The Free Up

The Free up is a Talk Show where black women discuss a variety of issues that affects them and their communities. Issues ranging from relationships, sexuality, lifestyle, gender-based violence and equality to politics and more.

Season 1: Episode 1
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Interracial relationship (Toronto, Canada)
Season 1: Episode 1

Interracial relationship is used to describe marriages that take place between people of different ethnic, racial and/ or cultural backgrounds. Surprising as this might be, this isn't an arrangement that's always been accepted. At one point, this was an extremely controversial topic and was even illegal. This perception has obviously changed over time, but some people still claim to feel 'stigmatized' for marrying outside of their race. Listen as these beautiful ladies discuss this topic.

Colorism (Toronto Canada)
Season 1: Episode 2

While some say that they are color-blind, it's hard to deny that many people not only see color, but they also use it as a way to judge or determine someone's character. This episode explains colorism, it's relationship to racism, and offers ways you can help to combat the pervasiveness of colorism.

Polygamy (Toronto, Canada)
Season 1: Episode 3

For generations, taboo kept polygamy out of sight and out of mind in many countries. But the taboo is crumbling as polygamy is taking its roots in many homes around the world. This episodes reveals the pros and cons of polygamy, polyandry and more.

Sex Toys (Toronto, Canada)
Season 1: Episode 4

Sex toys can be an awkward topic to bring up in the bedroom because some men can feel intimidated and emasculated by their presence. And for some women, achieving an orgasm can be difficult, and frequently, they need a little extra help. This episode bring a lot to light about sex toys.

Dating a Jamaican Diva (Kingston, Jamaica)
Season 1: Episode 5

This episode showcases the best of Jamaican divas. In a girlfriend to girlfriend tone, they discuss dating, marriage, relationships, lifestyle and many more.

Jamaica Nice (Kingston, Jamaica)
Season 1: Episode 6

Jamaica is best known to be the birthplace of reggae, Bob Marley, world's fastest sprinters, blue mountain coffee, Red Stripe beer, Jamaican rum, beautiful beaches, jerk dishes, luxurious all inclusive resorts and majestic waterfalls.

Happenings in Rwanda (Kigali, Rwanda)
Season 1: Episode 7

This episode reveals great insight about gender equality in Rwanda. They also discuss polygamy, polyandry and more.

Matters Arising in South Africa (Joburg, South Africa)
Season 1: Episode 8

In this episode, a lot was discussed about the happenings in South Africa. Xenophobia, gender-based violence, gender equality, rape, politics, and relationships.

Returnee (Accra, Ghana)
Season 1: Episode 9

Realizing that returning home is often not a predictable process and can be more stressful than expected. These ladies discussed their experiences after returning home from a long stay abroad.

Bleaching, Sex and Sugar Daddy (Accra, Ghana)
Season 1: Episode 10

There are all sorts of different types of body modification. Basically, anything that you do to your body to alter the way that it naturally appears is a body modification, so it includes body building, hair dye, skin lightening and plastic surgery. This episode touches on plastic surgery, sex toys and gendered sexuality.