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Growing up with gal-dem

Welcome to gal-dem's first ever podcast, Growing up with gal-dem. Over the course of the series Natty Kasambala and Niellah Arboine invite a different guest to respond to old diary entries, text messages, or letters from their younger selves - nurturing important conversations about growing up.

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Malorie Blackman on the past, and how we can use it to fuel our futures

In this, our final episode of season 5, we’re so excited to be joined by Malorie Blackman, award winning writer, and hero of so many of our childhoods. It’s an incredible episode, and one we’re so excited to share with you as we prepare for our next season. Nie and Natty talk to Malorie about primary school memories, career expectations, anti-racism in writing and fiction, and what her career has meant to so many young black people in the UK. Malorie shares with us a poem she wrote in the 1980s, and reflects on whether the past is something that holds us back or makes us stronger, and how we can embrace pieces of our history to create safer and more powerful futures. Today is the launch day for Endgame, which you can purchase at all good bookstores. You can follow Malorie’s work on Twitter, and on her website. Look out for the next season of Growing up with gal-dem when we return in November! Thank you so much for listening.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


15 Sep 2021

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Olivia Dean on enjoying life while you’re living it

This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Nie and Natty are reflecting back on song lyrics with east London singer songwriter Olivia Dean in this beautiful and warming episode. In our penultimate episode of the season, expect some laughs, lots of love, and so so so much wisdom shared. Looking back at lyrics she wrote over 2 and a half years ago, Olivia reflects on what it means to be grounded in the present, how the pandemic has forced us to grow in new and unexpected ways. Olivia shares her goals for the future (which we are 100% backing), but also reflects that sometimes success is about finding happiness, rather than ticking boxes. You can follow Olivia’s work on Instagram and stream Slowly on YouTube. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


8 Sep 2021

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Leah Johnson on love in all its forms

This episode of season 5 we’re joined by the incredible and award-winning author Leah Johnson. Reflecting (and cringing) back on a Facebook 30 day challenge post (remember those?!!), Leah talks us through growing up as a queer black girl. Reflecting on self-esteem, early relationships and romantic versus familial love and coming out, Leah shares invaluable life lessons for teenagers, encouraging us to love and allow ourselves freedom and room to grow. Leah has two incredible books out now, You Should See Me In A Crown won the Stonewall book honor, and is available from all good bookshops. Her latest novel Rise to the Sun was released earlier this summer, and is available now!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


1 Sep 2021

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Yassmin Abdel Magied on expertise, experience, and growth

This week we’re joined by Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate Yassmin Abdel Magied. Nie and Natty listen in as Yassmin reads through an op-ed she wrote for Brisbane Times in 2012 titled How racist are we? . Looking back, Yassmin reflects what it’s like to grapple with the expectation of expertise on racism as a person of colour, and how her own plans and career aspirations changed in the face of these expectations. Yassmin also talks to Natty and Nie about the ways that islamophobia and anti-blackness have intersected in her lived experience, and the shock of moving to London, experiencing majority black events and communities, and learning first hand about the plantain wars. It’s a beautiful, moving and often hilarious conversation that shows the beauty of growing up and allowing yourself the room to move and grow at any age. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


25 Aug 2021

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Sara Jafari on beauty standards, diet culture and anti-fatness

Content warning: this episode contains detailed discussion of dieting, weight loss, specific weights, and discussion of disordered eating. For more information and recommended reading and listening, please check out the rest of the show notes for a list of brilliant articles, resources, and podcasts dealing with these topics. This week on Growing up with gal-dem we’re joined by award-nominated author and editor Sara Jafari. Ahead of the US publication of her debut novel The Mismatch, we speak to Sara about Muslim women’s representation in literature, and how The Mismatch tackles this through storytelling in 1970s Iran and contemporary Brighton. Sara shares with us an extract from her teen years dealing with disordered eating and weight loss, and shares her experiences with Nie and Natty on how normalised fatphobia impacted her and her growth. Recommended reading / listeningMaintenance Phase Podcast - Wellness & weight loss, debunked & decoded.Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane GaySonalee Rashatwar - The Fat Sex Therapist on InstagramStephanie Yeboah - writer and consultant working in fat acceptance & activism Queeries: how do I work through my internalised fatphobia? - gal-dem Queeries article, with extensive list of resources collated by Aisha Mirza in footer This Is for Anyone Living Through the Pandemic With an Eating Disorder Your Fat Friend - Aubrey Gordon’s writings What is an eating problem? Mind.org resourceSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


