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Thanks I Made Them! with Bianca Springer
"Everybody welcome to the stage. Please podcast. I'm your host lisa wolford and i am honored thrilled delighted and so happy to have the guests that we have today. I am speaking with bianca's springer of base. I made them and it's very difficult to summarize the aca and all the influence that she has provided in the leadership and the work that she has given to the sullen community. I will start by saying that. She is a blogger. She is a writer. A pattern designer. She's oetzi shopowner. She works in. Supports the international quilt. Show she hosts so in meet us she is a connoisseur of vintage patterns and she manufacturers pattern weights which holds a special place in my heart because i think that pins are the agents of chaos so i am so happy to welcome you here. The thank you so much for being with us today. Thank you and welcome. Thank you so wedged lisa. I am excited to be here and to be talking with you and i'm excited. I am the introvert. And this is not my wheelhouse. But this i am excited to do and i'm excited to talk to you. I am too. I am looking forward to it. So let's get started talking about your soul in journey. Where does your sewing story begin. Oh goodness i grew up in the bahamas and my mom's sewed all the time and functionally though or if felt that way it was such an every day occurrence should the machine was setup. She would make my school uniform. She would make her clothes for work. She do home to core. Whatever we needed she would just whip it up and made it seem easy. I i remember some watching her. Do the pleats. My sister and i went to private school. And all skirts were pleated and she would just sit at the machine. No pattern no markings. Just follow the. Please fold aplly all the way around and had whip on the beltway spanned and ham up at it just seems so effortless and that's what sewing was for me. It was it looked effortless. It look utilitarian. It was functional. But i didn't appreciate it as a creative outlet. It was just something we had to do. It was cheaper for my mom to make our uniform so she did so. I appreciate it to some extent. But i didn't embrace it i did. I would whip up a backpack just for the heck of it. She would make my costumes for the productions. I was in a in drama. And i was in a clown through and she made my clown costumes clown true and sorry. I don't know how gonna be able to get past that. You must tell us. Don't know how you thought you would just gonna slide by the word clown troupe. In that wasn't going to say nothing so pleased small digression to tell us what the clown troupe is okay so i went to private school and that is not helping me learn about clowns. I know i did not realize that. Somehow clowning wasn't essential characteristic. But that's okay. I'll let you continue on with the private school and then through very complicated story is so i. One of my one of my classes was drama and his inner drama class and then one of our teachers who my homeroom teacher started a little getting together to do little skits and we do little gets performed the chapel and the assemblies that our school and then she started to do. She took over the drama production of the school and i got excited in seventh grade. I was in joseph on the mazing technicolor dreamcoat. I was in the how i at. My excitement for drama started there and threw out junior high and high school. She created a group call street lights. It was a drama ministry through and we would put on drama sketches our school and go to churches and travel around the schools in the bahamas and then ultimately part of that drama turned into a clown ministry where we would perform for younger kids in schools at parties and some of those parties actually funded trips to cuba and the uk in wales. Yes so we were doing clowning with lucrative was.
Interview With JetSetSarah
"Thank you so much for joining us today. Can you please tell us your name where you're from your current location and the name of your business. Hello i'm sarah greaves. Scabbard on a lot of people. Know me as jets it. Sarah that is enabled my business. Barry dot com. I was born in england. But i have coming to you from miami florida today where i live. So that makes for quite the accent being refractoriness mid atlantic thirty right directly in the sky So you're people are from jamaica. My father is from jamaica and moved to england when he was a teenager and my mother is from our betas and she moved to england when she was in her early twenty s. And that's where they met. That's where i was born. But i sort of ping pong back and forwards between england and jamaica my whole life before moving to the states in two thousand. And what was that experience like being so young and being so so coastal bicoastal. Oh i think. That's that is the reason why i do what i do today. You know my earliest my actual earliest memory. That i have is the first time being on a plane. I would have been about three. And we were flying from england to jamaica for the first time and i remember looking out the window and seeing a movie the clouds are because as you can imagine for a child who's always used to looking up and seeing the clouds it was just mind blowing to me that i looked out the winner david beneath eights so yeah it started mine of travel i think and just made me me feel at home in the world wherever in the world and i would say that you have absolutely taken that in run literally run runner with it I was taking a look at your instagram Do you remember your very first instagram photo. I do want way back. Wonder i do. It's a photo of me taking on hollywood beach and i am lying on the ground. I was just finished ron. I'm lying on the ground. I have my feet two legs in the air. My running shoes silhouetted against the sky. That was my first instagram coach. So that was august twenty thirteen. How in the world do you remember that. Listen only because it was my first. Because i really can't remember anything. I have the world's worst memory. Although i was a child i can remember those clearly but asking what i had for breakfast yesterday. I can't tell you. But no. I just remember that because occasionally since i started on instagram. And let me be clear. That was my first coast in two thousand thirteen. But i posted again for months or maybe a year someone. I've been on pressure when someone had suggested to me. Oh you take a lot of photos. You should put them up on instagram and just rolled my eyes and thought. Oh my god another platform. I'm already to onto dr maury on facebook. I already have a website. But i take this photo. Took that one photo Forgot about instagram for awhile. But see i forgot. What question was that you just asked me. I was asking how you re how you remember that photo. So that's really interesting. You you've certainly like showed up Wherever you've been online. I just see like so much color and so much color like so much color. So scholar and your sunglasses are always really fun. the art that you take photos his really fun in your shopping addiction. I like i like the chronicles of your shopping. Shopping addiction as adventure showers burned. Although yes trust me. I could if i could just get a dollar back for every dollar i have spent you know i would be independently wealthy but yes i love. I love shopping. Worse discerning collection of i think I suppose that would mean not having spent the dollar in the first place though right more of the creative verbal type of not not the numbers
Actor Reign Edwards And "Icy" Wright On Clubhouse's The Lion King Musical
"Thank you. We are hear the day is finally here. After months and months of hard work the world finally gets to see. How do you feel today. it's it's surreal in a way and i think Because of like the circumstances part of it feels real with like part of it. Doesn't you know we're all at home but Just seeing the level on social media is really really cool. So is exciting. That's awesome i. When i reflect back i've watched a whole series before from from beginning to the end and i thought about rachel lied and what there's a lot to unpack with her from being super competitive but insecure but stubborn and and just a little argumentative and very very complex character. What are you most proud of with what you've done with rachel and bring her to life. I think i'm most proud of showing her heart. I think in my episode. You actually get to open her up and see her beyond this tough exterior that she has and see everything that she struggles with A lot of times when you meet someone on the surface there's you know. What would you meet on the surface and you don't really know what deeper than that at their core. They're actually just. Somebody needs help for someone that is earning for love you know. There's i love the complexity that got to play with rachel and that i hope it came across early will. It really really really did in just the way. She interacts not only with her sister character. But her fellow sisters on the island in how they navigate. This sorta new rebirth trauma. All these things a encapsulated into to one experience and to see how she grows throughout the season has been really really mesmerizing about her. This series has the potential to be another one of those groundbreaking series with strong women. Strong women behind the camera with With knowing that the audience is going to be familiar with that as a tune into the series. Do you feel like almost a torch carrier or progressing hollywood into the next level. What are your thoughts on. Being a part of such a strong woman cast in and crew and overall creative process. I'm honored i. It's it's it's such a surreal experience to be a part of something like that I think for me. I always talk about women standing in their power. Whether you know it's on said or like just in my day to day life. I think it's so important than i. Love that i get to play a character that shows that shows that and through these characters you see the broken nece but then them standing in power and think. That's so cool. So i i'm just very honored and i don't think anybody takes it lightly that works on the series win before i was coming to talk to you this morning. I did a little dialogue on your social and video that you post it when you got to see the yourself on the side of the building. I mean that's no small feat when you see yourself at the side of a building. What's the first thing you look at. Do you think i have. My nose looks huge. What's the first thing you look at. Honestly i just. I took it all in and i was in awe. Just had thank god. It's it's been a long time coming up. And doing this as kid. So make jesus and also i mean. I'll just like what we look. You got what you literally rely. Giants and I think that's so cool though because like in. La you always go through you know sunset and these different streets See my face along with all these other amazing women up there. It's just something to be an all of. I was really just in all of seeing that. I didn't really necessarily focus on my nose. I was just happy to see