There will never be a point where we don’t have more to learn about Black culture, authors excellence, experiences and anti-racism. Learning is a profound way to connect with the Black community, gain a better understanding of their experiences, and be better allies. Whether your preferred learning route is through reading, watching or listening, there’s always something readily available to you. Here are some book, movie, and podcast recommendations from the ADF team and community.

Book, Film & Podcast Recommendations

From the ADF team & community

No. 1: Books

Each book recomendation is hyperlinked to Toronto-based Black-owned bookstore, A Different Book List. Located at Bloor & Bathurst, you can visit them in-store or order online!

1. The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole

2. Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard

3. Heavy by Kiese Laymon

4. How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

5. I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by David Chiandry

6. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

7. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

8. Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

9. Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

10. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

No. 2: Movies & TV Series

1. 13th by Ava Duvernay

2. The Hate You Give by George Tillman Jr.

3. Selma by Ava Duvernay

4. Dear White People by Justin Simien

5. When They See Us by Ava Duvernay

No. 3: Podcasts

1. Come Through with Rebecca Caroll

2. Code Switch by NPR

3. The Nod by Gimlet

4. Still Processing by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris

5. Pod Save the People by Deray Mckesson

These books, films and podcasts only scrape the surface of the resources out there to learn more on Black culture, excellence, experiences, history and racism. How will you be continuously furthering your knowledge this Black History & Future Month and beyond?

Join the Book Club!

This February, ADF is hosting a Book Club in honour of Black History and Future Month. Led by Coach Jacq each Wednesday at 7:30PM ET starting on February 9th, we will meet via Zoom to discuss our books! The goal of this Book Club is to collectively learn about Black culture, authors, excellence, experiences, and anti-racism, as well as to provide a space to come together to discuss, ask questions, and provide new learnings.