Growing up with gal-dem

Growing up with gal-dem

By gal-dem

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

Episodes

Liv Little and Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff on rushing black women syndrome

For the last episode of the season, hosts Liv Little and Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff share their own extract: an essay they collaborated on years previously about ‘rushing women of colour syndrome’. Reflecting back on their headspace at the time of writing it, Liv and Charlie reflect back on what has changed, what has stayed the same and what they’ve learned along the way.Growing up with gal-dem is taking a short break, but we'll be back with you in February!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/01/2142m 58s

IRL and online communities with Zezi Ifore

For this episode, gal-dem are joined by arts broadcaster, host, cultural consultant and journalist Zezi Ifore who shares an extract that she wrote as a teenager at the turn of the century. Zezi reflects on her hopes for the 2000’s as a fifteen year old, as well as delving into the community she was grounded in. Join gal-dem and Zezi as they discuss everything from Nigerian culture and the church, to wellness and meditation.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/12/2041m 25s

Rachel Ama on loving her hair

In this episode, gal-dem talk to chef and influencer Rachel Ama, who discusses motherhood, hair and food. Rachel shares an extract from her younger years, disclosing the pressure she felt to manipulate her hair with relaxers and heat in order to appear ‘presentable’. Rachel speaks her journey of self-love with her hair and how thinking about what she put into her body on the inside, made all the difference on the outside.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/2040m 34s

Asserting boundaries with Tia Campbell

In this episode, gal-dem are joined by visual artist, DJ and co-founder of BBZ, Tia Campbell, who discusses family, the pressures of being a teenager and why they’ve decided to move to the other side of the world. Tia shares a conversation with a family member and explains why asserting boundaries was imperative in helping to heal their relationship.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/12/2040m 5s

Shingai on not being the girl she used to be

Singer songwriter Shingai Shoniwa delves into her liberating musical journey into becoming a solo artist. Once the lead singer of the Noisettes, Shingai shares difficult moments she faced in the music industry and touches on the treatment of black artists. Reflecting back on a song that she started writing at the age of sixteen, Shingai draws similarities to the girl she once was, but also shares why being bold became one of her best lessons from growing up.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/12/2050m 12s

The power of words with Nikesh Shukla

In this episode, gal-dem chat with writer, screenwriter, editor and mentor Nikesh Shukla as they take a closer look at his career and the writing world. Nikesh explains how he didn't allow a saddening and unforgettable experience with a scam company at a young age to overcome him, and instead, made him realise the respect that should be given to his work.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/2035m 50s

Nao on stepping into your other self

For this episode gal-dem are joined by East London hitmaker Nao. Here, Nao describes her initial issues with confidence as a singer and what it was like to come up in the midst of the Soundcloud movement, a creative space that gave prominence to so many musicians today. Join us, as we also discuss finding your sound, the importance of mentors and why balance is key in life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/2028m 57s

Finding stable ground with Simran Randhawa

In this episode, we catch up with a fave member of the early gal-dem team, the wonderful Simran Randhawa, whose career as a model and writer has skyrocketed over the last few years. Delving into topics such family, social media and imposter syndrome, Simran shares an extract from a turning point in her life and shows how ultimately, facing her past meant that she was able to flourish and feel grounded in the present.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/2032m 53s

Family sacrifices and feeling carefree with Sophie Duker

For this episode, gal-dem are joined by comedian and writer Sophie Duker as she discusses grief, escapism and teenage escapades. During a difficult period of her life, Sophie describes the comfort she found in trivial dramas during her teenage years. She was soon met with the stark reality of growing up after the passing of a close relative, causing her to realise the sacrifices her family had made for her happiness and to enable her to feel carefree.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/2031m 37s

