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The podcast that takes you from where you are to where you wanna be in 30 minutes or less. Every week Imrie is joined by a guest to discuss the issue that's blocking their personal or professional development. Hosted by Imrie (formerly Melanin Millennials).

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#80 Angie Thomas: Becoming An 'Overnight' Success
The Wanna Be Podcast is back for a Black History Month special and I’m going to be sharing the stories of phenomenal black women who are almost certainly making history with their work.I got to interview New York Times Bestselling author Angie Thomas.She wrote a book called The Hate U Give which I think you’ll like. It’s about a teenage girl called Starr who witnesses her friend die at the hands of the police. The book just got turned into a movie with Amandla Stenberg and it’s so good, you should see it. Honestly, it’s kinda a lot, there’s police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter dealing with white friends and microaggressions. It’s iconic! The film’s out now so go see it!I can’t wait for you to hear this episode, you’re on the path to success right now and Angie shares how she’s managing being social media in the face of sudden success. We talk about what it’s like to give up control on your work and how you can be a better activist and make real change in your community.Angie is on a whirlwind of success and to be honest I just wanted to know how she was doing...Don’t forget to head out to the cinema to see The Hate U Give it is remarkable and like Angie says the start of a conversation. You can find Angie on Instagram on @AngieThomasBe sure to share this podcast with a friend who’s a bit lost and doesn’t know what they want to do. You can do this by tagging them and @wannabepodcast on both Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to screenshot the episode you’re listening to in your insta stories and I’ll reshare them.For detailed show notes, photos, freebies and top quotes from this episode visit wannabepodcast.com. I’ll be updating the show notes at the end of each month. This is the last episode in the Black History Month special it has been a pleasure to create these episodes and introduce you to phenomenal black women. Special thanks to Abadesi Osunsade, Vashti Harrison, Amber Cabral, Amandla Stenberg and of course Angie Thomas. I’ll catch up with you in 2019! If you’re loving the podcast and want to see it grow please do leave a rating and review via Apple Podcasts and do reach out to me with questions, comments and guest recommendations for Season 2.
#79 Amandla Stenberg: Feeling Like You're Enough (The Hate U Give)
The Wanna Be Podcast is back for a Black History Month special and I’m going to be sharing the stories of phenomenal black women who are almost certainly making history with their work.Omg I’m screaming inside about this week’s guest! My darlings I got to sit down with Amandla Stenberg who played Rue in the Hunger Games, she made the incredible viral video on Cultural Appropriation, and is also the lead actress in When Hands Touch- Directed by former guest Amma Asante too name a few and she’s only 20! I got to enjoy her light, her honesty and all of her charming wisdom.As you may have seen already Amandla is the lead in the new The Hate U Give movie based on the Angie Thomas novel by the same name which is out now- I cannot recommend it enough.Amandla and I got chatting about lots of things that might interest you. We talked about activism, self-care, and how she protected herself from the backlash she faced for not being ‘black’ enough to play Starr in The Hate U Give.After reading a bunch of articles about how much Amandla’s teenage life mirrored Starr’s I was curious to know how she played a character like Starr when they had so many overlapping experiences.Make sure you head out to the cinema to see The Hate U Give it is honestly phenomenal and it left me in my feelings for days afterwards. Amandla does a great job and I couldn’t be more pleased to have had the opportunity to sit down with her and share that experience with you. You can find her on Instagram on @AmandlasponsoredBe sure to share this podcast with a friend in need of some career direction. You can do this by tagging them and @wannabepodcast on both Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to screenshot the episode you’re listening to in your insta stories and I’ll reshare them.For detailed show notes, photos, freebies and top quotes from this episode visit wannabepodcast.com. I’ll be updating the show notes at the end of each month.
