First UK podcast dedicated to women of colour

Award-winning broadcast journalist, Marverine Cole has launched the UK’s first podcast dedicated to women of colour.

The podcast, named ‘Quintessential Voices’ has been launched by veteran black female Journalist and Broadcaster, Marverine Cole. Quintessential Voices is described to be Britain’s biggest conversation celebrating women of colour.

Hailing from Birmingham, Marverine is described as being one of the most experienced Black British female broadcasters. She has clocked over 3500 hours on-air time in a variety of roles. Her career spans almost 25 years.

Throughout her career Marverine has witnessed the media’s exclusion of Black British women and women of colour. Particularly, the voices and opinions of Black British women and women of colour have been excluded.

Marverine says “we are rarely allowed a ‘seat at the table’ to share views”. There has not been an opportunity for women of colour to “tell our stories in a wider forum”.

Marverine says, conversations surrounding black women “do not go far enough”. There are a diverse range of black women and women of colour who are not being represented.

There’s a “huge swathe” of BAME women who are experts or are “making an impact in their communities”. Marverine says, they “very rarely get a platform”.

The veteran broadcaster considers the podcast to be her “personal love letter to British women of colour”.

The podcast episodes have been likened to BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour and ITV’s Loose Women. Marverine offers a mixture of one-on-one interviews and round-table studio-based conversations.

Guests include, Singer Laura Mvula and Eastenders actress Tameka Epson. Other guests are everyday women of all ages and all walks of life. Topics are diverse, entertaining, inspiring and motivating to listeners.

Marverine allows BAME women to open up in a ‘surprisingly frank’ and refreshing way – which mainstream media does not always allow.

The broadcaster is set to make waves with Quintessential Voices.

TNT Entertainment

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