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An interview series with change-makers & culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. Hosted by globally respected speaker, anti-racism educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad.

Good Ancestor Podcast Layla F. Saad

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An interview series with change-makers & culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. Hosted by globally respected speaker, anti-racism educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad.

    Ep042: #GoodAncestor Christine Platt on Storytelling, Social Change & Afrominimalism

    Ep042: #GoodAncestor Christine Platt on Storytelling, Social Change & Afrominimalism

    In this episode, I speak with advocate, storyteller, and minimalist, Christine Platt.
    Christine Platt is a passionate advocate for social justice and policy reform. From serving as an advocate for policy reform to using the power of storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine’s work reflects her practice of living with intention. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies, M.A. in African-American Studies, and a J.D. in General Law.
    Christine has written over two dozen literary works for people of all ages. When she’s not writing, Christine spends her time curating The Afrominimalist—a creative platform chronicling her journey to intentional living.
    Christine is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and serves as an Ambassador for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
    Christine regularly partners organizations on educational initiatives including Teaching for Change, Turning the Page, An Open Book Foundation, First Book, Eaton Workshop, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and Writers and Artists Across the Country.
    She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lee Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, DC.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep041: #GoodAncestor Susanna Barkataki on Embracing Yoga's Roots

    Ep041: #GoodAncestor Susanna Barkataki on Embracing Yoga's Roots

    In this episode, I speak with yoga practitioner, author and founder, Susanna Barkataki.
    An Indian yoga practitioner in the Shankaracharya tradition, Susanna Barkataki supports practitioners to lead with equity, diversity and yogic values while growing thriving practices and businesses with confidence. She is the author of the 2020 book Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice, for people who want to teach or learn yoga and are unsure about integrating their values into their practice without disrespecting ancient yoga philosophy.
    Susanna is founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute and runs 200/500 Yoga Teacher Training programs. She is an E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist with International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT).
    With an Honors degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Education from Cambridge College, Susanna is a diversity, accessibility, inclusivity, and equity (DAIE) yoga unity educator who created the ground-breaking Honor {Don’t Appropriate} Yoga Summit with over 10,000 participants.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep040: #GoodAncestor Dr. Mariel Buquè on Breaking the Chains of Intergenerational Trauma

    Ep040: #GoodAncestor Dr. Mariel Buquè on Breaking the Chains of Intergenerational Trauma

    In this episode, I speak with counseling psychologist and educator, Dr. Mariel Buquè.
    Dr. Mariel Buquè is an Afro-Dominican counseling psychologist and educator. She provides clinical care and teaches courses at Columbia University and Columbia University Medical Center in the areas of culturally-responsive delivery of mental health care and the decolonization of eurocentric therapeutic practices. Her clinical work focuses on healing the wounds of intergenerational trauma for Black, Indigenous, People of Color.
    Dr. Buquè focuses on delivering racial healing therapeutic practices and workshops and conducting mental health and anti-racism workshops across the United States in the areas of structural racism, cultural competency, implicit bias, and microaggressions, as she believes in the liberation of our minds and of oppressive systems as necessary qualities of our overall wellness.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep039: #GoodAncestor Ruby Hamad on How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color

    Ep039: #GoodAncestor Ruby Hamad on How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color

    In this episode, I speak with journalist, author, and academic, Ruby Hamad.
    In 2018, Ruby Hamad's Guardian article, ‘How White Women Use Strategic Tears to Silence Women of Color’ became a global flashpoint for discussions of white feminism and racism and inspired her debut book, White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color. White Tears/Brown Scars has received critical acclaim in Australia and overseas where it has just been published in the US, Canada and the UK.
    Ruby was a long-time columnist for former Fairfax Media's feminist flagship Daily Life and her writing has also featured in The New York Times, Prospect Magazine, The New Arab, and more.
    The sixth of seventh children of Lebanese-Syrian parents who fled to Australia at the height of the Lebanese Civil War, Ruby now splits her time between Sydney and New York. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in media studies at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep038: #GoodAncestor Tayo Rockson on Using Your Difference to Make A Difference

    Ep038: #GoodAncestor Tayo Rockson on Using Your Difference to Make A Difference

    In this episode, I speak with writer, speaker, consultant, and brand strategist, Tayo Rockson.
    Tayo Rockson is a writer, speaker, consultant, podcaster, professor, and brand strategist who runs UYD Management - a strategic consulting firm that helps organizations incorporate sustainable diversity and inclusion practices.
    As the son of a diplomat, Tayo grew up understanding the nuances of multicultural diversity while living on 4 continents. He has leveraged his experiences to establish himself as an authority in communicating effectively across cultures and personal branding by gracing various stages including TEDx, the prestigious Chautauqua Institution as well as the United Nations.
    Tayo's most recent accomplishments include writing the bestseller Use Your Difference To Make A Difference and launching the national anti-racism campaign called #LetsTalkBias.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep037: #GoodAncestor Reema Zaman on Speaking as a Revolution

    Ep037: #GoodAncestor Reema Zaman on Speaking as a Revolution

    In this episode, I speak with author, screenwriter, and actress, Reema Zaman.
    Reema Zaman is a Bangladeshi-American author, screenwriter, and actress. She is the author of the memoir I Am Yours and the dystopian novel Paramita. I Am Yours was adopted into the curriculum of several high schools through an innovation grant by the Oregon Department of Education, and is currently in development to become a movie.
    Reema's essays have been published in Vogue, The Guardian, Salon, and other major outlets. She writes about family, relationships, love, sex, politics, science, social justice, feminism, and anti-racism. Reema was born in Bangladesh, raised in Thailand, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her rescue teacup chihuahua, Fia the Fierce.

    • 1 hr 20 min

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A-previews ,

Listen, even if it’s hard for you

Wonderful 1st series. I’ve just listened to the final one with Layla as the interviewee, what a truly great way to end the series and model for everyone that the journey, for everyone (oppressed and oppressor) can still move forward when we have boundaries/self care so long as we don’t use those boundaries as an excuse to completely halt the conversation and transformation.

hj23456 ,

Amazing

We are so fortunate to be able to listen to these powerful and insightful conversations. Each and every one has given me so much to think about and reflect on and also so much work to do. Thank you so much Layla for letting us listen in!

KatyCatalyst ,

This is a must listen!

Beautiful powerful insightful conversations thank you Layla

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