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LATASHA MORRISON is a best-selling and award winning author, bridge-builder, reconciler, and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. In 2016, she founded Be the Bridge, a non-profit organization equipping more than 1,000 sub-groups across five countries to serve as ambassadors of racial reconciliation. This podcast is another step is cultivating conversations that will hopefully lead to real change.

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LATASHA MORRISON is a best-selling and award winning author, bridge-builder, reconciler, and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. In 2016, she founded Be the Bridge, a non-profit organization equipping more than 1,000 sub-groups across five countries to serve as ambassadors of racial reconciliation. This podcast is another step is cultivating conversations that will hopefully lead to real change.

    Be The Bridge 223 - Take It to the Bridge with Latasha Morrison (Part 1)

    Be The Bridge 223 - Take It to the Bridge with Latasha Morrison (Part 1)

    Description: Founder Latasha Morrison is finally back on the podcast in the first episode of the “Take It to the Bridge” series, but this time she’s on the other side of the mic! Tandria Potts returns as guest host and talks with Latasha about grief, the impact of COVID on Black and brown communities, the difference between allies and accomplices, and how the church’s polarization is getting in the way of racial healing. This insightful conversation is Part 1 of 2 featuring Latasha, so don’t miss the second installment next time.

    Host & Executive Producer - Latasha Morrison
    Senior Producer - Lauren C. Brown
    Producer, Editor & Music By - Travon Potts
    Transcriber - Brittany Prescott

    Quotes:“A call-out is accountability, and I call you out because I love you. I think we have to lead with lovingkindness in the call-out, but praying towards conviction—because I don’t want you just to be called out and you make a change, or you do a post, and then everything goes back to normal.” - Latasha

    “This is a spiritual battle that we’re in, and I think we have to see it that way. And I hope that others begin to see it. We have to pray against this spiritual darkness. That’s the way—so I’m not vilifying people, so that I can have compassion to continue to do the work that I’m doing. I have to see it that way. My brothers and sisters are in darkness.” - Latasha

    “The church has ingested the same thing that the world has ingested. It’s not a separate system. This is part of the same unhealthy empire system.” - Latasha“There’s a big difference between an ally and an accomplice. An ally is in it when the going gets tough, but an accomplice says, “I’m going to take the front line, I’m going to be beside you. I’m going to be behind you, I’m going to support you.” I think that’s what’s needed in these times, where if I need to take a break, if I need a timeout, then there’s someone that’s rising to the challenge but not for notoriety.” - Latasha

    “These situations keep bringing up opportunities for us to have a deeper conversation, and I don’t think that’s happening. Because we have a very short-term memory when it comes to these incidents. We were just here last year with Ahmaud Arbery. And with George Floyd. And at the same time that the Chauvin trial is happening, you know, his trial is happening like 10 miles from where this incident with Daunte Wright happened.” - Latasha

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    Podcast link: https://podlink.to/BeTheBridgeSocial handles/links: Instagram: @LatashaMorrisonTwitter: @LatashaMorrisonFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatashaMMorrison/Official Hashtag: #bethebridge


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    Be The Bridge 222 - How Bridge-Building Is Exported Through Training (Part 2) with Mariah Humphries, Gina Fimble and Sean Watkins

    Be The Bridge 222 - How Bridge-Building Is Exported Through Training (Part 2) with Mariah Humphries, Gina Fimble and Sean Watkins

    Description

    If you use terminology like “colorblind” to show your racial and cultural compassion and understanding, this episode is tailored for you.   Many people outside of the BIPOC communities are lost as it relates to how to communicate and implement a culture of color and cultural caring and sensitivity in such volatile times.  This is the wheelhouse of the Be The Bridge training team.  This episode’s discussion is centered around cultivating and curating safe spaces for the purpose of building cohesion through anti-racism.  Once again the listener is given a glimpse behind the scenes of our training team’s process and execution as well as a look at the results with the organizations we’ve worked with.  Listen to this great conversation between our Ministry Educator, Mariah Humphries, Director of Training and Strategy Sean Watkins, and Board member and BTB Educator Gina Fimble.

