Facing Race: Stories & Voices

Ai-Jen Poo Kai Wright

The "Facing Race: Stories & Voices" podcast features an array of thinkers and advocates sharing formative memories illustrating the many paths and experiences in racial justice work. Tune in here or subscribe on iTunes.  This podcast was produced by Race Forward’s Jay Smooth, Rebekah Spicuglia, and Chevon Drew, with interviews recorded by StoryCorps. Learn more at www.storycorps.org. For more of these conversations, join us at our upcoming Facing Race conference November 10-12 in Atlanta, Georgia. Register at facingrace.raceforward.org. The conference is presented by Race Forward, publisher of Colorlines 

Gary Delgado & Rinku Sen

Published Nov 7, 2016

In this episode, Race Forward Executive Director Rinku Sen, and our founder, and Former Executive Director Gary Delgado share stories of growing up in all-white enclaves on Long Island, and how they came to learn about, and participate in their first acts of organizing. We learn about some key moments that influenced the lenses through which Rinku and Gary see the world, and their place as organizers within it. Be sure to rate and subscribe to this Facing Race: Stories & Voices podcast on iTunes at http://bit.ly/facingracepodcast.

Lutze Segu (@FeministGriote)

Published Oct 24, 2016

In this session, social justice educator Lutze Segu (@FeministGriote), and Johnathan Fields discuss the effects of social media on racial justice movements. Lutze speaks about critical self reflection, pointing out how important it is to “complicate your politics,” and have compassion when doing social justice work. Be sure to rate and subscribe to this Facing Race: Stories & Voices podcast on iTunes at http://bit.ly/facingracepodcast.

Janna Zinzi

Published Sep 21, 2016

In this episode, Janna Zinzi tells our Race Forward Senior Research Associate Tara Conley about what it's like to grow up in a multiracial family when one side of that family clings to racist notions of relationship norms. They discuss formative moments in their youth that shaped their understanding of the complex, racist and stereotypical lenses some people use, to view interracial girls and their parents through. Be sure to rate and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes at http://bit.ly/frpodcastraceforward and be sure to join us at Facing Race 2016 this November. Visit http://facingrace.raceforward.org to register now!

Ai-jen Poo

Published Sep 1, 2016

In this session, Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance tells Kai Wright about the ways that women in her family inspired her to fight for the rights domestic workers, while making space for self care. Ai-jen shares the gripping story of one of the first domestic workers whose case she worked on: a young nanny from Jamaica who was being exploited by a host family. Rate and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes and be sure to join us at Facing Race 2016 this November. Visit facingrace.raceforward.org to register now.

Chief Thomas Dardar

Published Aug 23, 2016

In this episode, former Colorlines staffer Aura Bogado speaks with Chief Thomas Dardar, principal Chief of the United Houma Nation in Louisiana. Chief Dardar speaks on the vital importance of preserving their culture and staying connected to the land, and their historical struggle to receive proper treatment from the government, as a tribe that is still not federally recognized. Rate and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes at http://bit.ly/frpodcastraceforward and be sure to join us at Facing Race 2016 this November. Visit http://facingrace.raceforward.org to register now! 

Franchesca Ramsey

Published Aug 18, 2016

In this session, Franchesca Ramsey tells our former Race Forward producer Kat Lazo all about the origins of the classic Chescaleigh video "Sh*t White Girls Say," and what she has learned from her work tackling race issues in the treacherous waters of YouTube. Rate and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes at http://bit.ly/frpodcastraceforward and be sure to join us at Facing Race 2016 this November. Visit http://facingrace.raceforward.org to register now! 

Bishop Tonyia Rawls

Published Aug 12, 2016

In this episode, Melinda Weekes-Laidlow, former managing director of Race Forward, speaks to Bishop Tonyia Rawls of  the Freedom Center for Social Justice, on how Rawls has found surprising common ground with church leaders in her work on LGBTQ issues. Rate and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes at http://bit.ly/frpodcastraceforward and be sure to join us at Facing Race 2016 this November. Visit http://facingrace.raceforward.org to register now! 

Larry Fellows III

Published Aug 7, 2016

In this discussion, Akiba Solomon talks to Larry Fellows III, a young St. Louis resident who was so affected in the first days after Michael Brown's death in 2014, he left his day job to help build the growing movement in Ferguson and eventually helped found Millennial Activists United. Rate and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes at http://bit.ly/frpodcastraceforward and be sure to join us at Facing Race 2016 this November. Visit http://facingrace.raceforward.org to register now! 

Jeff Chang

Published Jul 28, 2016

In this session, author Jeff Chang tells Race Forward's Jay Smooth about his Hawaiian roots, and how reggae and liberation movements for people of color helped shape his sociopolitical views. Rate and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes at http://bit.ly/frpodcastraceforward and be sure to join us at Facing Race 2016 this November. Visit http://facingrace.raceforward.org to register now! 

Glenn Harris

Published Jul 22, 2016

In this discussion, Glenn Harris of the Center for Social Inclusion speaks to Race Forward's Terry Keleher on his family's experience with institutional racism through the Tuskegee Experiment, and how this led to his innovative work for racial equity within the system. Rate and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes at http://bit.ly/frpodcastraceforward and be sure to join us at Facing Race 2016 this November. Visit http://facingrace.raceforward.org to register now! 

Malkia Cyril

Published Jul 7, 2016

In this episode media technologist Deanna Zandt talks to Malkia A. Cyril, founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice. Malkia shares about the inspiration she draws from her mother's work, and her vision of reclaiming media and technology as public tools for speaking truth to power.

Pramila Jayapal

Published Jun 30, 2016

In this session former Colorlines reporter Carla Murphy interviews Indian-American activist Pramila Jayapal. Pramila talks poignantly about finding her place in the USA as a teenage immigrant from India, and how 9/11 led her to a new career as immigrant rights advocate.

Parker T. Hurley

Published Jun 25, 2016

This week former Colorlines reporter Jamilah King talks to the queer, black-mixed race, trans-activist Parker T. Hurley, about on forging your own path to home and family as a queer person of color.

Linda Sarsour

Published Jun 17, 2016

In this conversation with former Colorlines staffer Julianne Hing, racial justice and civil rights activist Linda Sarsour tells how her activism is informed by her family and Palestinian roots, and how her Muslim faith resonates in all areas of her life.