“It was generally just the people they expected us to know i.e Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela. Hardly any women.”

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While you were growing up who did you see in the media that looked like you?

Well i was born in Uganda and looking back on it now, the popular soaps that everyone watched were Spanish, so they had European actors speaking Spanish with subtitles at the bottom. At the time i didn’t think anything of it because there were other shows with people that looked/spoke like me. But coming to the UK, i found that there was hardly any black people in the media ,especially black women. But because of this i found myself drawn more to ‘black tv programmes’ like Trouble which used to have Moesha, My Wife and Kids and so much more.
 
In school who did you learn about that looked like you or had similar experiences to you? 
In school i don’t really remember learning about any specific people that looked liked me, well no one that stand out. It was generally just the people they expected us to know i.e Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela. Hardly any women once again.
Why do you think diversity and representation is important?
Diversity and representation is very important, i think now more than ever. Young people especially, should be able to see that no matter what ethnicity they are, that they can see people that look like them, speak like them and maybe also have had to experience the same hardships they’ve been through. This should tie into all things, whether it be in their day to day lives, or through the media. Young people should also be able to study on a deeper understanding about their history and the people that have played involvement in getting them to wherever they.
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