Busy Being Black

Busy Being Black

By W!ZARD Studios

Busy Being Black with Josh Rivers is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives.

Episodes

Koritha Mitchell – Living Out Loud

Koritha Mitchell is a firebrand and one of my favourite people to follow on Twitter. She’s Professor of English at Ohio State University and the author of two books: Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship; and From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture. Among much else in our far reaching conversation, we discuss why she pursued and expanded upon a connection between the lynching of Black people post emancipation and anti-LGBTQ violence now, the ways white people reaffirm their dominance with what she calls “know your place aggression”, how Black women have continually redefined success and citizenship in America and why it can feel so utterly satisfying to point out white mediocrity. As she says, we’ve been surrounded by whiteness our entire lives and we have not been surrounded by excellence. About Busy Being Black Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/10/2156m 28s

Dr Francesca Sobande – The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain

Dr Francesca Sobande is an author and academic whose book, The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain, explores the myriad ways Black women in Britain thrive, influence and are erased as they navigate social media platforms. We discuss disentangling a distinct digital experience for Black women in Britain, her ongoing interest in borders, citizenship and diaspora, and whether expressions of Black women’s interior lives are possible on platforms designed for public performance. She cautions against a limited understanding of Black women’s digital lives as always and only subversive and she reflects on the role poetry played in helping navigate, inform and shape her work—both as personal journal and vehicle for collaborative dialogue. About Dr Sobande Dr Francesca Sobande is a Lecturer in Digital Media Studies at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, where she is Director of the BA Media, Journalism and Culture programme. She is the author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain, and To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe. About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/10/2158m 51s

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu – The Muscle of Our Imagination

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu wants us to unleash our imaginations. A playwright, actor and director of Ghanaian heritage and raised in South London, he’s committed to telling stories that are wild, seasoned and passionate. He’s the director of a new play, For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy, in which six young Black men meet for group therapy, and let their hearts – and imaginations – run wild.  Our conversation explores the limitations put on expressions of our anger, building support for mental and emotional health in the process of theatre-making, exercising the muscle our imagination, a limitless Black Britishness and what he hopes we take away from the work he puts out into the world. About Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu is a playwright, actor and director. He’s written for The Royal Court, directed at The Young Vic and performed at The National Theatre. He’s received awards from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Roehampton University.  For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy is a new show from Nouveau Riche, written by Ryan Calais Cameron and directed by Tristan. The play runs from 12 October – 6 November, and tickets can be bought here. About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/10/2152m 56s

Lazarus Lynch – The Return

Lazarus Lynch is the multi-hyphenate artist behind Busy Being Black’s theme music. He’s a dear friend and someone I share a spiritual connection with, and I admire so much his ability to harness his creativity to create spaces, moments and music in the world that nourish, heal, provoke and soothe. Our conversation is a meditative exploration of our shared histories in the Black Church, the pursuit and expression of our individual songs, unlocking our hearts, building community, faith in ourselves and in others and the bravery and vulnerability it takes to kneel before someone else and wash their feet. About Lazarus Lynch Lazarus Lynch is an entrepreneur, author, musician and multimedia host. He is a two-time Chopped champion and the host of Snapchat's first-ever cooking show, Chopped U, and the Food Network digital series Comfort Nation. This year, he’s one of the chefs selected to cater Vogue’s 2021 Met Gala. He’s the creator of Busy Being Black’s theme music and his new album, Sanctuary, is released later this year. The song, Busy Being Black, was released by Lazarus in February 2021 and is accompanied by a music video, created by and starring a global cohort of Black creatives coming together to express, celebrate and centre our love for each other and our cultures. About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/08/2153m 32s

Territorial – The Calling of the Spirits

Content warning: This episode explores imprisonment, police brutality, homicide, sexual violence and mental illness. Please listen with care.  I believe in the abolition of prisons, and while I’m still learning about imagining and building societies that prioritise care, restorative justice, and people over profit-making, I know that we should not be locking people up in cages.  Michael Tenneson, Kevin Woodley, Dane “Zealot” Newton, Phillip “Archi” Archuleta, Gilbert “Lefty” Pacheco, Jose “8Bizz” Talamantes and Frankie Domenico are seven men imprisoned at Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colorado. They are the musicians, from completely different walks of life and serving differing sentences, who make up the band Territorial.  Their new album, TLAXIHUIQUI (Tla-She-Wiki), is the first recorded music to make it outside the forbidding walls of Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility into the free world since it was founded 150 years ago. TLAXIHUIQUI (which translates to “the calling of the spirits” in the Uto-Aztecan language of Nahuatl) takes listeners on a visceral journey through violence and heartache to catharsis and hope. With these deeply personal songs, Territorial shines a light on the enduring human spirit in a divided country – and asks us all to consider whether or not we are prepared to heal the societies in which we so regularly put behind bars and walls those we are unprepared to properly care for. For those who are at the start of their journey in understanding prison abolition, like myself, there are a number of places to start. There’s a wonderful TedTalk by Deanna Van Buren called “What a world without prisons could look like”. Ruth Wilson Gilmore, who has long served as a prison abolitionist, is the feature of a profile in the New York Times, “Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind”; and Angela Davis’ book Are Prisons Obsolete? is serving as a reference point and learning for my own understanding of abolition. About Die Jim Crow Records Die Jim Crow Records is the first record label in the United States for formerly and currently incarcerated musicians. Their mission is to provide artists with a high-quality platform for their voices to be heard. A special thank you to Royal Young for his help in making this special episode a reality. About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/08/2124m 36s

Ted Brown – Live at UK Black Pride 2021

Ted Brown is one of our most important and formidable elders. He's an activist and change maker, who’s been fighting for the rights of black and LGBTQ people for over 50 years. An original member of the Gay Liberation Front, Ted was instrumental in organising the UK’s first pride March through London. He’s been at the forefront of campaigns to demand better treatment of LGBTQ people in the media and he’s been a vocal advocate for addressing homophobia within Black communities and racism in the LGBTQ community. Ted and I sat down for a live conversation at UK Black Pride’s 2021 virtual pride celebration, Love and Rage, to explore the sparks that ignited his activism, our shared connection to Bayard Rustin, what he’s learned about love and rage, and his advice to a new generation of activists and change makers. About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/07/2148m 4s

Shiloh Coke – Recognition

I’m in conversation today with Shiloh Coke, a composer, musician, actor and writer who stars in a new audio play called recognition. In it, she voices Song, a Black woman composer who stumbles upon the work of Afro-English composer and conductor Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The play, and their conversation across space and time, asks important questions like: How do we honour the forgotten whose work was once celebrated, and who gets to decide which work stands the test of time?  In our conversation, Shiloh and I explore how she’s carving her own space in industries dominated by white people, her close relationship with her grandmother, coming into herself as a queer Black woman and how music offers her space for safety, joy and love. We discuss the importance of orienting ourselves and our work in our purpose, pursuing impact over recognition, and the conversation she hopes a queer Black woman will have with her work in the future, long after she’s gone. About Shiloh Coke Shiloh Coke is a composer, musician, actress and writer. She stars as Song in a new audio play called recognition. This episode features a clip from ‘Myoho’, which Shiloh composed to accompany a short film written by Pamela Nomvete, called Sisterhood for the Sake of Happiness. The film symbolises five generations of buddhists and artists from the African diaspora. About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/2147m 39s

Written on the Waves – A Conversation Across Space and Time

How do we honour the forgotten, whose work was once celebrated, and who gets to decide which work stands the test of time? These are questions we’re asked to consider in a new audio play called recognition, which explores the story and legacy of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – an Afro-English composer and conductor born in London in 1875. The play brings Coleridge-Taylor to life in conversation with Song, voiced by composer, musician, actress and writer Shiloh Coke.  recognition is one of eight plays forming Written on the Waves, an audio project presented by 45North. 45North champions, develops, and produces outstanding work by female-identifying and non-binary artists. Listen to the full audio play here: http://www.forty-fivenorth.com/writtenonthewaves Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/2110m 8s

Introducing... Role Model with Leomie Anderson

Role Model is a brand new podcast that launched this week that I think you’ll love. It’s hosted by British supermodel Leomie Anderson, who each week, speaks to special guests such as Winnie Harlow, Slick Woods, and more and find out the truth behind their road to success. Available on your favourite podcasting platform now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/05/2110m 5s

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad – My Body Leads Me

One of my favourite quotes is from Civil Rights icon Bayard Rustin, who said the proof that one truly believes is in action — and there are few who embody Bayard’s words as wholly and unapologetically as Abdul-Aliy Muhammad (they/them).  An organiser and activist born and raised in West Philadelphia, Abdul-Aliy has grown into a firebrand. Whether standing up for queer Black and brown communities in the face of systemic violence, or holding leaders in politics and at not-for-profits to account, Abdul-Aliy’s work is loud, considered and high-impact.  Today we discuss the on-going impact of the 1985 bombing of the MOVE headquarters in West Philadelphia, the moments they were radicalised, what they learned about how people view those living with HIV, after they went on a medication strike as part of their organising action — and learning to trust when their body tells them what to do in defence of what’s right. About Abdul-Aliy Muhammad Abdul-Aliy Muhammad is a "Magical Black Queer", organiser, activist, writer and poet based in Philadelphia. They are one of the co-founders of the Black and Brown Workers Co-operative, a labor organising cooperative fighting contemporary forms of subjugation and dehumanisation in workplaces, classrooms and communities by expanding democracy and agency. About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/05/211h 2m

Taitu Heron – The Year of Our Lorde

Content warning: Today’s conversation includes references to sexual violence. Please listen with care.  I caught up with Taitu Heron in December 2020, as a way of bringing to a close a difficult year with one of my favourite people. Taitu is a development specialist, human rights advocate, scholar and performance poet and we first met in St Lucia in February 2020, on the eve of the onset of the global pandemic. In St Lucia, we spent long nights righting the worlds wrongs and she offered wisdom and insight that would prove so helpful as 2020 unraveled around us. She shares her thoughts on leaving behind those people and habits who no longer serve us, creating more space for ourselves and those we care about to thrive and to breathe, and how we balance our professional, personal and creative obligations.  We dive into the complexities of silence, including her thoughts on what Audre Lorde meant when she wrote Your Silence Will Not Protect You. We discuss what it means have personal power, how we get it and keep it and whether or not it can be taken; and how we bring ourselves back from the brink after traumatic experiences. We touch on the uses of the erotic, the different and important forms of intimacy and how we find and even lose ourselves in the pursuit of our desires. About Taitu Heron Taitu Heron is Head of the Women and Development Unit at the University of the West Indies Open Campus and her publications and poetry focus on the girl child, gender based violence, the Divine Feminine and women’s sexual and reproductive health rights in the Caribbean. About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/211h 1m

George M. Johnson – All Boys Aren't Blue

“Let yourself unlearn everything you thought you knew about yourself” is one of the many important life lessons George M. Johnson shares with young readers in their new book, All Boys Aren’t Blue. George calls the book a memoir-manifesto and in it, they grapple with sexuality, gender identity, assault, consent and Black joy – and I found it to be an utterly invigorating read.  We discuss the lessons we are being called to learn and to metabolise from our journey through an immensely challenging year, the important work of making ourselves whole and love as the starting point for friendship. George shares their thoughts on vulnerability as a necessity for storytelling (and how in doing so we let other people know they’re not alone), and why they felt it so important to open the book with a rather bold affirmation: I want to be immortalised. About George M. Johnson George M. Johnson is a writer and activist based in New York. They have written on race, gender, sex, and culture for Essence, the Advocate, BuzzFeed News and Teen Vogue. Their memoir-manifesto, All Boys Aren't Blue, is available wherever books are sold. About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/03/2158m 5s

Jubi Arriola-Headley reads "Every God Is a Slowly Dying Sun"

My conversation this week is with queer Black poet and storyteller Jubi Arriola-Headley. Among his altogether brilliant debut collection of poetry is the tremendous "Every God Is a Slowly Dying Sun" — a heartbreaking reflection on Jubi’s relationship with the late poet Craig G Harris.  original kink is available now from Sibling Rivalry Press. About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/02/217m 49s

Jubi Arriola-Headley – Original Kink

I have fallen in love with the poetry of Jubi Arriola-Headley. Exploring themes of manhood, vulnerability, rage, tenderness and joy, his work speaks such truth to those of us reckoning with who we’ve been and who we want to be. Jubi is a queer Black poet and storyteller and his debut collection is called original kink. Our conversation explores his relationship with his late father and his intimate and profound friendship with the late and great Craig G Harris. We discuss carrying on a legacy, gifts and grief, how we create the thing we wish we had, and Jubi’s coming-of-age during the AIDS crisis. And in a moment of particular resonance for me, Jubi talks about what it means to bear witness to our own failures. Jubi opens our conversation with his poem Peacocking. "I want to live the rest of my life with an energy that ignites and irritates, burns and bubbles, soothes and inspires until it bursts from the atmosphere, dissipating into the cosmos." – Craig G Harris About Jubi Arriola-Headley Jubi Arriola-Headley is a queer Black poet and storyteller. He’s a 2018 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow and holds an MFA from the University of Miami. His work explores themes of manhood, vulnerability, rage, tenderness and joy – and his debut collection of poems, original kink, is available now from Sibling Rivalry Press.  About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Busy Being Black’s artwork was photographed by queer Black photographer and filmmaker Dwayne Black. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/02/2157m 23s

Jeffrey Pickering – Living with Love, Pragmatism and Passion

Today I’m in conversation with one of our elders, Jeffrey Pickering. Born and raised in Barbados, he moved to the UK at 16 to pursue further education. He went on to become a nurse and cardiac physiologist and shared his life with his partner Michael for 36 years, until Michael’s passing in 2011. Jeffrey spoke to me about his reverence for his mother, his first love, his career, his assiduous pursuit of culture and education and the moment, in 1974, he first laid on eyes on Michael. About Opening Doors London A survey on the impact of Covid-19 on older LGBTQ people reveals some startling and heartbreaking insights: 37% of older LGBTQ people feel more lonely than usual and 27% say they hardly ever or never have someone to talk to. Opening Doors London is the leading charity offering support to our LGBTQ elders. They run a number of essential interventions to combat loneliness and isolation, and the charity needs our help to keep their vital services running. Please join me in letting our elders know that we care by setting up a regular donation to Opening Doors London. Please donate whatever you can.  openingdoorslondon.org.uk About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/2158m 52s

Professor Therí Alyce Pickens – Black Madness :: Mad Blackness

Professor Therí Alyce Pickens is Full Professor of English at Bates College, and her newest book, Black Madness :: Mad Blackness, has done nothing short of set me alight. In it, she explores the relationship between Blackness and disability, showing how Black speculative and science fiction authors craft new worlds that reimagine the intersection of Blackness and madness.  We spoke just before Christmas about her book, which led to a really enlightening conversation about analysing the spaces between what happens and what we can know; intersectionality; the trouble with allies; the multiple purposes of silence; and ghosting as a form of discipline. And before we begin, I want to send a very special thank you to my friend and co-conspirator, Lazarus Lynch, for reimagining the Busy Being Black theme music, which makes its debut today. About Professor Pickens Professor Pickens is Full Professor of English at Bates College, specialising in African American, Arab American and disability literatures and theories. She is the author of two books: New Body Politics and Black Madness :: Mad Blackness. You can find more about Professor Pickens and her work at tpickens.org About Busy Being Black Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth, Schools Out and to you the listeners. Remember this, your support doesn’t cost any money: retweets, ratings, reviews and shares all help so please keep the support coming.  Thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to Lazarus Lynch – a queer Black musician and culinary mastermind based in New York City – for the triumphant and ancestral Busy Being Black theme music. The Busy Being Black theme music was mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram #busybeingblack Busy Being Black listeners have an exclusive discount at my favourite publisher, Pluto Press. Enter BUSY50 at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/01/2156m 57s

