Blak Matters aims to ‘entertain and educate’ before referendum

LiSTNR recently released the first two episodes of its new original podcast Blak Matters, which explores First Nations issues and why they matter. 

Hosted by 104.1 2DayFM’s Michael ‘MC’ Christian and long-time friend Teela Reid, the pair share stories and explain the context of Aboriginal affairs leading to the Voice referendum. 

Teela is a lawyer of Wiradjuri and Wailwan descent who co-founded the @blackfulla_bookclub, a platform that honours and promotes First Nations books. 

With the forthcoming referendum, Blak Matters is a space for all Australians to become more informed on what has led to this point, what the Voice means, and how it could change the future of Australia.


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Teela described Blak Matters as an “important project,” providing a public conversation on First Nations issues and activism.

“These crucial conversations have the power to change the very trajectory of our nation’s story,” she said.

“This is a significant year, not just for First Nations peoples, but for all Australians, therefore it’s essential that when people get to the ballot box for the Voice to Parliament, they have all the information to make the right choice.”

“Blak issues ought to matter every day to all of us because we are all living and working on stolen Aboriginal land. On Blak Matters, we’re going to have lots of different yarns about Blak matters and how they matter to the rest of the nation.”

Michael hopes the podcast will “entertain and educate” Australians in the lead-up to the referendum.

“Teela and I have known each other since school and so, each episode is us having a real and meaningful conversation,” Michael said.

“As a country, we are approaching a golden opportunity that could shape the future for generations to come.”

“This isn’t a First Nations issue; this is an Australian issue. I hope that through this podcast we can entertain and educate, to make people’s vote on the Voice more straightforward.”

Blak Matters can be found on LiSTNR or wherever you get your podcasts.

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