How and where can you possibly hear the unfiltered stories of BAME women (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic)? Former journalist and Sky News presenter Marverine Cole is starting a podcast dedicated to women of colour. After 25 years in the game, the veteran journalist understands what it means to be a minority and is bringing the voices of these women to her new platform to share their stories.
Born and bred in England’s second biggest city of Birmingham, Marverine’s been described as one of the most experienced black British female broadcasters when it comes to the arena of live television: having clocked up well over 3,500 hours of on-air time in a variety of roles, including presenting talks shows for BBC Radio, and solo-anchoring the 5-hour ‘World News and Business Report’ programme on Sky News. Throughout her long-standing media career, Marverine has witnessed how much the voices and opinions of black British women and women of colour are excluded from mainstream media in the UK.
“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. 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” – Marverine Cole.
Marverine bills “Quintessential Voices” podcast as Britain’s biggest conversation celebrating women of colour. The podcast will be sat as one-on-one interviews and round table conversations. Marverine will be hosting famous and successful BAME women such as Singer Laura Mvula and Eastenders actress Tameka Epson. The podcast will feature entertainers, motivational speakers. Each one delving in discussions around anxiety and depression, being LGBTQ, homelessness, how to become a politician, creative writing and the beauty market.
Click here to visit Marverine’s podcast site.
Will you be listening?