WATCH: #Speechless Series No.4 ‘No where are you really from?’

The #SpeechlessSeries is a space for BlackoutUK contributors to provoke a conversation that challenges the silence. Here Rob Berkeley wishes that there was an easier answer to the ‘where are you from?’ question. “The writer trapped among a speechless people is in danger of becoming speechless himself. For then he has no mirror, no corroborations of his essential reality; and this means that he has no … Continue reading WATCH: #Speechless Series No.4 ‘No where are you really from?’

WATCH: #Speechless Series No.3 My Liberation can Wait?

The #SpeechlessSeries is a space for BlackoutUK contributors to provoke a conversation that challenges the silence. Here Rob Berkeley considers the challenge of progressive activism when your own liberation is seen as less important than that of others? “The writer trapped among a speechless people is in danger of becoming speechless himself. For then he has no mirror, no corroborations of his essential reality; and … Continue reading WATCH: #Speechless Series No.3 My Liberation can Wait?

READ: Reggie Yates, Willie and me

The words of James Baldwin, my greatest literary hero constantly speak to me: Something that irritates you and won’t let you go. That’s the anguish of it. Do this book, or die. You have to go through that. Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance. Since I … Continue reading READ: Reggie Yates, Willie and me

WATCH:#Speechless Series No.1 Sex, Masculinity and Racism

  The #SpeechlessSeries is a space for BlackoutUK contributors to provoke a conversation that challenges the silence. Here Rob Berkeley wonders who to be angrier at, white racists or black people who enable them? “The writer trapped among a speechless people is in danger of becoming speechless himself. For then he has no mirror, no corroborations of his essential reality; and this means that he has … Continue reading WATCH:#Speechless Series No.1 Sex, Masculinity and Racism