Representing Race: It's not so black and white

This Pillars of Popular Culture article uses the BBC's Noughts and Crosses series to explore representations on race in content.

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  • Yas Asare Anderson Media Development
  • Lamberto Ferrara Media Development
  • Joe Roberts-Walker Media Development
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Noughts and Crosses, an alternative history teen novel launched in 2001 where an African country has colonised large quantities of the world, now finally has a small screen adaption. It’s creators will be hoping that they can translate the profound effect it had on readers to new audiences; as well as tapping into contemporary social discourses about race and power dynamics. However, creating such an alternative scenario is incredibly ambitious and there is also a real risk of misinterpretation from a range of different audiences.

Our latest Pillars of Popular Culture blog explores how you can best feed into content development process to help creators shape, refine and evaluate success where representation matters; exploring how to best deliver content with broad appeal, and inspire communities who are crying out for accurate representation, whilst successfully navigating the potential pitfalls of cultural sensitivity.

The author(s)

  • Yas Asare Anderson Media Development
  • Lamberto Ferrara Media Development
  • Joe Roberts-Walker Media Development

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