The Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast

The Unfiltered Real Talk Podcast

No fluff, just candid conversations on all facets of Afro-centric experience, with a focus on women. Challenging norms and provoking deeper thinking with the goal of empowering each other, shifting mindsets, and re-inventing ourselves. New episode released every other Sunday. https://linktr.ee/unfilteredrealtalk

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November 28, 2021 40 min

From not knowing his biological father to being in foster care and facing abuse. In today's episode, I sit down with Arys Déjan for an in-depth and deep conversation about how he overcame trauma through writing and producing music. Arys is a recording artist, writer, poet, dancer, model, podcast producer and host. He is the founder of the Who and How Club as well as the Who and How Podcast. He is also the founder of The Quiet C...

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Did you have to westernize or change your name to get a job in the diaspora? Did you know the Minister of Justice of Alberta, Kaycee Madu had to do the same when he was articling as a law student? There are simple things individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions can do to successfully leverage diversity. In this episode, Frankline Agbor, the founder and Executive Producer of Diversity Magazine, the largest multicultur...

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In today's conversation, I sit down with an Indigenous Engineer, Professor Jessica Vandenberghe, to uncover the truth about Canada's history with institutionalizing residential schools, the impact that remains today and how we can be allies with supporting truth and reconciliation. Professor Vandenberge is an Industrial Engineer and the Assistant Dean of Engineering, Community and Culture at the University of Alberta. She i...

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This is the final episode in the Hear Me Out mini series. In today's episode, I sit down with Lovepreet Deo an athlete with Cerebral Palsy, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 1 and was told she will never walk. She defied all odds, completing many challenges including half marathon bicycle races. She takes as many as 10,000 steps per day and has received a number of awards including the Personal Inspiration Award by A...
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In this episode, I sit down to chat with Kiko, an experienced social worker who supports autistic children and their families. We debunk myths, unlearn misconceptions, and relearn truths and how to better support autistic individuals. We also discuss stimming, masking, and more. If you enjoyed the conversation, consider subscribing to the podcast and leave a rating in Apple podcasts or where you listen. Don't forget to check ou...

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In this episode, I sit down with Nwamaka Agbakoba, the Founder and President of Green Onyx Foundation, a nonprofit organization advocating for children and families with disabilities in Africa. Nwamaka shares strategies and tools organizations and communities can utilize to better support persons with disabilities including through education. This episode is timely and loaded  with information for everyone regardless of whether you...

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This is the third episode within the Hear me out Miniseries, highlighting the voice of persons with special needs. In today's episode I sit down with Carlos Gonzalez who shares his personal story living with cerebral palsy, immigrating from Mexico to Canada for university, and overcoming fears and challenges. Carlos is the Community Education Coordinator of Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta and also co-hosts My Life Without...

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This is the second episode within the Hear me out Miniseries, highlighting the voice of persons with special needs. I recently discovered that South Africa has the highest rate of FASD on the planet! Some communities in South Africa experience a prevalence as high as 28%. According to a 2018 publication by CanFASD, the rate of FASD in Canada is 4% which is approximately 1,485,158 Canadians in a country with about 37 million people....

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Hey friends! Thank you for stopping by and clicking play. This is the first episode in the Mini series titled, Hear me out. This mini series was inspired by my conversation in Episode 5 with a young lady with partial hearing loss. If you haven't checked out that episode, please do so and thank you. In this episode, my guest, Kellina shares tips and strategies for creating content for the deaf community and influencing with incl...

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Today I sit down with a black Muslim woman from the Oromo community to address the islamophobia problem in Canada. Tia is a young mother of three, passionate about raising awareness and speaking out against any form of violence and injustice. She recently granted an interview to Global News TV, check it out here: Edmonton police investigate reported attack on Black woman wearing hijab | Globalnews.ca

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In today's conversation, I sit down with another Haligonian I met some years ago when I lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Odette Mimi Gbeve-Bassett is a Togolese Canadian who immigrated to Canada after 15 years living a refugee camp in Ghana. She is passionate, resilient and ambitious young lady who did not let her experience in the camp stop her from pursuing her dreams. She shares her journey and experience in the refugee camp a...

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Gripping, bone chilling, raw and riveting is only a few qualifying words to describe this powerful episode. My guest came close to being raped twice while living in Ontario, Canada and one of the incident happened in her own house! Both incidents happened by persons she knew. Rape is a sensitive and heavy conversation and our deepest hope to sharing this very difficult experience is that it will help someone. My guest also share ti...

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In today's episode, I sit down with a Registered Nurse, Lucetta Marrah, who has been working as a nurse in Canada for almost 12 years. She started her journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN and decided to challenge herself by advancing her education to become an RN. She gave up a fulltime, high earning job to return to school. Lucetta shares the study strategies that she used to ace the RN board exam at the first trial. S...

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In today's episode, my guest, Dr. Onyinye Kammelu shares her journey to becoming a pharmacist at just 23 years old! She received her first degree by age 20 and at age 23, she had a doctorate degree in pharmacy with honors! This young lady is a powerful force and releases major gems on how to stay focused to achieve exceptional academic success in the midst of difficulties and challenging environments. This conversation is so ti...

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There is so much information out there about COVID-19 vaccine and I decided to sit down with a Medical Doctor, Dr. Johnson Fatokun, to discuss the truths, lies and worries about the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Johnson is a family physician in Alberta and serves as a member of the Primary Care Network (PCN) committee. He is tasked with providing governance, leadership, strategic direction and priorities for the PCN’s. Residents have been ...

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How does a very intelligent student, averaging over 90% in all courses end up on academic probation? In today's episode, my guest, Chukwuemeka Ezekiel shares his journey to immigrating from Nigeria to Canada at the age of 15 years old and some of the challenges he faced studying in Canada. This episode is loaded with major life lessons particularly for newcomers moving to Canada for school.  Ezekiel is currently in his final ye...
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Is your teeth so white because you're so dark? Is that your real hair? How come your English is so good? Does your cultural name suggest you can't speak English? Did you have to change your name to get a job in the diaspora? In today's episode, my guests, Yemi and Ijeoma share their experiences with overt prejudice, stereotypes and racism while living in the diaspora. We touch on the importance of preserving your identi...

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In today's episode, my guest, Anne Egwuche, shares her story of discovering she has partial hearing loss, her journey to getting the right hearing aid, the challenges she encountered as a hearing impaired student, and how she overcame these challenges. Also discussed are how she is leveraging her hearing impairment to support other persons with hearing loss or full deafness in Nigeria.

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In today's episode, my guest, NiLo, discusses her journey to becoming the first black-owned business exclusively for afro hair in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. NiLo worked in the corporate world in New York for a number of years before starting her very first natural hair business in North Carolina and subsequently moving to Canada to start Afrodisiac Natural Shop in Edmonton, which she has been running successfully, going from $6...
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In today's episode my guest and I discuss women in business and some of the core reasons why women, in particular black women, African women and women of Afro heritage are limited in the business and entrepreneurial world. My guest is Rehana Malik-Mbanga, the CEO of Stimbok Corporation. She is a serial social entrepreneur whose business model is founded on social sustainability and to helping women business owners start up and ...
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