14 episodes

Yams & Yuca explores the fabric of Black identities through culture, food, art, life experiences and more; sharing the stories of international creatives. Co-hosts Heather Benson & Kamara Gray bring their unique perspectives as Black Global Citizens living and working in the UK and beyond. Close your eyes. Think about that signature dish that reminds you of home; you know the one that makes your eyes widen with excitement and fills your spirit from head to toe with just one bite. Mmmmmm…that feeling. This is a space for creatives to share similar ancestral memories that shape who they are. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/yamsandyuca-podcast/support

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Yams & Yuca explores the fabric of Black identities through culture, food, art, life experiences and more; sharing the stories of international creatives. Co-hosts Heather Benson & Kamara Gray bring their unique perspectives as Black Global Citizens living and working in the UK and beyond. Close your eyes. Think about that signature dish that reminds you of home; you know the one that makes your eyes widen with excitement and fills your spirit from head to toe with just one bite. Mmmmmm…that feeling. This is a space for creatives to share similar ancestral memories that shape who they are. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/yamsandyuca-podcast/support

    Cultivating Roots Confidence with Nick Makoha

    Cultivating Roots Confidence with Nick Makoha

    Writer, activist and creative entrepreneur Nick Makoha sits with us at the Yams & Yuca table to share his passion for food and poetry. This week we explore what it takes to cultivate confidence and belief within especially when navigating the peaks and valleys of being an artist.   

    Connect with Nick @mrmakoha and via his website

    Learn more about Obsidian @obsidianfoundation 


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Experiencing Full Circle Moments with Heather Benson

    Experiencing Full Circle Moments with Heather Benson

    Our special guest for this week is co-host, Heather Benson. Heather shares her story of experiencing full circle moments in her life, and how they have contributed to her being able to continue the art of storytelling through her artistic and creative work.

    Connect with Heather at: @dancinstarburst and www.heatherstarbenson.com


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    • 44 min
    Building Visible Legacies with Pawlet Brookes

    Building Visible Legacies with Pawlet Brookes

    This week we welcome Pawlet Brookes, Founder, CEO and Artistic Director of Serendipity - the diversity-led arts organisation in Leicester. An experienced and highly respected senior manager and producer, Pawlet has been at the forefront of the development of Black arts in the UK. 

    Connect with Pawlet and Serendipity @serendipityleicester 

    Be sure to check out the latest events on the Serendipity website. 


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Nurturing the Next Generation with Kamara Gray

    Nurturing the Next Generation with Kamara Gray

    We kick off the second half of Season 1 with a feature on our very own Kamara Gray. This week we learn about the nurturing experiences that inspired her to invest in young Black dancers and provide them with opportunities to train, perform and achieve their dreams. 

    Connect with Kamara @artistryyouthdance 

    For more information and to register for AYD100 visit ayd100.eventbrite.com


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    • 51 min
    The Importance of Being Seen with Tahlia Gray

    The Importance of Being Seen with Tahlia Gray

    Welcome to our Bonus Episode! Joining us at the table is Tahlia Gray, who shares her incredible journey that spans across the globe. She discusses why she feels it's so important to be seen, and how she came to create her international hosiery brand, Sheer Chemistry, that empowers women to feel confident and gorgeous in their own skin.

    Connect with Tahlia at: www.sheerchemistry.com, @sheerchemistry_tights, and @tahliagray


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    • 59 min
    The Power of Representation with Maxine Beneba Clarke

    The Power of Representation with Maxine Beneba Clarke

    This week, our podcast guest is the wonderful Maxine Beneba Clarke, a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. The award winning writer joins us at the table, and we talk about the power of representation through her characters, and its importance throughout her work.  ⁠ 

    Connect with Maxine at: @maxinebeneba


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    • 1 hr 5 min

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