How can black feminism lead to our collective liberation? Today we hear from the Black feminist writers, thinkers and activists Stella Dadzie and Chardine Taylor Stone, who join Rosa Campbell to discuss internationalism, the importance of collectivity, the role history might play in achieving justice and hope in difficult times.
Stella Dadzie is a feminist writer, historian and education activist, best known for her co-authorship of The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s lives in Britain which was re-published by Verso in 2018 as a Feminist Classic. She is a founder member of OWAAD (Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent), a national umbrella group for Black women that emerged in the late 1970s as part of the British Civil Rights movement. She has written numerous publications and resources aimed at promoting good practice with black learners and other minorities, including resources to decolonise and diversify the UK national curriculum in schools and colleges. Her latest book, A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance, was published last year to much acclaim.
Chardine Taylor Stone is an award winning cultural producer Black feminist activist and writer. She was featured in The Voice newspaper as one of the Women Who Rocked the World in 2015, Diva Magazine’s LGBT Power List 2016 and Buzzfeed’s ‘The Most Inspiring British LGBT People Of 2016‘. A regular on the Pride Power List, in May 2017 Chardine won the British LGBT Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ life’. In 2021, she returned her award in protest at the ceremonies sponsorship by MI5 and MI6. In 2018 she was nominated by Diva Awards for LGBT Activist/Campaigner of the Year and has again been nominated by Diva Awards in 2020 for “Unsung Hero”. A committed trade unionist she is vice-chair of the Musician’s Union Equalities Committee and newly elected member of the London Regional Committee. Chardine is also a newly appointed trustee of London Black Women’s Project, a specialist and dedicated organisation for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women and girls who have experienced violence and abuse. To some she is best known as the drummer in Black feminist punk band Big Joanie whose album Sistahs was released in 2018 to positive reviews. Chardine is currently working on her first book Sold Out: How Black Feminism Lost its Soul, a critical analysis of the neoliberalisation of Black Feminism, to be published by Cassava Republic press in 2022.
Discussed in the podcast:
Stella Dadzie, A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance (Verso: 2020)
Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe: Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain (Verso: 2018 )
Chardine Taylor Stone, Sold Out: How Black Feminism Lost its Soul (Cassava Press: Forthcoming).