Authenticity, Success, and Motherhood: Dr. Ateh Jewel and Chaneen Saliee @ Brixton Studios

This episode of Third Culture Africans, recorded live in Brixton Studios, brings together two remarkable guests, Dr. Ateh Jewel and Chaneen Saliee, to delve into the power of authenticity and self-expression while navigating their cultural identities, success, activism, and motherhood.

Dr. Ateh Jewel, from a Caribbean and Nigerian heritage, shares her experiences growing up and the challenges she faced in reconciling societal expectations with her own authentic self. Throughout her career as a multi award-winning journalist, writer, and broadcaster, Dr. Ateh Jewel has become a prominent figure in the media industry, advocating for diversity and challenging beauty standards. She discusses the importance of representation and the role she plays in empowering others through her work. As a mother, she shares the difficulties of balancing her career and motherhood, emphasizing the importance of being a positive role model for her children.

Chaneen Saliee reflects on her journey of self-discovery and finding her voice. With roots from two different parts of the continent, Chaneen shares her experiences of understanding her cultural identity and how it has shaped her artistic expression. As a successful creator, writer, poet, and empowerment coach, Chaneen emphasizes the significance of using her platform to uplift and inspire others. She discusses the impact of social media on her work, particularly in promoting mental health awareness and empowering women. Balancing her career and motherhood, Chaneen highlights the importance of self-love and pursuing personal passions as a means of setting an example for her children.

Both guests discuss their experiences with activism, highlighting the power of their voices in advocating for change. They address the challenges faced as Black African women in industries where representation has historically been lacking. Dr. Ateh Jewel shares her journey of challenging beauty standards and promoting diversity in the media, while Chaneen speaks about the activism embedded in her joyful self-expression and the positive influence it has on others.

The conversation also touches upon the challenges of managing successful careers while being mothers. Dr. Ateh Jewel and Chaneen share their insights into finding balance, self-care, and being role models for their children. They discuss the importance of prioritizing their own well-being, embracing vulnerability, and pursuing a life that aligns with their authentic selves.

Tap in and discover how Dr. Ateh Jewel and Chaneen Saliee overcame societal expectations, embraced their cultural identities, and used their platforms to inspire and empower others. Their stories serve as a testament to the power of authenticity, self-expression, and resilience in navigating career success, activism, and motherhood.


  • πŸŽ™οΈ Welcome Ateh & Chaneen to Third Culture Africans! (00:00:00) 🌍 
  • πŸ”Ž Finding your voice: Ateh’s career journey to self-expression (00:11:43) πŸ—£οΈ 
  • πŸ“š Finding your voice: Chaneen’s poetic beginnings and artistic growth (00:14:38)✍️ πŸ“Ί Ateh’s transition from writing to TV prominence (00:16:39) πŸ“Ί 
  • 🏠 Cahneen and Ateh’s paths to understanding their identity (00:19:52) πŸ§’ 
  • πŸ”¨ Honing a craft: The dedication to mastering their respective fields (00:23:26) 🎨 🌍Ateh thoughts about overcoming African xenophobia (00:28:07) 🚫 
  • πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ Ateh: From African Parental Expectations to Doctorate Success (00:31:22) πŸ“š 
  • πŸ’Ό Chaneen’s passion turning into a profession: Reactions and impact (00:33:24) πŸ’₯ πŸ’ͺ The power of vulnerability in Ateh and Chaneen’s work (00:35:12) 🌟 
  • πŸ”§ Work turning into activism: Ateh and Chaneen’s impactful journeys (00:38:32) ✊ 🌟 Flair to activism: Ateh’s perspective on the transformation (00:43:30) ✨
  • πŸ“± Chaneen’s social media success and its price (00:47:09) πŸ’»
  • πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ Owning your voice alongside motherhood (00:51:18) 🌟
  • ⚑ Quickfire questions: Insights into Ateh and Chaneen’s lives (00:56:59) πŸ”₯

Connect with Dr Ateh Jewel:

Connect with Chaneen Saliee:

  • Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/chaneensaliee/?hl=en
  • Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063778290983
  • Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRL5QeFbnDAqeHmlgCbVVSQ
  • Bychaneensaliee – https://www.bychaneensaliee.com/

Thank you MalΓ©e Natural Science for the support: πŸ™πŸŒΏ https://maleeonline.com/

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