In December 2015 1Xtra presenter Seani B cancelled his New Year’s Eve booking at a Bournemouth club after they were accused of turning away black customers.
For Seani it was this incident, and a seemingly growing numbers of cases like it, that motivated him to make this documentary.
In the programme, Seani explore the realities of life growing up and living in the UK as a black man or women.
Featuring singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka talking about his track ‘Black Man In A White World’; and Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire on the respect afforded or ignored by the wider industry for the black music scene.
Seani also looks into the issues faced by black women in the recruitment market, some even having to change their names to ‘fit in’; and finds out why the Police feel their relationship with the young black community is better than ever.
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“BLACK IS A DIRTY WORD” looks at what life is like as a black person in the UK in 2016 and is presented by BBC Radio presenter Seani B. Since the 12th Century the black British experience has been an ever-evolving story, but today the divides and difficulties faced by the black population are as great as it’s ever been. This documentary came to life after an incident which involved Seani. “I was due to DJ at a club in Bournemouth on New Years Eve 2015, but was contacted by a group of young black men who were denied access to the club a few weeks earlier on what they believed to be racial grounds. This happened a few weeks after similar problems that a group of young black women experienced at a club in central London. It made me question whether these were isolated incidents or if the problem was more widespread than people acknowledged. This documentary is an honest and uncomfortable conversation about the experiences of young black people in the UK. The programme features a host of contributors, including Walshy Fire from Major Lazer, singer songwriter Michael Kiwanuka and BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, as well as representatives from the Black Lives Matter movement, Metropolitan Police, and it also focuses on the experiences around Mental Health and Recruitment. “BLACK IS A DIRTY WORD” will be aired on @BBCRadio1 on Tuesday 1st November at 21:00 and repeated on @bbc1xtra on Sunday 6th November at 21:00. Presented by – Seani B Produced by – The Playmaker Group