'From the Heart with Floella Benjamin' is a brand new podcast, launching in honour of Windrush Day and to share Baroness Floella Benjamin's incredible stories of resilience and overcoming adversity. The first episode will be dedicated to the first ever Windrush day, and the rest of the mini-series will be exploring topics such as emotional resilience, knowing yourself, and the power of positivity. Baroness Floella Benjamin is an accomplished actress, broadcaster, author and philanthropist. She has received a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the media, and an OBE for her commitment to her country. She has worked in business, politics and is a member of the House of Lords. Baroness Floella Benjamin made a journey to the United Kingdom as part of the Windrush generation, where she has suffered hostility and prejudice for much of her early life. For years she has drawn upon the adversities and difficult experiences of her past, to change public perception and create a better environment for future generations. Her unbreakable optimism and determination led to the government declaring the 22nd of June as the official recognition and celebration of the Windrush generation. This marks an important historical moment when the diaspora of West Indians became entwined with Great Britain. Floella has been appointed to be the guest editor of The Big Issue to highlight the story of the Windrush generation and to give hope to future generations, through this podcast and her political and philanthropic work.
Some people meditate to unwind, others love to exercise but one of the most satisfying ways to express yourself is through the power of music and singing. In this episode, Floella talks about how singing and music is great for nourishing and healing your soul - and you don't even have to be a good singer to feel the benefits! Music can get us through some of the darkest times, and also acts as a backdrop for the most memorable moments in life: from Birthdays, to Christmases, Weddings and evening giving birth! According to Floella, music can ease the delivery! Drawing on stories and lessons learned over the last 50 years in the entertainment, business and political spheres, Floella Benjamin will give you all the tools you need to be true to yourself, respect who you are and how you can speak from the heart and create a lasting legacy. You can listen to all the songs featured in this episode here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/140URd4dMyoTZHdnPRmFJC?si=vbEv-sy_SG6HFjUOdHu7bQ Share the songs that bring you the most joy with Floella by tweeting her at: @FloellaBenjamin Host: Baroness Floella Benjamin Listen and Subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
What would you do if someone made improper advances to you? What if saying no to someone could potentially damage your career? No matter who you are or what you do, people will try and take advantage of you in work, within your family and sometimes in your day to day life. In this episode, Floella talks about a tool that she uses to stay true to herself, and live a life free of guilt and regret. The word ‘no’. This demonstrates respect for yourself and allows you to be in the driving seat of your life. Reflecting on her personal experiences, Floella discusses how saying 'No' can evolved the 'Me Too' narrative into a culture of saying 'I didn't' and how this movement is as important for some men as it is for women. Drawing on stories and lessons learned over the last 50 years in the entertainment, business and political spheres, Floella Benjamin will give you all the tools you need to be true to yourself, respect who you are and how you can speak from the heart and create a lasting legacy. Host: Baroness Floella Benjamin Twitter: @FloellaBenjamin Listen and Subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts
What would you do if you were offered to feature as the Playboy centrefold? Floella reveals how the pressures of life in the public eye present difficult choices and temptations. It's easy to have regrets and wish that you had behaved differently in the past, though Floella proves that the long true path is often more fruitful than the shortcut. In this episode, she shares how staying true to yourself and doing things the right way, will give you true satisfaction. Such as the time she had to deal with Kenneth William's rudeness towards her; never compromising her integrity by refusing the Playboy feature, and her fight to be herself on stage and screen; blue beads and all! Through perseverance and her unwavering commitment to making her mum proud, Floella teaches us the tools we need to stay true to ourselves so we can all get the maximum happiness and satisfaction out of life. From the Heart shares Baroness Floella Benjamin's incredible stories of resilience and overcoming adversity, and gives listeners the tools they need to understand emotional resilience, knowing yourself, and the power of positivity. Listen and subscribe on Global player or wherever you get your podcasts, now!
How do you make the most out of life and leave a lasting legacy? This week Baroness Floella Benjamin shares her philosophical roadmap of life and the path to a better you, through practicing her 3 's: Consideration, Contentment and Confidence; all wrapped up with courage to by standing up for the truth. Implementing these 3 simple behaviours can help you live a happier and more fulfilled existence: Consideration - treating people with respect and empathy Contentment – having a happy and contented heart, steering clear of jealously and envy Confidence – in loving yourself and trusting in your destiny, even when things don't always go your way Drawing on stories and lessons learned over the last 50 years in entertainment, business and politics, Floella Benjamin will give you all the tools you need to be true to yourself, respect who you are and speak from your heart. Host: Baroness Floella Benjamin Twitter: @FloellaBenjamin Listen and Subscribe on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts
How would you deal with facing hatred and prejudice in the place you call home? For Floella Benjamin this was a difficult reality when she came to England as part of the Windrush Generation, arriving in England to an environment of hostility and adversity. In this episode, commemorating the first ever Windrush Day on the 22nd June, Baroness Benjamin explains her childhood experiences of growing up in Trinidad, coming to Britain and the reaction of British people to the influx of Caribbean on Empire Windrush. Through the perspective of her childhood, Floella illustrates how she grew up identifying herself as a proud member of the British Commonwealth. When she arrived in the 'Motherland' she was subjected to racist bullying and hostile treatment. Somehow and with the help of her devoted parents, she found the strength and love to accept herself and smile through the adversity. Now, she looks back on a successful, eclectic and distinguished career. She has long been a star on stage and screen, a published author, business women and is now a Baroness in the House of Lords. Her achievements have been hard-won and are a symbol of triumph over adversity. After years of campaigning for the recognition of the suffering of the Windrush generation, Baroness Benjamin is excited to invite you to join her in celebration of Windrush Day, to mark this important joining of Caribbean and British cultures and to remind us never to repeat the failings of our past. Subscribe now and listen to this podcast on Global player, or wherever you get your podcasts.