Amplifying Black Voices & How to Show Up | Melissa Hemsley
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Amplifying Black Voices

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Amplifying Black Voices: Part 1

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This is just the starting point, but for now this is a Part 1 Round Up of what and who I’ve been learning from & I hope it can be useful to you too. As well as Anti-Racism Resources, I have included black authors, chefs and writers who inspire me. I’m committed to using my online space better to amplify black voices. Please share with friends and colleagues. I’ve split these resources up into 4 areas:

  1. Follow and support.
  2. Watch and listen.
  3. Books to read and share.
  4. Sign petitions, donate, write to your MP.


Mireille Charper – read 10 Steps to Non Optical Allyship
Rachel.cargle – watch Public Address on Revolution
Nova Reid – watch Ted Talk
Layla f Saad – read Me And White Supremacy
The Conscious Kid  – A Children’s Book List for anti racism activism

Aja Barber
Reni Eddo – Lodge
Candice Brathwaite – read her (already) bestselling book ‘I am not your Baby Mother’
Munroe Bergdorf
Mikaela Loach
Giselle Buchanan Resource guide

Benjamina Ebuehi and her The Sister Table supperclubs
Riaz Phillips  BellyFull
Original Flava Craig & Shaun McAnuff
Rachel Ama
Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo
Zoe Adjonyoh’s Ghana Kitchen, Zoe’s Crowdfunder cooking for NHS staff.
Sophia Roe
Nena Foster
Fatti Tarkleman
UK based chefs to follow shared by Melissa Thompson
Chefs to follow shared by Samin Nosrat

Black Womens Directory
A great round up of black owned businesses here split by category
Bonitavieprints Afro-inspired design
Beautystack by Sharmadean Reid
The People Shop by Allison Sadler


I Am Not Your Negro
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Black Power Mixtape
Freedom Riders

Quarantine Conversations with Gemma Cairney and Lola Adesioye
Angela Davis speeches (multiple)

Anti-Racism Resources with Candice Brathwaite on The High Low
Conversations with Nova Reid
Doing the Anti-Racism Work – Layla F Saad speaking to Emma Gannon
GalDem Zine
Otegha Uwagba’s In Good Company and founder Women Who

Selma / Fruitvale Station / The Hate U Give / Malcolm X / If Beale Street Could Talk / When They See Us (Netflix) / Dear White People (Netflix) / Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (HBO) / Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (HBO)


If these books are sold out online but there is still an option to buy, please do to support these writers and they will be sent out as soon as they’re in stock. Also try your local book shop who may be taking online orders or Waterstones or Hive alternatively consider the ebook or audio versions.

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by @renieddolodge and her podcast About Race
Brit-ish by @afuahirsch⁣⁣⁣
Natives by @akalamusic⁣⁣⁣
How To Be An Anti-Racist by @ibramxk
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins⁣
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper⁣
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou⁣
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
Women Race and Class by Angela Davis
Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues by Angela Davis
Girl Woman Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
Diversify by June Sarpong OBE
More than Enough by Elaine Weltworth
Love it or Leave it by Samantha Clarke on career happiness
Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba, a tool kit for working women
Slay In your Lane by @yomi.adegoke
Together: Our Community Cookbook by The Hubb Community Kitchen  


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