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Diversity and Inclusion Hub: What it's like being a person of colour in the UK

Introduction

This collection of resources looks into the experiences of British people of colour, and the stigmatism they may face.

All resources below have been recommended by AEO, AEV, and ESSA members. If you would like to submit a resource for consideration on What It's Like Being A Person Of Colour In The UK, including articles, videos, books, and/or films, please send it to us by clicking the button below.

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articles
This is what it truly means to be a person of colour in Britain today (and it's pretty complicated)

Ateh Jewel, Glamour

What it truly means to be a person of colour in the UK today is far more complicated than the simply black or white of the days of the KKK or BNP/ National Front.

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books
Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Afua Hirsch

You're British. Your parents are British. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking where you're from? We are a nation in denial about our imperial past and the racism that plagues our present. Brit(ish) is Afua Hirsch's personal and provocative exploration of how this came to be - and an urgent call for change. 

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The Good Immigrant

Nikesh Shuklar

Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants - job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees - until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, editor Nikesh Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and - most importantly - real.

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Loud Black Girls: 20 Black Women Writers Ask: What's Next?

Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene 

An important and timely anthology of black British writing, Loud Black Girls features essays from the diverse voices of twenty established and emerging black British writers.

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Ledge

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'.

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Black and British: A Forgotten History

David Olusoga

In this vital re-examination of a shared history, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga tells the rich and revealing story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean. 

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media
Black and Welsh

BBC

Film-maker Liana Stewart brings together people from actors and comedians to a model and a Rastafarian beekeeper, to share their stories of what it means to be black and Welsh. 

WATCH IT HERE

What it's like being black in the Events Industry

Michael Adeniya

A snippet from an event run by the Virtual Events Institute, of Michael Adeniya sharing his experience of working in the events industry.

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Injustice

Migrant Media

The struggles for justice by the families of people that have died in police custody.

In 1969 David Oluwale became the first black person to die in police custody in Britain. Many others have died since then. None of the police officers involved have been convicted of these deaths. In this documentary, the families of these victims ask "Why not?"

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Panorama: Let's Talk About Race

BBC

The killing of George Floyd last year triggered a national conversation about race and racism in Britain. It’s a subject that can be uncomfortable and sometimes divisive, as BBC presenter Naga Munchetty discovers when she travels across the country to understand what race and racism mean in the UK today.

WATCH IT HERE

Small Axe. Series 1, Education

BBC

When 12-year-old Kingsley is transferred to a special-needs school, a group of West Indian women uncover an unofficial segregation policy preventing many black children from receiving the education they deserve.

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The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files

BBC

David Olusoga opens secret government files to show how the Windrush scandal and the ‘hostile environment’ for black British immigrants has been 70 years in the making. 

WATCH IT HERE

podcasts
Myths and Misconceptions

Diversity Ally, The Podcast

“Black women are angry” “Black men are criminals” SPOILER: Stereotypes and myths about race are not just the domain of overt racists. In this episode, Diversity Ally explore the common misconceptions about black, brown and other minority groups. Have you ever thought or expressed openly that East Asian students are inherently better at maths, black people have natural rhythm, or Jews are good with money? 

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"But You Don't Act Black"

Diversity Ally, The Podcast

In this episode, Diversity Ally discuss microaggressions, what they are, and their experiences with them.

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About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

Reni Eddo-Lodge/Renay Rich

From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further.

Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.

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Code Switching

Diversity Ally, The Podcast

"Code-switching" is the action of changing our behaviours, speech, dress, and mannerisms to conform to a different cultural norm depending on the context. For example, you don't dress or use the same jargon/phrases with colleagues as you do with your family. In this episode, Diversity Ally catch up with David Ogiste founder of Nobody’s Cafe.

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Why I am no longer talking to white people about race

Reni Eddo-Lodge, 5X15

Writer and blogger Reni Eddo-Lodge talks about her acclaimed book Why I Am No Longer Talking to White People About Race. She also hosts the About Race podcast which looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today and features key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism.

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Testimonials

  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
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    Phil Wetz
    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
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    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
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    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval