1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave

1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave

By BBC Radio 1Xtra

Richie Brave hosts the biggest group chat of the week.


Celebrating the history of UK R&B

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave and guests get into the rich history of UK R&B, giving flowers to the artists that laid the foundations as well as those following in their footsteps. @1Xtra on social

Do we need any more biopics?

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, following the recent release of the Bob Marley: One Love movie, Richie Brave and guests talk about the importance and relevance of biopics. @1Xtra on social

Valentine's Day - is it overrated?

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave and guests will be getting into whether Valentine's Day is overrated. Does it even mean that much to couples anymore? Is it all performative for social media? @1xtra on social

Mary Mandefield sits in: Awards shows - Do we still care?

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, and in the midst of awards season, Mary Mandefield and guests explore whether awards are still as relevant to artists as they use to be. Do they still carry the same benefits as they did a few years ago? @1Xtra on social

Navigating grief

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave and his guests will be exploring the different ways that we navigate grief, from cultural differences and 'death admin' to the way we process our emotions.

Rise of Black-owned UK fashion

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave and guests explore the rise of Black-owned UK fashion brands, from street style to runway

What has been the biggest moment in January so far?

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave is back from his holiday and catching up on some of the biggest moments that have happened in January so far. From Katt Williams calling people out to viral music moments, the new year has already been a wild ride so far!

What are your Christmas traditions?

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave is joined by Remi Burgz to talk about Christmas food, films, games and worst gifts!

Mary Mandefield talks cosmetic surgery - would you do it?

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Mary Mandefield explores cosmetic surgery. Is there too much pressure to change ourselves? @1Xtra on social

with Mary Mandefield: Better ways to the start the new year

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Mary Mandefield and guests explore the different ways we choose to start the new year. Are resolutions overrated? Do we put too much pressure on ourselves to start the year strong?

Is Stan culture getting out of hand?

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave explores what Stan culture means and whether things have gone too far. Joining the conversation will be music and culture journalist Nicolas Tyrell Scott, news and entertainment writer Aaliyah Harry and reformed Stan Tosin Gbaja. @1Xtra on social

Should Black women stop going on reality TV?

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave will be joined by former reality TV contestants and journalist Habiba Katsha, to talk about the backlash Black women can face when appearing on reality TV. @1Xtra on social
26/11/23·59m 50s

Black trans identity

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave speaks to Black trans people about their lived experiences in the UK. @1Xtra on social

Sex'press Yourself - Part Two

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave is exploring sex, kink and how we express ourselves sexually as a Black community. @1Xtra on social
21/11/23·59m 16s


On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave will be exploring why we love gossip so much, as well as its wider impact.Richie Brave and guests - the home of deep conversations and real talk @1Xtra on social

Celebrating Black people who are making history now

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave will be celebrating 1Xtra's Future Figures Javeno Mclean and Nasra Ayub. He will also be joined by George the Poet.

Blood and organ donation in the Black community

On this week’s 1Xtra Talks, Richie Brave discusses organ and blood donation in the Black community. @1Xtra on social

Celebrating comedy for Black History Month

Richie Brave celebrates comedy in the Black Community. Joined by Sumotherhood's Jazzie Zonzolo - discussing the process behind making the film, why a no can be good and hailing up the incredible talent that came together like the "Avengers"Also joining Richie is Welsh stand up Tadiwa Mahlunge and Queen of social media sketch comedy Hemah K.

BHM 2023: Reparations

What are your views on reparations?Richie Brave and guests discuss the possibility of reparations and what it would look like for Caribbean and African communities in 2023.
08/10/23·53m 26s

Gendered violence and Incel culture

This week on 1Xtra Talks we are reacting to the tragic passing of 15-year-old Elianne Andam who was victim of a stabbing.Youth mentor and founder of Milk and Honey - Ebenhita Iyere - talks about the violence perpetrated to Black girls in its many forms and how the lack of community provisions has exacerbated these issues.We discuss the fears and reaction of the Croydon community to the incident with Croydon resident and father to two girls - DJ Ace.We speak to male mentors about the responsibility of men in fighting gendered violence and the recent uptake in misogynist and 'incel' content in the 'manosphere'.A domestic violence expert discusses the prevalence of violence in relationships and how we can educate young people (boys in particular) about safe relationships and the dangers of domestic violence.

Passing the Mic: Teen safety

Richie Brave talks to young people about their fears and aspirations for the future.In collaboration with BBC Radio 5 Live for Teen 23.

Mary Mandefield sits in: Trapping

Mary Mandefield and guests discuss the themes behind new movie Trapping. Featuring the film’s director Femi Oyeniran.

Are Aliens Real?

With Aliens currently being the topic of discussion after Whistleblower Ex-United States Air Force Officer, David Grusch claimed that the US federal government have a top-secret UFO recovery programme. Richie sits down with Fonti from Heartless Crew,Newsbeat Journalist Manish Pandey, Chaneil James (Founder of science communications platform AstroNoir and senior research scientist) and Emmanuel Wallace aka Big Manny (science-first content creator and music artist with a master’s in biomedical science) to ask the question 'Do you believe Aliens are real?'

Traditional African spirituality

Are we as Black people too scared of Juju and Obeah?@1Xtra on social 88111 on text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

Chris Kaba: 1 year on

A year after the passing of Chris Kaba, Richie Brave sits down with family members from the Justice for Chris Kaba campaign, journalists and legal experts to discuss his story.@1Xtra on Socials 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on Whatsapp

Black and Queer

Do we need a Black Pride?Richie Brave and guests celebrate queer identity in all it's forms. @1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

Women in hip-hop special with Mary Mandefield

As part of Hip-Hop Weekend, celebrating 50 years of the ground breaking genre. Mary Mandefield is joined by Br3nya.

Black literature

Who are your favourite Black British writers and why? Is there a growing interest in Black writers in the literature industry?Richie Brave and guests give space to Black literature as they celebrate and discuss all your favourite British writers of African descent.From the difficulties of getting published to the triumphs of having their works on the big screen; Richie and guests break down the world of books for all our young bookworms and aspiring writers.@1Xtra on Social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

The policing of Black music

Should lyrics be used as evidence in a court of law?From artists receiving police bans on making music to venues banning whole genres, Richie Brave and guests discuss the different obstacles and barriers Black music has faced over the last 20 years.@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

Artificial Intelligence

Should we be scared of Artificial Intelligence? Richie Brave and guests discuss everything AI, from virtual rappers to AI voice recreation scams to facial recognition.@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

Celebrating Somali Culture

What one thing do you want people to understand about Somali culture?Did you know the Somali community have roots in the UK going as far back as 1914? Richie Brave and guests break down Somali culture in the UK; celebrating their contributions and achievements, breaking down the myths and telling the realities of one of the fastest growing communities in the UK today.@1Xtra on Socials

We Outside!

Mary Mandefield sits in for Richie Brave and this week she's talking about the evolution of Black spaces in Summer for Festival Weekender.What are your favourite Summer-raving memories? What memories are you looking forward to creating this summer?Mary takes us through a crash course history class of clubbing, raving, concerts and festivals as she investigates how Black British people have filled dancefloors for the last 30 years.From warehouse raves to Ayia Napa Garage getaways to Afro Nation and DLT Malta. Mary shares the stories
25/06/23·58m 38s

Celebrating the Windrush Generation: 75th Anniversary

What's your Windrush Story?This year marks 75 years since the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush and the first wave of Caribbean immigrants.This special episode will highlight the resilience and contributions of the Caribbean immigrants who rebuilt the UK post-Second World War.Richie hosts intergenerational conversations, celebrations of their achievements and stories of their journeys.@1Xtra on Socials 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp
18/06/23·57m 23s

Is social media getting out of hand?

