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Living While Black by Guilaine Kinouani

For the past 15 years, radical psychologist and therapist Guilaine Kinouani has helped hundreds of Black people to protect their mental and physical health from the harm of white supremacy. In this timely book, she brings together powerful case studies, eye-opening research and effective coping techniques from her anti-racist academy and award-nominated blog, Race Reflections, helping readers to:

- set psychological boundaries and process trauma

- protect children from racism

- handle difficult race-based conversations

- understand the complexities of 'Black love'

- find connection, beauty and joy in the world

Living While Black empowers you to adopt radical self-care tools that improve day-to-day wellness. It teaches you how to thrive, not just survive and find hope - or even joy - in the face of racial adversity. It is also an essential anti-racist resource for allies who want to do better.

'Revelatory, necessary and brilliant'  Candice Carty-Williams, Sunday Times bestselling author of ‘Queenie’

Resources

Age: Key Stage 5

Subject: English Language

Non Fiction Text: Living while black 

Author: Guilaine Kinouani

The five activities in this resource pack give KS5 students opportunities to engage with an unseen non-fiction text. There are activities for discussion, comprehension, critical analysis, structuring ideas and looking for descriptive and narrative techniques, using evidence. 

The activities in the resource pack are designed to be used alongside the videos below of author Guilaine Kinouani, who reads aloud the extract and also talks briefly about the book to provide context.

  • Living While Black

  • Brought to you by Penguin.

    If, as perfectly summed up by Toni Morrison, 'the function of racism is distraction', how can we reclaim our focus? How can we, Black people, resist racism without exhausting ourselves?

    For the past 15 years, radical psychologist and therapist Guilaine Kinouani has helped hundreds of Black people to protect their mental and physical health from the harm of white supremacy. In this timely book, she brings together powerful case studies, eye-opening research and effective coping techniques from her anti-racist academy and award-nominated blog, Race Reflections, helping readers to:

    - set psychological boundaries and process trauma
    - protect children from racism
    - handle difficult race-based conversations
    - understand the complexities of 'black love'
    - find connection, beauty and joy in the world

    Living While Black empowers you to adopt radical self-care tools that improve day-to-day wellness. It teaches you how to thrive not just survive and find hope - or even joy - in the face of racial adversity. It is also an essential anti-racist resource for allies who want to do better.

    © Guilaine Kinouani 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

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What's included in the resource pack?

  • Guilaine Kinouani context interview (video) 
  • Guilaine Kinouani extract reading (video)
  • Activities powerpoint  (aimed towards KS5 students)
  • Text extract (PDF)

How to use the pack

  • Make sure all students have access to a copy of the text extract as Activities 1, 2 and 3, will require students to have a print copy of the text extract to work from. 
  • Get your students to watch the video of the author reading the extract for Activity 3, and watch the author interview video for Activity 5.
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Context

Interview with author Guilaine Kinouani on her book Living While Black:The Essential Guide to Overcoming Racial Trauma

Extract reading

Author Guilaine Kinouani reading an extract from Living While Black

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