us all up there. It's remembering what that photo she was like like is just really cool to see. I mean you are giants in a sense. Even your characters really represent a lot of us you know. I see a lot of myself in rachel and be an athlete when i was a kid and and the struggles that come with that and all of the other characters for what they represent in terms of personalities in things when you look at now giant rachel on the side of this building. What does giant. Rachel tell our giant rain till little little rain who was just starting out and get him in terms of of staying the course or anything gotta get you there and you don't have to be perfect. I think that. I still to this day and working things and i think that's maybe why i was able to give that to rachel in learning. Actually from was just talking to my friend this morning. About how playing. Rachel helped me realize some of the things that i thought i got over that i was still like. Oh you haven't gotten over on this level yet. Or in this way yet. And i i would just tell myself it's all going to be okay and you can just breathe like just take a breath keep going. It's okay to be determined. You are very determined person. And that's great but there's a difference between determination and perfectionism. So i would definitely tell my younger self that when you work with the john sombo cast like this. How has this made you grow as an actress as a performer. Because there's a lot of moving parts that go into a show like this. Not just the the dialogue but the physical rigors that isolation from filming somewhere else has made you all. I always up on set. I look at the other actors around me. I think that When you're in a position to work you know as often as i have which. I'm really great for four. That's the way that you continue to learn. You know you don't mess if you're in new zealand. I can't go me maggie coach time. They're all this stuff so I i do my best to learn from the people around me and to have such powerhouse actresses around the does cause you to grow does cause you to evolve. You always different things how people portray their characters. I know that even just from having a twin sister. So i got to work really closely with helena in helena mazing actress the way that she has for nuances in Thoughts like it. It's just it was really cool to be surrounded by different people. I can learn from pick up on different things and how they carry themselves in in their scenes so it definitely caused you to grow especially with the cast big. We have a mike seven different acting teachers
2020 Wrap Up: George Floyd
"Hey guys welcome back to say with me saying. This is zack brandon. Once again. say when he saying doing look back on our first season to see if our views change different over. The course of the year for this one will be george. Floyd already looking back at this. Another another tale of police brutality in america with the focus being a black man unarmed to put to death unfortunately this time of need to throw for eight minutes zach. Did you get to look at any information in regards to Just what happens with police officers of that situation. So i know the third degree murder charge was dropped and i think that's chauvin was allowed to live outside of minnesota. But as far as i know. I believe they're still awaiting trial on a echoes the same on. Cnn says it says a judge orders one trial four x cops charging jewish schwab killing keeping case in minneapolis. Derek chauvin towel foul thomas lane and j. They just have the Abbreviation he ruled that a holding a single proceeding for the four officers would ensure the jurist understand. All the evidence and the complete picture of george floyd is still underway within the rounds of the courts right but just looking back on it. What do you. what's your takeaways. I think it's twofold right. I think on the one hand. It was clearly awful and the video. Everyone watched the video or that that traveled across all of social media and all of the mainstream media and it was awful. I think that clearly it was handled horribly and the officers should be held accountable for it. I think it also revealed though the the country or at least a large portion of the country's willingness or i don't wanna say at least willingness to jump to racism as the as the cause right because clearly it was. It was awful. But i still think at this point. At least there isn't much hard evidence that shelving was doing it out of racist intent. And i think that was what sparked a lot of these movements and protests and riots and things because you know the belief was that it was white cop killed a black person because of ring racist intent and because of race so it to clearly i i stand with the people that are standing against xiaobin because he up clearly but yeah. I don't know do you. Do you have any takeaways before we cut this one. I mean listen. Do i think that they some very strong. Black man who was going against the direct orders of the police are even granted mental health component of it. That we get more. Eventually you have to address because there's not really a focus in the united states. But honestly i think and i feel safer to say. The jakab was an idiot. I'd rather see. The cop was an idiot. 'cause i can easily see a what a what gentleman who had mental issues. Put his hand. You know just imagine someone kane from wrestling doing all the stuff that i'd put my neck on came to me just because if i'm an idiot if i don't follow protocol really care about the idea of another human's life. I'm sure he would do the same thing for anyone. He was in fear of his own life with so you know whether whether it was a knee or he shot him. I feel he would've made the same decision and we will definitely have to do episode on cases of police brutality across the board and can shed some light on some of these other cases right because clearly while it does happen a lot to black individuals. Police brutality issue across the board. And it's something that really doesn't get talked about enough and we. We have to say what needs saying about those cases to
The Wandering Pier
"Thanks so much for joining us today. Can you please tell us your name where you're from your current shin and the name of your business. This this pair. I'm from trinidad. And tobago and london. And i'm currently located in nine malaysia. And my business. I work in the english language department. So i am an esl teacher at the moment. And when i'm not doing that. I'm traveling the world. Not in twenty twenty and when you say traveling the world like you mean literally taraborrelli. I think it would be easier for you to tell us where you have not been not yet not yet. I mean it's easier to tell you. I have been i don't know all were for. You've been out there so like i've been poking around in your life and a source he started like your blog. Mama sita garcia in twenty eleven on instagram and twitter. You're wondering pierre the wandering deer so you've just been like document team your travels from time and so now also also for those don't know trinidad. is just off the coast of venezuela So you got your little south america on a little bit too so okay just okay. Let's just go back. Just go back like just tell me all the things like when did you find your wanderlust. i would say that. It really came into play once i started. No actually that was more. Solo travel some jumping ahead there wunderlist. Last i think became more of a thing when travel became easier for me and that was in the form of my british passport so i have dual citizenship with the uk and trinidad and tobago and prior to that. It was just very restricting. You know like when you need a visa at just odds so much to To the plate when you want to travel somewhere. So i think because of that i had travelled you know Since i was young i had been to england and had been to the us. My mom made sure that we got to see a little bit of the world where she was able to make that happen And when i moved to england. I really do that much i. I went on a school trip to spain. And that's when i decided. I'm kinda live in spain. One day of but yeah generally it was. It was more when my passport opened up the doors to do it more freely and so it meant that in especially as a unique students i think. When did i get hospita. Gosh i can't remember probably like two thousand end saechsische ish somewhere around there maybe and Yeah just through. Uni knows before that story and then through union we would take these short trips because myth ryanair and easyjet is confined like super cheap flights. We wanted to explore more of the uk. But the costume. Going to like scotland would like the same cost is going to stockholm. So so we were. Just go out. And that's when it was really ignited. I would say the more i did it the more i wanted to do it and it was just really accessible in uni when that student loan came through i would pay what needed to be paid so like my accommodation any books any fees and then whatever was left was like right. Where can we go. Even if that meant a cades gonna be beans on toast for for the rest of the tim. The hours balanced the way it went so we would like and squeeze in trips here and there
And So We Begin
"Welcome back everyone and this is a shanty golf. The host of ram rolls guy into politics in walk two seasons six. We are excited to have you back with us it. We are also very excited about today's special guests. Are i repeat gas. Alexis mabille johnson. Who is the ceo of planned parenthood of america. And for those of you. Who don't know pain. Parenthood is a nonprofit organization that provides sexual health care in the united states. And will alexis. How are you. Oh i'm wonderful. How are you sean t. It's so good to see you again is so good to see you and i love the fact that you are. I repeat guests. Or what am i. Favor people. I know i was super ecstatic with they. Do the permanency yell a planned parenthood because vine while was there any other choice. I obviously can't tweet that. That's what a deke. So i just wanted to tweet my congratulations congratulations. Thank you thank you. I i didn't think it was gonna feel as different to become permanent. You know like when when somebody actually puts a ring on it When you live together for a long time and then you're like a that. I felt so honored and humbled that that organization in the boards would put that kind of faith in me to carry us. Forward won't the perfect well-deserved at twenty twenty was quite the year as we know in twenty twenty one is already giving twenty twenty a run for its money so i do have to get your thoughts on insurrection at the capitol because the fact is it was it is direction in way you and i had our first chat just our first girlfriend have i leading organizations chad. We talked a lot about what going on in the country particularly racially in how the trump administration was feeling a lot of the. How are you feeling about everything that has happened. It was devastating. And when you actually think about the the day of january six you know for most of us particularly i knew you were as i was