A social research/interview series seeking to bridge the gap between the Political and the Personal; unpacking our day to day lived experiences through conversation.
Each episode of this series is accompanied by its own short, written piece; exploring my own thoughts on a specific topic we covered or responding to a part of the conversation that left me thinking.
These pieces can be found at: https://medium.com/@patricktemitayoolajide
Does the success of the Black man come with the abandonment of the Black woman?
Are we just looking at the world through a white lens, but from a Black Perspective?
Are we becoming desensitised to trauma?
Are Black men emotionally available as Fathers and Partners?
In this interview, I speak with photographer, videographer and bubbling creative Godgift, as we explore the unique impact gender has when looking at experiences of race. During our conversation we explore: whether there is self-love within the Black community; the impact of Pop culture on the treatment/experience of Black women; experiences of colourism and anti-blackness within Nigeria, and the feeling of being the Other in society.
Intro/Outro music by @yariroh
Who bears the burden of change?--The Clout Cocaine Epidemic
"It's so frustrating for people to downplay my experience, act like I'm overreacting, blame me for having that experience and just be mad at me for not being okay"--Jemmar
In this interview, I have the pleasure of speaking with activist, Bafta winner--Yes BAFTA WINNER--and documentarian Jemmar Samuels. Jemmar and I have been friends since 2015, and she is someone who has long since influenced my writing, politics and my own understanding of race.
Through our conversation, we explore; Black British Twitter and it's take on colourism, Jemmar's own experiences as a Black woman, the puritanical expectation of a Black female activist, and having to put in the work for social justice even when members of your own community oppose it.
Intro/Outro Music by @yariroh
"No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish"
Does true solidarity only stem from shared experiences of oppression?
In this episode, I have the absolute pleasure of speaking with Ben, an international relations student from the North West of England, and a personal close friend.
This interview was recorded in the weeks following the murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent protests that followed this injustice. Through our conversation, we explore; white privilege, the state's emphasis on property damage as a distraction tactic, Britain's ahistorical nature and the concept of Irish and Black Caribbean solidarity in Liverpool from a shared experience of British oppression.
Are conversations on implicit bias just a way of infantilising white people?
In this episode, I sit down with my good friend, and the host of the T and Waffles podcast--the host who does the absolute most--Tommy Dixon. We cover a lot of ground in a short amount time; starting off by discussing whether implicit bias is just a way of infantilising white people on topics of race, and the impacts of teaching selective parts of history. We then dive into the policing of black events and questions over why it is that black people are seen as more of a threat, and how it is we can go about achieving change.
Credit: Intro/Outro instrumental by Ray Hori (https://www.instagram.com/yariroh)
"Why did you assume that I must be the problem?"
In this interview, I'm joined by Eboselumen (Ebi-Rose) Akhilomen: business owner, strength athlete and all-around "lit" person. During this conversation, we hear from Ebi about her experiences with body policing, microaggressions/macroaggressions, and the misogynoir she's faced as a Black woman in the UK.
"There's anti-blackness in my home as well"
Episode 1 of the Tell Me About Yourself series.
Speaking with my good friend Kiiru Muhoya; in this episode we discuss allyship, aid/international development and anti-blackness in Black majority nations.