Richie Brave is joined by Mizzy and other guests to discuss the dangers of social media, prank culture and anti-social behaviour on the internet.@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

Afro Sounds Weekender Special

What are your favourite Afro-Beats lyrics? Will Afro-Swing ever return? Why does Amapiano sound so good?Richie Brave is joined by Larizzle and Fuse ODG to celebrate the African music industry and all its stars; past, present and future.@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on Whatsapp

Mary Mandefield talks about freelancing

What's it like being a freelancer? Mary is joined by a host of freelancers from across the UK to talk about life as a freelancer.
31/05/23·58m 54s

Mental Health Awareness Week: Anxiety

Richie Brave and guests discuss anxiety for Mental Health Awareness Week with Jords, Dr Roberta Babb and Dr T Ajayi.@1Xtra on Social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

Online dating

Is online dating the only way to find love these days? Can you swipe your way into love?Richie Brave is joined by Dayo Israel - founder of dating app Melanin Matchmakers - and other guests to discuss the dos and don'ts, success and horror stories of dating on the world wide web.It's the biggest group chat of the week. Get involved! 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

Is the monarchy still relevant in 2023?

What do you think the monarchy’s role should be in a modern society? Is our country really democratic if our head of state is elected by birth right?After the coronation of King Charles III, Richie Brave sits down with journalist Inaya Folarin Iman and activist Nova Reid to debate the role of the Royal Family in the 21st Century.The biggest group chat of the week. @1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

What's your Love Language?

Richie Brave is talking Love Languages at the Merky Literature Festival. @1Xtra on social
03/05/23·44m 53s

In conversation with Guvna B

As a man, what is it like being the victim of violent crime? Guvna B and psychotherapist Dr. Rotimi Akinsete join Richie Brave to discuss the themes of Guvna's new album, The Village is on Fire. From community to the normalisation of violence to men's mental health - Richie and guests break down the big topics.@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp
23/04/23·59m 48s

Remembering Stephen Lawrence: 30 years on

Have things changed since Stephen Lawrence was murdered in 1993?Richie is joined by historian Kayne Kawasaki, the CEO of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation - Jessica Niel - and south east London rapper Fekky to discuss the legacy of Stephen Lawrence and the work of his mother Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE.@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 03704121111 on WhatsApp

Black capitalism

Can you be pro-Black and a billionaire? How much power does the Black pound hold? What is nepotism and can we use it for ourselves?Richie Brave and guests with the biggest group chat of the week.@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

Refugee and asylum seekers' stories

What do we need to know about asylum seekers and refugees?Join Richie, as he explores the beautiful stories of how people found safe passage into the UK.It's the biggest group chat of the week!@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp
02/04/23·57m 1s

Policing by consent

What have your experiences been like with the police?This week saw Baroness Casey's damning report into the internal work culture of the Metropolitan Police, finding the police force to be "institutionally racist, sexist and homophobic."So this week, Richie Brave sits with community organisers, ex-police officers and the Commissioner of the London Met himself, Sir Mark Rowley, to discuss what this report means for the future of policing in this country and whether the trust of the British public can be regained by the police.It's the biggest group chat of the week.@1Xtra on Social 88111 on Text 03704121111 on WhatsApp

Black love on screen

Who are your favourite Black couples in film and TV?Richie talks to the co-leads, David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah, and director Raine Allen Miller about their new Black British romcom Rye Lane.Plus, founder of the The British Blacklist - Akua Gyamfi sits down with Richie to discuss all things romantic in Black cinema. It's biggest group chat of the week!88111 on text 0370 412 1111 on Whatsapp @1Xtra on socials

Love Island special

Is two weeks too soon to fall in love? This week, Richie discusses Love Island with Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown and Septimus Prime. Breaking down all the best moments from the Winter 2023 season, predictions for the final on Monday and the future of the reality show.It's the biggest group chat of the week.@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

Let's talk about sex with Oloni

Do different cultures across the African diaspora have different attitudes towards sex? What are your sex dos and don’ts? Does media give young people an unrealistic education about sex? Sex educator and relationship advisor Oloni joins Richie to help us find the answer to all our difficult questions surrounding sex.@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

The cultural impact of dancehall

How has dancehall impacted your life?This week, 1Xtra Talks discusses how an island of 2.8 million people has sent cultural waves consistently across the world for the last 60 years.Join Richie Brave and guests as he explores how Jamaica's biggest export, dancehall, has impacted everything from fashion to music to language and looks towards the future of the cultural phenomenon.Join the discussion, your voice is valued; it's the biggest group chat of the week.88111 on Text @1Xtra on social 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp

All About Love: Valentine's Day with Zeze Millz

Richie Brave and Zeze Millz sit down together for an evening of games, dating advice and romance chat in the lead up to Valentine's Day.Join the discussion, your voice is valued; it's the biggest group chat of the week.@1Xtra on Social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on Whatsapp
19/02/23·57m 56s

Cost of living crisis

Does your pay cheque last till the end of the month?Richie Brave sits down with financial advisor and Save Money Spend Less presenter Emmanuel Asuquo, Cardiff student Hana, private banker and consultant Franklin Asante aka Urban Financier and former Citibank trader turned equality campaigner Gary Stevenson to discuss the cost of living crisis. Richie and his guests get into breaking down and defining all of the economic terms that are handy to know to navigate your finances, the real-life effects of being a student/young person dealing with the current inflation, and what you as an individual can do to handle the cost of living crisis, whether that be budgeting and using different savings accounts or campaigning. It's all discussed here in this week's show.@1Xtra on Social 88 111 on text line 0370 412 1111 on whatsapp

All About Love: Open relationships

Are open relationships the answer? Can a third or even a fourth partner spice up your relationship?From 'throuples' to entanglements, join Richie Brave as he explores open relationships, polyamory and non-monogamy.It's the nation's biggest group chat!@1Xtra on social 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on WhatsApp
06/02/23·54m 34s

Man Dem - how far would you go to look good?

This week we’re discussing men’s body positivity on 1Xtra Talks. We want to know: what’s the furthest you would go to make yourself look good? And what won’t you do?
29/01/23·58m 24s

Black film special

Richie Brave catches up with Whoopi Goldberg and Ryan Coogler. @1Xtra on social

Finding your people with Mary Mandefield

Mary Mandefield discusses building communities and friendship groups in 2023.Whether it's church, the barber shop, poetry class or a Sunday league football team, young people are finding new ways to connect with each other and make new connections as well.Join us for the biggest group chat of the week!@1Xtra on Socials 88111 on Text 0370 412 1111 on Whatsapp
15/01/23·42m 12s

Mary Mandefield talks fast fashion

Oritse Williams tells Mary about his new documentary and we talk fast fashion. What role does fashion play in your life? Do you think about the planet when shopping for your look?
10/01/23·58m 1s

What's jarring you?

Richie's joined by Snoochie Shy for the last 1Xtra Talks of the year. Why has the financial crisis hit so hard? What can we do if we want to give this festive period? It's all here
19/12/22·58m 35s

Do we just have to accept racism?

Richie is joined by Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Sinai Fleary and Femi Oluwole as he asks 'is racism just something we have to accept?' @1Xtra on social
14/12/22·57m 9s

Black isn't alternative

Why aren’t Black people given space to make the music they want? Richie Brave is joined by Rachel Chinouriri, Nels Hylton and Linton Stephens. @1Xtra on social
04/12/22·58m 0s

Exploitation of black content creators

Richie Brave and Ashleigh Louise look into what's involved in the exploitation of black content creators. @1Xtra on social

Gamer girls

Richie Brave talks to Tianna Mercedess, Sharesee and Mikayla Sinead as they discuss what it takes to be a female gamer.
20/11/22·58m 33s

Black Girl Joy

Richie Brave and guests with the biggest group chat of the week. Celebrating the launch of the We Move Fund and Black Girl Joy. @1Xtra on social
13/11/22·58m 56s

Climate change - are we really all in this together?

Richie Brave and guests with the biggest group chat of the week. @1Xtra on social

Owning Black British stories

Richie Brave and guests with the biggest group chat of the week. @1Xtra on social
23/10/22·57m 54s

Mental health in an unequal world

Richie Brave is joined by David Harewood & more to look at mental health. @1Xtra on social

Sex'Press Yourself

Richie Brave and guests with the biggest group chat of the week. @1Xtra on social
04/10/22·52m 22s

Is masculinity in crisis?

Richie Brave and guests with the biggest group chat of the week. This week - breaking down toxic masculinity; does something need to change? @1Xtra on social
04/09/22·57m 44s

Black Pride

Richie Brave is joined by the hosts of the Two Twos Podcast to discuss Black Pride. @1Xtra on social
21/08/22·56m 54s

What is oontz oontz?