like up all night watching the returns for the georgia senate race in trying to just hold onto that. Lash shred of hope. You know as you said. Twenty twenty just tried its level. Best to get rid of. And and like reverend warnock said Thirty five joy comes in the morning right. Joy will come in the morning and it did and it did by midday to watch that. Just full throated unapologetic demonstration of white supremacy and anti democracy and the weaponization of racial anxiety. Over and over again. And you you think about just like when they said win at all costs this is what they met right that they were really winning willing to destroy democracy to destroy the integrity in the belief in that just really underscores everything that america is right. We are at beth. You know we are. We are a nation state because we are imagine community right. We have to bind ourselves together with these notions and while so many particularly black women have been on the front line trying to claw our way into democracy right like foot in the door that we are not gonna let this door democracy close on as they were they're trying to destroy it and so it it. Just it's it's a wound you know to know after the november election. That half of america's still supports misogynistic patriarch girl racist. Yo pick at the same time that they are so willing to to fight for that last gas that it is just terrifying. I agree with you in. I was talking to someone in their life. Where do you think this came from. I said this is really been building since two thousand eight when we had the audacity to elect a black man ask president. We saw the rise of the tea party we saw the rise of birtherism in twenty sixteen was very much about key our country for the people that we think it is for. I wasn't surprised. How close the election. Was i tell people all the time on this thing is virtual retied. I felt it my heart. We could ican how you know a only did. I'm very excited about georgia. I was telling people. I have lots of friends who are down there running things and they are extremely talented in good so i think that they can eat this out by it stays in my mind. That seventy million of our fellow americans were a hundred percent by with the direction that the country was going in bites. We have a new president. We have a new vice presidents. we had a brown role in the white house. What are your feelings about. The biden harris administration. I mean first of all just how exciting it is like you. You just don't really know how. How much representation matters until you you see it in all of its pomp and circumstance and you know the pride that you feel your heart swelling. Just looking at by president khama harrah's take stage a brown girl. You know we've seen we've seen president biden onstage before but vice president harris we we haven't and so that's just a moment to like exhale and pies and just revel in it and you know the excitement around. It isn't just about the representation from a symbolic standpoint but substantively. We just know she is going to bring it right. We know that what we've already seen from this administration that the ways in which they've configured the cabinet that the white house personality your friend like some of your friends are friends together so excited for our friends going to be running the truth right. I mean none of it is siloed right like it is even though there is a focus on racial equity it also embedded in the domestic policy council right. Even though there's a focus on gender we see embodied throughout you know every cabinet and so just the notion of like you know how to bring to bear not just intersectional framework but actually turn that intersection. -ality into policy making is just so exciting. I mean it's going to be wonderful berry excited about dabhol in who will be our first indigenous cabinet secretary. I mean perfect person About near handan excited about congresswoman marsha. Five benita need. Just i know. Sarah i feel like a little lake like i feel like parliament. I love it. I'd just the fact that we know these are great people. They're wonderful public servants. I know i'm just going to be sleepy so much better at. I know we are the people who are going to be running our country and they have a huge task ahead of them absolutely. I mean we know we got four years a
Black Agenda Radio - 01.25.21
"This is black agenda. Radio a weekly hour of african american political thought and action. Welcome to the radio magazine. That brings you news commentary and analysis from a black left perspective. I'm margaret kimberly. Along with my co host. Glenn ford coming up. The people of haiti have not been allowed to govern themselves. Since the united states overthrew their elected president. fifteen years ago we'll get an update on the haitian people struggle to take back control of their island nation and not since the mccarthy era has the threat of censorship loomed so large in the united states. The democrats seem intent on making it impossible to even discuss ending the rule of the rich. But i the last time. Joe biden was part of the administration in power. The us got involved in seven new wars black agenda report contributing editor. Danny haifong has some predictions on how long it will take president's by to start his own armed conflict. Would i be biden's administration. Employing is a shift back to the humanitarian interventionism model of the us imperial warfare which we saw under the obama administration and we can already see this with tony. Blinken the secretary of state when he was sort of anointing a question and answer session to the senate foreign relations committee. He was a very forthright and agreeing with much of the trump administration because this thing policies whether it was acknowledging one though the us is a coup puppet stooge in venezuela continuing the sanctions. They're putting pressure on venezuela's government Or whether it was china which joe biden is patrol biden's rhetoric since the beginning not the encouraging of a on whether relations with china would eat from the new cold war area which we signed her trump tony blinken in complete agreement with The trump administration's new cold war policies. They're so There really isn't much. I think that we're going to be in terms of a shift in. Us foreign policy more in the sense that the form will change slightly now. Joe biden is certainly no diplomat and his administration is filled with a combination of diplomats. A war hawks. And i think what we're going to see is a form of humanitarian. Intervention is a which will be in fact more hawkish than under obama because right now the united states in a in a real terminal kind of crisis much worse than even when obama came to the helm and the economic crisis was ravaging the united states. At that time now we have a pandemic we have an economic crisis around the world. That's hitting the united states hardest and the united states is losing significant around so Economically militarily and trump certainly did not help this with his inconsistent foreign policy Orientation throat his administration. So there's a lot of catching up to do for you as computers than and i think that we all have to be on guard about. That's going to take because. I don't think it's going to be a peaceful for the trump administration by some measures actually reduced the us military presence in africa. But we haven't heard anything from the incoming biden administration about an african policy but then major news media don't even ask questions about africa now in africa doesn't exist to the proper media in for joe biden's ministration. What will likely happen that there will be this reorientation around fighting terrorism quote unquote in that was excused to expand africom during the obama. Administration's p two terms so I i don't think we're going to hear much about the accurate that there are many points of contention and struggles going on on the african screen confident whether it's been gone doors the horn of africa which also lot of wait for the united states ended interest there and we know that china's influence is only going to grow because china's economy is growing right now in the united states is economy is in a period of stagnation if not a complete deficit When it comes to its ability to really expand offer anything to nations around the world africa or elsewhere so I think that what we're going to see. In terms of joe biden administration and a relations with africa's we will see more of the things we've hydro bama and i think we're gonna see more of an emphasis as we are seeing already on. This representation analysts kind of politics. Which we see. Lloyd austin and others in the administration representing sort of black faces in these militarists places. I think we're we're going to see emphasis on paying attention to that it. How meetings for that rather than what. The administration is actually doing which will inevitably involve more proxy wars more drones more Escalations on the confident in the name of a so puzzle on terror And in the name of so-called stability peace cop on the continent the events of january six may and bustard in a new era that some people are calling a domestic nine eleven. there are escalating calls for censorship. the former president was censored himself by private social media and it seems that lots of the democratic base wants to extend that's censorship what's being called d platforming throughout the us political compensation yes. It's a very disturbing trend because we know what happened during nine eleven and afterwards with the war on terror we roll out of a massive surveillance which still today bill Really disproportionately affects activists organizers journalists on the left and the same with russia gate over the last four years russia gate was used as an excuse to the less organizers journalists activists as well and now you know as you've commented and others have commented. It's highly likely that the so called domestic terror threat which they're claiming his white supremacy. Interestingly enough points premacy who's been around in the united states inception and Has never been calls. It domestic terrorist threat when a affects black people indigenous people and those who have really felt the brunt of the premise the violence but now that white supremacy has turned inward on the very state that built it is inevitably going to be used as an excuse to expand the surveillance apparatus and we know that white supremacists are not going to be the primary target because they never have been and they never will be as long as the united states Takes the form that it does politically and economically so it is very disturbing but it also very easy public relations move When it comes. Someone like joe biden and his administration and the people behind him in the corporate media and the like because they can then use white supremacy as a foil to really justify anything that they do whether it's increasing censorship or whether it is increasing the pain from austerity And war abroad and at home. And i think that is something desperately to watch for.
