Podcasts, books, music and boxsets have been this year's way to unwind. Check out these recommendations by students, for students, on the latest live streams, hot-topics and reviews.

This month our focus is Black History Month. The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement this year is a reminder to us all that racial injustice is still prevalent in our society and we each need to do what we can to educate ourselves on these issues. That's why we've asked students and staff for their recommendations on black films, books and videos. Every Monday, we will update this page with our latest book, film and video recommendations. 

Book Recommendation of the week 

The College library has provided us with a list of books celebrating classic works and contemporary triumphs from the best black authors and commentators. With the gathering momentum of the #blacklivesmatter movement, there has never been a more essential time to discover these groundbreaking works. 

The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas

This is Thomas's debut novel, expanded from a short story she wrote in college in reaction to the police shooting of Oscar Grant.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice.

Video and Film Recommendation of the week 

We have pulled together our top video and film recommendation for Black History Month. The Film Society are meeting every Wednesday at 4:30pm throughout October to watch films in honour of Black History Month. You can view their full itinerary on their society page. 

Black History Month: The meaning behind Juneteenth

For Black Americans, June 19 or “Juneteenth” marks an important official holiday in almost all 50 states — it’s what many call a “second independence day.



Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime 

Directed by Barry Jenkins. A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.  


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