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Online Event: Black British Music Matters

Join us for a very special FREE online event with author, broadcaster and teacher Jeffrey Boakye in conversation with Marcus Ryder.

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7:00 pm
About the Event
Join us for a very special online event with author, broadcaster and teacher Jeffrey Boakye in conversation with Chair of RADA Council Marcus Ryder as they discuss their latest books and celebrate the emotional and historical impact Black British music has had on British society.

Boakye’s Carnegie-longlisted Musical Truth: A Musical Journey Through Modern Black Britain takes an extraordinary look at Black British history through the eyes of modern Black music, exploring the narratives and key moments in history we’ve been taught up to now.

Marcus Ryder and Lenny Henry introduce an essential collection of essays arguing how and why we need to fight for Black lives to matter – not just for Black people, but for British society as a whole. Black British Lives Matter is a clarion call for equality, from nineteen of the most prominent Black figures in Britain today.

What to Expect

Our online events take place via Zoom and last up to one hour.

  • You will be emailed the link for the event the day before the event. If you haven’t received it by the morning of the event, please forward your confirmation email to
  • You can email your questions in in advance to or ask them via the Q&A function on the night, although we are unable to guarantee which questions, if any, will be covered due to time constraints.
  • When you book for this event, you will receive an email confirmation along with a promotional code to use on our website for 20% off Musical Truth and Black British Lives Matter.
About the Author

Jeffrey Boakye is an author, broadcaster, educator and journalist originally from Brixton, London. He has a particular interest in issues surrounding education, race and popular culture. His books include Hold Tight, Black, Listed and Musical Truth: A Musical History of Modern Black Britain in 28 Songs. He is also the co-author of What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions.Jeffrey has four books upcoming, including: I Heard What You Said (June 2022), Musical World (2023), and Kofi and the Rap Battle Summer (2023). Jeffrey has contributed articles and comment pieces to publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times and the Royal Society of Arts Journal. He is also co-host of BBC Radio 4's Add to Playlist with Cerys Matthews.

About the Author
About the Author

Marcus Ryder has over twenty-five years’ experience working in television and journalism and is a leader on the issue of diversity in the media. He was previously the Chair of the Royal Television Society’s Diversity Committee and was the head of BBC Scotland Current Affairs for nearly a decade. He is the recipient of a number of awards for his work, including multiple BAFTA Awards, and recently took up the position of Chair of RADA Council – the UK's leading drama school.

About the Author
Portrait of author Marcus Ryder