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Cicely Belle Blain

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Live Podcast Recording: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo with Cicely Belle Blain and Stephanie Bokenfohr

DIVERSITY Reads Podcast Bookclub

*Unedited live recording* Host Coral Santana, author Cicely Belle Blain and Vancouver Art Gallery's programmer Stephanie Bokenfohr discuss Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.  Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood. Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible. This episode is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Art Connects Series - live footage available in their facebook page.

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6 May 2021

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What They Spilled ft. Cicely Belle Blain

That's What They Said

For the second episode of our new series What They Spilled we're talking to Cicely Belle Blain. Cicely is the founder, CEO and Principal Consultant at Bakau Consulting - a social justice and anti-racism focused diversity, equity and inclusion firm. They are also the founder of Black Lives Matter Vancouver and author of Burning Sugar - a collection of poems about their lived experience as a black/mixed queer femme. We're talking to Cicely about the rising demand for diversity, equity and inclusion consulting and how it is transforming workplaces, along with other important issues such as performative allyship, cancel culture and.....the British Royals!!


28 Apr 2021

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KUMI: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (with Cicely Belle Blain)

Free Black Millennials: The Podcast

Welcome Back to the COOKOUT!!!Happy Black History Month!!!This week we celebrate end of our first season in a dynamic conversation with the stunning Cicely Belle Blain!!Cicely Belle Blain is a Black/mixed, queer non-binary femme from London, UK now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican and English. They spent their formative years between London, the Netherlands and a small Catholic village in France - each home presenting a pivotal opportunity for awakening and growth. Cicely Belle is descended from a long line of feminist educators and developed a passion for justice from a young age. Cicely Belle is noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one of Vancouver's 50 most powerful people by Vancouver Magazine twice, BC Business's 30 under 30 and one of Refinery29's Powerhouses of 2020. Cicely Belle founded Bakau Consulting (formerly Cicely Blain Consulting) in 2018 and has grown the company to serve over 500 clients worldwide. Some of their most notable professional achievements include speaking at the United Nations Summit in Quito, Ecuador, developing an Intersectionality Toolkit for the City of Vancouver and presenting the keynote address for the 2020 graduating ceremony at University of British Columbia, their alma mata. Cicely Belle is also an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University, the Editorial Director of Ripple of Change Magazine and the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press and VS Books, 2020).FIND BAKAU CONSULTING AND CICELY BELLE BLAIN:Bakauconsulting.comCicelybelleblain.comIg & Twitter: @cicelybelle_xoAs always follow FBM on ig: @freeblackmillennials or email us at freeblackmillennials@gmail.com #FBMThePodcast

1hr 1min

18 Feb 2021

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Jann Arden and Cicely Belle Blain -- The Full Episode

The Next Chapter from CBC Radio

Jann Arden on her new book, If I Knew Then, Cicely Belle Blain on Burning Sugar and Peter Robinson on why he loves reading Ian Fleming's James Bond series, and more.


7 Jan 2021

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Episode 04: Cicely Belle Blain & Makda Mulatu

Glass Bookshop Radio

Poet and Glass Bookshop Radio podcast producer Makda Mulatu interviews Cicely Belle Blain about their debut poetry collection Burning Sugar, published by VS. Books and Arsenal Pulp Press. It is Cicely Belle Blain’s debut poetry collection wherein they revisit spaces of geography, art, and personal history to expose the legacy of colonization and its impact on Black bodies. Their poetry and their activist work speak to one another: this collection exposes racism, especially anti-Blackness, and uses poetry to render visible the connections between history and systemic oppression that show up in every human interaction, space, and community. Their poems demonstrate how the world is both beautiful and cruel, a truth that inspires overwhelming anger and awe—all of which spills out onto the page to tell the story of a challenging, complexed, nuanced, and joyful life.In this conversation, Cicely and Makda talk about writing, mentorship, publishing, Black joy, YA fantasy, and more.Cicely Belle Blain is a Black/mixed, queer femme from London, UK now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican and English. At the heart of all their work, Cicely Belle harnesses their passion for justice, liberation and meaningful change via transformative education, always with laughter, and fearlessly in the face of systemic oppression. They are noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one Vancouver’s 50 most powerful people, BC Business’s 30 under 30 and one of 150 Black women and non-binary people making change across Canada. They are now the CEO of Cicely Blain Consulting, social justice-informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with over 200 clients across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Cicely Belle is an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University and the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020). Makda Mulatu is an emerging writer born and raised on Treaty 6 territory in amiskwacîwâskahikan or Edmonton, Alberta. She writes mostly poetry, which has previously appeared in Glass Buffalo, but has also written for University of Alberta International as the Education Abroad Program’s Student Story Writer. Outside of writing, Makda is a figure skating coach, social media manager, and co-producer of the podcast Glass Bookshop Radio for Edmonton’s newest independent bookstore Glass Bookshop. She recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in English and Political Science, as well as a Certificate in International Learning. Transcript to come.Buy Burning Sugar.Follow Cicely Belle Blain on Twitter.Follow Cicely Belle Blain on Instagram.Visit Glass Bookshop's website.Follow Glass Bookshop on Instagram.Follow Glass Bookshop in Twitter.Like Glass Bookshop on Facebook.