Nicole Dennis-Benn on growing up with colourism in Jamaica

Author of incredible novels ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and ‘Patsy’, Jamacian born writer Nicole Dennis Benn joins us this week to discuss colourism. A topic that she’s previously explored in both of her novels, Nicole reads an extract from an article she wrote on the colourism she was exposed to as a child. Having been witness to the glorification of skin bleaching in Jamaica, Nicole speaks on the long lasting impact of absorbing negative views about dark-skin, how writing has helped her heal and her hopes for dark-skinned black girls growing up today.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/11/2034m 51s

Sharmane Lovegrove on creating her own family and finding home

Following a big move to Berlin prompted by Brexit, Dialogue Books publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove joins us this week to reflect on her journey of finding home. Having experienced homelessness after she moved out of her family home at 16, Sharmaine speaks about the difficulty she had receiving government support due to assumptions made about her middle class background. Despite a strained relationship with her parents, Sharmaine acknowledges the privileges her upbringing afforded her and speaks about how she’s fuelled to use it to help others.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/2040m 56s

Tanya Compas on the beauty of being different

Today, gal-dem are joined by youth worker, community organiser and founder of Exist Loudly, Tanya Compas as she covers sensitive topics including racism, homophobia and homelessness. Framed through her journey with counselling, Tanya opens up about difficult periods in her life and the chosen family that were key in giving her the confidence to be the truest version of herself.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/10/2039m 24s

Becoming different people with Mariel Richards

It’s time to meet our new CEO, Mariel Richards; a familiar face who has previously headed up the Commercial division at gal-dem! An independent, sorter of problems, art lover and sewing extraordinaire, it’s time to get to know the many lovely facets to Mariel (she even knows some Japanese). Having matured from the self-confessed recklessness and adventure of her youth, join us as Mariel reflects on the true beauty of growing up: meeting all the different versions of ourselves.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/10/2030m 36s

Lady Phyll on religion, queerness, and learning to love yourself

A major voice within the queer activism pace, we speak to the person at the heart of UK Black Pride, Lady Phyll. Delving into moments in her life and the pockets of wisdom that arose from them, Lady Phyll covers important topics when growing up as a young queer person of colour, such as spirituality and colourism.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/10/2049m 26s

Diane Abbott on maintaining hope as a political activist

Diane Abbott reflects on her Maiden speech and speaks to Liv and Charlie about her expansive political career and how she maintains hope for the future.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/2028m 54s

Aja Barber on how the importance of inclusivity in sustainability

This week Aja joins Liv and Charlie to reflect on a recent article about sustainability, she discusses recent events online and gives us an insight into what she was like as a child - a furious letter written who called for brands to be and do better.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/2032m 48s

Diane Parish on why there is no one way to be black

Actress Diane Parish joins gal-dem and shares a short story written as a teenager. She offers insight into where the inspiration for the story came from as well as sharing valuable insights into parenthood and how she’s been coping during lockdown.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/09/2039m 36s

Chanel Miller on the freedom and craft of speaking her truth

Chanel Miller speaks to gal-dem about the process behind writing her book, the importance of family and why she reads children's books to start her day.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/09/2038m 6s

Basma Khalifa is obsessed with telling stories

In this episode, gal-dem are joined by director, filmmaker and fashion stylist Basma Khalifa as she reflects on her love of storytelling and how it has nurtured her multifaceted career. A self-professed workaholic, Basma gives insight into how being a Black woman has shaped her sense of drive, shares wise words from her parents and proves why being ballsy can be a great thing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/09/2039m 38s

Letting your guard down with cktrl

In this week’s episode of the podcast, gal-dem speak to Lewisham-raised musician, producer and songwriter Bradley Miller, who DJ’s as cktrl. Having experienced a difficult breakup, Bradley shares how heartbreak shaped his upcoming EP and ultimately led to fond memories and lessons learnt. Bradley discusses the ways in which cis straight men open up about their feelings, letting your guard down in relationships and his experience featuring in Beyonce’s Black is King.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/08/2028m 34s

