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Pretty For An Aboriginal

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Nakkiah and Miranda have conversations Australia is uncomfortable having—about sex, relationships, dating, power, and, most difficult of all, race.

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Nakkiah and Miranda have conversations Australia is uncomfortable having—about sex, relationships, dating, power, and, most difficult of all, race.

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5

Inspiring and just plain entertaining

By Janganambil - Dec 18 2017
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Love it to bits. THANK YOU for your craft and sharing it with us.

Thanks

By RooflessG - Oct 19 2017
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I've never written a podcast review before, but I really wanted to write and say thank you both for your podcast. I grew up as a white woman in Queensland in the 80s and 90s. As a little kid, 5 and 6, I was lucky to be part of a program in which indigenous elders introduced us to the country we were growing up in. It helped me to see that we were trespassers in someone else's sacred land, and the least we could do would be to behave with respect toward its custodians. I could also see that this was the opposite of what was happening to the indigenous people around me. But here’s the thing; if you are cloaked in whiteness, you have to work to remember how insidious it is. Privilege makes it is easy to forget, and it is a bummer to keep reminding myself that my comfort comes at the expense of others. You two are my heroes for embodying and articulating why it is so important to remember. Thank you.

iTunes Ratings

18 Ratings
Average Ratings
13
0
0
0
5

Inspiring and just plain entertaining

By Janganambil - Dec 18 2017
Read more
Love it to bits. THANK YOU for your craft and sharing it with us.

Thanks

By RooflessG - Oct 19 2017
Read more
I've never written a podcast review before, but I really wanted to write and say thank you both for your podcast. I grew up as a white woman in Queensland in the 80s and 90s. As a little kid, 5 and 6, I was lucky to be part of a program in which indigenous elders introduced us to the country we were growing up in. It helped me to see that we were trespassers in someone else's sacred land, and the least we could do would be to behave with respect toward its custodians. I could also see that this was the opposite of what was happening to the indigenous people around me. But here’s the thing; if you are cloaked in whiteness, you have to work to remember how insidious it is. Privilege makes it is easy to forget, and it is a bummer to keep reminding myself that my comfort comes at the expense of others. You two are my heroes for embodying and articulating why it is so important to remember. Thank you.
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Pretty For An Aboriginal

Latest release on Oct 19, 2018

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Nakkiah and Miranda have conversations Australia is uncomfortable having—about sex, relationships, dating, power, and, most difficult of all, race.

Rank #1: Episode 3: Big Sexy Love (with Roxane Gay)

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In this wide-ranging interview with American writer and essayist Roxane Gay, Nakkiah and Miranda trade stories about their mutual love of ice skating; compare experiences with weight loss and surgery; and consider why fat women aren’t allowed to be sexual in popular culture, yet are festishised and sexualised without question. And they tackle sexism in Australia.

Sep 27 2017

30mins

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Rank #2: Episode 2: American Heroes and White Allies (with Yael Stone)

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When Nakkiah and Miranda drew up their interview wish list for the podcast it was dominated by African American actors, writers and musicians. Like so many other young Australians, Miranda and Nakkiah have looked to the US for inspiration. In politics, protest and art, the African American community has shown talented young Indigenous Australians a way forward — towards success, change and brilliance. In this episode Miranda and Nakkiah chat with Australian actor and Orange Is The New Black star Yael Stone about heroes, allies, cultural cringe, fame and how we tell stories and make art about life in Australia that will inspire a younger generation.

Sep 20 2017

36mins

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Rank #3: Epiosde 6: What U Say? (with Shari Sebbens)

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In this episode Nakkiah and Miranda talk to acclaimed stage and screen actor Shari Sebbens about code switching, why Taika Waititi is the mentor aspiring filmmakers of colour need, and why accents are such strong signifiers of race. They each have funny and confronting personal stories regarding assumptions made about race and cultural identity on the basis of accent. They’ll discuss what accents tell us about current societal hierarchies in Australia. Is the ability to change one’s accent a source of freedom? And what do you risk losing if you can and do sink into another voice?

Oct 18 2017

38mins

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Rank #4: Episode 5: Black Beauty & How To Be A Boss (with Marina Go)

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In this episode Miranda Tapsell and Nakkiah Lui, share stories with former Dolly editor Marina Go about perceptions of beauty in Australia, and discuss how beauty is being defined on Aussie TV and in magazines. They also explore how and why Instagram has opened up a space of freedom for women of colour. 