Anthology/Appendix: Me and My Old Man

As part of this special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation, I’m delighted to be working with artist and activist Isaiah Lopaz to share exclusive first-listens to his new project, Anthology/Appendix. Anthology/Appendix is a multimedia project centred around queer Black fiction and includes readings, rituals, discussions and performances. Today’s story is “Me and My Old Man”. The love that they have for one person places two men – one a friend, the other a lover – in constant conflict with one another. While waiting to celebrate the achievements of a person they both love deeply, two people have the most honest conversation they’ve ever had. What are the unspoken words hiding behind half hearted greetings, snide remarks, and silent displays of resolve? “Me and My Old Man” explores class, ageism, jealousy and the secrets which often remain quietly kept – and is voiced by Isaiah Lopaz. Find out more at isaiahlopaz.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/11/208m 57s

Dr S Chelvan: A Future Beyond Labels

In this final episode in this series supported by the European Cultural Foundation, I'm in conversation with Dr S Chelvan, a globally recognised legal expert on refugee and human rights claims based on sexual or gender identity and expression. His Difference, Stigma, Shame and Harm (‘DSSH’) model is a positive tool to determine an LGBTQ asylum claim, which is now used globally and is endorsed by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. In 2014, Newsweek Europe described the DSSH model as ‘a simple starting point that cuts across borders’. We explore Dr Chelvan’s entry point into the UK and into law, and he shares with us his motivations for defending the human rights of LGBTQ asylum-seekers. He discusses his adolescence – a young brown man encountering his sexuality in the age of Section 28, his role as storyteller and translator, the development and importance of the DSSH model and how he’s learned to be human from those he empowers and serves. This conversation forms part of and concludes a special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation to explore queer Black solidarity across Europe during the Covid-19 crisis. Thank you for investing in our stories. A special thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to our community partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/11/2055m 41s

Anthology/Appendix: The Return of the Prodigal Father

As part of this special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation, I’m delighted to be working with artist and activist Isaiah Lopaz to share exclusive first-listens to his new project, Anthology/Appendix. Anthology/Appendix is a multimedia project centred around queer Black fiction and includes readings, rituals, discussions and performances. Today’s story is “The Return of the Prodigal Father”. An email from a long lost father consisting of four words – “Hi I love you” – conjures worry, doubt, anger, and unrest. What does he want? The son’s theories point to one answer which consistently appears after each equation: whatever his father asks of him, it shall be done. The “Return of the Prodigal Father” explores loss, unyielding love, family, and forgiveness and is voiced by Isaiah Lopaz. Find out more at isaiahlopaz.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/11/2021m 7s

Fatima El-Tayeb: The Impossibility of Europe

Professor Fatima El-Tayeb is professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her work deconstructs structural racism in “colorblind” Europe and centers strategies of resistance among racialized communities. She’s the author of three books, was active in Black feminist, migrant and queer of colour organisations in Germany and the Netherlands and was one of the co-founders of the Black European Studies Project. Today, she expands upon the connection between Black uprisings in Germany in the 80s and the movement for Black lives now; the differences between European and American racism; the moments she was radicalised and the importance of correcting the historical record. She explains the importance of a queer of colour critique in our thinking, organising and action; sheds light on the construction and function of Islamophobia in Europe; and shares a story about meeting and turning down a dinner invitation from the late and great Audre Lorde. This conversation forms part of a special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation to explore queer Black solidarity across Europe during the Covid-19 crisis. A special thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to our community partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/11/2054m 29s

iki azaid funes: Nosotrxs No Escogimos Este Futuro

Today’s conversation is with iki azaid funes, a Venezuelan migrant and anti-racist activist currently seeking international protection in Spain. She’s a survivor of Covid-19, and her experience fighting Covid-19 and the regime of white supremacy in Europe offers important insights to help us all understand how people like iki, and many in our communities, so often fall outside the bounds of what is considered human and thus protection, solidarity and citizenship. She describes her experience in Europe so far as existing within a plantation reloaded and says that the notion of human rights is a fiction reserved for white people. She suggests the pandemic we’re living through now began with the voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492, pushes back against assumptions of the inherent radicality of Black trans bodies and says that pursuing love and pleasure is an essential part of her resistance. Throughout this conversation, iki and I speak in both English and Spanish, a testament to our communities’ on-going commitment to communicate across borders, language and experience. Read iki's essay, "Nosotrxs no escogimos este futuro", here. For those with the means, please consider donating to her PayPal. This conversation forms part of a special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation to explore queer Black solidarity across Europe during the Covid-19 crisis. A special thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to our community partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth and Schools Out. Busy Being Black listeners get an exclusive discount at Pluto Press, an independent publisher of radical, left‐wing non¬‐fiction books. See Busy Being Black's curated booklist here, and use code BUSY50 for 50% off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/2049m 11s

Anthology/Appendix: On Not Dying In Germany

As part of this special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation, I’m delighted to be working with artist and activist Isaiah Lopaz to share exclusive first-listens to his new project, Anthology/Appendix. Anthology/Appendix is a multimedia project centred around queer Black fiction and includes readings, rituals, discussions and performances. Today’s story is “On Not Dying in Germany”. While waiting for her sons to visit, an old woman speaks to her long-gone husband about the secrets shrouded in their union, her desire to die at home and her fear that she will be buried not once, but twice. “On Not Dying in Germany” explores secrets, assimilation, colorism, and loss and is voiced by Isaiah Lopaz. Find out more at isaiahlopaz.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/10/2017m 40s

Olave Nduwanje: Bearing Witness

My conversation today is with artist, author, legal scholar and activist Olave Nduwanje. Working across anti-racism, LGBTQ rights, anti-capitalism and disability movements, Olave brings to this conversation a wonderfully expansive understanding of Blackness, queerness and trans identities. Olave calls us to an understanding of Blackness that is capacious, that contains within it the possibilities of everything we are and can be – and she offers that so many of the ideas we’ve internalised about our Blackness are inherently anti-Black. Olave discusses how her trans body is read by white and Black people alike, as an indication of some promised future; how she’s using her artistic practice to explore intra-communal conversations about intimacy and race; and why solidarity isn’t solidarity, unless you’re willing to give something up. Olave suggests that when we die, we’ll care more about whether we showed up for people than the things we surrounded ourselves with. Be sure to check out "Olave Talks". This conversation forms part of a special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation to explore queer Black solidarity across Europe during the Covid-19 crisis. A special thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to our community partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth and Schools Out. Busy Being Black listeners get an exclusive discount at Pluto Press, an independent publisher of radical, left‐wing non¬‐fiction books. See Busy Being Black's curated booklist here, and use code BUSY50 for 50% off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/10/201h 3m

Anthology/Appendix: In the Eyes of Our Mothers

As part of this special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation, I’m delighted to be working with artist and activist Isaiah Lopaz to share exclusive first-listens to his new project, Anthology Appendix – a multimedia project centred around queer Black fiction which includes readings, rituals, discussions and performances. Today's story is "In the Eyes of Our Mothers". On opposite ends of the city, one mother attempts to atone for not accepting her daughter as they play tv catch up, while another battles and belittles her daughter at a family dinner. Both daughters live peacefully and poetically together, but must separately navigate the visions of the women who carried them. "In the Eyes of Our Mothers" explores love, compromise and family ties, and is voiced by Isaiah Lopaz. Find out more at isaiahlopaz.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/2013m 54s

Adeola Aderemi: Softness Is Our Birthright

Adeola Aderemi is a multilingual Afro-Greek and multi format artist, scholar, activist and healer, who spends a great deal of time amplifying the voices of and fighting for marginalised women. She is the editor in chief of Distinguished Diva – a community of Black women storytellers – and is currently working on raising awareness among the general public on issues such as human trafficking, gender equality, women's health and equal representation for Black women in media. We discuss her research on violence against women, her key learnings during her John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta and the moment she became Black. Adeola is now based in Brussels and pushes back against the narrative of Europe as a post-racial project. She suggests that Europe does its Black citizens a disservice by pointing to problems abroad it has yet to address at home. As well as her insights about fighting for and defending the Afro-Greek identity and the ways conversations about citizenship and representation differ in England and in Greece, she also calls us to ancestral healing and to realise that our softness is our birthright. This conversation forms part of a special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation and exploring queer Black solidarity across Europe during Covid-19. A special thank you to our newest funding partner, myGwork – the LGBT+ business community. Thank you to our community partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth and Schools Out. Busy Being Black listeners get an exclusive discount at Pluto Press, an independent publisher of radical, left‐wing non¬‐fiction books. See Busy Being Black's curated booklist here, and use code BUSY50 for 50% off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/2052m 46s

Anthology/Appendix: A Wednesday Affair

As part of this special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation, I’m delighted to be working with artist and activist Isaiah Lopaz to share exclusive first-listens to his new project, Anthology Appendix – a multimedia project centred around queer Black fiction which includes readings, rituals, discussions and performances. Today's story is "A Wednesday Affair". In a foreign land two women vow to remain together as they discuss flight, rescue, tragedy and chance while waiting in line to see if they will be admitted into an exclusive club. A Wednesday Affair explores migration, faith and mental health, and is voiced by Isaiah Lopaz. Anthology Appendix launches 1 October 2020. Find out more at isaiahlopaz.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/09/2011m 48s

Liz Fekete: The Cradle and the Fist

Liz Fekete is the Director of the Institute of Race Relations and head of its European research program. She has worked with the Institute since 1982 and specializes in contemporary racism, refugee rights, far-right extremism and Islamophobia across Europe. She is advisory editor of the Institute’s journal Race & Class and is the author of A Suitable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe and Europe’s Fault Lines: Racism and the Rise of the Right. We discuss her nearly 40 years working for the UK’s leading race relations educational charity, her mentorship under the late and great A Sivanandan and how the anti-racism movement here in the UK has changed since the 1980s. Importantly, she provides some necessary historical and sociopolitical context for our current moment, including how the rise of the far-right in Europe over the last 30 years has made our communities more vulnerable to Covid-19 today. This conversation forms part of a special series funded by the European Cultural Foundation and exploring queer Black solidarity across Europe during Covid-19. Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK, The Tenth and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/09/201h 2m

Eddie Bruce-Jones: Race in the Shadow of Law

Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones is a legal academic and anthropologist, based in London. He is the Deputy Dean at Birkbeck School of Law, the author of Race in the Shadow of Law: State Violence in Contemporary Europe (Routledge, 2016) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Race Relations and the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group. He’s on the advisory board of the Centre for Intersectional Justice in Berlin, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law. And he’s an Essays Editor at the literary magazine, The Offing. His research, writing and our conversation focuses on migration, racism, sexuality, colonialism, state violence and citizenship. --- Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. --- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/07/201h 3m

BL Shirelle: Assata Troi

BL Shirelle is a hip-hop artist and activist who uses her music to share her experiences with police violence, addiction and the realities of prison for Black women. Her debut album, Assata Troi – which translates to “she who struggles is a warrior” – is described as a timeless hip hop classic that speaks of hope in our era of mass incarceration and systemic racism. In addition to her own music, BL is the Deputy Director of Die Jim Crow Records – the first record label in the United States for formerly and currently incarcerated musicians. We explore how 20 years in and out of prison has shaped her identity and informed her activism, and the lessons she’s learned from her elders within the prison system, who helped inspire and nurture her throughout her adolescence. --- Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. --- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/07/2054m 56s

Lama Rod Owens: Bad Buddhist

A self-titled bad Buddhist, Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist and authorised Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He's a comforting, honest and straight-talking queer Black man, who’s considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. His new book is Love and Rage: The Path to Liberation through Anger – and he opens the first chapter like this: “Since the 2016 presidential election, shit has been hard for some of us. For the rest of us, shit has been hard for a while.” From his rearing in the Black Church to his self-discovery through Buddhism, our conversation is one of deep reflection and a frank exploration of the ways in which our unaddressed anger prevents us from not only a psychic and physical liberation, but from connecting meaningfully to ourselves and to others in every imaginable part of our lives. --- Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. --- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/06/2059m 40s

Theory in the Flesh with Dr Oni Blackstock

For the sixth and final episode of Theory in the Flesh, I’m in conversation with Dr Oni Blackstock, the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV at the New York City Department of Health. In 2018, doctors diagnosed 1,917 people with HIV – a 67% decline from the number of diagnoses in 2001. --- I reached out to Dr Blackstock to understand what precipitated such a historic drop in new HIV diagnoses in New York City and how she and her colleagues at the Bureau of HIV have been able to intervene so successfully in the lives of those disproportionately impacted by HIV. We discuss the years-long work of building trust among marginalised communities, the many ways the city addresses and accounts for structural inequalities and disparities in HIV outreach, and the parallels between Covid-19 and the ongoing HIV epidemic. Dr Blackstock makes clear that it takes large teams working at the city level, substantive funding at all levels of government and consistent engagement with and funding of grassroots and community organisations to deliver health interventions that work for all. --- Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives and Theory in the Flesh is made possible with funding from the British Podcast Awards fund and Wellcome Trust. Please show your support for Busy Being Black, by taking a few minutes to share your feedback at podcastviews.com. --- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/2049m 34s

Theory in the Flesh with Bakita Kasadha

Bakita Kasadha is a writer, researcher and poet. She is a Black woman living with HIV and as a health activist holds different national and international advisory roles. Her recently completed dissertation critiques and challenges knowledge production at the research level, and asks important questions about who is and is not involved in research that aims to uplift and support at-risk and marginalised communities. --- We explore the problematising of Blackness, the laziness of those who call Black and other marginalised communities hard to reach and how top-down approaches to health research, that do not contextualise lived experiences, limit the success of interventions and can even cost lives. She believes health researchers, medical practitioners and funding bodies should be ethically engaging communities in the shaping, delivery and involvement of healthcare initiatives. --- We open with Bakita’s reading of her poem, Numbers Game. --- Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives and Theory in the Flesh is made possible with funding from the British Podcast Awards fund and Wellcome Trust. Please show your support for Busy Being Black, by taking a few minutes to share your feedback at podcastviews.com. --- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/05/2059m 7s

Theory in the Flesh with Charity So White

In a powerhouse TedTalk, The Problem with Race-based Medicine, social justice advocate and law scholar Dorothy E Roberts says: “Race is not a biological category that naturally produces health disparities because of genetic difference. Race is a social category that has staggering biological consequences, but because of the impact of social inequality on people's health.” The novel coronavirus, COVID19, is not racist. It is a highly contagious virus that moves with ease from person-to-person and which takes advantage of compromised immune systems. COVID19 is hitting Black and Minority Ethnic communities the hardest because of racism. As long as medical institutions, scientists, researchers and the public continue to ignore the institutionalised, structural and everyday racism that makes us vulnerable to ill health in the first place, our communities will continue to be disproportionately impacted - as we have been historically - time and time again. Today, I’m in conversation with Camille St. Omer and Martha Awojobi, two of the ten team members leading Charity So White. The organisation was founded in 2019 to call attention to the racism in the charity sector and to provide a pathway to a sector representative of the vulnerable and at-risk communities it exists to serve and support. Charity So White has issued a live position paper, which is being updated every week, that offers not only crucial insight into the disproportionate impact of COVID19 on Black and Minority Ethnic communities, but practical and important suggestions for the necessary way forward. Camille and Martha remind us that in the midst of a crisis, we have an opportunity to redress the systemic injustices that continue to leave so many of our people behind. --- Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives and Theory in the Flesh is made possible with funding from the British Podcast Awards fund and Wellcome Trust. Please show your support for Busy Being Black, by taking a few minutes to share your feedback at podcastviews.com. --- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/04/2051m 22s

