Podcast dedicated to women of colour launched


Former Sky News and 5 live / BBC WM presenter Marverine Cole has launched the UK’s first podcast dedicated to women of colour.

Marverine says there will be some similarities with BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, and ITV’s Loose Women on ‘Quintessential Voices’, with a mixture of one-on-one interviews and round-table studio-based conversations. Some guests are famous, including Singer Laura Mvula and Eastenders actress Tameka Epson, whilst others are everyday women of all ages, from all walks of life.

“We are rarely allowed a ‘seat at the table’ to share our views about politics, news and current affairs, to tell our stories in a wider forum. To be unapologetically black,” Marverine said.

The Podcast is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes and more details can be found on Marverine’s website here.

Marverine continued: “If we’re talking about sport, music, we get a pass. If you’re a black American woman, you get a pass. But this doesn’t go far enough. What about the academics, the scientists, the GPs, the entrepreneurial Mums who are black? They can contribute to mainstream conversations as much as anyone else, but they, we are excluded. There’s a huge swathe of smart, funny women of colour, who are experts in their field or who are making an impact in their local communities, but whose stories very rarely get a platform.

“So for me – not only is Quintessential Voices a podcast for anyone and everyone interested in enjoying the aural experience of hearing fascinating female voices – I consider it my personal love letter to British women of colour.”

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