Marina Go became editor of the iconic teenage Australian magazine Dolly at the age of 23. She, like Nakkiah and Miranda, learned about her body, sex and relationships by ripping open the sealed section of the magazine every month. Reading Dolly was a defining experience for many young Australian women, but the girls shown in the magazine did not look like our hosts and guest. 

The majority were “blonde and blue-eyed”, recalls Marina. 

“Growing up I never, ever saw anyone who looked like me … that’s why, when I became the editor I was determined to make sure there were women or girls who looked like I did. 

“I wanted girls who looked like me to see themselves.”

Oct 11 2017

36mins

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Rank #5: Episode 4: Sex & Power (with Emily Sears)

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In this frank episode, Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell talk to LA-based, Melbourne model Emily Sears about the begetting of power through provocative imagery, why sexy women are feared, and why sexy black women are feared even more. 
In 2016, Emily made headlines when, upon receiving unsolicited graphic DMs from (mostly male) followers, she started to respond by sending back photos of their mothers, found on social media accounts. Or forwarding the messages to the sender’s partners, wives or girlfriends.
Now, Emily uses her significant social media presence – 4.2 million followers on Instagram and 160,000 on Twitter – to advocate for body positivity, and push back on what she sees as a culture of pervasive male entitlement in social media.

Follow our hosts @nakkiahlui & @missmirandatap

Oct 04 2017

30mins

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Bonus Live Episode with Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between Hope and Anger

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If you thought we’d disappeared, think again! Nakkiah and Miranda have a treat for you. Recently, at the Melbourne Writers Festival, they sat down with journalist, memoirist and comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to talk about race in general, and specifically whether democracy is failing people of colour in the US and in Australia, and why hope is irrelevant in the face of political struggle.    
But that’s not all! They also invited Melbourne-based artists Birdz and Alice Skye to perform in front of the live audience. Enjoy this special live episode of BuzzFeed’s Pretty For An Aboriginal. (And please forgive us for the occasional audio echo and mic feedback. It was live in a large venue!)
Credits: Hosted by: Nakkiah Lui @nakkiahlui and Miranda Tapsell @missmirandatapProduced and edited by Nicola Harvey @nicolaharveyPerformances by Birdz (and band) and Alice Skye.Opening Track (performed live at the Thornbury Theatre on August 29 for the Melbourne Writers Festival): Birdz, “This Side (ft Alice Skye). Reproduced here with permission from Nathan Bird and Bad Apples Music.  Special thanks to: Makeup artist Rosie Kilvert @rosiekalina, Eddie Fitzpatrick and Marieke Hardy from Melbourne Writers Festival, Coco Eke from Bad Apples Music, and Carolyn Logan.

Oct 19 2018

39mins

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Bonus Episode Live From The Sydney Opera House: Black Panther & Colonisers

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In this special live episode, presented and recorded at the Sydney Opera House as part of the All About Women festival, Nakkiah and Miranda are joined by actor and budding director Shari Sebbens to unpack the fall out from the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther.

They discuss how and why colonialism has become a subtext for mainstream blockbusters from Thor Ragnarok to Black Panther, and consider whether Australia is ready to play with terminology seeped in the violence of colonisation. 

Can a First Nations woman jokingly refer to a white Australian as a “coloniser” without blow back? Is Australia ready to be playful with language and stories from the colonial period? 

Credits: 
Hosted by: Nakkiah Lui @nakkiahlui and Miranda Tapsell @missmirandatap
Produced and edited by Nicola Harvey @nicolaharvey
Special thanks to: Tod Deely, Ed Nixon, Shane Johnson from the Sydney Opera House Recording & Broadcast studio, Sydney Opera House event Production staff, the Talks & Ideas programming team behind All About Women, and Uncle Richard Green for use of the audio welcome to country.

Mar 16 2018

57mins

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Bonus Episode Live From Junket: Race Matters

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We decided to record a bonus episode because recently Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull landed a pretty big blow on Indigenous Australians. Last week, he rejected the Indigenous Voice to Parliament proposed in the Uluru Statement From The Heart – a way forward for recognition devised by hundreds of Indigenous leaders earlier this year. We’re recording this conversation in front of a small live audience at Junket, a Canberra conference for future leaders and people doing interesting things. Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell invited delegates into Nakkiah’s cosy hotel room to talk to about race in this country.

And to ask them the question we ask all guests: when did you first realise your race mattered?

We’ll be back in 2018 with Season 2, until then you can contact the hosts @nakkiahlui and @missmirandatap

Don’t forget, you’re Pretty… For An Aboriginal.

