Safe: 20 Ways to Be a Black Man in Britain Today


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for every adult in Britain!

A quick summary

This book is a vital expansion of the narrow view presented by the media of Black men in Britain. It is inevitable that everyone has been exposed to limited and limiting ideas about Black men, and this is to everyone’s detriment. This book, with its diverse and thoughtful contributors, is a great remedy. Everyone will benefit from reading it: whether it speaks directly to your experience, or whether it introduces you to perspectives you’ve never heard before, it will enrich you and spark change.


Publisher’s description

It’s brave and honest, and not a moment too soon. (Afua Hirsch, Brit(ish) )

Every page of this book breaks down stereotypes of what being a black man is. It is refreshing to read the truth of men expressed as eloquently as they are in these pages. I was inspired. I found hope. This is power stuff my people. There is no holding back here. These might be essays by black British men, but they are relevant to all of us in the diaspora. Hold this book close to you and stay Safe. (Benjamin Zephaniah)

What is the experience of Black men in Britain today? Never has the conversation about racism and inclusion been more important; there is no better time to explore this question and give Black British men a platform to answer it. SAFE: 20 Ways to be a Black Man in Britain Today is that platform.

Including essays from top poets, writers, musicians, actors and journalists, this timely and accessible book is in equal parts a celebration, a protest, a call to arms, and a dismantling of the stereotypes surrounding being a Black man. What does it really mean to reclaim and hold space in the landscape of our society? Where do Black men belong in school, in the media, in their own families, in the conversation about mental health, in the LGBTQ+ community, in grime music – and how can these voices inspire, educate and add to the dialogue of diversity already taking place? Following on from discussions raised by Natives and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, this collection takes readers on a rich and varied path to confront and question the position of Black men in Britain today, and shines a light on the way forward.

Contributors: Alex Holmes, Alex Wheatle, Aniefiok ‘Neef’ Ekpoudom, Courttia Newland, Derek Oppong, Derek Owusu, Gbontwi Anyetei; Jesse Bernard, JJ Bola; Joseph Harker; Jude Yawson; Kenechukwu Obienu; Kobna Holdbrook-Smith; Nels Abbey; Okechukwu Nzelu; Robyn Travis; Stephen Morrison-Burke; Suli Breaks; Symeon Brown; Yomi Sode

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 210 g
Dimensions 196 × 127 × 22 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781409182641

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