Joined by Funk Butcher and Alika, Richie breaks down all things house - why are people calling it 'oontz oontz'? @1Xtra on social
14/08/22·57m 25s

Mary Mandefield sits in

What does it mean to be part of the Commonwealth? BBC WM's Nikki Tapper and Mary Mandefield are joined by a panel and audience in Birmingham to discuss.
11/08/22·56m 47s

Mary Mandefield sits in

Representation in politics is this week's big talking point. Is it good? Does it matter? Mary Mandefield and guests with the biggest group chat of the week. @1Xtra on social
31/07/22·59m 7s

Do you need to leave the ends to make it?

1Xtra Talks is on Tour, this month pulling up in Leicester and asking 'Do you need to leave the ends to make it'? With a stellar guest panel including Yasin who represents HQ Familia a local record company and artists from the area; Morgan Munroe, Sane and Trillary Banks. What does it take to make it? What is making it? And do you need to leave the ends to do it?
18/07/22·55m 7s

Bristol - Two years after Colston toppling

Bristol has embodied the spirit of rebellion for many years, particularly in the area of race. An epicentre of youth culture, the home of drum & bass and a thriving and passionate student fraternity. From the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963, to the much reported removal of the prominently placed statue of former enslavement trader Edward Colston two years ago, the spirit of fight, protest and expression are omnipresent.We visit St Pauls, in the heart of Bristol’s black community and arguably UK’s campaigning capital, to find out what Bristolians are feeling two years on from one of the most iconic episodes in race relations of the 21st century.
28/06/22·58m 8s

1Xtra Talks on Tour - The Roundhouse Edition

Recorded live at a sold-out show at The Roundhouse - Richie is joined by some amazing guests and a live audience discussing freedom of speech - exploring it within the context and confines of a particular industry. He was joined by MP Dawn Butler, journalist Nicholas Tyrell Scott, Say Your Mind podcast host Kelechi Okafor and Clubhouse/Twitter moderator and host Ashleigh Louise. Includes strong language.
19/06/22·56m 51s

Interracial relationships

Exploring the experiences of those in interracial relationships. @1Xtra on social
12/06/22·58m 41s

Do we need to be more self-reliant?

Joined by some amazing people who are directly changing their immediate community. Including Getaway Girls from Leeds and Nabil Al-Kinani, author of Privatise the Mandem.


George The Poet, journalist Natalie Morris, footballer and Guyanese international Neil Danns, Black Studies professor Kehinde Andrews, author Sabrina Pace-Humphreys and political activist Femi Oluwole join Richie to discuss Black British identity. The first programme in the Black and the Union Jack series of programmes is shining a light on the Black British experience.
29/05/22·54m 22s

Cosmetic surgery and levelling up

Content creator Adeola Patronne, vlogger Mariam Musa from the Pressed podcast, and plastic surgeon and council member for the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons, Nora Nugent join Richie. They discuss the new season of the Pressed podcast, cosmetic surgery and levelling up both mentally and physically. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
23/05/22·58m 8s

Black writers amplified

Writer and presenter Kayo Chingonyi, Sheffield Poet Laureate Warda Yassin and alt hip-hop artist and poet Otis Mensah join Richie to discuss the legacy and evolution of the Black British poetry scene over the last 20 years. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect Black communities across the UK.

Managing our minds

Clinical psychologist Dr Samantha Rennalls and mental health blogger Soraya Stuart join Richie to discuss adult loneliness, therapy and how they manage and protect their own mental health for Mental Health Awareness Week. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect Black communities in the UK.
08/05/22·46m 28s

Mary Mandefield sits in - Ramadan and Eid

Dr Muhammed Wajid, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, rapper Shakeel Romero, and content creator Zainab Hassan join Mary Mandefield to discuss fasting and faith as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan comes to an end with the festival of Eid. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks 1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
01/05/22·56m 34s

Mary Mandefield sits in - Stephen Lawrence

TikTok creator and former teacher Kayne Kawasaki, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Stephen Lawrence bursary recipient Muhammed Ndow help Mary Mandefield mark Stephen Lawrence Day. With the help of her guests, Mary will be hosting a series of conversations to learn about the important work of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, and what Stephen's legacy means to our community. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Mary Mandefield is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect Black communities across the UK.
24/04/22·59m 59s

Childless at 30

ONS statistician Amanda Sharfman, DIY expert Jessica Grizzle, presenter Kirsty Marke and behavioural and data scientist Pragya Agarwal join Richie to discuss having children later on in life. New ONS stats show half of 30-year-old women in England and Wales have not had a baby; it's the highest proportion since records began more than one hundred years ago.Richie uses this stat as a launchpad into a wider conversation about why more people are having children later on in life, exploring possible reasons why and sharing lived experiences of trying and having children later on in life. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect Black communities across the UK.
17/04/22·49m 9s

Autism stories

Triathlete Sam Holness, author Pamela Aculey, Grace Rhoden from Ambitious about Autism, autistic Hollyoaks actor Tylan Grant, and autism awareness advocate and SEN teacher Taneisha Pascoe-Matthews join Richie. They share stories about life with autism, find out about support and resources available, plus challenge some misconceptions about autism. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black communities across the UK.
10/04/22·57m 19s

We Move Fund: Youth social action

BBC Children in Need youth advisors Alvin Owusu and Mercy Shibemba, Rihanna and Serena from Getaway Girls charity in Leeds, plus social entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Ubele, Yvonne Field join Richie to discuss youth social action and funding available that helps enable Black children and young people to reach their full potential. @1xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
03/04/22·57m 20s

Child Q

Former teacher and TikTok activist Kayne Kawasaki, retired Metropolitan Police detective sergeant Janet Hills MBE and school governor Carina White from Black Mums Upfront join Richie to discuss the Child Q case in detail. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
27/03/22·58m 12s

Climate conscious

Audio-artist, producer and DJ Weyland McKenzie-Witter, clean air campaigner Rosamund Kissi-Debrah and Scottish film maker Donald Matheson join Richie to discuss why when it comes to climate activism there is a disconnect within Black communities within the UK. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect Black communities within the UK.
20/03/22·59m 54s

We Are Black and British

Link Up TV presenter Lin Mei joins Richie to talk identity, politics and diversity of thought. Richie finds out from Lin Mei what it was like to be on BBC show We Are Black and British. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black communities across the UK.
13/03/22·58m 33s

Pushed back because we're black

Senior reporter for BBC Africa, Yemisi Adegoke, assistant editor of the Daily Mirror, Darren Lewis, and Nigerian student studying in Ukraine, Alex Somto Orah, join Richie to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine and how Africans have faced racism trying to flee to safety.

A tribute to Jamal Edwards

Aaron Roach Bridgeman, broadcast journalist and presenter, King Cipher Jewels from UK hip-hop group Moorish Delta 7 and CEO of the Legacy Centre of Excellence, rapper and producer Blizzard from Manchester - who featured on SBTV - and Shamara Hurst - who attended Acton High School alongside Jamal - join Richie to celebrate the life and legacy of Jamal Edwards MBE. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
27/02/22·57m 26s

The Tinder Swindler

Cybersecurity expert Paul Maskall, case study Laura (not real name) sharing her experience of being a victim of romance fraud and Mark Montaldo from CEL solicitors join Richie to discuss The Tinder Swindler. @1Xtra on social #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
20/02/22·57m 55s

Valentine's Is Coming

Radio Merseyside presenter Ngunan Adamu and director, photographer and DJ Donnie Sunshine join Richie and special co-host Audrey from The Receipts podcast to talk all things Valentine's Day. @1Xtra on social #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
13/02/22·59m 47s

Cancel Culture

Journalist and critic Nicolas-Tyrell Scott, producer and host of the 'No Approval' podcast Pilar Nalwimba and writer Chanté Joseph join Richie to discuss cancel culture, finding out what it actually means and exploring the idea it changes the way we behave on social media.
06/02/22·58m 56s

Debt Stories

Co-Founder of Millennial Money UK Shaq Magee, Grime MC Manga Saint Hilare and founder of All Things Money podcast Ola Majekodunmi join Richie to discuss debt. According to a Citizen Advice report 1 in 10 buy now pay later shoppers are being chased by debt collectors, with this in mind Richie and guests, reflect, share and exchange tips on dealing with debt. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
30/01/22·56m 54s

Money Management: Savings & Investment

Author and influencer, Candice Brathwaite, financial coach Bola Sol and private banker Franklin Asante aka the Urban Financier join Richie to discuss savings and investments. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
23/01/22·58m 29s

Would you rather buy or rent?

