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7 Little Things That Will Make You Feel Smarter This Week

What to read, play, and watch this Black History Month.

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1. Watch The Colony. / Via BBC

This 1964 documentary gives a voice to West Indian immigrants, showing them describing their experiences of trying to integrate into the UK. Shot in 1964, it provides an important snapshot of Britain and the lives of first-generation African-Caribbean people.

2. Check out this art collection.

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This collection allows you to discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This is the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s relationship to music, text, film, and television. The exhibition runs till January 2018 and you can get your tickets here.

3. Get to know about black power.

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Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is a landmark exhibition that shows artwork inspired by the civil rights movement in America. It's a snippet of how artists responded to everything that happened during this time. Tickets are sold here, and if you can't make it over to the Tate, you can buy a book that includes all the artwork.

4. Join a panel discussion.

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Join a discussion with the longest-serving black British MP, Diane Abbott. The Black and British: Women in Politics talk will include discussions on race, gender, and class. The event is free, and all you need to do is register here.

5. Enjoy music from and inspired by the motherland.

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AfroBOX is a celebration of the sound of young Africa. It includes an incredibly talented line-up of renowned African DJs and artists that are actively instrumental in the movement of African music in the UK. You can register for free tickets here.

6. Read this book.

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This book asks 24 writers to examine the issue of growing up working-class in the UK. It covers representation, sexuality, gender, and poverty. You can get a copy here.

7. Take in black British music.

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Check out this video, which takes you on a journey of black British music. And if you are really into it, you can listen to the playlist here.