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Black British Stories – Christina Shingler

Black British Stories – Christina Shingler: In this short film Felix, aged 10, talks to his grandmother Christina (Tina) Shingler, a writer who decided to do something about the lack of black characters in British literature.

Felix interviews Tina to find out what life was like growing up as one of the only two black children at her school in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Tina was often teased and her ‘frizzy’ hair in particular, became a target. To deal with this, Christina lost herself in books and spent much of her time at Ripon library.

She always dreamed about was being a princess but she never found any princesses in books that looked like her. They all had “silky smooth, grade-A blonde, princess hair”; this was something that Christina could not identify with.

In 2004 Tina decided to do something about the imbalance of black characters in British literature and she wrote Princess Katrina and the Hair Charmer.

This film is from the series Black British Stories. A collection of short films for primary schools, exploring the experiences and contributions of people from communities across the UK, and celebrating the rich contribution of the black community to the culture, society and economy of the UK.

These short films are suitable for teaching history at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd Level in Scotland.

For teachers’ notes and more episodes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-black-british-stories/z3w84xs

As this film is embedded you will not be able to download it.

The TrueTube and CTVC team made this film for BBC Teach, so for more resources go to BBC Teach: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach

The Black British Stories series was commissioned by BBC Teach and produced by CTVC/TrueTube.

What Do You Mean I Can’t Change the World?

What Do You Mean I Can’t Change the World? – Jemmar tells the story of how she went from hating how she looked, to a realisation of the injustices that made her feel that way, to proud acceptance of herself as a beautiful, working class, black young woman. She is now an activist, working for social justice and inspiring other young people to campaign for the issues that affect their lives.

Told by Jemmar Samuels

Directed by Adam Tyler

Created in collaboration with the Advocacy Academy

CREDITS

Winner of the Content for Change category at the BAFTA Children’s Awards 2018.

…and Adam Tyler was also nominated in the Director category.

Black to Yellow

Black To Yellow

Chris Lamontagne performs a poem in response to Charles Booth’s Map Descriptive of London Poverty 1889-1891. He examines how people are still stereotyped according to race and class and the inequalities of today’s society. This film was produced by Manifesta as part of their Breaking into the Museum project, with support from the Museum of London and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Brixton Riots

The Brixton Riots

A reading of “Five Nights of Bleeding” by Linton Kwesi Johnson, with a visit to the scene of the 1981 Brixton Riots. This film was produced by Manifesta as part of their Breaking into the Museum project, with support from the Museum of London and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Akala on Black History Month

Akala on Black History Month

Akala – rapper, poet and journalist – shares his views on Black History Month and the general attitude towards Black History.

Don’t Forget The Past

Don’t Forget The Past

Alex Pascal Obe argues that the UK must pay more attention to Black history. He refers to the 60th anniversary of the Windrush arriving in Britain – a ship which brought Jamaican immigrants to the UK. The anniversary happened in 2008.

Dr Hakim On Black History Month: Part Two

Dr Hakim On Black History Month: Part Two

Dr Hakim discusses the significance of Black History, and explains how the need to dedicate a month to this subject serves to demonstrate how forgotten it is during the rest of the year.

Darcus Howe On Black History

Darcus Howe On Black History – Writer and broadcaster Darcus talks about who defines black history.

Black History Excludes Us

Black History Excludes Us – Members of a Somali youth group air their views on black history and Somali identity alongside Rageh Omar.

The Importance Of Black History Month

The Importance Of Black History Month – Rageh Omar discusses Black History Month and how he feels that it has lost its importance in modern Britain because it hasn’t moved with the times. He shares his views and opinions, and discusses how the month could be developed to cover a wider range of race issues.