Black Cultural Awareness Menu (an intro)
I’ve been serving and working w/individuals and groups around civil rights, cultural awareness and privilege over the years. In response to requests, we offer this reviewed, imperfect, evolving menu of Black-related links and how-to’s for you to engage, research, use as an ice breaker, take action and serve. It doesn’t list genocides, interments and other atrocities inflicted on many groups. This is a simple start–a sampling of the vast knowledge, wisdom and history available in libraries & online. Shifting your list of links can shift your search engines, and your perspectives. Share this list or build your own. Hope it serves our shared and individual journeys at this raw, transformational time.
All links are healthy, free, (pls support authors/orgs). No one “digests” the same, so starters are lighter. If you’re courageous, start w/the Kid’s Menu. Take in Health-Drinks (series) bit by bit, or as marathons. Laugh, cry, learn, act, & share far & wide. Peace, health & safety to you & yours.
Starters: (edu-comedy, etc.)
TED: More Than Funny–Comedic educator Michael Jr. (watch to the end).
Vid: How to be an Ally–Comedic educator, series producer, actor Evelyn Ngugi.
Vid series: Say it Loud comedy, history & education; Why Richard Pryor is still funny
Vid: (profanity) Hollywood Whitewashing-How is this still a thing? series. Last Week Tonight.
Vid: Comedian/writer/actor Amber Ruffin stars in the trailer White Savior
Vid Series: (profanity) Liberal Redneck–comic commentator Tray Crowder on Black Lives Matter
Health-Drinks & Smoothies (popular series):
Series: PBS’s edu-comedy “Say It Loud”: Are You “Black” or “African American”? With Evelyn Ngugi, Hallease Clemons, Navarez Azie, Mira Dangey, and Christopher Navarez.
Series: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emanuel Acho.
Series: Queer Eye fun Inspiration, transformation & bridge-building (trailer) and excerpts.
Series: PBS-Brief/Spectacular When I Try to Talk Race with White People. Reni Eddo Lodge.
Series: Blackish (review of the Blackish episode on colorism) by commentator “For Harriet”.
Series: (profanity) How to be a Nerd, Asian BLM activist & Why Comedian Hasan Minhaj
Series: The Grapevine (adult)–A conversation with Black, LGBTQ Millenials
Series: Review of popular TV series: Five favorite Black-lead shows
Series: The Daily Show w/Trevor Noah; Police Also Loot–Black Bodies–every day
How to be an Ally (and other How To’s)
Vid: How to be an Ally, by Chescaleigh
Bid: Wash Post: How to be anti-racist; it’s more than books, quotes and Blackout Tuesday
Vid: TEDx Intersectional Allyship w/many diverse groups by host/speaker Ashlee Marie Preston.
Vid:(RISE District) Seeing White Fragility & going beyond it
Vid: The Strong Black Womann trope explained and recent shifts into diverse narratives.
TED: How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias by Author, Speaker, CEO Valerie Alexander
Book/Vid: Aspen Institute; Professor Ibram Kendi on how to undo racism, becoming anti-racist
TED: How to push through implicit bias by Melanie Funchess of the Mental Health Association
TED: Call out hair touching; No You Cannot Touch My Hair Mena Fombo #DONTTOUCH
TED: Prof. Tiffany Russell: Social/Technological (Womanism-based) Problem-solving Strategies
Series: Self Care for Activists with Angela Davis
TED: Get Comfortable w/Being Uncomfortable–3 Q’s to ask yourself; Author, speaker Luvvie Ajayi
Vid: The Simple, Generous Origins of Black Lives Matter Jamil Smith & Robert Reich
TED: 50 Years of Racism — Why silence isn’t the answer. Consultant James A. White Sr.
TED: The Cost of Code Switching–App founder & CEO Chandra Arthur.
PBS Amanpour & Co Distinguishing “not-racist” neutrality vs “anti-racist” in activism.
