Speaking of Racism

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A podcast celebrating everyday activists who are disrupting, deconstructing, and dismantling racism.

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Women, Prison, and the Criminal Justice System with Brittany White- Repost
48:47

In this episode of Speaking of Racism, Tina is joined by Decarceration Manager, Brittany White. Brittany is a formerly incarcerated Black woman who serves as the Decarceration Manager for the faith in action campaign- Live Free National. Brittany is passionate about shining a light on the experiences of women within the criminal justice system and equipping people with the tools to dismantle systemic injustice.  

www.livefreeusa.org

www.faithinaction.org

IG @mzbrittbmw

Aug 05, 2020
Fighting For Racial Justice in Schools with Megan Torres and Janelle Faison
52:03
Megan Torres and Janelle Faison stood up to their children's private Montessori school in 2019 after the director locked herself and Janelle's four-year-old child in a room the size of a closet.
 
Prior to this incident, Megan's 6-year-old son was asked to leave the school mid-year. Megan's son's contract was canceled by the Director the same day Megan complained of intimidation and tone policing from a different administrator, a woman of color.

The abrupt timing of this dismissal resulted in the loss of over $50k in state-issued scholarship funds for Megan's son. Despite Ohio Senator Maharath making a statement to reconsider the scholarship due to concerns of bias, and a former teacher alleging bias, the state agency in charge of the scholarship and finally, governor Mike DeWine denied reconsideration. (It's worth noting that DeWine's communication advisor is on the school board of directors and that the Director of the Montessori worked in the past as the Assistant Bureau Chief of the Childcare Division at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the same division charged with investigating the alleged misconduct involving one of the children.)
 
With the help of local organizers, both mothers held a protest on the first day of school to draw attention to the use of seclusion in schools and tone policing Black women. They rallied a robust antiracist online community using the hashtag #weseeCMEC to highlight unfair and often unconscious bias from white people that cause trauma for Black parents and children at school. Their story was picked up by NPR. Megan's story used as a case study for unconscious bias at last year's American Montessori Society national conference by Montessorians for Social Justice. 
 
Their story is a case study for bystanders in what to do (and what not to do) when you find yourself observing blatant injustice. 
Jun 30, 2020
Womanism with EbonyJanice- Womanist Scholar, Author, and Activist
01:08:06

EbonyJanice is the founder of Black Girl Mixtape, a multi-platform safe think-space, centering the intellectual authority of black women in the form of a lecture series, a podcast, and an online learning institute lead by black women scholars. Learn more at her website www.thefreepeopleproject.com


Jun 22, 2020
How To Be Less Stupid About Race Book Discussion with Myisha T From Check Your Privilege
55:49

We are reposting Tina's favorite episodes.

In this episode, Myisha T from Check Your Privilege joins Jen to discuss the book How To Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal M. Fleming. The book is a must-read for anyone stepping into anti-racism work. Listen in as Jen and Myisha talk about their own experiences in anti-racism conversations and share their takeaways from the book.

An excerpt from the Beacon Press Website sums it up well: "Fleming unveils how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance—and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into concrete social change."

 
 
Jun 10, 2020
Practical Insights Into Anti-Racism with Andre Henry_ Repost
52:45

We are reposting several of our favorite episodes, and this one is from a conversation with Andre Henry.

Andre is a writer and speaker with a passion for racial justice. He writes a weekly email giving practical insight on antiracism and nonviolent social change.

In this episode, Andre joins Jen to talk about the power of everyday people, the importance of doing the work to create the world we want to see, why hope is essential in this movement, and how people can come together to build the world they want to live in. 

Follow Andre:

IG @theandrehenry.

Website andrehenry.co

Join the Hope and Hard Pills Community at andrehenry.co

Jun 08, 2020
A Response to Chelsea Handler's Documentary on White Privilege_Repost
52:25

...Alternatively Titled: "Hello Chelsea, It's Tina and Jen, Let's Talk About Your Privilege"

On Friday, September 13th, Chelsea Handler released a documentary on Netflix called "Hello Privilege, It's Me, Chelsea." Being the anti-racism educator she is, Tina Strawn decided to check it out, and within days Tina and Jen had watched the documentary two times, talked about it over the phone, and decided to do a podcast discussing it.

