Growing up with gal-dem

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Welcome to gal-dem's first ever podcast, Growing up with gal-dem. Over the course of the series Natty Kasambala and Niellah Arboine invite a different guest to respond to old diary entries, text messages, or letters from their younger selves - nurturing important conversations about growing up.

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Trigger warning. This episode of Growing up with gal-dem includes mentions of sexual violence. So if you don't feel comfortable listening to this episode, please feel free to skip this and listen to one of our other episodes.This week we are joined by Ruby Rare: sex educator, author and public speaker. Ruby speaks to Natty and Nie about the importance of sex education not only to young people in schools but also to adults everywhere and how this can impact not only your sex life but to your self understanding and any relationships you have. Ruby talks about this more deeply as she reads out her extract from 2016 when she was newly heartbroken and figuring out how to move on. We hear how it’s very hard in those moments to see past what’s currently happening but as Ruby kindly explains - it’s not going to last forever!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2

44 min 53 sec

Ahead of the release of their highly anticipated 3rd album featuring the likes of Pa Salieu, Jorja Smith and Berwyn we are joined by the legendary duo Ibeyi - twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. They talk us through their new song “Made of Gold” and the power behind it. Lisa and Naomi take turns to read a truly poetic extract that delves into the origins of Ibeyi, the importance of the name and how it’s shaped their lives and music now. The twins reflect on support, the opposition of their personalities and familial love as a way of pure connection to each other and their audience.You can listen to Ibeyi on spotify here. Check out their new video Made of Gold here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 25

50 min

This week on Growing up with gal-dem we’re joined by Anti-Disciplinary artist Tobi Adebajo.  Tobi talks about being a doula from both beginning of life to end of life - supporting black women after experiencing a traumatic birth experience themselves. They discuss how they hold space of care for black women vs what is currently available in the healthcare system. Tobi’s extract, written 10 years ago as they were starting their degree, is a poetic narrative asking Tobi to encourage the creativity they let slip as they entered a new phase of their life. Tobi encourages pushing yourself to write as a healing practice to process emotions and feelings despite what you have going on.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 18

40 min 6 sec

Welcome back to Growing up with gal-dem, this week we’re joined by one of the leading next generation DJs in the UK, JAMZ SUPERNOVA. Hosting a weekly specialist show on BBC RADIO 1XTRA, Jamz has the privilege and platform to showcase new talent. Joining us on her birthday, Jamz reads her diary extracts from exactly 20 years ago - addressed to her beanie babies. Jamz talks us through the importance of sharing knowledge for the younger generation and opening the doors for people coming up in the radio industry. Reflecting on how past relationships have impacted her career, confidence and self acceptance, Jamz let’s us know how to ground yourself through your passions. You can read transcripts of Growing up with gal-dem Season 6 here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 11

42 min 48 sec

We’re back with season 6 of growing up with gal-dem, our amazing hosts Natty Kasambala and Niellah Arboine! This week, we’re kicking off with film and culture critic Zeba Blay who was one of the first people to coin the viral term #carefreeblackgirls on Twitter, as she talks us through her new book, Carefree Black Girls, A Celebration of Black Women.  Zeba, Natty and Nie discuss living for yourself and not your job, the industry or those around you and how to make sure you lead with yourself in mind first. Looking back on her past experiences, Zeba works to try to get back to her most carefree self, just be in the world and live for right now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 4

45 min 50 sec

In this, our final episode of season 5, we’re so excited to be joined by Malorie Blackman, award winning writer, and hero of so many of our childhoods. It’s an incredible episode, and one we’re so excited to share with you as we prepare for our next season. Nie and Natty talk to Malorie about primary school memories, career expectations, anti-racism in writing and fiction, and what her career has meant to so many young black people in the UK. Malorie shares with us a poem she wrote in the 1980s, and reflects on whether the past is something that holds us back or makes us stronger, and how we can embrace pieces of our history to create safer and more powerful futures. Today is the launch day for Endgame, which you can purchase at all good bookstores. You can follow Malorie’s work on Twitter, and on her website. Look out for the next season of Growing up with gal-dem when we return in November! Thank you so much for listening.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 15

