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Roshan Roberts

Roshan Roberts is an award-winning radio producer and broadcast journalist, best known as the co-founder of Dope Black Women. Founded in 2019, she aims to connect, nurture and educate women across the globe curating events, hosting a podcast and digital safe spaces. She's available for live and virtual panel discussions and speaking engagements.

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About Roshan Roberts

Roshan co-presented a BBC Newsbeat documentary in 2022, looking at the changes to the hair standards after pledges were made during the Black Lives Matter movement. She previously co-presented the first ‘BBC News’ Black Podcast, ‘If You Don’t Know’ and speaks on current affairs, mental health, diversity and inclusion, race and podcasting.

Biography

Roshan Roberts is passionate about mental health, race, sexual violence and podcasting and has presented on a variety of projects surrounding this. She has experience presenting on national radio and featured on BBC iPlayer in 2022 for her first BBC Newsbeat documentary, with a reputation for having an engaging and authentic approach.

Outside of being a presenter, Roshan is also a Radio Producer at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, working with high-profile talent and working with some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.

She’s the co-founder of the award-winning community group Dope Black Women (DBW) – a digital safe space for Black women across the globe to discuss issues, network and connect.

DBW recognises that many Black women feel that they do not have the support needed to navigate their personal and professional lives, oftentimes feeling that they have to conform to patriarchal ideals about how they should look, think and behave. Dope Black Women prides themselves on embracing the multi-faceted nature of Black Women and Roshan is particularly passionate about disrupting stereotypes amongst Black women who face multiple forms of marginalisation.

With this, she hosts 2 international Whatsapp membership groups and the organisation has now expanded to the Caribbean too. Roshan also appears on the Dope Black Women podcast, recognised by Spotify as their ‘Pick of the Month’ and ‘Pick of the Year’ in 2019.

They’ve partnered with brands such as John Lewis, Waitrose, The Gym, AirBnB, Wray & Nephew and Grace Foods. The ultimate vision of Dope Black Women, is to create a safe space for Black women to express their authentic selves.

Roshan has built up a reputation for being passionate about speaking on marginalised communities and challenging perceptions around race, mental health and diversity and inclusion.

Speech Topics
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Social Issues
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Black History Month
  • International Women’s Day
  • Gender/Race
  • Sexual Violence
  • Podcasting

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Testimonials

"The event delivered from Roshan was the most successful event we have held – reached the largest audience we have had. She was honest and rich with passion that it could only leave you wanting more. The way she spoke to us was on a level that everyone would understand – so many times I have been on event calls where the speaker doesn’t get on the same level as their audience."

Nandos

"Roshan is a tenacious and passionate presenter and producer. Her interpersonal nature draws you into whatever she is discussing and she is highly skilled both in front of and behind the mic. She has a no holds bar approach when it comes to discussion and doesn't shy away from hard hitting and difficult conversations. I've witnessed her build a platform from the bottom up, be a leading voice in the Dope Black Women Community and advocate for others within the digital sisterhood. I am so proud to see her develop over the last year and I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future."

BBC Sounds

"Shan has played a massive role in the launch and production of the BBC’s 'If You Don’t Know' podcast. Her authenticity has shone through in all the episodes of the 1Xtra pod. Roshan is assertive about telling stories from underrepresented parts of the UK. She puts interviewees at ease and encourages guests to open up. Roshan has a warm and engaging personality on-air."

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