Theory in the Flesh with Ben Hurst

In countries like England, where young Black boys - irregardless of sexuality - are disproportionately impacted by school exclusions, where the prison population is full of Black men and where mental health services for Black people are increasingly rare, how are we as queer Black people and queer people of colour acknowledging and showing solidarity with our presumably heterosexual Black brothers? Cathy J. Cohen’s seminal essay “Punks, Bulldaggers and Welfare Queens” cautions us against a queer politics that does not include those whose sexuality may be different to ours. She writes, “My concern is centred on those individuals who consistently activate only one characteristic of their identity, or a single perspective of consciousness, to organise their politics, rejecting any recognition of the multiple and intersecting systems of power that largely dictate our life chances.” And so my conversation today is with Ben Hurst, who is doing transformative work with men and boys around the country, helping them understand feminism, intersectionality and masculinity. We discuss our friendship as an example of coalition-building across sexual identities, embracing emotional literacy as Black men, and the patience and understanding required to show men and boys a different, positive version of masculinity. -- Ben Hurst is the Head of Facilitation and Training at the Good Lad Initiative, an organisation teaching young men and boys about gender equality, feminism and intersectionality. -- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Theory in the Flesh is made possible with funding from the British Podcast Awards Fund and Wellcome Trust. Find out more at: busybeingblack.com. -- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/04/2054m 34s

Theory in the Flesh with Moud Goba

On the 26th of March, Frances Webber, the Vice-chair of the Institute of Race Relations’ Council of Management and a former barrister specialising in immigration, and refugee and human rights law, wrote of the self-isolation required to prevent the spread of COVID-19: “Those without homes or privacy cannot distance or self-isolate; nor can they observe strict hygiene, without access to hot water and soap. For homeless people in night shelters or on the streets, for prisoners and immigration detainees sharing overcrowded cells or rooms, toilets and communal canteens, and for asylum seekers living in destitution there is no escape from the infection.” Today, I’m in conversation with Moud Goba of Micro Rainbow, the charity working in service of LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. From a culture of disbelief at the Home Office to having to survive on £37 per week, Moud takes us through the many hurdles our LGBTQ siblings encounter when they come to England seeking refuge. Moud discusses her own experience as an asylum seeker, how Micro Rainbow helps combat economic disempowerment, homelessness and isolation, and the work we must all do in looking after the most vulnerable in our society. And a trigger warning: the conversation today includes mentions of both sexual and physical violence. Please listen with care. -- Moud Goba is a project manager for Micro Rainbow and one of the founders of UK Black Pride. The impact of COVID-19 and the attendant lockdowns and isolation is especially difficult for our siblings seeking asylum in the UK. Micro Rainbow has a wish list on Amazon, which allows those who can to send food to Micro Rainbow’s safe houses. -- Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/04/2051m 10s

Lady Phyll and a Busload of Black Lesbians

When Lady Phyll and a busload of Black lesbians travelled down to Southend-on-Sea in 2005, they couldn't have imagined what UK Black Pride would become. I called Lady Phyll, the executive director and co-founder of UK Black Pride, to understand how she's feeling after the recent announcement that UK Black Pride 2020 is postponed. -- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives, If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and our newest partner, Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/2021m 13s

Theory in the Flesh with Professor Rusi Jaspal

Much is researched, written and said about sexual racism in our communities. "No Blacks, no fats, no femmes, no Asians" are all terms any of us who’ve used dating apps have seen and those of us caught in the racist, fat- and femme-phobic crosshairs, we feel the pain acutely. My guest today, Professor Rusi Jaspal, is finding that what has become an ostensibly casual digital discrimination has real world implications on the lives of those that discrimination impacts. Professor Rusi Jaspal began his research career trying to understand how British Pakistani Muslim men reconcile their religion and their sexuality, and has since gone on to lead the way in the UK on research specific to the lives of LGB BAME people. Professor Jaspal is truly unmatched, both in the scope of his research and the depth of his understanding of what it means to live - and oftentimes be invisible - as queer people of colour in Britain. Among much else, his research finds that Black and Minority Ethnic men who have sex with men, who experience rejection from those they love, respect or admire, then enter into a gay scene that does not recognise or validate their lived experience, which makes them more prone to depression. That depression, in turn, makes those men more vulnerable to sexual risk-taking, like chemsex and condomless sex. This conversation is big and rich and eye-opening. It adds some much needed context and texture to the conversations we have about the importance of coming out in our communities. Namely, that we have to create around queer people the environments, the societies and the cultures that accept them for who they are. -- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives and Theory in the Flesh is made possible with funding from the British Podcast Awards Fund and Wellcome Trust. Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and Schools Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/03/2059m 40s

What's Wrong, What's Worse?

After our conversation on stage at OUTing the Past exploring queer Black histories, Sea Sharp and I took a walk through the countryside to continue our conversation. I had a particular question about themes in their work that speak to a desire for invisibility, but as we approached a group of fenced-in and curious cows, our conversation took quite a turn. -- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and our newest partner, Schools Out". -- OUTing the Past: The International Festivals of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History is an international celebration through a series of events throughout the year and around the world, and a conference and gathering for academics and activists once a year in February. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/2016m 42s

Sea Sharp: Black Cotton

In their poem Misogynoir, Sea Sharp writes, Maybe mama knows I’d rather burn my leather / than wear it another day for her, would rather / slice this skin in slivers, rip off my flesh like a grapefruit peel. In this poem, which explores a contentious relationship between mother and child, between Black skin and freedom, Sea touches upon one of the profound conflicts queer Black people can contend with when confronted with the trumpeting of the importance of coming out and LGBTQ pride: telling the world we’re queer hardly helps us if we don’t even want to live in our Black skin. Sea Sharp is a Pushcart Prize-winning poet whose latest collection of poems, Black Cotton, is a powerful interrogation and soaring exploration of the wild and vast interior of a queer Black person coming to terms with their identity, sexuality and race, against a backdrop of rural Kansas and south England. Sea’s work is emotionally-charged, confrontational and humorous, gut-wrenching and healing - all at the same - and while reading through their work, I found myself on the verge of tears or laughing in recognition or just pausing to catch my breath. I cannot recommend their work highly enough. We sat down at the Charleston Trust in Lewes on the invitation of OUTing the Past to add some much-needed visibility for queer Black people within British LGBTQ history. We open the show with a graphic account of violence against enslaved people, which some may find hard to hear, so please listen with care. -- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride, BlackOut UK and our newest partner, Schools Out". -- OUTing the Past: The International Festivals of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History is an international celebration through a series of events throughout the year and around the world, and a conference and gathering for academics and activists once a year in February. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/2045m 14s

Did You Know You Were Marrying a Black Man?

In my conversation with Chantelle Lewis, she shares with us some of the initial findings in her doctoral research into Black mixed race families in the midlands. I thought it a great opportunity to sit down with my mum, Josephine, to find out more about her experience married to a Black man and raising mixed race children. She discusses her first encounters with racism, the moment she realised what her children would contend with and the parallel journeys we've been on to understand our responsibilities in the world more fully. -- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/2013m 51s

Chantelle Lewis: De-essentialising Mixed Race

How do we have more nuanced conversations about being mixed race that account for more than an internal struggle with the binary Black and white? Chantelle Lewis is an activist, researcher, sociologist and podcaster based at Goldsmiths – and this her beat. Chantelle’s work is focused on structural racism, accountability, and class inequality and her doctoral research explores Black mixed race families in a predominantly white town in the Midlands. She takes us through some of the initial findings in her research, including how a lack of racial literacy in these families results in children who don’t speak about the racism they encounter in the world. We discuss what led her to this research, what she’s learned about how she navigates the world as a mixed-Black woman and names the people and comrades who have helped expand her understanding and her scholarship. She says that we must look beyond our individual identities to understand what our mixed-race identities afford us, what our proximity to whiteness subjects us to and her thoughts on why it’s important that we mixed Black people reflect and think critically about our mixed-ness. https://discoversociety.org/2019/08/23/please-can-we-stop-talking-about-mixed-race-identity-on-its-own/ https://leadingroutes.org/ -- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/201h 1m

Liv Little: Unafraid to Love

Liv Little is the founder and tour-de-force behind gal-dem, an online and print magazine written by women of colour and non-binary people of colour for all to explore. Today we’re in conversation to discuss the genesis of gal-dem and how she’s learned to separate herself from the business she’s built. We explore how gal-dem is helping women and non-binary people of colour navigate our fraught political moment, and why she and the team at gal-dem published I Will Not Be Erased, a project offering words of wisdom to their teenage selves. Liv discusses baking, feeding people she cares for and falling in love with writing again, and how she stays focused on gal-dem’s ultimate mission of revolutionising the publishing industry. She also discusses living life unafraid to love, and how she’s unlocked the little box she put away when she was sixteen after having her heart broken. -- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/01/2049m 11s

Rav Bansal: Encountering My Divine

Today’s conversation with Rav Bansal is a beautiful exploration of the private and public considerations we make on our journeys of self-acceptance and self-love, and what it can mean for ourselves and the communities we represent if we decide to come out. Rav is a baker and broadcaster who rose to fame as a contestant on Great British Bake Off in 2016. In June of this year, he came out publicly, after years of questioning and exploring who he is, what he believes and what he wants to achieve in the world. Rav discusses his parents’ reaction to his coming out, the incredible emotional support he received from his sister, and why he decided to share himself with the world. We explore the role Sikhism has played in his life and his outlook, his work with the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and why he’s embarked on his newest broadcasting venture, Do You Wear That in the Shower?, a podcast where he and his guests challenge some of the widely held myths and misconceptions about Sikhs and Sikhism. Importantly, Rav shares with us the steps he took for himself to move closer to himself so that he could live in service of others.  — — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/11/1956m 30s

Rav Bansal: Encountering My Divine

Today’s conversation with Rav Bansal is a beautiful exploration of the private and public considerations we make on our journeys of self-acceptance and self-love, and what it can mean for ourselves and the communities we represent if we decide to come out. Rav is a baker and broadcaster who rose to fame as a contestant on Great British Bake Off in 2016. In June of this year, he came out publicly, after years of questioning and exploring who he is, what he believes and what he wants to achieve in the world. Rav discusses his parents’ reaction to his coming out, the incredible emotional support he received from his sister, and why he decided to share himself with the world. We explore the role Sikhism has played in his life and his outlook, his work with the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and why he’s embarked on his newest broadcasting venture, Do You Wear That in the Shower?, a podcast where he and his guests challenge some of the widely held myths and misconceptions about Sikhs and Sikhism. Importantly, Rav shares with us the steps he took for himself to move closer to himself so that he could live in service of others. — —@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblackThank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/11/1953m 31s

PJ Samuels: Black She

PJ Samuels is a poet, educator and LGBTQ human rights activist whose work interrogates issues of race, gender, patriarchy, identity and belonging. I first encountered her searing, moving and beautiful poetry in the Sista! Anthology, a collection of essays and poetry from women-loving-women of African and Caribbean descent. She is an emotional and intellectual force. Today, we discuss her relationship to God and with Christianity and the way both religion and Blackness have historically been weaponised against Black people. She elaborates on her refusal to make her life and her Blackness performative, and how she does this through a tenacious yet gentle pursuit of joy. She takes us back to her origins in rural Jamaica, how her experience as a refugee made her reevaluate all of her relationships, how she remembers to engage her wonder and her curiosity, and her thoughts on roots, freedom and love.This conversation is big and it is beautiful. There are some long pauses throughout this conversation because PJ literally rendered me speechless with her thoughts, passion, intellect, and her absolute commitment to Black women.  https://pjsamuels.wordpress.com/ — —  @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/11/1959m 30s

PJ Samuels: Black She

PJ Samuels is a poet, educator and LGBTQ human rights activist whose work interrogates issues of race, gender, patriarchy, identity and belonging. I first encountered her searing, moving and beautiful poetry in the Sista! Anthology, a collection of essays and poetry from women-loving-women of African and Caribbean descent. She is an emotional and intellectual force. Today, we discuss her relationship to God and with Christianity and the way both religion and Blackness have historically been weaponised against Black people. She elaborates on her refusal to make her life and her Blackness performative, and how she does this through a tenacious yet gentle pursuit of joy. She takes us back to her origins in rural Jamaica, how her experience as a refugee made her reevaluate all of her relationships, how she remembers to engage her wonder and her curiosity, and her thoughts on roots, freedom and love.This conversation is big and it is beautiful. There are some long pauses throughout this conversation because PJ literally rendered me speechless with her thoughts, passion, intellect, and her absolute commitment to Black women. https://pjsamuels.wordpress.com/— — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblackThank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/11/1957m 51s

Jeffrey Williams: Pilgrimage

Few people have touched my soul as tenderly as Jeffrey Williams. From late-night cross-continental FaceTimes to voice notes full of support and encouragement, the friendship Jeffrey and I have cultivated is a testament to the very real connections that can form across cyberspace. Jeffrey Williams is a designer, stylist and creative director whose visions of beauty are made manifest most regularly on the bodies of musical duo Lion Babe. We begin our conversation with Jeffrey’s memories of childhood and late mother — a person Jeffrey describes as a beautiful, kind woman who helped Jeffrey understand how to listen and love. We discuss Jeffrey’s life-changing years in Italy, embracing our fears, the mantras Jeffrey uses to survive and, of course, spirituality, creativity and finding beauty within ourselves and in the world. Jeffrey is a spiritual and beautiful wonder in a world in desperate need of more people like Jeffrey.  This conversation was recorded in New York City during World Pride 2019. Thank you to the team at Acast NYC for all your help. — —  Jeffrey Williams is a designer, stylist and creative director. Follow Jeffrey on Instagram to be dazzled and enchanted. http://www.jeffreycwilliams.com/ — —  @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. — — New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival, New Fest, is coming up from October 23-29. The festival features over 160 films from more than 30 countries and promises to be a week of queer cinematic excellence. Busy Being Black listeners get discounted tickets on all screenings. Head to newest.org/festival and use the code NFCP19.  Author Marcellas Reynolds has released his new book, SUPREME MODELS: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionised Fashion. It's the first-ever book celebrating black top models, and is filled with revealing essays, interviews, and stunning photographs. https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/supreme-models_9781419736148/#  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/10/1949m 42s

Jeffrey Williams: Pilgrimage

Few people have touched my soul as tenderly as Jeffrey Williams. From late-night cross-continental FaceTimes to voice notes full of support and encouragement, the friendship Jeffrey and I have cultivated is a testament to the very real connections that can form across cyberspace. Jeffrey Williams is a designer, stylist and creative director whose visions of beauty are made manifest most regularly on the bodies of musical duo Lion Babe. We begin our conversation with Jeffrey’s memories of childhood and late mother — a person Jeffrey describes as a beautiful, kind woman who helped Jeffrey understand how to listen and love. We discuss Jeffrey’s life-changing years in Italy, embracing our fears, the mantras Jeffrey uses to survive and, of course, spirituality, creativity and finding beauty within ourselves and in the world. Jeffrey is a spiritual and beautiful wonder in a world in desperate need of more people like Jeffrey. This conversation was recorded in New York City during World Pride 2019. Thank you to the team at Acast NYC for all your help.— — Jeffrey Williams is a designer, stylist and creative director. Follow Jeffrey on Instagram to be dazzled and enchanted.http://www.jeffreycwilliams.com/— — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblackThank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK.— —New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival, New Fest, is coming up from October 23-29. The festival features over 160 films from more than 30 countries and promises to be a week of queer cinematic excellence. Busy Being Black listeners get discounted tickets on all screenings. Head to newest.org/festival and use the code NFCP19. Author Marcellas Reynolds has released his new book, SUPREME MODELS: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionised Fashion. It's the first-ever book celebrating black top models, and is filled with revealing essays, interviews, and stunning photographs. https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/supreme-models_9781419736148/#  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/10/1948m 31s

