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Black History 365: Watch, Read, Listen

As part of our celebration of Black History Month, we asked some of the people who we have been highlighting to share their recommendations of their favourite films and actors, books and authors, and songs, albums and musical artists who they believe have advanced the cause of black cultural awareness by capturing through their work, what it means to be black.

Damisi Babs-Olorunfemi
Damisi Babs-Olorunfemi

Graduate of Assumption College Catholic High School

Nursing student at the University of Windsor
     You should watch:
American Son starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale

Why I like it:
“For anyone who doesn’t have an idea about the black experience, and the fear of people making assumptions about black people, especially black men, it really gives a lot of insight about the process of raising a black child.”

American Son

You should read:
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Why I like it:
“I think the essence of the book has to do with the female protagonist navigating the world when she is not under the influence of her father (an epitome of patriarchy) while the country around them collapses in civil war. I recommended the book because the author is well spoken and prolific and often speaks about the experience of black women in the western world.” 

Purple Hibiscus

You should listen to:
Fake by Hopp

Why I like it:
“It’s really about a guy who’s tired of trying to hide his blackness, he’s tired of all the stereotypes and assumptions, and of playing it safe while people are dying in the streets.”

Fake by Hopp

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