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My name is Yeni, and I will be uncovering each session from Voltage Revolution’s The Spotify Podcast Club, from genesis to the finale for 2022. Lets get straight into it.
Race was the first session topic. Since George Floyd’s case, organisations have become more "woke" to injustice. Now topics on race have become an ever-essential dialogue amongst places of work, social spaces and more. The first session highlighted realisations of "the first time I realised I was Black" which was also the topic of discussion. The conversation invoked introspective thoughts and views for me. The first time I realised I was Black was when I was in Year 8. I lived in a town where the predominant race was white compared to Black and other ethnicities so it was evident that I was different. Yet, I wasn't aware or fazed by it. The day I realised my skin colour was different was when my other friends and I walked back home from our school football match. A white van drove past, and a person exclaimed out the van window with monkey chants and the N-word. I was shocked at what I had experienced. From then onwards, I was aware that my skin colour meant I was undervalued or seen differently by others. I later became conscious and self-aware that my skin colour can be a point of mockery by others. Although I am more self-aware of who I am now, which has made me proud and even more confident in my skin, I can see the negative impacts it had on me as a young boy.
Voltage Revolution is a programme designed to provide community, training, and paid opportunities to support young, Black creative talent in the UK.
Over the past weeks, we have been working closely with Spotify on an event called “The Spotify Podcast Club”. The Spotify Podcast Club is a 1-hour monthly event aimed at providing space for themed podcast discussions to be exchanged between participants in Voltage Revolution and professionals at Spotify. The vision here is to support VR’s community regardless of socioeconomic status to thrive & develop academically by challenging & inspiring them to new ways of thinking. Ultimately the purpose is to contribute to an increased ambition & resilience for them to easier identify and fulfill career goals.
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