MK285: #BeGone (Gays Over COVID, The Insurrection/Now What?, 10 Historical Points to Avoiding Fascism, 'On Tyranny' Book Review, White Christian Nationalism, The Inauguration)
"Welcome to minority corner where we take an introspective. Look at the world. Do intersectional lens. i'm james. em. I'm a queer political activists actor comedian self-proclaimed sexy blurred that say black nerd and each week. I'm joined in the corner. By other fabulous minorities and some allies tackling the news pop culture politics media entertainment and history with little sub care south sprinkled throughout all of our own personal and collective empowerment. It's a whole new world. Jaw and ben randall. Him back is a theater director base in new york and our resident political expert to help us navigate through these times transition. I talked to him earlier in the week before. The beautiful inauguration that we had and we unpacked the insurrection. Further as more horrifying details. Come out and what this means for our country moving forward was this part of be best malania Time to be gone girl. Be goan well. We also bring out the shame. Stick with Shame stick is back with gays overcoat and also don't worry. We got the shame sick for the streets as well. A swingers convention. Come on. y'all what's going on. We got a pandemic and while we may have dodged the bullet of terrorism this time like the killer and a horror movie. It'll try to come back. So i am highlighting a few points for have in our tool belt from timothy snyder's book on tyranny. Twenty lessons from the twentieth century. Plus ben random gives us his rejuvenation station tidbit. Some quick lights. At the very end of the inauguration of biden and harris and their first day in
Killing Time in Quarantine w/ The Bachelor - Funhaus Podcast
"Today is your favorite fun. House duo release williams. Hey lindsay thinks that lindsey graham oh they lindy's a pretty great deal too and i know why i really like this from the smash hit pop. Culture news political commentary. Youtube channel internet today. Ricky hebert uh-huh thanks for having me. I just saw the background for the first time and she has same book as me at the got lot of luck. Getting out of it right. Now don't leave home without it or don't leave home ever harry potter to no no i. I only play the games you know. How many white tiger mega do you have zero now. You guys are just like flexing. I just started putting together my background like a month ago. So i only You know my little youtube award and my xfl football just a wall of failure did okay though elise before you put that bookshelf there. Where were you hiding all those books. Gosh they were in our bedroom and they were like all like packed crazy tight on top of each other squeezed in but now i can like show off all my try ford. I've all my jim henson books on a shelf together. You're going to get a little chair. Maybe for like the corner like little reading chair. I would like to get a memory. Foam beanbag so can't kind of curl up and die in the chair shing. I've been pushing for a least to get those things that they have at like old libraries. Which are the ladders on wheels. So that way if she needs to reach the upper shows you can do that or she needs to sing a song she can jump on it and it'll slide. It's the most whimsical way down a book. That's perfect just have my degrees kia frames perfect and a plan a plant that. I'm trying to keep alive. So must era losing yeah. He's doing okay here. She no don't there's some dead leaves okay got it. My silver youtube button is basically my diploma. If i ever needed to get a job. That was off youtube. That would be pretty much. The only thing i have to bring in to a future lawyer. What silver's one hundred we well with the old when we were at messina. We got like nine hundred and fifty thousand. Were like all right. We're going to get that gold play button in no time and just like youtube. Do that thing where they're like. Oh yeah we're just gonna like accidentally unsettled bunch of people from your channel right before the finish line. I think they did it honestly. I think. I think that they got rid of all those. They did that whole thing because they were worried about how much they were going to have to spend on those play buttons. Yeah yeah so. It took us two years to get that like one hundred thousand really quick but then it was like two years i think before we. We just got this really recent to receive it. Get it yeah well. There's not a lot going on this week. Probably not too much talk about. I was going to say you know Before we jump into not talking about anything Or you know talking about our. I wrote this to our hopes and dreams for getting the vaccine and then all of us going to vegas and blacking out in the mgm grand lazy river. Don't know if it's your dream. My dream i i really want to go to me and my wife talking about like everything that we want to do. It's like it's like how in the before times you would you know. Once a year twice a year people would play the lottery when it gets to that big number. And then you'd spend the days leading up to it fantasizing about what you would do if you won the money and and that's really what you're buying the opium that i'm ingesting now is just like what if everything went back to normal and we can do anything but the sad reality is that it's going to probably be years before anything's back to normal and even the vaccine travels probably gonna restricted and things aren't going to be fully open so that's sad. The question is what will normal look like. Will we see a new version of normal. I was talking about this this morning. Will costco ever to go back to having samples in store food samples or will that will things like that. The a relic of the past of our cnn. Did they did still have samples of certain things that could be controlled like they weren't just putting out the small wieners. they're cutting into five pieces or whatever but it's thought they did have like samples of like some things like like during the penciled packages like maybe they'll have a little on everything but yeah. I think it's gonna be a while before you see something like a coachella or an amusement park at full capacity outside of the state of florida over concerts. In general it seems so it seems so foreign now like so alien to think about getting in a room with a bunch of people even if you were vaccinated. I'd still be nervous for a while. You're a you made a joke. But i think you're actually probably pretty one hundred percent right about what's going to happen is that we're going to get into this thing where they're kind of like you're like well. Yeah used to drive across state lines. Because that's where you know you could buy fireworks. I think we're going to get a situation where it's going to be like.
Use Your Voice (with Cynthia Erivo) - Episode 3
"Cynthia for her vulnerability in sisterhood. Okay so this is much overdue. But the timing is perfect because ranson randomness is now professional troublemakers. And who better. Who better to have on as he sent professional troublemaker. And the woman who has every award known to man like every award. And i'll here. Cynthia doesn't belong in any boxes multi hyphen it and
"Are Birds Evil?" and Other Tough Questions - The Funhaus Podcast
"One and a special episode today. Because you've got james williams joining as always he always makes a special golf clubs golf clubs and two wonderful guest that we love barbara men. Eric madore thank you guys so much going to be. What's going to be better handle. Joe we probably just your normal. The joke is you can't see it on your white shirt. Dunks men dunks gunsmith but we had. There was a point of contention before the show because eric tried to backseat produce this episode. They'll do that. I'm in the front seat. Pardon me in the front seat. I don't know how to drive. Stick sarah that. I'll take over. Learned how to drive stick. I bought a car for my friend. Andrew we drove it around a college parking lot for about half an hour paid eighteen hundred dollars for it and then i went right goal. See later and then. I drove it from san diego to orange county right then and i went well. Hope it'll fuck this up. And i only died once when i exited the freeway but i did not crash. Otherwise first and second gear is basically the only thing that causes any trouble that the once. You're once you got your wheels turning you're going to be good on main. Put it in fifth and you just fuck it just it just the rpm china low seven hyundai accent just floor that thing just see what happens you just go you just do it until it stops and then sometimes it stops and doesn't hurt again and that's why i had to buy another car so if you're watching listening you're not familiar with barbara eric. Barbara is the voice of yang and ruby rooster. Teed does just that is now. She is a queen. Comedy queen queen my leverage because elise has a plan. She always has the plan but that is the plan starts. It's it's like if she was leading a bunch of soldiers. She's like all right everyone who's ready. And she's getting in their face and she gives his big speech and she takes one step right onto a landmark feeling. Barbara does so much like eric. I'm like oh. You know. Eric from face jam. He's done much and the other voice that sometimes appears Podcast sometimes one. Yeah getting off on a really awful tangent. He comes and saves us at us. You guys that close up on me just came around me. Look at that shit jacked patillo right up in here. Thank bang bang. Bang bang bang bang
Session 190: Creating Calm Through Meditation & Affirmations
"Thanks so much for joining me for session. One ninety of the therapy for black girls. Podcast one of the qualities. I most appreciate about people who regularly practice. Mindfulness is their ability to cultivate intercom. Despite what's happening on the outside. And i think this is definitely something. Many of us could use more of right now to share more about her. Mindfulness practices today. We're joined by debbie. Brown debbie is a wellness educator. Meditation teacher reiki healer and author. She currently serves as the chief. Impact officer for choper global in is the voice of daily inspiration app through our bestselling book crystal bliss and her podcast. Dropping gyms debbie's work is rooted in sharing tangible healing modalities with millennial generation z. Women of color in support of whole life enhancement. Debbie and i chatted about the wellness practices she incorporates into her life how to get started with using crystals or primordial sound. Meditation the importance of affirmations. And she she is a beautiful guided affirmation that can be experienced over and over to help. Keep us grounded if there's anything that resonates with you well enjoying our conversation. Please share with us on social media using the hashtag. tv g in session. He is our conversation. Thank you so much for joining us today. Debbie thank you. I'm folk fighter to be here. Big fan likewise likewise. I'm so glad we were able to make this conversation happen so i am just fascinated by your journey. Debbie in have just been so interested in like the changes you made in your life in like the route that you're on now just in terms of sharing your awareness and information around like crystals and affirmations and meditation and so. Can you tell us just a little bit about like how you started. So i know your book is called krystal blizzards and that is something that a lot of people are talking more about right now. Mrs like using crystals in terms of wellness. Can you tell us a little bit for people who don't know anything about crystals. Like how do you use crystals as part of will news. Yeah totally so a little bit of my background is used to work in the entertainment and media. But i felt a little bit lake. It was time to dive into a deeper calling. My curiosity has always led me. I am an only child raised by a single parent. So that kind of lends itself to a lot of self excavation and introspection you kind of become a little bit of detective of you in your life and curiosity has always been my greatest superpower and my driving force and when i kind of realized that i was longing for more depth. I was longing for a healing that didn't have language for and then i was longing to help extend this healing to other people. That's when i really kind of surrendered to the greater gifts of my life. And some of the deeper ritual work that. I do and really made it the biggest piece of who i was and what my career would be centered around and the first leg of that journey. My first offering was my crystal bliss book and through my business karma bliss. We sell crystals and ritual kits. Crystals are such a beautiful beautiful compliment to oneself care practice. Big a big part of the work. That i do is also related to disarming and educating people about crystals curve i think especially within black and brown communities being in a space where we are perhaps connecting with nature leaning into some ritual or even just investigating ourselves and sharing that it can feel foreign depending on where we're from or what. Our belief systems have been thus far so with crystals. I always like to tell people this is not you know your magic wand. You're not potter. The expectation isn't the abracadabra. Now this happened but crystals are beautiful tool that are of this earth now. I believe that god made us. It's very obvious that god made the planet and so god also made crystals in everything that we can see touch and feel here and this was an a time before there was medicine and before there was different elements of science and different things that we use now that have kind of really disconnected us from our ability to be our own spiritual scientists and our own healers and so crystals are pieces of the earth. They are very often hundreds of millions of years old. There was a crystal found in the last couple of years that dated at two billion years. So they've been here and they have been energetic tools from the very beginning before we even got here as humans and it's known that crystals hold energy and they have different vibrations than it's believed that each crystal has its own energetic resonates where it can bring forward different tools and different subtle energies into your life to assist you as you also do the work of south nice. How do you know where to start. Let's say that. I am wanting to work on bringing more energy into my life right. Is there a particular crystal associated with it and then if there is then what do i do with it. Yeah so one. I would say everybody getting my book Or just just in whatever way you're able start doing some research thing that's kind of said quite often within the metaphysical space and within this community and wellness is crystal chooses. You and so. I've found that that is very true. That when you're going out and you crystal shopping whether it's online looking at images or physically being in a store and being able to really touch them what you're drawn to was typically what you need and then look up the elements afterwards and nine out of ten times. You'll say oh my god that is so spot on. I needed that energy so just play with it. There's no way to do it right or wrong. Don't spend time over thinking it but find a crystal then. Spent some time researching what energy it has. The next thing that you would do is clear. It's energy and so. I like to do that with sage or incense and you it you ask that. Any negative energy any previously said intentions that have been placed on. It are removed. And then you really sit in meditation with a crystal and you think if this crystal is meant to represent safe for instance emotional healing or self love or expanding your heart to receive more love. If those are that energetic traits that are associated with it. How can i call that into my life. Is that something. I'm looking to have more of within myself or within my relationships. And then you kind of really think said intentions based on that but the greatest vision for your life and you bring your tools with you to further support where you're headed So you mentioned already that the crystal is not a magic one and we talk about that in therapy to write like that if we could have a magic wand we would but tell me how we can kind of get you from point eight to be but i think sometimes it is kinda confusing about where you start kinda. Do the work that you're may be wanting to new. I think there are so many routes right like so. We have crystals we have therapy. We have rakia. We have found fast. Like all of these. I wondering if you can kind of speak to how someone would know like woods route might be a good one for them you know. I think that this is such a great opportunity for people to begin to trust their own internal. Gps system to really sit in their intuition and say. Does this feel good for me. Does this feel like something. I want or need and really listening to an honoring that inner voice as you said dr joy there so many tools available to us now more than ever been in human history like we have access to things that all of the generations that came before us really didn't have an had no idea even existed and so. I think it's important that it's not just one thing are healing. Journey is our personal recipe. It's our personal box that we're filling with the tools that resonate with each of us in each of us. It's gonna look different. So i think it's so important you know for infants.
