Jeffrey Boakye

Jeffrey Boakye is an author, broadcaster, educator and journalist originally from Brixton, London. He has a particular interest in issues surrounding education, race and popular culture.  Jeffrey taught English in London secondary schools and 6th Form colleges for 15 years since 2007, previously working in journalism and copywriting, after graduating with a degree in English Literature. His first book,  Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime,  is recognised as one of the first seminal books about grime music, published by Influx Press in 2017. Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored is his second major book, published under Dialogue Books in 2018. Boakye’s illustrated compendium Musical Truth: A Musical History of Modern Black Britain in 28 Songs was published in June 2021. He is also the co-author of What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions. Jeffrey’s has four books upcoming, including: I Heard What You Said (June 2022), Musical World (2023), and Kofi and the Rap Battle Summer(2023). Jeffrey has also contributed articles and comment pieces to publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times and the Royal Society of Arts Journal. He is also co-host of BBC Radio 4's Add to Playlist with Cerys Matthews. He continues to be an educator, providing training and talks to schools and organisations around the topics of race, masculinity and education.

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