30 episodes

This London-based podcast, hosted by Meera Kumar, is all about showing you some of the incredible POC role models of our generation. In the latest season, I chatted to some incredible people about their careers and businesses. There's truly something for everyone. If you enjoy an episode, then please leave a review!

MK on the Mic MK on the Mic

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 33 Ratings

This London-based podcast, hosted by Meera Kumar, is all about showing you some of the incredible POC role models of our generation. In the latest season, I chatted to some incredible people about their careers and businesses. There's truly something for everyone. If you enjoy an episode, then please leave a review!

    Shona Vertue

    Shona Vertue

    S3 EP7

    This is the final episode of season 3 of MK on the Mic with Meera Kumar. I was joined by Shona Vertue - a world renowned personal trainer and yoga instructor. She has been a huge inspiration to me, both in general life and as a woman of colour in the fitness industry, so it was a massive honour to interview her.

    We talked about:

    Being an elite-gymnast from the age of 4
    Moving from gymnastics to dance to yoga
    Quitting her university degree and getting an office job
    Starting a business without social media
    Managing her time
    Social media giving women of colour a platform that may not have been given in traditional media
    Representation in the fitness industry and whitewashing
    Self rejecting because you feel that you can’t meet beauty ideals
    Creating the Vertue Method and writing a book
    Allostatic load and the ‘no days off’ culture
    Posture - ‘the only bad posture is the one you’re in too much’
    Hydration and caffeination

    Meera's socials:

    Insta: www.instagram.com/meerakumar
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/meeerakumar

    Podcast:
    
Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Shona’s socials:
    Website: https://shonavertue.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw3_asTSehMF-MbF1cluGCw/videos

    • 35 min
    Vik Kainth

    Vik Kainth

    S3 EP6
    In this penultimate episode of season 3 of MK on the Mic with Meera Kumar, I spoke to Vik Kainth. @vikkainth is a digital artist who has brought classical Indian art back with a twist, and it doesn’t get much fresher than his Japanese-Indian fusion of Ganesh (aka Japanesh).

    Topics include:
    The value of Art GCSE and A-Level
    Studying Visual Communication at university
    Anxiety at university and pressure to get a First
    The benefits of going to university
    Is digital art lesser than fine art?
    Combining Indian culture and Japanese culture in art
    Culture fusion in art and cultural appropriation
    Getting art tattooed
    The legal side of art and having your art copied by other people
    Receiving backlash over his art
    Platonic love, breakups, and personal growth
    Vik’s schedule (or lack of!)
    The impact of follower counts
    Having his work made into huge murals in India with Delhi Street Art
    Diwali and Wallace Gallery
    Having Lilly Singh and Ice Cube repost his artwork

    Meera's socials:

    Insta: www.instagram.com/meerakumar
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/meeerakumar

    Podcast:
    
Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Vik's socials:
    Website: https://www.vikkainthart.com/
    Insta: https://www.instagram.com/vik.kainth/?hl=en

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Satchit

    Satchit

    S3 EP5
    On this episode of MK on the Mic with Meera Kumar, South London artist @thefirstsatchit joined me to talk about music.

    We talked about:

    Recording his album (a fusion between Indian music and R&B) in India
    Graduating from Exeter and choosing to pursue music
    Producing music on a budget
    Getting a degree and then going into music, or skipping uni
    Discovering English music in secondary school
    South Asian artists to support
    Performing at Native Sounds
    Reincarnation and the increasing human population
    Religion and war

    Meera's socials:

    Insta: www.instagram.com/meerakumar

    Podcast:
    
Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Satchit's socials:

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/thefirstsatchit
    Website: https://www.satchitofficial.com/

    • 42 min
    Sejal Sehmi

    Sejal Sehmi

    S3 EP4:
    In this episode of MK on the Mic with Meera Kumar, Sejal Sehmi joins me to talk about her career and experiences. We cover a range of topics:

    Content warning: Sexual abuse/rape/physical abuse/murder

    Being made redundant, packing up, moving abroad to make a documentary in India about marriage
    Becoming the UK Editor of Brown Girl Magazine
    Experiencing hate and receiving death threats on the internet
    Writing an opinion piece about MJ and R. Kelly for The Independent
    Domestic and sexual abuse
    Sexual consent within marriage, virginity and rape
    Expectations of being married by 25 and interracial relationships
    Cultural appropriation or appreciation: accessories and deities

    Meera's socials:

    Insta: www.instagram.com/meerakumar

    Podcast:
    
Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Domestic abuse charity insta: www.instagram.com/abuseneverbecomesus

    Brown Girl Magazine twitter and insta: @ browngirlmag

    Sejal’s insta: www.instagram.com/sejalsehmi
    Sejal’s website: www.sejalsehmi.com and www.thedesireads.com

    • 43 min
    Food & Lycra

    Food & Lycra

    S3 EP4:
    In this episode of MK on the Mic with Meera Kumar, Kim and Rachel of Food & Lycra join me to talk about their careers. You guys are going to love this episode.

    Topics include:

    - How Food & Lycra started
    - Managing multiple business
    - Food & Lycra events
    - Rachel and Kim's roles within F&L
    - Beating the burnout
    and more!

    Meera's socials:

    Insta: www.instagram.com/meerakumar

    Podcast:
    
Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Rachel's insta:
    www.instagram.com/supernoodlerach

    Kim's insta:
    www.instagram.com/kimmayco

    Food & Lycra:

    Insta: www.instagram.com/foodandlycra
    Website: https://www.foodandlycra.com/

    • 46 min
    Nesrine Dally

    Nesrine Dally

    S3 EP3:
    In this episode of MK on the Mic with Meera Kumar, Nesrine Dally joins me to talk about her career and business. There’s so much in this episode, so I’ve put the timestamps of different topics below. Enjoy!


    1:26 Nez’s background in sport and competition
    2:50 Being a competitive athlete in school
    4:32 University and Muay Thai
    16:05 Going to Thailand for a fight camp and Nez’s first professional fight
    17:28 The rules of Muay Thai
    22:35 Thai Fit - Nez’s Muay Thai business
    22:04 Raising kids and putting them into different sports and clubs. How much is too much?
    29:18 Nez’s career after uni, setting up Thai Fit, and starting with Nike
    35:05 Deciding to wear a hijab and being a female trainer
    49:07 Improving yourself as a personal trainer


    Meera's socials:

    Insta: www.instagram.com/meerakumar

    Podcast:
    
Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Nez:
    Insta: www.instagram.com/hijabi.lifts

    Thai Fit: www.instagram.com/thaifitlondon

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

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I love this show!

I’m so proud of myself for discovering this show. Yes - I know credit is actually due to MK but I claim credit for finding it and listening!

The episodes are always thought provoking I catch myself thinking “that’s exactly what I think - how come no one else has said it before?!”

MK’s delivery is vibrant, intelligent and interesting unafraid to question and point out issues that affect society and that we should all be thinking about.

I can’t wait for more!

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Can’t get enough

MK’s style of delivery and explanation keeps listeners engaged, enthused and coming back for more. I have throughly enjoyed binge listening to everything that’s been uploaded, I hope MK never stops as we need more podcasts like this!

Supernoodlerach ,

Great listen

You are a great host Meera! Loved the diversity of women on your show

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