Welcome to Mixed Up, a podcast for mixed race people everywhere and for anyone looking into a deeper insight on race and identity. Hosted by sustainability consultant and creative director Emma Slade Edmondson, and Nicole Ocran, writer and co-founder of The Creator Union.
The show is about straddling two worlds and multiple identities. Now more than ever, it feels like people of mixed heritage are seeking out their space to talk about their lived experiences. But despite searching, we could find very little to relate to. We decided to make something we would have appreciated hearing.
Music by: Hagan
Black History Month: Lenora Crichlow talks acting, activism and how the movement is generational
The one where we talk to an icon born of an icon
This Black History Month, Emma and Nicole speak to actress Lenora Crichlow - daughter of Black British icon Frank Crichlow, owner of the Mangrove and one of the Mangrove 9.
Lenora spoke about growing up Mixed and Black in the UK, about acting and activism, about the love story of her mum and dad and about finally being able to stop asking the world - ‘Black or white - am I ok? Am I enough? It’s not their responsibility anymore.’
An honest exploration into the experiences of white mums bringing up mixed race children (part 2)
The one where we humbly request that parents to talk to their children about race and difference
Emma and Nicole continue the discussion with white mums about their worries around fetishisation, whitesplaining to your children and holding yourself accountable, fetishisation, white fragility, privilege and accepting your own racism even as a parent of mixed children.
An honest exploration into the experiences of white mums bringing up mixed race children (part 1)
The one where we learn that modern day mums have a plan for raising mixed kids
Emma and Nicole speak to white mums about raising mixed kids. In part one of this two part conversation, the mothers discuss having a different experience from your children as a white parent, when to bring up race and othering, and having a plan or strategy in raising mixed kids according to their lived experiences.
Paula Rhone-Adrien on racism in the legal profession, how domestic abuse manifests, and where you can find support
CW: Domestic abuse
Emma and Nicole speak with Paula Rhone-Adrien, an award-winning family law barrister with over two decades of experience as a domestic violence lawyer. Knowing that COVID has meant restrictions on leaving the home during the pandemic, they felt moved to share this conversation.
If you have been affected by anything that you have heard listening to this episode you can contact The National Domestic Abuse Helpline by dialling: 0800 2000 247.
Ben Bailey Smith on the beauty of duality, British values, and what happens when a teacher tells you to “just put white, it’s easier”
The one where its just a metaphor for being mixed
Emma and Nicole have an incredibly candid conversation Ben Bailey Smith aka Doc Brown. They discuss football as a unifier, class, identity politics, being fetishised as a mixed man, and how the Britain he grew up in bears little resemblance to the one today.
Ben is a multitalented creative - a comedian, rapper, actor, writer, presenter, all-around artist with a way with words and who can make you laugh by tapping into the truth.
We Are Lady Parts star Sarah Kameela Impey on carving out space in an industry not made for you, joyful representation of Muslim women and subverting old tropes
The one where we’re typecast as ‘Bengali Girl’
Emma talks to Sarah Kameela Impey of We Are Lady Parts, discussing her role as frontwoman Saira and how growing up she didn’t see many people who looked like her in stories. They discuss how groundbreaking the show is in terms of modern representation of Muslim women, multifaceted Muslim women - a beautiful portrayal of fun, female friendship, and our innate humanness.
Brave and vital conversations on mixed race experiences. Thank you for making this podcast 🙌🏽
You will be happy you found this!!
I love this podcast and admire these humans so much. There are so many great topics and their conversations feel like they could be your best friend. But they are your wicked smart, crazy talented and beautiful besties that speak true to the most important topics. This will be a new fave and regular listen for me!