I graduated in with a degree English Literature less than a decade ago (2:1 in English Literature) and didn't quite expect to be back at a graduation ceremony so soon. Thanks Exeter for the honorary doctorate! 👩🏾🎓✨
I had a chat about my book on the @cheerfulpodcast with @ed_miliband and @geofflloyd. I've got lots to reflect on from this conversation, not least Ed's acknowledgment that, when he was leader of the Labour Party, his response to the 2012 ~Diane Abbott reverse racism row~ wasn't the most helpful (If you're not familiar about that whole debacle, I wrote about it in WHY I'M). You can listen via the link in my stories 🎧
Always fun to talk anti-racist politics at Glastonbury. Thanks for having me @glastoleftfield 🏕️💕
This weekend saw the two year anniversary of the publication of Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race. The book has a long tail! I thought publication day would be the end of of a chapter for me. I imagined I'd just tour it around the United Kingdom, but a couple of years later, it's taken me around the world. I visited Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Sweden, Norway, India, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Indonesia, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and France (my first visit for most). Why I'm is now published in five languages (Brazilian Portuguese and Dutch forthcoming!!). It's won four awards. It was a UK bestseller for six long months, and became a bestseller in Germany too! The book put this distinctly lacking-in-business-skills author on the Forbes 30 under 30 list 😂 But most importantly it's put me in touch with anti racist activists and thinkers all around the world, and reminded me of the importance of internationalism. There's a commonality in our struggle. Thank you for all of your support 🙏🏾. This throwback picture was taken during publication week in Birmingham ☺️
A long overdue and much needed meet up with two very inspiring women ✨
A couple of really good books that I've blurbed recently! 📚
I love brilliant, sharply observed dystopian fiction. Congratulations to @joanneramosthefarm on UK publication of The Farm. It's out now!
Brb, moving to the west coast. ☀️
Thanks to @bluemetropolisbleu for awarding me the Words To Change Prize. I'm grateful for WHY I'M's international impact and the continued support. ✨
Moonlighting as a radio DJ 🎧 I really enjoyed taking part in @bbc6music 's Paperback Writers, in which I was given free reign over an hour of broadcasting time to play all the songs that have influenced me as a creative and author. It's on today at 1pm. Tune in live or listen worldwide on the BBC Sounds app! 🎵
#throwback to last year when the inimitable @brielarson revealed she was a reader of my work 😱💀 I'm currently still on a high from seeing Avengers: Endgame over the weekend!
#whomademyclothes? This is one of my favourite jackets. I bought it for myself as a birthday treat last year, post book success. This week, ethical fashion campaigners @fash_rev are asking us all to call on our favourite fashion brands and ask: 'who made my clothes?' I did check out @ymclondon's website for the answer, but I couldn't find any information about their labour practices (although their collaboration with Katherine Hamnett a few years ago is a good sign). I'm hoping they will reply to this post! EDIT: @ymclondon have responded to this post with excellent transparency about their sourcing and labour practices in the comments. 🙌🏾 Clothing for me, until 2013, was about keeping it cheap and quick. I didn't grow up with money and was delighted when high street shops opened that allowed me to buy an outfit for less than £20. I didn't realise the system my clothing choices were supporting until the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in Bangladesh. The day the building collapsed, over 1000 people died. Half of them were women.The factory building had cracks appear in the walls the day before it collapsed, but the owners ignored warnings to evacuate long term, and ordered garment workers to return to work the next day. The factory made clothes for high street brands including Mango, Matalan and Primark. That employees were instructed to go back to work in a dangerous building reveals the pressures and unethical practices of fast fashion. I understand that that ethical brands aren't always in financial reach for everyone so I would urge people to check out second hand clothes instead. If you're a high street shopper, download the @goodonyou_app that rates fashion brands on their ethics. Good organisations to follow who work on these issues include @fash_rev, @ohsoethical, @cleanclothescampaign and @waronwant. Even if you don't consider yourself a 'fashion' person, we all need to wear clothes. They shouldn't come at the cost of human rights. ✊🏾
Today is the first annual Stephen Lawrence Day. We commemorate the life of Stephen Lawrence, a black boy who's life was cut short at 18 by an unprovoked racist attack on this day in 1993. Five people were arrested soon after, but only two were convicted for murder. These convictions didn't take place until 2012. His family faced a 20 year struggle for justice. Picture via the Stephen Lawrence Trust.
I'm delighted to announce that my podcast, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge, is up for two British Podcast Awards! 🎉 🎉 Categories are: Best New Podcast and Smartest Podcast. Even if we don't win, I'm very proud of what the About Race podcast has achieved, and the international audience it has gained. There isn't going to be a series two any time soon, because I'm concentrating on other creative endeavours. But I'm very thankful to those of you who have supported the first series, and I'm very grateful to the excellent team who made the podcast what it was: Renay, Rez, Matshidiso and Isis. (Pictured: me and esteemed podcast guest @officialhackneyabbott, me and esteemed podcast guest @rizahmed, me and producer @renayrich hard at work.)
It's been wonderful to have met engaged readers AND to see WHY I'M enter Germany's bestselling books charts - right at the beginning of my German tour 🤯. Thanks for having me, Cologne! 🇩🇪 #litcologne2019
"My power will never be built on the allegiance of the other half of humanity. One human in two has not been brought into this world to obey me, take care of my domestic life, bring up my children, please me, entertain me, reassure me about the power of my intelligence, provide me with rest after battle, worry about feeding me correctly... and thank God for that."
