When it comes to our collective memory, the main narratives that shape it are overwhelmingly Eurocentric, and the contributions and stories of minorities are often overlooked by both our educational system, and the popular content we consume on a daily basis.
Black History Month creates a space where we can celebrate the many achievements of members of the black diaspora, and a reminder that it’s important to make space in our feed for diverse stories and representation.
Here’s a list of content we think belongs in your queue:
Forbes’ Black in business: celebrating the legacy of black entrepreneurship
A quick read and informative Historical survey, this Forbes’ article is a great place to start getting to know the micro-narratives of Black American business men and women who demonstrated resilience and found opportunity in the face of adversity.
Beyoncé’s Black History Month Collage
Can you name the 45 significant black historical figures in this image? Beyoncé’s collage will provide you with a quick study tool to begin re-learning history through the stories of the fascinating leaders that never made it into your school history books.
Why Diversity Campaigns Sometimes Goes Wrong, Even for us Black Folks
Marketing to a diverse audience isn’t about repackaging white stories for black folks. Using Penguin Random House / Barnes & Noble “Diversity Editions” as an example of Black History Month faux-pas, Deandra Rahaman observes that there are loads of classic black stories that deserve to be told, and authors of colours that deserve prime real-estate in our family libraries.
The Most Searched: A Celebration of Black History Makers
The data has spoken! Just in case you were skeptical about the importance of diversity in representation, Google’s #TheMostSearched campaign proves that we cannot get enough of black content. Once you’re done with that, take a look at Black girl magic: a moment in search.
The Black Godfather on Netflix
When it comes to the personification of power and influence, we’ll almost always imagine a white man. This Netflix documentary Clarence Alexandre Avant definitely challenges that biase. Not only did he shape the careers of some of the most recognized artists in the last 50 years, he’s also mentored some of today’s top music executives, and supported black democratic politicians like Andrew Young and Barack Obama.
Ready, Set… Buy Black, Gimlet Media’s The Nod
The Nod, named after the nod POCs give each other when seeing each other across a room full of white people, is a podcast about black life and culture. In this episode, hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings challenge each other to a treasure hunt through New York’s black-owned businesses. Through their journey, they learn about current trends shaping black owned business in NYC.
The Architect of Hollywood, 99% Invisible
Everyone is familiar with the names Frank LLoyd Write or Louis Sullivan, yet even the biggest modern architecture buffs and trained architects themselves might not know of Paul Revere Williams. This 99% Invisible episode tells the fascinating story of the architect who designed the homes of the most affluent residents of Hollywood, at a time where his clients were so taken aback by his skin colour that they wouldn’t know whether or not they should shake his hand.
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