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Celebrate the work of Black artists, actors, and poets

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Theatre Lives: Adrian Lester

Adrian Lester talks to Creative Producer, Fiona Lindsay, about the key roles he's played and industry realities he's encountered. He discusses developing physical signifiers, handling complex text and dealing with high emotion. Lester explains how his roots aren't necessarily geographical, and why he will always return to the stage.  

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Poetry In Action: On Being Brought from Africa to America

In this video, Amber James recites Phillis Wheatley’s ‘On Being Brought from Africa to America’. Wheatley’s poem explores commonly held racial prejudices of the time and asserts that Black people are equally deserving of God’s love and redemption.

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Poetry in Action: Lift Every Voice and Sing

In this video, Patrick Robinson recites James Weldon Johnson’s ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’. Affectionately known as the Black national anthem, this rallying cry of endurance and empowerment has been performed by multiple artists and singers.

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Dear Mister Shakespeare

In this original piece, produced by the British Council, multimedia artist Phoebe Boswell questions William Shakespeare about the racial tensions in Othello. Phoebe draws on her own experience of the art world to explore how these anxieties resonate today.

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