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Black Lives Matter Resource Hub

By our BLM Action Team

A carefully curated collection of anti-racist insights and learnings

The events over the past few weeks have rightfully sparked a reckoning over police brutality and racial prejudice, not just in the US, but around the world.

 

We recognise that we all need to better. As individuals. As an agency. As an industry.

 

And we also understand how important it is to educate ourselves with the right resources, so that we can begin to tackle the endless forms of racism and discrimination that many face every day.

 

That’s why we’ve compiled this shortlist of documentaries, books, films, articles and podcasts to help our agency (and others) get started.

 

This is just one small step that’s part of our agency-wide collective effort to move towards and maintain an anti-racist and more inclusive workplace.

 

We will be updating this page regularly as we continue to learn and grow from our own experiences and understanding of anti-racism.

 

 

LEARN by topic:

 

BLACK BRITISH HISTORY & RACISM IN THE UK

 

 

“Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Book)
An essential handbook for understanding race relations in Britain today

 

“Sitting in Limbo” (Drama, BBC iPlayer)
A shocking drama inspired by the Windrush scandal

 

“Black and British: A Forgotten History” (Docu-Series, BBC iPlayer)
Explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa

 

“Farming” (Film, Amazon Prime Video)
Based on a true story, about a young Nigerian boy who was “farmed out” to a white British family

 

“Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire” by Akala (Book)
Speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class

 

 

RACIAL MICRO-AGRESSIONS

 

 

“Micro-Aggressions” by Stephanie Shephard (Educational Content, Instagram)
Examples of racial micro-aggressions and the messages they send

 

“That HR Podcast - Episode 12: Meet #SallyInHR” (Podcast)
Explores racial micro-aggressions in the workplace

 

“How to Respond to Common Racist Statements” by WasteFreeMarie (Educational Content, Instagram)
Practical guidance on how to deal with typical racist statements and micro-aggressions

 

 

WHITE PRIVILEGE

 

 

“A Guide to White Privilege” by Courtney Ahn Design (Educational Infographic)
An illustrative guide on what privilege means and where it comes from

 

“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism” by Dr. Robin DiAngelo (Academic Article)
Explains how white people can take steps to dismantle white supremacy and confront white privilege

 

“Me and White Supremacy” by Layla Saad (Book)
Understanding how to recognise privilege and combat racism

 

 

BEING AN ANTI-RACIST ALLY

 

 

“How to Be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi (Book)
Learning how to go beyond simply being aware of racism to taking action

 

“How to Argue with a Racist” by Adam Rutherford (Book)
Explores how science has been incorrectly used to justify racism

 

“10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship” by Mireille Cassandra Harper (Educational Guide, VOGUE UK)
A simple distillation of the principles outlined in key anti-racist works

 

 

RAISING ANTI-RACIST CHILDREN

 

 

“22 Books that Teach Young Kids About Diversity, Inclusion & Equality” by Stacey Hersher, POP Sugar (Article)

Discusses the importance of representation in children’s books and a list of books to get started


“Integrated Schools: Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey” (Podcast)
Discusses how we can help white children develop a healthy racial identity

 

“How to Talk to Your Children About Race & Racism” by Dr Pragya Agarwal, BBC (Article)
Advice and guidance on how to navigate conversations about race with children


 

 

LEARN by media:

 

DOCUMENTARIES

 

 

“Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation” (Docu-Series, BBC iPlayer)
Three-part documentary series examining the murder of Stephen Lawrence

 

“Black is the New Black” (Docu-Series, YouTube)
Exceptional figures from politics, business, sport and culture share their insights on being Black and British

 

“Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners” (Docu-Series, BBC iPlayer)
Documentary series in which historian David Olusoga uncovers Britain’s forgotten slave owners

 

“13th” (Documentary, Netflix – US BASED)
Analyses the criminalisation of African Americans

 

“I Am Not Your Negro” (Documentary, Amazon Prime Video – US BASED)
A journey into Black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of Black Lives Matter

 

 

FILM & TV

 

 

“Sitting in Limbo” (Drama, BBC iPlayer)
A shocking drama inspired by the Windrush scandal

 

“Mudbound” (Film, Netflix – US BASED)
Two families - one Black, one white - confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship

 

“The Hate U Give” (Film, Amazon Prime Video – US BASED)
Follows the story of an African-American teen who witnesses the shooting of her best friend by the police

 

“When They See Us” (TV Series, Netflix – US BASED) 
Based on a true story, five teenagers are falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park 

 

“Dear White People” (TV Series, Netflix – US BASED) 
Navigates the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League school that’s not as “post-racial” as it thinks

 

 

BOOKS

 

 

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge 
An essential handbook for understanding race relations in Britain today

 

BRITish” by Afua Hirsh
Reveals the uncomfortable truth about race an identity in Britain today

 

Black and British: A Forgotten History” by David Olusoga 
Explores the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa

 

The Good Immigrant” by Nikesh Shukla 
Gathers “BAME” voices from across Britain to explore otherness, racial inequality and the immigrant experience

 

Don’t Touch My Hair” by Emma Dabiri 
Dives into the complicated history of Black hair and the shame, pride, culture and politics it is associated with

 

 

PODCASTS

 

 

“About Race with Renni Eddo-Lodge” (Podcast)
The author of “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” discusses anti-racist activism

 

“Sydney Writer’s Festival, Akala: Natives – Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire” (Podcast Episode)
Akala reflects on growing up poor, mixed-race and politicised in Britain during the 1980s

 

“That HR Podcast - Episode 12: Meet #SallyInHR” (Podcast Episode)
Explores racial micro-aggressions in the workplace

 

“Pod Save the People” (Podcast)
Black lives Matter organiser and activist DeRay Mckesson discusses topics of news and social justice

 

“Have You Heard George’s Podcast? By George the Poet” (Podcast)
Delivers a fresh take on inner city life through a mix of storytelling, music, and fiction

 

 

ARTICLES

 

 

Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay… Chances are They’re Not” by Danielle Cadet, Refinery29 
An insight into how recent traumatic events have likely effected your Black colleagues

 

If Black Lives Matter to Brands, Where Are Your Black Board Members?” by Mark Ritson, Marketing Week
Calls out the hypocrisy of brands who profess to support racial justice on social media

 

Systemic Racism and Police Brutality are British Problems Too” by Kojo Koram, The Guardian
Insightful read for those who argue Black Lives Matter is an “American problem”

 

Resources for Supporting Black Lives Matter” by It’s Nice That
A list of petitions to sign, charities to donate to plus additional resources

 

"The Energy Unleashed by Black Lives Matter Must Be a Turning Point" by Gideon Spanier, Campaign 
Discusses the need for the advertising industry to take action

 

 

PUBLICATIONS & COMMUNITIES TO FOLLOW

 

 

Gal-Dem (Website/ Instagram/ Twitter)
Publication committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour

 

The Great Unlearn (Website/ Instagram)
A community committed to unlearn their biases and make anti-racist change

 

The Other Box (Website/ Instagram/ Twitter)
Educating and empowering people to work and live more inclusively

 

From Privilege to Progress (Instagram)
Shares insights, resources and news to support anti-racist conversation

 

Black Lives Matter (Website/Instagram/ Twitter)
A call for action to anti-Black racism