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Black popular culture and resources to help you self-educate

Black popular culture

As the Black Lives Matter protests continue to call for justice, healing, and freedom for Black people across the globe, we here at six-two are committed to supporting the movement. 

We, as allies, should be looking inward to address our own privileges. We should be absorbing resources shared by the BIPOC community and undertaking our own research. Put simply, we should be “doing the work.” 

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite, recommended and most insightful resources, along with other remarkable BIPOC pop culture works to continue our education and support of the movement. From documentaries highlighting the plight of the Black trans community to TV shows about the incarceration of innocent Black men, we’ve also included the works of amazing Black creatives, podcasts about intersectionality and relationships, and books not just about racism, but about Black people’s lives and experiences. 

This list is by no means exhaustive but here are some Black popular culture suggestions and resources to draw on to educate yourself, take action and take a stand wherever you are in the world right now… 

Artist Débora Silva has created 3D scans of Black Lives Matters protestors

Artist Débora Silva has created 3D scans of Black Lives Matters protestors

Amy Bonifas
by Amy Bonifas Jun 11, 2020

TV shows

Dear White People, Netflix – recommended by director, Kenny Leon 

When They See Us, Netflix – recommended by filmmaker Stefon Bristol


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Seven Seconds, Netflix 

Self Made, Netflix 

A Black Lady Sketch Show, HBO 

Pose, FX 

Atlanta, FX 

Cleverman, ABC 

The Point, NITV – recommended by author Benjamin Law

Living Black, SBS 

Black Comedy, ABC 

Redfern Now, ABC 

Insecure, HBO 


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The Gods Of Wheat Street 

Chewing Gum, Netflix 

Black Mirror: Men Against Fire and Black Museum episodes, Netflix


BLACKkKLANSMAN (Spike Lee, 2018, US)

Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton, 2019, US) – streaming for free this month in the US


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Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016, US)

Marshall (Reginald Hudlin, 2017, US)

American Son (Kenny Leon, 2019, US) – recommended by filmmaker and director Ava Duvernay

Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017, US)

The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr., 2018, US)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018, US)

Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989, US)

Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada, 2018, US)

Mabo (Rachel Perkins, 2012, AU)

Goldstone (Ivan Sen, 2016, AU)

Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton, 2017, AU)

Kidulthood (Menhaj Huda, 2006, UK)

Half of a Yellow Sun (Biyi Bandele, 2013, UK) – adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel 

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by Aubree West Jun 16, 2020


13th, Netflix (Ava Duvernay, US)

The Death and Life Of Marsha P Johnson, Netflix (David France, US)

Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap, Netflix (US)

Teach Us All, Netflix (Sonia Lowman, US)

Becoming, Netflix (Nadia Hallgren, US)

Strong Island, Netflix (Yance Ford, US)

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, US)


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Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (Jenner Furst & Julia Willoughby Nason, US)

Fixing The System: Crime and Punishment (VICE, US)

The Truth About Racism, SBS (Hosted by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, AU)

In My Blood It Runs (Maya Newell, AU)

Gurrumul (Paul Damien Williams, AU)

You Can’t Ask That: Indigenous Episode, ABC (AU)

Indigenous Australia Through American Eyes, The New York Times/ABC (AU)

Ask Us Anything, Sydney University (AU)

Black Enough, The Feed (AU)

Black and British: A Forgotten History, BBC (Hosted by historian David Olusoga, UK)

Big City Stories (Footage curated by June Givanni and Imruh Bakari, UK)

How to own your identity, label free

How to own your identity, label free

Ginny Copestake
by Ginny Copestake Jun 28, 2018

Resources & threads

How To Talk To Your Family About Racism

I Want To be An Ally But I Don’t Know What To Do

How To Support Communities You Aren’t Part Of

Systemic Racism Explained

How To Ally

Anti Racism Resources packaged up by @sarahsophief & @dj_diabeatic

10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up To Fight Everyday Racism

10 Steps To Non-Optical Allyship

Guide To Anti-Racism and Non-Optical Allyship, Indigenous Australian Edition

A Guide To White Privilege

How To Be Actively Antiracist

Why Saying All Lives Matter is Not Helpful, Problematic and Wrong

10 Positive Ways To Engage With Indigenous Issues – recommended by Marlee Silva

Where To Donate Now and Later (US)