Corinne Bailey RaeI Am Music
"Explain to the folks why it has been three albums purview in like teen years. It's hard to look at those statistics. Who may because. I want to be prolific and i feel like i'm definitely moving into a period like more ideas and more skill. I guess i've learned you know. I think i take a long time to do things. I think i second guess myself public too much. And there's definitely thinking about. You know that i record or so successful and then i felt with a c. You i was given a lot of space. Because i understood right let record and then halfway through the record my late husband died completely unexpectedly and so in my world that was so that was the end of my life. You know this is the end of my life. And i said well we've had a good life you know i'm twenty nine and after all this done all the stuff and
Take Your Shot (with Jessica O. Matthews) - Episode 2
"In this interview. Let's jump in. it's a good one. We met yes yes Well i first time. We met at oprah's super soul. Yeah super soul. I don't dope and then they're like time. We really really got to connect with two thousand sixteen out. And i think you sat in the odd. I think he saw me speak. I don't know like right. John and you were like this. Girl's the lovey of energy is out there. Just like def jam comedy special like just like out here saying all this wild sit tight pants he can and all off with the ralph lauren. blades laurent. Listen abroad some of the money was like see hard. Asked me if i was in energy befriends because i in the back like we got it. I'm like i'm all over in this booth. If you had told me for years later that we'd be i would've gotten away more that like y'all countdown to the darkness darkness. Okay the ground we find ourselves and some interesting times in testing our my. Gosh so i always get started by asking people. What did you want to be when you were growing up. Ooh when i was really young. Like every nigerian child. I wanted to be a doctor of course and then i was like first of all. I got shaky hands. So that seems i was just like over. Should be me. And then. I was like i'm not really feeling this blood stuff. I don't like gore. So i was like how exactly my expecting to be an effective doctor. Then i knew. I loved him in bent. Though right like my whole thing is like i'm trying to be like the lovechild of beyond say and bill nye. The science guy like everything. I'm doing so. I knew i wanted to be like an inventor. I knew i loved kind of like tinkering and doing all that stuff. So i i thought how do you operationalize that a career. I thought oh science doctor. That i looked at biomedical engineering for a little bit. Quick bit by college. Gosh not by high school. I think when. I was like oh pobably like some sort of like lawyer. I got really into psychology. We literally are the same. Because you know. My major in psychology was was jim college. Yup yup. I got into psychology in college i was. I've literally i was like. What am i gonna do. I'm gonna do and another senior year when it's time to choose majors. I was just like. I was going between sociology and psychology. Sociology and psychology. And there were things that happened like to my family. Especially where half the battle for everybody but especially nigerians especially anybody i think in the developing world is right up here. Yeah and i started to see that like a lot of the things that i thought were wrong with. The world were very much based on how people perceive their world and how people then decided to like organize themselves in their world. And so you know for me. I actually got into what i do right now. Not because i was obsessed with energy like but more because i was really obsessed with the concept of self actualization and living a life that when you did kind of reach your last day you had no real regrets and i felt like the way to kind of be successful in that was to study psychology and so i got a degree in psych And again i knew it would be applied psychology but ended up falling into entrepreneurship. I guess and once you're in you're ruined for everything else. I can't work for anybody else. It'd be a disaster. it will be. I'll give fired. So i wouldn't come to sit. I were to work. I'll be. I'd be the worst hostile. So let's see okay. So so how was your family encouraging you when you were saying. Hey i want to do this thing. I wanna do this again to the point of it. All a lot of us are fails doctors. A lot of people have talked to like. yeah. I wanted to be a doctor. I so many of us out. And i don't think i've actually talked to one doctor on this podcast. This at least thirty people who've been like yeah. I wanted to be 'cause what it takes to actually go through and i don't know a lot of doctors come out to life. Listen i appreciate you like. They had to go through a lot. They had to go through a lot How do i was so. I mean i had the luck of having an older sister who did wildest shit you know what i mean so tiana. Tiana went to harvard meal like two years older than me. Tiana told my dad that she was getting a degree in economics all years through when she was actually getting a degree in visual and environmental studies. Which is film graduation day comes they say to yada he no matter how to pronounce some real but jonah don't ask us visual and environmental studies. My dad goes especially because the whole time she was like i need. I need at all of these. Economic books are so expensive. They're so expensive. I mean money economics books so she graduates at graduation day. My dad doesn't even get out of the car. He just like dryers so so now. You have the nigerian daughter who is doing film right. So that's the just the position. So i come on a dad. I'll add a minor economics. Don't worry and then. I was like hey i had already invented something at the age of nineteen right so invented when i was nineteen this energy generating soccer ball. What harness the energy from play. The ball already had this invention knows. Nineteen added economics by your year. I applied to harvard business school in got in and deferred for two years. So i was able to spend two years. I want to go and work for a startup. While i was working on my startup but i had created like it really wasn't a risk this safe space kind of thing and within six months of me graduates graduating. I was on stage with bill clinton. So i really had. That was pushed back because i had a lot about nation. I was lucky. See we we got. We gotta go back foot. A lot jess does dropped about navin. Fly flexes who the hail again. 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BGN 221 | Actor Reign Edwards And "Icy" Wright On Clubhouse's The Lion King Musical
"In our first episode segment. We bring on actor rain edwards. You have seen her in. The amazon series called the wild. And if you have not checked it out you need to go ahead and watch it. It is a fantastic series about a group of teen girls that are stranded on an island unaware that they are part of an elaborate. social experiment. rains character suffers from an eating disorder as she's constantly trying to fit in the mold of perfect athlete. So definitely check out rain edwards. She's done tons of other projects. She was last seen in the fx series snowfall. And the cbs series macgyver. She's been nominated for four emmy awards back when she was on the bold and the beautiful so that segment is hosted by none other than gendre and our second segment. Angelica interviews publicist and media sensation. India ic- right now if you're not on the tech app called clubhouse that's okay. It's in beta right now. Eventually it's going to go public but right now. It is the app that everybody is currently addicted to
The fight for civil rights and freedom
"This is such a great honor for me to be in this room with you to have this conversation. I can't tell you what it means to me to have this opportunity. You represent something so precious to so many of us not just wanted to start by thanking you for that for your willingness to wrap your arms around people may and to make me think that it's possible to do difficult things important things and i just want to start by asking you to talk a little bit about that experience. Growing up in rural alabama and the black belt of america and how that cultivated the spirit that shaped your life and your vision. You used to have to pick cotton on your family's farm while usa fuss as a young child complaint. Why this to. Emma motherless. Avoid so many things we can do. She's to his hard work with. What are we going to do. We have to make a living. But i was hoping in prynne. What a day. When people wouldn't have to work so hard in hot sun she was hoping also the thing would be better much better for us as a as a people and for my family my mother She was always thinking ahead. Did we get up early and going pick as which climb as we could. We get more money. 'cause she knew declining would be heavier. Coulda do we own it so it was weighed. Miami will be increased. Your mother sounds really strategic my New mother one day. She came across a little newspaper in downtown short. That says something about the school in nashville tennessee. That blanks students could attend. She encouraged apply for that. Even though that met you'd be leaving. The house should be leaving the farm. You would not be contributing that that extra labour will out was willing to go to try to do what mine. We'll call during better yet to get an education but in the beginning i wanted to choice state you wanted to. To desegregate. estate submit an application. High school transcript and never heard from the school saw. I wrote a letter to dr king at india. my mother. My father enema sisters brothers in an teachers told him i needed his help. He wrote me back. iran Around bus ticket invited me to come to montgomery to meet with. You can never ever forget it. You knew about dr king even before the boycott you'd heard his sermon The apostle paul preaches to american christians. It's the speech she gives to. All the people in montgomery four days after rosa parks has been arrested by at the end of the speech. He says one day they're going to tell a story about a group of people in montgomery alabama and then he says a black people who stood up for their rights and they stood for their rights. The whole world changed and you had an immediate response to that call to action. The message really appeal to me. Yeah it was sort of a social gospel message. I wanted to do what. I could make things better coinc- something that is not variety of just you have to assess something you have to do. Something was like a fine burning up in your bom and you cannot be silenced. My mother was said to me. Boy don't get in trouble. Don't get in trouble. you can get hurt. You can get killed. Dr king and rosa eating nixon and others that are read about done it time and later met in spine. Rena get when the trouble necessary trouble. And i've been getting in trouble. Ila sems- the citizens to freed awry. You went to nashville mcgann. The work of leaning nonviolence winded nonviolence become an essential part of your worldview in the theology and the activism that you wanted to create grown up wanted to be minister. I felt that dr king was saying in his speeches in keeping of jesus so readily accepted the saadia nonviolence. The philosophy disappoint a nonviolent. We talked to respect the dignity in the worst of every human being