Clara Amfo on what success looks like to her

This week we are joined by Clara Amfo, who reflects on how her parents instilled within her the confidence to do anything in life - despite the stereotypes around black parents. She was the world's cutest kid, and she speaks to us about how she's defining what success looks like to her and dealing with people's all too often unsolicited opinions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/08/2035m 18s

Motherhood and music with Tiwa Savage

This week, we are joined by the incredibly talented, Tiwa Savage. She talks about her activism work, supporting survivors of sexual violence in Nigeria as well as all things motherhood and the lessons her son has taught her over the years.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/2032m 48s

Amanda Seales on setting boundaries online

This week, we are joined by Amanda Seales, who reflects on her personal statement from a university application. She speaks to Liv and Charlie about the lessons she's learned throughout her career, about race and politics and how social media has cemented the idea that if it didn't happen online, it didn't happen! Amanda is a firm advocate for blocking and deleting people who don't make you feel good.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/2047m 44s

Raveena on growth in and out of relationships

In this week’s episode of Growing up with gal-dem we chat with LA based musician Raveena, one of our cover stars for gal-dem  Secrets. As a singer whose career has skyrocketed, Raveena delves into her journey to success and the difficulties she has faced along the way. We discuss relationships, life in and out of them, and how important boundaries and space are for personal growth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/2037m 24s

Kelsey Lu on finding freedom

Singer and cellist Kelsey Lu joins gal-dem to discuss religious cults, family love and finding harmony in nature. Growing up in a strict Jehovah’s Witness household, Kelsey Lu often got into trouble for having friends outside of her religion. Delving into her moments of rebellion and the associated guilt that came alongside them, Kelsey Lu explains how she found freedom by learning to accept herself.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/07/2037m 34s

Yomi Adegoke on the power of manifestation

In this episode, gal-dem are joined by journalist, author, and host of Slay In Your Lane podcast and book, Yomi Adegoke as she discusses manifestation, taking up space, and why social media is blurring notions of success. Upon entering an industry traditionally dominated by white, privately educated men, Yomi describes how she forged her own path as a journalist and became the representation she wanted to see growing up. Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/07/2039m 47s

Emma Dabiri on growing up with boys as a number one hobby

This week, author and broadcaster Emma Dabiri joins Liv and Charlie to talk about her experiences of growing up black in Ireland and how as a young girl she was held to more rigid standards than her peers. Her number one hobby at the time was boys, and she kept a diary which she speaks through during the show.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/2045m 17s

Analysing family ties with Joy Crookes

Singer-songwriter and BRIT nominee Joy Crookes joins gal-dem in this episode to explore all things family. Having moved out at a young age, Joy reflects on what it meant to have a ‘chosen’ family as a support network during a time of newfound responsibility and freedom. Also discussing topics such as generational trauma, Joy shares a restorative, bonding exercise that helped shape her connection with her heritage and her relationship with a loved one.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/07/2039m 43s

Travis Alabanza on silencing shame and discovering queer spaces

Theatre maker, producer and artist Travis Alabanza speaks to gal-dem about the idea of confessions, shame, and their introduction to queer spaces. They discuss the confidence that came with embracing their inner freak and how a pivotal moment at 17 have shaped who they are today.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/06/2047m 24s

Ruby Tandoh on finding strength through friendships

Joining gal-dem for this episode is writer and cook Ruby Tandoh, who discusses food in lockdown, high expectations and why friends are so important. Having always been hyper-productive, as a teenager Ruby would closely align self-satisfaction with personal targets. A plethora of challenging goals and Ruby’s own high expectations of herself, caused her time to be spread thinly, weighing heavily on her mental state and sense of inner well-being. Here, Ruby discusses how being less busy enabled time to get to know herself and why she wishes she found more support in others growing up.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2036m 50s

Michaela Coel on feedback and ‘taking the note'