If you've watched the documentary, plan on watching the documentary, or have absolutely no interest in watching the documentary- this episode is an essential listen as Tina challenges us to greater depth and accountability in the work of dismantling white supremacy and privilege.

Be sure to follow Tina Strawn on IG @tina_strawn_life or email her at tinastrawnlife@gmail.com

Jun 04, 2020
Historical Storytelling with Jermaine Fowler of The Humanity Archive
36:45

Jermaine Fowler is a public educator, historical storyteller, writer, and founder of The Humanity Archive- a media company committed to telling the stories of history in the most compelling way possible.

Much of his work deals with unsettling history and the current reality of today’s world: post-industrial cities stricken by poverty, racism, inadequate healthcare, and educational inequality.

In this episode, Jermaine joins Jen to talk about The Humanity Archive, his passion for bringing history to life, the importance of featuring voices traditionally erased from the past. 

Our special guest-host, Corey Leak from Existential Podcast, sat down with Jermaine to talk about what it's like in Louisville Kentucky surrounding the Breonna Taylor killing. 

May 29, 2020
Living Into the Work with Myisha T from Check Your Privilege
41:58

Myisha T is an awesome and sometimes exhausted mom to 3 different-ability children. She is an anti-racism guide, mental health activist, speaker, and entrepreneur who is passionate about women’s mental wellness and empowerment.

A passionate advocate for mental wellness, Myisha T believes that when people get real, they can begin to heal. She founded the “Check Your Privilege” (CYP) movement, an online community, and a series of workshops that support women all over the world in exploring their relationships with power, privilege, and racism.

A proponent for womxn of color having access to healing she’s co-leads Brown Sisters Speak a mental health peer support and women's empowerment movement for BBIWoC.

Apr 30, 2020
Storytelling from a Biracial P.O.V. with Rebekah Borucki
50:38

In this episode, Tina is joined by Rebekah Borucki, to talk about her children's "Big Messy Books" series, the importance of diversity and representation in publishing, and her own experience as a Black Biracial author.

Rebekah "Bex" Borucki, the founder of BEXLIFE® and the BLISSED IN® wellness movement, is a mother of five, author, TV host, meditation and yoga guide, and birth doula. She has taught meditation as a profound act of self-care that can be executed effortlessly and effectively to hundreds of thousands of individuals online and in live workshops and public events. Rebekah’s mission is to make mental-health support and stress-management tools accessible to all. Most recently, Rebekah started her own publishing imprint, Wheat Penny Press, to publish her children’s “Big Messy Books” series. 



Apr 21, 2020
Behind The Scenes with Change.org
41:51

If you're like us, you've likely signed a petition with Change.org but aren't quite sure how to organize or start one of your own.

In today's episode, we talk to two campaigners- Ansa and Rashawn from Change.org to learn about the organization, their roles, what goes on behind the creation of a petition, and how people can better use this as a platform to create change.

Here's a petition we are encouraging everyone to sign: 

https://www.change.org/p/shutdown-parchman-prison-in-parchman-mississippi

Apr 13, 2020
Just Mercy Book Review
29:40

In this episode, Tina and Jen talk about the book Just Mercy. 

If you've been planning to see the movie or read the book, but haven't had a chance to yet, this podcast episode will not ruin anything for you. 

 

Apr 02, 2020
Fighting the Rise of Xenophobia and Racism with Kathy Khang
48:29

We are bringing you a special marathon of episodes for this time of national pause and quarantine.

Today's episode is with writer, speaker, yoga teacher, and social justice advocate Kathy Khang. Kathy joined Tina and Jen to talk about what life is like for the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the era of the coronavirus. They discuss the dangerous rhetoric coming from the president, the increase in anti-Asian hate crimes, and so much more.

Mar 23, 2020
A Conversation With Beatrice Dixon, Founder of The Honeypot Company
37:03

Beatrice Dixon, the founder of The Honey Pot Company, joined Tina and Jen in this episode. Beatrice talks about her company, her partnership with Target, and what it was like to be the recipient of racist attacks after a Target ad featuring her and The Honey Pot Company went viral. 

