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Thursday 4 June 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
June 2023


This is a PDF of poet Gwendolyn Brooks’ chapbook Riot, written about a riot in Chicago after the murder of Martin Luther King. It also includes an image by Jeff Donaldson from the AfriCOBRA collective, also based in Chicago.

Activist-scholar Sobande grew up in Edinburgh, where she experienced first-hand the chronic oversight of Black women and their productions in the UK. Here she reflects on how Black women and non-binary people resist narratives that seek to portray Europe as ‘less racist’, and some of the ways regional dynamics in Britain shape the lives of Black people and public discourse concerning racism.


Claudia Rankine reads excerpts from her award-winning work Citizen in this Poetry Foundation recording, weaving together poetry and prose to reveal systemic racism in the here and now.


This is an openDemocracy talk between Zoé Samudzi, co-author of As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation, and Aaron White, North America editor of ourEconomy. Chaired by Lola Olufemi, author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power, it starts today at 12pm EST / 5pm BST.

Mythology is often the main concern of this Argentinian cineaste. Atenas revolves around the perils of a young woman who needs to rebuild her life upon being released from the prison at Ezeiza, with hybrid references to the myth of Persephone, the daughter of Demeter and Zeus, who was kidnapped by Hades, the god of the Underworld.

Track of the Day

I won’t be so loud if this is what you need
I won’t be so loud if you won't take my lead
I know some men hurt more than me
But giving up is hard to do

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