Loughborough Alumni


25 Sep 2020

Alumnae launch podcast aimed at supporting Black and POC womxn

Alumnae Ashlea Smith and Raina Omar have recently launched a podcast, Melanin and Me.

Ash and Rae met at Loughborough in 2014 and bonded over the Volunteer Zambia programme run by the University. 

Rae, of African descent, was born in Zanzibar and raised in the UK, and Ash, of Caribbean and British heritage, born in the Cayman Islands and raised in the UK, have come together to launch this podcast to support Black British womxn.

The pair explore the complexities and experiences of Black and POC British womxn with a shared vision to support and create a safe space for ethnic minority females. The podcast focuses on health, wellness and lifestyle discusses topics such as career development, mental health and self-care.

Ash graduated from Loughborough with a BSc in Sports Management in 2015 and is now a Senior Manager for the sports charity, Living Sport. She also owns a Personal Training Business, AJ Fitness, and is currently a finalist in the Miss Caribbean UK 2020 Pageant.

Following her studies in Sports Coaching, Teacher Training, an MSc in Education and 2 years working for Loughborough Sport, Rae left Loughborough in 2019 to pursue her career as a Physical Education teacher. She is currently working in Manchester and advocates for BAME inclusion in the education sector.

In addition, they both volunteer as mentors for One2One Mentoring supporting the BAME community, to which their podcast is affiliated.

You can listen to Melanin and Me online via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Anchor

You can also follow Ash and Rae on Twitter. 

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