Natives - Race & Class In The Ruins Of Empire By Akala

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From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child to his first encounters with racist teachers, race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire he charts his own personal story alongside the social, historical and political factors that have shaped the world we live in today.

Kingslee Daley, better known by his stage name Akala, is a British rapper, author, and activist. In 2006, he was voted the Best Hip Hop Act at the MOBO Awards. He is the founder of the The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company and has recently published a novel called The Dark Lady, which features a 15-year-old orphan on the streets of Elizabethan London.

Written and read by Akala
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

The final episode of this serialisation addresses the use and history of the n-word.

Akala explores the modern-day repercussions of colonialism, slavery and class conflict.