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Maybe I Don't Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery

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He presents the long-running BBC history series A House Through Time and wrote and presented the multi-award winning BBC series Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners. Touched on so many different aspects including race, mental health and the difficulties of trying to operate in the white space as a black British person in Britain. I do want to say, that in the cause of defeating racism and beginning the process of healing and understanding, experiences like these need to be discussed more. Nowadays social services would be involved for far less than being shoved on top of the wardrobe in the dark for the sake of hide and seek (me) or hurling yourself down the stairs (Harewood). His excitement and enthusiasm for acting is so wonderfully infectious throughout from the descriptions of watching actors on the Michael Parkinson show to being on stage.

He is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History and in 2019 was awarded an OBE for services to history and community integration. It is so refreshing but also hard to read his experiences of psychosis and the UK mental health system.David Harewood's brutally honest account of his experiences in the mental health system should force us all to examine the impact that our past has on our lives. A successful Black British actor David Harewood also had a mental breakdown and suffered from psychosis. So the first of those is, you spoke about how, in your younger years, as you were starting out, the reviews would refer to you as a black actor. A very moving book made me a grown arsed 67 years old British born BLACK Pan African of Nigerian heritage cry.

That Harewood, during his first psychotic episode, heard the voice of Martin Luther King telling him to head to Camden, north London, at 3am on a mission to close the spiritual gap between good and evil has everything to do with the post-racial vision of the famous “I have a dream” speech.

And I try to tell this to all young kids that, you know, don't be afraid of failure, or don't be afraid of the hard times, the hard times, make you who you are. He appeared in the BBC film adaptation of the Philip Pullman novels The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North, both of which are titles from the Sally Lockhart Mysteries. Strange to be doing it all on Zoom again, it would be nice to be sitting down somewhere drinking alcohol but it's good.

Black and British was longlisted for the Orwell Prize, shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize and won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize.David Harewood OBE is an actor and presenter best known for starring roles in Homeland, Supergirl, The Night Manager, Blood Diamond, Criminal Justice and Ten Per Cent. It is one thing to aspire to an equal society but another to expose the deep individual pain of not living in an equal society. It's a puzzle to me that anyone would choose to live in the US where cops carry guns and use them freely, especially when dealing with people of colour, but Harewood explains the attraction. To then be given the responsibility to direct episodes, is again something that I was never ever given here. Poor mental health and racism - Harewood dives deep into the raw symbiotic relationship by laying bare his personal story.

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