47 min 6 sec

This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Nie and Natty are reflecting back on song lyrics with east London singer songwriter Olivia Dean in this beautiful and warming episode. In our penultimate episode of the season, expect some laughs, lots of love, and so so so much wisdom shared. Looking back at lyrics she wrote over 2 and a half years ago, Olivia reflects on what it means to be grounded in the present, how the pandemic has forced us to grow in new and unexpected ways. Olivia shares her goals for the future (which we are 100% backing), but also reflects that sometimes success is about finding happiness, rather than ticking boxes. You can follow Olivia’s work on Instagram and stream Slowly on YouTube.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 8

44 min 46 sec

This episode of season 5 we’re joined by the incredible and award-winning author Leah Johnson. Reflecting (and cringing) back on a Facebook 30 day challenge post (remember those?!!), Leah talks us through growing up as a queer black girl. Reflecting on self-esteem, early relationships and romantic versus familial love and coming out, Leah shares invaluable life lessons for teenagers, encouraging us to love and allow ourselves freedom and room to grow. Leah has two incredible books out now, You Should See Me In A Crown won the Stonewall book honor, and is available from all good bookshops. Her latest novel Rise to the Sun was released earlier this summer, and is available now!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 1

49 min 40 sec

This week we’re joined by Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate Yassmin Abdel Magied. Nie and Natty listen in as Yassmin reads through an op-ed she wrote for Brisbane Times in 2012 titled How racist are we? . Looking back, Yassmin reflects what it’s like to grapple with the expectation of expertise on racism as a person of colour, and how her own plans and career aspirations changed in the face of these expectations. Yassmin also talks to Natty and Nie about the ways that islamophobia and anti-blackness have intersected in her lived experience, and the shock of moving to London, experiencing majority black events and communities, and learning first hand about the plantain wars. It’s a beautiful, moving and often hilarious conversation that shows the beauty of growing up and allowing yourself the room to move and grow at any age.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 25

46 min 16 sec

Content warning: this episode contains detailed discussion of dieting, weight loss, specific weights, and discussion of disordered eating. For more information and recommended reading and listening, please check out the rest of the show notes for a list of brilliant articles, resources, and podcasts dealing with these topics. This week on Growing up with gal-dem we’re joined by award-nominated author and editor Sara Jafari. Ahead of the US publication of her debut novel The Mismatch, we speak to Sara about Muslim women’s representation in literature, and how The Mismatch tackles this through storytelling in 1970s Iran and contemporary Brighton. Sara shares with us an extract from her teen years dealing with disordered eating and weight loss, and shares her experiences with Nie and Natty on how normalised fatphobia impacted her and her growth. Recommended reading / listeningMaintenance Phase Podcast - Wellness & weight loss, debunked & decoded.Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane GaySonalee Rashatwar - The Fat Sex Therapist on Instagram  Stephanie Yeboah - writer and consultant working in fat acceptance & activism Queeries: how do I work through my internalised fatphobia? - gal-dem Queeries article, with extensive list of resources collated by Aisha Mirza in footer This Is for Anyone Living Through the Pandemic With an Eating Disorder Your Fat Friend - Aubrey Gordon’s writings What is an eating problem? Mind.org resource  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 18

44 min 48 sec

We’re here with a special bonus episode published in partnership with the Mayor of London. With the COVID-19 Vaccinations now available to people of all age groups, we wanted to take some of the most common questions about the vaccines on offer straight to a trusted voice. In conversation with Dr Adwoa Danso, the GP behind the online platform The Clinic Diaries, we answer questions about the vaccines and menstruation, the importance of making empowered and informed decisions for yourself, and why this vaccine was produced as quickly as it was. Dr Danso also shares her journey into medicine, and reflects on the many pathways that present themselves to us when we’re at that most stressful, and vulnerable period post A-Levels, and pre-university. If you have any questions about the vaccine, want to offer guidance to friends or family with concerns, or are considering a career in medicine, this is an insightful conversation that we’re so pleased to present. You can find out more about Dr Danso at The Clinic Diaries, and for the most up to date information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the NHS website. To get your vaccine, you can search 'book COVID vaccine' or visit your local walk in centre.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 17

19 min 18 sec

Welcome back to Growing up with gal-dem, this week we’re joined by Lila Iké, genre-bending artist whose work touches reggae, hip hop and R&B. Joining us from Jamaica, Lila’s extract reads from an old Facebook bio written when she was 15. Reflecting on the wisdom and foresight she shared as a teenager 12 years ago, Lila talks through existential teenage thoughts and feelings, grounding yourself as a musician, and the importance of mentorship, friendship and collaboration in creative practices. Speaking from shared experiences as Existential Teens™, Natty, Nie, and Lila talk about growing up online, what it meant to post “into the void”, and what wisdom we can take from our younger selves - no matter how or where we shared it. You can catch Lila Iké at City Splash in Beckenham this September, tickets via Eventbrite here. This week’s episode is sponsored by Transport for London. Visit madeby.tfl.gov.uk/i-stand-with to find out more about how TfL are standing up against hate crime on the public transport network.”Transcripts of each episode of Season 5 can be found here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 11

