Bristol is the New Black was previously an O2 sponsored initiative raising awareness of the black people who are shaping life and culture in Bristol. This may be through campaigning, art, business, or just generally being an interesting person. BITNB seeks to promote and connect these individuals and their narratives to a wider community of inspiring black people in Bristol.
To the surprise of many, only 51 home black students graduated from Bristol University in 2015, and though many factors may have contributed to this, we feel that the systematic lack of support and absence of a close-knit community plays a key role.
In 2017 the platform sits under the remit of the Black and Minoirty Ethnic officers at the University of Bristol and allows them to equip black students at Bristol with the skills, space and opportunities to creatively tell their own stories and control their unique narratives.