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What is the experience of black men in Britain? With continued conversation around British identity, racism and diversity, there is no better time to explore this question and give black British men a platform to answer it. SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space is that platform. Including essays from top poets, writers, musicians, actors and journalists, this timely and accessible book brings together a selection of powerful reflections exploring the black British male experience and what it really means to reclaim and hold space in the landscape of our society.Where do black men belong in school, in the media, in their own families, in the conversation about mental health, in the LGBT community, in grime music – and how can these voices inspire, educate and add to the dialogue of diversity already taking place? Following on from discussions raised by The Good Immigrant and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, this collection takes readers on a rich and varied path to confront and question the position of black men in Britain today, and shines a light on the way forward.

Contributors include poet Suli Breaks, award-winning author Alex Wheatle, Channel 4 news reporter Symeon Brown, Guardian journalist Joseph Harker and many more.

This audio book includes readings from Derek Owusu, Yomi Sode, Alex Holmes, Alex Wheatle, Courttia Newland, Jesse Bernard, JJ Bola, Joseph Harker, Aniefiok ‘Neef’ Ekpoudom, Robyn Travis, Okechukwu Nzelu, Stephen Morrison-Burke, Symeon Brown, Nels Abbey, Jude Yawson, Derek Oppong, Kenechukwu Obienu, Gbontwi Anyetei, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
(p) Orion Publishing Group Ltd 2019
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Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Society & Culture: General / Social Issues & Processes / Social Discrimination & Inequality

On Sale: 7th March 2019

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781409182870


This landmark anthology of essays exploring the Black British male experience from Derek Owusu isn't strictly an LGBTQ+ book. But an impressive roster of contributors, journalist Musa Okwonga's chapter The Good Bisexual is a long overdue - and delicate - insight into the challenges black bisexual men face, from queer puberty, the double burden of racism and homophobia, homophobic harassment in the workplace, and ultimately, self-acceptance. A refreshing insight, given that black, bi men's experiences are routinely rendered invisible.
A much needed anthology
Layla Haidrani, Cosmopolitan