Nov 04 2017

20mins

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Episode 8: We're All Superheroes (with Blessing Mokgohloa & Arka Das)

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In a perfect world Miranda Tapsell would be the star of a wildly successful rom-com, or a franchised superhero film. The Frances Ha or Jessica James of Australia, or an Aboriginal Storm in the next edition of X-Men. But in order to be Australia’s favourite romantic lead, Miranda has to write her own feature film because…let’s be honest — lead roles for Aboriginal actors in a rom-com aren’t all that common. But is there a shift afoot?

Australian actors Blessing Mokgohloa (who was born in Zimbabwe), and Arka Das (Bangladesh), are increasingly being cast as the “hot guy” and the “best friend” in Australian films and on television. In this funny and honest episode, Miranda and Nakkiah unpack the layers of race and racism in Australia, and consider how TV is (or is not) reflecting their lived experience. And they explore the differences between the black immigrant experience and the black Indigenous experience. Is there a point of connection, or just layers of difference and hardship?

Nov 01 2017

45mins

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Episode 7: It May Take A Woman To Lead The Fight (with Sarain Fox)

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Nakkiah and Miranda talk about race even when they’re not talking about race. It permeates their daily experience.

Across the first season of Pretty For An Aboriginal, Nakkiah and Miranda have talked a lot about how important African American culture is to young Aboriginal people. Across TV, music, film and social media, it validates and makes visible much of their experience — the experience of being part of a community that continually battles subtle (and overt) societal and institutional racism. 

But the First Nations’ network is also a strong, important community that in North America especially is carving out new spaces for protest and political change. And much of it is being lead by young, social media-savvy warriors. 

In this episode Nakkiah and Miranda talk to Anishinaabe TV host, dancer and advocate Sarain Fox about the lessons learnt from the past 18 months of social and live activism, and the new wave of young Aboriginal women who are leading protest movements in Australia and North America.

Oct 25 2017

31mins

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Epiosde 6: What U Say? (with Shari Sebbens)

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Read more
In this episode Nakkiah and Miranda talk to acclaimed stage and screen actor Shari Sebbens about code switching, why Taika Waititi is the mentor aspiring filmmakers of colour need, and why accents are such strong signifiers of race. They each have funny and confronting personal stories regarding assumptions made about race and cultural identity on the basis of accent. They’ll discuss what accents tell us about current societal hierarchies in Australia. Is the ability to change one’s accent a source of freedom? And what do you risk losing if you can and do sink into another voice?

Oct 18 2017

38mins

Play

Episode 5: Black Beauty & How To Be A Boss (with Marina Go)

Podcast cover
Read more
In this episode Miranda Tapsell and Nakkiah Lui, share stories with former Dolly editor Marina Go about perceptions of beauty in Australia, and discuss how beauty is being defined on Aussie TV and in magazines. They also explore how and why Instagram has opened up a space of freedom for women of colour. 

Marina Go became editor of the iconic teenage Australian magazine Dolly at the age of 23. She, like Nakkiah and Miranda, learned about her body, sex and relationships by ripping open the sealed section of the magazine every month. Reading Dolly was a defining experience for many young Australian women, but the girls shown in the magazine did not look like our hosts and guest. 

The majority were “blonde and blue-eyed”, recalls Marina. 

“Growing up I never, ever saw anyone who looked like me … that’s why, when I became the editor I was determined to make sure there were women or girls who looked like I did. 

“I wanted girls who looked like me to see themselves.”

Oct 11 2017

36mins

Play

Episode 4: Sex & Power (with Emily Sears)

Podcast cover
Read more
In this frank episode, Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell talk to LA-based, Melbourne model Emily Sears about the begetting of power through provocative imagery, why sexy women are feared, and why sexy black women are feared even more. 
In 2016, Emily made headlines when, upon receiving unsolicited graphic DMs from (mostly male) followers, she started to respond by sending back photos of their mothers, found on social media accounts. Or forwarding the messages to the sender’s partners, wives or girlfriends.
Now, Emily uses her significant social media presence – 4.2 million followers on Instagram and 160,000 on Twitter – to advocate for body positivity, and push back on what she sees as a culture of pervasive male entitlement in social media.

Follow our hosts @nakkiahlui & @missmirandatap

Oct 04 2017

30mins

Play

Episode 3: Big Sexy Love (with Roxane Gay)

Podcast cover
Read more
In this wide-ranging interview with American writer and essayist Roxane Gay, Nakkiah and Miranda trade stories about their mutual love of ice skating; compare experiences with weight loss and surgery; and consider why fat women aren’t allowed to be sexual in popular culture, yet are festishised and sexualised without question. And they tackle sexism in Australia.

