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Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Deepen your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action. Subscribe today!

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Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Deepen your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action. Subscribe today!

    Episode 03: Discussing Felony Disenfranchisement with Nicole Porter from The Sentencing Project + GO VOTE!

    Episode 03: Discussing Felony Disenfranchisement with Nicole Porter from The Sentencing Project + GO VOTE!

    With one week to go until the 2020 Presidential Election, Hiba and Chevon bring you an election season-themed episode for you to listen to as you make plans to vote [before, or on] Tuesday November 3rd! 
     
    In this episode, Chevon and Hiba are joined by Nicole Porter, Director of Advocacy for The Sentencing Project,  who talks about the newly-released report Locked Out 2020: Estimates of People Denied Voting Rights Due to a Felony Conviction. The report reveals “5.2 million Americans [that] are forbidden to vote because of felony disenfranchisement, or laws restricting voting rights for those convicted of felony-level crimes.” Nicole also talks about her work managing The Sentencing Project’s state and local advocacy efforts on sentencing reform, voting rights, and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and provides personal anecdotes to highlight the importance of each of these topics. 
     
    Hiba and Chevon also discuss recent events in culture in the lead-up to the presidential election, including Ice Cube’s recent controversial meeting with the Trump Administration to promote his “Contract With Black America”, and P. Diddy’s endorsement of Vice President Joe Biden––a reversal from his “Hold The Black Vote” stance earlier this year. In this context, Chevon talks about the importance of creating your own advocacy efforts and how voting is “one lever we can pull” in the broader fight for racial justice. 
     
    Also, BIG. NEWS. 
     
    Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast will have a special LIVE post-election episode at Facing Race: A National Virtual Conference taking place Tuesday, November 10th. Join us for the largest multiracial, intergenerational, gathering of racial justice movement making, where podcasting will be featured for the very first time as part of the programming!
     
    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
    Facing Race 2020 Program (Register now!)
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org/program/full-program
     
    The Inside Story of how Ice Cube Joined Forces with Donald Trump (via Politico)
    https://politi.co/3jpAr8q
     
    Diddy Officially Endorses Joe Biden, Launches His Own Political Party (via Billboard)
    https://bit.ly/2TkzRhF
     
    Locked Out 2020: Estimates of People Denied Voting Rights Due to a Felony Conviction (via The Sentencing Project)
    https://bit.ly/3jqA8dh
     
    [Topic] Felony Disenfranchisement (via Colorlines)
    https://bit.ly/2Tifwtg
     
    Snoop Dogg Says 2020 Elections First Time He Votes (via USA Today) 
    https://bit.ly/3mh2CIc
     
    Reform, Abolish or Defund the Police—Explained (via Colorlines) 
    https://bit.ly/2FUc30M
     
    #TogetherWeVote #WeVoteWeCount Campaign (via the Racial Justice Anchor Orgs)
    https://provoc.me/togetherwevote/
     
    History of the term Felony
    https://thelawdictionary.org/felony/
     
    Jim Crow’s Lasting Legacy At The Ballot Box (via The Marshall Project) 
    https://bit.ly/2HvPfVA
     
    Nicole Porter 
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/nicoleporter
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicoleporter
     
    About Race Forward: 
     
    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
     
    Follow Race Forward on social media
     
    Follow us on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Twitter: 
    www.twitter.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Instagram: 
    www.instagram.com/raceforward
     
    Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainings  
    www.raceforward.org/trainings
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Hendel Leiva, Cheryl D. Cato Blakemore
     
    Associate Producer/ Editor: Kendy Solis 

    • 47 min
    Episode 02: Yusef Hawkins “Storm Over Brooklyn” Doc, and Reacting to the Breonna Taylor Verdict

    Episode 02: Yusef Hawkins “Storm Over Brooklyn” Doc, and Reacting to the Breonna Taylor Verdict

    [Producer’s Note]: This episode was originally recorded September 24th. 
     
    After a couple of heavy weeks filled with collective loss and grief, Chevon and Hiba open Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast working through the powerful and difficult emotions generated by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s refusal to prosecute the Breonna Taylor case, and the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. (Do not miss this—Chevon and Hiba have one of the most important conversations that we have ever had the privilege to share.)
     
    In this very timely conversation, Hiba and Chevon are joined by the team behind the HBO documentary, Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, which “tells the story of Yusuf Hawkins, a black teenager who was murdered in 1989 by a group of young white men in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Yusuf Hawkins’ death and the official response to it sparked outrage in New York, unleashing a torrent of racial tension and spurring tireless civil rights activism that exposed deep racial prejudices and inequities which continue to plague the country today.” 
     
