Race Matters | Podcast
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 9: Brown Skin Girl (with Emily Havea and Leah Jing Mcintosh)
This week on Race Matters, Tanya chats to Emily Havea, a Sydney-based actor, singer and dancer who is currently starring in a one-woman play titled Grounded, at Parramatta's Riverside Theatre. They talk growing up Brown in white spaces, creative communities of colour and Brown Skin Girl, an incredible play from Sydney theatre collective Black Birds that Emily has written and starred in. You also hear from Leah Jing Mcintosh, the founder and editor of Liminal magazine, about the Liminal Fiction Prize: a creative writing prize for and judged by Australian writers of colour.
Black Birds are doing another show this April. It's called Exhale and you can head here to find out more / buy tickets.
Grab tickets to see Emily in the already widely acclaimed Grounded here.
Find more information about the launch of Liminal's first print edition in Melbourne here.
We also begin the show with a few words about the Christchurch terrorist attacks that Tanya shared earlier in the day, on Monday Arvos. If you have the means, the New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups and the New Zealand Islamic Information Centre are both running funds to support the victims and their families.
Bonus: A Conversation with Fariha Róisín
It's not every day that Fariha Róisín is in town. Now based in Brooklyn, the Australian-Canadian writer, editor, podcaster and delightful human was Sydneyside for a panel titled WoC Solidarity: Beyond Performative Allyship. You heard part of our interview with her on Episode 8 of Race Matters, but we felt so energised (and, tbh, smitten!) after our sprawling conversation with her that we wanted to make it available to you in full.
This episode features tunes from Tommy Genesis, Gonjasufi, Swet Shop Boys and M.I.A.
Episode 8: Woke Brownie Points (with Fariha Róisín)
Today on Race Matters with Georgia Mokak, we hear from Brooklyn-based Australian-Canadian writer, editor and podcaster Fariha Róisín. She speaks with Rhyan Clapham and Tanya Ali about growing up in Australia, diasporic experience and the importance of meaningful allyship. Later this week, we'll be releasing an extended cut of Rhyan and Tanya's conversation with Fariha – so keep an eye out on iTunes, Spotify and our podcast page.
Right at the end of today's show, we mention a really valuable resource – Aamer Rahman's video about reverse racism. Watch it here.
Bonus: International Women's Day (with Kween G)
In a special edition of Race Matters live-to-air on International Women's Day, Sara and Georgia catch up with Kween G for an in-depth chat about culture, gender and hip hop in Sydney.
Bonus: Hip Hop Feminism
How do you decide what is acceptable in the content you consume? Where do you draw your line? In this special episode of Race Matters, we explore feminism and queerness in hip hop, and how it's changed over time. You'll hear from Joan Morgan, Carolina Gasolina and Georgia Mokak, and hear tunes from Sampa the Great, Lauryn Hill and Okenyo, Miss Blanks & Jesswar.
If this topic is your jam, make sure you head along to Joan Morgan's talk at All About Women this Sunday March 10. All details at sydneyoperahouse.com.
Episode 7: Bakla in Blacktown (with Vonne Patiag and Joan Morgan)
Today on Race Matters, Darren and Tanya are joined by Filipino-Australian writer, producer and director Vonne Patiag to talk about his 2018 short film Tomgirl, queerness and masculinity. How do we, of the diaspora, define or redefine notions of identity that follow us from overseas? Namely, what does it mean to be Bakla in contemporary Australia? You can stream Tomgirl on SBS on Demand, and catch Vonne speaking this Sunday March 10 at Sydney Opera House's All About Women festival, on a panel titled 'Man up.'
You'll also hear from American author Joan Morgan talking Lauryn Hill, hip hop and feminism – and you can catch her speaking more on all of those things this weekend at her talk at All About Women too. Grab tickets from sydneyoperahouse.com.
Also, Solange dropped her album When I Get Home last week and we have THOUGHTS!
Stay tuned for a special Race Matters podcast featuring an extended chat with Joan Morgan and further exploration of feminism, queerness and inclusion in hip hop, out this Wednesday.
Episode 6: Dumb Racism (with Tyree Barnette)
This week on Race Matters, Sara Khan and Darren Lesaguis are joined by writer Tyree Barnette, who is a part of the Western Sydney Sweatshop collective – a literacy movement devoted to empowering groups and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Exploring his piece Being an African-American in Australia, we discuss the hierarchy of Blackness in Australia, comparing American and Australian notions of racism, and how to turn feelings of rage, violation and powerlessness into hope and resistance. Catch Tyree speaking as part of the Nick Cave x Sweatshop readings at Carriageworks on Saturday 2 March – 11am, and it's free! You can purchase writing from Sweatshop from their website.
Episode 5: Sisterhood in Hip Hop (with Diola and Zeadala)
On today's episode of Race Matters, Ryan Clapham and Georgia Mokak are joined by musician, producer and radio host Diola, and South-West Sydney based artist Zeadala, who are on the lineup for this Friday's Artivista at the Red Rattler in Marrickville - A night of Women in Hip Hop. They talk moments at which generations of sisterhood - newcomers and pioneers - meet to share and reflect on their stories, and where new paths are forged for young women and non-binary folk to thrive in the hip hop community. Find out what Diola and Zeadala believe is the driving force behind many of these people being people of colour.
Episode 4: Resisting Assimilation (with Nancy Denis)
Where were you when Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen Generations? This Wednesday marks 11 years since the day. On this week's episode of Race Matters, Sara shares her experience of the day, how far we've come, and how far we have to go. Sara and Darren are also joined by queer Haitian-Australian, actor, singer, dancer and all round powerhouse, Nancy Denis. You might remember her from her role in last year's production of The Rolling Stone, set in Uganda, where she plays the homophobic 'Mama' outing the man who impregnates her daughter, resulting in his death. Today, she talks modes of assimilation as a black woman growing up in white Australia, white fragility, and theatre moments that made her proud. Warning: strong language.
Episode 3: Down Under Lovechild (with Kaiit)
This week on Race Matters, Rhyan and Georgia are joined by up-and-coming superstar Kaiit. Connecting on the phone from hometown Melbourne, Kaiit talks her experiences of being a First Nations woman in the music industry and gives some advice to her younger self. Rhyan also outs Georgia as the maker of a very sweet welcome card when she was in town last year for Klub Koori. Cute!