32 min 34 sec

We’re back with season 5 of growing up with gal-dem, welcoming our new host Niellah Arboine! This week, we’re kicking off with a bang with incredible artist Cat Burns, celebrating introspection, self-care and self-respect in the wake of her incredible new single Into You. Looking back on an iPhone note recorded in lockdown, Cat, Natty and Nie discuss what it means to hold yourself to a higher standard, the strength we can draw from voicing your opinions, the sacred space that is the Notes app, and how we can treat ourselves as gently and carefully as we would our best friends. If you haven’t already listened to Into You, listen through here or watch the incredible video released this week here.Transcripts of each episode of Season 5 can be found here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 4

36 min 30 sec

It’s the final episode of this season of Growing up with gal-dem, and our last episode with Charlie! We’re rounding out the season with a special episode featuring everyone’s podcast dream girl-group, The Receipts. Joined by Tolly, Milena, and Audrey, we dig up old facebook statuses, blog posts, and recap the inevitable learnings (and cringes) that come as you grow up online. Covering everything from their upcoming book Keep the Receipts, to bride prices, motherhood, and “unleashing the beast”, this is is a beautiful conversation to close out our series. You can listen to The Receipts on Spotify, and find pre-orders of their book here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 30

31 min 47 sec

This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Charlie are joined by Christine Checinska, curator at the V&A and fashion historian. Christine talks us through her childhood as a creative child, teacher reports and advice on nurturing her skills, and how her interest in blackness, fashion, and self-imaging started. Covering everything from diasporic fashions, respectability politics, and the nuances of black womanhood, this week’s episode is a beautiful journey into conversations and areas that deserve our attention and interest. Listen through, and if you’re able - visit some of Christine’s curated work at the newly re-opened V&A in London.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 23

41 min 48 sec

This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Charlie and Natty are joined by Sri Lankan musician Priya Ragu, who’s work fuses her Western influences with her South Asian origin and merges intercultural accumulation of traditional rhythms and contemporary r&b and soul. Raised in Switzerland by refugees of the Sri Lankan Civil War. Ragu and her brother, Japhna Gold, were not encouraged to pursue music, however Ragu did it anyway. Priya joins Natty and Charlie to talk through her vision board - our first ever vision board for Growing up with gal-dem! What at the time felt like distant dreams came to fruition for Priya over an incredible year, with vogue features, NPR tiny desk appearances, and record label attention. Through the episode Priya talks to Natty and Charlie about trusting and investing in your dreams, collaborating with friends and family, and balancing international musical success with a day-job in accounting.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 16

34 min 24 sec

This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Charlie are joined by award winning British Sudanese economist and writer Nesrine Malik. Reflecting on her upbringing and travel to the UK, Nesrine talks to Natty and Charlie about what it means to navigate the worlds of education and work having grown up in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and how our need to mythologise, create stories, and sometimes delude ourselves is a universal trait. Nesrine reads an extract from an article written 9 years ago, and discusses how her own approach to criticism and writing has changed over the years, and how important it is to recognise and respect the ways our own experiences and advantages have shaped the way we think. Natty and Charlie reflect on this within the context of group-think, communities, and safe spaces. How do our attempts to create spaces of comfort or recognition based on shared experience potentially push us into damaging or limiting ways of thinking, and how can we prioritise inclusivity without inadvertently becoming exclusionary?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 9

47 min 13 sec

Content warning: mentions of assault. This week we’ve brought you a bumper 50 minutes worth of podcast, a beautiful conversation between Natty, Charlie, and the incredible poet, activist, writer and actor Staceyann Chin. Covering everything from motherhood, queerness, creativity and growing up in the Caribbean, Staceyann brings us into her world and how her upbringing and experiences in both Jamaica and the United States have informed her creative and activist organising. Reading her powerful poem “Common Truths or Why I Love My Pussy”, Staceyann, Natty, and Charlie talk about girlhood growing up under patriarchy, the violence that exists in so many young women’s upbringing, and what it means to fight for a future that you might not yourself benefit from.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2

