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Black in a Box began as an intention to turn up the volume on the rural black voice, before becoming an exploration of modern life, politics and culture for all black faces in white spaces. Black in a Box is Alahna, Angelo, Dan, Dom and Nate. It is nuanced thinking about structural and systemic issues. It is learning and debating and sometimes shelling. It is hip-hop, rare groove, reggae and grime. It is rural and it is urban. It is fun and serious. It is educational and very occasionally it ...
 
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The episode about broken social contracts.We begin our first pod of 2023 with Prince Harry's media blitz about his stripped royal status. He thought he was the Prince who was promised until the reality of falling in love with and marrying a mixed race woman revealed royal status is not unconditional, nor is it afforded equally (4:41).We then discus…
 
We needed to talk about some Daves. Dave Chappelle's monologue on SNL generated heat with some commentators saying it engaged in anti-semitic tropes whilst others praised its nuance. We discuss it and how Chappelle's skill as a comedian doesn't always translate. (5:22)We then get onto David Baddiel, his appearance on Jason Lee's podcast, his docume…
 
Lock in for a journey through astrology, living the life that fulfils you, lunar travel, pirates and miscellaneous money and so much more with Jason “Scully” Kavuma.Scully – one of the voices behind the rise of lockdown internet sensation #NS10v10 at No Signal – cut his teeth as a new media dabbler at Vice before becoming a presenter and A&R as wel…
 
The one where we talk about football. Football podcasting great and award-winning writer Musa Okwonga joined the pod at the start of the season for a wide-ranging deep dive on the relationship of our game, media and the England team with Black Britain.We begin talking about how Blackness has permeated football culture (5:17), charting from Wenger's…
 
The Tory leadership contest has seemingly been a showcase for diversity. Our guest, Nels Abbey, a celebrated author and essayist joins the team to talk through the candidates. We start off with "Black out the Box" where we celebrate the best of Britain, big and small (1:30). Then we ask whether the ethnic diversity in the contest makes us feel repr…
 
As we reflect on the anniversary of Grenfell, we are joined by guest Ewa Effiom, architect and expert on the built environment, to discuss his success as a Black face in a predominantly white industry, as well as housing and development issues affecting Black and Brown people.First we get to know Ewa as he takes us through his rise, experiences and…
 
We follow up our March episode with Symeon Brown and Neef Ekpoudom, in which we discussed the plight of young people chasing fame and money as influencers, by welcoming former BBC Apprentice contestant, businesswoman Joanna Jarjue.Joanna joins Alahna, Dan and Dom to talk about achieving through adversity. We begin with her journey growing up in Wak…
 
In a shorter episode this week and a body short, with Alahna back in the mean-streets of Palm City, we discuss what is an exciting time for rap powerhouse - Top Dawg Entertainment. Last week, BIAB favourite, Isaiah Rashad, made a heart-warming return on the one of the world's biggest stages - the influencer olympics...Coachella (01:16). We discuss …
 
We know you're probably sick of it by now and we are too, but we had a hiccup with the recording so we're a week late...but anyway, we start with the spectacle on everyone’s feeds…the SLAP heard around the world (01:26). Such a brief moment, yet so much to unpack...or maybe not? We get into it nevertheless. We then discuss the disgusting, disturbin…
 
This week we are joined by author of 'Get Rich or Lie Trying' Symeon Brown and second time guest, Aniefiok 'Neef' Ekpoudom FRSA, newly anointed Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and, more importantly, friend of the pod.We talk Symeon’s inspiration for about his new book (2:21), what even is an influencer (8:49), as well as the limitation of m…
 
WE BACK! It’s a New Year and a new season of Black in a Box and there’s already an abundance of f*ckry to unpack. Starting off with a look at Kurt Zouma and the many woes his candid cruelty has drudged up (3:05), we then get into the tearful confessions of Thandiwe Newton (18:00). At (33:40), Angelo has a few things to get off his chest about the L…
 
Merry Christmas, happy new year and all dem ting deh! Glad to see the back of 2021? Us too. We got together for a year-end wrap up, discussing all of the highs and lows of another crazy lap around the sun. We kick things off with our individual reflections and give flowers to SimplySayo, Mark Phillips of RDC World, Jadakiss amongst others, then we …
 
As we approach the end of another year, the Black in a Box crew reflect on some big questions in this episode. What were our childhoods like and what do we want the future to look like for our children and future generations? Is there maybe some futility in procreating given the state of the planet (5:30) We discuss the merit in mentoring future ge…
 
How do you solve a problem like institutional racism? Deny, deny, deny then reaccuse if the Azeem Rafiq Yorkshire County Cricket club experience is anything to go by.The team got together for Series 3 Episode 10 to discuss the mishandling of the scandal, what constitutes “banter” and whether things will change from here.The performative tears of Am…
 
Blackfishing. Appropriation. Transphobia. What a week it’s been for shenanigans and the good friends at Black in a Box get into it all in this latest episode. We start by addressing the minstrel show that came in the form of Jesy Nelson's “Boyz” music video (1:00) before discussing the difference between appropriation and appreciation (17:00). Then…
 
