BLACK BRITISH STORIES
Black British Stories is a video series of Black people in the UK sharing their stories and thoughts on the Black experience, past, present and hopes for the future. This will also be informed by the discussions had at the Roundtable Conversations and will serve as a way for us to create a library of stories that can educate people and reinforce information that can support change.
We will explore different Black people's experiences and journeys. This will be shared across the BBN’s social platforms with plans to saturate the mainstream market with these videos being commissioned by major networks/platforms.
“Cephas’ letter to Zion is beautiful and heartfelt. I love the fact that it simultaneously offers hope, a way forward, and a scathing indictment of where we are now.”
Stolen Picture, Co-founder
“I have spent all my working life in the business of music and it's true to say I didn’t see too many folks that looked like me in senior levels of any of the companies I worked in. It’s easy to understand when you're employing somebody you choose somebody that you can relate to, I understood that and tried to redress the balance by recruiting Black people who would otherwise not be given a chance. I have high hopes that by joining The BBN the next generation will see a good few folks that they can relate to and aspire to become, an opportunity I never had.”
“One of the key take-a-ways from “Letter to Zion” is the point Cephas made that we are standing in the midst of perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity. As sad as that seems, we have to take full advantage of the mirror society is currently looking into, and make the changes necessary to ensure Zion and the children of his generation are treated in the same way as their white counterparts.”
Strategic Partnership Solutions Ltd, Founding Partner
"I was introduced to Cephas Williams through Simon Pegg and was immediately captivated by the intelligence, integrity and style with which Cephas has crafted his work. In Cephas’ 'Letter to Zion' he described systemic racism as a weed ‘choking the goodness out of our world’. That’s a powerful image - the challenge isn’t just about levelling playing fields going forward, important as that is; it’s also about society recognising that systemic racism is a poison that infects and corrodes our values. Cephas’ work is important and impactful and I am delighted that Sony Pictures have been able to support his vision through Black British Stories."
Sony Pictures TV International Production
We are bringing together a collection of Black British stories that amplify a variety of voices from within the Black community. From the university student, to the women who owns the hair salon to the man at the barbershop, to the executive of a corporate company, the entrepreneur, the African mother and father who came over here 40 + years ago and raised her kids in the UK, the Caribbean couple who were born here over 70 years ago. The Black person from Manchester, South Hampton and the Black person from London.
This library of stories wants to inform the understanding of Black Britain from a local, national and international perspective. It wants to re inform Black people as our own understanding of identity can be miss informed by overarching narratives and ideas often portrayed in the media. Black British Stories looks to become a point of reference to understand Black culture in UK when people are creating content, writing a dissertation or contributing to the landscape in other ways.
Understanding there is not one Black experience, and that the attention is often focused on London, over time we want to explore our footprint in Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and other cities/areas.
Our aim is to curate and saturate the market with real stories from Black British citizens, across all aspects of life. To amplify the every-day Black hero’s, expand the stories often told about us and not just the cliché amplified occupations such as music performance, professional sports or acting. Although we will engage people from the world of entertainment and sports, we will look at a broad spectrum of people and industries. Not only do we hope to create a platform of content that can educate our Caucasian counterparts and people from other cultural backgrounds; we also look to create a connected network of identity within the Black British community. Understanding the nuances and realities of our identity that has almost always been lost in the face of an overarching narrative not led by us.