Last year Boni Odoemene, Leon Diop and Femi Bankole of The Black and Irish Instagram page joined forces with Amanda Ade to create The Black and Irish Podcast on RTÉ.
Now in it's second season, the hosts are exploring the finer details of growing up as black or mixed raced in Ireland; discussing the difficulty of balancing duel identities, and the recipes, music and culture that their families have kept alive at home.
In today's episode, Femi and Amanda are joined by spoken word artist Felispeaks and Irish language activist/broadcaster Ola Majekodunmi to chat about their own journeys and experiences of working in the Arts.
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During their chat, Felispeaks reflected on her experience of performing at the Dublin Fringe Festival:
"Dublin Fringe Festival was kind of like the first space that I got in that I realised, 'Oh, this is a representation space?'. Because with spoken word poetry, even though as young as it was, and budding as it still is, when I started off at maybe age 20 in the hip-hop scene, in the club scene, in the pub scene, saying poetry with a bunch of rappers in the background and, you know, getting on slots with musicians, I didn't feel like I was doing something in terms of representation."
"I felt like there was so many mixes of people in that space, I didn't think about it like that, until I started getting into more niche and nuanced spaced. And I suppose my first time in getting into that space where I recognised that I was representing being Black, or representing a Black Irish Woman, would be Dublin Fringe Festival 2018 when myself when a co-writer Dagogo Heart put up Boy Child."
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