"We have to be able to walk and chew gum."In the latest episode of Black in a Box, we discuss Chimamanda Adichie's blistering essay on cancel culture, after a friend and apparent mentee of hers took to the internet to denigrate her for, what she perceived as, dangerous and transphobic rhetoric (03:25).We then jump into Michaela Coel finally getting…
 
“But the game is out there, and it’s either play or get played”Michael K. Williams was one of the great small screen actors of his time. And yet, even with characters as compelling as the legendary Omar Little, Chalky White, Bobby McCray and Montrose Freeman on his resume, he was so much more. The pod took to the mics to talk about the loss of a ma…
 
Season 3 Episode 6 covers a topic hot on all our minds... TRAVEL (finally!)Alahna, Angelo, Dan and Dom explore the ups and downs of traveling whilst Black and share their upcoming holiday plans and places they'd love to visit. We start with each of the BIAB hosts sharing a quintessential 'traveling whilst Black' anecdote and how that experience was…
 
Season 2 Episode 5 is the wellness episode and Black in a Box are joined by guest Dora Atim, founder of UltraBlackRunning.Alahna, Dan and Dom hear about how and why Dora began to build a thriving trail running community that catered for mental wellness as well as fitness for Black women and Black non-binary people. A sadly topical issue is that of …
 
This episode is a tribute to Nate.Talking as a podcast about your friend who is no longer here to talk back is not something you ever think you’ll have to do.The world lost one of its brightest with the death of our friend and fellow pod founder Nate Alexander Sterling. We wanted to get together out of respect for a man that meant so much to us and…
 
The abduction and murder of Sarah Everard and the national response to it led us to recording a special episode, joined once again by guest contributor Shabazz.We open up the episode by providing a space for Alahna and Shabazz to express how they feel (4:15). Next Dan talks about his experience of being at Sarah Everard's vigil at Clapham Common (1…
 
In this Women’s Day episode, midwife and baker elite, Shabazz Irving and actor and writer, Yana Penrose join us in the Box to discuss a few issues at the intersection of race and gender. We open up the episode with a discussion on toxic masculinity in the workplace (03:06). Next Shabazz guides us through an understanding of racism and sexism within…
 
Chiedu Oraka, “The Black Yorkshireman”, one of the UK’s most exciting musicians joins Angelo to talk about his motivation to make music during lockdown and how to make it in music.First up we talk about what caused him to make music during the lockdown than he did in the year prior (01:27) Next, Chiedu speaks on how lockdown has helped him innovate…
 
DJ Cueball joins Alahna, Angelo, Dan, Dom and Nate to talk about creativity and methods and motivations behind making music during lockdown.We open up talking about the Golden Globes snubbing of I MAY DESTROY YOU and whether it is down racism or the nature of the content and audiences today.Next Cue gets into how lockdown hit the music industry (26…
 
New year, new series. Black in a Box welcome 2021 with Series 3 and the whole cast celebrating Angelo’s cameo performance and writing in Netflix feature Death to 2020. Recorded the day after the Inauguration (18:19) Black in a Box seek the view of our resident American Alahna now that Joe Biden has been confirmed as the 46th US President.The pod ga…
 
A designer, a management consultant, a marketing guru and teacher embark on a multimedia venture. As far as origin stories, it is lacking. All of them are black. Slightly more interesting, but so what? Three of them are proud Yorkshireman.Ok, I’m listening.Black Guys in a Box is the lovechild of Dan, Dom and Nate, three friends from university and …
 
Season’s greetings. For our final pod of 2020 sadly Nate had to sit this one out but the rest of the gang get straight into some of the things that gave us surprise and delight in a year where simply surviving was a success. (0:56) But 2020 gonna keep on 2020ing and Alahna, Dan, Dom and Gelo pile up the talking points after Millwall fans booed play…
 
This episode, Black in a Box give Lewis Hamilton his flowers and look into why the greatest racing driver in British history if not the history of F1 is still not quite beloved by his nation.When it comes to rappers and entertainers are we expecting too much in expecting them to be politically engaged? (24:15)Published after midnight, the findings …
 
"Let's delay our US Election special. At least then we'll have some finality" said Dan our naive man on hosting duties.Alahna, Angelo and Dan caught up for a 2020 US Election wrap up where there was nothing to wrap up with recounts ongoing, baseless fraud claims continuing to light up the airwaves and an incumbent defeated president refusing to go …
 
October may be over, but we’re still celebrating all things BLACK in this post-Black History Month episode, exploring Black Artistry.This time, the crew are joined by a very special guest and wordsmith extraordinaire, Aniefiok “Neef” Ekpoudom, prolific storyteller of British culture. Together we discuss the landscape of Black art and culture within…
 
For the second part of our Black Guys in a Box Black History Month education special, Angelo interviews a number of different women(including our own Alahna) on their experiences of education in the UK as well as their contributions to bettering it.Savannah is a University of Sheffield BME committee member and former head of the institution's Afric…
 
