Black British

Exploring Britain's African Connections

Kirsty Osei-Bempong | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Kirsty Osei-Bempong

Growing up as a child of Ghanaian origin in England, I often wondered why school history lessons never made mention of Africans other than them being slaves. I remember vividly those awkward classroom sessions (as the only black girl in the class), where I'd feel eyes boring into me as the teacher droned on about these poor Africans forced on to ships to the Americas.

Why Me Calling Myself Black-British Troubles My Mum So Much

Fisayo Fadahunsi | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Fisayo Fadahunsi

I agree with my mum that acknowledging my African heritage is important, both for the way I understand the world and the way that the world understands me. However, I would argue that how I identify is not entirely my choice.

British Film Appreciation: Attack The Block (2011)

Sara Bivigou | Posted 13.11.2011 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bivigou

Watching black boys from London as protagonists made me giddy with joy, made me a black girl from London feel recognised, less invisible in the wider world. I don't know much about the actors that played the teenagers but their mannerisms and accents were convincing. Even in dealing with the film's drug dealing sublot which felt superflous - empty, weighty and simplistic - they were earnest enough.

British Film Appreciation: Pressure (1975)

Sara Bivigou | Posted 27.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bivigou

Pressure (1975) is spread out over the course of a few days but Tony's experiences are so stacked, he shuffles unthinkingly from one incident to the next, it's as if everything is happening on one verrrrrrrry long day.