Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa. From the African trumpeter in the Tudor Courts to Queen Victoria's African God daughter, it's a history that has almost been forgotten. In this series, David puts the record straight, while at the same time erecting 20 plaques across Britain, Africa and the Caribbean, commemorating significant people and events.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Black & British: A Forgotten History - Writing Black Britain - Netflix
Writing Black Britain 1948-1998 is an anthology of black British writings published in 2000 and edited by James Procter. The selection of writings includes many well-known writers such as Stuart Hall and Paul Gilroy. This is an interdisciplinary collection and contains a variety of writings that discuss different forms of representation, i.e. films, music, and photography. It is centered on works of the diaspora, including Caribbean, African, and South Asian experiences. This collection is the first of its kind and critically engages with both the construction and community of “black Britain” and power relations. Every writer has something to say about their own positionality and how they've come to theorize black Britain. The book is subdivided into three main parts covering distinct time periods: 1948 to late 1960s, later 1960s to mid-1980s, and mid-1980s to late 1990s. Each main part is framed by an introduction and then divided between “literature” and “essays and documents”. While many anthologies following were filled with pieces written specifically for the anthology's publication, Writing black Britain is a collection of previously published text. These pieces were initially compiled in order to prevent misinterpretation and inaccuracy about Black communities in Britain and Germany. Because of this, the anthology was aimed at speaking to mainstream white audiences in order to highlight the Black presence in European life. When reading and discussing Writing Black Britain, it is important to keep in mind the fact that it was designed for use in university coursework and the potential effect this may have had on what materials were and were not included for publication.
Black & British: A Forgotten History - Feminism within Writing Black Britain - Netflix
It is important to recognizes the centrality of black women struggles within the formation of a black Britain. Within this anthology, black women speak to power differentials and intersectionality in their essay. As Hazel Carby states, “The fact that black women are subject to the 'simultaneous' oppression of patriarchy, class, and 'race' is the prime reason for not employing parallels that render their position and experience not only marginal but also invisible.”