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Loving Colour

Loving Colour

By Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole
This is what it looks like when justice starts at home.

Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives.

Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling.

Twitter: @lovingcolourpod
Instagram: @lovingcolourpod
Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble
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Episode Sixteen: Shereen on Facing Racism in Childhood
In which our guest Shereen Ibrahim reflects on Episode Seven: Who Gets to Be Creative, and shares a story of her own about facing racism in childhood. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling.    Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Shereen would like to credit Jassa Ahluwalia's TED Talk for the idea of being Both not Half.
54:06
August 18, 2021
Episode Fifteen: Words and Language
In which we talk about words and language; think about their true value and explore how our approach to language can bring us together or push us apart. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives.   Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling.   Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble   Resources mentioned in this episode are: Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin bell hooks’ book A Will to Change bell hooks’ essay Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination: https://pages.mtu.edu/~jdslack/readings/CSReadings/hooks_Representing_Whiteness_Black_Imagination.pdf and Patti Digh and Victor Lee Lewis’s brilliant anti-racism courses: https://www.pattidigh.com/racism/
59:07
August 05, 2021
Episode Fourteen: Dionne Reflecting on Hair
In which our guest Dionne Lakey reflects on Episode Twelve: Hair, and shares a related story of her own. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives.     Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Dionne’s recommendations: Mazelee Family hair episode, YouTube Look Up by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola Dionne’s current reads: How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi This One Sky Day by Leone Ross The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley Pan-African Schools Summer school in operation in UK summer ‘21
57:06
July 14, 2021
Episode Thirteen: Pride
In which we explore the power of metaphor in responding to stories, how they create empathy and aid the processing of challenging events. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble
55:13
June 30, 2021
Episode Twelve Point Five: Feedback and Trigger Warnings
In which we respond to some finely executed constructive feedback, discuss the importance and pitfalls of trigger warnings and share our plans for the coming season. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble
56:51
June 30, 2021
Episode Twelve: Hair
In which we tackle society’s fear of, and fascination with, Black hair. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are: Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri (US edition is Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture) Hair Love, Oscar-winning animated short: https://youtu.be/kNw8V_Fkw28 Barbershop Chronicles by Inua Ellams (available to buy in script form) Selina Thompson’s play Dark and Lovely: resources available here: https://selinathompson.co.uk/projects/dark-lovely/ https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/reinvention/archive/bcur2013specialissue/rhodes/: Subtle Racism: Viewing Race through Hair by Zoey Olivia Rhodes
01:05:23
April 14, 2021
Episode Eleven: What is Institutional Racism?
In which we talk about institutional racism, in response to the UK Government’s recent report. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are: the report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-report-of-the-commission-on-race-and-ethnic-disparities Films mentioned: Allen vs Farrow (HBO), Mrs America (iPlayer) Things we can do: Write your MP (free template in @everydayracism bio); lobby your workplace to ensure they don’t use this as an excuse to stop any anti-racism or ED&I work they may have committed to. If they have not yet committed, ensure they do. Think about where your red lines and green lines are: where does the point come where you start breaking rules?
56:03
April 07, 2021
Episode Ten: Desirability
In which we talk about race, sex, dating and desirability. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are: I May Destroy You by Michaela Coel (BBC iPlayer); Chewing Gum by Michaela Coel (More 4); Women on Top of the World, a book on what women think about sex edited by Lucy-Anne Holmes; Racial Preferences in Online Dating across European Countries Gina Potârcǎ and Melinda Mills https://serval.unil.ch/resource/serval:BIB_FD46F9B7A32E.P001/REF.pdf. Sex Nerd Sandra podcast with Sandra: Edge Play part 2 with Mollena Lee Williams-Haas: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cDovL3NleG5lcmRzYW5kcmEubGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M
58:23
March 30, 2021
Episode Nine: One of the Good Ones?
In which we talk about the idea of being “one of the good ones” and the limits of an individualistic approach to racial justice. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are: Me and White Supremacy, the workbook by Layla F. Saad; The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla; Safe Space? by Lucy Fennell: http://lucyfennell.co.uk/safe-space/; Race Talk facebook group founded by Raggi Kotak; Race Resilience courses by Raggi Kotak and Anita Bhardwaj: https://www.race-resilience.com/; ‘My President Was Black’ by Ta Nehisi Coates: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/01/my-president-was-black/508793/