Repeat Beat Poet: For Coloured Boys

Hip-hop is a cultural touchstone both misunderstood and rightly held to task for misogyny, homophobia and sexism, but are the problems of hip-hop reflective of issues in society at large and what space is there for queerness in hip-hop? Today, I’m joined by Peter “PJ” Johnson, more widely known as the Repeat Beat Poet, for a discussion exploring hip-hop’s radical roots, the queering of the genre and how hip-hop has allowed, in the past and the present, a confrontation with expressions of Blackness that have historically been (and continue to be) policed. We explore where and how PJ finds inclusivity in hip-hop, reckoning with the many valid criticisms of the genre, the capitalist interest fuelling the continued and remarkable growth of the art form, hip-hop’s political importance and finding freedom for people to speak. We also explore poetry as a vehicle of investigation and archiving, echo chambers and moving away from an implicit heterosexuality. — — Peter “PJ” Johnson is the Repeat Beat Poet, a hip-hop poet who confronts, queers and investigates hip-hop's evolving and ever-important role as an expression of a vast and varied Blackness. This episode includes PJ reading What Does Black Power Mean? and Barbershop Cuts, as well as a clip from Deep Dickollective’s "For Coloured Boys".  — — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so let's other likes us hear the voices amplified here. Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. — — New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival, New Fest, is coming up from October 23-29. The festival features over 160 films from more than 30 countries and promises to be a week of queer cinematic excellence. Busy Being Black listeners get discounted tickets on all screenings. Head to newest.org/festival and use the code NFCP19.  Author Marcellas Reynolds has released his new book, SUPREME MODELS: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionised Fashion. It's the first-ever book celebrating black top models, and is filled with revealing essays, interviews, and stunning photographs. https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/supreme-models_9781419736148/#  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/10/1956m 46s

Repeat Beat Poet: For Coloured Boys

Hip-hop is a cultural touchstone both misunderstood and rightly held to task for misogyny, homophobia and sexism, but are the problems of hip-hop reflective of issues in society at large and what space is there for queerness in hip-hop? Today, I’m joined by Peter “PJ” Johnson, more widely known as the Repeat Beat Poet, for a discussion exploring hip-hop’s radical roots, the queering of the genre and how hip-hop has allowed, in the past and the present, a confrontation with expressions of Blackness that have historically been (and continue to be) policed. We explore where and how PJ finds inclusivity in hip-hop, reckoning with the many valid criticisms of the genre, the capitalist interest fuelling the continued and remarkable growth of the art form, hip-hop’s political importance and finding freedom for people to speak. We also explore poetry as a vehicle of investigation and archiving, echo chambers and moving away from an implicit heterosexuality.— —Peter “PJ” Johnson is the Repeat Beat Poet, a hip-hop poet who confronts, queers and investigates hip-hop's evolving and ever-important role as an expression of a vast and varied Blackness.This episode includes PJ reading What Does Black Power Mean? and Barbershop Cuts, as well as a clip from Deep Dickollective’s "For Coloured Boys". — —@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so let's other likes us hear the voices amplified here.Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK.— —New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival, New Fest, is coming up from October 23-29. The festival features over 160 films from more than 30 countries and promises to be a week of queer cinematic excellence. Busy Being Black listeners get discounted tickets on all screenings. Head to newest.org/festival and use the code NFCP19. Author Marcellas Reynolds has released his new book, SUPREME MODELS: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionised Fashion. It's the first-ever book celebrating black top models, and is filled with revealing essays, interviews, and stunning photographs. https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/supreme-models_9781419736148/#  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/10/1955m 20s

Live: Josh Rivers and Campbell X at London Podcast Festival 2019

In this conversation recorded at London Podcast Festival 2019, Busy Being Black's creator and host, Josh Rivers, is interviewed by celebrated filmmaker Campbell X. Together they explore nationhood, identity, diaspora, masculinity, Josh's short-lived role as the first Black editor of Gay Times, calling out and calling in, healing, love and joy. — — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe, doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack — —  Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/10/191h 2m

Live: Josh Rivers and Campbell X at London Podcast Festival 2019

In this conversation recorded at London Podcast Festival 2019, Busy Being Black's creator and host, Josh Rivers, is interviewed by celebrated filmmaker Campbell X. Together they explore nationhood, identity, diaspora, masculinity, Josh's short-lived role as the first Black editor of Gay Times, calling out and calling in, healing, love and joy.— —@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe, doing so lets others like us hear the voices amplified here. #busybeingblack— — Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/10/191h 1m

Fran Tirado: Content Across Differences

It was my encounter with Hello Mr in 2016, the magazine about men who date men, that inspired me to throw my hat into the LGBTQ media ring; for the first time, I saw what was possible and I was hooked. I turned to the masthead, saw Fran Tirado’s name and emailed him. We connected, we bonded and he’s since become one of my friends and queeroes.  In this conversation, Fran and I discuss the ever-evolving landscape of LGBTQ media, the end of white twink idolatry, enjoying your own company, working in service of a greater purpose and extending and expanding the modern queer cultural canon. We recorded this conversation in New York City during World Pride 2019. Thank you to the team at Acast NYC for all your help. — — Fran Tirado is the former executive editor of Hello Mr and the former deputy editor of Out. He’s the co-creator of Food4Thot, co-host of Queerly Beloved and has recently started his new role at Netflix where he leads the brand’s editorial and engagement strategy for LGBTQ content. — — Authors, works and poets named in this episode include: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Alexander Chee https://www.alexanderchee.net/autobiographical-novel Looking for Langston, Isaac Julien https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/display/spotlights/isaac-julien-looking-langston Nature Poem, Tommy Pico https://tinhouse.com/product/nature-poem-by-tommy-pico/ Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong https://www.coppercanyonpress.org/pages/browse/book.asp?bg=%7B22111C10-96F9-4D24-AD78-EF8192FDFBE4%7D Trap Door, Reina Gossett https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/trap-door Danez Smith http://www.danezsmithpoet.com/bio-encore Angel Nafis https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/angel-nafis — — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets other like us hear the voices amplified here. Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/09/1951m 5s

Fran Tirado: Content Across Differences

It was my encounter with Hello Mr in 2016, the magazine about men who date men, that inspired me to throw my hat into the LGBTQ media ring; for the first time, I saw what was possible and I was hooked. I turned to the masthead, saw Fran Tirado’s name and emailed him. We connected, we bonded and he’s since become one of my friends and queeroes. In this conversation, Fran and I discuss the ever-evolving landscape of LGBTQ media, the end of white twink idolatry, enjoying your own company, working in service of a greater purpose and extending and expanding the modern queer cultural canon.We recorded this conversation in New York City during World Pride 2019. Thank you to the team at Acast NYC for all your help.— —Fran Tirado is the former executive editor of Hello Mr and the former deputy editor of Out. He’s the co-creator of Food4Thot, co-host of Queerly Beloved and has recently started his new role at Netflix where he leads the brand’s editorial and engagement strategy for LGBTQ content.— —Authors, works and poets named in this episode include:How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Alexander Chee https://www.alexanderchee.net/autobiographical-novelLooking for Langston, Isaac Julien https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/display/spotlights/isaac-julien-looking-langstonNature Poem, Tommy Pico https://tinhouse.com/product/nature-poem-by-tommy-pico/Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong https://www.coppercanyonpress.org/pages/browse/book.asp?bg=%7B22111C10-96F9-4D24-AD78-EF8192FDFBE4%7DTrap Door, Reina Gossett https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/trap-doorDanez Smith http://www.danezsmithpoet.com/bio-encoreAngel Nafis https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/angel-nafis— —@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe; doing so lets other like us hear the voices amplified here.Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/09/1949m 39s

Kadian Pow: Embodied Experiences

It was her love of blogging about Scandal that led my guest today into a rabbit hole of doctoral research in “Black women’s fandoms and the intersectionality of TV discourse.” Kadian Pow is a student, teacher, intellectual and entrepreneur born in Jamaica, raised in the US and transplanted to the UK, whose life has been one of seeking out and exploring community both online and off. Her research and teaching interests include intersectionality, the sociology of Blackness, Black feminism and pop culture and, as regular listeners will have already guessed, this enlightening, enriching and energising conversation hits every single one of those points. We also discuss her views on living and loving in interracial relationships, the emotional labour of teaching the embodied experience and the genesis of her beauty and haircare brand, Bourn Beautiful Naturals.— —@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack— —Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/08/1959m 38s

Kadian Pow: Embodied Experiences

It was her love of blogging about Scandal that led my guest today into a rabbit hole of doctoral research in “Black women’s fandoms and the intersectionality of TV discourse.” Kadian Pow is a student, teacher, intellectual and entrepreneur born in Jamaica, raised in the US and transplanted to the UK, whose life has been one of seeking out and exploring community both online and off. Her research and teaching interests include intersectionality, the sociology of Blackness, Black feminism and pop culture and, as regular listeners will have already guessed, this enlightening, enriching and energising conversation hits every single one of those points. We also discuss her views on living and loving in interracial relationships, the emotional labour of teaching the embodied experience and the genesis of her beauty and haircare brand, Bourn Beautiful Naturals. — — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack — — Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/08/191h 1m

Linda Devo: Creating Myself

From her beginnings in Ghana to coming of age in south London, Linda Devo’s life has been one of encountering, exploring and constantly creating who she is. Alongside being a mother, artist and an out and proud dyke (her word), she’s also the founder of Kiki, a club night and conversation for QTIPOC in Bristol. We explore the positive results of owning your intentions and desires, expressing her identity through her art practice and the assertiveness that comes in middle-life. We also discuss her affinity with Nichiren Buddhism, her decision to take herself out of London, and what she thinks we need to do as a community to move forward together towards a future we deserve. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-bristol-44783745/bristol-pride-lgbt-group-kiki-helps-us-feel-safe — —  Linda Devo is an artist, mentor, mother and teacher who founded Kiki, a club night and conversation for LGBTQ people of colour in Bristol.  — —  @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack Of course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack — —  Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/1958m 5s

Linda Devo: Creating Myself

From her beginnings in Ghana to coming of age in south London, Linda Devo’s life has been one of encountering, exploring and constantly creating who she is. Alongside being a mother, artist and an out and proud dyke (her word), she’s also the founder of Kiki, a club night and conversation for QTIPOC in Bristol. We explore the positive results of owning your intentions and desires, expressing her identity through her art practice and the assertiveness that comes in middle-life. We also discuss her affinity with Nichiren Buddhism, her decision to take herself out of London, and what she thinks we need to do as a community to move forward together towards a future we deserve.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-bristol-44783745/bristol-pride-lgbt-group-kiki-helps-us-feel-safe— — Linda Devo is an artist, mentor, mother and teacher who founded Kiki, a club night and conversation for LGBTQ people of colour in Bristol. — — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackOf course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack— — Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/06/1955m 4s

Jason Jones: Walking Tall

I was on a bustling street in Soho, hugging my friend Liam as he cried with joy after hearing that Trinidad and Tobago’s highest court had just ruled that sections of the Sexual Offences Act were unconstitutional. For Liam, it was a moment that couldn’t come soon enough. Like many, his family encouraged him to move away from Trinidad so he could live as himself. Today, I’m in conversation with Jason Jones, the intrepid activist who filed the historic lawsuit in the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago, and who successfully challenged the constitutionality of Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act. We begin our conversation at the moment Liam and I read the ruling and wind through Jason’s fascinating and globe-trotting life. From singing Neil Diamond on the beach with Nina Simone to changing homophobic laws across two continents, Jason Jones is living proof of how the world can change when even just one of us recognises our inherent potential and value and when we embark on future-defining journeys with tenacity, drive and ambition. The scope, scale and impact of Jason’s work really cannot be repeated enough. I’m so honoured to share this conversation with you.This episode also closes with a special message from Liam to Jason.— — Jason Jones is an LGBTQ human rights activist, most widely known for winning a landmark court case against Trinidad and Tobago. After a widely-anticipated win at the Privy Council, Jason's court case will have effectively liberated over 55 million people across the Caribbean and South America.— —@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackOf course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack— —Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
08/06/191h 1m

Jason Jones: Walking Tall

I was on a bustling street in Soho, hugging my friend Liam as he cried with joy after hearing that Trinidad and Tobago’s highest court had just ruled that sections of the Sexual Offences Act were unconstitutional. For Liam, it was a moment that couldn’t come soon enough. Like many, his family encouraged him to move away from Trinidad so he could live as himself. Today, I’m in conversation with Jason Jones, the intrepid activist who filed the historic lawsuit in the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago, and who successfully challenged the constitutionality of Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act.  We begin our conversation at the moment Liam and I read the ruling and wind through Jason’s fascinating and globe-trotting life. From singing Neil Diamond on the beach with Nina Simone to changing homophobic laws across two continents, Jason Jones is living proof of how the world can change when even just one of us recognises our inherent potential and value and when we embark on future-defining journeys with tenacity, drive and ambition. The scope, scale and impact of Jason’s work really cannot be repeated enough. I’m so honoured to share this conversation with you. This episode also closes with a special message from Liam to Jason. — —  Jason Jones is an LGBTQ human rights activist, most widely known for winning a landmark court case against Trinidad and Tobago. After a widely-anticipated win at the Privy Council, Jason's court case will have effectively liberated over 55 million people across the Caribbean and South America. — — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack Of course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack — — Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/06/191h 3m

Seyi Newell: Ecosystem of Change

Seyi Newell is the effervescent and dynamic founder of Tribe, an organisation dedicated to helping Black women explore, excel and thrive in everything they put their minds to. She founded Tribe because she was angry at the very visible lack of inclusion in the spaces she was invited to and after her mentor told her she should do something about it. Seyi is a delight. We discuss imposter syndrome, defining success for ourselves and understanding the role we each play in what she calls the ecosystem of change. We also discuss how she process the pain she encounters through her work, her thoughts on self-love as a combatant for shame and how she helps Black women take up the space they deserve to occupy in this world. — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn’t cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackOf course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack— Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/05/1947m 20s

Seyi Newell: Ecosystem of Change

Seyi Newell is the effervescent and dynamic founder of Tribe, an organisation dedicated to helping Black women explore, excel and thrive in everything they put their minds to. She founded Tribe because she was angry at the very visible lack of inclusion in the spaces she was invited to and after her mentor told her she should do something about it.  Seyi is a delight. We discuss imposter syndrome, defining success for ourselves and understanding the role we each play in what she calls the ecosystem of change. We also discuss how she process the pain she encounters through her work, her thoughts on self-love as a combatant for shame and how she helps Black women take up the space they deserve to occupy in this world.  —  @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn’t cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack Of course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack — Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/1949m 56s

Sandy Pianim: Queer, Black and Kinky

This episode contains strong and suggestive language. — —  Sandy Pianim is the brand director of Recon, a platform for men and their fetishes, and he’s been on a journey over the past five years to help make Recon a more representative and inclusive platform for men of colour. We discuss the moment the ball-gag dropped and he realised the impact of his work, cleansing his sexual aura and fetish as an opportunity to connect socially with other men in ways that don't always end up with sex. We talk about the ongoing conversations around consent, the central role that communication plays in fetish and using our kinks as a way of understanding ourselves and exploring our capacity for intimacy. — —  @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack Of course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack — —  Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/05/191h 2m

Sandy Pianim: Queer, Black and Kinky

This episode contains strong and suggestive language.— — Sandy Pianim is the brand director of Recon, a platform for men and their fetishes, and he’s been on a journey over the past five years to help make Recon a more representative and inclusive platform for men of colour. We discuss the moment the ball-gag dropped and he realised the impact of his work, cleansing his sexual aura and fetish as an opportunity to connect socially with other men in ways that don't always end up with sex. We talk about the ongoing conversations around consent, the central role that communication plays in fetish and using our kinks as a way of understanding ourselves and exploring our capacity for intimacy.— — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackOf course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack— — Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/05/191h 0m

