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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.

    Ep047: #GoodAncestor Mikaela Loach on Climate Justice & Antiracism

    Ep047: #GoodAncestor Mikaela Loach on Climate Justice & Antiracism

    In this episode, I speak with climate justice and antiracism activist, Mikaela Loach.
    Mikaela Loach is a climate justice activist, the co-host of The Yikes Podcast, writer and a 4th-year medical student based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
    In 2020, Forbes, Global Citizen and BBC Woman's Hour named Mikaela one of the most influential women in the UK climate movement. Her work focuses on making the climate movement more inclusive and focusing on the intersections of the climate crisis with oppressive systems such as white supremacy and migrant injustices.
    Her activism has been featured in the BBC, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle and VICE. She uses her Instagram platform and The Yikes Podcast to communicate the need for system change, climate justice and the dismantling of white supremacy.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep046: #GoodAncestor Angela Saini on the Investingating the Return of Race Science

    Ep046: #GoodAncestor Angela Saini on the Investingating the Return of Race Science

    In this episode, I speak with award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster, Angela Saini.
    Angela presents science programmes on the BBC, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, The Sunday Times, National Geographic and Wired. Her latest book, Superior: the Return of Race Science, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and named a book of the year by The Telegraph, Nature and Financial Times. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, has been translated into thirteen languages. Angela has a Masters in Engineering from the University of Oxford and was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    In 2020 Angela was named one of the world's top 50 thinkers by Prospect magazine, and in 2018 she was voted one of the most respected journalists in the UK.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep045: #GoodAncestor Sinikiwe Dhliwayo on Rooting BIPOC in Their Wellbeing

    Ep045: #GoodAncestor Sinikiwe Dhliwayo on Rooting BIPOC in Their Wellbeing

    In this episode, I speak with creative, entrepreneur, educator, and speaker, Sinikiwe Dhliwayo.
    Sinikiwe Dhliwayo is steadfast in her belief that Blackness and humanity are inextricably linked. She is driven daily by a deep desire to change the narrative of what it looks like and feels like to be well.
    Whether making yoga and meditation accessible to those who need the practice most or telling stories of marginalized folks through elevated photo and video, Sinikiwe is dedicated to creating a more equitable and just society.
    Her work and efforts to make the wellness space more equitable can be found in Beyonce, Byrdie, Dame, Goop, Well and Good, and Refinery29. Her previous teaching and speaking engagements include The Re-Treat, Create and Cultivate, The Wing, Unwell Conference, Lululemon, Goop League, Summit, Faherty Sun Sessions, and Girlvana.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep044: #GoodAncestor Nels Abbey on Race and Satire

    Ep044: #GoodAncestor Nels Abbey on Race and Satire

    In this episode, I speak with British-Nigerian media executive, writer, and satirist, Nels Abbey.
    Nels Abbey is a British-Nigerian media executive, writer, and satirist. Prior to any of the above he was a senior banker in the financial district of London. He is a former BBC executive, a Clore Fellow, a Penguin Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and sits on the boards of various companies. His writing work has been published in every major quality British newspaper and many magazines.
    He is a social and political commentator and regularly appears on Channel 4 News, Newsnight, Radio 4, Times Radio, LBC and Sky News. He is also the founder of the Black British Writers' Guild. Think Like a White Man is his first book.
    Think Like a White Man is a satirical self-help book which explains the rules by which mediocre white men continue to get ahead. It is one of the first satirical books on race by a Black British author, and is an incisive and timely examination of racism today.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep043: #GoodAncestor Kiley Reid on Race, Class, and the Power of Fiction

    Ep043: #GoodAncestor Kiley Reid on Race, Class, and the Power of Fiction

    In this episode, I speak with American novelist, Kiley Reid.
    An Arizona native, Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her New York Times-bestselling debut novel, SUCH A FUN AGE, is currently in development by Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Sight Unseen Pictures.
    The novel was longlisted for The 2020 Booker Prize and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author, and the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award.
    Kiley’s writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, December, Lumina, where her short story was the winner in the 2017 Flash Prose Contest, and Ploughshares, where her short story was the winner of the 2020 Ashley Leigh Bourne Prize for Fiction.
    Kiley lives in Philadelphia.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    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

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