46 episodes

Your regular source of fierce female chat. Hosted by Adwoa Aboah and featuring different guests, as they talk, share, listen and take control of their lives.

The Gurls Talk Podcast Gurls Talk

    • Mental Health
    • 4.8, 412 Ratings

Your regular source of fierce female chat. Hosted by Adwoa Aboah and featuring different guests, as they talk, share, listen and take control of their lives.

    Ep 45. Adwoa speaks to activist, campaigner and founder of Glitch, Seyi Akiwowo about the dangers of online abuse and the effect of the current political climate on digital spaces and our mental health.

    Ep 45. Adwoa speaks to activist, campaigner and founder of Glitch, Seyi Akiwowo about the dangers of online abuse and the effect of the current political climate on digital spaces and our mental health.

    As protests calling for racial justice sweep the globe, people are becoming increasingly aware of the ongoing impact racism has on the mental health of Black communities. However, less attention has been devoted to understanding how this abuse manifests and is exacerbated in online spaces. My guest this week, Seyi Akiwowo, is the founder of Glitch UK, a charity that aims to end online abuse. In this episode, we discuss how online abuse impacts vulnerable populations, the lack of accountability and response by tech companies and the authorities, and how to protect yourself online.
    You can follow @seyiakiwowo and @glitchuk_ on instagram, and you can follow us @gurlstalk. 
    Please send any messages to us via DM at @gurlstalk on Instagram, and don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

    • 58 min
    Ep 44. Adwoa talks to Lexi Brumback from Netflix’s Cheer about rewriting your future

    Ep 44. Adwoa talks to Lexi Brumback from Netflix’s Cheer about rewriting your future

    If you’re anything like me, then you were in awe of the dedication and focus shown in Netflix’s Cheer. Lexi Brumback (@lexisbrumback) was the tumbler with a natural ability to fly through the air like an actual goddess.
    This episode, Lexi will wow you with her honesty as we enter the world of her teens. After running away from home at 16, Lexi credits cheerleading for turning her life around, coming back and setting her life back on track.
    The Gurls Talk Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and all major streaming services.

    • 42 min
    Ep 43. Adwoa and Afua Hirsch discuss the nuances of biracial identity, the power of language, and the insidious nature of Britain’s brand of anti-Black racism.

    Ep 43. Adwoa and Afua Hirsch discuss the nuances of biracial identity, the power of language, and the insidious nature of Britain’s brand of anti-Black racism.

    Growing up biracial in Britain is something I have in common with this week’s guest. Afua Hirsch and I are both proud of our Ghanaian heritage, but growing up in predominantly white spaces meant we both struggled to express that pride and protect ourselves from the microaggressions of our white peers.
    This episode explores some deeply personal themes of acceptance and identity, and reflects on the exhilaration and exhaustion that has come with the recent wave of anti-racist awareness and activism. We speak about Afua’s book, Brit(ish), her first-hand experiences of racial bias in the media and explore how every person can improve their anti-racist practice.
    You can follow @afuahirsch and you can follow us @gurlstalk. Please send any messages to www.gurlstalk.com And don’t forget to subscribe, so you never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 42. Adwoa discusses activism, vulnerability and changing your narrative with Black Lives Matter ambassador and futurist storyteller, Janaya Future Khan.

    Ep 42. Adwoa discusses activism, vulnerability and changing your narrative with Black Lives Matter ambassador and futurist storyteller, Janaya Future Khan.

    Ever since the tragic murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade, the Black Lives Matter movement has protested against police brutality and racism in all 50 US states and more than 18 countries (and counting).
    But activism cannot be achieved without vulnerability and sacrifice, which is exactly what my guest this week epitomises. Janaya Future Khan talks about how their past shaped, but didn’t define, their future and how they’re unpacking the narrative around black womxn. Plus, we discuss the failures of policing, leadership, the patriarchy and explore the power of the imagination in the fight for change. 
    You can follow @janayathefuture and you can follow us @gurlstalk. Please send any messages to www.gurlstalk.com and don’t forget to subscribe, so you never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

    • 56 min
    Ep 41. Adwoa talks to Hollie Arnold, the Team GB Paralympian about achieving something you never thought possible

    Ep 41. Adwoa talks to Hollie Arnold, the Team GB Paralympian about achieving something you never thought possible

    I just love episodes like these… where I know I’m going to talk to someone who will change my entire outlook on life. Hollie Arnold is a record breaking, gold medal winning javelin thrower who loves makeup and was born without her right arm. She’s an absolute force of pure joy and she puts it all down to her love for sport and the positive people in her life.
    We talk about how finding something you’re good at it is one of the most freeing experiences you can have. If you’re trying a new sport, or learning to meditate, or just getting really good at relaxing, then listen to this episode as we talk about how important it is to not feel guilty about how much you are or aren’t doing right now. Whatever we can manage is enough.
     
    You can follow Hollie on Instagram @holliearnold8 and you can follow us @gurlstalk.
    Please send any messages to www.gurlstalk.com And don’t forget to subscribe to never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

    • 52 min
    Ep 40. Adwoa talks to Megan Barton-Hanson about reality TV, insecurities and lifting women up.

    Ep 40. Adwoa talks to Megan Barton-Hanson about reality TV, insecurities and lifting women up.

    The maneater, the glamour model, the sexy one. Well, that’s the role the producers of Love Island put on Megan Barton-Hanson when she was in the villa in 2018. But as we all know, reality TV is a heavily edited version of what really happens, and Megan and I dive into this and how sudden fame affected her mental health.
    We talk about how women are still being judged against each other in the media and online, and how this toxic negativity needs to stop. Like, NOW. Megan tells us about her struggles with being bullied and trolled, and how cosmetic surgery can yes, give you bigger boobs and a smaller nose, but it can’t fix your confidence.
    Megan’s unapologetically honest about all sorts of issues like mental health, enhancing your looks and sexuality. She tells us “we all need to be more real, to be kinder, and show our vulnerable side.” And I couldn’t agree more, Megan.
    Enjoy listening and until next time, mad, mad amounts of love.
    You can follow Megan on Instagram @meganbartonhanson and you can follow us @gurlstalk Please send any messages to www.gurlstalk.com And don’t forget to subscribe to never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
412 Ratings

412 Ratings

#oldSCalltheway ,

life changing

This podcast was recommended to me just 3 days ago by a friend who’s been helping me at the moment as i’ve been going through an extremely tough time and I could not be more grateful. Adwoa, you are just a bright beautiful light that is guiding me out of my darkness. Thank you for everything you do xxx <3

Bri.R.C ,

Motivational and realness

I have been listening to these podcasts every now and then but every time I do I’m so I tuned in to what’s being said and the outcome of each episode . I’m a young black women living in London and pursuing my dreams and goals . So I usually listen while I’m working from home or at work . Today’s a beautiful day In London the sun is shining through my glass doors and I’m working from home doing what I love . I decided to go back and listen to all of the podcast whilst working through this deadline and it was definitely the right decision if you want some substance conversion going on in the back ground whilst you work .

jodiewww ,

Insightful and inspiring

The diversity in topics and people that Adwoa has on this podcast is incredible. I’ve learnt so much about so many amazing people and professions that I’d never have known before this. The conversation always feels so relatable and I’m so thankful for that. Keep it up you wonderful human x

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