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De-Graft Mensah brings you the black voices, stories, and biggest laughs that you don’t always hear in mainstream news.

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De-Graft Mensah brings you the black voices, stories, and biggest laughs that you don’t always hear in mainstream news.

    Writing a romcom

    Writing a romcom

    It’s National Storytelling Week, so new author Taylor-Dior Rumble drops in to share a reading from her first novel, The Situationship. It’s being published by Stormzy’s Merky Books in the summer and is about something many of us will be familiar with.

    De-Graft also catches up with Joy Battick, who now has two life-sized bronze statues of herself at Brixton Railway Station. Her first statue, installed in 1986, is thought to be one of the first public sculptures of a black British person in England.

    And De-Graft talks to Chelsea Bailey - a BBC journalist who’s in Memphis, in the US - about Tyre Nichols. He died three days after he was beaten by police following a traffic stop. Video footage from police bodycams have been released and shared online. They are graphic, so De-Graft gets tips from Seyi Akiwowo - the CEO of Glitch - on controlling what you see online and digital self-care.


    Presenter: De-Graft Mensah
    Producer: Kamilah McInnis
    Researchers: Paige Neal-Holder and Star McFarlane
    Sound: Kamilah McInnis and Dave O’Neill
    Editor: Alison Gee

    • 28 min
    Hair, discrimination and your rights

    Hair, discrimination and your rights

    A tweet from a mum accusing her daughter’s school of having a racist hair policy has gone viral on social media. But what is hair discrimination? How do you prove it and do you know your rights? Lawyer Laith Dilaimi pays the pod a visit to answer these questions. Jackie Killeen from the Equality and Human Rights Commission also drops in to explain the guidelines.

    We’re also talking about dyslexia. Uni student Zoe Littlewood and Marcia Brissett-Bailey - who has written a book called Black, Brilliant and Dyslexic - open up about their own experiences.

    And we’re keeping things light and fluffy as we get into a debate on jollof rice. Unesco recognises it as originating in Senegal, as does Khadim Mbamba, a Senegalese chef. De-Graft, who happens to be Ghanaian, has a few questions…

    Drop us a line and let us know what you want to hear on the podcast, even if it’s just to say hello. Our WhatsApp number is +44 0330 123 9480. Remember to start your message with IYDK, to make sure we see it.

    Presenter: De-Graft Mensah
    Producer: Kamilah McInnis
    Researchers: Paige Neal-Holder, Khadra Salad and Star McFarlane
    Sound: Kamilah McInnis and Dave O’Neill
    Editor: Alison Gee

    • 26 min
    Let’s talk air pollution… it could be damaging your health

    Let’s talk air pollution… it could be damaging your health

    So, why isn’t air pollution being cut faster? It’s 10 years since nine-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah died – she was the first person in the UK to have air pollution recorded as a cause of death. Her mum Rosamund talks to De-Graft and Cherry about her daughter and why she’s so frustrated at the pace of change.

    Hip-hop legend Chuck D from Public Enemy drops in to talk about his new doc that’s dropping on BBC iPlayer and BBC Two on Saturday... and he can’t help growling at De-Graft.

    And R&B singer Jaz Karis explains why she unhappy with the Brit Awards.

    Presenters: De-Graft Mensah and Cherry Wilson
    Researchers: Kesewaa Browne, Paige Neal-Holder and Star McFarlane
    Sound: Jonny Hall, Alison Gee and Dave O’Neill
    Editor: Alison Gee

    • 33 min
    Why are black people waiting longer for organs?

    Why are black people waiting longer for organs?

    Black people who need a transplant wait up to six months longer than other patients, according to a new NHS report. Winnie Andango from NHS Blood and Transplant stops by to explain why and tells us what can be done to change things.

    And we meet the Hutchinson family - 22-year-old footballer Shae has had two kidney transplants, his mum Sarah is waiting for one and his uncle Simon donated one of his kidneys to a stranger.

    What do you want us to talk about on the podcast? Drop us a line and let us know - our WhatsApp number is +44 0330 123 9480. Remember to start your message with IYDK, to make sure we see it.

    Presenters: De-Graft Mensah and Cherry Wilson
    Researchers: Paige Neal-Holder, Khadra Salad and Kesewaa Browne
    Sound: Philip Bull, Alison Gee and Dave O’Neill
    Editor: Alison Gee

    • 27 min
    The Asake concert crush: What happened?

    The Asake concert crush: What happened?

    What led to two people dying at an Asake gig in south London? Many details remain unclear, but with the help of BBC correspondent Greg McKenzie and witness accounts - we’ve pieced together what we do know. Mike Kill from the Night Time Industries Association also drops in with advice on what you can do to try to protect yourself in a dangerous crowd.

    And it’s Christmas time… but the latest census revealed that less than half of the population now describe themself as Christian. So we hear from former Christian Gilly, who tells us how he’s celebrating it, and Rufaro, a pastor, who shares a Christmas message.

    What do you want to hear on the podcast, next year? Drop us a line and let us know - our WhatsApp number is +44 0330 123 9480. Remember to start your message with IYDK, to make sure we see it.

    Presenter: De-Graft Mensah
    Producer: Kamilah McInnis
    Researchers: Paige Neal-Holder and Khadra Salad
    Sound: Kamilah McInnis and Dave O’Neill
    Editor: Alison Gee

    • 23 min
    Let’s talk about OCD

    Let’s talk about OCD

    We’re talking about OCD in this week’s episode. It affects two to three per cent of the population and is the lowest-funded mental health condition for research, according to the charity Orchard OCD. De-Graft is joined by Shaun Flores, who reveals what his life is like living with the condition. He noticed a lack of black people speaking about their OCD experiences and is on a mission to change that. Nick Sireau, co-founder and chair of Orchard OCD, also drops in.

    And the 2022 World Cup final is nearly upon us! Morocco becoming the first African team to ever reach the semi-final has been celebrated as a big win for Africa and Africans around the world. But, it has also brought up conversations around African identity in the North African country. De-Graft hears from Zainab, who felt conflicted about supporting Morocco, and Hajar Chaffag, a BBC Africa reporter in Rabat.

    What do you want to hear on the podcast? Drop us a line and let us know - our WhatsApp number is +44 0330 123 9480. Remember to start your message with IYDK, to make sure we see it.

    Presenter: De-Graft Mensah

    Producer: Kamilah McInnis

    Researchers: Paige Neal-Holder and Khadra Salad

    Sound: Kamilah McInnis and Dave O’Neill

    Editor: Alison Gee

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

libby_eloise ,

Effortlessly cool!

This podcast just exudes cool!!! Everything about it is so fresh and relevant. De-Graft and Roshan have such good chemistry, you feel like you’re listening to your two best friends have a really interesting and engaging chat! I love it, can’t wait for more!

AbsRog ,

Insightful and entertaining

De’Graft and Roshan have great chemistry as a presenting duo, and cover topics with intelligence and genuine passion. I can’t wait for the rest of the series :)

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