    Director Muta’Ali and Producer Victorious Decosta share how they came to work on the film, the behind the scenes experiences working with Yusef’s family and friends to tell his story, and the importance of creating solutions oriented resources in collaboration with activist groups to keep the conversation going for viewers. Muta’Ali and Victorious also talk about the impact of the Breonna Taylor verdict and the parallels to the lack of justice in the Yusef Hawkins case. 
     
    In the spirit of solidarity and collaboration –– Facing Race: A National Virtual Conference is only one month away, and we’d love to have you join us for the largest multiracial, intergenerational gathering of racial justice movement making.
     
    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
    Facing Race
    www.facingrace.raceforward.org
     
    Here's What's at Stake If Trump Replaces RBG on the U.S. Supreme Court (via Colorlines)
    https://bit.ly/3lRPFV1
     
    “There is No Justice Here” (via Colorlines)
    https://bit.ly/3nQPN9h
     
    Breonna Taylor's Family, Advocates React to ‘Outrageous and Offensive’ Grand Jury Decision (via Colorlines) 
    https://bit.ly/2H2VzE2
     
    Detroit Police Officer Charged in Shooting Death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones (via Colorlines)
    https://bit.ly/3iVsmrz
     
    Bree Newsome Bass
    https://bit.ly/3nUrd7i
     
    WATCH: 'Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn' Debuts on HBO
    https://bit.ly/2GZHoQf
     
    Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn
    https://itsh.bo/34XD6ku
     
    For the Color of His Skin: The Murder of Yusuf Hawkins and the Trial of Bensonhurst
    https://bit.ly/3nTuMec
     
    “Storm Over Brooklyn” Discussion Guide 
    https://itsh.bo/3nLqkOq
     
     
    Muta’Ali 
    Official Site 
    https://www.mutaali.com/
    Instagram
    www.instagram.com/mutaali
    Twitter
    www.twitter.com/mutaali
     
    Victorious DeCosta
    Instagram 
    www.instagram.com/victoriouswashere
    Twitter
    www.twitter.com/VictoriousAqui
     
    About Race Forward: 
     
    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
     
    Follow Race Forward on social media
     
    Follow us on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Twitter: 
    www.twitter.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Instagram: 
    www.instagram.com/raceforward
     
    Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainings  
    www.raceforward.org/trainings
     
    Facing Race 2020 
    www.facingrace.raceforward.org
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Chevon Drew, Hendel Leiva, and Jeff Chang
     
    Associate Producer/ Editor: Kendy Solis

    • 44 min
    Episode 01: Starting Your Podcast and Building Community Featuring Blk Pod Collective!

    Episode 01: Starting Your Podcast and Building Community Featuring Blk Pod Collective!

    For our season premiere, Chevon and Hiba link up with Blk Pod Collective’s Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Ona Oghogho, and Membership Director Sheunopa Mugobogobo to talk about the growing Black podcasting landscape and the importance of building community and showing solidarity in podcasting. 
     
    In the conversation Ona and Shenuopa talk about their collaboration in building up Blk Pod Collective, and how their efforts to create systemic change resulted in the Blk Podfest Micro Con at the Podfest Global Summit which brought together over 1,500 attendees last month. 
     
    Shenuopa and Ona also discuss their experiences that led them to the podcasting space, their individual philosophies in podcasting, the importance of ownership, and the ways Blk Pod Collective is aiming to become the “one-stop-shop for all of your podcasting needs to help you on your journey to work with Black creatives.”
     
    Hiba and Chevon also talk about the big news items in the last couple of months, including Senator Kamala Harris’ Vice Presidential nomination, the protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin that resulted from the police involved shooting of Jacob Blake, and they give a heartfelt “rest in power” to Chadwick Boseman who tragically passed a couple of weeks ago following his undisclosed battle with cancer. 
     
    Facing Race: A National Virtual Conference is less than two months away! –– have you gotten your tickets yet?
     
