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Episode Eleven: Swimming, Stereotypes And Society. A Film Called Blacks Can´t Swim

Being On The Inside

Release Date: 07/15/2020

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In this episode I chat with artist and activist Karlie Wu, her work delves into the identity of being British/Scottish-Chinese. Karlie is one of the founding members of besea.n, a non-profit, anti-racism grassroots organisation that tackles negative stereotypes and advocates positive media representation of East and South East Asian people in the UK.

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In this episode you are invited to join my newly formed coven of amateur Edinburgh witches. I am fascinated by the practices of Witchcraft, Wicca, Shamanism, magic and the connection between nature and spirituality. I am curious if rituals in our daily life connect and or disconnect us from our spirituality. A group of friends and I experiment with ancient rituals. We perform a Celtic Cacao ceremony and a Fire ceremony and some tarot cards, you get to hear how some of our beliefs have been formed.

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Episode Eleven: Swimming, Stereotypes And Society. A Film Called Blacks Can´t Swim show art Episode Eleven: Swimming, Stereotypes And Society. A Film Called Blacks Can´t Swim

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Still, in lockdown, this episode was recorded whilst indoor pools were closed,  but swimming outside was possible but not doable for all. Recording the podcast still on Zoom from a distance being the new normal. I chat with Ed Accura who has recently released a film called blacks can´t swim. You hear what prompted him to learn to swim, how his first swimming lesson went, and what inspired him to make a film about his story. There is a disproportionate amount of non-swimmers in the BAME communities.

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This episode is a collaboration with The Scottish Mental Health arts festivals online program. I meet with Emma Jayne Park off cultured mongrel whom along with Emily Furneaux and other artists have brought us Eat, Move, Sleep, repeat. This is a creative collaboration that was developed as a response to Covid-19 as part of the festival. Emma as part of her practice curates spaces, and in this conversation we examine how those spaces effect us physically, emotionally and how they impact our connections.

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Ed Accura, Filmmaker, hip hop star, podcast host, co-founder of the Black Swimming Association has just released his first film/documentary. A Film Called Blacks Can´t Swim. 

Inspired to teach the world to Swim, Ed is on a mission to enable Black Asian and Minority ethnic people to get into the water. 

There is a disproportionate amount of non-swimmers in the BAME communities. Sport England found that 95% of black adults and 80% of black children don't swim.

Swimming is my passion, the idea that there are so many barriers to being in the water is saddening. I was so pleased to see that Ed and others from the Black Swimming Association,  with the support of one of the founders, Teams GPS only black swimmer, Alice Dearing have made this an essential conversation, for the swimming world. And to everyone who should have access to learning this essential life skill. 

Still, in lockdown, this podcast was recorded whilst all indoor pools were still closed,  but swimming outside possible, but not doable for all. Recording the podcast still on Zoom from a distance being the new normal. You will hear what prompted Ed to learn to swim, how his first swimming lesson went, and what inspired him to make a film about his story. You will also hear about some of the myths, stereotypes, and stigma around talking about the lack of black participation in swimming.