BBC Black and British Season
BBC’s Black and British season celebrates the achievements of Black people in the UK, exploring the rich culture and history of Black Britain. In partnership with BBC, we are launching an exciting programme of activities responding to the season.
Running throughout November 2016 and led by programming on BBC Two and Four, with other content across BBC television, radio and online, the Black and British season will feature bold, vibrant and provocative stories, overturning preconceptions and challenging orthodoxies. The season will also cast a fresh light on our history, examining the contribution and impact of black people in the UK, as well as interrogating just what it means to be black and British today.
Black and British: A Forgotten History TV Series
Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa. From the African trumpeter in the Tudor Court to Queen Victoria’s African God daughter, it’s a history that has almost been forgotten. In this series, David puts the record straight, while at the same time erecting 20 plaques across Britain, Africa and the Caribbean, commemorating significant people and events.
Black and British: A Forgotten History TV Series starts Wednesday 9 November, BBC Two, 9pm.
Black Cultural Archives have drawn on our extensive archive collection to support the History series and recently launched a series of virtual exhibitions with Google Cultural Institute, entitled Re-imagine Black Women in Britain and Black Britons in the Archive and in collaboration with BBC Two a dedicated exhibition on Black and British: A Forgotten History based on the Black plaques from the series.
Alongside, launching Google Expeditions for 7-11 years olds on Black and British: A Surprising History based on the several Black plaques located across the country. Find out more.
Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?
To date there have been 54 British Prime Minsters over three centuries and they have one thing in common – they are all white? How long before that changes?
David Harewood travels across the UK and explores whether the system has obstacles and whether these mean it could be tougher for Black people to make it to Britain’s top professions. The BBC has commissioned research from Economics and Inequalities Statistician, Dr Faiza Shaheen, exclusively for the documentary, and has worked out the differences in life chances between black and white children in their journey’s to Britain’s top professions.
Black Cultural will host a special event as part of Parliament Week reflecting on the new documentary asking ‘Is Britain ready for a Black Prime Minster?’ Our panel of experts will explore how much progress has been made in tackling racial inequalities in policy, education, health, policing, and immigration since the Race Relations Act 50 years ago and what that means for politics today.
Radio 1Xtra Debates
Radio 1Xtra hosts two live discussion shows on 9 and 16 November. The first comes from the Live Lounge and tackles the experience of being young Black and British. It features a panel of high profile guests and will be streamed via Facebook Live. The second discussion show, picking up the conversation, takes place in front of a live audience in the BBC’s Radio Theatre and includes live music performances. Guests across the two debates include: Big Narstie, Leomie Anderson, Shakka, Jamelia, Emma Dabiri and more.
The BCA Youth Forum will join the live audience to share their views and opinions. Join us for live twitter conversation. Follow @bcaheirtage #BlackandBritish #1XtraTalk
Black is the New Black
Black is the New Black is a powerful and poignant exhibition highlighting the substantial accomplishments of exceptional Black Britons. Succeeding the ground-breaking BBC2 documentary series ‘Black is the New Black’, (on air from 9 November), artist Simon Frederick and curators Mehta Bell Projects reveal the unique collection of photographic portraits at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London. This exhibition will be on display from 20 January until 18 March 2017.
Black is the New Black TV Series starts Wednesday 9 November, BBC Two, 10pm.
Black History Virtual Expeditions for Schools
Imagine going back 200 years in history to explore the lives of Black people in Britain….
In partnership with the BBC and Google Expeditions, this autumn we will launch the Black History Virtual Expeditions. These will available for primary schools across the country.
Teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys to discover the individuals, events and places that have shaped Britain from Moorish soldiers guarding Hadrian’s wall to Georgians like Francis Barber, Queen Victoria’s African Goddaughter and the story behind contemporary Brixton.
Launch date – coming soon!
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Watch the season trailer:
Find out more about the Black and British season.