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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.
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!
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.
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.Book: https://www.amazon.com/Use-Your-Difference-Make-Cross-Cultural/dp/1119590698 Podcast: https://tayorockson.com/podcast
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.
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
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. Refer to www.innocenceproject.org for details from show and up-to-date information.
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
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.
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
...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 email@example.com
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
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.
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:
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. To follow Delina, head to wokehomeschooling.com
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.
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.
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_
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join Jen Kinney and Dexter Pearce as they discuss the book and phenomenon known as White Fragility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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