Sep 27 2017

30mins

Play

Episode 2: American Heroes and White Allies (with Yael Stone)

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Read more
When Nakkiah and Miranda drew up their interview wish list for the podcast it was dominated by African American actors, writers and musicians. Like so many other young Australians, Miranda and Nakkiah have looked to the US for inspiration. In politics, protest and art, the African American community has shown talented young Indigenous Australians a way forward — towards success, change and brilliance. In this episode Miranda and Nakkiah chat with Australian actor and Orange Is The New Black star Yael Stone about heroes, allies, cultural cringe, fame and how we tell stories and make art about life in Australia that will inspire a younger generation.

Sep 20 2017

36mins

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Episode 1: Hustle Baby, Hustle (with Briggs)

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Rapper, writer, actor and record label boss Adam Briggs knows how to get work, be heard, and get paid. In other words, he knows how to hustle. In the first episode of Pretty For An Aboriginal, Briggs, Nakkiah and Miranda give our listeners tips for cutting through the bullshit and getting ahead.

When Briggs joined with fellow rapper Trials to record under the moniker A.B. Original, he thought it would be a career-ending project. Their music was political, urgent and unapologetically about black Australia. But they ended up winning, as Briggs says, “a plethora of awards”. Australia is built on the presumption of meritocracy and fairness, and that if you’re talented and work hard you’ll see your name in lights. Is Briggs the exception or the new rule?

Music credits
A. B. Original, "January 26",  Courtesy Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia and Golden Era Records, 2016
A. B. Original, "I C U (feat. Thelma Plum)", Courtesy Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia and Golden Era Records, 2016
Briggs, "Here (feat. Caiti Baker)", Courtesy of Fox Sports Australia and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Bad Apples Music, 2017

Sep 14 2017

48mins

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Introducing Nakkiah and Miranda

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Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell are set to rock traditional perceptions of Indigenous Australia and challenge rigid mindsets of what women of colour can and cannot do.
In our eight episode first season, we'll talk honestly about relationships, weight, dick pics and being a boss in male-dominated industries, and unpack the pervasive influence of African American popular culture and politics on young black people in Australia. We’ll discuss building a First Nations support system on social media, and examine why representation really, truly, definitely matters.

Our guests will include author Roxane Gay, Orange Is The New Black’s Yael Stone, rapper and TV writer Adam Briggs, Canadian Vice presenter and activist Sarain Carson Fox, and rising Australian actors Akar Das (Lion) and Blessing Mokgohloa (Spartacus), among others.

About the hosts: Nakkiah Lui is an award-winning playwright, TV writer and actor (Black Comedy, Black is the New White), columnist, and rising cultural star who is at the forefront of the new wave of young, Indigenous Australian women changing the world one Instagram post at a time. Her latest play Black is the New White was a sell-out success at the Sydney Theatre Company. Follow her at @nakkiahlui.
At her side is Miranda Tapsell, an actress who does not hide in the wings when the spotlight dips. Tapsell is one of Australia’s most in-demand stage and screen actresses. Her TV credits include The Sapphires, Love Child, Redfern Now, Black Comedy and Wolf Creek; she also starred in the Sydney Theatre Company’s remarkable production of The Secret River. Follow her at @missmirandatap.

Sep 12 2017

2mins

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iTunes Ratings

18 Ratings
Average Ratings
13
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5

Inspiring and just plain entertaining

By Janganambil - Dec 18 2017
Read more
Love it to bits. THANK YOU for your craft and sharing it with us.

Thanks

By RooflessG - Oct 19 2017
Read more
I've never written a podcast review before, but I really wanted to write and say thank you both for your podcast. I grew up as a white woman in Queensland in the 80s and 90s. As a little kid, 5 and 6, I was lucky to be part of a program in which indigenous elders introduced us to the country we were growing up in. It helped me to see that we were trespassers in someone else's sacred land, and the least we could do would be to behave with respect toward its custodians. I could also see that this was the opposite of what was happening to the indigenous people around me. But here’s the thing; if you are cloaked in whiteness, you have to work to remember how insidious it is. Privilege makes it is easy to forget, and it is a bummer to keep reminding myself that my comfort comes at the expense of others. You two are my heroes for embodying and articulating why it is so important to remember. Thank you.