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S2, Episode 14: Janelle Niles (Part 1)

January 27, 2021

Although this is a comedy podcast, this episode deals with depression, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, neglect, abuse, and racism. Listener and viewer discretion is advised.

I talk with my good friend, Ottawa comic Janelle Niles.

Part 1 deals with the COVID-19 vaccine, how black and indigenous people are treated differently in the health care realm, how people are finally realizing that systemic racism is real, and how much we miss live comedy and hugs. We also talk about the conundrum of being too black or not black enough, the stigma of mental health, and the reluctance to use medication to treat it. Janelle opens up about her difficult childhood and we discuss what being called the n-word feels like.