22 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.

    Ep022: #GoodAncestor Aja Barber on Sustainable Fashion

    Ep022: #GoodAncestor Aja Barber on Sustainable Fashion

    In this episode, I speak with writer, stylist and consultant, Aja Barber.
    Aja Barber is a writer, stylist, consultant and speaker whose work focuses on the intersections of feminism, colonialism and race in regards to our clothing and how we choose to consume. Aja is a prolific writer and micro-blogger on Patreon and Instagram, where she creates spaces for deep learning and inquiry into the ways that systems of power affect our buying habits.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep021: #GoodAncestor Blair Imani on Making Our Way Home

    Ep021: #GoodAncestor Blair Imani on Making Our Way Home

    In this episode, I speak with author, mental health advocate and historian, Blair Imani.
    Blair Imani is a writer, mental health advocate, and historian living at the intersections of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity. In addition to being a public speaker, Blair is the author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream (2020). She is also the official ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values, one of the oldest progressive Muslim organizations to support the LGBTQ+ community. Blair has been featured in Essence, Out Magazine, THEM, Broadly, and more.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep020: #GoodAncestors Michelle Johnson & Kerri Kelly on Race and Resilience

    Ep020: #GoodAncestors Michelle Johnson & Kerri Kelly on Race and Resilience

    In this episode, I speak with social change activists and co-founders of Race and Resilience, Michelle Johnson and Kerri Kelly.
    Michelle Cassandra Johnson is an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. She approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and integration. She has been leading anti-racism trainings for 22 years. Michelle has experience working to dismantle systems of oppression inside corporations, mid-size organizations and small non-profits including Google, Lululemon, the ACLU-WA and many more. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit and heart, much of her work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their life. Michelle explores how privilege, power and oppression affects the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energy body.
    Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for the wellbeing for all. Kerri is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public and private sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders, policy makers and corporate executives including William Morris Entertainment, Congressman Tim Ryan, Lululemon, Marianne Williamson, People's Action Group and more.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep019: #GoodAncestor Mona Haydar on Music, Spirituality & the Power of Music

    Ep019: #GoodAncestor Mona Haydar on Music, Spirituality & the Power of Music

    Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American rapper, chaplain, poet, and MA in Christian Ethics. Billboard Magazine named Mona's breakout hit "Hijabi" one of 2017's best protest songs and one of the top feminist anthems of all time. Her "Ask A Muslim" project, created in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, garnered international attention and extensive press. The project was featured on the series "The Secret Life of Muslims" and remains the most-watched episode of the series. As an MA student, she worked as a chaplain at NYU and studied post colonial theology. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep018: #GoodAncestor Jennifer Arnise on Healing the Black Mother Wound

    Ep018: #GoodAncestor Jennifer Arnise on Healing the Black Mother Wound

    In this episode, I speak with author, Healer and Transformational Coach, Jennifer Arnise.
    Jennifer Arnise is an author, Healer and Transformational Coach who is dedicated to helping Black women heal their deepest emotional pain so they can experience more joy, pleasure and purpose in their life. She lives in Atlanta with her son and their dog Bella.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep017: #GoodAncestor Jasmin Kaur on Healing and Reclaiming Identity

    Ep017: #GoodAncestor Jasmin Kaur on Healing and Reclaiming Identity

    In this episode, I speak with writer, illustrator and spoken Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator and poet living on unceded Sto:lo territory. Her writing, which explores themes of feminism, womanhood, social justice and love, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. As a spoken word artist and creative writing facilitator, she has toured across North America, the UK and Australia to connect with youth through the power of artistic expression.
    One of The Tempest’s 40 Women to Watch in 2019, her work has been celebrated at the American Music Awards by musical icon Jennifer Lopez and shared by celebrity activists, including Tessa Mae Thompson, Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevigne and Sophia Bush. She has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar India, Huffington Post, The Indy 100, KaurLife Magazine, Sikh Formations Journal and other publications. ​

    • 1 hr 7 min

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