The Sizzle Podcast
The Sizzle Podcast
Aug 13, 2020
#020 Jeffrey Boakye [Teaching, Writing, Race and Music]
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In this episode I am joined by Jeffrey Boakye, teacher and author. Below are some quotes from our conversation which capture the flavours involved:

"I like completing projects, that is what teaching is, my long term project, it's not over until I retire"

"Essentially what you are building is how kind you are to other people and how much you care about community"

"I wrote most of Hold Tight with a baby in my arms..."

"I don't put activities in a hierarchy, if something is exciting and it feels vital, you make the time, the trick is to realize what is vital"

"The importance of thinking about key values in relation to finding your calling"

"Work is good. Work in itself is the reward"

"I could not have written Black Listed any earlier. I had to do a lot of learning... It was really a research project"

"DJ'ing is deep in me. I seek approval that's one of my insecurities and a DJ seeks approval"

"I write like I DJ. I get people on the floor, get them energised and then I hit them with cuts they might not have heard before... It's how I teach as well."

"I wanted to talk about black British history, in grime, before it got lost or moved on"

"Stormzy tackled Glastonbury mainstage like a GCSE... And he got an A*"

"If they don't understand your mission, then they are probably afraid of it"

Some other topics we covered:

- Viewing Wiley and Stormzy through the lens of masculinity and race

- The dynamic of studying "cool blackness"

- Jeffrey's experience of being a Black male author.

- The process of moving from a big city to a rural lifestyle

- Reflections on Kano's evolution as an artist.

Find Jeffrey on Twitter at: @jeffreykboakye

His website is:

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Buy Black Listed: Black British Culture Explored:

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