Researcher at Think-Tank Resolution Foundation Krishan Shah, Business development director with multiple properties Emmanuel Sackey, social and private housing expert Melissa Shervington, and first time buyer Lacey Carlyle join Richie to discuss home ownership. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
16/01/22·59m 6s


Richie Brave and guests with the biggest group chat of the week. @1Xtra on social
09/01/22·58m 56s

Joelah Noble sits in for Richie

Radio 1's Melvin Odoom and several former 1Xtra presenters join Joelah Noble to discuss being part of 1Xtra from the very beginning as 1Xtra celebrates its 20th year of being a Black music station. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks. 1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
02/01/22·54m 56s

2021 Wrap Up

Richie recaps highlights from 1Xtra Talks in 2021 including clips from interviews with sex and relationships expert Oloni and content creator Toni Tone, plus a tribute to the author, cultural critic, activist and feminist Bell Hooks from head of editorial at Black Ballad, Jendella Benson. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
19/12/21·59m 40s

Barbados crops out Britain

Activist Alex Downes, broadcaster Aaron Roach Bridgeman and Barbados's ambassador to the Caribbean community David Comissiong join Richie to discuss Barbados becoming a republic following the removal of the Queen as head of state. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
12/12/21·58m 26s

Joelah Noble sits in for Richie - The Missing Thread

Academic Andrew Ibi, menswear designer Priya Ahluwalia, founder of Untapped Creatives Funmi Scott, and Fresh Ego Kid founder & ex-professional footballer Marvin Morgan join Joelah to discuss how black British culture influences fashion.@1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
05/12/21·58m 12s

Joelah Noble sits in for Richie

Actor and writer, Dani Moseley, filmmaker, Stewart Kyasimire and DJ and creative Donnie Sunshine, star of Bumble's viral campaign showcasing Black-British love join Joelah to discuss black love, asking where is black love on British screens?
28/11/21·52m 29s

Criminal Justice System

Samuel Adewunmi, lead actor in BBC drama 'You Don't Know Me', Dr Adam Elliot-Cooper, author of 'Black Resistance to British Policing', criminal barrister Christian Weaver, and Metropolitan Police officer PC Joy Kyei join Richie to discuss the experiences of black communities with the Police and the wider criminal justice system. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
21/11/21·58m 42s

Concert Safety

Music and culture journalist Nicolas Tyrell-Scott, chair of the UK Crowd Management Association Eric Stuart, and founder of music platform 'IAMNEXT' Seshie join Richie to discuss safety at concerts. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
14/11/21·55m 12s

Love and relationships with Toni Tone

Content creator and author Toni Tone joins Richie as co-host to discuss love and relationships. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
07/11/21·55m 0s

1Xtra Talks Future Figures Special

Keisha the Sket author Jade LB, CEO and keynote speaker, Dr Anne Marie Imafidon, founder of Cocoa, the UK's first black children's magazines Serlina Boyd, HIV awareness campaigner Mercy Shibemba, activist Eric Ehigie, plus UK black history month founder Akyaaba Addai-Sebo join Richie to discuss black history month and the work of those creating black British history now. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
31/10/21·1h 48m

Black British Sport & Culture

Black-British sporting legend Sir Mo Farah CBE plus Alice Dearing, the first black female swimmer to represent Great Britain at an Olympic Games join Richie to discuss black-British sport and culture. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
24/10/21·58m 21s

Black British Film & TV

Actor Robie Gee, The Angel, musical score curator for Kidulthood', director and producer of UK film 'Babymother', Julian Henriques plus Parminder Vir OBE and TV writer Temi Wilkey, join Richie to discuss black British film and TV. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
17/10/21·58m 37s

African and Caribbean food

TV chef Rustie Lee, food writer Riaz Phillips, baker and presenter Liam Charles, plus Masterchef contestant William Chilila join Richie to discuss African and Caribbean food. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
10/10/21·59m 10s

Black British Radio: Through The Ages

Radio legend Trevor Nelson, pirate radio station founder Cecil Morris, award-winning journalist and broadcaster Rakeem Omar, ex choice FM and 1Xtra presenter KC plus No Signal NS10v10 producer Jameela Joie join Richie Brave to lift up the names and celebrate the key people that have helped shape black British radio.
03/10/21·59m 37s

Young, Gifted & Blocked

British human rights lawyer Jacqueline McKenzie, outreach officer at We Belong Charity, plus lived experiences shared by 'Natasha' and Mark Ogbeide join Richie to discuss why hundreds of thousands of young people are being blocked access to higher education because of their immigration status. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the Black community in the UK.
26/09/21·1h 2m

Normalising talking about sex

Oloni, Sex & Relationship Expert and Body Positivity Blogger, Megan Jayne Crabbe join Richie to discuss normalising conversations about sex within black communities. @1Xtra on social and #1XtraTalks@00:34:07 Oloni argues some men just don't like women beyond having sex with them@00:34:20 Oloni discussing the 'orgasm gap' and claims lesbian women have better sex than some heterosexual women@00:34:56 Oloni on men that don't do oral sex on their female partners @00:41:15 Megan on changing the narrative around orgasms@00:47:41 Yolanda on the idea that mums are desexualised from sections of society1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave is the biggest group chat of the week, with discussions about issues that affect the black community in the UK.
21/09/21·56m 57s

Black hair

Richie Brave and guests talk black hair, it's future and changes to industry and education. @1Xtra on social
13/09/21·56m 49s

Love Island

Richie Brave and guests reflect on Love Island 2021 from the black lens.
06/09/21·57m 4s

An Ode To Carnival

Richie Brave and guests celebrate UK carnivals, talking food, sound systems and heritage.
25/08/21·54m 23s


Richie Brave and guests with the biggest group chat of the week.
24/08/21·57m 33s


Richie Brave and guests with the biggest group chat of the week.
24/08/21·53m 30s

Black Skin

Richie and the guests discuss why black skin is overlooked in hospitals?
03/08/21·54m 44s

Freedom Day

Richie Brave chats with a immunologist and psychologist about restrictions being lifted
27/07/21·55m 48s

What part of Britishness are we claiming?

Join Richie Brave and the panel as they discuss Black British identity.
20/07/21·54m 14s

Where are we going to rave next month?

Richie talks to guests about black spaces that cultivate talent and why they are missing
08/07/21·56m 43s

Black Pride

Richie will be talking up & celebrating all things Black Pride in the LGBTQIA+ community
29/06/21·56m 24s

Black Communities and Politics

Are black communities’ political views changing?
22/06/21·55m 44s

Incarceration, Violence and Poverty

Richie chats to guests about what needs to change to break the cycle of youth violence.
15/06/21·56m 53s

21st Century Relationship Goals

Richie Brave chats to guests about relationship goals and new standards of dating
08/06/21·56m 5s

Sickle Cell, Dating and Healthcare

Richie Brave chats to Sickle Cell Warriors about relationships, careers & healthcare
02/06/21·53m 18s

Pain, Power and Progress

One year on from the death of George Floyd, Richie Brave, Seani B and actress, writer and podcaster Kelechi host a special 1Xtra Talks exploring themes of Pain, Power and Progress.
26/05/21·1h 47m

Young, Black and in care

Richie Brave chats to young people about their experiences in care.
18/05/21·53m 42s

Why are people protesting the Police Bill?