    Host & Executive Producer - Latasha Morrison

    Senior Producer - Lauren C. Brown

    Producer, Editor & Music By - Travon Potts

    Transcriber - Travon Potts

    Quotes

    “...you know, a popular magazine, People Magazine, in the 25 years of having People magazine's Most beautiful cover, there has only been three black women who have been on the cover of people's most beautiful. - Gina Fimble

    “...a lot of times when I have these conversations with white people, there is this complete, unawareness dare I say ignorance, but not in the negative connotation, of their own culture. It is a ubiquitous, ‘how can we come together and be reconciled’, because they don't know their history, they don't know their own cultural context.”  - Sean Watkins

    “I think it's healthy to understand the system of whiteness that we have inherited, which is a system that was created to benefit people who look white or people who are white passing, you know, racial labels have been applied to non white groups for the purposes of stigmatizing them and exploiting them.” - Gina Fimble

    “...this is one of the challenges that I have with a number of my friends and colleagues that work in predominately white spaces, there's always an invitation of, ‘I really don't want to examine the past’....” - Sean Watkins

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    Podcast link: https://podlink.to/BeTheBridgeSocial handles/links: Instagram: @LatashaMorrisonTwitter: @LatashaMorrisonFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatashaMMorrison/Official Hashtag: #bethebridge


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    Be The Bridge 221 - How Bridge-Building Is Exported Through Training (Part 1) with Mariah Humphries and Tania Mirón

    Be The Bridge 221 - How Bridge-Building Is Exported Through Training (Part 1) with Mariah Humphries and Tania Mirón

    Description

    Often, in the racial reconciliation space, progress and healing are brought about through small groups.  Another effective tool in the quest for progress in this area is training.  Many don’t know that corporations, non-profits, and ministries bring in our expert Be The Bridge Training Team to train their employees, volunteers, and parishioners on how to cultivate and curate safe environments for discussions on race and culture.  The purpose for cultivating and curating these spaces is for the purpose of building cohesion through anti-racism.  This episode gives a glimpse behind the scenes of our process and execution as well as a look at the results not only with the organizations we’ve worked with but in their surrounding communities.  Listen in to this awesome discourse between our Ministry Educator Mariah Humphries and Training Coordinator Tania Miron.

    Host & Executive Producer - Latasha Morrison

    Senior Producer - Lauren C. Brown

    Producer, Editor & Music By - Travon Potts

    Transcriber - Travon Potts

    Quotes

    “And our goal is to develop those that are going through our training, from not just being in a workplace that is not racist, but being in a workplace that is actively being anti-racist, and moving towards racial healing and reconciliation.” - Tania Miron

    “I try to emphasize on all of the inquiry calls that I get, that we are not a one and done, it's all fixed by our trainings, kind of function. You know, our trainings function more as a diving board into this journey of being anti-racist…” - Tania Miron

    “...our trainings in the in the work of being anti racist do have an impact outside of companies and organizations that we've worked at.” - Tania Miron

    “...I think if the leadership is on board and advocating for having these conversations and trainings, then the staff will definitely be more willing to have these discussions and then our team can be able to be effective in delivering and opening up the space to have this conversation.” - Tania Miron

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    Podcast link: https://podlink.to/BeTheBridgeSocial handles/links: Instagram: @LatashaMorrisonTwitter: @LatashaMorrisonFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatashaMMorrison/Official Hashtag: #bethebridge


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    Be The Bridge 220 - She’s the Bridge (Part 2) with Morgan Harper Nichols

    Be The Bridge 220 - She’s the Bridge (Part 2) with Morgan Harper Nichols

    Description:

    In this continuation of our “She’s the Bridge’' series, guest host Faitth Brooks talks with artist Morgan Harper Nichols about the intersection of Black womanhood, art, community, and passion. Morgan is a renowned digital artist, poet, new mom, and upcoming author! Listen as Morgan and Faitth dissect common stereotypes of Black women, explore what it’s like to have a hyper-visible platform, and give tips on building each other up even during a pandemic.

    Host & Executive Producer - Latasha Morrison

    Senior Producer - Lauren C. Brown

    Producer, Editor & Music By - Travon Potts

    Transcriber - Brittany Prescott

    Quotes:

    “Passion and righteous indignation are often misread as irrational anger, and are used to degenerate and disarm Black women who dare to challenge social inequalities and question the validity of circumstances—and get this—have the temerity to demand and expect fair treatment.” - Faitth Brooks

    “I don’t know how to fix this—how to fix the portrayals, how to fix how other people see me. But I am going to put me out there.” - Morgan Harper Nichols

    “I am only here because of the people who paved the way for me to be here today. I can’t talk about the future without talking about them—whether that’s people in my own ancestry or authors like Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. Who am I without what they’ve already written and what they’ve already done? They paved the way.” - Morgan Harper Nichols

