Maybe I Don't Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery
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In October 2021, it was revealed that Harewood will make his feature directorial debut with For Whom The Bell Tolls, a boxing film about the rivalry between Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn. An honest and hopeful account of dealing with racism, and a direct look at the psychological pain it causes. After appearing in 24 episodes, his character was killed off in a bomb explosion at the end of season 2. I've had issues with identity and belonging in the UK but those feelings came from inside me, because looking like the majority white population, I never experienced rejection such as described here and by other black British men (and to a lesser extent, women). PRESENTED DOCUMENTARIES FOR THE BBC 'WILL BRITAIN EVER HAVE A BLACK PRIME MINISTER, WHY IS COVID KILLING PEOPLE OF COLOUR.
Its haunting to read the disparity between care and the casual racism and discrimination that goes on in the mental health system and some of the statistics shocked me. I didn’t know the word racism till later when I had to work out how the Specials are skinheads and yet they have Black people in the band. Yes, and that something is racial trauma, the meat and bones of his staggering memoir, Maybe I Don’t Belong Here.Harewood recounts the psychotic episode he suffered in his 20s, what he learned from the experience and how he made the journey to recovery. Poor mental health and racism - Harewood dives deep into the raw symbiotic relationship by laying bare his personal story. That Harewood, during his first psychotic episode, heard the voice of Martin Luther King telling him to head to Camden, north London, at 3am on a mission to close the spiritual gap between good and evil has everything to do with the post-racial vision of the famous “I have a dream” speech.
The effects of living in this country as a black person and what does that to your mental health needs to be spoken about more and I honestly believe David Harewood has sparked that conversation.This memoir portrayed a very unique and emotional story that will likely stick with me for a long time to come.
I also suffer with mental illness, and I found this book so raw and emotional, I think this book is going to help so many people, and it leaves you with a lot to think about. And there are issues within my journey to America that haven't quite been straightforward and simple. Harewood gets into Rada after almost cancelling the audition, unaware of its reputation at the time. And it's not that I have reached a sort of point of Nirvana where I'm sort of this happy individual. So I, there's no way of getting through this life scrape free, you're gonna need a few bruises to make you who you are.
Harewood began acting in 1990 and has appeared in The Hawk, Great Moments in Aviation, Harnessing Peacocks, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Blood Diamond, The Merchant of Venice and Strings. A groundbreaking account of the effects of everyday racism on the identity and mental health of Black British men, explored through the lens of Homeland and Supergirl actor David Harewood's personal experience.
I do want to say, that in the cause of defeating racism and beginning the process of healing and understanding, experiences like these need to be discussed more. This is an important book, and I get the impression it really educated a lot of white British people about the racism Black Britons have faced, and are still facing, over the years. But also as an artist, you know to be given the responsibility to play central leading characters, which is something that I struggled with here. But I think we should all know the signs - for ourselves, for our loved ones, to recognise the poor mental health services in the UK and to campaign for better. It’s one of my favourite ICW’s I’ve done, when our time was up I felt I could have kept talking with him for an age.Hearing about the time he went to Liverpool only to be met with a horribly racist crowd made me wince. see a picture of a black person that they may recognise from the television, they will enquire as to why his picture is there, and then they'll understand… all of the unpaid work that my ancestors did, and the brutality of what they suffered… helped build this house. David Harewood is an actor, and relatively well-known (many would know him 'off something', most recently I've seen him in Supergirl). He also starred in British independent film The Hot Potato,  the film also starred Ray Winstone, Colm Meaney and Jack Huston. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.