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This week, we spoke with Takudzwa Mukiwa (he/him) about Black men’s health. Taku is a public health professional who has worked both internationally and in the UK. He is currently the Head of Social Marketing at Terrence Higgins Trust and the founder of Black Men’s Health UK, an initiative to bring attention to health inequalities faced by Black men in the UK.

Hosts: Dr Annabel Sowemimo and Edem Ntumy Editor: Veronique Belinga

Project Manager: Naz Toorabally

News story references

Hope and optimism are different. Optimism tends to be based on the notion that there’s enough evidence out there to believe things are gonna be better, much more rational, deeply secular, whereas hope looks at the evidence and says, “It doesn’t look good at all. Doesn’t look good at all. Gonna go beyond the evidence to create new possibilities based on visions that become contagious to allow people to engage in heroic actions always against the odds, no guarantee whatsoever.” That’s hope. I’m a prisoner of hope, though. Gonna die a prisoner of hope. – Dr Cornel West

Other links:

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Black Men’s Health
Terrence Higgins Trust

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