This episode celebrates Beatrice, The Honeypot Company, and the power of representation.

 

 

Mar 20, 2020
Healing the Impact of Colonialism with Gabes Torres
51:10
On this episode, Jen is joined by Gabes Torres to unpack concepts behind colonialism, its lasting impact on all people, and the power of healing, hope and community.

Gabes is a researcher, speaker, theologian, singer-songwriter, and psychotherapist in training. Her life’s work is to show how there’s nothing “post-” about postcolonialism, and that the impact of historical and oppressive conquest continue to manifest in the ideologies, cultures, languages, literature, human behaviors, inter- and intrapersonal relationships, and spiritual practices we have today.
You can learn more about Gabes on www.gabestorres.com, and you have the power to help her in continuing her work of decolonization by supporting and/or sharing www.gofundme.com/help-Gabes-Stay
Mar 06, 2020
Celebrating Black History with Historian Lettie Shumate
57:32

Historian Lettie Shumate joins Tina and Jen to talk about her recent trip to the EJI's National Memorial For Peace And Justice and Legacy Museum, her life and work as a Historian, and the importance of historical literacy.

 

Feb 25, 2020
Women, Prison, and the Criminal Justice System with Brittany White
48:47

In this episode of Speaking of Racism, Tina is joined by Decarceration Manager, Brittany White. Brittany is a formerly incarcerated Black woman who serves as the Decarceration Manager for the faith in action campaign- Live Free National. Brittany is passionate about shining a light on the experiences of women within the criminal justice system and equipping people with the tools to dismantle systemic injustice.  

www.livefreeusa.org

www.faithinaction.org

IG @mzbrittbmw

Feb 12, 2020
The Importance of Community and Rest in Anti-Racism
31:40

In today's episode, Tina and Jen talk about their trip to L.A. to meet in person. They share stories from their time together, talk about the Food For Thought Dinner Party Jen hosted, and discuss how essential community, rest, and joy is in anti-racism work.

Feb 05, 2020
So You Watched Just Mercy, Now What?
25:50

In today's episode, Tina and Jen talk about the movie Just Mercy, how it moved them to action, and the complexity with how it's taking the nation by storm. If you haven't watched the movie, fear not- there are no spoilers in this episode. 

 

Jan 29, 2020
Revisiting the Whitewashing of MLK and Racism in the North with Noah Lomax
35:34

Today's episode is from the early archives of the podcast. Jen shares her thoughts on an MLK event she took her kids to and continues a conversation with Noah Lomax about racism in the North and the myth that it doesn't exist as it does in the South.

Jan 20, 2020
Legacy and Joy in Anti-Racism
29:23

It's a New Year, and we are bringing you a new podcast! Join Tina and Jen for the first official episode of season 2 as co-hosts. They talk about their favorite episodes from 2019, share their plans and words for 2020, tell you about next week's book giveaway, give info on upcoming Legacy Trips to Montgomery, and more!

 

 

 

Jan 09, 2020
Fighting For Racial Justice Through Storytelling With Trevor And Maria of Lost Ones Podcast
42:30

Trevor and Maria are the hosts of Lost Ones, a true-crime racial justice podcast that focuses on stories of injustice committed against people of color. They both live in New York City and work in the criminal justice policy reform space.

 

They started Lost Ones to uplift the stories of people of color which are often ignored by mainstream media.

Dec 16, 2019
Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion Practices With Tayo Rockson
42:46

Tayo Rockson is a writer, speaker, consultant, and media personality who runs UYD Management - a strategic leadership and consulting firm that helps organizations incorporate sustainable diversity and inclusion practices. As someone who has lived on 4 continents, he is an authority in communicating effectively across cultures. In addition to that, he's been named a "Top 40 Millennial Influencer" by New Theory Magazine. He hosts the popular As Told By Nomads podcast and his book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world.

In this episode, Tayo joins Jen to talk about diversity training, his book, and more.

 
Dec 09, 2019
The Importance of Black Leadership in Anti-Racism Work
27:51

In this mini-episode, Speaker, coach, and anti-racism educator, Tina Strawn joins Jen to talk about the importance of Black leadership in anti-racism spaces, an exciting announcement about the podcast, and what it looks like to live anti-racism work in action.

