Maybe I Don't Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery

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Maybe I Don't Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery

Maybe I Don't Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery

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I genuinely believe that books like these are vital reading for so many people- mainly the white British population, but also for people of colour and those from other nations. It's a constant dialogue within yourself, but it just takes constant work to make sure that you are at ease with yourself, happy with yourself, content with yourself. I'm gonna start by saying I loved HomeGirl so I was aware of what David does for a living and familiar with his work but that's as far as it went.

He remains unflinchingly honest when discussing his encounters with racism in Britain and how this largely contributed to his eventual breakdown and shattered sense of self. David Harewood OBE is an actor and presenter best known for starring roles in Homeland , Supergirl , The Night Manager , Blood Diamond , Criminal Justice and Ten Per Cent .This memoir portrayed a very unique and emotional story that will likely stick with me for a long time to come.

Every purchase supports Harewood House Trust, a charity set up to support our conservation and education ambitions, helping more people discover Harewood has to offer. It is so refreshing but also hard to read his experiences of psychosis and the UK mental health system.

In November 2021, The Guardian published an article focusing on Harewood and actor Ricardo P Lloyd comparing both of their lives and careers and the struggles black British actors face in the UK. You have to have your failures to have your success, you've got to have your tough times to recognise and appreciate the good times. I like that Harewood didn't think his ethnicity was going to hold him back career-wise (until it did and he realised (sadly) that was just in Britain, not in America.

It may be just one account from the perspective of a person of colour who has experienced this system, but it may be enough to potentially change an opinion or, more importantly, stop someone else from spinning completely out of control. But it's also a love letter to Harewood’s friends, parents and a tribute to his determination to succeed against the odds. So the first of those is, you spoke about how, in your younger years, as you were starting out, the reviews would refer to you as a black actor. We are all human and all susceptible to mental health conditions, it would do everyone good to remember that, to treat others fairly how they want to be treated and understand it could be them so very easily.As a black, working-class man with British and Caribbean heritage, Harewood often feels he doesn’t have a place. He also starred in British independent film The Hot Potato, [15] the film also starred Ray Winstone, Colm Meaney and Jack Huston. For example, there are a couple of places where he just casually mentions things like he moved in with a woman and had a child. You spoke about feeling like a guest in Britain at one point in the book - and if anything I ask is too much or you don't want to speak on it, please just say - but I was wondering if leaving Britain helped you find a better sense of self?

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