Richie explores the controversial Police Bill. How will it affect our communities if it becomes law? Richie speaks to guests who have been protesting the Bill, and some who support it.
11/05/21·53m 34s

Black and Scouse

Richie Brave and guests chat about being black in Liverpool. They talk music, culture, history and activism.
04/05/21·55m 33s

The Race Report

Richie talks to guests about the government’s recent race report.
27/04/21·56m 42s


Richie Brave is touching down in Belfast, chatting about being black and Irish
20/04/21·54m 45s


Richie hears from Glasgow's black movers and shakers. Who are the most exciting new music artists taking the city by storm? Which creative figures are shaking up poetry and art? And do we know enough about black histories in Scotland?
07/04/21·59m 1s

How To Make A Man

Richie and guests explore masculinity and all the different ways people express it. Richie’s chatting to Guvna B and Alex Holmes about masculinity as a tool for survival, to Melz Owusu about decolonising gender and to Ben Hurst from the Good Lad Initiative about new ways to imagine masculinity. We also hear from Marc Thompson about the Black and Gay Back in the Day Archive and play ‘Toxic, Or Not?' with Kelechi Okafor.
30/03/21·58m 1s

Africa Week Special

Richie is joined by activists from across the African continent.
23/03/21·53m 44s

Meghan and Harry

Richie discusses the Oprah interview with Meghan and Prince Harry
16/03/21·54m 29s

Deportation: Osime Brown's story

This week, Osime Brown's story has been in the news. Osime has just been released from prison, after a five year sentence. He doesn't have legal British citizenship, so he's been told he's going to be deported to Jamaica - a country where he last lived age 4. Reece and Shahlaa are taking a look at this policy of automatic deportation. Is it working? They hear from Osime's mum, Joan, about her fears for her son. Osime is autistic, has heart problems and poor mental health. Joan worries that if he's sent to Jamaica alone, he won't survive.We're talking to Bella Sankey from Detention Action about the impact of deportations on families and communities, and Ellie Green from the think tank Policy Exchange about whether this law is working. Plus we'll hear from Luke de Noronha, who's written a book about people deported to Jamaica, and from some of the young people he's interviewed about their experiences.
11/03/21·53m 10s

Mohamud Mohammed Hassan

Richie and Shahlaa tell Mohamud's story
11/03/21·56m 57s

Black People's Day of Action

Richie is talking about the legacy of the Black People's Day of Action 40 years since
10/03/21·48m 21s

US inauguration

What have the last four years been like for black communities in America? What will President Biden bring? And why does all this matter to listeners on this side of the pond?
09/03/21·56m 19s

Women in Music

Richie talks to Drew Dixon about her allegations of harassment in the music industry
09/03/21·55m 34s

Year Ahead 2021

Richie and Shahlaa reflect on the year ahead.
09/03/21·53m 36s

Silver Lining

Richie and Shahlaa reflect on the Silver Lining moments of 2020.
09/03/21·55m 16s

The MOBO's

With the MOBOs coming up, Richie and Shahlaa look back at 24 years of the awards.
09/03/21·56m 33s

Racism in football

Richie and Shahlaa chat to Anton Ferdinand, who's got a new documentary coming out in which he looks back at his own highly publicised 2011 incident with the former England captain John Terry and asks what's changed in football since then. We'll hear from other people involved in the game and look at whether the far right is creeping back into British football.
09/03/21·57m 5s

Covid and mental health

Richie and Shahlaa chat to guests about their experiences with mental health.
02/03/21·57m 5s

Loved Up Valentine's

Richie and Shahlaa are getting their cupid on, celebrating all things love with the help of Love Island’s Priscilla Anyabu and answering your Valentine’s day dilemmas with Agony Aunty, comedian Lola Jagun.
16/02/21·54m 38s

Covid 19 Vaccine

Richie and Shahlaa find out why some people are unsure about taking the vaccine. Plus we're answering your questions and concerns about the jab.
09/02/21·57m 22s

Small Axe

With Small Axe on our screens, we’re celebrating black British art and storytelling as a form of resistance. Richie and Shahlaa are chatting to poets, musicians, writers and actors about the way they tell their stories, and the importance of hearing from past generations.
18/11/20·53m 42s

Lockdown, shielding and me

Lockdown 2.0 has begun, but as we all get used to staying in again, some of us have to be extra careful. Richie and Shahlaa are chatting to people who spent the first lockdown shielding because they’re at a higher risk if they catch Covid. What was it like staying indoors for nearly five whole months? How did they cope? How are they feeling as we head into winter? We get some top tips from therapist Dawn Estefan, and we hear from Aviah Day, who’s been organising mutual aid networks about how we can all help each other in these tough times.And Richie’s been seeing some disturbing takes about Covid on his timeline: some people seem to think that it only affects old people or people who have medical conditions, so it doesn’t matter. Nubi Jones and Katouche Goll tell us how that makes them feel as people who are at high risk. Is it a sign of discrimination in favour of non-disabled people? Kamran Mallick, CEO of Disability Rights UK, tells us what he’s seeing.And it’s 25 years since the Disability Discrimination Act was passed. Before that, it was totally legal to discriminate against disabled people. Campaigner Simone Aspis, who back in the day chained herself to buses to demand change, tells us why the DDA was so important.
10/11/20·54m 41s

Food Poverty: Who Gets Free School Meals?

Richie Brave and Shahlaa Tahira about access to free school meals in the UK, the wider context of child food insecurity in the UK.We hear from Christina Adane, the 17-year-old campaigner who, at the start of the COVID pandemic, launched the petition to ask the government to enable access to free school meals during school holidays. It was this campaign that caught the attention of celebrities such as Marcus Rashford.Syed Kamall, research director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, explains why there is a debate about around access to free school meals in the holidays.The Food Foundation is an organisation campaigning for healthy, sustainable food systems. Shahlaa speaks to some of their youth ambassadors from their Children’s Right 2 Food campaign to hear more about their manifesto for change.Finally, Dee Woods, food educator, activist and founder of the Granville Community Kitchen, in Kilburn. She shares her thoughts about long term change for child food poverty and the importance of community power in tackling hunger this Christmas with COVID.
02/11/20·53m 12s

Policing in the UK

Reece Parkinson and Shahlaa Tahira explore future possibilities of policing in the UK.Members of the UFFC, a coalition of families in the UK whose loved ones have died in police custody, share their stories ahead of their annual memorial service. We hear from Yasmin Forbes, cousin of Edson Da Costa; Janet Alder, sister to Christopher Alder; and Marcia Rigg, sister to Sean Rigg.Deborah Coles from Inquest talks about deaths in police custody in the UK and structural racism in policing.And in England and Wales, black people are nine times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police than white people. Black people are eight times more likely to be tasered than white people. Black people are six times more likely to be handcuffed than white people. And black people are three times as likely as white people to be arrested.Melissa from the Network for Police Monitoring shares her top tips on what to do if you are stopped and searched or arrested.Former police officer Bami Jolaoso, from the Centre for Justice Innovation, shares her thoughts on reforming the criminal justice system, and Dr Adam Elliot Cooper talks through what defunding the police in the UK could look like.We also hear from a protestor in Nigeria, following the shooting of demonstrators in Lagos.
28/10/20·53m 27s

How To Take Action!

This week Reece Parkinson and Shahlaa Tahira discuss the different ways people have taken action to make a change. We speak to the author of 'How To Change It?' and member of the BLMUK movement Joshua Virasami about the work he's doing in his community and recent protests.Director of Charity Runnymede Dr Halima Begum, shares her lifelong fight for equality and civil rights.Student Radio Association's 'Black Voices Matter' campaigner Nels Hylton, discusses his first steps into campaigning and why he felt the time was now.Sour Lemon's founder Sade Banks discusses why she founded the company and decided to create her own infrastructure.And finally, we speak to student Nico from the Advocacy Academy about his journey into politics and what it has meant for himself and his school friends.Their common interest in using their voice to make a change and we unpick the different ways in which they've gone about it.
28/10/20·52m 25s

The Black Experience: NEXGEN

Richie Brave talks to a range of 16-20 year olds about life as a black British youngster and how recent events have had a bearing on their view of the world.

The Black Experience: Mirror on Ourselves

Richie Brave hosts a special six part series reflecting the black experience in the UK. This week's episode places a "mirror on ourselves", with contributions from Professor Kehinde Andrews from Birmingham City University, social commentators Mary Mandefield and Busy Twins, founder of Black Lawyers Network Isaac Eloi, and founder of United To Change And Inspire Jamaine Facey.The conversation is a self analytical look at the black experience in the UK and how black people critique themselves and the race across the country.
19/08/20·56m 59s

The Black Experience: Black Men United

Richie Brave hosts a special six part series reflecting the black experience. An open invitation for a Zoom call with a difference - a collection of black men from around the UK teaming up to discuss their stories and share experiences. With a special focus on how things were, how they are, and what can improve looking forward, this is an opportunity to share, learn and discuss.