Dec 07, 2019
Untangling The Roots of Black Hair and Diversity with Lori L. Tharps of My American Melting Pot
01:01:32

Lori L. Tharps is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University, an award-winning author, freelance journalist and popular speaker.

Lori joined Jen to talk about her book Hair Story: Untangling The Roots of Black Hair in America, as well as her passion for diversity.

You can find Lori's blog and podcast here: www.myamericanmeltingpot.com

 

Nov 18, 2019
Rodney Reed: Urgent Call To Action
28:12

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this urgent call to action. Rodney Reed has been on death row since 1998 for a crime he did not commit, and he is scheduled for execution on November 20th. Anti-racism educator and social justice activist, Tina Strawn joins Jen to discuss the details of the case and what you can do to help. We need to amplify this story and do all that we can to stop this execution. Please listen, share, and take the steps we've outlined in the show. Show notes coming...

Nov 04, 2019
Fighting Systemic Racism Creatively with Perry Clemons of Inequalityopoly
35:34

Perry Clemons (He/His) is an African-American third-grade teacher from Harlem, N.Y. He has created a board game called Inequality-opoly: The Board Game of Structural Racism and Sexism in America. Inequality-opoly is a custom property trading game that transforms recent national studies into a perspective-taking experience. In this game like, in the real world, certain players based on their perceived identity enjoy privileges while others face obstacles to building wealth.

The mission of Inequality-opoly is to spread awareness and advance discourse about the effects of Structural Racism and Sexism in America. The objective of Inequality-opoly is to battle with or benefit from Structural Racism and/or Sexism to become the wealthiest player and partnership by buying, renting, developing property, and (most importantly) making deals. Whichever player or partnership has the most wealth at the end of the game wins.

The idea for Inequality-opoly came when Perry attended diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings. During these trainings, Perry noticed the difficulties the facilitators faced in demonstrating the effect of racial and gender discrimination in a way that is engaging and personalized to all the people in the room. As an educator for over a decade, he knows the best way to teach or reinforce something is to make it a game. He thought that gamifying diversity training would make for deeper understanding and richer discussions. After 3 years of research, development, and playtesting, Inequality-opoly is now for sale thanks to a successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign at www.inequalityopoly.com

Oct 30, 2019
Social Justice and White Evangelicalism with Corey Leak of Existential Podcast
38:23

Corey Leak is a pastor, activist, writer, and podcaster. In this episode, Corey joins Jen to talk about his new podcast, his passion for difficult conversations, what it was like to work in white evangelical spaces, and how his justice work and activism collided within evangelical spaces.

You can follow Corey on Instagram at @coreyevanleak and @existentialpodcast. You can find him on Facebook and you can find his podcast on a number of platforms.

Oct 23, 2019
Moving Toward Historical Literacy with Marcie Walker of Mockingbird History Lessons
36:07

In this episode, Marcie Walker from Black Coffee With White Friends joins Jen to talk about her new project- Mockingbird History Lessons. 

Marcie talks about her passion and vision for Mockingbird History Lessons and beyond. She shares her own personal story as a young girl learning history in a predominantly white school, how little it had changed when her daughter went to school decades later, and what she's doing to change it. 

 

Go to:https://www.patreon.com/mockingbirdhistorylessonsforadults/posts to join the movement and support Marcie.

You can also follow her on IG @blackcoffeewithwhitefriends and @mockingbirdhistorylessons

Oct 16, 2019
A Response to Chelsea Handler's Documentary on White Privilege
52:18

...Alternatively Titled: "Hello Chelsea, It's Tina and Jen, Let's Talk About Your Privilege"

On Friday, September 13th, Chelsea Handler released a documentary on Netflix called "Hello Privilege, It's Me, Chelsea." Being the anti-racism educator she is, Tina Strawn decided to check it out, and within days Tina and Jen had watched the documentary two times, talked about it over the phone, and decided to do a podcast discussing it.


If you've watched the documentary, plan on watching the documentary, or have absolutely no interest in watching the documentary- this episode is an essential listen as Tina challenges us to greater depth and accountability in the work of dismantling white supremacy and privilege.

