Black History Month: 14 podcasts, Netflix films, Instagram accounts and books

Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month we’ve rounded up a list of podcasts, series, books and Instagram accounts for you to explore. If you’ve got a suggestion that isn’t on this list, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us on Facebook, Instagram (@LivUni) or Twitter to share your suggestions.

Films, series and documentaries


A story about friendship, resilience and life in east London, this film follows British-Nigerian teenager Rocks as she tries to take care of her younger brother Emmanuel. Rocks is streaming on Netflix right now.


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Not our words, @thebritishblacklist’s! 👀😊⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #RocksFilm is out this Friday! Link in bio 🎟

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The Boy that Harnessed the Wind

Based on a true story, The Boy that Harnessed the Wind tells the story of Malawian William Kamkwamba who builds a wind turbine to help his village during a famine. You can watch The Boy that Harnessed the Wind on Netflix.

I Am Not Your Negro

Streaming on BBC iPlayer right now (remember, you’ll need a BBC TV License to watch), I Am Not Your Negro uses the words of James Baldwin to explore the Black experience in America.

Check out Independent Liverpool’s list of black-owned businesses, causes, charities and platforms.

Podcasts and audio books

1619 podcast

Created by the New York Times, 1619 is an audio series that explores how slavery has transformed America. The podcast is on Spotify and can also be listened to on the New York Times’ website.

The Afro Caribbean Society provides opportunities to excel at the University and celebrates African and Caribbean culture. You can find out more about the Society on the Afro Caribbean Society page via the Guild’s website.

My Sister the Serial Killer audio book on BBC Sounds

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s darkly comic book My Sister the Serial Killer has been adapted for radio and can now be streamed on BBC Sounds. This darkly comic story follows nurse Korede as she tries to cope with the murders her sister Ayoola commits.


Library’s anti-racist reading list

You’ve been sending your anti-racist book suggestions to the Library and they’ve compiled a reading list based on your recommendations. If you have a suggestion for a book that’s not on the list, email the Library team using:

7 Books by Black authors that aren’t about Black pain

Natalie Morris has recommended seven varied books in the Metro that she recommends are read alongside anti-racist books and articles.

ON RECORD: UNTOLD & RETOLD is a specially curated festival of live performance, debate and film exploring Merseyside’s black music scene from the past 70 years. Tune in from 5pm on Friday, 30 October.

Ibram X. Kendi’s reading list

Written in May 2019, Ibram X Kendi’s reading list from the New York Times recommends a variety anti-racist of books.

Instagram accounts


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A round of applause for @msbanks 👏🏾 The South London rapper is well-loved on the scene so it’s only right that we spend some time getting into her musical trajectory thus far. ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠ In our article on the site, she talks to @baithoeven about her family’s influence on her career, her musical inspirations and the choices behind her @deezer ‘Certified’ playlist. The tracks celebrate her Nigerian heritage as well as other Black women artists who are making waves in the music industry. Click our link in bio to find it and to read the feature in full 🔗⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠ — ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠ [Image description: A cut out of Ms Banks wearing a white lace bodysuit and a white feathered jacket. She’s looking straight ahead into the camera but has two fingers covering one half of her face. The background of the graphic is purple with three large pink streaks making a swirl effect behind her]

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Goddess pins are now available 🔥 Absolutely in love with how these stunners turned out. Huge thank you to @p.i.n.h.e.a.d 🙏🏾 for all her help in pulling this one off. Next post office run is Thurs so get your orders in now kids. 30mm enamel pin with 2 rubber clutches for that extra secure hold 🌚 . . . #supportblackart #illustration #procreatedrawing #blackwomenartists #liverpoolartist #womenofillustration #illustratorsofinstagram #blackbritishart #itsnicethat #editorialillustration #womenwhodraw #digitalillustration #blackwomenart #melaninart #artforblackgirls #bigcartel #dopeblackart #blackartists #blackartistsspace #printshop #blackgirlsillustrate #pin #pindesign #contemporaryillustration #blackhistorymonth #jungleroom #creativewomen #ladieswhodesign #peopleofprint

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Podcasts, events and articles – take a look at the University’s Black History Month webpage.