Race Matters is a weekly show, airing live on Sydney’s FBi Radio each Monday at 5:30pm. It sees rotating hosts Rhyan Clapham, Sara Khan, Darren Lesaguis and Georgia Mokak chat race, culture, representation, arts and current affairs with a range of guests.
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Episode 35: Halal Gurls (with Aanisa Vylet)
Aanisa Vylet wrote and stars in Halal Gurls, the world's first hijabi comedy series. We chat to her about her experience making the show, some of her early influences and why authentic, intelligent representation matters.
Episode 34: Shifting the Balance (with Lena Nahlous)
We know there's a lack of diverse representation in the arts, especially when it comes to positions of power. But we haven't always had the numbers to prove it. Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia, Lena Nahlous, unpacks their recent report into arts leadership, diversity and inclusion, proving that we have a problem and directing us to start working on solutions.
Episode 33: Paris Report (with PM Kanza.)
In a Race Matters first, our resident globetrotter Rhyan Clapham talks race, identity and music with French rapper PM Kanza.
Episode 32: Farewell Georgia!
It's Georgia's last show! She reflects on the crushes she's manifested by way of interviewing them for past episodes. Plus, we look to the future, chatting Western Sydney crew ONEFOUR and how they're taking the world by storm.
Episode 31: We Are Golden (with Candy Bowers)
Writer, performer and educator Candy Bowers chats Black Girl Magic, reclaiming narratives and tells us the best icebreaker idea we’ve ever heard – tried and tested.
Episode 30: Come As You Are (with Damian Griffis)
Damian Griffis is a proud Worimi man and a leading advocate for the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability. It was an honour to have him on today's show, for a truly insightful chat with Sara about intersectionality, the pros of approaching disability with a social model, and his upcoming panel at Sydney Opera House's Antidote in September.
Plus – at the beginning of the show, Sara spoke about the crisis in Victoria at the moment, on the lands of the Djab Wurrung people. The sacred birthing trees of their lands are about to be knocked down to build a new highway by Victoria Roads. For directions to the protest and numbers to call if you can't physically make it there, head to dwembassy.com/.
Episode 29: Waltzing the Dragon (with Benjamin Law)
Darren Lesaguis talks to author and broadcaster Benjamin Law about 'Waltzing the Dragon', his two-part doco exploring the long and oft-surprising history between Australia and China. They also chat negotiating identity across generations, and 'Growing Up Queer in Australia' – the recent, vital anthology Law has edited.
Watch 'Waltzing the Dragon' on ABC iView, and find 'Growing Up Queer in Australia' in any good bookstore.
Episode 28: Gaosuwo (with Rainbow Chan)
Sydney multidisciplinary artist and musician Rainbow Chan chats language, culture and identity and how they fit into her new album, Pillar. If you're in Sydney, catch Rainbow live at The Chippo Hotel on Friday August 23.
Episode 27: Shine Bright (with Min Jin Lee)
Korean-American author Min Jin Lee talks today's America, her 2017 best-selling novel Pachinko, how home and language inform her identity, and why Rihanna's 'Diamonds' is the antithesis to tall poppy syndrome. The book Min recommends is Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation by David L. Eng and Shinhee Han. Plus – if you have some spare change this week, please consider donating to RAICES: https://www.raicestexas.org/
Episode 26: Creating Your Own (with Gerii Pleitez)
Author and publisher Gerii Pleitez talks writing, relocation and bypassing literary gatekeepers as a woman of colour.