An RTÉ Player Original
TX: Tuesday 25th May 2021
In this new RTÉ Player Original, The Talk, four young Irish people sit down with a friend or loved one to have a conversation about social issues that are affecting them. In the first episode, four duos of young black Irish people discuss their personal experiences of racism in Ireland.
The pairings are:
- Brothers Darragh and Conor Buckley – the sons of the late campaigner Christine Buckley
- Friends Angel Arutura (activist and writer) and Maria Diouf (Podcast host), who met during the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, both live in Northern Ireland
- Best friends rapper-Songwriter Mai Salif (stage name Celaviedmai) and Singer-Songwriter Tomike J
- Broadcaster and journalist Ola Majekodunmi and social pyschologist Mamobo Ogoro are meeting for the first time in person, having ‘met’ online after following each other on social media.
Each duo are given questions to ask each other, including the infamous question ‘Where are you really from?’ which results in some surprising and thought-provoking responses. They also discuss their experiences of racism in school, the football pitch and the pub and how racism can affect other aspects of their life including dating, social media and work.
Sometimes the most difficult conversations are the most important.