In the first episode of our Emerging Futures series, Britny Virginia and Miss Jacqui discuss navigating the ups and downs of the creative industries as black, disabled women. Exploring representation, tokenism and creativity via cheesy jokes, creative exercises, music, poetry and more!
Britny Virginia is a poet, writer, director and all-round creative. She was born with Cerebral Palsy on the sunny island of St. Lucia, raised in America, and currently resides in the UK. Her work is deeply influenced by her faith, culture and disability. Her achievements include curating the first-ever disabled-led scratch night called Centre Stage for Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch (Sept 2022), & self-published author: ‘So, I’ll Stay, Sitting With You.’ (Oct 2019)
Miss Jacqui is a poet, songwriter, artist and truth-teller. She is someone who always tries to challenge societal perceptions, like what it actually means to be a black woman with a disability. A wheelchair user herself, Miss Jacqui wants her poetry and music to help her listeners to see the world differently, and to inspire others to feel confident in being themselves.
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Hosted by Britny Virginia (she/her) @britnyvirginiaa and Miss Jacqui (she/her) @iammissjacqui
Produced by Amy Parkes (she/her) @aeparkes for The RISE Collective (Charity number: 1168856)
What is AMPLIFY | The Podcast?
Welcome to AMPLIFY | The podcast,
This is a series of podcasts created by members of The RISE Collective, a youth organisation that uses creative arts and media to amplify the voices of young people. In each episode we aim to explore a different theme via the work of an array of emerging and established artists, curated for your listening pleasure.
Series 1: The Lockdown Sessions
Series 2: Queer Joy
Series 3: Emerging Futures
The RISE Collective was founded in 2016 in response to the marginalisation of many of our youth. Through creative and collaborative opportunities we use music, film, arts, media and technology to give silenced young people the knowledge, skills and drive to understand their power, amplify their voices and create their own futures. We deliver activities and initiatives by partnering with charities, arts organisations, music venues, local community groups, musicians and influencers and all our activities are co-designed with young people.