Empowerment Starts Here is a podcast that explores power, social change and disrupting the margins.
BLM with Dr. C. Eric Ervin
This episode is the fifth conversation in the Black Lives Matter
series. In it, you will hear Dr. Ervin talk about the collapse of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for black people. He also talks about the choice between gradual change in contrast to “cataclysmic change” (his words) as relating to the liberation of black people around the globe.
The close out of this episode is dedicated to Georgia as an instructional opportunity to understand the intersections of race, geography and politics as well as the implications of this intersection for black lives.
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BLM with Reverend Valerie Bridgeman
This episode is the fourth conversation in the Black Lives Matter series where empowerment starts here with Reverend Dr. Valerie Bridgeman. In this call, Rev. Valerie links BLM to the spiritual. She talks about God as not sharing, about Jesus being a black woman, and about uprooting historical systems such as the police department so we can properly replant and rebuild.
For more about Rev. Valerie or the show (including corrections to mistakes made in this episode), please our webpage.
BLM with Senator Lena Taylor
In this episode, Empowerment Starts Here with Senator Lena Taylor from Wisconsin. The Senator joins this BLM series as a public servant trying to disrupt social margins for her constituents while personally being in those margins. She talks about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by going right to the U.S. Constitution and then directly connecting it to George Floyd. She also talks about the “goodness” of political progressives until it comes to black folks. Finally, she talks about black lives matter being a movement not just about black lives but about social unrest, social injustice, social inequities. For more, visit our website.
The Case of BLM with Demetrius Bennett (YoDot)
In this episode, the Informant, a local artist, talks black lives matter through the lens of a black man growing up in Milwaukee, WI. He talks about his lived experiences with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and his encounters with police. In the close out, the host will explore humanization, self actualization and liberation as specific points captured in the call.
BLM with Henry Leonard
In this episode, Henry Leonard talks about public education and black lives matter through the lens of a union worker. He also shares his perspective on life as a contested experience for blacks yet a privileged experience for whites. Finally, in the close out, the host will consider white supremacy and its relatedness to the education of black minds.
Introducing Season Six
This episode is the first of a season of seven where the host explores what black lives matter means to her on a personal level and then engages with others to find out what it means to them as well. To learn more about this episode and to access the show notes, please visit our webpage.