Black Lives: Past, Present and Future

Laudable will be marking Black History Month in October with a brand new podcast - and we are looking for contributions!

Black Lives: Past, Present and Future

During Black History Month this October, we want to look forward, as well as looking back. This is why we have launched ‘Black Lives: Past, Present and Future’.

Throughout October, we are aiming to collect a series of short audio clips from different black voices: whether that’s from public figures, campaigners, educators, colleagues, family and friends. They will answer as few or as many of the following questions:

1. What does Black History mean to you, and why?
2. What change would you like to see in the way in which Black History Month is portrayed/recognised/celebrated in the UK/worldwide?
3. What did History mean to you when you were at school?
4. What are your thoughts on being a black person currently in 2020 (UK or worldwide)?
5. What are your hopes for the future?

The series will be hosted on our partner platform ​Entale​, along with all the usual streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts, and will also feature on pages across our online publications. We will be updating the series most days, or as often as we receive your audio clips.


How to get involved...

We’ll simply need you to record a short audio clip (maximum length 5 minutes) in the following format:

Start by telling us who you are and a little about yourself, and then answer as few or as many of the questions mentioned above.

Example: “I’m (name), I’m a(your job/role in community) from(your city) and this is what Black History means to me...”

Record your answer (maximum length 5 minutes) using a voice recorder app on your smartphone. iPhone users please use the inbuilt ​‘Voice Memos’ ​app and Android users please use either an inbuilt app or search for ​‘Voice Recorder’​ in the Google Play Store.

● Hold the phone a few inches away from your mouth, or hold it to your ear as if you were on a phone call as this yields the best audio quality results.

● Make sure you’re in a nice quiet room, away from anything noisy such as fridge-freezers, TVs, the kids etc and keep the windows shut to reduce exterior noises.

● If possible, record in a room with carpeted floors and soft furnishings such as a bedroom, and avoid larger rooms with lots of reflective surfaces. This will help make your audio nice and clear. Recording in a wardrobe amongst your favourite jumpers or with a duvet over your head will also help things sound great!


If you have any questions about the project or need some guidance on how to record your clip, please email ​matthew.millard@reachplc.com​ (Reach) or ​morven.mcintyre@jppress.com (JPI).

Submissions are being accepted from now and are to be sent to matthew.millard@reachplc.com​ using ​WeTransfer​ (or via email, if WeTransfer is not possible), along with a short written bio about yourself and a hi-res portrait style photograph.

We can’t wait to hear from you.

The Laudable Podcast Team