    “You have to dig to find people that look like us in these fields. They’re there, but again, they’re not pushed to the front as others are. So it’s a lot of work to even find your people. I wish I didn’t have to dig so much to find references. I wish I didn’t have to dig so much to find other Black people who’ve been in similar situations. I shouldn’t have to dig so much.” - Morgan Harper Nichols

    “Give yourself permission to start small.” - Morgan Harper Nichols

    “Will people in the world actually even be able to see me as an artist or is my Blackness all people see? I know a lot of other Black artists feel that way: did they only just pick me because they needed a Black artist? Or do they actually like my work too? But I have been so pleasantly surprised by people who are willing and able and have the capacity to hold me in terms of what I do and what I share, and not just divide it into categories.” - Morgan Harper Nichols

    “Black women literally feel the pressure to carry the weight of everything...to be the educator, to be the encourager, to be the old wise soul, to be young and hip, to be all these things, which is literally impossible. We cannot be all of that. But as we see, historically, that pressure has been put on us. So I have to give myself permission to say, ‘Hey, today, I’m going to be the artist who is speaking from a Black woman’s perspective about joy. I don’t always have to educate about joy.’” - Morgan Harper Nichols

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    Be The Bridge 219 - She’s The Bridge (Part 1) with Vivan Mabuni

    Be The Bridge 219 - She’s The Bridge (Part 1) with Vivan Mabuni

    Often discussions on race in America are limited to a black and white binary.  Since the rise of the Covid-19 virus, hate crimes have been on the rise against the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community.  If you truly understand the heart and calling of the Be The Bridge organization then you understand that bridge-building doesn’t stop with two groups. Today’s guest Vivian Mabuni helps us unpack the tensions, opportunities, and solutions for bridge-building, especially as it relates to those in and outside of the AAPI family and or body politic.

    “...and in the same way, you and I, as women of color, we can't walk away from the conversation, because it is our lived experience day in and day out.” - Vivian Mabuni

    “ When leaders don't use proper terminology, like COVID, and instead use a term like Chinese virus or Kung Flu, that hurts my community.” -Vivian Mabuni

    “ I, of course, have felt silenced, you know, all along. And what's interesting is my culture, the foundation of a lot of Asian culture is based in Confucian teaching.” - Vivian Mabuni

    “ I am so grateful for the leadership of the black community in civil rights that have made way for injustices to be exposed, that Asian Americans AAPI, people can have a different life because we stand on the shoulders of the leadership of the black community.” - Vivian Mabuni

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    Podcast link: https://podlink.to/BeTheBridgeSocial handles/links: Instagram: @LatashaMorrisonTwitter: @LatashaMorrisonFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatashaMMorrison/Official Hashtag: #bethebridge


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    Be The Bridge 218 - COVID-19: The Process After Losing a Loved One with Dr. Debbie Stevens

    Be The Bridge 218 - COVID-19: The Process After Losing a Loved One with Dr. Debbie Stevens

    We’re back for a new season! In this episode of the Be the Bridge podcast, our Director of Programs and Innovation, Faitth Brooks, discusses the impacts of the pandemic with Debbie Stevens, a registered psychiatric nurse practitioner and close friend of our founder, Latasha Morrison, who lost her father to COVID-19 earlier this year. In this much-needed discussion, Faitth and Debbie acknowledge the legacy of medical racism in the U.S., talk about the hope they’ve had amidst the pandemic, and give listeners tips on loving others well through periods of grief.

    “Grief is just highly individualized. The way one person grieves is not necessarily the way that you may grieve.” –Debbie Stevens

    “It’s really easy to see what somebody else is going through, and then try to relate it back to something you’ve experienced. But the reality is, it’s a time for you to just sit and listen, lending a hand in whatever way possible, and being willing to serve.” –Faitth Brooks

    “Because of the legacy of the research and medical community really betraying the Black community—in terms of all the disgraceful things that the medical professional community has done to Black people and taken advantage of them—there’s a lot of distrust.” –Debbie Stevens

    “This is a time for us to think collectively and not individually about our wants, about what we desire, and to think about ‘How can I love my neighbor?’” –Faitth Brooks

    “I love my patients so I continue to show up for them, and they offer me hope because they haven’t given up. They continue to push forward, and even if they’re losing loved ones and family members, they continue to make their mental health a priority. So that offers me hope that I’m doing something that’s making a difference.” –Debbie Stevens

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