Seyi Akiwowo: Fix the Glitch

Research conducted by the European Women’s Lobby to better understand online abuse uncovered some startling, if not entirely unsurprising, statistics: In Europe, 9 million girls have experienced some kind of cyber violence by the time they are 15 years old; and despite the rapidly growing number of women experiencing online violence, only 26 percent of law enforcement agencies in the 86 countries surveyed are taking appropriate action.Seyi Akiwowo is working hard to change that. She first came to international attention when a video of her calling for reparations at the European Parliament Youth event in 2016 went viral. But more than the content of her speech, it was the torrent of racist and sexist abuse she received that became the focus of media attention. She says that in that moment she had the choice to fight or run. She chose to fight. In the weeks that followed, she founded Glitch — a not-for-profit to end online abuse — and became the very visible face to an emerging and important movement to classify online abuse in same real-world terms as offline abuse.She is, of course, more than the face of a movement and our conversation is one of learning to understand who we are, what we believe in and what we fight for; not being a martyr; and the nuances of self-care. We discuss the rise of online abuse, how we combat it and the hope behind Glitch — in the end, she and the team at Glitch still believe in the power and beauty of the internet as a tool to connect, empower and enlighten, and they are working hard to combat the darkness and violence that stops the internet from working to its fullest potential.—— Seyi Akiwowo is the founder of Glitch — a young and ambitious not-for-profit that exists to end online abuse. They believe our online community is as real as our offline one and that we should all be working together to make it a better place. Fix the glitch now for a safer web tomorrow.——@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackOf course, if you want to have and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack——Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOutUK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/04/1959m 32s

Seyi Akiwowo: Fix the Glitch

Research conducted by the European Women’s Lobby to better understand online abuse uncovered some startling, if not entirely unsurprising, statistics:  In Europe, 9 million girls have experienced some kind of cyber violence by the time they are 15 years old; and despite the rapidly growing number of women experiencing online violence, only 26 percent of law enforcement agencies in the 86 countries surveyed are taking appropriate action. Seyi Akiwowo is working hard to change that. She first came to international attention when a video of her calling for reparations at the European Parliament Youth event in 2016 went viral. But more than the content of her speech, it was the torrent of racist and sexist abuse she received that became the focus of media attention. She says that in that moment she had the choice to fight or run. She chose to fight. In the weeks that followed, she founded Glitch — a not-for-profit to end online abuse — and became the very visible face to an emerging and important movement to classify online abuse in same real-world terms as offline abuse. She is, of course, more than the face of a movement and our conversation is one of learning to understand who we are, what we believe in and what we fight for; not being a martyr; and the nuances of self-care. We discuss the rise of online abuse, how we combat it and the hope behind Glitch — in the end, she and the team at Glitch still believe in the power and beauty of the internet as a tool to connect, empower and enlighten, and they are working hard to combat the darkness and violence that stops the internet from working to its fullest potential. ——  Seyi Akiwowo is the founder of Glitch — a young and ambitious not-for-profit that exists to end online abuse. They believe our online community is as real as our offline one and that we should all be working together to make it a better place. Fix the glitch now for a safer web tomorrow. —— @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack Of course, if you want to have and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack —— Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOutUK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/04/191h 1m

Alexander Leon: Bridging the Divide

Alexander Leon is a rising star in the community and his new YouTube channel is a Godsend. His searing yet bubbly takes on LGBTQ life are a welcome counter to the often toxic conversations we hear in the media and he is such a fabulous example of what happens when we lean into ourselves. Today, we explore how he navigates his mixed-race identity, what he feels is his role as a mediator between cultures, ideas and beliefs and how he’d like the conversation around the mental health crisis in the LGBTQ community to change. Importantly, he calls us to consider how we create space for different approaches to a common problem because what we may consider divergent approaches to our activism are perhaps more complementary than we think. As you do when you’re chatting with friends, our conversation takes a few tangents, including into a discussion about Louis de Berniere’s magical realism trilogy and the celebration of mestizos in Colombia. —— Head over to Alex's YouTube channel, where you can watch videos like Sexual Racism in the LGBTQ Community. —— One of our dedicated listeners is doing some doctoral research and invites you to take part. The study aims to observe how different social factors can expose individuals to stress and how this may link to various mental health outcomes, including how single and multiple social identities may correlate to exposure to stress. You could win a £50 Amazon voucher. Find out more here. —— @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack Of course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack. —— Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride BlackOut UK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/04/1952m 52s

Alexander Leon: Bridging the Divide

Alexander Leon is a rising star in the community and his new YouTube channel is a Godsend. His searing yet bubbly takes on LGBTQ life are a welcome counter to the often toxic conversations we hear in the media and he is such a fabulous example of what happens when we lean into ourselves. Today, we explore how he navigates his mixed-race identity, what he feels is his role as a mediator between cultures, ideas and beliefs and how he’d like the conversation around the mental health crisis in the LGBTQ community to change. Importantly, he calls us to consider how we create space for different approaches to a common problem because what we may consider divergent approaches to our activism are perhaps more complementary than we think. As you do when you’re chatting with friends, our conversation takes a few tangents, including into a discussion about Louis de Berniere’s magical realism trilogy and the celebration of mestizos in Colombia.——Head over to Alex's YouTube channel, where you can watch videos like Sexual Racism in the LGBTQ Community.——One of our dedicated listeners is doing some doctoral research and invites you to take part. The study aims to observe how different social factors can expose individuals to stress and how this may link to various mental health outcomes, including how single and multiple social identities may correlate to exposure to stress. You could win a £50 Amazon voucher. Find out more here.——@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackOf course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack.——Thank you to our partners:UK Black PrideBlackOut UK For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/04/1952m 7s

Amber Hikes: Eight-Stripe Hustle

When the city of Philadelphia announced in 2017 that they'd adopted a rainbow flag that included black and brown stripes, they ignited a global debate. Many of us finally felt seen. Others felt the international symbol of pride had somehow been ruined. But the adoption of this flag is the result of what my guest today calls a 30 year conversation. Amber Hikes is the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia and she leads the team that initiated the move to a more inclusive flag. She says the eight-stripe flag is a way of demonstrating the city’s commitment to tackling inequality, discrimination and racism within the LGBTQ community. At the Mayor’s office for a city that is 44% Black, Amber fights for the most vulnerable populations within the LGBTQ community. From advocating for anti-discrimination legislation at the municipal level to the launch of a citywide LGBTQ Community Conversations initiative, she helps facilitate local and international conversations about race, discrimination and intersectionality. Amber is seriously impressive and our conversation stretches across the span of her life to understand more about what makes the woman behind the activism tick. — —  @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your feedback, ratings, reviews and shares all help, so please keep the support coming #busybeingblack For those who feel compelled and have the means, you can support this podcast financially: paypal.me/busybeingblack — —  Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride BlackOut UK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/04/191h 3m

Amber Hikes: Eight-Stripe Hustle

When the city of Philadelphia announced in 2017 that they'd adopted a rainbow flag that included black and brown stripes, they ignited a global debate. Many of us finally felt seen. Others felt the international symbol of pride had somehow been ruined. But the adoption of this flag is the result of what my guest today calls a 30 year conversation. Amber Hikes is the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia and she leads the team that initiated the move to a more inclusive flag. She says the eight-stripe flag is a way of demonstrating the city’s commitment to tackling inequality, discrimination and racism within the LGBTQ community. At the Mayor’s office for a city that is 44% Black, Amber fights for the most vulnerable populations within the LGBTQ community. From advocating for anti-discrimination legislation at the municipal level to the launch of a citywide LGBTQ Community Conversations initiative, she helps facilitate local and international conversations about race, discrimination and intersectionality. Amber is seriously impressive and our conversation stretches across the span of her life to understand more about what makes the woman behind the activism tick.— — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your feedback, ratings, reviews and shares all help, so please keep the support coming #busybeingblackFor those who feel compelled and have the means, you can support this podcast financially: paypal.me/busybeingblack— — Thank you to our partners:UK Black PrideBlackOut UK For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/04/191h 1m

Marcus Daniel: Media Diversified

Media Diversified was established in 2013 to help change the conversation in the media and foreground the voices of writers of colour. Media Diversified is a powerhouse: two books, Bare Lit Festival, the Jhalak Prize and a newly appointed editor-in-chief, Marcus Daniel. Marcus joins me in conversation today to discuss combating the overwhelming negativity of the British media, creating space to amplify Black voices and reclaiming our time from racism. We also touch upon his view of what it does and doesn’t mean to be mixed race, the formative impact of queer Black social groups and what he hopes to achieve at the helm of one of the most important media platforms in the world. ——Marcus Daniel is the editor-in-chief of Media Diversified — a non-profit organisation working to enrich, engage and improve the UK's media landscape. The organisation was founded in 2013 with a mission to challenge the homogeneity of voices in UK media, through addressing the under-representation of minority communities. You can support Media Diversified's editorial independence through their Patreon.Media Diversified on PatreonThe People of Colour Who Voted Leave——@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your feedback, ratings, reviews and shares all help, so please keep the support coming #busybeingblackFor those who feel compelled and have the means, you can support this podcast financially: PayPal.me/busybeingblack——Thank you to our partners:UK Black PrideBlackOut UK For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/03/1952m 19s

Marcus Daniel: Media Diversified

Media Diversified was established in 2013 to help change the conversation in the media and foreground the voices of writers of colour. Media Diversified is a powerhouse: two books, Bare Lit Festival, the Jhalak Prize and a newly appointed editor-in-chief, Marcus Daniel. Marcus joins me in conversation today to discuss combating the overwhelming negativity of the British media, creating space to amplify Black voices and reclaiming our time from racism. We also touch upon his view of what it does and doesn’t mean to be mixed race, the formative impact of queer Black social groups and what he hopes to achieve at the helm of one of the most important media platforms in the world.  —— Marcus Daniel is the editor-in-chief of Media Diversified — a non-profit organisation working to enrich, engage and improve the UK's media landscape. The organisation was founded in 2013 with a mission to challenge the homogeneity of voices in UK media, through addressing the under-representation of minority communities. You can support Media Diversified's editorial independence through their Patreon. Media Diversified on Patreon The People of Colour Who Voted Leave —— @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your feedback, ratings, reviews and shares all help, so please keep the support coming #busybeingblack For those who feel compelled and have the means, you can support this podcast financially: PayPal.me/busybeingblack —— Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride BlackOut UK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/03/1953m 47s

Dylema: When I Named Myself, I Became a Poet

Poet and singer Dylema says she became aware very early on that she would be unhappy trying to live up to the patriarchal expectations put upon her. She’s since been on a journey in pursuit of her freedom. From changing her name to coming out to her mother, Dylema says that finding herself, understanding who she is and what she wants has been the key to finding peace and living fully in her truth. We explore why changing her name allowed her to imprint herself on Igbo culture, how she helps others flip their pain into poetry through The Pancake Business, her ever-evolving and expanding ideas of what it means to be a feminist, her mother’s reaction to her coming out and the practical steps she’s taking to be true to herself. — —  Dylema is a singer and poet, founder of both The Dylema Collective and The Pancake Business, and the creator and host of the newly-launched podcast, What If a Black Girl Knew.  This episode features clips of The Dylema Collective performing Knight for Tonight and Email. — —  The Dylema Collective is performing at the Jazz Club Soho on 10 March. Book tickets here: pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/dylema-collective. — —  @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn’t cost any money; your feedback, ratings, reviews and shares all help, so please keep the support coming #busybeingblack For those who feel compelled and have the means, you can support this podcast financially: PayPal.me/busybeingblack — —  Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride BlackOut UK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/02/1949m 11s

Dylema: When I Named Myself, I Became a Poet

Poet and singer Dylema says she became aware very early on that she would be unhappy trying to live up to the patriarchal expectations put upon her. She’s since been on a journey in pursuit of her freedom. From changing her name to coming out to her mother, Dylema says that finding herself, understanding who she is and what she wants has been the key to finding peace and living fully in her truth. We explore why changing her name allowed her to imprint herself on Igbo culture, how she helps others flip their pain into poetry through The Pancake Business, her ever-evolving and expanding ideas of what it means to be a feminist, her mother’s reaction to her coming out and the practical steps she’s taking to be true to herself.— — Dylema is a singer and poet, founder of both The Dylema Collective and The Pancake Business, and the creator and host of the newly-launched podcast, What If a Black Girl Knew. This episode features clips of The Dylema Collective performing Knight for Tonight and Email.— — The Dylema Collective is performing at the Jazz Club Soho on 10 March. Book tickets here: pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/dylema-collective.— — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn’t cost any money; your feedback, ratings, reviews and shares all help, so please keep the support coming #busybeingblackFor those who feel compelled and have the means, you can support this podcast financially: PayPal.me/busybeingblack— — Thank you to our partners:UK Black PrideBlackOut UK For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/02/1947m 30s

Ben Ellis: Pansies

Today’s conversation will be triggering for some. What follows is a candid discussion which touches upon mental health, suicide, sexual violence and conversion therapy. Please listen with care. Included in this episode’s show notes are links to UK-based charities and services for each of the sensitive topics discussed. Ben Ellis describes himself as a belligerent queer Black man. He's a poet who writes about survival, Blackness, Queerness, fuck boys and the layers of our identity, layers that he says are impermanent, transient parts of ourselves that we sometimes shed throughout our life. We explore the emotional cost of his poetry, surviving conversion therapy, his ongoing battle with his mental health, religious trauma syndrome and the journey he’s on to use his pain to help prevent or alleviate the pain of others like him. But, as is so often the case when we come together to share the deepest parts of ourselves, this vulnerable and raw conversation is punctuated with so much laughter, recognition and kinship. We open with his reading of Pansies, his response to someone who asked him at a poetry workshop why all of his poems are sad poems. I Think I'm HappyTo Orlando—— Mind Out The LGBTQI Mental Health ServiceAlbert Kennedy Trust The LGBTQI Youth Homelessness CharityGalop The LGBTQI Anti-violence CharityKnow that you are not alone. There is a world of people here for you who love you.——@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackOf course, if you want to have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack——Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/02/1947m 6s

Ben Ellis: Pansies

Today’s conversation will be triggering for some. What follows is a candid discussion which touches upon mental health, suicide, sexual violence and conversion therapy. Please listen with care. Included in this episode’s show notes are links to UK-based charities and services for each of the sensitive topics discussed.  Ben Ellis describes himself as a belligerent queer Black man. He's a poet who writes about survival, Blackness, Queerness, fuck boys and the layers of our identity, layers that he says are impermanent, transient parts of ourselves that we sometimes shed throughout our life.  We explore the emotional cost of his poetry, surviving conversion therapy, his ongoing battle with his mental health, religious trauma syndrome and the journey he’s on to use his pain to help prevent or alleviate the pain of others like him. But, as is so often the case when we come together to share the deepest parts of ourselves, this vulnerable and raw conversation is punctuated with so much laughter, recognition and kinship.  We open with his reading of Pansies, his response to someone who asked him at a poetry workshop why all of his poems are sad poems.  I Think I'm Happy To Orlando ——  Mind Out The LGBTQI Mental Health Service Albert Kennedy Trust The LGBTQI Youth Homelessness Charity Galop The LGBTQI Anti-violence Charity Know that you are not alone. There is a world of people here for you who love you. —— @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack Of course, if you want to have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack —— Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/02/1948m 25s

Patrick Vernon OBE: Museum of Grooves

When it comes to British national treasures, Patrick Vernon OBE is high up on the list. An activist, historian, former politician and cultural curator whose work spans decades, he’s one of the Black Britons who has been instrumental in uncovering a Black British identity. From fighting against systemic and societal inequalities to his Afrofuturistic exploration aboard the SS Sankofa on his podcast Museum of Grooves, Patrick’s continuing impact is felt wide and far. Today, we discuss his formative beginnings as an activist, the enduring impact of Enoch Powell’s 'Rivers of Blood' speech, why Afrofuturism is a tool to better agitate for our future today and the many manifestations of our activism: he says activism is not just protesting and lobbying; it’s also the visionary and creative reimagining of our lives.——Patrick Vernon OBE is an activist, creator, historian and agitator for justice whose podcast, Museum of Grooves, is a must-listen.This episode features David Lammy's electrifying address to Parliament and A Guy Called Gerald's 'Voodoo Ray'——@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackOf course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack——Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/01/1948m 10s

