Growing up with gal-dem
Amaarae on finding the beauty in everyday after grief
Season 8, Ep. 1
This episode of Growing up with gal-dem contains mentions of death and grief. So if you don't feel comfortable listening to this episode, please skip this one and listen to one of our others
This week, we're kicking off season 8 with Amaarae, proud to feature her track ‘A Body, A Coffin’, to the latest Black Panther film soundtrack in 2022. She takes us through her journey to develop a track specifically for Wakanda and how her music career materialised through her artistic process.
With Wakanda forever following Chadwick Boseman's unfortunate death, Amaare, Natty & Nie dive deep into topics around grief, staying connected to family and culture and ways they have individually overcome grief.
Thursday, March 9, 2023
Clarkisha Kent on cultivating safe spaces, identity development and complex family dynamics
Season 8, Ep. 6
This week on Growing up with gal-dem we're joined by Clarkisha Kent, a Nigerian-American writer, culture critic, former columnist and author of Fat Off, Fat On: A Big Bitch Manifesto.Clarkisha talks to Natty and Nie about nurturing a safe space for herself within complex family dynamics and whilst writing her book Fat Off, Fat On: A Big Bitch Manifesto. Her book taps into her memories, both pleasant and unpleasant, and traumatic experiences around fatphobia.In her extract, Clarkisha describes two pictures of herself which reflect on pivotal times in her life that have affected her identity development. Clarkisha reflects on these two identities and how she found herself through the displacement of cultural dissonance. You can also check out our other podcast series "Reclaimed and Rewritten" hosted by Clarkisha - all episodes live now.
Thursday, March 2, 2023
Lava La Rue on growing up as a Caribbean alt-kid
Season 8, Ep. 5
On this week’s episode of our podcast, Natty and Nie speak to Lava La Rue about growing up as a Black alt kid, co-founding NiNE8 collective with school friends Biig Pig and Mac Wetha, and the importance of collectivism in the creative industries.Lava reads a poem that expresses her understanding of her identity as a mixed-race person and the politics around it; of being raised by a Black family in a Black community, and navigating the complexities around having a mixed heritage in the UK.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Issy Wong shares the connection to family and her mutual love of sport
Season 8, Ep. 4
In this episode, Natty and Nie are joined by British-Chinese cricket player Issy Wong. Issy shares how she came into her cricket career and the lifestyle she cultivated from this. Familial connection is a prevalent value with Issy; and throughout the episode we learn all about her Macanese heritage and hear captivating stories of her family and culture. We hear an extract from 13-year-old Issy, sharing her memories of watching live football with their family and how she connects through her support of the Liverpool Football Club.