53 min

This week Natty and Charlie are joined by Liv Francis-Cornibert, writer, Advocacy Academy alumni, and co-founder of the group Legally Black to discuss burnout and mental health within activist and social justice work circles. Reflecting on a poem written for an online diary, Liv, Natty, and Charlie talk about how hard it is to reconcile intersectional politics and work with our capacity to work and hold multiple stories at once, and how often we sacrifice our mental health in the process.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 26

30 min 52 sec

On this episode of Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Charlie are joined by author of My Past Is a Foreign Country Zeba Talkhani, who reads us an extract from a journal. Reflecting on a friendship breakup from her teen years, Zeba talks about how memories are not always reliable, how recognising our wrongs is key to growth at any age, and the power of vulnerability and expressing our hurt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 19

43 min 31 sec

We’re back with another season of Growing up with gal-dem, and this season Charlie and Natty are joined by incredible artists, speakers, and authors for 8 episodes. In this first episode of the new series, we’re joined by the incomparable Sampa The Great, who reads a poem from 3 years before, and talks about racism in the music industry and community, how our words and power can become affected by the hurt we feel, and how we can find strength and healing in shared community. Sampa shares how her upbringing, and movement from a majority black country to Australia affected her, and how this influenced her perception and understanding of racism, and solidarity with Indigenous Australians.You can find transcripts for past episodes of Growing up with gal-dem on our website here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 12

43 min 36 sec

In the last episode of Season 3, we're joined by the incredible OluTimehin Adegbeye, a Nigerian writer, speaker, and founder of Quietly Queer. OluTimehin discusses parenting in a queer relationship in Nigeria, compassion-focussed activism, and protecting your peace. Reading a letter that she wrote at 25 to herself aged 16, OluTimehin reflects on what it means to accept yourself as existing both within and beyond your body, how to find self love in oppressive environments, and what it means to sometimes (just sometimes) divest yourself from the fight.Growing up with gal-dem is taking a short break as we prepare for Season 4. Join us in May when we'll be back!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 22

40 min 17 sec

This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Charlie are joined by Mireille Harper, award winning editor, writer, sensitivity reader and author of the viral infographic 10 steps to Non Optical Allyship. In extracts from private messages and submitted essays, Mireille reflects on the ways we try to mask and shield our feelings to appear strong, and the resilience we can find by accepting our vulnerabilities, our weaknesses, and our softness. From toxic friendships to stressful environments, Mireille, Natty, and Charlie discuss how important it is to connect with how we truly feel, and the strength we can draw from the softer parts of ourselves.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 15

47 min 38 sec

This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Charlie and Natty are joined by musician and DJ and the new host of Trippin's Roots & Ritual podcast, Yasmin Shahmir, as we discuss travel, ancestry, and ritual, as well as what it means to truly listen - not just to hear. Reading an extract from her journal, Yasmin reflects on femininity and duality and uses this as a jumping point to discuss the importance of using ritual and conversation to truly connect and listen to our elders and communities.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 8

38 min 36 sec

On the podcast this week we’re joined by writer, author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch. She shares an extract from an article she was featured in when she was 18, marking the beginnings of her long history of writing about being black in Britain. In the rest of the episode, Afua speaks about the alienation that can come with being unapologetically black, why she’s unfazed about critics calling her ‘divisive’ and how she came to the decision to no longer put energy into trying to change the minds of ignorant people.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 31

46 min 22 sec

CW: mention of assaultIn this week's episode of Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Charlie are joined by BAFTA Breakthrough actor Susan Wokoma. Reflecting on an email sent to a boyfriend while travelling, Susan reflects on the many moments of independence she's had growing up - be it leaving home early, travelling solo around Europe, or confronting grief and death. Through the conversation Natty and Charlie celebrate Susan's ability to share and reflect joy in so many ways, and bring complexity and understanding to the roles she's portrayed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 25

49 min 45 sec

This week we're joined by bestselling and award-winning author Yaa Gyasi, who's debut book Homegoing made waves in 2017. Back this year with a new book Transcendent Kingdom, which has been longlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction, Yaa speaks to Charlie and Natty about fulfilling childhood dreams, pandemic puppies, and the power of words and writing in rebellion. We're updating our on-site transcriptions of our podcasts! Check our website to find them now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 18

