Be the Bridge Podcast with Latasha Morrison

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LATASHA MORRISON is a best-selling and award winning author, bridge-builder, reconciler, and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. In 2016, she founded Be the Bridge, a non-profit organization equipping more than 1,000 sub-groups across five countries to serve as ambassadors of racial reconciliation. This podcast is another step is cultivating conversations that will hopefully lead to real change.

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Be The Bridge 208 - Faith Leaders Raising their Voice with Beth Moore
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Description: This episode brings together Be the Bridge founder Latasha Morrison and bestselling author, evangelist, and Bible teacher Beth Moore as they talk about racial reconciliation in the Christian faith. Beth details her own experiences speaking against injustice, dealing with the backlash, and waking up to her responsibilities as a faith leader. She also gives some insight into how Christians can become bold reconcilers who move beyond a head knowledge of Christ into heart knowledge and action. 

Quotes: “There’s a calling we have to be bold, which leads us as reconcilers, or bridge builders, to speak up.” - Latasha

“There was not a single time that I have been really outspoken that I would have told you that I was going back on whether or not I should say it. It would have been that I could not have kept from saying it. And if that’s the case, then I can be at peace there.” - Beth

“We have a whole politic that is pro-Christian, that has been separated entirely from what is actually Christlike.” - Beth

“When we are going to do what lifts us up, instead of what puts the cross in our hands to carry, we have upset the entire thing. We traded our prophetic witness for power, we have exploited the scriptures to serve our camp’s interests, we have confused divine favor with being on top. We’ve got an idolatry problem! We’ve got nationalism, we’ve got misogyny...I mean it just goes on and on.” - Beth

“Our mouth cannot overshoot our heart, or our duplicity is going to be exposed.” - Beth“We want to know when we have finished up, all that’s gonna matter when we’re in front of God, is that we did the will of Christ Jesus—that we were courageous in it and bold in it.” - Beth

“I believe that our relief would be in our repentance. Our rest would be in our repentance. And just to be willing to do what it takes to just own up and admit we have moved so far from Christlikeness in the Church. The only reason we’re recognizing this is because of the mercy and grace of God showing us. So why can’t we say, ‘Glory hallelujah, we are beginning to see it.’” - Beth

Listen to the full episode and subscribe to the Be the Bridge podcast for more conversations on racial healing, equity, and reconciliation!

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Social handles/slinks: Instagram: @LatashaMorrison

Twitter: @LatashaMorrison

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatashaMMorrison/

Official Hashtag: #bethebridge

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Sep 15, 2020
Be The Bridge 207 - Biracial with Shannon Doyle Bell & LeTesha Wheeler
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In this episode of the Be the Bridge podcast, founder Latasha Morrison speaks with TV Producer and “Mixed Life ATL” podcast host Shannon Doyle Bell, as well as author LeTesha Wheeler, about their experiences as biracial women in America—exploring their personal histories and upbringings, the process of embracing cultural differences in their own families, and what it’s like raising biracial children in a label-driven world.

About Shannon Doyle Bell
Shannon is a creative producer of story-telling and any art form that brings light and inspiration. She had a very loving childhood that was packed full of questions for her black/African-American father and her white/Caucasian mother. This spear-headed her passion for understanding any and everyone’s stories, the sociology of race and ethnic studies, and supporting the hard faith-work of racial reconciliation. Her career in the entertainment industry has taken her to producing television for both reality TV and talk shows. In fact, she and Tarana met over ten years ago while producing together for BET. Shannon has also produced satellite radio shows for Jamie Foxx while working at his production company. She grew up in the midwest by way of Brooklyn, NY, and later lived in Los Angeles, CA, eventually making her way to Atlanta where she lives with her husband, three children, and their goldendoodle. She is the owner of her company, SDB-360, LLC, and piloted the podcast, Mixed Life ATL.

About LeTesha Wheeler
LeTesha Wheeler is a passionate influencer, author, and speaker whose greatest desire is to motivate others to walk in the fullness of their purpose, overcome fear, and stand strong in their faith despite life’s biggest obstacles. LeTesha’s life experiences and family heritage have fueled her voice for reconciliation within her local community and the nation. She has been married to James since 2003 and has two amazing teenage boys. LeTesha enjoys spending quality time cheering on their sons in their various sports, coaching track, serving in various roles in their home church and leading life-changing events.

Listen to the full episode and subscribe to the Be the Bridge podcast for more conversations on racial healing, equity, and reconciliation!


LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE

Podcast slink: https://podslink.to/BeTheBridge
Social handles/slinks: Instagram: @LatashaMorrison
Twitter: @LatashaMorrison
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatashaMMorrison/
Official Hashtag: #bethebridge

--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Sep 01, 2020
Be The Bridge 206 - Leaders of Color – Latinx with Dr. Elizabeth Rios
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In this episode of the Be the Bridge podcast, founder Latasha Morrison talks with minister, writer, speaker, and consultant Dr. Elizabeth Rios. They share an open, honest conversation about racial solidarity within church planting, leadership as a Latina woman, centering marginalized voices in a world of colorism, and envisioning a future where justice is built into churches’ DNA.

