Kelis; Sport Relief

US music star Kelis about her life-long love of food and music, and how she's bringing both together in her new album Food. And the changes she's made to her life - becoming a cordon bleu chef, getting divorced when she was pregnant, and the joys of motherhood.

As we gear up for this year's Sport Relief Jane Garvey visits a project in London that's benefiting from your donations. The 2011 American documentary - Miss Representation - was highly critical of the way the media treats women. It provoked a lot of response at the time and it'll be shown at the launch of this year's Women of the World festival at the Southbank. Why's it had such an impact?

Plus a celebration of the forgotten women of history - the story of Katherine Swynford, the inspiration for the novel "The Scandalous Duchess".

Presented by Jane Garvey.
Produced and Edited by Beverley Purcell.

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On Monday Woman’s Hour, Jane Garvey talks to US music star Kelis about her life-long love of food and music, and how she’s bringing both together in her forthcoming album Food. She talks about the changes she’s made to her life - becoming a cordon bleu chef, divorcing her rapper husband Nas when pregnant, and the joys of motherhood. She shares her thoughts on feminism and her bold and sexy image in her big Neptunes-produced nineties r’n’b hits Caught Out There and Milkshake. And she explains how after growing up with jazz and home-cooked food in Harlem, she’s now fusing the two influences in her latest album, Food, with tracks like Jerk Ribs, Friday Fish Fry, and Biscuits N’ Gravy, and made with TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek.

You can see and hear Kelis online - playing and talking at last weekend’s inaugural BBC 6 Music Festival - by visiting the 6 Music website.

Food is out on Ninja Tunes in April

Kelis's Jerk ribs recipe

Jerk rib rub:

2 pounds pork back ribs

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup kosher salt

1tbspn cayenne pepper

2 tbspn garlic powder

1tspn whole caraway seeds


Jerk sauce:

1/2 tspn sesame oil

1tbspn soy sauce

2 fresh thyme sprigs

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 bunch scallions

2 tbspns molasses

1 scotch bonnet


Put the rub on the ribs. Cover them, let them cook at 400F for 2 and a half hours. Add jerk sauce. Bake a little more until cooked through. 

Katherine Swynford

In 1372, the newly widowed Katherine Swynford was overwhelmed by the pressures of managing her Lincolnshire estate following the death of her husband on the battlefields of Aquitaine. Desperate, she requested a position in the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster as damsel to his new wife, Constanza of Castile. The Duke accepted, but demanded that the beautiful Katherine became his mistress.  Their affair lasted 30-years.  Anne O’Brien discusses Lady Katherine, the inspiration for her novel “The Scandalous Duchess,” and historian Alison Weir talks about researching women in history. 

Women of the World Festival Launch 2014 – Miss Representation

Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary highly critical of the way the media treats women. Provoking much response at the time, this year’s Women of the World festival at the Southbank is launching with a screening of the film. Jane is joined by Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank and organiser of WOW, and Jennifer Siebel Newsom who wrote, directed and produced the film.

Sport Relief 2014

Sport Relief is taking place between 21 – 23 March and Jane Garvey went along to Centrepoint in London to see how the cash raised by the Charity is helping women to create lasting change here in the UK. The project uses sport sessions to get young people involved and motivated, and teach them some essential life skills. 


Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
Interviewed GuestKelis Rogers
Interviewed GuestAnne O'Brien
Interviewed GuestAlison Weir
Interviewed GuestJude Kelly
Interviewed GuestJennifer Siebel Newsom
ProducerBeverley Purcell


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