Stop Black Deaths In Custody: Organisations to Donate To (AU)

This inclusive travel film allows you to meet 55 locals in 50 countries

This inclusive travel film allows you to meet 55 locals in 50 countries

by Queenie Shaikh Jun 05, 2020


1619 hosted by Toure Show & Nikole Hannah-Jones

Still Processing hosted by Jenna Wortham & Wesley Morris

Code Switch (NPR)

All My Relations hosted by Matika Wilbur and Adrienne Keene 


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Wrongful Conviction hosted by Jason Flom

The Stoop hosted by Leila Day and Hana Baba

Intersectionality Matters hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Good Ancestor hosted by Layla F. Saad

Bobo & Flex hosted by Bobo Matjila and Flex Mami

Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories hosted by Marlee Silva

Tiddas 4 Tiddas hosted by Marlee Silva

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

Pretty For An Aboriginal hosted by Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell

In Good Company hosted by Otegha Uwagba

Say Your Mind hosted by Kelechi Okafor


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Many BIPOC influencers and creators have been sharing their book recommendations, with Jane Mount, Tembe Dunton-Hurst, Jaclyn Crupi and more sharing inspiration with their followers. Check out some of these below…


Hood Feminism, Mikki Kendall

So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

Me and White Supremacy, Layla F Saad

Eloquent Rage, Brittney Cooper

How To be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility, Robin Diangelo

We Were Eight Years In Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji

Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe

Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia, Anita Heiss (anthology)

Talking To My Country, Stan Grant

My Tidda, My Sister, Marlee Silva

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge

Black and British: A Forgotten History, David Olusoga

The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain, Beverly Bryan, Stella Dadzie, & Suzanne Scafe 

The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla


I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou 

Swing Time, Zadie Smith

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

Such A Fun Age, Kiley Reid

Beloved, Toni Morrison

Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo

The Mothers, Brit Bennett

Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi 

The Sellout, Paul Beatty

Dear Martin, Nic Stone


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Red At The Bone, Jacqueline Woodson

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson

Inspiring people & educational accounts to follow

Rachel Cargle – founder of the Loveland Foundation & curator of The Great Unlearn 

Adebola – co-founder of Black Travel Creators

Char Ellesse – founder of Girls Will Be Boys 


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Liv Little – founder of gal-dem

Shaun King – founder of Grass Roots Law Project

Munroe Bergdorf – founder of Goddess & UN Changemaker

Valerie Eguavoen – founder of Ona Curve & You Belong Now

Lavinya Stennett – founder of The Black Curriculum 

Adwoa Aboah – model and founder of GURLS TALK


Stephanie Yeboah – author of Fattily Ever After

Chanté Joseph – journalist at gal-dem & Vice UK

Ijeoma Oluo – author of So You Want To Talk About Race

Jen Winston – journalist and speaker

Roxane Gay – author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist

Giselle Buchanan – poet, artist and arts educator

Mireille Cassandra Harper – book editor and founder of Girls Let’s Talk

Brooke Boney – journalist and presenter

Amy McQuire – journalist and reporter


Brittany Packnett Cunningham – activist and presenter

Kendrick Sampson – actor and activist

Alishia McCullough – mental health therapist & social justice activist

Isra Hirsi – Black Lives Matter campaigner

Tiddas 4 Tiddas – social change platform by Marlee Silva and Keelyy Silva 

Nessa Turnbull Roberts – social change activist


Marie Beecham – founder of Waste Free Marie

Leah Thomas – intersectional environmentalist

Mikaela Loach – climate justice, antiracism activist & host of The Yikes podcast

Aja Barber – sustainable and ethical fashion activist

Andre Henry – writer, speaker and singer-songwriter

Oladimeji Odunsi – photographer and content creator 

Senator Briggs – rapper and comedy writer

Ziggy Ramo – musician and social change activist


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Meyne Wyatt – actor and performer

Nakkiah Lui – actor and creator of Kiki & Kitty


Black Lives Matter 

Clothing The Gap 

Blak Business 

Shit You Should Care About 

We The Urban 

The Great Unlearn 

Audre Lorde Project 

Z Feed 

Speak Up


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The Black History Lesson

Black Minds Matter

So, what now? We’re going to continue our commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement and do our part to remain educated and effective allies. Have any other suggestions for the list? Share in the comments below.

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