Patrick Vernon OBE: Museum of Grooves

When it comes to British national treasures, Patrick Vernon OBE is high up on the list. An activist, historian, former politician and cultural curator whose work spans decades, he’s one of the Black Britons who has been instrumental in uncovering a Black British identity. From fighting against systemic and societal inequalities to his Afrofuturistic exploration aboard the SS Sankofa on his podcast Museum of Grooves, Patrick’s continuing impact is felt wide and far. Today, we discuss his formative beginnings as an activist, the enduring impact of Enoch Powell’s 'Rivers of Blood' speech, why Afrofuturism is a tool to better agitate for our future today and the many manifestations of our activism: he says activism is not just protesting and lobbying; it’s also the visionary and creative reimagining of our lives. —— Patrick Vernon OBE is an activist, creator, historian and agitator for justice whose podcast, Museum of Grooves, is a must-listen. This episode features David Lammy's electrifying address to Parliament and A Guy Called Gerald's 'Voodoo Ray' —— @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack Of course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack —— Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/01/1950m 20s

Alex Reads: Healing Is the Only Option

Today, I’m in conversation with Alex Reads, host of the award-winning podcast Mostly Lit and of his own and new show, What Matters. In all of his work, Alex demonstrates his capacity for a deep and searching self-reflection, that most vital of exercises in living a good and fulsome life. What I perhaps love most about Alex is his ability to help us in holding up a mirror to ourselves, to understand better who we are, what we want and where we’re going. In a searching and probing conversation, we discuss whether (and how) we exist outside of our Blackness, the meaning of life and the vital and ongoing healing work necessary to ensure our happiness. —— Alex Reads is the podcaster, writer and content creator behind What Matters and Mostly Lit.——@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn’t cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackOf course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack——Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/01/1948m 4s

Alex Reads: Healing Is the Only Option

Today, I’m in conversation with Alex Reads, host of the award-winning podcast Mostly Lit and of his own and new show, What Matters. In all of his work, Alex demonstrates his capacity for a deep and searching self-reflection, that most vital of exercises in living a good and fulsome life. What I perhaps love most about Alex is his ability to help us in holding up a mirror to ourselves, to understand better who we are, what we want and where we’re going. In a searching and probing conversation, we discuss whether (and how) we exist outside of our Blackness, the meaning of life and the vital and ongoing healing work necessary to ensure our happiness.  ——  Alex Reads is the podcaster, writer and content creator behind What Matters and Mostly Lit. —— @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn’t cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack Of course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack —— Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/01/1949m 52s

Jean Lloyd: Emancipating the Human Spirit

We all have those voices in our head that hold us back. The voices that tell us our past precludes our future, that too much has happened or that we can’t make a difference. But we all have those voices that dream and imagine the impossible and that provoke and encourage us to create the world we want to live in. Jean Lloyd, the communications provocateur, invites us to focus on and nurture those positive voices and to remember that language is a tool used to create, not destroy. The conversations we have with ourselves, whether self-defeating or emboldening, shape the world around us. Jean is a communications master who has spent her life deeply committed to the emancipation of the human spirit, and she suggests that reaching our goals and surviving and thriving in the world really all comes down to communication. To start the year, we explore the difference between talking and communication; forgiveness and making peace with unanswered questions and missing apologies; the urgent, important and life-long work of being ourselves whether or not the world affirms us, and communication as the essential tool for our liberation.Importantly, she also helps us redefine and reclaim power. Power is not domination and it is not force: power is the unleashing of our joy, our happiness and the truest expression of ourselves.----@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackOf course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack----Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/01/1958m 50s

Jean Lloyd: Emancipating the Human Spirit

We all have those voices in our head that hold us back. The voices that tell us our past precludes our future, that too much has happened or that we can’t make a difference. But we all have those voices that dream and imagine the impossible and that provoke and encourage us to create the world we want to live in.  Jean Lloyd, the communications provocateur, invites us to focus on and nurture those positive voices and to remember that language is a tool used to create, not destroy. The conversations we have with ourselves, whether self-defeating or emboldening, shape the world around us. Jean is a communications master who has spent her life deeply committed to the emancipation of the human spirit, and she suggests that reaching our goals and surviving and thriving in the world really all comes down to communication.  To start the year, we explore the difference between talking and communication; forgiveness and making peace with unanswered questions and missing apologies; the urgent, important and life-long work of being ourselves whether or not the world affirms us, and communication as the essential tool for our liberation. Importantly, she also helps us redefine and reclaim power. Power is not domination and it is not force: power is the unleashing of our joy, our happiness and the truest expression of ourselves. ---- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack Of course, if you want to and have the means, you can support Busy Being Black financially and help make it all happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack ---- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/01/191h 0m

John Amaechi OBE: Everyday Jedi

John Amaechi OBE is a respected organisational psychologist, best-selling New York Times author and CEO of Amaechi Performance Systems a consultancy that partners with organisations to help leaders move from being transactional to transformational — he’s also an openly gay Black man. Praise be! Today, we talk about his love of libraries, why the LGBTQ community isn’t really a community after all, the attendant anger that comes with any awakening, his take on the Golden Rule, why it's a good thing for Black people to achieve success within The System and the moment he realised he could be a Jedi. ----“The Golden Rule is actually the Narcissist’s Charter. I never treat people how I want to be treated because I want to be left alone with wine. The best charter is the one where we treat people the way they need to be treated.”"Being in the system is powerful because it shows that there are pathways for being ordinary and successful — and the narrative for Black people is if you’re not exceptional, you don’t stand a chance of being ordinary."----@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackIf you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack----Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/12/1856m 11s

John Amaechi OBE: Everyday Jedi

John Amaechi OBE is a respected organisational psychologist, best-selling New York Times author and CEO of Amaechi Performance Systems a consultancy that partners with organisations to help leaders move from being transactional to transformational — he’s also an openly gay Black man. Praise be! Today, we talk about his love of libraries, why the LGBTQ community isn’t really a community after all, the attendant anger that comes with any awakening, his take on the Golden Rule, why it's a good thing for Black people to achieve success within The System and the moment he realised he could be a Jedi.  ---- “The Golden Rule is actually the Narcissist’s Charter. I never treat people how I want to be treated because I want to be left alone with wine. The best charter is the one where we treat people the way they need to be treated.” "Being in the system is powerful because it shows that there are pathways for being ordinary and successful — and the narrative for Black people is if you’re not exceptional, you don’t stand a chance of being ordinary." ---- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack If you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack ---- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/12/1858m 33s

Otamere Guobadia: No Redemption in Masculinity

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again because I believe it, Otamere Guobadia is the James Baldwin of our generation. His writing is searing, prescient and beautiful, striking at the heart of issues we battle with everyday. He’s also a friend and confidant and I hold him in high esteem and so understand my estimations of him may sound grandiose. We discuss the taxonomies of magic, the violence of compromise, misremembering our pasts, hypermasculinity, the boundaries of our queerness and hope, love, romance and beauty.----@otamere is a writer whose work is published regularly on international platforms like Dazed, i-D, them and Huck. Links to some of my favourite pieces are below:Black Queer and Under ScrutinyLady Phyll and Kimberle Crenshaw Talk Intersectionality, Solidarity and Self-careGay Nightlife's Violent Femmephobia Needs to End----@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackIf you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack----Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/11/1848m 35s

Otamere Guobadia: No Redemption in Masculinity

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again because I believe it, Otamere Guobadia is the James Baldwin of our generation. His writing is searing, prescient and beautiful, striking at the heart of issues we battle with everyday. He’s also a friend and confidant and I hold him in high esteem and so understand my estimations of him may sound grandiose. We discuss the taxonomies of magic, the violence of compromise, misremembering our pasts, hypermasculinity, the boundaries of our queerness and hope, love, romance and beauty. ---- @otamere is a writer whose work is published regularly on international platforms like Dazed, i-D, them and Huck. Links to some of my favourite pieces are below: Black Queer and Under Scrutiny Lady Phyll and Kimberle Crenshaw Talk Intersectionality, Solidarity and Self-care Gay Nightlife's Violent Femmephobia Needs to End ---- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack If you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack ---- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/1850m 23s

Campbell X: Visible

Today, I’m in conversation with another of our queer Black icons, Campbell X. He’s an award-winning filmmaker whose work often explores queer masculinity and desire, and our conversation covers everything from understanding ourselves away from the white gaze (and gays) to the importance of exploring our own desires, the dominant lenses through which we see the world and ourselves, and the never-ending importance of seeking out intergenerational connections. Our conversation takes place at the tail end of Black History Month in the UK and so we explore the cynicism and performative nature of the month, in political and social climates that make us question our place in this country’s past, present and future: “We feel we have to prove that we belong in Britain. We don’t have to prove anything. What we have to do is feel entitled to claim that right. We have the right to be here because we built this.”----@campbellX is an award-winning filmmaker who’s debut feature film, Stud Life, became a festival favourite. Stud Life is distributed by Wolfe Video, Peccadillo Pictures and is screening on Netflix USA/Canada. It received a number of awards and accolades on its release. Campbell directed and produced the short film DES!RE, is one of the directors on the web series Spectrum London and is the director of documentary Visible which will open the Scottish Queer Film Festival in December 2018. Campbell is the director of the hit web series Different for Girls.----@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackIf you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack----Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/10/181h 16m

Campbell X: Visible

Today, I’m in conversation with another of our queer Black icons, Campbell X. He’s an award-winning filmmaker whose work often explores queer masculinity and desire, and our conversation covers everything from understanding ourselves away from the white gaze (and gays) to the importance of exploring our own desires, the dominant lenses through which we see the world and ourselves, and the never-ending importance of seeking out intergenerational connections. Our conversation takes place at the tail end of Black History Month in the UK and so we explore the cynicism and performative nature of the month, in political and social climates that make us question our place in this country’s past, present and future: “We feel we have to prove that we belong in Britain. We don’t have to prove anything. What we have to do is feel entitled to claim that right. We have the right to be here because we built this.” ---- @campbellX is an award-winning filmmaker who’s debut feature film, Stud Life, became a festival favourite. Stud Life is distributed by Wolfe Video, Peccadillo Pictures and is screening on Netflix USA/Canada. It received a number of awards and accolades on its release. Campbell directed and produced the short film DES!RE, is one of the directors on the web series Spectrum London and is the director of documentary Visible which will open the Scottish Queer Film Festival in December 2018. Campbell is the director of the hit web series Different for Girls. ---- @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack If you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack ---- Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/10/181h 17m

Kelechi Okafor: Go Back to the Source

Kelechi Okafor is a fitness guru, a personal trainer, womanist, twerk innovator and pole dance instructor whose podcast Say Your Mind is one of the most hilarious, delightful and enlightening podcasts I listen to. I came into our conversation thinking I’d get the Kelechi we see on social media. The Kelechi who tells people to get a straw to suck their mum, the one who calls out caucasity when she sees it and who’s built a following and a brand not giving two sh*ts if people think she’s an angry black woman. Instead, our conversation is a deep-dive into the spiritual and the numinous, of those from the physical and psychic worlds who help guide her everyday. We also go deep into experiences that have had traumatic effects and how she’s come out of and through them a stronger, wiser, more formidable and more compassionate woman. "The titles that you're forcing on my head aren't ones I've chosen for myself." @kelechnekoff kelechnekoff.com —— @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack If you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack —— Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/10/181h 0m

Kelechi Okafor: Go Back to the Source

Kelechi Okafor is a fitness guru, a personal trainer, womanist, twerk innovator and pole dance instructor whose podcast Say Your Mind is one of the most hilarious, delightful and enlightening podcasts I listen to. I came into our conversation thinking I’d get the Kelechi we see on social media. The Kelechi who tells people to get a straw to suck their mum, the one who calls out caucasity when she sees it and who’s built a following and a brand not giving two sh*ts if people think she’s an angry black woman.Instead, our conversation is a deep-dive into the spiritual and the numinous, of those from the physical and psychic worlds who help guide her everyday. We also go deep into experiences that have had traumatic effects and how she’s come out of and through them a stronger, wiser, more formidable and more compassionate woman."The titles that you're forcing on my head aren't ones I've chosen for myself."@kelechnekoffkelechnekoff.com——@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackIf you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack——Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/10/1858m 21s

Christania: Build Your Own Table

Today, I’m in conversation with Christania, the editor and chief of queer Black online magazine AZ Mag. Together with a small group of queer Black women, Christania set up AZ mag because she didn’t see herself reflected in mainstream LGBTQ media. AZ Mag is a triumph and what Christania has helped create is a much-needed and remarkable platform that is bringing together the queer Black community in the UK.Like so many of us, though, this isn’t the only thing she does. Christania is launching Qmmunity Pod, a podcast exploring the past, present and future of the LGBTQ community. Today, we discuss her thoughts on the damaging effects of comparing ourselves to others, how she’s breaking free from self-policing, what she’s learned building her own business and what she tells herself everyday.@dereshacm@azmaguk@qmmunitypod——Our queer Black brother, Adam Lambert, has his debut performance on Friday 9 November at Canada Water Theatre. Let's go support: canadawatertheatre.org.uk/2394/Candid——@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackIf you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack——Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/09/1851m 59s

Christania: Build Your Own Table

Today, I’m in conversation with Christania, the editor and chief of queer Black online magazine AZ Mag. Together with a small group of queer Black women, Christania set up AZ mag because she didn’t see herself reflected in mainstream LGBTQ media. AZ Mag is a triumph and what Christania has helped create is a much-needed and remarkable platform that is bringing together the queer Black community in the UK. Like so many of us, though, this isn’t the only thing she does. Christania is launching Qmmunity Pod, a podcast exploring the past, present and future of the LGBTQ community. Today, we discuss her thoughts on the damaging effects of comparing ourselves to others, how she’s breaking free from self-policing, what she’s learned building her own business and what she tells herself everyday. @dereshacm @azmaguk @qmmunitypod —— Our queer Black brother, Adam Lambert, has his debut performance on Friday 9 November at Canada Water Theatre. Let's go support: canadawatertheatre.org.uk/2394/Candid —— @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack If you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack —— Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/09/181h 0m

FKA: Too Black, Too White

FKA is a globe-trotting drag superstar. Raised in the cradle of boarding schools in middle England, their subsequent education in the ways of the world, and how their race informs their work, has been a source of considerable growth and introspection. From understanding their Blackness in its proximity to whiteness, to the role mixed race kids play at the intersection of colliding cultures, FKA’s life and work is one of straddling two often opposing sides. Alongside drag as art and how FKA has learned to thrive in their gender fluidity, we dive into sex, drugs and desire; the validation we’ve sought in the arms and beds of white men; and what they’ve learned about the importance of loving other Black folk. In figuring out their own place in a white gay world, one that relies so heavily on objectifying tropes and transactional attitudes, FKA asks themself and others this: is your body supposed to be enough?@allaboutfkaBeats by FKA——@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackIf you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack——Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
08/09/1856m 2s

FKA: Too Black, Too White

FKA is a globe-trotting drag superstar. Raised in the cradle of boarding schools in middle England, their subsequent education in the ways of the world, and how their race informs their work, has been a source of considerable growth and introspection. From understanding their Blackness in its proximity to whiteness, to the role mixed race kids play at the intersection of colliding cultures, FKA’s life and work is one of straddling two often opposing sides. Alongside drag as art and how FKA has learned to thrive in their gender fluidity, we dive into sex, drugs and desire; the validation we’ve sought in the arms and beds of white men; and what they’ve learned about the importance of loving other Black folk.  In figuring out their own place in a white gay world, one that relies so heavily on objectifying tropes and transactional attitudes, FKA asks themself and others this: is your body supposed to be enough? @allaboutfka Beats by FKA —— @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack If you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack —— Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/1858m 27s

