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Safe by Derek Owusu

Safe

On Black British Men Reclaiming Space

Derek Owusu

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Imprint: Trapeze
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781409182634

The Good Immigrant meets Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, SAFE is an anthology of writing by Black British men, edited by Mostly Lit podcast host Derek Owusu.

4 stars out of 5
Faima Bakar
13 Mar 2019

In his new anthology Safe, On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, writer and poet Derek Owusu refers to the colloquial term but also to the need for a safe space for black British men to talk about their lived experiences... He put together a powerful collection of essays which feature spoken word artist Suli Breaks, the Guardian’s Joseph Harker, writer Musa Okwonga, novelist Alex Wheatle and a host of other talented men who speak on various matters. Some of the topics explore the sexualisation of black men, absent fathers, the power of ethnic names, mental health, sexuality, the ‘blacksistential crisis’, and so much more... Talking about why he there’s such a massive dearth of black British male voices, he adds: ‘The reason why we don’t see a lot of black British male writers is that a lot of them aren’t aware of access, how to go about getting published. ‘There’s also an element of having people speak for black men that it isn’t always possible to speak on it. I would say that the black British male has been conflated with the African American male so a lot of people are only reading about those experiences. There is a British version of racism that works entirely different from America.’

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