16 episodes

I’m Layla Saad, and my life is driven by One. Burning. Question. How can I become a Good Ancestor? How can I create a legacy of healing and liberation for those who are here in this lifetime, and those who will come after I am gone? In my pursuit to answer this question, I’m interviewing change-makers and culture-shifters who are also exploring that question for themselves, in the way that they live and lead their life. It’s my intention that these conversations will help You find your own answers to that question too. Welcome, to Good Ancestor Podcast.

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I’m Layla Saad, and my life is driven by One. Burning. Question. How can I become a Good Ancestor? How can I create a legacy of healing and liberation for those who are here in this lifetime, and those who will come after I am gone? In my pursuit to answer this question, I’m interviewing change-makers and culture-shifters who are also exploring that question for themselves, in the way that they live and lead their life. It’s my intention that these conversations will help You find your own answers to that question too. Welcome, to Good Ancestor Podcast.

    Ep016: #GoodAncestor Celine Semaan on Fashion Activism

    Ep016: #GoodAncestor Celine Semaan on Fashion Activism

    In this episode, I speak with designer, advocate, writer and founder of Slow Factory and The Library Study Hall, Celine Semaan.
    Celine Semaan is a modern ambassador of cultures, fostering communication across industry, policy, academia and the broader citizen population. Her research focuses on circular design & communication, translating complex concepts and systems into approachable stories that resonate with a wide audience. Celine’s work in sustainability has made her a recognized expert; her non-profit education initiative Study Hall, incubated at MIT Media Lab, is now an official partner of the United Nations and holds an annual summit at the UN headquarters in New York. As a writer her work has been published in New York Magazine The Cut, Elle USA, and Vogue as well as studied in universities; as a designer she has been recognized and exhibited in museums around the world. She lives and works in New York, leading research on Regenerative Aesthetics within her company Slow Factory.

    • 56 min
    Ep015: #GoodAncestor Rebekah Borucki on Managing the Motherload

    Ep015: #GoodAncestor Rebekah Borucki on Managing the Motherload

    In this episode, I speak with best selling author, educator, and motivational speaker, Rebekah Borucki. Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BEXLIFE® and the BLISSED IN® wellness movement, is a mother of five, TV host, meditation and yoga guide, and birth doula. She has taught meditation as a profound act of self-care that can be executed effortlessly and effectively to hundreds of thousands of individuals online and in exclusive workshops and public events. Rebekah’s mission is to make mental-health support and stress-management tools accessible to all. For more information, visit www.MotherloadBook.com.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep014: #GoodAncestor The Conscious Kid on Parenting Through a Critical Race Lens

    Ep014: #GoodAncestor The Conscious Kid on Parenting Through a Critical Race Lens

    In this episode I speak with Ramon Stephens, Executive Director at The Conscious Kid.
    Ramon Stephens is a PhD student at the University of California, San Diego and Executive Director at the Conscious Kid. His research focuses on recruitment, retention, resilience and student voice for Black students and marginalized student groups, he is currently researching Black graduate experiences at UC San Diego. Ramon has created, developed and supported student-driven, culturally-relevant curriculum and programs for various Universities, High Schools districts, Schools and nonprofits across California, Washington and Washington D.C. Currently, his research supports UC San Diego and San Diego Unified in the development and implementation of a district wide ethnic studies curriculum. Ramon has presented his research at conferences including Stanford's Race Inequality Language (RILE) conference and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference.

    • 1 hr
    Ep013: #GoodAncestor Leah Vernon on Living Unashamed

    Ep013: #GoodAncestor Leah Vernon on Living Unashamed

    In this episode, I speak with best selling author, educator, and motivational speaker, Leah Vernon.
    Leah V is an international Hijabi social media influencer, award-winning author of new memoir: Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim, motivational speaker, educator, and content creator. Her content has garnered over a million views combined, and she has been featured in hundreds of media platforms from The New York Times to Buzzfeed. This Detroit-native was inspired to start blogging in 2013 because there wasn't enough inclusion in the media. Her goals are to continue to spread style and self-love to underrepresented groups and to spark a fashion revolution.

    • 52 min
    Ep012: #GoodAncestor No White Saviors on Saying ‘No’ to White Saviorism

    Ep012: #GoodAncestor No White Saviors on Saying ‘No’ to White Saviorism

    In this episode I speak with Olivia Alaso and Kelsey Nielsen, two members of the advocacy campaign No White Saviors.
    Olivia and Kelsey are both trained social workers who have worked in the field for years. Olivia is born and raised in Uganda, Kelsey has spent around 5 years in-country working in various capacities. No White Saviors very much started as a joint outlet to see many of the harmful aspects of white saviorism in Uganda exposed. Coming from two very different experiences with a common goal, Olivia and Kelsey work together to confront the issues surrounding global racism and white supremacy.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep011: #GoodAncestor Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility

    Ep011: #GoodAncestor Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility

    In this episode, I speak with best selling author, activist, and speaker, Robin DiAngelo.

    Dr. DiAngelo is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. In addition, she holds two Honorary Doctorates. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books, including What Does it Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.

    • 1 hr 21 min

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