Be sure to follow Tina Strawn on IG @satyayogatrips or email her at tinastrawnlife@gmail.com

Sep 22, 2019
Social Justice and Diversity Within Yoga with Constanza Eliana Chinea of Embody Inclusivity
58:36

Constanza Eliana Chinea (She/Her) is a Latinx certified Yoga Instructor who has a total of 10 years of experience in the industry and over 300 hours of training in Yoga, trauma, and anti-racism. She began teaching and consulting after noticing a need for diversity and representation in the industry. She now teaches Yogis and entrepreneurs how to decolonize their practice, create equity for teachers of color, and build inclusive spaces in the community.

In this episode, Constanza Eliana shares her experience, expertise, and insights into anti-racism, creating diverse spaces, decolonizing yoga practices, and so much more.

To learn more about Embody Inclusivity, visit: https://www.embodyinclusivity.com/ 

To follow on Instagram: @eliana.chinea

Sep 18, 2019
Racial Reconciliation with John Williams, Director of the Center For Racial Reconciliation, Fellowship Monrovia
01:05:02

John Williams joins us on the podcast today to discuss his work at the Center For Racial Reconciliation at Fellowship, Monrovia.

John has diligently and faithfully worked toward racial reconciliation for almost 30 years. He is passionate about training groups who seek to increase their awareness around biblical multicultural and racial reconciliation and brings years of experience and expertise in facilitating and training to this work.

John uses facilitating dialogue and interactive exercises as a core element in all of his workshops. These workshops are designed to introduce participants to the deceptive and destructive effects of racism in our lives and the body of Christ, and present opportunities to learn and experience the work of racial reconciliation within a biblical framework. John is a graduate of UC Berkeley and USC Law School.

John has been practicing law for over 20 years, has mediated and facilitated sessions for individuals and small groups in the area of alternative dispute and conflict resolution, and is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Life Pacific College teaching on Race, Reconciliation, and Ministry.

Sep 11, 2019
Anti-Racism Fundamentals with Johnathan and April Perkins of black& Podcast
41:50

Johnathan and April are millennial, biracial, brother and sister, and hosts of the podcast black&. Listen in as they join Jen to talk about their work, their podcast, and what they refer to as FTR's: fundamental truths about racism. Follow them at: 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/black/id1467935293

https://www.johnathansperkins.com/podcastblackand

Sep 04, 2019
Woke Homeschooling with Delina Pryce McPhaull
34:27

Delina Pryce McPhaull is a former journalist and freelance writer, editor, podcaster, and editorial consultant who homeschools her 3 children. She is the creator of the Woke Homeschooling Curriculum and came on the show to talk to Jen about the importance of learning history, teaching children the truth about history, and how we can raise anti-racist kids. This episode is for you whether you have kids and homeschool or not.

Aug 26, 2019
Journeying Toward Activism Part 2 with Tina Strawn of Satya Yoga Trips
35:43

Jen and Tina continue their conversation in this episode and get into some of the nuances of anti-racism work- how allies can move from ally to co-conspirator, what it means to stay in one's lane, and more. 

Aug 19, 2019
Journeying Toward Activism with Tina Strawn of Satya Yoga Trips
55:20
In this episode, Jen speaks with Tina Strawn about her journey toward anti-racism work and the creation of Satya Yoga Trips, which are 3-day anti-racism yoga trips to the lynching memorial and the legacy museum in Montgomery, Alabama. 
 
Tina is an anti-racism advocate, as both a student and a facilitator. Having recently relocated with her wife from Atlanta to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Tina now focuses on her anti-racism work full time, which includes the anti-racism/yoga trips to Montgomery, as well as speaking engagements, leading private events and soon she will be launching a series of anti-racism workshops and online webinars. 
Aug 14, 2019
Faith, Race, and the Reconciliation Movement with Will Smith
49:08

In this episode, Jen is joined by fellow podcaster, Will Smith of Let's Talk. Will is a Youth Pastor who holds a degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling, and in this episode, he talks about growing up in the church, his frustration with the racial reconciliation movement, and how people can better approach race, faith, and unity.

