accustomed to men saying, ‘You’re pretty for a black girl.'”

Follow Candice on INSTAGRAM.
GAL-DEM MAGAZINE

The independent London-based, online and print publication is committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour, and was founded by Liv Little in 2015. It’s pages, both virtual and tangible, always feature intriguing interviews with inspiring artists, writers and people of note.

They also published a book last year, “I Will Not Be Erased”: Our Stories About Growing Up as People of Colour, which features fourteen thought-provoking and moving essays, and can be purchased from AMAZON.

Follow Gal-Dem on INSTAGRAM.

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

Links to donate or educate below:

BLACKLIVESMATTER.COM | Donate to UK BLACK LIVES MATTER | Donate to BLACK LGBTQIA THERAPY FUND | Donate to SAY HER NAME the campaign that calls attention to police violence against black womxn | RACE EQUALITY FIRST | STAND AGAINST RACISM + INEQUALITY | SOUTHALL BLACK SISTERS | UK BLACK PRIDE | BLACK MINDS MATTER | Donate to the official GEORGE FLOYD MEMORIAL FUND