“Justice is a God idea. It’s not a liberal idea, it’s not a political idea, it’s a God idea.” –Dr. Rios
“A lot of churches don’t talk about heritage. They basically tell you to leave it at the door because once we’re ‘under the blood,’ everything goes away. But in reality, once we’re ‘under the blood,’ our heritage should be even richer! We should celebrate even more.” –Dr. Rios
“Every community is dealing with colorism, especially brown and Black communities, which is really a product of white supremacy—and we don’t realize that and how we can perpetuate the problem. When we start talking about the basis of racism and disunity, we start looking at this anti-Blackness, because no one wants to be on the bottom. No one wants to appear to be like the group that is being oppressed.” –Latasha Morrison
“We have to pay close attention to that development of our souls if we want to live out God’s justice in the world. There’s a direct correlation between our relationship with God and our acts of kindness, and our acts of mercy, and compassion, and justice. Even this desire even to have racial solidarity comes from a place of having that understanding of what God wants for all of us.” –Dr. Rios

About Dr. Elizabeth Rios
Dr. Rios has been in ministry for over 30 years serving in a variety of roles including pastor (Executive Pastor and Co-Pastor). She now is the Founder of The Passion Center that is dedicated to educating people who have a passion for justice, advocacy, and change in the South Florida area. She’s worked most of her life in nonprofits and in higher education. She has also been an entrepreneur and has consulted schools, faith-based organizations, small businesses, and non-profits since 1996. As an Afro-Latina, Puerto Rican American she considers herself to be a writer/activist and advocate for women in ministry, faith-based civic activism, and biblical justice.

Listen to the full episode and subscribe to the Be the Bridge podcast for more conversations on racial healing, equity, and reconciliation!

Podcast slink: https://podslink.to/BeTheBridge
Social handles/slinks: Instagram: @LatashaMorrison
Twitter: @LatashaMorrison
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatashaMMorrison/
Official Hashtag: #bethebridge

--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Aug 18, 2020
Be The Bridge 205 - Leaders of Color with Jo Saxton
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In this episode, Latasha and Jo Saxton talk about barriers to leadership for women of color, the importance of leveraging opportunities for the sake of others, the power of representation, and the restorative benefits of intentional self-care. A Londoner born to Nigerian immigrants, now living in Minnesota, Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcast host, and a leadership coach helping women grow in leadership. She has written books on leadership, identity, and legacy, the newest of which is called "Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, and Step Into Your Influence."


Podcast slink: https://podslink.to/BeTheBridge

Social handles/slinks: Instagram: @LatashaMorrisonTwitter: @LatashaMorrisonFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatashaMMorrison/

Official Hashtag: #bethebridge

Aug 04, 2020
Be The Bridge 204 - What Can Solidarity Look Like Among People of Color? (Part 2) with Andrea Smith
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In this episode of the Be the Bridge podcast, Latasha speaks with Andrea Smith, author and co-founder of INCITE! about solidarity among people of color, the consequences of colonialism in limiting our connectedness, the intersections of violence in gender and race, and what it might look like to reimagine a world where all people groups can thrive.

“People of color are not a monolithic group. We are very different with different cultural expressions and different lived experiences.” –Latasha Morrison
“We’re doing things to hurt each other. And if we recognize that as a starting ground and we make a political commitment to do otherwise, we say ‘I’m going to learn how to be different with you, I’m going to start to learn history, I’m going to start to receive critique that I’m hurting you.'” –Andrea Smith
“We must always be critical of not settling for what seems to be the best we can get, and instead say, ‘What’s the best governance system where we can all live that’s not dependent on some peoples’ death?'” –Andrea Smith

About Andrea
Andrea Smith is the coordinator of Evangelicals 4 Justice and board member of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies.  She is the co-editor with Mae Cannon of Evangelical Theologies of Liberation and Justice (IVP), and author of Unreconciled: From Racial Reconciliation to Racial Justice in Christian Evangelicalism (Duke), Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide; and editor of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex. She is the co-founder of Incite: Women of Color Against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Project.

Listen to the full episode and subscribe to the Be the Bridge podcast for more conversations on racial healing, equity and reconciliation!


Podcast slink: https://podslink.to/BeTheBridge

Social handles/slinks:
Instagram: @LatashaMorrison
Twitter: @LatashaMorrison
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatashaMMorrison/

Official Hashtag: #bethebridge

Jul 21, 2020
Be The Bridge 203 - What Can Solidarity Look Like Among People of Color? (Part 1) with Lisa Sharon Harper
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In this episode of the Be the Bridge podcast, founder Latasha Morrison and public theologian Lisa Sharon Harper discuss the implications of America’s historical narrative gap, Lisa’s journey to discover the stories of her ancestors, and how we can build bridges from our nation’s past to become more present.

