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

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The description of his sectioning is gruelling and like in his own TV documentary (My Psychosis and Me), shows how issues of identity and self can easily lead to mental health breakdowns in our very own if not openly discussed and not dealt with from the very beginning, in primary schools right up to the workplace. Harewood is able to pinpoint the moment he received verbal abuse from an old man as a 5-year-old which triggered these feelings. How he managed to get back out there in a community that has so much trouble with accepting black people is astonishing. And there are issues within my journey to America that haven't quite been straightforward and simple. Harewood was included in the 2019 edition of the Powerlist, ranking the 100 most influential Black Britons.

I think once this time of mourning is over, I'm going to be interested to see what conversations come, and what change might happen. see a picture of a black person that they may recognise from the television, they will enquire as to why his picture is there, and then they'll understand… all of the unpaid work that my ancestors did, and the brutality of what they suffered… helped build this house. You know one has to respect Elizabeth and respect her time on the throne and respect what she's done to the institution. Still, this book is key in getting the conversation going and in showing that identity and mental health are deeply intertwined. Thre is no black in the union jack) I didn’t do that as a child; then I just related it to the Queen's Jubilee.

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. Think of the 2014 murder of Michael Brown, shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. In October 2021, it was revealed that Harewood will make his feature directorial debut with For Whom The Bell Tolls, a boxing film about the rivalry between Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn.

I know the injustice served to Black people is far worse than to Brown people but being of a similar age, however, I also stiffen at the sight of a union jack. This is an important book, and I get the impression it really educated a lot of white British people about the racism Black Britons have faced, and are still facing, over the years. David’s compelling story poses the question: Is it possible to be Black and British and feel welcome and whole?The Migration Museum explores how the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has made us who we are – as individuals and as a nation. It may be just one account from the perspective of a person of colour who has experienced this system, but it may be enough to potentially change an opinion or, more importantly, stop someone else from spinning completely out of control. The portrait's unveiling was accompanied by a temporary exhibition at the house focussing on Harewood's life and career. The difference is that we can now finally read openly the impact that racism fear and ignorance had on a young black man in the Seventies ad Eighties in the UK. But,you know, as you get older you sort of become happy with yourself and you settle with yourself, and there's also the work I've done on myself.

For me this held both lessons and affirmations of what it means to be a Black British man and the struggles to reconcile our inherent contradictions. The effects of living in this country as a black person and what does that to your mental health needs to be spoken about more and I honestly believe David Harewood has sparked that conversation. But also as an artist, you know to be given the responsibility to play central leading characters, which is something that I struggled with here.

For example, there are a couple of places where he just casually mentions things like he moved in with a woman and had a child. In November 2021, The Guardian published an article focusing on Harewood and actor Ricardo P Lloyd comparing both of their lives and careers and the struggles black British actors face in the UK. The way he puts hus vulnerabillities, being his personal life and experiences with psychosis and racism, on display is absolutely amazing. The book takes on the trajectory of his life but focuses on his psychotic breakdown where he was hospitalized twice within short intervals.

David's compelling story poses the question: Is it possible to be Black and British and feel welcome and whole?He traces it to the cracks caused by experiences as a British Black man, the split in psyche as he struggled to deal with the daily impact of that. His great-great-great-great grandparents had been slaves on a plantation in Barbados owned by Henry Lascelles, 2nd Earl of Harewood. I listened to the audio version which was beautifully read with some great notes of humour at times.

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