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 Liv Little and Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff invite a different guest to respond to old diary entries, text messages, or letters from their younger selves - nurturing important conversations about growing up.

Introducing Growing up with gal-dem
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All Episodes

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 16

40 min

Chanel Miller speaks to gal-dem about the process behind writing her book, the importance of family and why she reads children's books to start her day.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 10

39 min

In this episode, gal-dem are joined by director, filmmaker and fashion stylist Basma Khalifa as she reflects on her love of storytelling and how it has nurtured her multifaceted career. A self-professed workaholic, Basma gives insight into how being a Black woman has shaped her sense of drive, shares wise words from her parents and proves why being ballsy can be a great thing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 3

40 min

In this week’s episode of the podcast, gal-dem speak to Lewisham-raised musician, producer and songwriter Bradley Miller, who DJ’s as cktrl. Having experienced a difficult breakup, Bradley shares how heartbreak shaped his upcoming EP and ultimately led to fond memories and lessons learnt. Bradley discusses the ways in which cis straight men open up about their feelings, letting your guard down in relationships and his experience featuring in Beyonce’s Black is King.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 27

29 min

This week we are joined by Clara Amfo, who reflects on how her parents instilled within her the confidence to do anything in life - despite the stereotypes around black parents. She was the world's cutest kid, and she speaks to us about how she's defining what success looks like to her and dealing with people's all too often unsolicited opinions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 19

36 min

This week, we are joined by the incredibly talented, Tiwa Savage. She talks about her activism work, supporting survivors of sexual violence in Nigeria as well as all things motherhood and the lessons her son has taught her over the years.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 12

33 min

This week, we are joined by Amanda Seales, who reflects on her personal statement from a university application. She speaks to Liv and Charlie about the lessons she's learned throughout her career, about race and politics and how social media has cemented the idea that if it didn't happen online, it didn't happen! Amanda is a firm advocate for blocking and deleting people who don't make you feel good.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 5

48 min

In this week’s episode of Growing up with gal-dem we chat with LA based musician Raveena, one of our cover stars for gal-dem  Secrets. As a singer whose career has skyrocketed, Raveena delves into her journey to success and the difficulties she has faced along the way. We discuss relationships, life in and out of them, and how important boundaries and space are for personal growth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 30

38 min

Singer and cellist Kelsey Lu joins gal-dem to discuss religious cults, family love and finding harmony in nature. Growing up in a strict Jehovah’s Witness household, Kelsey Lu often got into trouble for having friends outside of her religion. Delving into her moments of rebellion and the associated guilt that came alongside them, Kelsey Lu explains how she found freedom by learning to accept herself.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 23

38 min

In this episode, gal-dem are joined by journalist, author, and host of Slay In Your Lane podcast and book, Yomi Adegoke as she discusses manifestation, taking up space, and why social media is blurring notions of success. Upon entering an industry traditionally dominated by white, privately educated men, Yomi describes how she forged her own path as a journalist and became the representation she wanted to see growing up. Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 15

40 min

This week, author and broadcaster Emma Dabiri joins Liv and Charlie to talk about her experiences of growing up black in Ireland and how as a young girl she was held to more rigid standards than her peers. Her number one hobby at the time was boys, and she kept a diary which she speaks through during the show.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 8

46 min

Singer-songwriter and BRIT nominee Joy Crookes joins gal-dem in this episode to explore all things family. Having moved out at a young age, Joy reflects on what it meant to have a ‘chosen’ family as a support network during a time of newfound responsibility and freedom. Also discussing topics such as generational trauma, Joy shares a restorative, bonding exercise that helped shape her connection with her heritage and her relationship with a loved one.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2

40 min

Theatre maker, producer and artist Travis Alabanza speaks to gal-dem about the idea of confessions, shame, and their introduction to queer spaces. They discuss the confidence that came with embracing their inner freak and how a pivotal moment at 17 have shaped who they are today.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 25

48 min

Joining gal-dem for this episode is writer and cook Ruby Tandoh, who discusses food in lockdown, high expectations and why friends are so important. Having always been hyper-productive, as a teenager Ruby would closely align self-satisfaction with personal targets. A plethora of challenging goals and Ruby’s own high expectations of herself, caused her time to be spread thinly, weighing heavily on her mental state and sense of inner well-being. Here, Ruby discusses how being less busy enabled time to get to know herself and why she wishes she found more support in others growing up.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 17

37 min

In this episode of Growing Up with gal-dem, we speak to actor, writer, producer and creator of Chewing Gum Michaela Coel. Michaela reads an old blog post from her days in drama school where she reflects on the idea of "taking the note" as a young actor, as well as the limited roles that exist for black women on screen.Michaela also speaks to us about her experience of being spiked and how this informed her new drama; I May Destroy You, which is available to watch on iPlayer now.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 10

37 min

Recording live from Words Weekend festival, on this special episode we’re joined by Reni Eddo-Lodge, journalist and author of ‘Why I’m No Longer Speaking to White People About Race’, Mariam Khan, editor of anthology ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’ and writer, journalist and critic Anita Sethi. In a joint discussion between all three of our literary guests, we speak about encountering casual racism within friendship groups, the complexities of existing in multiple cultures and the impact that has on our affiliation to britishness, and the common expectation of diasporan eldest daughters to take on mothering roles within their families.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 3

59 min

During the fifth episode of Growing Up with gal-dem, singer-songwriter Sasha Keable speaks to gal-dem about her journey with mental health, substance abuse, and why taking medication should be destigmatised. After a lengthy battle with depression, we hear about the importance of therapy at various stages in her life. After seeking out therapy at a period when she was self-harming at a young age, she guides us through how these experiences have shaped her process as a musician.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 27

36 min

For the fourth episode of Growing Up with gal-dem, we hear from cultural curator and founder of BBZ, Naeem Davis. Naeem tells us about the LGBTQI+ spaces that helped to shape their identity growing up and how they were inspired to curate spaces that were even more inclusive. We hear about how a trip to San Francisco was a pivotal moment for adopting the term ‘queer’ and how this has influenced how they define themself.Naeem shares a text they sent a soon-to-be girlfriend, who they chased in the hope of being in a ‘normative’ relationship. Naeem guides us through the importance of maintaining independence in relationships and how pushing boundaries in love is something to be celebrated.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 20

41 min

In this episode of Growing Up with gal-dem,  we sit down with model, LGBTQI+ activist and founder of Goddess Platform, Munroe Bergdorf. A prominent speaker on trans rights, she highlights members of the community and works to combat transphobia through her activism.Munroe reads text messages from a toxic relationship and shares the difficulties that come with growing apart from a partner. Having been in a relationship with someone with vastly differing views to her own, she reflects on how she removed herself from the situation and started on a journey of self-acceptance.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 13

39 min

After moving to London from Singapore, artist Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee was shocked by the everyday discrimination and sexualisation she faced and quickly realised that many other East Asian women either had been through or would experience similar issues. This inspired her project Xing - a photography book that explores how East Asian women move through the world. Through collaborating on creative projects, Elizabeth explains the strength and beauty she has found in forging interracial friendships and the solidarity that came with them.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 6

32 min

Kicking off the series, gal-dem speaks to Candice Carty-Williams, author of best-selling novel ‘Queenie’, about continuously being labelled the strong friend and family member. After the death of a close friend in her early twenties, Candice discusses her battle with depression and anxiety, and the pressures facing in the context of her Caribbean upbringing. We hear about the tools she has used over the years to enhance her mental wellbeing and set boundaries and how they inevitably influenced her when writing her hit novel.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 29

35 min

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