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Where are all the black women in Grime?

FACILITATORS: Yomi Adegoke and Marverine Duffy

A DOCUMENTARY exploring gender inequality in the music genre of Grime will air on BBC Radio 4 next week, which was produced by Birmingham City University Journalism lecturer Marverine Duffy.

Where are all the black women in Grime? will include interviews with women who are making waves on the Grime scene, whilst investigating the lack of representation of black women in comparison to their male counterparts.

In the past 15 years, stars such as Stormzy, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Skepta have become mainstream names as the Grime genre has grown exponentially.

Duffy was the executive producer of the programme for Boom Shakalaka Productions, a company led by BBC 6 music presenter, Gemma Cairney.

Journalist and broadcaster, Duffy recently joined BCU as the director of four new undergraduate Journalism courses at the Birmingham School of Media.

She's best known as a former newsreader for the BBC, 5 News and Sky News, and has produced several documentaries for BBC 5 Live, 1Xtra and BBC Radio 4.

“This was a great opportunity to work on a documentary about a subject which is close to my heart: Grime music," said Duffy. "Back in 2012, I raised the issue of up-and-coming black female MCs in my Radio 1 Xtra documentary, Ladies with Lyrics.

"The exciting thing is that the breakout star of those young women, who's now arguably the single most successful woman on the scene, is a Brummie: Lady Leshurr.

“I think it's a real shame there's still a reluctance to give women of African and Caribbean heritage their due. They are making huge moves in the scene, and this programme recognises that, and looks for solutions.”

Where are all the women in Grime is presented by Guardian columnist, award-winning author and Grime fan, Yomi Adegoke and will air on Monday 1 April at 4pm.

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