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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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    • 4.0 • 523 Ratings

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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    Bellah on self expression through songwriting

    Bellah on self expression through songwriting

    We're closing season 8 of Growing Up with gal-dem in conversation with North London’s very own Nigerian songstress: Bellah. 
    Nie & Natty sit down with the singer-songwriter talking all about her musical journey and creative storytelling process. Bellah expands on her ability to connect with her audiences by writing songs that paint a vivid image into telling the truth about her experiences in life.
    Through an extract from the first-ever song she wrote after a breakup, Bellah reflects on her growth since writing this at 18 years old, and how she has maintained a deep connection to herself and her emotions through her healing.


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    • 39 min
    Clarkisha Kent on cultivating safe spaces, identity development and complex family dynamics

    Clarkisha Kent on cultivating safe spaces, identity development and complex family dynamics

    This week on Growing up with gal-dem we're joined by Clarkisha Kent, a Nigerian-American writer, culture critic, former columnist and author of Fat Off, Fat On: A Big Bitch Manifesto.
    Clarkisha talks to Natty and Nie about nurturing a safe space for herself within complex family dynamics and whilst writing her book Fat Off, Fat On: A Big Bitch Manifesto. Her book taps into her memories, both pleasant and unpleasant, and traumatic experiences around fatphobia.
    In her extract, Clarkisha describes two pictures of herself which reflect on pivotal times in her life that have affected her identity development. Clarkisha reflects on these two identities and how she found herself through the displacement of cultural dissonance.
    You can also check out our other podcast series "Reclaimed and Rewritten" hosted by Clarkisha - all episodes live now.

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    • 42 min
    Lava La Rue on growing up as a Caribbean alt-kid

    Lava La Rue on growing up as a Caribbean alt-kid

    On this week’s episode of our podcast, Natty and Nie speak to Lava La Rue about growing up as a Black alt kid, co-founding NiNE8 collective with school friends Biig Pig and Mac Wetha, and the importance of collectivism in the creative industries.
    Lava reads a poem that expresses her understanding of her identity as a mixed-race person and the politics around it; of being raised by a Black family in a Black community, and navigating the complexities around having a mixed heritage in the UK. 


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    • 42 min
    Issy Wong shares the connection to family and her mutual love of sport

    Issy Wong shares the connection to family and her mutual love of sport

    In this episode, Natty and Nie are joined by British-Chinese cricket player Issy Wong. Issy shares how she came into her cricket career and the lifestyle she cultivated from this. 
    Familial connection is a prevalent value with Issy; and throughout the episode we learn all about her Macanese heritage and hear captivating stories of her family and culture. We hear an extract from 13-year-old Issy, sharing her memories of watching live football with their family and how she connects through her support of the Liverpool Football Club. 


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    • 49 min
    Priya Ahluwalia on representation in fashion, creativity and sustainability

    Priya Ahluwalia on representation in fashion, creativity and sustainability

    This week we're joined by fashion designer and creative Priya Ahluwalia. With Nigerian and Indian roots, Priya talks to Natty and Nie all about the intersections between creativity and sustainability in the fashion industry.
    We hear more about the values she upholds in herself and within her brand, Ahluwalia, to bring inclusivity and accurate representation of Black and Brown people.
    She shares an extract from her notes that touches on the complexities of feelings versus thoughts, body image and perceptions of success and how she nurtures herself throughout.


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    • 52 min
    Mimi Zhu on finding yourself again after love

    Mimi Zhu on finding yourself again after love

    Welcome to this week's episode of Growing Up with gal-dem, with Valentine's day around the corner. Tune in to our conversation with 'quintessential' Gemini, queer Chinese-Australian and author of 'Be not afraid of love', Mimi Zhu.
    This episode taps into the relationship between love and fear within ourselves and our identities. Mimi, Natty & Nie reflect on how we talk to ourselves during the liberation of complex relationships. Mimi shares how they learned self-love, and self-improvement and reflected upon understanding the reality of oneself after an abusive relationship and the tools they used for growth in the manifestation of their book.
    You can buy Mimi’s book Be Not Afraid of Love here

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
523 Ratings

523 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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