33 min 19 sec

On this week's episode of Growing up with gal-dem, we're joined by Georgina Lawton, columnist, podcaster and author of the new book Raceless. Georgina shares her love of travel with a diary excerpt from her time in Thailand, and reflects on learning your limits, passport privilege, and how to travel responsibly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 11

38 min 35 sec

On this week's episode of Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Charlie are joined by food writer and editor of new food publication Vittles, Jonathan Nunn. Jonathan reads us an early review of his from online food forums, and explores how social media in all its forms has shaped the world of food journalism, and what he's learned along the way.We are updating the transcripts on our website - thank you for bearing with us! You can find episode transcripts here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 4

41 min 46 sec

This week on Growing up with gal-dem we're joined by international dominatrix and empowerment coach Madam Storm who introduces us to the world of dominatrixes and dungeons, and reads us a letter she wrote to her sister years ago. Reflecting on the importance of self confidence and believing in your own self-worth, Madam storm tells us how she grew up and learned to love herself, and the role that her community of Black dominatrixes is having in her own personal growth and celebration.We are updating the transcripts on our website - thank you for bearing with us! You can find episode transcripts here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 25

40 min 13 sec

CW: Childhood sexual traumaOn this week's Growing up with gal-dem we're joined by the brilliant Ericka Hart, who is a Black queer femme activist, writer, speaker and award-winning sexuality educator with masters of education in human sexuality. Ericka shares a piece of writing from 4 years prior where she reflects on memories of childhood trauma and the impact this has had on her ability to centre herself throughout her life. Ericka joins Natty and Charlie to talk about reclaiming the act of care as Black femmes, her Black People Tell Black History series, and what it means to firmly centre yourself in your own narrative.We are updating the transcripts on our website - thank you for bearing with us! You can find episode transcripts here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 18

37 min 48 sec

In this week's episode of Growing up with gal-dem, Charlie and Natty are joined by author, model, and broadcaster Naomi Shimada, who's work encourages us to practice care and tenderness with ourselves. Naomi shares (and translates) an entry she wrote as a child about her mother, the grief she and her family were processing at the time, and reflects on how much responsibility and wisdom she bore during that period.We are updating the transcripts on our website - thank you for bearing with us! You can find episode transcripts here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 11

41 min 8 sec

Welcome back to Season 3! In this first episode of our new season, Natty Kasambala is stepping in while Liv takes a well deserved break. Natty Kasambala is an ex-editor, and long-time contributor to the gal-dem family, and an incredible music, arts and culture commentator, curator and creative who we're so excited to have with us for the next few episodes.In this episode, gal-dem are joined by wellness educator, spirit-led guide and co-founder of Black Girl Magik, Shydeia Caldwell. She shares a letter that she wrote to herself at the end of 2020. Shydeia reflects on her process in crafting her personal brand and telling her story in her own words. Join gal-dem and Shydeia as they discuss everything from listening to self, the importance of connecting with the ancestors, wellness and remothering.We are updating the transcripts on our website - thank you for bearing with us! You can find episode transcripts here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 4

35 min 40 sec

For the last episode of the season, hosts Liv Little and Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff share their own extract: an essay they collaborated on years previously about ‘rushing women of colour syndrome’. Reflecting back on their headspace at the time of writing it, Liv and Charlie reflect back on what has changed, what has stayed the same and what they’ve learned along the way.Growing up with gal-dem is taking a short break, but we'll be back with you in February!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 7

42 min 58 sec

For this episode, gal-dem are joined by arts broadcaster, host, cultural consultant and journalist Zezi Ifore who shares an extract that she wrote as a teenager at the turn of the century. Zezi reflects on her hopes for the 2000’s as a fifteen year old, as well as delving into the community she was grounded in. Join gal-dem and Zezi as they discuss everything from Nigerian culture and the church, to wellness and meditation.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

41 min 25 sec

In this episode, gal-dem talk to chef and influencer Rachel Ama, who discusses motherhood, hair and food. Rachel shares an extract from her younger years, disclosing the pressure she felt to manipulate her hair with relaxers and heat in order to appear ‘presentable’. Rachel speaks her journey of self-love with her hair and how thinking about what she put into her body on the inside, made all the difference on the outside.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

40 min 34 sec

In this episode, gal-dem are joined by visual artist, DJ and co-founder of BBZ, Tia Campbell, who discusses family, the pressures of being a teenager and why they’ve decided to move to the other side of the world. Tia shares a conversation with a family member and explains why asserting boundaries was imperative in helping to heal their relationship.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

