TELLING OUR STORIES
“The danger of the black community not controlling their overall narrative is that anyone can say what they want to say about you and the world will believe it”- Samantha X
What I’ve found through the success of Get Out and Hidden Figures is that the lens of the story is not being told from a black point of view. There is an absence of black narratives and stories being told in the UK. The images still portrayed on te-lie-vision in the UK shows that black people can only play dark roles (thug, drug dealer) or play the role of a mammie or slave. The British Film Institute shows that between 2006-2016 British films have only 0.5% of roles played by black people. This is why it is important to take misrepresentation about black people in the UK. This includes LGBTQ and disabled black people as well. It is crucial for the future generations of black boys and girls. When a black child does not see positive images of themselves in cartoons, movies, books, etc. they feel that they have no one that they can aspire to be like when they grow up.
I want to see posters of popular film/TV with black actors/actresses, writers and directors showcase their talent, showcase their authenticity in the characters that they bring to life.
Black people also need an opportunity to have an easy access to any role within mainstream media. Hence why I cannot relate to a lot of things I see on TV because I do not see myself being represented. There needs to be a balance of different black British experiences and not the same ol’ story. #PERIODT