BLACK GIRL MAGIC: Imrie and Satia of Melanin Millennials
TWO OF the ladies who are pioneers in the black London podcasting scene are Imrie Morgan and Satia Sa Dias, the founders of Melanin Millennials.
Their cutting-edge audio, which ranges from serious topical issues relating to the African and Caribbean UK diaspora, to their hilarious commentary on all things pop culture, has made them a favourite among many for their honest approach and representative nature of what it’s like to be a black and British.
“It was important for us to focus on the millennial experience and the black British experience,” says Imrie. “So every week, we try to talk about things from our perspective and to be topical.”
The podcast is hosted by the Shout Out Network, a collective focused on bringing a diverse range of voices together, through their shows Mostly Lit, Two Fools Talking and Artistic State of Mind. Imrie, the CEO of the Shout Out Network who also works in hospitality, and Satia who works part-time, are long-term friends who decided to embark on this journey together.
“For this, we wanted to create something that represented us, right down to the name,” said Satia. “Melanin Millennials is a tongue-twister, but I wanted the name to capture our age and demographic. My first thought was Black Millennials but that was already taken, so I thought Melanin Millennials was the next best thing.”
Whether they’re touching on poignant subjects like homelessness and mental health or discussing selfies and f-boys, the duo have garnered mass attention for their brilliant commentary since its launch in December 2015.
“It all started because my boyfriend Efe [Jerome] wanted to start a podcast network, and I was a part of that, behind the scenes,” says Imrie. “From then, I started listening to podcasts like The Read, and really wanted to find one but from our own perspective. I struggled to find any British podcasts like that at the time, so I decided to create one myself, and I asked Satia to be a part of it.”
“I didn’t think she was being serious when she asked me to be honest,” laughs Satia. “But once we started to take it seriously, it just grew and continues to.”
Right now, Melanin Millennials has a growing fanbase, and is without a doubt a pioneer in the London-based black podcasters’ game.
While we are now seeing a flurry of podcasts – from The Receipts and Three Shots of Tequila to the various podcasts on their very own Shout Out network – Melanin Millennials was one of the first from a young black UK perspective to enter into the podcasting arena – something that Imrie and Satia are both very proud of.
“I love the fact that we were the pioneers,” says Satia, proudly. “I think it’s amazing more women are doing it, because we don’t talk about every topic, so its great that more are exploring podcasting.”
“I think we should definitely collaborate more,” says Imrie. “There’s strength in numbers.”
Some of the collaborators that Imrie and Satia would love to work with include the Tea and Biscuits podcast, and New York-based podcast The Read. But right now, the outspoken duo are focusing on continuing to build the podcast and their brand, after just completing a successful live show at The Trunk in Elephant & Castle. “We need to try and make sure we keep it focused, and have a clear view, and associate ourselves with other great creators,” says Satia.