13 Nov 2020

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Episode 4.24 Providing Some Helpful Discomfort with Cicely Belle Blain and Vivek Shraya

Secret Feminist Agenda

I’m back from a much-needed hiatus and ready to jump into the final half-dozen episodes of season four, starting with a doozy. I talked to Vivek Shraya and Cicely Belle Blain about Vivek’s imprint VS Books, Cicely’s new book Burning Sugar, and the importance of mentorship. Also, dinosaurs. Also, links:You can read Audre Lorde’s “Poetry Is Not a Luxury” here;Jessica Johns’ chapbook is called How Not to Spill;Here’s a quick read on Langston Hughes reporting on the Spanish Civil War;And here’s Vivek’s article on the selling of marginalized people’s trauma.Read TranscriptThe podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Cicely’s theme song was “Spirit” by Beyoncé. Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.


11 Sep 2020

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Unpacking racial injustice: Cicely Belle Blain

TELUS Talks with Tamara Taggart

George Floyd’s death sparked worldwide protests and fueled open conversations about systemic racism and white privilege. Vancouver-based diversity and inclusion consultant Cicely Belle Blain unpacks how the social justice conversation is unfolding in Canada, the meaning of privilege and unconscious bias, and how Canadians are both participating in and impacted by racism.


4 Aug 2020

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Ep 97: Activism: from Grassroots to Corporate, with Cicely Belle Blain

Running Wild with Christine

Hello world! This week, I had the honour and pleasure to chat with incredible Cicely Belle Blain! They are a black, mixed raced, queer writer and entrepreneur, CEO of a diversity and inclusion consulting firm, and activist powerhouse. I'm excited for you all to hear this story of how they founded Black Lives Matter Vancouver and discovered how they could best positively impact society.  Topics: emigrating to Vancouver, discovering queerness over Rihanna, reinventing oneself, feminism, anti-racism activism, entrepreneurship, #diversity, "fake it 'till you make it", basics in inclusion, the Stratagem conference, broadening education & resources for everyone who can't necessarily afford a consultancy, audience capacity, expertise and imposter syndrome, and being in progress!  For more on Cicely, go to cicelyblainconsulting.com or @cicelyblainconsulting on the socials! Be sure to watch out for Stratagem 2020 that will take place during the month of July online! You can also find out more about Strategem The Podcast @stratagemvirtual on Instagram! Thanks so much for listening to this inspiring episode! Please do let me know if you have any suggestions for upcoming episodes and continue to rate, share and like this podcast! With love, C. xo Resources mentioned: qmunity.ca and Black Lives Matter Vancouver on Facebook.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/runningwildwithchristine/support


15 May 2020

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Why Diversity & Inclusion Is The Best Thing for Your Business with Cicely Belle Blain

The CultureING Podcast

Cicely Belle Blain is a diversity & inclusion business consultant, activist and writer; they are one of Vancouver’s fifty most influential people of 2018, as awarded by Vancouver Magazine, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Vancouver, one of CBC’s 150 Black Womxn Making Change in Canada and BC Business 30 Under 30 2019 and has served as a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations. Their work is informed by their professional and academic background at the University of British Columbia and their lived experience as a Black, queer artist, a community builder, an intersectional feminist, and a Black liberation activist. Cicely’s first book, Burning Sugar, debuted in 2020 with VS Books & Arsenal Pulp Press. This episode is brought to you by Peninsula, which offers 24/7 HR, health & safety, and employment support to Canada’s small and medium businesses. For the white-glove treatment and an initial consultation just for CultureING Podcast listeners, head to this link and enter the code "CULTURE". In this episode, you will learn: When we think about diversity and inclusion, we must first think about what an individual adds and brings to your organization. Having all the qualifications isn’t as trustworthy as we think, especially when people may bring the same skills but have shown it over their lives in different ways. Even if someone’s role doesn’t have to directly do with it, we should be screening for an acknowledgment of diversity and inclusion in every hire. The decisions to fight for D&I will often bring a lot of upheaval in an organization, especially before they bring joy. When an organization is just looking for a short-term engagement to increase D&I, such as a couple of workshops, it’s unlikely there will be much change long-term. Anti-oppression is based on the fact that for many people groups, things are simply not fair. There are people alive today who were born on slave plantations for example, and obviously dealing with the repercussions of that, and for their families affects everything including career. Equality speaks to the idea that everybody should get the same thing because everybody’s the same. Equity is that everybody should get what they need to thrive, e.g. specific support or initiatives to help people get to the same end result as others. For people who experience privilege, it’s so important for people within those communities to hold each other accountable. Of note, it’s not helpful to have a “cancel culture” wherein if someone says the wrong thing they are chastised for it immediately without taking the time to educate them; we need to allow people to learn and grow, calling people in through compassionate conversations. Making D&I Councils meaningful comes from a commitment from leadership. Often they are nice to have, but not given financial resources or any decision-making authority to actually bring projects or initiatives to life.


8 Jan 2020