Shahmir Sanni: The Whistleblower

Shahmir Sanni was thrust into the international spotlight after blowing the whistle on Vote Leave’s law-breaking during the EU referendum. Shortly after the story broke in the Guardian, he was outed by Number 10 — thus putting in jeopardy the lives of his family back in Pakistan, his own mental and emotional health and his future.But like so many queer people of colour, Shahmir is resilient and brave. And while he’s been wounded and bruised, he’s certainly not been deterred. Today, we discuss his motivations for joining the Vote Leave campaign, the far-reaching implications of his public outing, why surrounding himself with queer people of colour is helping him heal and his hopes for his future and ours.Over the course of our conversation, I was so thoroughly impressed with Shahmir’s tenacity. Doing the right thing is often not the easy road, and he certainly could have stayed quiet and saved himself a great deal of pain — but he didn’t. Shahmir believes in democracy, in people and that this country has a responsibility to be better.Shahmir is a reminder to us all that the only way to secure the future we deserve is to fight for it — tooth and nail. @shahmirukIn a recent article in the Guardian Carole Cadwalladr says this, “Cheating on a scale not seen this century has been exposed – and almost nothing has happened. Nothing, except a kicking and a bruising for Sanni.” Among several investigations he’s helping with, Shahmir is taking legal action against Number 10 and the Taxpayer’s Alliance. Support with whatever you can spare: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/brexit-whistleblower/.——@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblackIf you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack——Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/08/1853m 13s

Shahmir Sanni: The Whistleblower

Shahmir Sanni was thrust into the international spotlight after blowing the whistle on Vote Leave’s law-breaking during the EU referendum. Shortly after the story broke in the Guardian, he was outed by Number 10 — thus putting in jeopardy the lives of his family back in Pakistan, his own mental and emotional health and his future. But like so many queer people of colour, Shahmir is resilient and brave. And while he’s been wounded and bruised, he’s certainly not been deterred. Today, we discuss his motivations for joining the Vote Leave campaign, the far-reaching implications of his public outing, why surrounding himself with queer people of colour is helping him heal and his hopes for his future and ours. Over the course of our conversation, I was so thoroughly impressed with Shahmir’s tenacity. Doing the right thing is often not the easy road, and he certainly could have stayed quiet and saved himself a great deal of pain — but he didn’t. Shahmir believes in democracy, in people and that this country has a responsibility to be better. Shahmir is a reminder to us all that the only way to secure the future we deserve is to fight for it — tooth and nail.  @shahmiruk In a recent article in the Guardian Carole Cadwalladr says this, “Cheating on a scale not seen this century has been exposed – and almost nothing has happened. Nothing, except a kicking and a bruising for Sanni.”  Among several investigations he’s helping with, Shahmir is taking legal action against Number 10 and the Taxpayer’s Alliance. Support with whatever you can spare: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/brexit-whistleblower/. —— @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack If you like what you hear and want to help make it happen: paypal.me/busybeingblack —— Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/08/1855m 1s

Dr Kehinde Andrews: Black Radicalism for the 21st Century

As I tore through Dr Kehinde Andrew’s new book, Back to Black, scribbling in the margins and highlighting passage after passage, I felt within me the fire I first felt reading Malcolm X and James Baldwin. In Back to Black, Dr Andrews calls us to revisit and reimagine the Black radicalism of yesteryear -- a Black radicalism that is too often conflated with cultural nationalism. My main question after reading the book was this: how do queer Black people adopt a Black radicalism that was historically exclusive and patriarchal? Indeed, after reading Back to Back, I immediately picked up bell hooks’ Ain’t I A Woman. In it she says this: “From their writings and speeches it is clear that most Black political activists of the 60s saw the Black liberation movement as a move to gain recognition and support for an emerging Black patriarchy.” But Dr Andrews reminds us that many of the leaders we lionise weren’t actually Black radicals and asks us to ask ourselves and each other whether the ideology is flawed or the men who led the movements? Back to Black covers everything from Pan-Africanism to Liberal Radicalism, and so whether he’s denying the Black radicalism of Beyonce or calling Black Panther a movie for white people, he does so to ensure we keep casting a critical eye and that we continually examine and interrogate ourselves and this movement so we don’t become complacent. We can’t just put on a beret and raise our fists, we have to actually roll up our sleeves and do something. Through this book, Dr Andrews reminds those of us with the fire of radicalism in our bellies, that the future we imagine is very, very possible. Dr Kehinde Andrews is an associate professor of Sociology, the director of the Centre for Critical Social Research, founder of the Organisation of Black Unity and co-chair of the Black Studies Association. He's also the UK's first professor of Black Studies. @kehindeandrews This episode of Busy Being Black contains snippets from preeminent Black activists: Stokely Carmichael's Black Power address at UC Berkeley Angela E. Davis' Interview from Jail "Mississippi Goddamn" by Nina Simone, live in Antibes 1965 Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. You can support this podcast by leaving a rating and a review and by sharing across social media. Your support, mentions and feedback mean the world, so please keep it coming. @_busybeingblack #busybeingblack busybeingblackpod@gmail.com Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride BlackOut UK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/08/181h 0m

Dr Kehinde Andrews: Black Radicalism for the 21st Century

As I tore through Dr Kehinde Andrew’s new book, Back to Black, scribbling in the margins and highlighting passage after passage, I felt within me the fire I first felt reading Malcolm X and James Baldwin. In Back to Black, Dr Andrews calls us to revisit and reimagine the Black radicalism of yesteryear -- a Black radicalism that is too often conflated with cultural nationalism.My main question after reading the book was this: how do queer Black people adopt a Black radicalism that was historically exclusive and patriarchal? Indeed, after reading Back to Back, I immediately picked up bell hooks’ Ain’t I A Woman. In it she says this:“From their writings and speeches it is clear that most Black political activists of the 60s saw the Black liberation movement as a move to gain recognition and support for an emerging Black patriarchy.”But Dr Andrews reminds us that many of the leaders we lionise weren’t actually Black radicals and asks us to ask ourselves and each other whether the ideology is flawed or the men who led the movements?Back to Black covers everything from Pan-Africanism to Liberal Radicalism, and so whether he’s denying the Black radicalism of Beyonce or calling Black Panther a movie for white people, he does so to ensure we keep casting a critical eye and that we continually examine and interrogate ourselves and this movement so we don’t become complacent. We can’t just put on a beret and raise our fists, we have to actually roll up our sleeves and do something.Through this book, Dr Andrews reminds those of us with the fire of radicalism in our bellies, that the future we imagine is very, very possible.Dr Kehinde Andrews is an associate professor of Sociology, the director of the Centre for Critical Social Research, founder of the Organisation of Black Unity and co-chair of the Black Studies Association. He's also the UK's first professor of Black Studies.@kehindeandrewsThis episode of Busy Being Black contains snippets from preeminent Black activists:Stokely Carmichael's Black Power address at UC BerkeleyAngela E. Davis' Interview from Jail "Mississippi Goddamn" by Nina Simone, live in Antibes 1965Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. You can support this podcast by leaving a rating and a review and by sharing across social media. Your support, mentions and feedback mean the world, so please keep it coming. @_busybeingblack#busybeingblackbusybeingblackpod@gmail.comThank you to our partners:UK Black PrideBlackOut UK For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/08/1858m 59s

Travis Alabanza: Black Bones and Cycles

Travis Alabanza is an electrifying talent and one of the most prominent and emergent queer voices in the crossover of arts and politics. They've performed at the Tate, had their poetry published on highly-regarded platforms and tours their work internationally, but their work runs deeper than the places they perform because their work comes from a place of searing honesty. Among much else, Travis and I discuss the overlapping oppressions of trans and Black bodies, the role of performance in survival and why they sometimes lean into parodies of themself when navigating white institutions. Travis opens our conversation with "Black Bones and Cycles" and closes with "Pride". Find out more about Travis at travisalabanza.co.uk Travis performs with ALOK and Malik Nashad Sharpe on 17 August at Hackney Showroom: hackneyshowroom.com/alok @travisalabanza Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. You can support this podcast by leaving a rating and a review and by sharing this podcast across social media. Your support, mentions and feedback mean the world, so please keep them coming. busybeingblackpod@gmail.com @_busybeingblack #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOutUK: blkoutuk.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/07/181h 7m

Travis Alabanza: Black Bones and Cycles

Travis Alabanza is an electrifying talent and one of the most prominent and emergent queer voices in the crossover of arts and politics. They've performed at the Tate, had their poetry published on highly-regarded platforms and tours their work internationally, but their work runs deeper than the places they perform because their work comes from a place of searing honesty. Among much else, Travis and I discuss the overlapping oppressions of trans and Black bodies, the role of performance in survival and why they sometimes lean into parodies of themself when navigating white institutions.Travis opens our conversation with "Black Bones and Cycles" and closes with "Pride". Find out more about Travis at travisalabanza.co.ukTravis performs with ALOK and Malik Nashad Sharpe on 17 August at Hackney Showroom: hackneyshowroom.com/alok@travisalabanzaBusy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. You can support this podcast by leaving a rating and a review and by sharing this podcast across social media. Your support, mentions and feedback mean the world, so please keep them coming. busybeingblackpod@gmail.com@_busybeingblack#busybeingblackThank you to our partners:UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.ukBlackOutUK: blkoutuk.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/07/181h 5m

Reverend Jide Macaulay: House of Rainbow

Reverend Jide Macaulay is the theologian and spiritual leader behind the House of Rainbow, a welcoming and affirming community for LGBTQ people and our allies alike to join in the celebration of their faith. Reconciling our sexuality and our faith, though, is hard work. I, like many, spent years praying the gay away and have only just begun the long journey towards forgiveness. We discuss the misinterpretation of the Word, his own journey towards reconciliation and his message for those of us who have been harmed, emotionally and physically, at the hands of those who weaponised God's words against us. He argues that reconciliation is possible, but to do so, we have to let go: let go of the beliefs we internalised about who we are; let go of the pain that prevents us from rekindling our relationship to God; and let go of words God never said himself.@RevJide and the @HouseofRainbow are committed to helping LGBTQ people reconcile their faith and their sexuality and to leading a light-filled path to a closer and deeper relationship with God. Find out more at houseofrainbow.org.This conversation is just the beginning. After our recording, Rev. Jide and I began discussing future conversations. There is so much to unpack. If you have unanswered questions or firsthand accounts you'd like included in future conversations between Rev. Jide and me, please get in touch: busybeingblackpod@gmail.com.Thank you to poet Ben Donkor (@FR314) and our friends at Here for It (@HereforItPod) for contributing to this conversation with their lived experiences and unanswered questions. We may not find resolution here, we may stand by our decisions to leave the Church, but what's important is that we begin the conversation. Pain has never been reconciled by ignoring it. I hope you'll both continue to feed into this essential conversation.Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. You can support this podcast by leaving a rating and a review and by sharing this podcast across social media. Your support, mentions and feedback mean the world, so please do keep them coming.@_busybeingblack #busybeingblackThank you to our partners:UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.ukBlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/07/1857m 16s

Reverend Jide Macaulay: House of Rainbow

Reverend Jide Macaulay is the theologian and spiritual leader behind the House of Rainbow, a welcoming and affirming community for LGBTQ people and our allies alike to join in the celebration of their faith. Reconciling our sexuality and our faith, though, is hard work. I, like many, spent years praying the gay away and have only just begun the long journey towards forgiveness. We discuss the misinterpretation of the Word, his own journey towards reconciliation and his message for those of us who have been harmed, emotionally and physically, at the hands of those who weaponised God's words against us. He argues that reconciliation is possible, but to do so, we have to let go: let go of the beliefs we internalised about who we are; let go of the pain that prevents us from rekindling our relationship to God; and let go of words God never said himself. @RevJide and the @HouseofRainbow are committed to helping LGBTQ people reconcile their faith and their sexuality and to leading a light-filled path to a closer and deeper relationship with God. Find out more at houseofrainbow.org. This conversation is just the beginning. After our recording, Rev. Jide and I began discussing future conversations. There is so much to unpack. If you have unanswered questions or firsthand accounts you'd like included in future conversations between Rev. Jide and me, please get in touch: busybeingblackpod@gmail.com. Thank you to poet Ben Donkor (@FR314) and our friends at Here for It (@HereforItPod) for contributing to this conversation with their lived experiences and unanswered questions. We may not find resolution here, we may stand by our decisions to leave the Church, but what's important is that we begin the conversation. Pain has never been reconciled by ignoring it. I hope you'll both continue to feed into this essential conversation. Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. You can support this podcast by leaving a rating and a review and by sharing this podcast across social media. Your support, mentions and feedback mean the world, so please do keep them coming. @_busybeingblack #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/07/1858m 52s

Lady Phyll: Mother of the Movement

At one of the lowest moments of my life, Lady Phyll reached out, literally held me and helped nurse me back to life. She's well-known as the co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride and for turning down an MBE from the Queen in 2016 in protest of this country's colonial legacy. She is a mother, activist, lover, mentor and icon to many and her life is best described in her own words. We speak at length on resilience, rebellion and protest; the tender woman behind the activist; and what hopes she has for her daughter, for UK Black Pride and for all of us.Finding My Way Back Home Lessons We Learn From Our Sisters— —UK Black Pride is Europe's largest celebration for LGBTQ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent. UK Black Pride 2019 takes place on Sunday 7 July in Haggerston Park. — —@_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack— —Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/07/181h 13m

Lady Phyll: Mother of the Movement

At one of the lowest moments of my life, Lady Phyll reached out, literally held me and helped nurse me back to life. She's well-known as the co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride and for turning down an MBE from the Queen in 2016 in protest of this country's colonial legacy. She is a mother, activist, lover, mentor and icon to many and her life is best described in her own words. We speak at length on resilience, rebellion and protest; the tender woman behind the activist; and what hopes she has for her daughter, for UK Black Pride and for all of us. Finding My Way Back Home Lessons We Learn From Our Sisters — — UK Black Pride is Europe's largest celebration for LGBTQ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent. UK Black Pride 2019 takes place on Sunday 7 July in Haggerston Park. — — @_busybeingblack is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money; your retweets, ratings, reviews, shares and feedback all help, so please keep it all coming #busybeingblack — — Thank you to our partners, UK Black Pride and BlackOut UK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/07/181h 15m

Phil Samba: I Am Not a Stereotype

At just 28, Phil Samba is already a legend. When he writes, we read and when he speaks, we listen. His openness about both his sexuality and his sexual health means he’s often inundated by other young Black men who want to know more about him — how he’s cultivated his openness, how he’s come out and how he’s become the young man he is. Phil is already miles beyond where I was at 28 and sitting in conversation with him reveals a man who is leaning into his greatness. We speak on our relationships with our parents, the role education and representation plays in preventing homophobic beliefs taking hold — even within ourselves — and finding our strength outside of the prescribed strength tropes so closely associated to Black people.I highly recommend you follow Phil Samba on Twitter: @idiosyncraticXLBusy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money. Leave a rating and a review and follow us on social media, where you can join the conversation: @_busybeingblack #busybeingblackThank to you our partners:UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.ukBlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/06/181h 5m

Phil Samba: I Am Not a Stereotype

At just 28, Phil Samba is already a legend. When he writes, we read and when he speaks, we listen. His openness about both his sexuality and his sexual health means he’s often inundated by other young Black men who want to know more about him — how he’s cultivated his openness, how he’s come out and how he’s become the young man he is. Phil is already miles beyond where I was at 28 and sitting in conversation with him reveals a man who is leaning into his greatness. We speak on our relationships with our parents, the role education and representation plays in preventing homophobic beliefs taking hold — even within ourselves — and finding our strength outside of the prescribed strength tropes so closely associated to Black people. I highly recommend you follow Phil Samba on Twitter: @idiosyncraticXL Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money. Leave a rating and a review and follow us on social media, where you can join the conversation: @_busybeingblack #busybeingblack Thank to you our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/06/181h 7m