#78 Amber Cabral: Starting Difficult Conversations
Hello and welcome to the Wanna Be Podcast. I’m your host Imrie! Catch a brand new 30 minute episode every Wednesday this month.The Wanna Be Podcast is back for a Black History Month special and I’m going to be sharing the stories of phenomenal black women who are almost certainly making history with their work.In this episode you’re going to be introduced to a person that has had the most profound effect on me. Amber Cabral serves on the Executive Board for Brown Girls Do Ballet and I met her through her podcast Brown Girls Do. So Amber is the former Diversity Strategist for Walmart she’s now an Inclusion Consultant, Writer and speaker at her own company Cabral Co. We definitely get into what it means to be an Inclusion consultant in the episode. If you’re the kind of person that cares about communication and making the world a better place this is the episode for you. Amber shares effective communication strategies that make your workplace a better and safer place.Before we get into that though Amber has really zoned in on writing and communicating complex ideas and emotions here she shares where that comes from...Follow Amber on Twitter an Instagram @BamCabralBe sure to share this podcast with a friend in need of some career direction. You can do this by tagging them and @wannabepodcast on both Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to screenshot the episode you’re listening to in your insta stories and I’ll reshare them.For detailed show notes, photos, freebies and top quotes from this episode visit wannabepodcast.com. I’ll be updating the show notes at the end of each month.
#77 Vashti Harrison: Creating Little Leaders For The Future
The Wanna Be Podcast is back for a Black History Month special, and I’m going to be sharing the stories of phenomenal black women who are almost certainly making history with their work.This week you’re in for a treat, ever since the Cartoonist series back in January I’ve wanted this week’s guest on the podcast and it was an absolute privilege to get this episode recorded in-person while she was here in London. My darlings you are about to hear from Illustrator, Author and filmmaker Vashti Harrison the brilliant Mind behind Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History which coincidentally is the Black History Month sponsor for this podcast. Vashti creates the cutest and most adorable drawing of little black girls that not only captures their innocence but their magic and strength too. My heart skips a little every time I open the Little Leaders book, and when you pick one up for yourself -or visit her social media you’ll understand why!Today you’ll learn how Vashti maintains her incredible skill, why we should stop telling kids about ‘starving artists’, and how to get your parents to support your creative endeavours.First I had to indulge my curiosity- I simply had to find out about the moment Vashti realised she was good at drawing and listen to what she had to say...Follow Vashti on Twitter and Instagram @VashtiHarrison. Pick up a copy of Little Leaders on Amazon or at your local bookshop.Be sure to share this podcast with a friend in need of some direction. You can do this by tagging them and @wannabepodcast on both Twitter and Instagram.For detailed show notes, photos, freebies and top quotes from this episode visit wannabepodcast.com
#72 The Slumflower: Creating A Lasting Legacy
In today’s episodes, The Slumflower and I talk about the pursuit of fame, the journey that leads to her loving and accepting herself. We talk about the difference between people who naturally have lots a friends and loner types. I dig a little deeper and find out what she believe’s will happen if Instagram were to disappear. You’ll learn why it’s important to like yourself and be your own biggest cheerleader, why seeking legacy is more fulfilling and the importance of setting intentions. We, of course, cover why it’s crucial you get comfortable being alone.Do everything with intention. Issa word! You can follow Chidera on Twitter and Instagram @TheSlumflower What A Time To Be Alone will be released on July 26th but is available for pre-order now. Also, Chidera will be at ShoutOut Live! Radical Women this Saturday leading a workshop called Choosing Yourself. It’s perfect for anyone that’s scared of public speaking, starting a solo podcast or just wanting to gain more confidence in your everyday life.If you’re thinking of starting a podcast or you like the idea of having one head down to ShoutOut Live! Radical Women sponsored by Spotify this Saturday. It’s the podcast crash course I wish I had when I started. Head to solivefestival.com and use code radwomen18 to get £10 off.If you like how this podcast is made and you think you can do what I do, then you need to reach out to the ShoutOut Network find out more about membership by visiting shoutoutnetwork.co.ukBe sure to follow Wanna Be on Twitter and Instagram @wannabepodcast.If you’re enjoying this podcast, please leave a review on iTunes.To get extended show notes listing the tools and resources we’ve talked about on this episode visit wannabepodcast.com. Show notes update on Wednesday.Thank you for listening!
