Football’s been part of all our lives this summer, for some more than others. 

But from controversy over England players taking the knee to the reaction to young Black players Saka, Rashford and Sancho after the Euros Final, just when does a patriotic love of the game cross over into racism? 

With the World Cup looming, Bacary Mundoba and Chiedu Oraka are back in Part 5 of Black Kings Upon Hull exploring racial abuse in UK football. 

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Join Bacary Mundoba, lead singer with Afro-codhead-skank crossover band Bud Sugar, and Chiedu Orakagrime-influenced rapper and MC with the Lockdown collective, as they talk about their backgrounds growing up on Hull estates and the effect on their personal musical journeys.

Also welcoming Luther James (lead singer with The Antiquity, Kofi Smiles (BBC Radio Humberside) and Mark Page (Humber Street Sesh) to talk about Black representation in the music industry, in Hull and beyond.

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In Episode 3 of Black Kings Upon Hull, Bax and Chiedu explore their own experiences of school, as well as talking to young people and teachers about the Black experience of the education system; do young Black people feel they’re being properly represented? And if not, why not?

Also in this episode, let’s talk about the N-word – is it ever acceptable, in either music or conversation? .

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On April 1 1998, Christopher Alder died on the floor in police custody in Hull.

In November 2011, it was discovered that Grace Kamara had been buried in Christopher’s grave, and he was still in a mortuary.

Over two decades on, Janet Alder is still fighting for justice for her brother.

Musicians Bacary Mundoba and Chiedu Oraka are back with episode two of Black Kings Upon Hull, discussing the Christopher Alder story and what the Black Lives Matter movement means to them. 

Chiedu talks to Janet about Christopher, their experiences growing up on the North Hull estate, being in the care system, and why her fight will never be over – but the future’s bright.

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Bacary ‘Bax’ Mundoba and Chiedu Oraka are familiar faces, from North Hull and Preston Road respectively. 

 They’re both successful musicians, poets, and artists: Bax is a content creator, filmmaker and frontman of ultimate party band and self-described ‘Afro codheads’ Bud Sugarand Chiedu is a rap artist hailed as the sound of northern working class Britain with his genre-mashing music, clever wordplay, and tongue-in-cheek humour.

In the first film, Bax and Chiedu reveal what it was really like growing up mixed race and Black on council estates at different ends of their home city, as “a product of the working class”, a “product of African heritage” and “a product of Britain”. Both grew up with strong single mothers and few or, in Chiedu’s case, no Black peers. 

Both experienced racism – of the deliberate and the unthinking varieties – on a daily basis in the city that proudly and publicly honours its famous slavery abolitionist son, William Wilberforce. 

Both have grown up with the fallout of systemic racism and the knowledge that, 22 years after his death in custody on the floor of a Hull police station, the family of Black ex-paratrooper Christopher Alder are still fighting for justice. 

These are their stories, exploring the Black, Yorkshire, working class experience in a new four-part docu-series for Back to Ours. 

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