The Black Experience: Black People and The System

Richie Brave hosts a special six part series reflecting the black experience in the UK. We all know the stats – More likely to be stopped, more likely to be searched, More likely to be arrested, less likely to get job interviews, Or university places.But what are we actually doing about all of this? What does it all mean and how do we empower those in the system to make the playing field a more level place.With special guests psychotherapist Keeley Taverner, rapper and activist Che Lingo, councillor Eartha Pond, film maker Leon Oldstrong, therapeutic diversion practitioner Ebinehita Iyere.
07/08/20·41m 21s

The Black Experience: Mothers, Daughters, Sisters

Richie Brave hosts a special six part series reflecting the black experience in the UK. This week he looks at the black female experience in the UK, with special guests from around the UK sharing their reflections, thoughts and ideas on what it is like to be a black woman in the UK in 2020.

The Black Experience: Can You be Black and British

This is an in-depth look at identity. Do people see themselves as British, Black, Black British, Caribbean, African, all of the above, or none of the above? Presented by Richie Brave, this episode is the first in a six-part series of discussions which look at the black experience in the UK. This episode focuses on how black people are viewed and represent to each other and how we are accepted by other races. It also looks at the importance of heritage as part of how you are viewed, and looks at the notion of “privilege”, particularly based on colourism and light vs dark skinned opportunities. There is also a key conversation regarding the impact of the history of a race in a location, and how that affects the present day. Guests include Professor Robert Beckford, photographer Ronan McKenzie, social worker Maleeka Roby, writer Rianna Jade Parker, and actress and writer Michelle Gayle.
22/07/20·59m 55s

Global Blackout Day Special

Reece and Ace look back over the events of the last month in response to Black Lives Matter and ask: What changes have been made? Is it enough? Is there more to come? And was it moment or is it now a movement?Guests include Ghetts, Carina White, Laura Stylez, Swiss, Kathryn Lilliana, the Black Music Coalition, and United to Change and Inspire reflect on 'that’ moment from the Black Lives Matters marches and protests in London.
08/07/20·1h 37m

1Xtra Talks Special - George Floyd and Black Lives Matter

Maurice (Seani B), Ashley (DJ Ace) and guests host a two-hour 1Xtra Talks special where we’ll hear the views and opinions of our listeners on George Floyd's tragic death, the recent events in the US and the broader topic of racial injustice and the Black community.The two share their frank and honest experiences as black men in the UK, their concerns when raising young black sons during this time and how this most recent US death has given communities and industries a big wake up call.Maurice & Ashley was joined by Nadine White (HuffPost UK), Siana Bangura (Black Lives Matter UK), Donovan Thompson (GrapeVine TV), June Sarpong (BBC Director of Creative Diversity), Che Lingo (Hip Hop artist), Jeremiah Asiamah (1Xtra DJ) and more...Originally broadcast on 2 June 2020.
03/06/20·1h 49m

Mental Health Awareness Week - 'Be Kind' with Reece Parkinson and guests

Entertainer, Plus-Size Advocate & Dancer Queen Mojo joins Reece Parkinson to discuss her IG video 'Being Kind' during the lockdown and gives some tips for your well-being. Also, she reflects on being a dancer for Lizzo at Glastonbury 2019.Maureen Wilkes (Maureen's Caribbean Takeaway) talks about her free food delivery to Key Workers and the Elderly communities in Chapeltown, Leeds.
22/05/20·11m 19s

Representation on screen

Reece is talking representation on screen with Zack Morris aka Keegan Baker from EastEnders, 'Noughts + Crosses' actors Masali Baduza (Sephy) and Jack Rowan (Callum) plus theatre and short film actress Julene Robinson.This year’s Bafta Awards called for changes to make the nominations more inclusive, after no actors of colour were included in any of the major acting categories. However the Creative Diversity Network’s Diamond Survey suggests that ethnic minorities and gay people are significantly over represented on British television.Do we need to call for a BAME awards night? Is being type cast bad? Is there still room for improvement and whose responsibility is it anyway?
09/03/20·50m 22s

Generation Rent, Social Housing and Grenfell

Roughly 8.4 million people are living in unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable homes, with house prices skyrocketing around the world and incomes simply not. In this episode Reece delves into the UK’s housing crisis. Henrie (Reprezent radio) and Kay Ani (aka Uncle K) discuss what it’s like living at home with their parents, trying to get on to the property ladder and gentrification. Katherine Hibbert the founder of Dot Dot Dot (a property guardianship company) and Kate Henderson the Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation talk to Reece about social housing and different housing options.Plus we will be joined by joined by Nicholas Burton who survived the Grenfell Fire after losing his wife and dog. He tells his story and talks about how his life has changed since.
02/03/20·1h 6m

Kenny Allstar on UK Black Music

Reece Parkinson and DJ/Producer Kenny Allstar talk UK Black music - from celebrating the success of Dave and Stormzy at this year’s BRITs to the challenges of a competitive industry. And they talk about the late Pop Smoke's influence on UK music.
24/02/20·51m 55s

Dating Different Cultures

Reece breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly of what it’s like to date outside of your culture. And to help him he will be talking to:Naomi, a Zambian who has been married to a White British man since July last year.Bella, who is Burundian and who you may know as Only Bells from YouTube. She’s been with her Nigerian boyfriend for 3 years.And Eli, who is Angolan, has dated outside of his race but prefers to date Caribbean women.And we will hear from Sadia from the BBC’s No Country for Young Women Podcast about the challenges that come with dating when you’re of South Asian descent.Following Caroline Flack’s tragic death this weekend, Reece talks to journalist Victoria Sanusi about whether cancel culture has gone too far.
16/02/20·57m 53s

Valentines v Galentines

Reece Parkinson is joined by Tolly (The Receipts), Georgette (Just The Tip podcast) and Trina Nicole (Curve Catwalk) to talk Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, their plans for the 14th and the most important bit - how to love yourself!Sex blogger Scotty Unfamous shares her Top 5 Sex Tips to spice up your V-Day and Love Island's Yewande shares her Galentine's Day plans.
09/02/20·47m 49s

1Xtra Talks visits The Sex Clinic

Reece Parkinson and guests talk STIs, confidence and sexual health myths.Gay and bisexual men have seen the most significant decline in new infections of HIV, with rates falling by 71%. But we don't see the same effect in straight communities. There are over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK and 41% of straight people diagnosed were black African men and women.Phil Samba, Derek Owusu and Dr Michael Brady join Reece to discuss the stigmas in the black community and the benefits of Prep.Sarah Mulindwa, a nurse and TV Presenter known for Channel 4’s The Sex Clinic, opens up about the impact of sexual health on your self-confidence and debunks some sexual health myths.
03/02/20·50m 29s

No Right To Remain?

Reece speaks to Lizzie and Rubie, who have lived all their adult lives caught in the limbo of the British immigration system. He also speaks to Dami Makinde, CEO of the We Belong charity, and Anita Hurrell, head of the Migrant Children's Project, about the ways the law could change for undocumented migrants.
26/01/20·54m 38s

Prison and Death Row

Reece is joined by death row lawyer Bryan Stevenson, subject of the film ‘Just Mercy', to discuss the American justice system and death row. And Lady Unchained and Bouncer from Play Dirty talk about life in British prisons, the challenges of returning to society and alternatives to prison.
19/01/20·57m 16s

How To Become A Successful Artist

On Monday, 1Xtra will be announcing its hot for 2020 list. It’s our pick of artists that we think are going to spend a lot of time in your headphones over the next year. But how do you get to this point? How does the music industry actually work? How do you go from rapping in your bedroom to selling out shows? Today we’re going to find out how you become a successful artist.Reece is joined by a panel of music industry experts whose job it is to make artists household names. Patrick Lubega, from 2k management and A&R at Black Butter Records who works with the likes of Young T & Bugzy and J Hus.Ella Bonai, who manages a roster of talent including Hamzaa who we named Hot for 2019.Maurice from Heartless Crew, but who also makes a few bob on the side as a radio plugger.And the head of content for 1Xtra and member of Punjabi Hitsquad – Mark Strippel. Reece is then joined by Mr Strange – the gay rapper who blew up Instagram this week with his frank freestyle about growing up gay in the streets to talk about why there are still so few openly gay rappers. (29.40)We also talk about making it outside of London. Aberdeen’s finest Ransom FA and touring expert Harry Parslow join Reece (41.36)Finally, Reece digs into how to make money from music by speaking to his brother, Daryl Parkinson, who works in publishing. (52.15)
12/01/20·57m 24s

