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Black British Lives Matter with Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder

Investigating what it means to be Black in Britain today

A podcast investigating what it means to be Black in Britain today, from exposing the racism to celebrating the joy in every walk of life. Sir Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder sit down with prominent Black British figures an
11/14/2022

Black British Reparations Matter

Season 1, Ep. 6
This is the podcast where we explore why and how Black British lives matter –What it means to be Black and British, our culture, our joy and our pain.This week we discuss one big idea - reparations - paying Black British people, and Black people around the world, for the slavery and colonialism they suffered. Could reparations solve racism once and for all, and how would it eve work? Professor Kehinde Andrews and activist and lawyer, Esther Stanford Xosei join Lenny and Marcus to discuss.Additional reading about reparations recommended in the podcast:Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century by Kehinde AndrewsHow Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter RodneyCapitalism and Slavery by Eric WilliamsSlavery Reparations: The Time is Now by Nora WhitmanEsther Stanford Xosei’s chapter ‘The long road of Pan-African liberation to reparatory justice’ is in Black British History: New Perspectives edited by Hakim Adi  Find out more about the hosts and guests: Kehinde Andrewshttps://www.bcu.ac.uk/social-sciences/about-us/staff/criminology-and-sociology/kehinde-andrewsTwitter: @kehinde_andrewsInstagram: @kehindeandrewsEsther Stanford-Xoseihttps://roape.net/2022/03/10/afrika-and-reparations-activism-in-the-uk-an-interview-with-esther-stanford-xosei/Twitter: @XoseiInstagram: @mzxoseiMarcus Ryder is on Twitter @marcusryderLenny Henry is also on Twitter @LennyHenryhttps://lennyhenry.net/ Our book: Black British Lives Matter by Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder is published by Faber & Faber and is available to purchase here:https://www.faber.co.uk/product/9780571368518-black-british-lives-matter/ Podcast art by FaberMusic by The LethargeesThis podcast is a Faber & Faber production
10/24/2022

Black British Fathers Matter

Season 1, Ep. 3
This is the podcast where we explore why and how Black British lives matter –  What it means to be Black and British, our culture, our joy and our pain.  This week Marcus discusses why Black British Fathers Matter with actor Adrian Lester and activist Marvyn Harrison. From ‘absent fathers’ being blamed for the ills of Black society toplaying a critical role in the Black family - dissecting the truth from the stereotypes - everything is talked about with raw honesty. Adrian Lester CBE is an award-winning stage and film actor, writer and director. Regarded as one of the most versatile actors in the UK, Adrian Lester receives critical acclaim for his roles on TV, the big screen and theatre.  He is also the father of two daughters. Marvyn Harrison is the founder of Dope Black Dads, an organisation set up to counter the negative narratives around Black fathers as well as offering support to Black men to be better fathers. He is also the father of two small children.  Find out more about the hosts and guests: Adrian Lesterhttps://tinapriceconsultants.com/adrian-lester/Instagram: @adrian_lesterTwitter: @AdrianLester Marvyn Harrisonhttps://www.marvynharrison.co.uk/Instagram: @marvynharrisonTwitter: @Marvyn_Harrison Marcus Ryder is on Twitter @marcusryder Lenny Henry is also on Twitter @LennyHenryhttps://lennyhenry.net/ Our book: Black British Lives Matter by Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder is published by Faber & Faber and is available to purchase here:https://www.faber.co.uk/product/9780571368518-black-british-lives-matter/ Podcast art by FaberMusic by The LethargeesThis podcast is a Faber & Faber production   
10/17/2022

Black British Comedians Matter

Season 1, Ep. 2
This is the podcast where we explore why and how Black British lives matter – What it means to be Black and British, our culture, our joy, and our pain. This week we discuss why Black British comedians Matter with Dane Baptiste and Gina Yashere. Why we laugh, what we laugh at - and what it reveals about us as Black British people. Gina Yashere exemplifies what many see as a Black British talent drain to the US. In 2008, she became the first Briton to perform on Def Comedy Jam and has gone on to star in her own comedy specials on Netflix and to create, produce and act in the hit sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, just confirmed for its 4th season on CBS. Dane Baptiste made history in 2014 as the first Black British act to be nominated for a comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He regularly appears on TV and radio and his podcast Dane Baptiste Questions Everything, was nominated for best podcast at the National Comedy Awards in 2021. Find out more about the hosts and guests: Gina Yasherehttps://www.ginayashere.com/ Dane Baptistehttps://danebaptiste.co.uk/ Marcus Ryder is on Twitter @marcusryder Lenny Henry is also on Twitter @LennyHenryhttps://lennyhenry.net/ Our book: Black British Lives Matter by Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder is published by Faber & Faber and is available to purchase here:https://www.faber.co.uk/product/9780571368518-black-british-lives-matter/ The new comedians recommended by Dane and Gina at the end of the episode: Babatunde AléshéAxel BlakeMr CeeMunya ChawawaMo GilliganDarren HarriottEddie KadiOla LabibThanyia MooreAurie Styla Cover art by FaberMusic by The LethargeesPodcast by Faber & Faber Ltd 
10/10/2022

Black British Fashion Matters

Season 1, Ep. 1
This is the podcast where we explore why and how Black British lives matter – What it means to be Black and British, our culture, our joy and our pain. This week we discuss why Black British Fashion Matters with Afua Hirsch, Ozwald Boateng and Professor Carol Tulloch. What fashion, clothes and style say about Black British culture and identity.  Afua Hirsch is an award winning author and journalist, TV presenter, one of Britain’s thought leaders and most importantly for this episode, a partner with SIKA Fashion. Ozwald Boateng is one of the most recognizable names in British fashion known for his trademark twist on classic tailoring and bespoke styles. Professor Carol Tulloch, a writer, leading academic, and curator with a specialism in dress and black identities. Between them they make up a Black British Fashion Matters dream team and a very exciting podcast. Find out more about the hosts and guests: Ozwald Boatenghttps://www.ozwaldboateng.co.uk/ Afua Hirschhttps://www.afuahirsch.com/ Prof. Carol Tullochhttp://professorcaroltulloch.com/ Marcus Ryder is on Twitter @marcusryderLenny Henry is also on Twitter @LennyHenryhttps://lennyhenry.net/ Our book: Black British Lives Matter by Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder is published by Faber & Faber and is available to purchase here:https://www.faber.co.uk/product/9780571368518-black-british-lives-matter/ Cover art by FaberMusic by The LethargeesPodcast by Faber & Faber Ltd.