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7 Things To Make You Feel A Little Smarter This Week

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

1. Get to know Black British Women.

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The Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain exhibition tells the story of courageous black women throughout British history. These are women that you might not have heard, stories that are often hidden in British history.

The exhibition runs until the end of November, at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton. If you can't make it down to Brixton you can view it online, here.

2. Watch Gay Black Group.

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The formation of the Gay Black Group was a huge landmark in black British history. The group provided support for black, gay people who often felt marginalized in their communities.

This documentary shows members of the group talking about their experiences and it gives a real insight on what it was like to be gay and black in London during this time.

You can watch it for free on BFI.

3. Explore the history of Black Britain throughout the 20th century.

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The Barbican are showing a series of archived films, spanning from 1901 to 1985. The films tell a story of migration, community, the fight against inequality and of course black Brits living their best black lives.

You can get tickets here.

4. Read this piece on black sisterhoods.

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This touching post speaks to four different friendship groups, and it explores the importance of black sisterhoods.

5. Follow Black In The Day.

6. Check out this Twitter thread which celebrates Black British Male Youtubers.

A series (via thread) on Twitter celebrating Black British Male Youtubers for Black History Month. Coming to you…

Be sure to keep your eye on this thread throughout Black History Month. It aims to upload a video a day, as a way to celebrate black men on Youtube.

7. Read Hold Tight.

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The book is an energetic journey through grime music. It explores its origins in dancehall, rap, jungle and garage and talks about what grime music is now. Along the way it also explores black masculinity and online subcultures.

The book comes with a playlist of all the tracks featured mentioned in the book and you can listen here.