59:04
March 24, 2021
Episode Eight: Class
In which we talk about our experiences of how class and race intersect, and imagine what class justice might look like in the future. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are: Akala: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiYI839cr9A); the play Class by Scottee: https://youtu.be/HQvcEr-Ht0k, reviews: Guardian/ The Play’s The Thing; and the books Chavs by Owen Jones; Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price and Lowborn by Kerry Hudson (that was not mentioned but which Imogen is currently reading. It’s a brilliant, tender account of growing up poor in some of the poorest towns in the UK).
01:01:12
March 17, 2021
Episode Seven: Who Gets to Be Creative?
In which we talk about creativity; who gets to be creative, who gets to be represented, and how to be creative across racial lines. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are: Tamasha Theatre’s Directors’ Audio Project and Talawa Theatre’s Tales From the Front Line and the books Theatre of the Oppressed and Games for Actors and Non-Actors by Augusto Boal https://tamasha.org.uk/projects/tamasha-directors-audio-project/ http://www.talawa.com/productions/tales-from-the-front-line/
56:18
March 10, 2021
Episode Six Point Five: What Have We Learned?
In which we talk about what we’ve learned making the show so far and what we hope to achieve in the coming season. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are: bell hooks' essay Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination
38:26
March 03, 2021
Episode Six: Humour
In which we we to talk about humour and how it interacts with our experiences of race. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are: Nanette by Hannah Gadsby (Netflix); Contrapoints: The Darkness; Mel Brooks and the Proclaimers by Lindsay Ellis (YouTube); How to Survive the End of the World podcast by Autumn and Adrienne Maree Brown; Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle - book by Amelia Nagoski and Emily Nagoski.
01:12:31
February 10, 2021
Episode Five: Colonial History
In which we explore the way colonialism has touched our own family histories, and try to imagine a future where decolonisation is at the heart of our culture and communities. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are: Black and British by David Olusoga; Belle by Amma Asante and The Psychosis of Whiteness by Prof. Kehinde Andrews.
01:16:57
February 03, 2021
Episode Four: Law and Policing
In which we explore criminal justice, restorative justice and how these ideas interact with racialised violence. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives.   Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling.   Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble   Resources mentioned in this episode are Another Country by James Baldwin; The Work by Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous; Silenced: Why Black Women Don't Seek Justice by Saleena Al Noor; Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness by Lekha Singh and Roger Spottiswoode; The Forgiveness Project. 
01:07:56
January 13, 2021
Episode Three: What is Allyship and What Else is There?
In which we explore allyship; what it means, what it looks like and how to approach disrupting systems of racial injustice. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are the 8 White Identities by Barnor Hesse; RacismScale.weebly.com; www.captainawkward.com and the film Cry Freedom.
01:18:29
January 06, 2021
Episode Two: What is Whiteness?
In which we explore what Whiteness is, why it’s so difficult to talk about and what tools we need for a more constructive conversation. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned in this episode are: Trevor Noah: Born a Crime; Brene Brown: Men, Women and Worthiness: The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enough; Judith Stone: When She Was White (about Sandra Lang); BLM London Interview with Jane Elliott (YouTube); Carol Anderson: White Rage; Nell Irvine Painter: The History of White People
55:47
December 30, 2020
Episode One: What is Racism?
In which we explore what racism is, what it does, and how it feels to be involved in incidents of racial aggression. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives.   Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling.   Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble   Resources mentioned are the work of Sara Ahmed, Natives by Akala and Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
01:00:29
December 23, 2020
Episode Zero: What is This?
In which we tell you about ourselves, what you can expect from Loving Colour and why we feel it’s important to be having this conversation. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble Resources mentioned are Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, the Me and White Supremacy workbook by Layla F. Saad and How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi.
45:39
December 22, 2020
Loving Colour Trailer
Loving Colour. This is what it looks like when justice starts at home. Two friends, one Black, one White, share a series of tender and uncompromising conversations about how Whiteness and anti-Blackness have shaped their lives. Join us, Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole, as we attempt our own version of restorative justice through compassion and storytelling. Twitter: @lovingcolourpod Instagram: @lovingcolourpod Theme music: The Boatman from The Other Side by Quest Ensemble
02:04
December 21, 2020