Spring blooms from my visit to Christchurch, New Zealand, in late 2017. Today my thoughts are with those in the city who've lost loved ones, friends, colleagues and neighbours to a horrific, racist terror attack.
Naomi Klein is my unproblematic fave. She's excellent on the connections and collaboration potential between activists working for climate justice, labour rights, struggles against racism, sexism and settler colonialism as well as the insidious way activists are having to brand ourselves like huge corporations in order to be heard. He points of reference are broad - she reads black women and cites black women. Most of all, she challenges activists to think about what the world we want looks like. He she is referencing bell hook's writing on doing feminism instead of just branding yourself a feminist. ✊🏾
I've been feeling fatigued by where feminism is at recently. I didn't want to participate in any IWD events. Branded, marketable, shiny feminism is a sign of the women's movement's hard won successes, yet the adverts and t shirts and slogans feel like a false positive. I tried to remind myself why I threw myself into this movement. Sometimes old you needs to give current you a wake up call! Here's something I wrote on my blog in 2011. The above picture is of me from around that time. Please bear with 21 year old Reni, she wasn't as woke as she is now. "It’s the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day today! I’m feeling a bit emotional about it. In fact, I think I might like International Women’s Day more than I like Christmas day. The women and girls of my generation often enjoy the achievements of feminism without really giving any credit to the women who fought for it. There are those who actively reject feminists of old, and those who tell me feminism is no longer relevant. They’re wrong. I wrote this for IWD 2010 in the midst of my feminist awakening. Up until then I’d felt something strange was going on, sensed some injustice, but the concept of feminism was completely alien to me. The closest I’d ever come to it was girl power- false empowerment wrapped up in a capitalist bow. It’s funny that just a year ago I was only vaguely dipping my toes into the ocean of activism that I soon discovered exists. Feminism is such a huge part of my life now that I couldn’t imagine me without it. So, I’m going to dedicate this post to saying thanks to feminism. Thanks, feminism- if it wasn’t for feminism, I wouldn’t be at university. Thank you, first wave feminists, for fighting for my right to vote. Thank you, second wave feminists, for freeing my generation from that restrictive, singular career choice of wife and mother. Thanks to feminism I am not consigned to a life of domesticity. And If I chose to be, that would be ok, because it would be my informed choice, not one thrust upon me. If I choose to get married and my husband views my body as his instead of mine, I can report him to the police. Thanks for that, feminism. (Cont in comments)
Last summer ☀️
I've been tweeting.
Spotted in Glasgow 😂😂😂😂 I'm temporarily breaking my 'no DMs' rule for anyone who can secure me tickets to see this stand up set! 🙏🏾
Talking about my book with the talented @sumayajirde in Oslo last night marked the end of my Scandinavian book tour 🇳🇴✨ Thank you to all who joined me at events in both Sweden and Norway. It's always nice to visit new cities and be received so warmly! Four dates in four days means I'm just about ready to crash 😩 so it's back to LDN to assume the more natural writerly position of hiding behind my laptop and living in my head. Until next time!
Lovely to be greeted by such a warm audience ✨ Thanks for having me, Stockholm!
Thank you @forbes and @forbesunder30 for recognising my work on your European 2019 list. I started my blog focusing on 'feminism, politics and other stuff' in my student bedroom in 2009. At times it's been a real struggle, which is why I continue to be blown away by today's support. I'm turning 30 later this year so this list was just in time. ✨#ForbesUnder30
I'm touring Sweden at the end of February! Stockholm 19/02, Malmö 20/02, and Gothenburg 21/02. Kulterhuset Stockholm is already sold out. Contact Malmö City Library and Gothenburg City Library for ticket and venue details. 🇸🇪 ✨
My first auto rickshaw journey. Not nearly as nerve wracking as I'd initially thought!
Had a wonderful time at @jaipurlitfest getting to know the most talented writers and meeting my Indian readers. Thank you for having me! #zeejlf2019
Loving this read so far. Think Handmaid's Tale, but with an explicit race and class analysis. 👍🏾 (Edit: out May 2019!!)
2018 >>> 2008. My vintage jumper obsession ran deep.
Love this present gifted to @spinesvines. It's an honour to have WHY I'M NO LONGER'S spine featured alongside these excellent women of colour writers. Merry Christmas to all, and thanks to everyone who has supported my work in 2018. ✨
Hello German speaking world! WHY I'M publishes in German on January 31st, and I'll be on tour in March 2019. Dates in Berlin, Hannover, Cologne and Zurich. Link is in my stories.
My first piece of writing for a while, on blackfishing and black women's bodies for @britishvogue. Link in my bio.
It was an honour and a joy to have my hair touched by the first black woman to join the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame! Congratulations to @charlottemensah on making black British history.
🚨!! Alert!! 🚨 For one day only, WHY I'M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE is available for just 99p on @amazonkindle 🙀 link is in my bio! #kindledeals
In Brazil, November 20th marks Black Consciousness Day. The date falls on the anniversary of Zumbi's death, a warrior who pioneered the Brazilian struggle against slavery and colonialism. It was an honour to spend the day at @feirapretaoficial, talking with human rights lawyer Sheila de Carvalho and Manoel Soares, President of CUFA, an organisation that advocates for the rights of people living in favelas. Obrigada! 📷: @soumanoelsoares
Aussie book haul 📚