TED: The Power of Privilege: by prolific author, founder of TMI Consulting Inc. Tiffany Jana
TED: White Men: Time to discover your cultural Blind Spots (and how to)–Michael Welp.
The Kid’s Menu (for kids & adults)
Vid: Black parents explain How to deal with Police
TED: Why Black Lives Matter Now by young Ellis Fearon.
Articles: Racism and Microaggressions in Transracial adoption Adoptive & Foster Family Coalition
Main Courses: (broken down by subject)
Inquiry, Panel Discussions & Personal Experiences
Series: The Most Important Conversation in 2020 Diverse Black panel discussion; multi-topic.
MSNBC: My Body is a Confederate Monument w/Caroline Randall Williams
Series: Panel; Being Black in Corporate America; code-switching choices, stresses, etc.
Vid: (Pero Like) Series; Afro-Latinos have a conversation on blackness with their parents
Vid: Young vlogger Tarek Ali distinguishes White Pride and Black Pride
TED: Author, producer poet Theo E.J. Wilson: Black Male Privilege and the Me Too Movement
Vid: “Let’s talk about” series: Unintended MAGA-hat lessons Frank series w/an ex-police trainer.
Film: Derren Brown: Sacrifice: (Transformational docu-drama (trailer of “Sacrifice”)
TED: A Black Man Undercover in the Alt Right as told by humorist, poet Theo E.J. Wilson
Book: When They Call You a Terrorist by BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Vid: (starts at 8:30) A Conversation on Race and Privilege w/Angela Davis & Jane Elliott.
Policing, Historical Context, Successes and Solutions.
TED: Officer Mitchell; Policing in America Needs to Change Trust me, I’m a cop.
Vid: Ex-Balt. Officer M. Wood talks police abuse/corruption (us/them) culture & simple solutions.
Vid. PBS: Former Police Chief says Police Culture is “Toxic” Michel Martin interviews Stamper.
Film: “The 13th” From Slavery to Incarceration–filmmaker Ava DuVarnet on her film.
Audio-NPR: Audio: NPR’s Throughline Report: The Origins of the American Police.
Vid: Comedian/writer/actor Amber Ruffin shares a lifetime of traumatic run-ins w/police
Vid: Local News hidden camera compilations: Asking for a complaint form in police stations.
The Daily Show Panel Discussion on what it means to defund or reallocate police funds
Book: “The End of Policing” by Professor Alex Vitali; interview on Democracy Now
Vid: Journalist goes undercover as a guard in a private prison. Democracy Now
60 Minutes: A lying undercover agent arrested 46 people, most of them Black, on drug charges.
Vid: 60 Minutes interviews (disturbing images) lawyers who’ve overturned wrongful arrests.
Vid: Wrongful Conviction Series: Jimmy Dennis Was Sentenced to Death
Vid: Panel; Oprah w/the Exonerated Central Park Five, & cast of the film based on their story.
Vid: Distinction: Applicable to any Organization or Practice Approach-Do No Harm.
History, Academia & Science:
Vid/Book: PBS; When U.S. Diversity Successfully Ruled, and the subsequent Coup & Coverup.
Audio: Solutions for Today’s Economic Issues Sadie Alexander; 1st Black Woman Economist.
Vid: Geaneologist Antoinette Harrell, Slavery Detective of the South, probes current “slavery”.
Vid Lecture Series: ACLU The History of Racism w/Jeffery Robinson
Film: As told by the (then teen) activists; 1963 The Year That Changed Everything.
Vid: The Slave Wrecks Diving Project (w/Nat’l Geo) covers divers who investigate & honor.
Vid: How southern socialites Rewrote & Mistaught Civil War HIstory to generations.
Snopes fack-check: Did Lincoln have white supremacist, or abolitionist beliefs/quotes?
James Baldwin’s famous Pin Drop Speech at Cambridge
TED: What Startup Communities can learn from Black Wall Street by Award-winning Anthony Frasieer, co-founder of the Phat Startup; producing resources for entrepreneurs.
