Instead of a 100th episode of Running Wild With Christine, here’s a list of 100 Black voices you need to hear from if you haven’t yet (in no particular order). Start here, educate yourself.
Books By Black Authors:
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color Edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Any of Roxane Gay’s Books
Any of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Books
Any of Zadie Smith’s Books
Black Sex-Positive Activists:
Black Artists, Writers and Activists:
Aja Barber. Writer & Sustainability Expert. @ajabarber
Gloria Jean Watkins. Known as bell hooks. Feminist, Educator, Activist & Writer.
Black Films & TV:
13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent on various platforms
Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin Documentary) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
Blood & Water (Nosipho Dumisa) — Netflix
Vancouver-Specific Black Organisations & Businesses:
Black Vancouver @blackvancouver
1619 (New York Times) : “1619” is a New York Times audio series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, that examines the long shadow of American slavery.
Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw: Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory. She coined the term in her PhD in 1989 and you should really look into her work.
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast: It features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Build on your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action by learning from organizational leaders and community activists
Pod Save the People:Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.
Stratagem The Podcast: It discusses all things equity, inclusion and social justice and is part of a larger digital resource and virtual conference that you can find at welcometostratagem.com, brought to you by professional social justice warriors at Cicely Blain Consulting. Each episode features some world-renowned guests making moves in the world of equity and social justice and ask deep and meaningful questions about identity, society, and oppression. The podcast is also a resource for their favourite ideas, strategies and solutions that help us move collectively towards liberation.
Anti-Racism Podcasts By BIPOC:
About Race: Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby host a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America. This show is “About Race.”
Code Switch (NPR): What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.
Seen The Podcast: Black and brown women have not been allowed to exist in the world as the fullest expressions of who we are and who we can be. Violence, deprivation, and oppression have ruptured our connections with our bodies, our spirits, and each other. But healing and liberation are possible. We feel this possibility when we’re together – just us. Through the eyes of Black and brown queer women, Seen explores how we choose to live at the intersection of personal healing and collective liberation work. Nic and Lala co-create space where healing becomes possible. Where we see ourselves through our own eyes. Where we learn what freedom feels like. Where we look inward for our paths forward.
Seeing White: *This one is hosted by a white man, but talks at length about anti-racism.* Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story. Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017.
Organisations To Follow/Donate to:
- Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook (Reproductive Justice)
- The Marsha P Johnson Institute: Twitter | Instagram | Website
- No White Saviors: Twitter | Instagram | Website
- Campaign Zero: Website | Instagram
- Black Lives Matter: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Articles/Media By Black Writers/Speakers:
Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett and Charlene Carruthers speaking on a panel on Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives for the National LGBTQ Task Force, 2016.
This list is just a start. Do your research. Educate yourself. Elevate melanated voices.
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