The Joy of Jingle Jangle
"If you're looking for a mood boost in this season then. I've got just the movie for you to check out netflix's general jangle. I was absolutely caught up in the wonder and magic of this film. And i won't even tell you how many times i've played the soundtrack but beyond the magic i feel like there several life lessons to be gained from the film as will joining me in gushing over the movie today is jordan. Madison jordan is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist originally from brooklyn new york currently living in silver spring maryland. She received her. Ba in psychology from spelman college in her ms couple and family therapy from university of maryland. College park and works as a family therapists at friends in transition counseling services in maryland. She's also one of our contributing writers here at therapy for black girls jordan and i chatted about the themes present in the movie. Why a film like this was so necessary right now and the importance of staying connected to our sense of play and wonder as adults. This episode does contain spoiler. So please save it until after you've had a chance to enjoy the movie if there's something that resonates with you while enjoying our conversation please share with us on social media using the hashtag. Tv g in session. Here's our conversation and be sure to stay tuned after my conversation jordan for an interview with two jingle jangle youngest man. Thank you so much for joining me today jordan. Thank you so much for having me you. So i'm very excited that you were able to join me because i feel like jingle jangle is the single most just adorable. Wholesome like swedish thing. I have seen in quite some time. I write it is really yeah. It really felt like a bom at this point in the year. That is twenty. Twenty right Yeah so. I know that you also had lots of thoughts and feelings about jingle jangle so i love to just kinda here. You know like on a cursory level. What kind of were your initial reactions to it. Like you said i mean it was just definitely a feel good movie. Great to see black culture black hairstyles. He saw dance moves. You saw so much of the culture in the movie itself as well and so that was great to see. I loved the grandparent aspect of it. I have you know amazing parents than they had me. Young and so. My grandparents have always stepped in albany very integral part of me growing up so i love that part that definitely warned my heart as well so the movie it was it was great. Yeah and it wasn't really something. I was expecting to love so i think he came out earlier this year. Right like in november. And i saw people talking about it and i was like. Oh maybe i'll have the kids wash that like a little closer to christmas or something. I mean then. I found out it was a musical and i'm not usually a fan of music. That was like oh i'm gonna love that and then we watched did the first time in the evening and i just first of all i probably teared up within like the first fifteen minutes right because it was so beautiful. You know and like you're mentioning. Just lots of layers in terms of the family dynamic and just like you said gorgeous hair styles and just it was shot beautifully right so i think it just put me. All of my feels in a way. That i wasn't necessarily expecting. Yeah i think my first time watching it. My dad and my step mom and my two siblings live in atlanta but i am currently in maryland in we decided to watch it together over net flicks to and that was nice and then we watched it again. I wanna say it was thanksgiving evening or sometime around the thanksgiving holiday inn. So it's definitely a nice family movie but like you said. There's a lot of generational things that i saw that were woven in as well so i really appreciate it. I think it's a great movie for all ages. Yeah i agree. I agree with it now. Because i feel like i can't ever really watch anything without like picking up some additional meanings. I definitely feel like i was able to get lost in it. Which i think was a part of the fun that i was able to really kind of get lost in the magic of it in a fantasy of it but i did still kind of walk away with like. Oh there was a mess we can use f. or something else right so tell me about maybe some of the messages that you got from the field ivory washed it now. Maybe three to four times. There's like three major themes standouts to me so one was just belief like believing in yourself believing in the magic of things and therapist in me kinda boiled down to like imposter syndrome and how that can make you not believe in yourself but also the like the pros and cons of it right because the competing toymaker. He stole the ideas from toronto. Will you know him taking drama things. It just showed me that. What's for you is for you. So even though he took it and made a profit in the beginning when that lasts invention that he tried to steal didn't work to me. It was because you didn't know what it took or what was the meaning or what was important behind. It like how drawn did because he's who created it. It didn't work for you so even though you tried to steal his shine it still ended up. Not coming to you. The way that you expected and then for dronka's like once a believer always a believer. So i think with his phil successes. It made him forget who he really is in. It reminded me sometimes with myself or with clients that i see that when things don't go our way we sometimes start to feel like maybe this is not for us when maybe it is. It's just that we're having some difficult times. That doesn't mean that it takes away who you are what you were created to do so. That was the first team that stood out to me because belief in the magic and all of those things in that being what made the the code that he would write in work and stuck out.
How creative writing can help you through life's hardest moments
"Have you ever seen something and you wish you could have said something but you it a second question i have. Has something ever happened to you. You never said anything about it though you should have. I'm interested in this idea. Action of the difference between seeing something which is basically passively observing in the actual act of bearing witness bearing witness means. Running down have seen something. You have heard something you have experienced. The most important part of bearing witness is writing down its recording writing. Get down captures. The memory writing down acknowledges existence one of the biggest examples we have in history of someone very witness is anne frank's diary she simply wrote down. What was happening to her her family about confinement and in doing so we have a very intimate record of this family during one of the worst periods of our history. And i want to talk to you today about how creative writing to bear witness and i'm going to walk you through exercise which i'm going to do myself that i actually do with a lot of my collegiate students future. Engineers technicians plumbers basically. They're not creative writers. They don't plan on becoming creative writers. But we use exercises to kind of on salads things with mckean's silent. It's the way to kind of unburden ourselves and his three simple steps. So step one is to brainstorm around down and what. I have my students do. Is i get them across. The prompt is the time. When i want them to fill in that problem with times they might have experienced something heard something or seen something something they could have intervened but they didn't and i have them write it down as quickly as possible. So i'll give you example of some of the things. I would write down the time when a few months after nine. Eleven and two boys dare themselves to touch me and they did the time when i the time with my sister and i were walking in a city and dice ballot us and called us. Terrorists the way back. When when i went to very odd middle school and girls a couple of years older than me would be married off to men nearly double their age the time when a friend. Gummy the time. When i went to a going away luncheon for a co worker in a big boss questioned my lineage. Wants and there's times when i have seen something and i haven't intervened for example the time when i was on a train and i witnessed a father being his toddler son and i didn't do anything or the many times i've walked by someone who is homeless and in need the vaccine for money and i walked around him and i did not acknowledge their humanity. And let's go on and on but you wanna think of times when they might have happened sexually times when keeping things repressed and time with our families blessed our families. We loved them but at the same time. We don't talk about things so talk about the family member who has been using drugs or alcohol. We don't talk about this family member who might have severe mental illness. We'll say something like oh. They've always been outweigh. And we hope that in not talking about it and not not acknowledging it we can act like it doesn't exist fix itself
Dionne Warwick Knows The Way To San Jose
"It's such an honor to talk to you because you are my mom's favorite singer thing. She's gonna die when she hears this conversation. And i grew up hearing you know dino the way to san jose and walk on by all those hits all the time 'cause dionne warwick was her girl And i wanna talk about all that. You're saying that absolutely i really wanted to talk about music because i think that you are a legend and you know a master and i wanna hear what a master thinks about the thing that they have amassed so much knowledge on. Just what do you. What do you love about singing. What do you love about it. I liked it. Sounds their civil What nick's how you make me feel it's Very tangible kind of Of being i think Living being music is some people say that when they get in the midst of the song and they're leading the band and they get to that high point in the song they sort of feel like they're flying like do you feel like that i. I don't know how to describe What i'm feeling at the time. I'm doing a particular song moments where i'm hoping i can reach that high note so thinking i'm sorry is not really of the essence at that moment in times times each were has addictive feeling a defining ocean. And that's the vote and So i think which is the reason. I don't sing that song. Same twice and sequoia bad. I got up on that day. And had i happen to be feeling found is saying that. What do you think separates you as a singer. What do you think it is that has made you. You know it's so great and so special for so long. Because like i said you know if you're an athlete you say well you know i can shoot really well from beyond the three point line or i can defend really well or like what aspect of singing. Do you do really well that you think keeps audiences coming back I guess my consistency. That i i'm seeing some searchable that people have grown to love over the years as much as i have and was expected of me I've not Abandoned who. I am musically which is something that made very clear to me that thank goodness. She hadn't so doubt to doing other things or trying to do something that we would march do in any event. No would i have a desire to. I kind of like me and like what i do. So it's it's easy for me to be consistently dionne I guess that's it. Yeah i need charge.
