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 Sugar, and 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.
Watch EP1 here.
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