In the second episode of our Black History Month Special we explore the complicated subject of Black History within the Education System. The conversation warranted a two-part episode and in this Part One, Angelo leads us in a discussion of our own experiences growing up and learning while Black in British and American school systems. We start by a…
 
Black History Month is here and with it the first of our four specials talking about the best of the Black Britons.We begin with an ode to chief gooner "uncle Ian" Wright, a pioneer in moving from the estate, to the football pitch and to the top of the game before moving into the top of the media and the forefront of football culture all while rema…
 
What do riots, sit-ins, boycotts, kneeling, marching and now dancing have in common? They are all unacceptable ways to show displeasure at inequality, discrimination against and at worst elimination of the black existence. The Black Guys and Gals in a Box return to talk about reaction to Diversity’s BLM referencing performance on Britain’s Got Tale…
 
Is it time to retire the term "black"? That is the weighty issue we open up with in the latest episode of Black Guys (and a gal) in a Box.All the regulars are in the house with Alahna, Dan, Dom, Gelo and Nate also discussing the J.Cole/Noname spat (26:23) in relation to policing women's tone and roles in social discourse, Breonna Taylor and the res…
 
We all needed to talk. We all needed to listen. The recent police killing of George Floyd sparked global uproar. George was just the latest name. With the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Belly Mujinga also in the UK, it's been a tough time to be a black person. Out of the pain, can we heal?We cover the George Floyd killing, Killer Mike’s intervention (43…
 
The Black Guys back from their own Boxes!In the second of our soundclash specials, we dissect the latest BGIAB Soundclash - this week it's the 2005-2009 hip-hop edition. The guys start by eulogising about J Dilla's classic "Donuts" (10:27), before they each step up to the. podium to defend more questionable picks. First up is Nate with Nas and Jay-…
 
The Black Guys live from their own Boxes!In the first of a series of lockdown specials, the guys revisit ESPN/Netflix's latest phenomenon, The Last Dance (02:10). We dive into the age old Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James debate, the legend of Dave Thompson and Scottie Pippen's contract woes.Then we dissect the latest BGIAB Soundclash - this week it'…
 
Don’t call it a comeback. For the return of season 2 of Black Guys in a Box, the four horsemen of the blapocalypse Dan, Dom Nate and Angelo are back in residence. As is The Official Voice of Women™, Alahna, who survived the season 1 cliffhanger.Sadly one member did not. This episode we pour out some liquor for (and spray some corn at) our fallen br…
 
Black Guys (and Gals) in a Box Season 1 finale!Dan and Dom are joined by very special guests Alahna and Tunde (of Tales from the Plantation fame) to conclude the end of decade retrospective.Do our London cohort feel more hopeful at the end of the decade than the guys up North (04:14)?We talk about our own importance in our circles and broader repre…
 
The end of decade retrospective!Angelo, Kofi and Nate reflect on the decade and consider the big questions:Do we feel more hopeful at the end of the decade than we did at the beginning?What our lives looked at in 2010 vs todayIs society in a better place racially now then it was in 2010?How do we plan to "Slay in our Lane" (s/o Yomi Adegoke & Eliza…
 
The Wakanda Social Club Presents — Black Guys in a BoxThe BAME *just kidding*...The Black History Month special!The one where Dom sends shots at a famous footballing family member...Topics:Our culture growing up (02:46)Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy (30:35)Naga Munchetty (44:03)John Barnes', the Racism Warrior (59:42)Amber Guyger and the murder …
 
The Wakanda Social Club Presents — Black Guys in a Box.The one where Dom realised that he can't party like he used to - before realising he's got another trip to Ibiza to navigateWe talk about the (at time of recording) current Prime Minister Boris Johnson - his proclamation that he is going to recruit 20,000 police officers. The guys talk about wh…
 
The Wakanda Social Club Presents — Black Guys in a Box.The one where Angelo angered the Beyhive (RIP Angelo)We start with Dan and Dom reminiscing about Glastonbury and explain why the notorious south east corner is a place that angels fear to tread. From there the, the talk turns to Disney remakes - are they a problem and is there an issue with cas…
 
The Wakanda Social Club Presents — Black Guys in a Box.Because you asked for more, in our second full meet up we gon' give you MOAR!We dance through topics like some Charleston/Crip Walk hybrid - they shouldn't go together but we make it work - starting with a look back at our most recent offering of essays (06:18).Kofi opens a Pokéball of issues a…
 
The Wakanda Social Club presents — Black Guys in a Box. Episode 2 has slowly rolled round but at last, it's here and ready for your ears!*DISCLAIMER* We did this one over Skype and we have some audio issues in places but none the less, this one is still a riveting listen.Nate can't be with us this time but we still manage to digest the reaction to …
 
It’s finally here…The Wakanda Social Club presents — Black Guys in a Box. No more false promises. The maiden episode “If you can’t be a good example, serve as a terrible warning” is live.Everything you need to know about this episode lives in the title, as we tackle that poorly timed confession Liam Neeson felt he needed to share whilst promoting h…
 
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