Vid: Brown University (talk starts at 6:45) How Structural Racism Works Professor Tricia Rose
TED: Professor David Ikard of Vanderbilt: The Danger of Whitewashing American History:
Blog: (Crosstalk) 100 Inspiring Black scientists in America by Antentor O. Hinton, Jr.
Vid: Emory U. Prof. Carol Anderson; White Rage: The unspoken Truth of our Nation’s divide.
Vid: Socrates, Intellect, and Uncomfortable Wisdom by Harvard U. Prof. Dr. Cornel West.
Book: Personal accounts-published in 1861 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriett Jacobs–Author, organizer, and cofounder of schools for fugitive and freed enslaved people.
Vid: York’s History of Slavery: https://youtu.be/t0R9tbHnHnU
Film: PBS The Marian Stokes Project on media-historian, producer, activist Marian Stokes.
Vid: TED talks: Historian Dr. Curtis Austin Ohio State University. Black Panthers White Lies
Book: People’s History of the United States by HIstorian Howard Zinn
Vid: PBS; Slavery is Embedded in Everything, Smithsonian’s Historian Sec. Lonnie Bunch.
Book: The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt
Vid: Carry On; The Life & Legacy of Maggie Leena Walker First Black Woman Banker (b. 1864)
Healthy Options: (for all?)
Vid: Health Inequities and Pandemics; Research on Implicit and subconscious provider bias.
Audio: Short Wave w/host Maddie Sophia & reporter Emily Kwong The Importance of Black Drs.
Article: Pro Publica: by Jon Sidhu; Exploring AMA’s history of closing down Black med schools
TED: Dr. Richard Garcia Race Health Disparities in Medicine
Vid: Alzheimers as a Civil Rights/Finance Issue Dan Gasby and B. Smith
Vid: World /historical midwife success & doctors discrimination against midwives
Audio Series: Black Mental Health Alliance.
Vid: Young entrepreneurship & philanthropy: Natural Health w/The Honey Pot Founders
Article: Wash. Post Malpractice with Black Americans in mental health.
TED: Psychiatrist Dr. Shaili Jain: The Future of PTSD Treatment
TED: MDMA, Psychotherapy, and the Future of PTSD Treatment | MAPSCommunications Director Brad Burge. Article: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Article: Scientific American–MDMA and it’s possible release for PTSD patients
Book & Vid: Series: Depression in Our World Psychologist/author Dr. Jeff Gardere and Terrie Williams, author of “Black Pain”
TED: Dr. Shaun J. Fletcher–Reimagining Mental Health Wisdom self-care exploration.
Popular News Programs:
MSNBC: Why Black People Don’t Need To Answer to white people who question them.
Channel 4: Black bank manager to sue Metropolitan Police after 26-month nightmare
Vid: LL Cool J Addresses racism in America: You Do Not Have to be Afraid of Me.
Desserts: (sweet, fun, inspiring)
(easy to digest–best accompanied with main dishes)
Vid: Iconoclast series Inspiring dialogue; Dave Chappelle + Maya Angelou
Schoolyard Rap Encore: Official Music Video: Black Made That!
Series: Black Excellist: 21 Black Owned Banks (#BANKBLACK)
Music: Black People Singing Compilation by Black and Iconic
TED: Humorous Insight on Privilege: I’ve been a Man & a Woman Paula Stone Williams.
Article: Archie Williams influences Simon Cowell to become an Innocence Project Ambassador
Music Vid: rare rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing by Berklee College of Music Students
Vid: Comedic actor, producer Drew Dorsey (DD): If Common Horror Movies Starred Black People
Why this couple believes FIRE will create more black millionaires
Blog: Supporting Black Artists & Businesses during COVID & beyond.
The ACLU, The BEAM Collective, Black Lives Matter Global Network, BLT: Black Lunch Table, Black Mental Health Alliance, GLAD, The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), The Sentencing Project, Innocence Project, NAMI Links, The NAACP
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