#71 The Slumflower: Taking The Biggest Risk
We’re only a few days away from ShoutOut Live! Radical Women sponsored by Spotify and I’m allowed to share the £10 off code on the podcast! So this Saturday you can learn how to record, edit, and script your future podcast, connect with the commissioning editors at Spotify, the BBC, and Audible. Ask the leading women in podcasts questions about growing your audience. Attend a social media strategy workshop and learn how to speak to your audience directly and most importantly learn how to get your podcast sponsored with Acast the team behind my Bose, Estee Lauder and NHS campaigns. To get tickets head to solivefestival.com and use code radwomen18 to get £10 off!This week’s guest is Chidera Eggerue aka The Slumflower is an award-winning blogger, TEDx speaker and presenter. Her blog The Slumflower addresses the subjects of female empowerment, self-confidence, self-love, black hair, fashion and self-exploration. Described as a ‘millennial mastermind’ by ELLE magazine, Chidera was recently the only British girl to make it on to BuzzFeed's '30 Black Girls You Should Follow on Instagram’ list. Her first book 'What A Time To Be Alone' is published in July.In today’s episodes, The Slumflower and I share why it’s essential that you have varied interests that you draw inspiration from when creating your online presence. We discuss the pressure she felt to conform to the Flat Tummy Tea craze on Instagram. She shares what she believes are the key ingredients to having brands pitch her. We also touch on the art of pitching brands and why it’s essential you know the value you’re offering. She’ll tell you what it takes to cultivate a community and what’s she doing to ensure they stick with her. She debunks the idea that thousands of followers equals money in the bank.How refreshing is Chidera’s honesty? I’m not sure about you all, but I enjoyed learning a bit more about what it takes to be an influencer. On Wednesday we talk about Chidera’s childhood goals, more about why she wrote What A Time To Be Alone, we also cover her day to day life as an influencer. You can follow Chidera on Twitter and Instagram @TheSlumflower Make sure you lock back in. Also Chidera will be at ShoutOut Live! Radical Women this Saturday leading a workshop called choosing yourself. It’s perfect for anyone that’s scared of public speaking, starting a solo podcast or just wanting to gain more confidence in your everyday life.If you’re thinking of starting a podcast or you like the idea of having one head down to ShoutOut Live! Radical Women sponsored by Spotify this Saturday. It’s the podcast crash course I wish I had when I started. Head to solivefestival.com and use code radwomen18 to get £10 off.If you like how this podcast is made and you think you can do what I do, then you need to reach out to the ShoutOut Network find out more about membership by visiting shoutoutnetwork.co.ukBe sure to follow Wanna Be on Twitter and Instagram @wannabepodcast.If you’re enjoying this podcast, please leave a review on iTunes.To get extended show notes listing the tools and resources we’ve talked about on this episode visit wannabepodcast.com. Show notes update on Wednesday.Thank you for listening!
#70 Luvvie Ajayi: Getting Comfortable With No
Ten days until ShoutOut Live! Radical Women sponsored by Spotify. I've been working on this festival for a long time. It’s been my absolute dream to champion new voices and more importantly women’s voices in podcasting. Learn new ways to create your show, become a better and more confident storyteller and pick the brains of the leading women in audio right now by visiting solivefestival.com.This week I’m joined by award-winning, speaker and brand strategist Luvvie Ajayi. Luvvie is a New York Times Bestselling Author of the fantastically funny book “I’m Judging You The Do Better Manual”. Luvvie likes to call herself a professional troublemaker she has an eye firmly on the pulse of pop culture and media. Luvvie has appeared on a couple of TEDx stages before landing on the Ted stage with her no viral talk “Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable”. Luvvie now hosts her very own podcast called Rants and Randomness which has guests that include Myleik Teele, Bozoma St John, Jenifer Lewis, Jussie Smollett and Franchesca Ramsey.In today’s episode Luvvie you’ll learn how Luvvie got comfortable asking for help. You’ll learn why Luvvie speaks her dreams into existence and how she decides what to share. We also cover fear and rejection and getting comfortable with the word no.outroYass to Luvvie Make sure you check out Rants and Randomness on your favourite podcast app and on Twitter @Rantsrandomness. Follow Luvvie on Instagram and Twitter @luvvie. ShoutOut Live! Radical Women podcast festival is on the 14th July at Kings Place. Men are welcome to attend. We have 5 podcast accelerator workshops, including getting your podcast sponsor-ready, podcast storytelling and more.If you like how this podcast is made and you think you can do what I do, then you need to reach out to the ShoutOut Network find out more about membership by visiting shoutoutnetwork.co.ukBe sure to follow Wanna Be on Twitter and Instagram @wannabepodcast.If you’re enjoying this podcast, please leave a review on iTunes.
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