Nadine Reid : Together We Rise
This week I chat to makeup artist turned TV presenter, Nadine Reid. Born to a Jamaican family, Nadine grew up in Handsworth, Birmingham. She came to live in Ireland 4 years ago and lives in Dublin with 94 year old Minnie and the new addition to the household, cockatiel Georgie.
I asked her to be a guest on the podcast last summer as I’ve been a fan of hers since we met, but now felt like the right time to have a conversation.
When we spoke last week about recording a podcast, she was apprehensive and I get why. She made it clear to me that unless I was prepared to read and educate myself on white privilege and her perspective as a black woman she would not be open to speaking to me and I fully respect and admire her position on this.
She asked if I could read some books before we spoke and they are…
Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge And Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
I have been reading (or in my case listening!)and I know that these learnings or ‘unlearnings’ as the case may be won’t happen overnight. There is a long road ahead but I want to do better so I will keep reading and listening, having conversations and questioning myself and the world around me in the hope that change will happen for us all. Blaming or shaming will help no-one and every-one can play their part.
In this episode we discuss white privilege, how colour-blindness isn’t helpful and what it actually means to be anti-racist. And I hope, like me, that you’ll listen to this podcast with an open mind and a willingness to explore yourself a little deeper. None of us are perfect or have all the answers but a desire to do better in our lives, will make a difference.
You’ll find Nadine on Instagram
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