For more from Will, you can follow him on Instagram at @pastorwill_

 

Jul 16, 2019
Practical Insights Into Anti-Racism with Andre Henry
52:45

This week's special guest is Andre Henry. Andre is a writer and speaker with a passion for racial justice. He writes a weekly email giving practical insight on antiracism and nonviolent social change.

In this episode, Andre joins Jen to talk about the power of everyday people and the importance of doing the work to create the world we want to see. He talked about what activated his own journey into anti-racism, why hope is essential in this movement, and how people can come together to build the world they want to live in. 

Jul 08, 2019
How To Be Less Stupid About Race Book Discussion with Myisha T From Check Your Privilege
55:49

In this episode, Myisha T from Check Your Privilege joins Jen to discuss the book How To Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal M. Fleming. The book is a must-read for anyone stepping into anti-racism work. Listen in as Jen and Myisha talk about their own experiences in anti-racism conversations and share their takeaways from the book.

An excerpt from the Beacon Press Website sums it up well: "Fleming unveils how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance—and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into concrete social change."

Jun 26, 2019
Juneteenth History and Celebration with Historian Brigette Jones
43:55

Brigette Jones is back! She is a Historian and the Director of African American Studies at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, Tennessee. On today's episode, Brigette takes us through the history of Juneteenth, the importance of making it a nationally recognized holiday, and tells us how we can all celebrate and appreciate this holiday. 

Jun 19, 2019
The Racist Signature Method with April Harter, LCSW
55:43

April Harter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Inventor of the Racist Signature Method. In this episode, April talks about her journey and work in anti-racism, the importance of healing trauma, and what the Racist Signature Method is all about.

May 21, 2019
The Importance of Representation in History Museums with Historian Brigette Jones
59:59

In this episode, Brigette Jones, Historian and Director of African American Studies at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, Tennessee joins Jen to talk about the importance of increasing African American representation in historical settings, the power of looking to history to heal our nation, common misconceptions about the North vs. the South, and much more. 

May 14, 2019
Moving Toward Humanity Part 2 with Marcie Walker From Black Coffee With White Friends
56:08

Join Jen and Marcie for part 2 of their conversation. Marcie Walker is the writer, creator, and creative behind the wildly popular website and Instagram page- Black Coffee With White Friends. In this episode, Marcie talks about having parents who grew up during Jim Crow and how that may have impacted their parenting, what happened when she shared honestly about race and racism with a larger audience, how to engage conversations about race with healthy boundaries, and an exciting new project that she is preparing to share with the world! 

May 01, 2019
Moving Toward Humanity with Marcie Walker From Black Coffee With White Friends
45:07

On this episode, Marcie Walker from Black Coffee With White Friends joins Jen to talk about her life, her passions, and the inspiration behind her wildly popular website and Instagram space- Black Coffee With White Friends. Marcie shares her passion for human connection, truth-telling, and authenticity as she navigates life as a mother, storyteller, and peacemaker. You can find her website at www.blackcoffeewithwhitefriends.com and follow her on Instagram @blackcoffeewithwhitefriends.

Apr 22, 2019
Defining White Supremacy with Calvin Moore
57:07

Calvin Moore is a historian and the host of Leading Questions with Calvin Moore. On today's show, he joins Jen to discuss White Supremacy, its definition, and why we aren't as removed from it in this nation as we think we are. 

Apr 15, 2019
Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today with author Jacqueline Battalora
42:08

The time has come for our April book discussion. On this episode, Jen speaks with the author, Jaqueline Battalora about the book, early Colonial history, the creation of whiteness as an umbrella identity, and so much more.

Jacqueline Battalora is the author of, Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today, and numerous articles. She is an attorney and professor of sociology at Saint Xavier University, Chicago and a former Chicago Police Officer. Battalora is an editor for the Journal of Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.

Apr 07, 2019
The History Behind Stereotypes with Calvin Moore
47:28

On this episode, Calvin Moore from Leading Questions joins us to discuss stereotypes, history, and the importance of understanding our past. Calvin is a historian with a passion for engaging difficult conversations and he opens up about what life was like as a black man living in predominantly white spaces. He gives advice on engaging anti-racism work and shares some of his top book recommendations on the topic.

