There are so many incredible black women in Britain currently working hard and making big moves in the creative industry. I implore you all to actively educate yourselves on the wonderful creatives I have included in this article and the many more who are achieving incredible things every day.
Youtuber, businesswomen, mother, all-around queen. Patricia Bright has been making YouTube videos for nearly 10 years and is close to 3 million subscribers. Her main focus on YouTube is fashion and beauty and she has built herself an incredible career. She is the founder of The Break Social, a program that educates aspiring creatives on how to build a successful online platform.
2020 Oxford University graduate and soon to be Harvard University student, Vee Kativhu is a study based YouTuber and activist. Kativhu makes a range of videos from studying tips to day-in-the-life vlogs to educational videos. Her two most recent videos are entitled ‘why black people are angry and tired’ and ’10 books you must read to learn about racism’. Kativhu also started Empowered By Vee, an annual conference to empower ‘students through mentoring and access to opportunities’.
Evaristo is, shockingly, the first woman of colour to claim the #1 spot in the UK paperback fiction charts with her latest novel ‘Girl, Woman, Other’. She is also the first black woman to win the Booker prize for fiction, even if it was a shared win. While she is a hugely successful author she is also a passionate advocate for writers and creatives of colour. In the 1980s, she founded Britain’s first black women’s theatre company and in 1995 she co-founded Spread the Word writer development agency.
Journalist and author of novel ‘Queenie’, winner of Blackwell’s debut novel of the year, longlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for Costa First Novel Award. Before publishing her hit novel, Carty-Williams created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, which was the initiative of its kind within publishing.
Author of the first book written by a black woman to hit the top of the non-fiction charts, ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. This is one of the key novels people are encouraged to read to educate themselves on the topic of racial inequality. Eddo-Lodge also has a limited podcast series entitled ‘About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge’ in which she continues the conversation.
Actors and theatre-makers:
I wasn’t even aware of this myself until very recently but, in January, Jo Martin was introduced in Doctor Who as The Doctor. She will be the second female Doctor and the first BAME actor to play the Doctor. There is little known of her character with the details of the next season being kept secret but Martin’s role is a huge step forward for this established franchise.
Adjoh Andoh and Lynette Linton
Andoh has been performing and creating for many years, featuring in multiple popular television shows including Line of Duty and Doctor Who. Linton is an award-winning playwright and the artistic director at The Bush Theatre, London. In 2019, the two worked collaboratively to co-direct a production of ‘Richard ii’ at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with a cast and crew of only women of colour. This is the first time a company consisting of only women of colour performed on a UK major stage in a Shakespeare play.