18 Aug 2021

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Dr Adwoa Danso answers your questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations, and her journey to becoming a doctor

We’re here with a special bonus episode published in partnership with the Mayor of London. With the COVID-19 Vaccinations now available to people of all age groups, we wanted to take some of the most common questions about the vaccines on offer straight to a trusted voice. In conversation with Dr Adwoa Danso, the GP behind the online platform The Clinic Diaries, we answer questions about the vaccines and menstruation, the importance of making empowered and informed decisions for yourself, and why this vaccine was produced as quickly as it was. Dr Danso also shares her journey into medicine, and reflects on the many pathways that present themselves to us when we’re at that most stressful, and vulnerable period post A-Levels, and pre-university. If you have any questions about the vaccine, want to offer guidance to friends or family with concerns, or are considering a career in medicine, this is an insightful conversation that we’re so pleased to present. You can find out more about Dr Danso at The Clinic Diaries, and for the most up to date information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the NHS website. To get your vaccine, you can search 'book COVID vaccine' or visit your local walk in centre.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


17 Aug 2021

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Lila Iké on straying from her stem in search of her roots

Welcome back to Growing up with gal-dem, this week we’re joined by Lila Iké, genre-bending artist whose work touches reggae, hip hop and R&B. Joining us from Jamaica, Lila’s extract reads from an old Facebook bio written when she was 15. Reflecting on the wisdom and foresight she shared as a teenager 12 years ago, Lila talks through existential teenage thoughts and feelings, grounding yourself as a musician, and the importance of mentorship, friendship and collaboration in creative practices.  Speaking from shared experiences as Existential Teens™, Natty, Nie, and Lila talk about growing up online, what it meant to post “into the void”, and what wisdom we can take from our younger selves - no matter how or where we shared it.  You can catch Lila Iké at City Splash in Beckenham this September, tickets via Eventbrite here.  This week’s episode is sponsored by Transport for London. Visit madeby.tfl.gov.uk/i-stand-with to find out more about how TfL are standing up against hate crime on the public transport network.” Transcripts of each episode of Season 5 can be found here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


11 Aug 2021

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Cat Burns on speaking up and choosing yourself

We’re back with season 5 of growing up with gal-dem, welcoming our new host Niellah Arboine! This week, we’re kicking off with a bang with incredible artist Cat Burns, celebrating introspection, self-care and self-respect in the wake of her incredible new single Into You. Looking back on an iPhone note recorded in lockdown, Cat, Natty and Nie discuss what it means to hold yourself to a higher standard, the strength we can draw from voicing your opinions, the sacred space that is the Notes app, and how we can treat ourselves as gently and carefully as we would our best friends. If you haven’t already listened to Into You, listen through here or watch the incredible video released this week here.Transcripts of each episode of Season 5 can be found here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


4 Aug 2021

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The women of The Receipts on keeping us company for five years (and counting!)

It’s the final episode of this season of Growing up with gal-dem, and our last episode with Charlie! We’re rounding out the season with a special episode featuring everyone’s podcast dream girl-group, The Receipts. Joined by Tolly, Milena, and Audrey, we dig up old facebook statuses, blog posts, and recap the inevitable learnings (and cringes) that come as you grow up online. Covering everything from their upcoming book Keep the Receipts, to bride prices, motherhood, and “unleashing the beast”, this is is a beautiful conversation to close out our series. You can listen to The Receipts on Spotify, and find pre-orders of their book here.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


30 Jun 2021

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Dr Christine Checinska on Windrush fashion, black style, and why you should take your kids to museums

This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Charlie are joined by Christine Checinska, curator at the V&A and fashion historian. Christine talks us through her childhood as a creative child, teacher reports and advice on nurturing her skills, and how her interest in blackness, fashion, and self-imaging started. Covering everything from diasporic fashions, respectability politics, and the nuances of black womanhood, this week’s episode is a beautiful journey into conversations and areas that deserve our attention and interest. Listen through, and if you’re able - visit some of Christine’s curated work at the newly re-opened V&A in London.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


23 Jun 2021

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