New Year New You

It’s 2020 – does this mean new year new you? Reece looks at the way you can take advantage of that new year energy to make some changes in your life. Maybe you’re tempted to go Vegan? Or maybe you’ve decided to get active and join the gym? Either way we have experts on the show that can help you make some healthy choices.Daryl Parker is a personal trainer and nutrition coach.Ciara Madden is a personal trainer to celebrities, who is meat and dairy free.Hope Virgo is an author who leads the campaign Dump The Scales and advocate for people with eating disorders around the world.And Martin Macdonald is a nutritionist who will be able to dispel some of the myths around superfoods and fad diets.
05/01/20·55m 50s

Life As a Black Footballer

Reece Parkinson talks to Jermaine Pennant about playing with an ankle tag and playing in a champions league final. Renee Hector opens up about racism in the women's game.Reece is also joined by footballer turned rapper Kokar, who explains why he fell out of love with football, and Anthony Aluko gives insight into the role agents and coaches play in a young player's development.
15/12/19·1h 13m

Review of 2019

Pilar (The Reality Tea), Henrie (Reprezent) and Ayo Disu (Disunomics) review the biggest stories of 2019 from Fyre Festival and Glasto to Ban Drill and the Hot Girl Summer.
08/12/19·49m 5s

Cuffing Season

Dating can be difficult at the best of times - but it can be even harder during the winter months.Cuffing season is defined as a time period between autumn and winter when "people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves, along with the rest of the world, desiring to be 'cuffed' or tied down by a serious relationship".Is this true? And if so, what are the ups and downs that coming with dating during the Christmas period?Fred Santana is a co-host on the 90's Baby Show podcast.Kaylee Golding is a radio host and DJ.Esther Immanuel is a podcaster and YouTuber.
01/12/19·26m 26s

Women In Music

The nominees for the 2020 Grammy's have been released. And for the first time, women have dominated the 'big four' categories - Best New Artist, Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Album Of The Year.Is the music industry becoming a more equal playing field for both men and women? According to the UK Music Taskforce, women make up just 30% of senior executive positions in the music industry. Why is this the case?Nadia Khan is the CEO of CTRL Management and has been working in the music industry for 18 years. Nadia is also Lethal Bizzle’s artist manager and runs his label - Stay Dench.Br3nya has been writing music since she was 15 - and her latest track is on the 1Xtra Playlist.Remi Burgz is a radio presenter, DJ and MC.
25/11/19·53m 2s

Blue Story Special: Featuring Rapman

Andrew Onwubolu - or Rapman - is best known for his three-part online drama series Shiro's Story, and he has since received a cult following for his unique approach to film and music.Now Rapman's work is coming to the big screen. Blue Story is Rapman's first feature length film. Blue Story is about two young friends who become rivals in a postcode war set in South London.Reece Parkinson meets Rapman, as well as Karla-Simone Spence and Stevie Gambles - who all star in Blue Story.
19/11/19·21m 19s

The Men's Health Crisis

November is also known as Movember - an annual and global movement, where men are encouraged to grow a moustache to raise awareness of men’s health issues.Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK - but we rarely talk about it.Prostate cancer is particularly common in the black community. 1 in 4 black men will be diagnosed in their lifetime.And the number of blood, stem cell and organ donations coming from the BAME community is really low. In 2018, 69% of Northern Europeans got the best possible match. That falls to just 20% for black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.Luke Williams and Kierran Jarrett have both survived cancer.Luke was diagnosed with Prostate cancer at 49. Kierran has been diagnosed with Leukemia twice - and he’s only 26. They're both now in remission.Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 - so let's talk about young men and mental health.Leon Lewis is co-founder of The Man Talk.Nathaniel Cole is a workshop facilitator who focuses on masculinity.
11/11/19·45m 1s

How To Be Smart With Money

Finance affects everything around us – from our personal well-being to our social status.But for a lot of us, financial literacy isn’t something that’s taught. It’s something we learn from watching our parents or sometimes even from making mistakes.Reece Parkinson is joined by this week's panel to discuss money, housing, spending and saving.Kae Commodore has a podcast called 'Pennies to Pounds' and is known as 'Twitter’s Fave Finance Guru'.Samuel Brooksworth is an account director at the Guardian. He was also a contestant on The Apprentice in 2016.Dayna Byfield is a financial educator. Her company organises a range of mentoring and coaching programmes.
04/11/19·47m 16s

Being Black, Brown and British

October is Black History Month - a time of the year which celebrates and acknowledges black British history and identity.But in the UK today, South Asians are the largest ethnic minority demographic.Should there be a South Asian History Month too? Or - as it what suggested last year - should October be Diversity History Month?What about the term 'people of colour'? How often do all ethnic minorities fit into the same group?Mobeen Azhar and Reece Parkinson join forces with a panel of guests to explore the relationship between the South Asian and black community.Tobi Kyeremateng is a producer and theatre director. She identifies as Ghanaian and Nigerian.Leanne Levers is a Sri Lankan and Cuban political scientist. Blazer Boccle is a rapper. His heritage is Jamaican and Pakistani.Faima Bakar is British-Bangladeshi journalist.
27/10/19·55m 28s

1Xtra x Panorama: Exploring Pick Up Artists

*** Update: Adnan Ahmed's conviction was quashed on appeal after three judges ruled the verdict was a miscarriage of justice ***In October 2019, BBC One’s Panorama investigated the multimillion-pound industry that sells men pick-up techniques to get women from the street and into bed as quickly as possible. The men who teach these techniques - who call themselves Pick Up Artists - have raised a lot of controversy.1Xtra Talks explores what we can learn and take away from Panorama’s documentary.Myles Bonnar is a BBC reporter and journalist who features in the Panorama programme. He has been researching the Seduction industry for months.Hayley Quinn is an international dating expert who works with both male and female clients.Ben Hurst is an activist, public speaker and Head of Facilitation at the Good Lad Initiative - which engages young men and boys in gender equality workshops.
24/10/19·29m 42s

Black Health

Throughout October, 1Xtra Talks is exploring black identity.There are a number of health issues, conditions and experiences which are affecting the black community more than any other demographic.Reece Parkinson and a range of guests discuss why this is and the impact it’s having.The UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths has found that black women are five times more likely to die in childbirth than white women.Black babies are 50% more likely to die in the first 28 days of birth than a baby from any other race.Candice Brathwaite is a blogger and the founder of Make Motherhood Diverse - a platform encouraging a more representative and accurate depiction of motherhood in the media.Agnes Mtunga is also a blogger and founder of the GloMama Awards - which celebrates and recognises motherhood online and in the media.In general, people from black and minority ethnic groups living in the UK are more likely to be diagnosed with mental health problems and more likely to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital.Black men are ten times more likely to develop a psychotic disorder.Dr Samara Linton is a junior doctor and editor of The Colour of Madness - a new book exploring mental health in the BAME community.Eche Egbuonu is a mental health advocate. In 2015 Eche was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.Sickle Cell disease is an inherited health condition that affects the red blood cells. Sickle Cell is a serious and lifelong health condition.Black people are far more likely to be diagnosed with Sickle Cell than any other demographic. In 90% of British patients, the individual was someone of African heritage.Chris Abdullahi and Esther Gbogboade tell us how Sickle Cell has impacted their lives.
20/10/19·44m 45s

What Does It Mean To Be Black?

