17 episodes

Unpacking perceptions of beauty so deeply ingrained in society, through the lens of black and non-black people of colour and our mutual struggles and challenges - be it discrimination, appropriation or simply lack of options.
Each episode will be centred on one single theme, topic or question, we will discuss societal misrepresentation, decipher myths, share personal stories and ask those questions that maybe you didn't think you could ask, or simply didn't know how.
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Unpacking perceptions of beauty so deeply ingrained in society, through the lens of black and non-black people of colour and our mutual struggles and challenges - be it discrimination, appropriation or simply lack of options.
Each episode will be centred on one single theme, topic or question, we will discuss societal misrepresentation, decipher myths, share personal stories and ask those questions that maybe you didn't think you could ask, or simply didn't know how.
Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @unprettypodcast
#UnprettyPodcast

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    Loc'd and loaded with Akinola Davies Jnr

    Loc'd and loaded with Akinola Davies Jnr

    Locs, dreads, dreadlocks, whatever you call them it’s difficult to find a more divisive hair style in black British culture. From the historic roots stemming back to slavery or Rastafari culture to the more modern day work place “beauty standards” and appropriation, we want to talk about it all.
    Joining Chi and Bas on our last themed episode of the season, is film maker Akinola Davies Jnr, who shares his long term commitment to locs and we ask him all the questions we've had since the first episode.

    Is the term “dreadlocks” offensive? Is it okay for non-black people to don the style? What made you decide to wear your hair in this way? What’s the process that goes into creating and maintaining your locs and is it really anyone's business?
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    Akinola Davies Jnr
    www.instagram.com/akinoladaviesj
    www.twitters.com/www.instagram.com/akinoladaviesj
    www.akinoladaviesjr.com
    Niellah Arboine, What I Learnt About Loc'ing my hair during lockdown. - https://www.bustle.com/style/what-i-learnt-about-locing-accepting-my-natural-hair-during-lockdown
    Kevin Morosky, The Black Sq https://www.instagram.com/p/CHvfUk0hrvi/

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    • 57 min
    Colourism: skin tone bias, status, and the white lens with Poorna Bell and Tobi Kyeremateng

    Colourism: skin tone bias, status, and the white lens with Poorna Bell and Tobi Kyeremateng

    The topic of colourism has come up again and again throughout our conversations on the Unpretty Podcast so we wanted to take the time to properly unpack and understand all elements, across various cultures.
    Living in the West, in a largely white society - where a good tan is associated with luxury and a sign of good health - colourism feels like a concept as foreign as our names. But it still very much lives within the black and brown communities, both in our native countries and in the western world.
    We want to unpack the cultural history of colourism from past tense to the modern day - discussing skin bleaching, media representation and dating in modern society.
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    Poorna Bell
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    Tobi Kyeremateng
    https://www.instagram.com/tobikyere/
    https://twitter.com/tobikyere
    Galdem: How colourism and misogynoir affected a generation of dark-skinned black women on and off the timeline - https://gal-dem.com/how-colourism-and-misogynoir-affected-a-generation-of-dark-skinned-black-women-twitter/
    Stylist: How I finally changed the conversation around colourism in my family - https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/colourism-skin-whitening-poorna-bell-beauty-standards/292569
    Dazed Beauty: Beauty brands need to do more if they actually want to end colourism - https://www.dazeddigital.com/beauty/body/article/49789/1/colourism-fair-and-lovely-loreal-unilever-skin-whitening-bleaching-products

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    • 55 min
    Mental health stigmas in POC communities with Dr Rupy Aujla and Agnes Mwakatuma

    Mental health stigmas in POC communities with Dr Rupy Aujla and Agnes Mwakatuma

    Mental health is a key component to our perception of our own beauty and self esteem.
    Although we’ve come a long way in terms of awareness, the subject of mental health is often still stigmatised amongst non-white cultures, and discussions around any mental health battles you may be facing seen as a taboo subject, e.g the issue of masking pain is especially still prevalent amongst non-white men. With the amount of challenges that 2020 has brought, there has never been a more important time to check in on our mental health, and to discuss this issue and push the agenda to understand that poor mental health is something we are all susceptible to.
    For this episode, Chi and Basma talk to Agnes Mwakatuma, founder of Black Minds Matter, and Dr Rupy Aujla (aka The Doctor's Kitchen) about their own experiences with mental health and why the stigmas still exist within black and brown communities. From religious cultures and household matriarchs, to the eurocentric models of mental health care in the UK, our guests share guidance and solutions to help bring more healthy conversations about mental well being.

