Tackling Racial Inequality

Comic Relief was founded on the principles of ending injustice including addressing racial inequality through our work. Below is a summary of the ongoing work across our funding stream, projects, and creative channels as we listen, learn and grow.

Actions Beyond the Hashtags

From shifting the power in our funding streams, to supporting black-led projects and better representation across our TV appeals, we hope to generate meaningful conversations that turn into positive actions as we listen, learn and grow.

On 28th of October 2020 Comic Relief staged a two-part event. A conversation with June Sarpong OBE and Sir Lenny Henry, and a first looks at our Sema Stori African Film Initiative.

Video Event

Actions Beyond the Hashtag: In Conversations with Lenny Henry and June Sarpong

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Charlene White moderates a special discussion with Lenny Henry and June Sarpong on diversity and representation in the creative sectors.

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Actions Beyond the Hashtag: Sema Stori Preview

An exclusive first look at three new African-led films produced through Comic Relief’s Sema Stori Initiative, delivered in partnership with Docubox, East Africa's only film funder, owned and run by African filmmakers.

Sema Stori Films

Black led film-making

Over the last 2 years, Comic Relief and DocuBox launched a project that supported 10 East African filmmakers to create films about issues they care passionately about - stories that might not otherwise be told. One year on, we proudly present Sema Stori - meaning Stories that Speak in Swahili. The filmmakers we have worked with are changemakers, exploring important social issues through the eyes of local communities, and their films have sparked conversation within Comic Relief and inspired us to explore ways of telling more nuanced, more accurate and more insightful stories about life on the African continent. We hope they will have a similar impact within the lives and communities of all those who see these important films.

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Photography

Supporting & promoting local Photographers

Since late 2018 with the rise of social media platforms as a way for artists to promote themselves, we have increasingly been able to source and commission some phenomenal and talented photographers from within Africa to work alongside our teams on the ground, helping to shine a light on local issues through a local lens. With help from resources like Everyday Africa Photoblog and the African Photojournalism Database, our photography is more connected and authentic than ever. We have made a commitment to always use local talent, ensuring these opportunities are awarded to photographers within the country where possible. Moving forward we will continue to develop and evolve our photography while empowering local people to tell their own stories.

Funding

COMIC RELIEF DELIVERS £3.4 MILLION For PROJECTS WORST-HIT BY COVID-19

Hundreds of small grass roots charitable projects across the UK are set to benefit from a new £3.4 million fund from Comic Relief, which aims to help vulnerable communities by supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) projects struggling to continue their services because of the pandemic.

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Lewis Hamilton collaboration

A strong advocate of Black Lives Matter and the fight for racial equality, Formula One legend Lewis Hamilton joined forces with Comic Relief this year to support projects helping Black, Asian and minority ethnic young people in the UK and around the world. The new philanthropic partnership aims to raise £1 million for organisations that provide young people with the support and access to opportunities they need to thrive.