Mar 31, 2019
The Power of Photography in Storytelling and Reclaiming History
42:05

Michael W. Thomas is a photographer and life-long student of history. He sits on the Board of Directors at the Marietta Museum of History and teaches classes on African American history. In this episode, we talk about him growing up in Marietta, the importance of history, and the power of photography in telling stories and reclaiming history. Michael will join us a regular contributor on Speaking of Racism.

Mar 25, 2019
Why Confederate Symbols Belong in a Museum
01:19:18

Join Jen and Charles Johnson from Straight Talk With Charles Johnson as they talk about the recent decision by Ole Miss to remove a prominent Confederate monument. They talk about everything from the presidency of Donald Trump, and the Lost Cause History of the Confederacy, to reparations for the descendants of slaves, and more.

Mar 15, 2019
The Importance of History and Doing Our Work Part 2 with Cedric Lundy of Token Confessions Podcast.
39:40

Another one from the archives of our previous podcast. This episode is part two of my conversation with Cedric Lundy from Token Confessions podcast. We talk about The Red Table Talk with Jane Elliott, why claiming to be colorblind dishonors the individual, and once again- why understanding history is so important. 

Mar 05, 2019
How Do Anti-Racist's Deal With Jussie Smollett
30:49

Cedric Lundy from Token Confessions Podcast joins Jen to talk about the ongoing Jussie Smollett investigation, calls for people to speak against him, and how getting caught up in this is a distraction.

Feb 22, 2019
White Fragility Book Discussion
51:02

Join Jen Kinney and Dexter Pearce as they discuss the book and phenomenon known as White Fragility. 

Feb 20, 2019
Laquan McDonald, Policing, and Lament
52:19

On this episode, Jen is joined by her friend and local Chicagoan, Noah Lomax to talk about the history of policing in the U.S, life in Chicago, the cover-up and case surrounding the killing of Laquan Mcdonald, and the subsequent verdicts.

Feb 13, 2019
Black History, Bridging the Gap, and the Power of Storytelling with Chakita Patterson of United Street Tours
34:29

In this episode, Jen and Chakita talk about Black History month, the information gap that exists in our historical understanding, and how we can use history as a bridge.

Chakita is the founder of United Street Tours, a speaker, and a consultant with a passion for creating and promoting growth mindsets. United Street Tours is a walking tour company based in Nashville, TN that specializes in black history. The tours put an unconventional spin on city tours, featuring buried stories that were left out of the storyline. 

Feb 04, 2019
The Importance of History and Doing Our Work with Cedric Lundy of Token Confessions Podcast.
34:39

Today's episode is from the archives of Ooh, She's Speaking. Join Jen for a conversation with Cedric Lundy of Token Confessions Podcast as they talk about the importance of history, relational proximity, doing our work, and how we can move closer to racial conciliation.

Jan 28, 2019
Whitewashing Dr. King, and Realities of Racism in the North with Noah Lomax
38:38

It's MLK day, and Jen is continuing her conversation with Noah Lomax. In today's episode, she talks about how we need to reject the temptation to turn Dr. King into feel-good memes so we can continue the radical work he started, and Noah shares his insights into racism in the North vs. the South and why we have much work to do.

Jan 22, 2019
Joe Rogan Isn't The Only One Who Doesn't Understand the Definition of Racism
46:13

Join Jen and Cedric Lundy from Token Confessions Podcast as they talk about the actual definition of racism, why there is so much confusion over it, and how Joe Rogan got it wrong on a recent show.

Jan 14, 2019
Social Media Connection, Black Lives Matter, and Andrew Johnson's Dreads
48:39

It's the first episode as Speaking of Racism, and Noah Lomax is my special guest. Join the conversation as he and I talk about Noah's life in Chicago, how he got started in anti-racism work, the positive power of social media, how people can support one another, why we need to have some real conversations about high school wrestler Andrew Johnson being forced to have his dreads cut off, and everything in between. Pull up a chair and let's talk!

Jan 07, 2019
Mission
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Speaking of Racism is a community podcast dedicated to frank, honest, discussions on racism in the US. Listen here to our brief mission statement.

Jan 07, 2019