In this episode of Growing Up with gal-dem, we speak to actor, writer, producer and creator of Chewing Gum Michaela Coel. Michaela reads an old blog post from her days in drama school where she reflects on the idea of "taking the note" as a young actor, as well as the limited roles that exist for black women on screen.Michaela also speaks to us about her experience of being spiked and how this informed her new drama; I May Destroy You, which is available to watch on iPlayer now.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/2036m 38s

Growing Up With gal-dem live with Anita Sethi, Reni Eddo-Lodge and Mariam Khan

Recording live from Words Weekend festival, on this special episode we’re joined by Reni Eddo-Lodge, journalist and author of ‘Why I’m No Longer Speaking to White People About Race’, Mariam Khan, editor of anthology ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’ and writer, journalist and critic Anita Sethi. In a joint discussion between all three of our literary guests, we speak about encountering casual racism within friendship groups, the complexities of existing in multiple cultures and the impact that has on our affiliation to britishness, and the common expectation of diasporan eldest daughters to take on mothering roles within their families.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/2058m 33s

Sasha Keable on destigmatising mental health and medication

During the fifth episode of Growing Up with gal-dem, singer-songwriter Sasha Keable speaks to gal-dem about her journey with mental health, substance abuse, and why taking medication should be destigmatised. After a lengthy battle with depression, we hear about the importance of therapy at various stages in her life. After seeking out therapy at a period when she was self-harming at a young age, she guides us through how these experiences have shaped her process as a musician.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2035m 44s

Rejecting heteronormativity in queer relationships with Naeem Davis

For the fourth episode of Growing Up with gal-dem, we hear from cultural curator and founder of BBZ, Naeem Davis. Naeem tells us about the LGBTQI+ spaces that helped to shape their identity growing up and how they were inspired to curate spaces that were even more inclusive. We hear about how a trip to San Francisco was a pivotal moment for adopting the term ‘queer’ and how this has influenced how they define themself.Naeem shares a text they sent a soon-to-be girlfriend, who they chased in the hope of being in a ‘normative’ relationship. Naeem guides us through the importance of maintaining independence in relationships and how pushing boundaries in love is something to be celebrated.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2040m 38s

Munroe Bergdorf on ending toxic relationships

In this episode of Growing Up with gal-dem,  we sit down with model, LGBTQI+ activist and founder of Goddess Platform, Munroe Bergdorf. A prominent speaker on trans rights, she highlights members of the community and works to combat transphobia through her activism.Munroe reads text messages from a toxic relationship and shares the difficulties that come with growing apart from a partner. Having been in a relationship with someone with vastly differing views to her own, she reflects on how she removed herself from the situation and started on a journey of self-acceptance.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2038m 15s

Finding beauty in friendships with Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

After moving to London from Singapore, artist Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee was shocked by the everyday discrimination and sexualisation she faced and quickly realised that many other East Asian women either had been through or would experience similar issues. This inspired her project Xing - a photography book that explores how East Asian women move through the world. Through collaborating on creative projects, Elizabeth explains the strength and beauty she has found in forging interracial friendships and the solidarity that came with them.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2031m 56s

Candice Carty-Williams on why she's over being the strong friend

Kicking off the series, gal-dem speaks to Candice Carty-Williams, author of best-selling novel ‘Queenie’, about continuously being labelled the strong friend and family member. After the death of a close friend in her early twenties, Candice discusses her battle with depression and anxiety, and the pressures facing in the context of her Caribbean upbringing. We hear about the tools she has used over the years to enhance her mental wellbeing and set boundaries and how they inevitably influenced her when writing her hit novel.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2034m 58s

Introducing Growing up with gal-dem

Welcome to Growing up with gal-dem, our first ever podcast. Inspired by our book I will not be erased: our stories growing up as people of colour, Liv Little and Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff of gal-dem magazine interview guests with their past diary entries, text messages and letters to uncover valuable lessons on growing up.Find transcripts and show notes for all of Growing up with gal-dem here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/201m 31s
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