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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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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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    Paapa Essiedu on finding time and space to be easy on yourself

    Paapa Essiedu on finding time and space to be easy on yourself

    In our final episode of season 7 we are joined by the ever-talented Paapa Essiedu, actor and primetime Emmy winner. In this uplifting and hilarious episode Natty, Nie and Paapa discuss the power of representation on stage and screen. 
    In his joy-inducing extract we hear about Paapa’s first experience travelling abroad and the pure experience that is going away as an adult for the first time. If you are looking for a laugh while reflecting - this is the episode for you.
    Look out for the next season of Growing up with gal-dem when we return later in 2022! Thank you so much for listening.


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    • 43 min
    Maliha Abidi on smashing through cultural expectations

    Maliha Abidi on smashing through cultural expectations

    In this week’s episode of Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Nie are joined by Maliha Abidi: artist, author and NFT Queen. Maliha talks us through why her books are about representation and appreciation for all the women of colour who have changed the world through what they do. She discusses with Natty and Nie the infamous problems surrounding NFTs and the best ways for us to tackle them.
    For this week’s extract, Maliha shares an entry from a diary she wrote years ago on the patriarchal inequality in her family and cultural expectations as a result. She discusses how stepping out of that cycle allowed her to pave her own way.


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    • 43 min
    Natalie Lee on her journey with alopecia

    Natalie Lee on her journey with alopecia

    This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Nie chat to blogger Natalie Lee, also known as Style Me Sunday. They talk all about body confidence and being one of the first people to strip off on social media. Natalie discusses her ongoing journey of self-acceptance and body positivity, and the process of unlearning harmful stereotypes we learn in our youth. 
    Natalie brings us a powerful extract about her journey with alopecia. She kindly opens up to Natty and Nie about the ups and downs of dealing with the condition and how she’s come to find acceptance in a variety of ways.


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    • 38 min
    Debbie on creating your own path

    Debbie on creating your own path

    This week we are joined by Debbie: singer, songwriter and musician who has worked with the likes of Stormzy. Debbie speaks to Natty and Nie about being the middle child of Ghanian and Nigerian parents and how church music started her inspirations to become a musician from childhood. 
    In Debbie’s extract we look back on her experience in year 6 when she was reflecting on her time at primary school. When we are younger, we want nothing more than to grow up but Debbie reflects on just enjoying the time you have and letting that help you create a journey for your future.


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    • 28 min
    Daphne Palasi Andreades on the wonders of daydreaming and creativity

    Daphne Palasi Andreades on the wonders of daydreaming and creativity

    Following her debut book release Brown Girls, we are joined by the lovely Daphne Palasi Andreades. Her new book takes a deep dive into the lives of a variety of young women of colour growing up in Queens, New York. Daphne masterfully taps into various diasporas and communities to share their narrative as one whole. 
    In a Growing up with gal-dem first, Daphne’s extract is a tactile and colourful visual art piece she created when she was 11 years old. She reminds us of the joys of daydreaming and wondering, as we are taken through an immersive journey of creativity in a playful and inquisitive way. 


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    • 29 min
    Radam Ridwan on deconstructing imaginary life milestones

    Radam Ridwan on deconstructing imaginary life milestones

    This week on Growing up with gal-dem we’re joined by queer non-binary multi-disciplinary artist Radam Ridwan. Radam talks about how they created an authentic space on social media and the importance of setting boundaries online. We discussed how having safe queer spaces for people of colour are vital, and how the lack of them affected Radam while growing up. 
    Radam’s extract, written a few weeks after their 21st birthday, is a poetic narrative in which Radam looks forward on the time they have and what you ‘should’ be achieving by each age milestone. They reflect on deconstructing these timelines and pressures in order to recognise the space you have now.


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Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
520 Ratings

520 Ratings

Recidivist2018 ,

Really enjoyable

The presenters are immensely charming for starters. The concept is really appealing. The guests are interesting and give perspectives on their lived experiences which are really fascinating. All round thumbs up!

polly_Mos ,

Absolutely love this podcast!

Growing up with Gal-dem has become my go-to podcast. Amazing & inspiring guests & great chat. Thanks guys 🙏🏻💖

AmeePodcaster ,

Expected no less from Gal Dem !

Wonderful content, hosts, guests. Love it all :D

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