Throughout October, 1Xtra Talks is exploring black identity.And to kick off Blacktober, we look at what it means to be black. Can it ever really be defined?How damaging are phrases like "you act white" or "you talk black"?Can your music taste, the food you eat, or your dialect have an impact on "how black" you are?Chi Chi Amuzu-Monlaw is a Birmingham University student, who is conscious of how she is received in different spaces and often results to conforming.Rakeem Omar is a journalist and radio presenter on BBC West Midlands who thinks being black is by definition a result of our race and heritage.Aliyah Hasinah is a poet and public speaker. Her work often touches on social issues and the experiences of black people worldwide.
13/10/19·32m 50s


Warning: This episode contains references to sexual abuse.Porn is one of the most controversial aspects of the 21st century and the internet.Around 53% of teenagers have seen explicit material online - and nearly all of them by the age of 14.BBC Three suggests that almost a quarter of people aged 18 - 25 who watch porn think they might be addicted.The NSPCC has raised concerns that porn is 'desensitising' young people.What impact is porn having on the way we see sex, relationships and gender? 1Xtra Talks explores.Jackie Adedeji is a blogger and podcaster.Nariece Jordan is an actress and model and took part in a BBC Three series called 'Porn Laid Bare'.Anthony Brathwaite specialises in youth well-being and personal development. He is interested in educating young people about the ethics surrounding porn.And we hear from 1Xtra's very own Jeremiah Asiamah on his brand new documentary exploring virginity.
30/09/19·46m 30s

Money and Relationships

Should you be saving independently when you're married or in a serious relationship? How much should you expect from a partner when it comes to money? And how important is it to talk about cash with your other half?Reece Parkinson and guests explore how to tackle the complicated world of money and relationships.Toni Tone is a content creator and public speaker.Kay Ani (aka Uncle K) is a DJ.Bolu Babalola is a pop culture writer and commentator.Plus we discuss the latest controversy following a H&M children's clothing campaign and a young black model with natural hair.
22/09/19·53m 40s

Top Boy Special: Ashley Walters, Little Simz and Ronan Bennett

Actors Ashley Walters, Little Simz and writer Ronan Bennett are here!The trio join Reece Parkinson to discuss the brand new season of Top Boy, youth violence, black representation on screen and what role a show like Top Boy plays in the current political climate.
16/09/19·31m 35s

What Is Trauma?

Warning: This episode contains references to self-harm and suicide.Mental health problems affect 1 in 10 children and young people. The Mental Health Foundation has found that 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at an early age. And the trauma from this can have a lifelong impact. What is trauma and how does it manifest? And how can someone recognise trauma and overcome it? Stephanie Yeboah is body positivity blogger. She has spoken out about the trauma relationships and heartbreak can bring. Ebinehita Iyere is a therapeutic youth practitioner who works with young, vulnerable people dealing with trauma.Daniel Oluwatobi is a photographer and blogger who writes and speaks about his mental health and depression. Plus we visit the Pathwaze Mentoring Programme - a summer workshop for young men in South London.
08/09/19·53m 29s

Drugs and Music

Drugs and music have always had a complicated relationship - from lyric references, to club culture, to the overdose of various musicians. Does something need to change? The rise of drug-related deaths amongst young people is higher than ever. How much responsibility does the music industry carry? Should artists and DJs be more aware of drug references in music? And when does this become censorship? Jesse Bernard is a music and culture writer. Alexandra Ampofo is the co-founder at Acoustic Live UK and a junior promoter at Metropolis Music.DJ Eaasy E works across different events and venues.
02/09/19·53m 13s

Should We All Be Activists?

Every week it feels like there is a new social issue to get behind. Social media is filled with hashtags regarding political campaigns and disasters happening around the world on a daily basis.But if the point is to raise awareness, do we all have a responsibility to get involved? And if so, what makes someone an activist?Marci Phonix is a rapper who uses his lyrics to talk about inequality and racism. Kenny Ethan Jones is a transgender activist.Chante Joseph is a digital content producer for the UK Parliament.Plus, in a brand new feature - called Talks On The Timeline - we explore one big news story from the past week. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised police stop and search powers to be extended. A pilot scheme making it easier for police to search people without reasonable suspicion is being extended to all 43 forces across England and Wales. What does this week's panel make of the news?
19/08/19·52m 47s

Online and Black: Living In A Digital World

Technology affects everything around us - from the legal system to the dating scene.The majority of the tech industry is run by white men - with ethnic minorities making up just 5% of the workforce.Online, black women are 84% more likely to be mentioned in abusive or problematic tweets.In a world that is becoming more and more reliant on digital technology, how is this likely to impact people from a marginalised background?Izzy Obeng is the founder of Foundervine - which helps young and diverse people to grow business ideas.Alex Lathbridge is a science and tech journalist, and co-founder of Minority STEM - a community promoting BAME individuals in science, technology, engineering and maths.Seyi Akiwowo is the founder of Glitch UK - an organisation that exists to end online abuse.Timi Ofarn is the co-founder of the Nerd Council - a content platform on online gaming.Stephanie Ijoma is the founder of NNESAGA - a platform celebrating diversity in gaming, comics and anime.Plus we hear from Yewande Biala - a contestant on Love Island 2019 - on her experience of trolling and building a brand online.
11/08/19·50m 44s

Love Island 2019: What Did We Learn?

What counts as cheating? What does gaslighting mean? And when does 'being true yourself' really mean just being a bully?As this year's season comes to an end, Reece joins a panel of guests to explore the most shocking, relatable and thought-provoking storylines from Love Island 2019.Josh Denzel is a presenter and was a contestant on Love Island Season 4 in 2018. Tolly T is a journalist and podcaster.Manny Andrew is a YouTuber and content creator.
04/08/19·49m 24s

Black Hair: Why Is It So Political?

The history of black hair and why it matters is long, complicated and controversial.From weaves and wigs, to afros, to cornrows and braids - black hair can be a political minefield to understand. Reece joins this week’s guests to explore.Emma Dabiri is a television and radio presenter and author of 'Don’t Touch My Hair'. Christala Fletcher is a professional wig maker and was diagnosed with Alopecia at 10 years old. Kevin Morosky is a director, photographer and the creator of a short series of films called 'Wool' exploring black hair.
28/07/19·52m 8s

Let's Talk About Sex

Are you rampant rabbit in the bedroom? Or would you describe yourself as a bit of a prude? Reece has an unfiltered chat about the highs and lows of sex - and asks all the questions you want to know but might be too shy to ask. From one night stands and faking an orgasm, to weird fetishes and sex playlists - we get frank, honest and filthy.Scotty Unfamous is an award winning romance author, sexual wellness blogger and 1/3 of the Laidbare podcast. Annie Drea is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. Mickael Bolenge is a sex blogger, YouTuber and radio host.
21/07/19·50m 14s

Body Image and Social Media: Health, Beauty and Lifestyle

For years now, there has been a lot of concern around the impact social media is having on body image. But are things getting worse? By 2020, it’s expected that almost 1.5 million people in the UK will have had a non-surgical treatment such as Botox or fillers. More serious treatments like the Brazilian Butt Lift or Liposuction are becoming common practice too. How much of this is actually safe and where should young people be turning to for the right information?Diren Kartal is an online personal trainer. Ewoma Ukeleghe is a medical and cosmetic doctor.MoJo is a plus size and mental health blogger.
14/07/19·48m 47s

Hustle Culture

We often hear about how a growing number of students are struggling to get the right grades whilst keeping up with hobbies, a social life and sleep. But now this attitude towards ‘hustle harder’ is becoming a lifestyle. Almost 2/5 of UK workers have a “side hustle” - the majority young people. Welcome to hustle culture - it is obsessed with striving, positivity and hard work. But is the grind always worth it? Three young entrepreneurs share their experiences.Bolade Banjo is a photographer and videographer. Amina Habeeb is a fashion and media creative, and one of the hosts of the ‘Heels Off’ UK show. Harry Pinero is a presenter.
10/07/19·50m 0s

LGBT and Black

June is International Pride Month - a time of celebration and awareness of LGBT+ history. Pride 2019 is especially important because it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots - a series of demonstrations which marked the start of the gay rights liberation movement in New York City. We explore how the intersection of race and sexuality is impacting young people. Tanya Compas is a youth worker and youth engagement officer at UK Black Pride. Gary Thompson is a beauty and lifestyle content creator. He is also one of the first black, male, gay make-up artists to work with a major cosmetics label.Steffan Zachiyah identifies as transmasculine. In 2016 Steffan featured in a BBC Newsbeat documentary where he and a friend travelled to Jamaica to reveal their new identities to their families. Munroe Bergdorf is a model and activist passionate about race, diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ topics.
10/07/19·51m 26s

Skin: Living With A Visible Difference

Research by the British Skin Foundation has found that 60% of people currently suffer from or have suffered from a skin disease. The charity Changing Faces has found that 1 in 3 people feel depressed, sad or anxious as a result of having a visible difference. Reece Parkinson meets three young people who all have a skin condition or skin difference. Alec King is a model and has the autoimmune disorder Vitiligo. Cheryl Shaw was born with Congenital Malanocytic Naevus, a rare condition which causes large moles to grow all over the body. Raiche Mederick is a burns survivor.
09/07/19·51m 48s
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