adwoaaboah This week, I’m honoured to re-introduce the Gurls Talk community to my dear friend, the magnificent iO Tillett Wright. This autumn, he releases a new book, Self Evident Truths: 10,000 Portraits of Queer America. It documents a 10-year journey across America where he has photographed thousands of people from every walk of life.
Centred on the tenet that ‘familiarity is a gateway drug to empathy’ his pictures are a deeply powerful glimpse into the lives of people marginalised by oppressive systems.
In this episode, we explore shifts in politics and activism through the lens of personal identity and growth, and discuss what allyship to the Black community means.
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adwoaaboah The experience of Black girlhood can be difficult. Far too often, we are thrust into spaces and societal systems that aren’t built for us, that do not understand us, and that deny us agency.
My guest this week, Ebinehita Iyere truly understands this firsthand. Ebinehita founded Milk & Honey Bees to create a safe space where young Black girls could connect with their feelings and vulnerability at the most pivotal point in their lives — before they are forced into the trope of adulthood.
Joined by Sophie and Chevone, all three girls have taken their personal experiences to build and safeguard spaces that give Black girls a sense of belonging, allowing them to process thoughts and feelings central to Black girlhood that are otherwise silenced.
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adwoaaboah In the first of a new 'Speaking Up' series for @BritishVogue , hosted and created by myself. I had the great honor of sitting virtually in a round table discussion with three fellow change-makers: the model and activist @MunroeBergdorf , @BlackMindsMatter.UK founder @AgnesMwakatumma , and the founder of @FreePeriods , student and activist @AmikaGeorge . In the video, unveiled in conjunction with the activism-themed September 2020 issue, they explore the importance of community at this crucial juncture in our history. Link in Bio to Watch the full film.
adwoaaboah Happy Birthday to my constant. 23 years together through thick and thin, a love that has never felt more overwhelming but undeniably natural . My ultimate woman, I love you @jazzydelisser more than you will ever know, forever until we are two old grannies still chatting shit and bickering over articulate.
adwoaaboah As protests calling for racial justice sweep the globe, people are becoming increasingly aware of the ongoing impact racism has on the mental health of Black communities. However, less attention has been devoted to understanding how this abuse manifests and is exacerbated in online spaces. My guest this week, Seyi Akiwowo, is the founder of Glitch UK, a charity that aims to end online abuse. In this episode, we discuss how online abuse impacts vulnerable populations, the lack of accountability and response by tech companies and the authorities, and how to protect yourself online.
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adwoaaboah If you’re anything like me, then you were in awe of the dedication and focus shown in Netflix’s Cheer. Lexi Brumback ( @lexisbrumback ) was the tumbler with a natural ability to fly through the air like an actual goddess. This episode, Lexi will wow you with her honesty as we enter the world of her teens. After running away from home at 16, Lexi credits cheerleading for turning her life around, coming back and setting her life back on track. The Gurls Talk Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and all major streaming services. (Link in Bio)