Whats Next for the Biden-Harris Team?
"Today we are joined by another round. Were all. I have so much respect and admiration for a team of graves. The president and ceo of the national women's law center a team. How are you today. I'm feeling good and so glad to be me today. I'm so glad you were able to make it. I have so much. I wanna talk to you about glad that we get to talk about good things in my opinion because he has a new president. We have a new vice-president our first woman of color to serve in that role are woman to serve in that role so we gotta start off with the personal before we dive into the amazing work that you do to make sure minin women of color are centered in all of these policies. That how're you feeling. Where were you when you saw. The breaking news had to celebrate. So i was a big old bag of tears on saturday. I you know some of it. I will just say was The relief. I don't think my body knew that the last four years it had been clinched in holding so much as some of it was like a release can. Can we talk it out for a minute. So many people. I have been talking to any one moment in cracked me up. She said i felt like. I took off my weighted blanket. My bra and my extensions. So that's how. I felt for sure. But i also was just in awe of that we will have a madam vice president. We've never said that before amit. She's a black woman that she's a south asian women in what it says about our leadership and what it says to a coming generation of black and brown girls who will be okay being ambitious. Because they've seen it. I just i'm still choked up thinking about wet now feels possible and i'll just tell you one quick story. My i have two sons and they are twelve and eight and my eight year. Old grew has grown up casually talking about. When i become president you know. He just sorta We'll drop it incidences as like well. Maybe one day when i'm president and he's able to do that because he saw it in president barack obama who he would call he calls president bronco and and so president bronco was out there in just being there provided a whole new opportunity for people and so i am really excited that we will have that for free black Young people to know that leadership can look like a vice president elect comma harris. It's amazing i i don't have kids have nieces and nephews and i think about my niece in particular that she only knows. Hillary clinton are miss hillary as she hall alter who ran for president and now he knows kamala so for her. This is just so normal that it's gonna be weird for them if they see a presidential ticket without a woman they're gonna be lightweight with. I think we're done with the idea of all white male tickets. I actually think people will people will think what what is that. And how did we get their that. It is a new day in many ways. Because of that and i think this country will be grappling with that going forward
Black woman to lead Naval Academy's brigade for first time
"First in Annapolis at the Naval Academy, the first black woman to assume the top roll. Leading fellow students at the U. S. Naval Academy will take up that position next semester as brigade commander. Midshipman first class Sydney Barber will be the commander for the Spring semester Brigade commander is the highest leadership position within the student body. The semester long position is selected through an application and interview process by senior leadership and the commandant's staff. The Naval Academy's His Barber of Lake Forest, Illinois, is a mechanical engineering major and aspires to commission as a Marine Corps ground officer. That Piper CBS News. There's
And the Winner is ...Democracy
"So we are recording best the friday after the election so things haven't been called yet but we're pretty sure we're gonna know how this racist cali and it is going to lead to as heavy the first woman vice president and that will be a black related a woman and i have with the day here to talk about it to me. A wilson who is everything google her. I mean you're all going to hear about her in the intro that juliet. Thank you for joining me. How are you feeling. Because i got all the feelings. My champagne is a fridge chillan. I can't wait. I can't wait. I am elated. I think the only thing that is really holding me back. Like i'd always imagine that i'd be dancing in the streets when we got this news like i really are liberation celebration. I feel like. I need my liberation celebration. So my only sadness is about covid. Nineteen limiting the level of hype and party that this moment deserves. I'm so excited. I'm so excited to see. Kamala harris make history ads for women for black women for women of color for indian women and also just to have competent. Who have a heart in a people house and take our country back so important for me just throughout the campaign when vice hers bided president elect biden was just talking to people. This is just so refreshing and during that obeys where he walked right into the camera and spoke to people. I knew i had missed that by didn't know how no no now how much i have missed that. And i'm just looking forward to waking up every morning and not having to worry about what foolishness is donald trump going to do today. I'm just so excited. So i wearing my stacey. Abrams shirt today because she is the. Mvp and georgia everything that she has done. And i do wanna talk about the voters but first we gotta talk about how the fifty three percent as now fifty. Five percent the karens really care and in a extended their care majority like fifty five percent of white women voted for donald trump. This is not surprise. The not surprise at all that this is where we are so would love to hear from you when you saw the fifty five percent or you shot. What's going through your mind. I'm so sad that i expected this and i spent a lot of time. Kind of feeling level of guilt around expecting this and becoming numb to that level of betrayal that we as loan of color no expect and have experience again and again and just understanding that patriarchy is drug and white supremacy as a drug and so it's been rough to really think about how complicit the majority of white women are and their accomplices to this kind of terror their accomplices to having a lack of empathy for other marginalized people and not really seeing themselves in the reality of being marginalized people even despite what's happening on the supreme court even despite having multiple sexual predators on the supreme court and one in the white house so for me. It's it's really hard. I wrote a piece in twenty seventeen and the headline for it was. It's complicated. White women white men and white supremacy. And i have thought about it a lot and thought about this history from the plantations to now of the covenant Around how white supremacist. Patriarchy really needs. White women to continue to have it fueled. And that's the thing that i think. I have a lot of grief about that There despite them enduring all of the same kinds of misogynistic a reality Face around the world obviously with their privilege as a part of got They're still the idea that rejecting white supremacy is going to push them away from the privileges and power that they do have and it's easier to accept that to maintain what positioning they have over us. Who are not covered by. That are not protected by that. And so it's a little bit me. When i think about people who've defied bisque over fifty percent of people like heather hair or viola liu so those women were made martyrs that they dared to defy the white patriarchy in paid the price with their lives. So it's something. I think about quite a bit because i I have a sense of understanding. About how conditioning led to that and that by no means means that. I'm keeping for anyone but to say that they also really need to recognize that. That white supremacy patriarchy depends on them to go forth. And even richard spencer and the charlottesville the the language that they used around the invitation to charlottesville had language in it calling on white women. They recognized that. We need you to continue to serve your role for us to prosper. And for me as a black woman i think black men in a different power dynamic of a world where to do that i was stopped that right there because i'd be subordinate in it. But the fact that women are saying. I'll take those crumbs an order to still be over these other people. That's the part. That's still sits really painfully with me. In that we need white women to change it that this is not our job to facts but white women really need to come even harder for. There's
Interview With Senator Cory Booker
"What's your superpower because you have been a sort of superstar at life for as long as i've been aware of the name cory booker which was before you were mayor before you ran for mayor. I was hearing about this guy cory booker. who's coming and he's big and he's on point with everything. And what are you doing. i. I don't know what we're hearing it'll be before. I was mayor than in the time of public enemy. And you don't believe the height. Look i was the superpower that was evidenced for me growing up which was not exaggerating. I think it's actually. A superpower under underrated is kindness. Like i just. I just watched two parents who were really good people and would see people that folks walk past all the time. I one of my favorite quotes by humorous gave. Barry has this goes someone who nice to you but not nice to the waiter is not a nice person but you and i both know 'cause i know you have this kindness and you as well that when you are kind of people. Incredible things happen that you don't realize your favorite stories and i'll tell you the quicker version but you go into school at stanford i'd five back and forth across the country. I still remember getting on this plane as a stanford student and being is torturous. When you're like six foot three football player tight end just like coach. Was you know always like my knees. We're going to be banged up on this plane. I have two seats open next to the rest of the plane is full and just before the door closes. This woman walks in with a screaming baby and a little boy and everybody on that plane. Those where they're sitting because the only three bodies two seats. And i think that we all don't realize we have a choice that we make every moment of our lives which is to accept things as they are or take responsibility for changing and so something evolved thought for teenage college student. That point hit which was. This is either going to be the worst flight in my life where i can try to make the best so i just leaned in and started talking to her in the cry baby in soon as i got into my own drama. I realize. Oh my gosh. This woman has a crying baby. The whole plane is looking at her like she's evil as she did something outside and told her baby to cry. Purposefully right and and so we just having a good time. I still remember the movie. Think about this. How purposeful this moment for me. That i remember that movie was glory with denzel washington. And she's like. I haven't seen the movie and so long and i'm like watch this movie your son and i we're gonna play games. We played hangman. Killed them with all my best. Dad jokes that. I had even back then killed them and hangman mad. And by the time we landed. It was the quickest flight. I ever had cross country. You said we keep in touch. We exchange addresses