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    Black Minds Matter
    https://www.instagram.com/blackmindsmatter.uk/
    http://blackmindsmatter.co.uk/
    Dr Rupy Aujla
    https://www.instagram.com/doctors_kitchen/
    https://www.thedoctorskitchen.com

    Bristol Cable: Misunderstood and excluded: How to build mental health services fit for diverse communities - https://thebristolcable.org/2020/10/misunderstood-and-retraumatised-black-services-users-speak-out-about-their-experiences-of-mental-health-provision-bristol/
    British Vogue: Your Black Friends Are Still Exhausted, Check On Their Mental Wellbeing - https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/black-exhaustion-mental-health
    Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive - https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Reasons-to-Stay-Alive-by-Matt-Haig-author/9781782116820
    #IAMWHOLE founded by Jordan Stephens - https://www.whole.org.uk/

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    • 55 min
    Is it problematic to have a racial dating preference? With Evelyn Mok and Vick Hope

    Is it problematic to have a racial dating preference? With Evelyn Mok and Vick Hope

    Ever been told you are ‘someone's type’, but because of your ethnicity rather than personality? Have you ever been told you are someones shade? Fetishising race has been part of a long and troubling history that has been an issue through time, from black people's bodies fetishised since slavery, to South Asian women being seen as submissive by western males. From the recurring “I want mixed race children” justification of seeking out a particular race, to the exclusively dating outside of your own race. Is it racist to say "I only date black guys”?
    But what are the common things that come up? What does it mean to be a minority not in the abstract but in the reality in the pursuit of love. The infamous OKCupid study in 2014 found that Asian men and Black women get fewer matches than other races on dating apps. Furthermore, white men and Asian women appeared to receive the most matches (data focused on heterosexual users).
    We want to explore this prominent issue in today's culture, including experiences of online dating in a world where people of colour constantly feel like they are degraded to a fetish, and how emotionally damaging this can be.
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    Vick Hope
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    Notes of Love - https://fentonand.co/products/notes-on-love
    BBC Radio 1 Life Hacks - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09c189d
    Evelyn Mok
    https://www.instagram.com/evelynmok/
    https://twitter.com/evelynmok
    https://www.evelynmok.com/wp/
    Rice to Meet You Podcast https://ricetomeetyoupod.com/
    BBC iPlayer, Bring British East Asian - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p08m19bz/being-british-east-asian-sex-beauty-bodies
    What Is This Behaviour, Ep 17 - Interracial Dating - https://open.spotify.com/episode/7dN2Ffv8QolAii3NIJomFR

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    • 54 min
    Unpretty & Unfiltered: The team talk Black History Month

    Unpretty & Unfiltered: The team talk Black History Month

    Recorded on Monday 28th of September, Basma and Chi are joined by producer Kaydine to reflect on actions since June 2nd and anticipate what is to come over Black History Month.
    Black History Month, celebrated throughout October in the UK, is a time firmly placed in the cultural calendar with many insitutions from the BBC to the British Film Institute rolling out programming each year across the month and educational settings dedicating the curriculum to teaching Black history. We discuss how we generally feel about this cultural moment, it's neccesity and our expectations for the month ahead.
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    • 30 min
    Rethinking "nude" as a colour with Anita Bhagwandas and Ade Hassan

    Rethinking "nude" as a colour with Anita Bhagwandas and Ade Hassan

    As people of colour (or actually people in general) we are taught about the concept of nude as one homogenous colour - falling somewhere on the spectrum between peach and beige.
    The style media tells us that a nude court shoe will elongate our legs, a nude lip is a must have, wear nude underwear under white clothing, nude tights will keep you warm without ruining your overall look, but when the shades aren’t there, where does that leave people of colour?
    This is something we all face from a young age – felt tips and crayons at school, plasters, ballet slippers. We want to unpack and challenge the concept of nude as a colour and the exclusionary effects that it has on women of colour as they navigate through their journey of self expression.
    Exploring the various different tones of black and brown skin and the need for true representation for all shades, while discussing our never-ending search for the perfect nude lip.
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    Anita Bhagwandas
    https://www.instagram.com/itsmeanitab
    https://www.stylist.co.uk/beauty/the-changing-face-of-beauty/132781
    Ade Hassan, MBE
    https://www.instagram.com/itsadehassan
    https://www.instagram.com/nubianskin
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Thapariah ,

So great

I’ve really enjoyed listening to these episodes. Bas and Chi have a great way of bringing topics to the table that are simply not talked about enough! I’ve loved their selection of guests and how open they’ve been to talk about race, identity and their experiences. Can’t wait to hear more

FES2013 ,

Really amazing podcast xx

Amazing, very powerful podcast. Thanks all so much for sharing. Xx

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I’ve loved listening to the episodes of Unpretty Podcast, episode 4 was really close to home. Championing these women to continue talking about journeys of women of colour and every day experiences. Glad this podcast is now in my life!

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