“Scripture itself, particularly the biblical concept of shalom, is not about domination but rather about servanthood of the other—service, protection, and cultivation of all.” –Lisa Sharon Harper
“Race as a construct was created to determine one thing on this land that we call America: Who has the divine call and the capacity to exercise dominion on this land.” –Lisa Sharon Harper
“In order to understand where we are today, we have to look at where we were yesterday.” –Latasha Morrison

About Lisa
Lisa Sharon Harper is the founder and president of Freedom Road, a groundbreaking consulting group that crafts experiences that bring common understanding and common commitments that lead to common action toward a more just world. Lisa is a public theologian whose writing, speaking, activism and training has sparked and fed the fires of re-formation in the church from Ferguson and Charlottesville to South Africa, Brazil, Australia and Ireland. Lisa’s book, The Very Good Gospel was named 2016 “Book of the Year” and the Huffington Post identified Lisa as one of 50 Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women’s Day.


Podcast slink: https://podslink.to/BeTheBridge

Social handles/slinks:
Instagram: @LatashaMorrison
Twitter: @LatashaMorrison
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatashaMMorrison/

Official Hashtag: #bethebridge

Jul 07, 2020
Be the Bridge 202 - How It All Began! (Part 2)
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In Part 2 of "How It All Began!", Latasha Morrison and Susan Seay talk about the beginning of their BTB and how Susan played a part in its formation. 

To learn more about how the bridge started, purchase the Be the Bridge Book. Be the Bridge Book

You can find a full transcript of this episode on our website: Be The Bridge Blog

Jun 23, 2020
Be the Bridge 201 - How It All Began! (Part 1)
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Latasha Morrison and Jennie Allen talk about the beginning of their friendship journey.

To learn more about how the bridge started, purchase the Be the Bridge Book. Be the Bridge Book

You can find a full transcript of this episode on our website: Be The Bridge Blog

Jun 09, 2020
Interview with Don and Susan McLaughlin
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Interview with Don and Susan McLaughlin, and Stephen Maxwell, on Don's book "Love First: Ending Hate before It's Too Late" and how they implement BTB groups at their church.

This was a recorded interview from 2018.

May 26, 2020
Interview with Matthew Horace
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Interview with Matthew Horace, author of "The Black and The Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement".

This was a recorded interview from 2019.

May 12, 2020
Awakening to Whiteness
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In this episode, Latasha Morrison speaks with pastor and author Daniel Hill about his abrupt awakening to whiteness at the age of 24 and the implications of being a white man in America. Latasha and Daniel explore the journey expressed through his book White Awake: An honest look at what it means to be white, which walks readers through seven stages of cultural awakening. As they discuss defensiveness and white fragility, learning to see racism as a disease, and developing a humble spirit, Tasha and Daniel help white Christians move from blindness into sight.

First published on Facebook Live - April 17, 2018 (Link to Video)

Links to books and resources

BOOK: Daniel Hill, White Awake: An honest look at what it means to be white

VIDEO: Daniel Hill on CNN with Brooke Baldwin

BOOK: Bevery Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race

BOOK: Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

This interview was originally conducted as a Facebook Live video with a Q&A session including viewers at the end.

Apr 28, 2020
Raising Your Voice with Kathy Khang
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Latasha Morrison, founder of Be the Bridge, interviews activist and author Kathy Khang about practical ways to raise your voice in real life, the difference between disruption and discernment, and troublemaking for the sake of the Gospel. Kathy also explores making authentic justice-minded friends in white evangelical spaces and especially the intersection of race and gender within a ministry vocation. 

First published on Facebook Live - August 14, 2018

Resources mentioned:

BOOK: Kathy Khang, Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up

MOVIE: Warner Brothers, Crazy Rich Asians

Apr 14, 2020
Rethinking Incarceration with Dominique Gilliard
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In this episode, Latasha Morrison interviews author Dominique Gilliard about his book Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. Dominique walks us through the moral and ethical responsibility of the church to be a holy disruption in prison pipelines; how mass incarceration is a bipartisan agenda; what it looks like to pursue restorative justice instead of settling for anti-biblical punitive justice; and actions you can take today to begin dismantling mass incarceration in your own community.

First published on Facebook Live - March 20, 2018

Resources mentioned:

BOOK: Dominique Gilliard, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores

BOOK: Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

BOOK: Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

ARTICLE: The Bed Quota: Mandatory Detention and the Denial of Justice (by Irving E. Figueroa for UNC School of Law)

ARTICLE: The Implications of Meritocracy on the Church: Grace Erased for Incarcerated Individuals (by Dominique for Christianity Today)

 

Mar 31, 2020
Season 1 Teaser
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Latasha Morrison, founder of Be The Bridge, introduces season 1 of the podcast and gives us a glimpse into what's to come. She also discusses the movie Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson.

Feb 06, 2020