Today’s show began with two wonderful guests from the University of the West of England. Noor and Josie are part of a small group who are pioneering an organisation called Equity within the university that will help Black & Minority Ethnic students get the best out of their education, and find good jobs afterwards.
As we all know, the academic system, and the jobs market in the UK, discriminates against anyone who doesn’t fit the default stereotype of white and male. However, much can be done by finding role models, or as I prefer possibility models, that give people the confidence that they can beat the system and suceed in life. I’m delighted to find that UWE is the first university in the country to actively try to help BAME students in this way. If you happen to be a Person of Colour who works in or near Bristol, please take a look here to see forthcoming events where you can help inspire these students.
Now if only we could do something similar for trans students…
My second guest was Jo-Jo from the gender-neutral clothing company, Max Tariq. It is, apparently, Bristol’s first and currently only such label. Jo-Jo and I chatted about the philosophy of gender neutral clothing. We discussed how such clothes could be for anyone who foudn them attractive, and how “gender neutral” doesn’t mean dull and vaguely masculine. We also talked about making clothing climate-neutral.
The Listen Again system is still playing up occasionally. You can listen to Noor & Josie here. Jo-Jo’s interview got dropped, but I have the archive recording and will be putting him up on the podcast soon.
Next up was Yasmin from the Mandala Theatre Company. She’s putting on a play called Castaways at The Station (the old fire station building in which Ujima’s studios are located) tomorrow night. It is a pay what you can afford event, so money is no excuse. If you want a ticket, or just to learn mre about the play, go here.
I kept the final half hour guest-free because I wanted to have a bit of a rant about the whole Kavanaugh debacle over in the USA. I chose some powerful feminist music to go with it. Along the way I also managed to talk about the WASPI fiasco with women’s pensions, and the awful two-child limit on tax credits.
You can listen to the second half of the show in full here.
The playlist for the show is as follows:
- Big Mama Thornton – Let Your Tears Fall Baby
- Bessie Smith – Alexander’s Ragtime Band
- CN Lester – White wedding
- Prince – Raspberry Beret
- Minnie Ripperton – Young, Willing and Able
- Erykah Badu – Drama
- Janelle Monae – Americans
- Lady Gaga – ‘Til it Happens to You
- Alicia Keys – Superwoman
- Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
The first two tracks are, of course, a nod to Black History Month. The Gaga song is particularly powerful and I’m glad I found it.
I’ll be back on air in two weeks with my friend Olivette Otele to do Black History Month properly.