    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
    It’s Official: Senator Kamala Harris Is the Democratic VP Nominee (via Colorlines) 
    https://bit.ly/34KeDQK
     
    Jacob Blake Is Shot By Police in Wisconsin, Inspiring Protests (via Colorlines)
    https://bit.ly/3kOYuPp
     
    White Teen Charged With Death of 2 Protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin (via Colorlines)
    https://bit.ly/2TKSBXy
     
    Native Land (find out more about local Indigenous territories and languages)
    https://native-land.ca/
     
    Kenosha Protests, Violence Expose Racial Disparities Among The Worst In The Country (via NPR)
    https://n.pr/3mA6IeS
     
    Actor Chadwick Boseman, the First Black Superhero, Dies at 43 (via Colorlines)
    https://bit.ly/34Ktiey
     
    Chadwick Boseman Gets Emotional About Black Panther's Cultural Impact (via SiriusXM)
    https://youtu.be/6J-D86wfxiE
     
    Blk Pod Collective 
    https://www.blkpodcollective.com/
     
    Blk Pod Collective (The Podcast) 
    https://apple.co/35S4xho
     
    Highkey Woke (Hosted by Sheunopa Mugobogobo and Symone Dunn)
    https://apple.co/3mF0xGk
     
    Blk Podfest Micro Con 2020: Attendee Insight
    https://bit.ly/387ifOV
     
    Is Podcasting a Hobby or Potential Career for You?
    https://bit.ly/38epowX
     
    Podcasting Tip: Things to Plan for Before Starting 
    https://bit.ly/35MV9Kk
     
    Blk Pod Collective on Instagram 
    https://www.instagram.com/blkpodcollective/
     
     
    About Race Forward: 
     
    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
     
    Follow Race Forward on social media
     
    Follow us on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Twitter: 
    www.twitter.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Instagram: 
    www.instagram.com/raceforward
     
    Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainings  
    www.raceforward.org/trainings
     
    Facing Race 2020 
    www.facingrace.raceforward.org
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
    Music: Peacock by Chad Crouch
    https://bit.ly/3iLXAlO
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Hendel Leiva and Jeff Chang

    • 51 min
    Five Things To Know About Facing Race: A National Virtual Conference

    Five Things To Know About Facing Race: A National Virtual Conference

    In this bonus episode of Momentum, Chevon talks to Hiba (who is also Race Forward’s Conference and Convenings Manager) about everything you need to know about Facing Race: A National Virtual Conference taking place November 10 - 12, 2020!
     
    Facing Race is the space for racial justice movement making and is the largest multiracial, intergenerational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives, and other leaders. In this special 10 minute episode, you’ll learn all about: 
     
    What is Facing Race?
     
    Why is Facing Race going virtual?
     
    What does registration and pricing look like?
     
    What about accessibility for folks with disabilities or a special need?
     
    Will there still be vendor and sponsorship opportunities?
     
     
    Thank you for your support and patience as we’ve worked to convert Facing Race into a virtual experience; we’re looking forward to having you join us in November for the first ever Facing Race happening entirely online! 
     
    Also, stay tuned for the premiere of Season 2 of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, coming soon!
     
    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
    Facing Race 
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org/
     
    Facing Race FAQs 
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org/faq
     
    Registration and Pricing 
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org/register
     
    Exhibition and Advertising 
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org/participate/exhibition-advertising
     
    Sponsorship Information
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org/participate/sponsor
     
    About Race Forward: 
     
    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
     
    Follow Race Forward on social media
     
    Follow us on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Twitter: 
    www.twitter.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Instagram: 
    www.instagram.com/raceforward
     
    Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainings  
    www.raceforward.org/trainings
     
    Facing Race 2020 
    www.facingrace.raceforward.org
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Hendel Leiva and Jeff Chang

    • 10 min
    Episode 10: Season Finale: Building Power with DEMOS President K. Sabeel Rahman and Recognizing a Historic Win in North Carolina

    Episode 10: Season Finale: Building Power with DEMOS President K. Sabeel Rahman and Recognizing a Historic Win in North Carolina

    In our season finale, Demos President K. Sabeel Rahman joins Hiba and Chevon for an exciting conversation addressing racial and economic inequities to boldly fight for the future of American democracy. Sabeel shares his experiences growing up as a first generation Muslim Bangladeshi-American to becoming an Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and his current role, leading the innovative work at Demos. 
     
    In the conversation, Sabeel talks to our hosts about the inspiration behind his books, Democracy Against Domination, and Civic Power, his take on the fight for constitutional law to be applied equitably, and the important reconciliatory work that will be essential beyond the November election. 
     