Tobi Kyeremetang: Permission

Tobi Kyeremateng is a theatre, festivals and live performance producer who focuses on carving out space for young black people in theatre. After seeing her first West End show, Wicked, she says she was in awe, but having not seen any Black people on the stage, didn’t walk way feeling like she belonged in that space. She’s since used her life experience and her passion for the arts to show young black people that their stories and talents do belong in spaces like the west end, even when they’re not readily represented there.  When I asked her what she most wants people to take away from our conversation, she said this: “Sooner or later, we'll come to realise that nothing really matters besides the way we feel about ourselves. At the end of it all, everything we do, everything we take in that nourishes us, and everything we stand for, has to result in us being truly happy.” tobikyere.com twitter.com/bobimono Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money -- please rate, review and share Busy Being Black. Be sure to follow us on social media and join the conversation: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack facebook.com/webusybeingblack #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/1852m 55s

Tobi Kyeremetang: Permission

Tobi Kyeremateng is a theatre, festivals and live performance producer who focuses on carving out space for young black people in theatre.After seeing her first West End show, Wicked, she says she was in awe, but having not seen any Black people on the stage, didn’t walk way feeling like she belonged in that space. She’s since used her life experience and her passion for the arts to show young black people that their stories and talents do belong in spaces like the west end, even when they’re not readily represented there. When I asked her what she most wants people to take away from our conversation, she said this:“Sooner or later, we'll come to realise that nothing really matters besides the way we feel about ourselves. At the end of it all, everything we do, everything we take in that nourishes us, and everything we stand for, has to result in us being truly happy.”tobikyere.comtwitter.com/bobimonoBusy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money -- please rate, review and share Busy Being Black.Be sure to follow us on social media and join the conversation:twitter.com/_busybeingblackinstagram.com/_busybeingblackfacebook.com/webusybeingblack#busybeingblackThank you to our partners:UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.ukBlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/05/1849m 32s

Dean Atta: Black Flamingo

Dean Atta is one of my favourite poets, and one whose work has been commissioned by esteemed organisations throughout the UK, including the Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and Tate Modern. His work is so deeply rooted in his experience as a gay Black man and through it, he tussles with, or extols the virtues of, what it means to live and love and survive while Black.  Throughout our conversation, we cover mental and emotional health, our often regrettable behaviour on datings apps, what death taught him about living his own life more fully, and how he’s learned to love himself — that most Herculean of feats for so many of us.  deanatta.com Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money -- please rate, review and share Busy Being Black. Be sure to follow us on social media and join the conversation: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack facebook.com/webusybeingblack #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/05/1858m 25s

Dean Atta: Black Flamingo

Dean Atta is one of my favourite poets, and one whose work has been commissioned by esteemed organisations throughout the UK, including the Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and Tate Modern. His work is so deeply rooted in his experience as a gay Black man and through it, he tussles with, or extols the virtues of, what it means to live and love and survive while Black. Throughout our conversation, we cover mental and emotional health, our often regrettable behaviour on datings apps, what death taught him about living his own life more fully, and how he’s learned to love himself — that most Herculean of feats for so many of us. deanatta.comBusy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money -- please rate, review and share Busy Being Black.Be sure to follow us on social media and join the conversation:twitter.com/_busybeingblackinstagram.com/_busybeingblackfacebook.com/webusybeingblack#busybeingblackThank you to our partners:UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.ukBlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14/05/1855m 29s

Lili Ming and Kenny Jones: Transparency

Today, I’m in conversation with Lili Ming and Kenny Jones, founders of Transparency, a new video platform centring trans people and their experiences. Drawing from their own transitions, Lili and Kenny have created Transparency to speak to the multiplicities of the trans experience, and as a place where life-saving information and first-person advice is available for those who need it. Our conversation is filled with so much honesty and many hard truths, but it’s also filled so much joy and so much laughter. Among much else, LiLi and Kenny discuss measuring their personal success, defining their lives and their existence outside of societal norms, and how we own our responsibility to live in service of others.thetransparencyshow.cominstagram.com/thetransparencyshowBusy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money -- please rate, review and share Busy Being Black.Be sure to follow us on social media and the join the conversation:twitter.com/_busybeingblackinstagram.com/_busybeingblackfacebook.com/webusybeingblack#busybeingblackThank you to our partners:UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.ukBlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/05/1851m 28s

Lili Ming and Kenny Jones: Transparency

Today, I’m in conversation with Lili Ming and Kenny Jones, founders of Transparency, a new video platform centring trans people and their experiences. Drawing from their own transitions, Lili and Kenny have created Transparency to speak to the multiplicities of the trans experience, and as a place where life-saving information and first-person advice is available for those who need it. Our conversation is filled with so much honesty and many hard truths, but it’s also filled so much joy and so much laughter. Among much else, LiLi and Kenny discuss measuring their personal success, defining their lives and their existence outside of societal norms, and how we own our responsibility to live in service of others. thetransparencyshow.com instagram.com/thetransparencyshow Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn't cost any money -- please rate, review and share Busy Being Black. Be sure to follow us on social media and the join the conversation: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack facebook.com/webusybeingblack #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/05/1853m 56s

Topher Campbell: Fetish

Busy Being Black means we’re busy building our legacy. What can we create that answers the questions we have today and which provides a manual for those of tomorrow? Topher Campbell is a Jerwood Award-winning director of stage, television and film who creates generous works of art that allow us the space to see ourselves and draw our own conclusions about how we best make the most of our lives.Rukus! archive: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/the-collections/Pages/rukus.aspxFetish preview: https://vimeo.com/251646608Invisible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaZvdmX0f10A Raisin in the Sun: https://www.mountview.org.uk/whats-on/show/a-raisin-in-the-sun/Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn’t cost any money — please rate, review and share Busy Being Black.Be sure to follow Busy Being Black on social media and join the conversation:twitter.com/_busybeingblackinstagram.com/_busybeingblackfacebook.com/_busybeingblack#busybeingblackThank you to our partners:UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.ukBlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/04/1851m 3s

Topher Campbell: Fetish

Busy Being Black means we’re busy building our legacy. What can we create that answers the questions we have today and which provides a manual for those of tomorrow? Topher Campbell is a Jerwood Award-winning director of stage, television and film who creates generous works of art that allow us the space to see ourselves and draw our own conclusions about how we best make the most of our lives. Rukus! archive: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/the-collections/Pages/rukus.aspx Fetish preview: https://vimeo.com/251646608 Invisible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaZvdmX0f10 A Raisin in the Sun: https://www.mountview.org.uk/whats-on/show/a-raisin-in-the-sun/ Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Supporting this podcast doesn’t cost any money — please rate, review and share Busy Being Black. Be sure to follow Busy Being Black on social media and join the conversation: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack facebook.com/_busybeingblack #busybeingblack Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/04/1851m 49s

Micheal Rice: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles

This episode of Busy Being Black contains references to situations and substances some might find uncomfortable to listen to. Living in the fullness of our queer Black lives means learning to live in the messiness. This was a lesson I learned as I dealt with my emotional fallout after watching Micheal Rice’s documentary, #parTyboi. #parTyboi explores and exposes the crystal meth epidemic that is ravaging the queer Black community in the US, and the price we, as a community and as individuals, pay living beyond the margins. Micheal's documentary so clearly illuminates the spaces and places where black and white lives collide, and the attendant devastation that results from the purchase of Black bodies to satiate white desires. facebook.com/partyboidocumentary/ instagram.com/micheal_rice BlackOut, Team PrEPster and 56 Dean Street have launched a survey to find out how chemsex is affecting queer Black folk in Britain. #chemsexwhileblack Take the survey and spread the word: https://blkoutuk.com/2018/04/06/read-whats-going-onchemsexwhileblack/ If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, check out the Westminster Drugs Project: http://www.wdp.org.uk/about-us To find drug and alcohol recovery meetings in a city near you: http://www.gayandsober.org/ Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.uk BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/04/1842m 9s

Micheal Rice: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles

This episode of Busy Being Black contains references to situations and substances some might find uncomfortable to listen to. Living in the fullness of our queer Black lives means learning to live in the messiness. This was a lesson I learned as I dealt with my emotional fallout after watching Micheal Rice’s documentary, #parTyboi. #parTyboi explores and exposes the crystal meth epidemic that is ravaging the queer Black community in the US, and the price we, as a community and as individuals, pay living beyond the margins. Micheal's documentary so clearly illuminates the spaces and places where black and white lives collide, and the attendant devastation that results from the purchase of Black bodies to satiate white desires. facebook.com/partyboidocumentary/ instagram.com/micheal_rice BlackOut, Team PrEPster and 56 Dean Street have launched a survey to find out how chemsex is affecting queer Black folk in Britain. #chemsexwhileblack Take the survey and spread the word: https://blkoutuk.com/2018/04/06/read-whats-going-onchemsexwhileblack/ If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, check out the Westminster Drugs Project: http://www.wdp.org.uk/about-us To find drug and alcohol recovery meetings in a city near you: http://www.gayandsober.org/ Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/04/1843m 27s

Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE: The Persistent Optimist

Busy Being Black means that those of us at the embattled intersections are often busy doing the life-giving work of loving ourselves a little bit harder. Throughout my conversation with the persistent optimist Rikki Beadle-Blair, I’m reminded of just how essential our point of view is. Are we able to look at our lives, at our selves, and see the beauty that abounds? Are we able to understand that our role on earth is to help move everybody forward? And if so, how much better and brighter is the day and the future for all of us? We speak on the AIDS epidemic, the loss of his life partner to suicide and how he maintains that contagious and effervescent optimism in the face of Trump, negativity and what feels like a growing global hopelessness. Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.uk BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Be sure to follow Busy Being Black twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/03/1852m 23s

Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE: The Persistent Optimist

Busy Being Black means that those of us at the embattled intersections are often busy doing the life-giving work of loving ourselves a little bit harder. Throughout my conversation with the persistent optimist Rikki Beadle-Blair, I’m reminded of just how essential our point of view is. Are we able to look at our lives, at our selves, and see the beauty that abounds? Are we able to understand that our role on earth is to help move everybody forward? And if so, how much better and brighter is the day and the future for all of us? We speak on the AIDS epidemic, the loss of his life partner to suicide and how he maintains that contagious and effervescent optimism in the face of Trump, negativity and what feels like a growing global hopelessness. Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Be sure to follow Busy Being Black twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/03/1855m 59s

Marc Thompson: Possibility and Appropriation

Busy Being Black means the search for possibility and meaning in our lives is endless. In part two of my conversation with Marc Thompson, a gay Black elder, HIV activist and writer, we wax lyrical on everything from our favourite books to the role cultural appropriation can play in how we better understand and bump into our history. If you haven’t yet listened to our first conversation, I Have a Virus Older Than You, it’s a wonderful precursor to our chat today. Throughout this conversation, we’re a bit more profligate in our swearing, as the effect of our wine-guzzling takes hold. Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.uk BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/03/1850m 10s

Marc Thompson: Possibility and Appropriation

Busy Being Black means the search for possibility and meaning in our lives is endless. In part two of my conversation with Marc Thompson, a gay Black elder, HIV activist and writer, we wax lyrical on everything from our favourite books to the role cultural appropriation can play in how we better understand and bump into our history. If you haven’t yet listened to our first conversation, I Have a Virus Older Than You, it’s a wonderful precursor to our chat today. Throughout this conversation, we’re a bit more profligate in our swearing, as the effect of our wine-guzzling takes hold. Busy Being Black is the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/03/1851m 58s

Marc Thompson: I Have a Virus Older Than You

Busy Being Black means we recognise we did not get here alone. Marc Thompson is a gay Black elder, an HIV activist and writer, and one of three founders of Black Out UK, a platform dedicated to amplifying the stories of gay Black men. In my first of two conversations with Marc, we discuss the gay Black experience in the 1980s, including the little known effects of the HIV crisis on our community. We also touch on the importance of intergenerational conversations, and our responsibility as a new generation of queer Black folk to pursue a connection with our elders, those who might better illuminate our path through the present. Busy Being Black is a podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.uk BlackOUt UK: blkoutuk.com Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/03/1848m 55s

Marc Thompson: I Have a Virus Older Than You

Busy Being Black means we recognise we did not get here alone. Marc Thompson is a gay Black elder, an HIV activist and writer, and one of three founders of Black Out UK, a platform dedicated to amplifying the stories of gay Black men. In my first of two conversations with Marc, we discuss the gay Black experience in the 1980s, including the little known effects of the HIV crisis on our community. We also touch on the importance of intergenerational conversations, and our responsibility as a new generation of queer Black folk to pursue a connection with our elders, those who might better illuminate our path through the present. Busy Being Black is a podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOUt UK: blkoutuk.com Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/03/1850m 32s

Ryan Lanji: Hungama

Busy Being Black means cultivating a mindset that allows us to constantly embrace and celebrate cultures outside our own. Ryan Lanji, an art and fashion curator, was raised in Canada in a melting pot of cultures and realities that has left a lasting impression on how he sees and interacts with the world around him. His club night, Hungama, is named so for the Hindu word for chaos and bedlam — a word his mother used to describe the joy and revelry of big family gatherings. Indeed, it seems that so much of Ryan’s work centres around a collision of cultures that fosters a deeper cultural appreciation to help amplify our similarities. Busy Being Black is a podcast exploring how we thrive in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com/ Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/03/1838m 58s

Ryan Lanji: Hungama

Busy Being Black means cultivating a mindset that allows us to constantly embrace and celebrate cultures outside our own. Ryan Lanji, an art and fashion curator, was raised in Canada in a melting pot of cultures and realities that has left a lasting impression on how he sees and interacts with the world around him. His club night, Hungama, is named so for the Hindu word for chaos and bedlam — a word his mother used to describe the joy and revelry of big family gatherings. Indeed, it seems that so much of Ryan’s work centres around a collision of cultures that fosters a deeper cultural appreciation to help amplify our similarities. Busy Being Black is a podcast exploring how we thrive in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk// BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com/ Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/03/1840m 16s

Bisi Alimi: Angelic Troublemaker

Busy Being Black means we refuse to let wherever we come from define where or how far we will go in life. This is just one of the lessons I was reminded of in my conversation with Bisi Alimi, the activist and angelic troublemaker behind the Bisi Alimi Foundation. Bisi was born in Lagos in 1975 and came to international attention when he became the first ever person to come out on Nigerian television. His life since has been a veritable whirlwind, but as I learned in our conversation, the very moments that might have broken others became the moments in which he found his strength, an ability he believes lies within all of us. Busy Being Black is a podcast exploring how we thrive in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com/ Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/03/1853m 37s

Bisi Alimi: Angelic Troublemaker

Busy Being Black means we refuse to let wherever we come from define where or how far we will go in life. This is just one of the lessons I was reminded of in my conversation with Bisi Alimi, the activist and angelic troublemaker behind the Bisi Alimi Foundation. Bisi was born in Lagos in 1975 and came to international attention when he became the first ever person to come out on Nigerian television. His life since has been a veritable whirlwind, but as I learned in our conversation, the very moments that might have broken others became the moments in which he found his strength, an ability he believes lies within all of us. Busy Being Black is a podcast exploring how we thrive in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk// BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com/ Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/03/1856m 21s

A Statement of Intent

Busy Being Black is a podcast exploring how we thrive in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.uk/ BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com/ Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/03/183m 0s

A Statement of Intent

Busy Being Black is a podcast exploring how we thrive in the fullness of our queer Black lives. Thank you to our partners: UK Black Pride: http://ukblackpride.org.uk// BlackOut UK: blkoutuk.com/ Be sure to follow Busy Being Black: twitter.com/_busybeingblack instagram.com/_busybeingblack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/03/184m 45s
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