How I Got Here | Melanin Millennials

Luton born Imriel Morgan and Portguese native Satia Sa Dias are asking the question; what does it mean to be a black British millennial woman in the UK? Running an uncensored podcast around people of colour, feminists and politics, the dynamic duo are known to take on challenging topics. Ahead of the launch of their first ever Melanin Millennials Live Event next week (25th February), we caught up with the girls to find out, how they got here.

Hi ladies! Tell us about your venture: 

Imrie: Melanin Millennials is a podcast that looks at what’s happening in the UK from the perspective of people of colour.

Satia: Melanin Millennials is a podcast documenting the millennial experience. Recording our triumphs, confusions, struggles and joys to be deconstructed and laughed at by our descendants.

What was the inspiration behind it?

Imrie: Frustration at not seeing or hearing thoughts or opinions like mine in the mainstream. Also, I noticed I was being personally affected by what has been happening to African Americans and it was damaging.

Satia: I was asked by Imrie to start the podcast. The evolution of Melanin Millennials, the name in fact, began shortly after I got back from living abroad and decided to think seriously about why and for who we wanted to do this for. I wanted it to be self-evident that this was for us, by us! 

What has been the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Imrie: Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Nobody is doing what you’re doing.

Satia: Living abroad will help you discover yourself and what you’re made of. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Love yourself.

What piece of advice would you give to others wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Imrie: Think differently, have an original and fresh idea or join the people who are executing on your ideas already. There is a lot of fragmentation in this space, many of us would benefit from collaborating.

Satia: Be objective about the content you’re producing. Approach topics from new angles especially is it’s a cliched one. Strive to effectively argue both sides of debate in order to improve your critical thinking skills.

You’re a new addition to a crayon box, what colour would you be and why?

Imrie: This is so random! Cerulean because it’s such soothing colour and I like saying the word.

Satia: Mellow Yellow. Like me it’s chilled but cheerful. Sunshine in my smile. 🙂

What was the last gift you gave someone?

Imrie: I got my best friend a bottle of Rum Cream from Jamaica.

Satia: Got my mum a scarf because she stole mine. I thought it’d be a nice subtle hint for my stolen goods to be returned but alas!

What inspires you?

Imrie: Hearing how other people made it. Not the glory moment but the long and hard slog beforehand. For example, Chescaleigh was on Youtube for 6 years before she went viral and launched her career. Knowing that it took a while and wasn’t just and instant hit inspires me to keep going.

Satia: My friends. Family. Love. Humans being generally decent to each other. Integrity. Socialism. Politicians who tell the truth. (HA) Music.

What is the difference between right and wrong?

Imrie: I think it’s an innate feeling but also highly subjective. What feels wrong for me wouldn’t feel wrong to someone else and I’m also naturally inclined to see things from both sides. 

Satia: I’m pretty hardline when it comes to right and wrong. I often think it’s obvious but too often we silence that voice in our head telling us what is right and wrong. If we’re twisting facts to convince ourselves of something then we know it’s not right. You need courage to do what’s right. Cowardice for what’s wrong.

When have you been most satisfied with your life?

Imrie: Great question! I would say the place where I’m at now mostly because I’m being challenged and growing. I’m most satisfied when I’m learning and applying my new found knowledge.

Satia: When I was in Madrid I was living my best carefree black girl life. I found teaching and influencing young people rewarding but I had an itch to do something else. I’d like to once again be in a position to positively influence people’s lives, in particular that of poor young women of colour, via NGO’s and effective development policies. 

If there was one thing you could say to you 5 year old selves, what would it be?

Imrie: “The worst thing they can say is no.”

Satia: Adulthood is a scam! Honestly. Truly.

Tell us in 3 words, how you got to where you are today?

Imrie: Self-care and Hypnotherapy.

Satia: Sarcasm, Wokeness and Immigration.

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