    Chevon and Hiba also talk about the recent win in Asheville, North Carolina which will see the city provide investment based reparations to its Black residents, and give a big shout out to our GARE (Government Alliance on Racial Equity) team members for their important contributions in this step towards racial justice. 
     
    Thank you to all who submitted ratings and reviews –– we shout out some of our listeners, and we’re looking forward to continuing to share the love!
     
    Season Two of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast will premiere in mid-August, but in the meantime, stay tuned for a special bonus episode about our upcoming Facing Race 2020 announcement!
     
    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
     
    In historic move, North Carolina city approves reparations for Black residents (via USA Today) 
    https://bit.ly/3hsI6SP
     
    Asheville, NC, approves investment-based reparations for Black residents (via Twitter Moments)
    https://twitter.com/i/events/1283493252067258368
     
    Government Alliance on Race and Equity
    https://www.racialequityalliance.org/
     
    Demos 
    https://www.demos.org/
     
    K. Sabeel Rahman (Demos Introductory Video) 
    https://bit.ly/2D0jJN2
     
    Democracy Against Domination (Oxford University Press, 2016)
    https://bit.ly/2ZRrle6
     
    Civic Power (Cambridge University Press, 2019) 
    https://bit.ly/2Boh3bS
     
    Uprising (via Demos) 
    https://www.demos.org/blog/uprising
     
    We Need a Truth and Reconciliation Process for the Trump Era (via In These Times/ Demos)
    https://www.demos.org/media/we-need-truth-and-reconciliation-process-trump-era
     
    K. Sabeel Rahman (Twitter)
    https://twitter.com/ksabeelrahman
     
    About Race Forward: 
    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
     
    Follow Race Forward on social media
     
    Follow us on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Twitter: 
    www.twitter.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Instagram: 
    www.instagram.com/raceforward
     
    Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainings  
    www.raceforward.org/trainings
     
    Facing Race 2020 (more information coming soon)
    www.facingrace.raceforward.org
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui

    • 46 min
    Episode 09: Superheroes and Representation in the Comic Book Universe

    Episode 09: Superheroes and Representation in the Comic Book Universe

    We’re in the full swing of summer, and Chevon and Hiba are diving into a conversation about representation in the superhero universe and the comic book world! 
     
    DC Comics authors Gene Luen Yang and Minh Le join our hosts to talk about their projects “Superman Smashes The Klan” and “Green Lantern Legacy” and how their art and stories fit into the broader context around diversity and inclusion in superhero narratives. The conversation explores the origins of some of our modern superheroes, the influence of the events of WWII and the Civil Rights movement, and why comics are as important as ever to young readers of color. 
     
    Next time on our season finale, we’ll be shouting out some of our fans that have left us reviews –– stay tuned, same Momentum time, same Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast!
     
    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
    Wes Moore Talks Fighting Poverty, Budget Priority, Systemic Change + His New Book (via The Breakfast Club Power 105.1) 
    https://bit.ly/38BdomY
     
     
    Gene Luen Yang
     
    Official Website
    https://geneyang.com/
     
    Twitter 
    https://twitter.com/geneluenyang
     
    Gene Luen Yang: Comics Belong in the Classroom (via Ted Talks) 
    https://www.ted.com/talks/gene_luen_yang_comics_belong_in_the_classroom
     
    Superman Smashes The Klan (via DC Comics) 
    https://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/superman-smashes-the-klan-periodical-2019/superman-smashes-the-klan
     
     
    Minh Le
     
    Official Website 
    http://minhlebooks.com/
     
    Twitter 
    https://twitter.com/bottomshelfbks
     
    Green Lantern Legacy (via DC Comics) 
    https://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/green-lantern-legacy
     
     
    March (series) by US Congressman John Lewis
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/1MA/march
     
    Thich Nhat Hanh: The Monk Who Taught The World Mindfulness Awaits the End of This Life (via Time Magazine)
    https://time.com/5511729/monk-mindfulness-art-of-dying/
     
    The Shadow Hero 
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18465601-the-shadow-hero
     
    The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew
    http://artofcharliechan.com/
     
    Captain America Truth: Red, White & Black
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/670341.Truth
     
     
    About Race Forward: 
    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
     
    Follow Race Forward on social media
     
    Follow us on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Twitter: 
    www.twitter.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Instagram: 
    www.instagram.com/raceforward
     
    Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainings  
    www.raceforward.org/trainings
     
    Facing Race 2020 (more information coming soon)
    www.facingrace.raceforward.org
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui

    • 39 min

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