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To celebrate Black History Month, we reached out to some of our favourite influencers and Friends of Figleaves who kindly recommended their favourite books, films, podcasts and TV shows – all written, starring or created by inspirational black voices. From timeless historical picks, to those who are making history.
So, curl up, have a scroll and start reading, watching and listening…
Maya has a beautiful, fashion-focused Instagram account – there to provide taller women with stylish outfit inspo. But who has she been watching and reading lately?
Maya’s favourite film
“Hidden Figures shows the integral contribution of three female African American NASA scientists. As someone who works with numbers, this was super inspiring. Another film – The Story of Madam C.J. Walker (played by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer) – focuses on the first female self-made millionaire in the US. It felt very empowering as a female entrepreneur.“
Maya’s favourite book
“Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. An hilarious, page-turner about a black millennial’s life in London.”
Maya’s favourite podcast
“The Receipts podcasts – my favourite laugh out loud podcast. Tolly, Audrey and Milena have such great, entertaining and unfiltered chat.“
Giving plus size style (and life) inspiration to her followers, the beautiful @cecediamond‘s Instagram account is pure joy. With an amazing voice herself, who has Cece been listening to this month?
Cece’s favourite film
“I recently watched Blue Story, it truly resonated with me as someone who grew up near Peckham. The movie gives an in-depth understanding of street life recruitment and gang wars. A must watch! “
Cece’s favourite book
“I’m currently reading Michelle Obama – Becoming. What can I say other than every woman under the sun will take something away from her story. She’s the GOAT – period!”
Cece’s favourite podcast
“One of my fave podcasts at the moment is ‘ohshittwins’. Georgia Martel found out unexpectedly that she was going to be a mother of twins (hence the catchy name, lol). Georgia shares her experience from their premature arrival at 27 weeks to life in lockdown with the twins, now three years old. The interviews are great too, so check her out!”
Cece’s favourite TV show
“I’m very old school in the shows I watch (anybody else up for time travel back to 1997? No? Just me?). I love Moesha, a black teenager juggling school, life, friendships and love. A lot of laughter but each episode leaves you with something educational. ”
And last but not least, the wonderful @natalie_amber1. Promoting scar positivity and all things self-love, the model and podcaster has some great recommendations for you…
Natalie-Amber’s favourite film
“I really love the film ‘The Best man’ by director Malcom D Lee, it’s a 1999 comedy drama film and an absolute favourite of mine. Watch the first then the second in order, you will be laughing and crying – it’s a true classic and it features an all black cast.”
Natalie-Amber’s favourite book
“The book I couldn’t recommend enough is What A Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue. It’s amazing, this is for anybody who needs a self love kick, it’s like a bible to me.”
Natalie-Amber’s favourite TV show
“A TV show I am obsessed with and is one to watch is Greenleaf on Netflix. It will have you hooked! The executive producer was none other than the amazing Oprah Winfrey, she also stars in this alongside an amazing black cast.”