- Let’s Talk!
I found this little beauty online. It’s a short and helpful 20 pages on learning how to have and facilitate hard conversations about race and racism. Honestly, you can use for any hard topic. I promise it’s worth the read! Click here for the link.
2. How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon
I read a couple essays from this book in my African American studies class. This book is an excellent read, a brutally honest and funny collection of essays about the author’s plight and feelings about being black in America. You can find a copy on Amazon.
Black-ish has quickly become one of my favorite shows. It is empowering to see a cast on TV full of black people who explore what it means to be black. They tackle serious societal issues, all while maintaining a balance of humor and sincerity.
All episodes are on Hulu! If you don’t want to watch it from the beginning, I recommend watching the episode, Juneteenth on Hulu.
4. Dear White People
I ended up binging the whole season in a weekend because it was amazing. The Netflix Original beautifully showed the struggle that young black people face, addressing racism in their universities and amongst their peers. I also loved the diverse portrayals of different black kids on a modern-day college campus.
5. Master of None
I don’t know if you can tell but I am currently feasting my eyes on Netflix Originals. I love Master of None because of Aziz Ansari. There are scenes that I am not impressed by but this show addresses/points out little things about our culture or mentality. There’s an episode about how women feel or episodes about old people. If you haven’t already seen it or don’t want to watch it from the beginning, I want to recommend Season 1 Episode 4. This episode identifies one of many problems concerning Hollywood and its race issue, especially the inaccurate portrayals of Indians on television.
I listened to this Ted Talk and was completely blown away. I didn’t realize how much racism negatively impacts health. Click the link above and just listen.