Gabourey Sidibe, 21st-century families, Laura Veirs, #MeToo in music Woman’s Hour

Award-winning actress Gabourey Sidibe shot to fame as the plus-sized title character Precious in 2009, and has gone on to star in TV series Empire and American Horror Story.

So, you can imagine that her memoir is definitely worth a read!

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Harlem, Gabourey’s she tells the remarkable story of her journey to Hollywood and further discusses race, body image and beauty standards in the industry.

The music streaming service Spotify introduced a “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy last month (May 2018), giving the company reason to remove artists from playlists if they were involved in “controversies”. They have now made a u-turn on this after criticism.

Music journalist Jacqueline Springer and podcaster Audrey Indome have a thoughtful and interesting discussion about #MeToo in the music industry, which still supports R Kelly who has been accused and cleared of mistreating women (22 counts – all acquitted), but, should that mean restricted access to his music? And, how much responsibility should music companies have when it comes to supporting artists accused of abuse? Would it single out Diasporean acts whom controversy falls upon, courted or not?

Also, Melanie Carew, Head of Cafcass Legal and Professor Susan Golombok, author “Modern Families” discuss what a 21st century family looks like, what it means to grow up in or be a parent in a non-traditional family unit, and US singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and her tenth solo album, The Lookout.

TOMORROW June 9th @16:00 LISTEN AGAIN to Weekend Woman’s Hour: Black women and #colourism, as writer and director Clare Anyiam Osigwe talks about her film “No Shade” which explores the issue of colourism, and is joined in conversation by I Newspaper journalist Victoria Sanusi as they discuss the prejudice they face from black men because they have darker black skin.

First aired on Tuesday June 5th 2018.

Listen here.


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