At the end of last year, I worked with Future Bookazines again on a couple of bookazines.
First up was this piece – ‘Legacy & Lasting Impact: An exploration into the lasting legacies of more than 400 years of transatlantic trafficking of enslaved African people.’ – part of a whole bookazine about the ‘history of the slave trade’, ie.- the history of hundreds of years of trafficking and enslaving 12+ million African people.
You can purchase the bookazine in the UK from WH Smith, or from Barnes & Noble in the US.
You can also order online from magazinesdirect.com
Click on the image below to be taken to a PDF of the whole article:
As you might imagine, this was a heavy piece to research and write… and I had way more than the 3000 allocated words to say! But I’m proud of how the piece came together and hope it’s helpful and informative for the people that read it.
I want to shout out the podcast Human Resources by Broccoli productions – written and hosted by Moya Lothian-McLean.
It’s an indepth look into the true story of British involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and how it continues to touch every part of the nation… it’s super informative and vital listening for all of us, in my opinion. (Unfortunately, the wordcount was tight and it wasn’t a UK focussed publication, so I didn’t get to include any direct references in the final article.)
On the eve of my deadline, I was doing the final frantic image search and came across a photo of me and my partner from a BLM protest in 2020. I was pissed. I remembered that protest well because it was annoying at the time for various reasons, and when our photo was requested we clearly and definitely said NO. I know that legally I was in a public place and anyone can take my photo and sell it on the Internet…but I had hoped that when I messaged the (white) photographer to request he take it down, he might actually do that. There were several other invasive photos of other black people by the same photographer for sale on image sites, including some of women crying and comforting each other.
Disappointingly, he did not even bother to respond.
If anyone knows a way I can get the photo taken down, please DM!
The bottom line is…
African people and their descendants living in the UK, US and around the world are affected by the lasting impacts of the enslavement of their ancestors every. single. day.