40 min 6 sec

Singer songwriter Shingai Shoniwa delves into her liberating musical journey into becoming a solo artist. Once the lead singer of the Noisettes, Shingai shares difficult moments she faced in the music industry and touches on the treatment of black artists. Reflecting back on a song that she started writing at the age of sixteen, Shingai draws similarities to the girl she once was, but also shares why being bold became one of her best lessons from growing up.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

50 min 12 sec

In this episode, gal-dem chat with writer, screenwriter, editor and mentor Nikesh Shukla as they take a closer look at his career and the writing world. Nikesh explains how he didn't allow a saddening and unforgettable experience with a scam company at a young age to overcome him, and instead, made him realise the respect that should be given to his work.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

35 min 50 sec

For this episode gal-dem are joined by East London hitmaker Nao. Here, Nao describes her initial issues with confidence as a singer and what it was like to come up in the midst of the Soundcloud movement, a creative space that gave prominence to so many musicians today. Join us, as we also discuss finding your sound, the importance of mentors and why balance is key in life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

28 min 57 sec

In this episode, we catch up with a fave member of the early gal-dem team, the wonderful Simran Randhawa, whose career as a model and writer has skyrocketed over the last few years. Delving into topics such family, social media and imposter syndrome, Simran shares an extract from a turning point in her life and shows how ultimately, facing her past meant that she was able to flourish and feel grounded in the present.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

32 min 53 sec

For this episode, gal-dem are joined by comedian and writer Sophie Duker as she discusses grief, escapism and teenage escapades. During a difficult period of her life, Sophie describes the comfort she found in trivial dramas during her teenage years. She was soon met with the stark reality of growing up after the passing of a close relative, causing her to realise the sacrifices her family had made for her happiness and to enable her to feel carefree.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

31 min 37 sec

Author of incredible novels ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and ‘Patsy’, Jamacian born writer Nicole Dennis Benn joins us this week to discuss colourism. A topic that she’s previously explored in both of her novels, Nicole reads an extract from an article she wrote on the colourism she was exposed to as a child. Having been witness to the glorification of skin bleaching in Jamaica, Nicole speaks on the long lasting impact of absorbing negative views about dark-skin, how writing has helped her heal and her hopes for dark-skinned black girls growing up today.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

35 min 59 sec

Following a big move to Berlin prompted by Brexit, Dialogue Books publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove joins us this week to reflect on her journey of finding home. Having experienced homelessness after she moved out of her family home at 16, Sharmaine speaks about the difficulty she had receiving government support due to assumptions made about her middle class background. Despite a strained relationship with her parents, Sharmaine acknowledges the privileges her upbringing afforded her and speaks about how she’s fuelled to use it to help others.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2020

40 min 56 sec

Today, gal-dem are joined by youth worker, community organiser and founder of Exist Loudly, Tanya Compas as she covers sensitive topics including racism, homophobia and homelessness. Framed through her journey with counselling, Tanya opens up about difficult periods in her life and the chosen family that were key in giving her the confidence to be the truest version of herself.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2020

39 min 24 sec

It’s time to meet our new CEO, Mariel Richards; a familiar face who has previously headed up the Commercial division at gal-dem! An independent, sorter of problems, art lover and sewing extraordinaire, it’s time to get to know the many lovely facets to Mariel (she even knows some Japanese). Having matured from the self-confessed recklessness and adventure of her youth, join us as Mariel reflects on the true beauty of growing up: meeting all the different versions of ourselves.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

30 min 36 sec

A major voice within the queer activism pace, we speak to the person at the heart of UK Black Pride, Lady Phyll. Delving into moments in her life and the pockets of wisdom that arose from them, Lady Phyll covers important topics when growing up as a young queer person of colour, such as spirituality and colourism.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2020

49 min 26 sec

Diane Abbott reflects on her Maiden speech and speaks to Liv and Charlie about her expansive political career and how she maintains hope for the future.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

28 min 54 sec

This week Aja joins Liv and Charlie to reflect on a recent article about sustainability, she discusses recent events online and gives us an insight into what she was like as a child - a furious letter written who called for brands to be and do better.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

32 min 49 sec

Actress Diane Parish joins gal-dem and shares a short story written as a teenager. She offers insight into where the inspiration for the story came from as well as sharing valuable insights into parenthood and how she’s been coping during lockdown.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

39 min 36 sec