back then no email and didn't and five ten fifteen years later. I'm running for mayor of the city of newark. And i'm getting like thumped and on one of my toughest ones frustrating days. I get this letter in the mail saying to me. You may not remember me but But i you were on this flight first time. I flew with my kids telling me what the kindness then meant to her and then she tells me by the way we. My family owns a big factory in newark and we have tons of employees. She ended up becoming a big part of my campaign. That kid that i tortured with my jokes became one of our best volunteers or per workers. Excuse me to take. Their churches introduced me. It was just an amazing full circle. Kindness is energy stanford. Professor actually studies this that you just doing one kind act witnessed by someone. It will affect people three degrees of separation for you. it is created a way to measuring it. it's a virtuous thing and so my life you know. I just think that that's is a superpower that we under related just a kind word to somebody at the right time can make a difference that you don't even realize so. I don't know if i don't have any superpowers. I'm really far more ordinary than the hype as you just said but i've just tried to go out of my way for me. It's it's a matter of my faith which is of radical love trying to do for people and you have parents like you. And i probably had two black guys who had parents would not let me forget of the struggle parents that were involved in the civil rights movement. That my i. I was raised up thinking like i didn't the privileges that i enjoy. We're not earned. They were paid for as my grandparents. Would by the blood sweat and tears of your ancest-. I definitely grew up thinking i stand on the shoulders of those who came before me. I have a responsibility to the people who march to died protested. Who were enslaved. There i remember being in college and thinking you know i was why and i didn't feel that responsibility. The past i mean cool to like pena. Cia but i can't. I have a responsibility. People came before me. I wouldn't be here without them. So i have to do something. And perhaps my think my journey in media has been something of being helpful black people in some way but you know that sense of responsibility that you talk about. I definitely felt and you have that has powered your life. It is the my faith earlier. But that is in trenton. Integral part of what motivated my life decisions. And very you know i. I'm here because a group of people fought for my housing rights. Like i grew up in the town. I grew up in harrington park. There was a group of activists when my parents were getting denied real estate agents were lying to them and telling this house is sold. It was called real estate steering at the time right and so they set up this sting operation where they would send white couples right behind my parents and so it i mean this was the story into making chapter my book because involvement at one point. My father's lawyer getting punched in the face and just like dog being signal. my dad craziness. But i'm a baby when that happened. Fifty years ago this summer that had happened and so imagine growing up with parents that could live. Look you in the eye. My dad be like boy. People had fight even get you a chance to be in the school. You're going to. You're going to get your out of bed and go to school and make the best out of yourself and so coming out of loss when i'm done and i always joke that my dad was like bat impressed. He was proud of his son but stanford oxford yale. He's like boy. You got more degrees the month of july. Which ain't hot life ain't about the degrees you get. It's about the service you give like. We're gonna do with all this privilege and so the first job. I had coming out of law. School was a tennis rights lawyer. People fought for my housing rights. I was going to go and fight for other people's and so my life. And i love you said this because we grew up reading bolt we reading voice and talented tenth and the obligations of that you get from getting the privileges that you know are denied to you. Got here is black. Men who i know the data i mean the leading cause of death for us murder fifty four fifty between fifty and sixty percent homicides in america are people look a lot like us black men and and so you feel this sense of. I can't rest. I've got to keep working. Got to keep pushing until we can make the society be what it is and by the way we never get there. At least we can try to pay that payback. What was given to us.
Too Ambitious? How the press covers women candidates
"And today i have two of the best political minds joining us and today we're going to focus on election day. We are recording this eight days out. It is so crazy to even say that. But we're going to talk to them about the election. What they think. We'll see what we really seen with women this campaign cycle in particular so we have to start. Intrude biji fashion with asking both of you. How did you get started in politics. Teen. let's start with you while i got started in politics. Actually the way. I got started on especially women's equality. Politics was right out of college. I found myself after i graduated from college. I got married to a guy from chicago. That's how i got to illinois and working for state government in springfield illinois in nineteen seventy eight with was the year when we were trying to pass the equal rights amendment and illinois was the hotbed of american feminism. If you can believe that. And so i learned all about you know marching and organizing protests and we would stand in our our green and white while they anti forces were there red and white circling the rotunda of the state capitol building at mail was there and all sorts of folks and here. I was a young twenty something Really just swept up in all of it in. That's how it got started from there and never stopped just working on gender equity issues democratic politics. You know when you live in chicago democratic politics like i'll full-time full contact sport. So that always did that. As part of my work started a group called cook county democratic women which was the first organization to support jentzsch. Caskey for office is not an incredible congresswoman and one of our congressional leaders And along the way met a guy and talented wife. Long enough ago that the three of us can't remember when we first met. Which was barack obama and michelle obama way way way back in the early days of his political career and his and then from there i loaded. That's fascinating and with karen. I met karen when i had my first job in. Dc in two thousand eight. I was the assistant to the political director in care with during communications department and i could tell immediately. I'm like oh this lady. Don't take no bats. Well you know that. Was you know as much as i love howard dean because this was at the dnc. Under howard dean. You know you kind of had to get in his face trying to so in the morning. Communications meetings as a representative from the political department. And you just sit there. I'm like i'm just here. Take notes just passed the notes back to the political director. Karen ran a tight ship off. Thank you so much well so for me. I was. When i got of college. I was working at a facility. It was in the kind of downtown. La pasadena it was a minimum security facility for teenage girls and these girls were incarcerated. They with their children because they were either pregnant or had very small children and so as part of their deal they were allowed to be in this residential facility in their part of there was school as part of it by loved it but it was. It was incredibly hard and one of the things that made it so difficult. Was that a lot of these young women you know. They're learning had learning challenges that were related to many of them had been sexually abused They had been engaged things and they had because this was a time. This was the early nineties When we saw a real explosion and understanding of gang engaging culture in la i went to ucla and girls. Were you know this was a big thing. Right that Women young women were could be just as violent. Frankly what frustrated me was this. This facility would classify a lot of these young women as having learning disabilities that they didn't have as a way to get more money. And i was really angry about that because i felt like you know you're these kids already have disadvantages and you're to be listed as learning challenge or learning disabled. That's a whole other mark that at that time in particular was just going to set the set back even farther.
The Great Migration and the power of a single decision with Isabel Wilkerson
"Imagine with me this scene. It's a scene that played out and nearly all of our families. It's the scene in which a young person. Somewhere in our family tree. Somewhere in our lineage had a heartbreaking decision to make. It was a decision to leave all that they had known. And all of the people they had loved and to set out for place far far away that they had never seen. In hopes that life might be better. Migration. Is usually a young person's endeavor? It's the kind of thing that you do when you're on the cusp of life. And so there is in all of our families this young person somewhere in our background. That person is standing at a dock about to board a ship that will cross the Atlantic or the Pacific Ocean. That person is loading up a truck. That will cross the Rio Grande. Or that person is standing at a railroad platform. About to board a train. That will cross rivers and mountains out of Jim Crow South to what they hope will be freedom in the north. And they're with this young person. As they are about to board that ship. That boat. That truck. Bat Train. Are The people who raised them? Their mother, their father, their aunt, their uncle, their grandparents, whoever it might have been who had gotten them to this point. Those older people were not going to be able to make the crossing FAM-. And as they looked into the eyes of the people who had raised them. There was no guarantee. That they would ever see them alive again. Remember that no skype. No email. No cell phones. Not even reliable long distance telephone service. And even if there had been many of the people that they were leaving did not even have telephones. This was going to be a complete break from all that they knew and all of the people that they loved. And the very next time that they might hear anything about the people who had raised them. Might be a telegram. Saying. Your father has passed away. Or your mother is very, very ill. You must return home quickly. To see her alive again. That is the magnitude of the sacrifice. That had to have happened. In nearly all of our families just for us to be here. A single decision that changes the course of families and lineages and countries and history to the current day? One of his migration streams. Stands out in ways that we may not realize. It was called the great migration. It was the outpouring of six million African. Americans from the Jim. Crow South. To the cities of the north and west. From the time of World War One until the one, thousand, nine, hundred, Seventy S. It stands out because this was the first time in American history. That American citizens had to. Flee the land of their birth. Just to be recognized as the citizens that they had always been.