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Both a way of life and a philosophy, Ubuntu is Africa’s gift to the world. Hosted by Mungi Ngomane, a human rights activist, patron of the Tutu Foundation UK and author of the book Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better Together the African Way, this show engages in conversations about our common humanity. Because Ubuntu is a way to live life better together, our episodes include exchanges with inspiring personalities from around the world who fight for causes they believe in, who recognize their own weaknesses and who continue to work on how they carry themselves in the world to help make it a better place.

Everyday Ubuntu The Brand is Female

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Both a way of life and a philosophy, Ubuntu is Africa’s gift to the world. Hosted by Mungi Ngomane, a human rights activist, patron of the Tutu Foundation UK and author of the book Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better Together the African Way, this show engages in conversations about our common humanity. Because Ubuntu is a way to live life better together, our episodes include exchanges with inspiring personalities from around the world who fight for causes they believe in, who recognize their own weaknesses and who continue to work on how they carry themselves in the world to help make it a better place.

    Tre'vell Anderson | Award-winning Journalist | Come Celebrate with Me

    Tre'vell Anderson | Award-winning Journalist | Come Celebrate with Me

    This week, host Mungi Ngomane is joined by the one and only Tre'vell Anderson. Tre'vell is an award-winning journalist whose work is dedicated to centering those in the margins. Tre'vell has worked for the LA Times, Out Magazine and is currently Editor-At-Large for Toronto's Xtra. In this episode, Tre'vell and Mungi discuss how they got into entertainment journalism, the possibility models they have looked to for inspiration into how their life could be, and their experience coming up as a non-binary, trans person at an all-male college.
    The two also spoke of Tre'vell's podcast, FANTI, where they and co-host Jarrett Hill have nuanced discussions about the things we're fans of, but also have some "anti" feelings towards. Tre'vell speaks about their purpose that revolves around making space for those who are in the margins so they can see themselves reflected back. They also remind us of the importance of showing up as our full selves, especially if we wish to achieve liberation, and highlight how both transphobia and homophobia impact heterosexual-identified and cis-identified people because they reinforce the ways we are told to show up in the world. To learn more about Tre'vell and their work, visit www.trevellanderson.com
    Note: The poem Tre'vell read in the episode is "won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille Clifton.
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    • 31 min
    Zeinab Badawi | Journalist | Great success comes from great courage

    Zeinab Badawi | Journalist | Great success comes from great courage

    Meet Zeinab Badawi, Sudanese-born British Television and Radio Journalist. Zeinab has worked extensively in the British media for four decades and is best known for her work at BBC World News TV and on BBC World Service Radio, on programs such as Hard Talk and Global Questions. Zeinab is the current chair of the Royal African Society and a director of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She also serves on the advisory boards of the think tanks Afrobarometer and the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS). Zeinab is a member of the steering committee of the Africa Europe Foundation and a trustee of BBC Media Action. She has produced and presented an acclaimed 20-part TV series on the history of Africa, reporting from over 30 countries across the continent, and speaks to Mungi about how important this project was to her. Listen to this episode to hear how Zeinab got into broadcast journalism and some of the lessons she has learned from the public figures she has interviewed, including the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
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    • 31 min
    Monica Samuel | Founder & Exec Director, Black Women in Motion | Returning to Peace and Purpose

    Monica Samuel | Founder & Exec Director, Black Women in Motion | Returning to Peace and Purpose

    This week, host Mungi Ngomane is joined by the Founder and Executive Director of Black Women in Motion, Monica Samuel. Black Women in Motion is a Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of Black women, gender-non-conforming, and non-binary survivors of gender-based violence. Monica is an educator, community builder, social entrepreneur, and DEI consultant whose work over the last 10 years has focused on anti-oppression, equity, mental health, sex positivity, and consent. She is experienced in creating culturally centered spaces for learning, unlearning, and self-expression, giving individuals a soft place to land. Celebrated in Canada as 2019’s Top 100 Black Women to watch, Monica’s dedication and approach to social justice work have created healing, restorative, and economic opportunities for Black youth across the City of Toronto. Black Women in Motion works within an anti-racist, intersectional feminist, trauma-informed, and survivor-centered framework to create culturally relevant resources, healing spaces, educational, and economic opportunities for survivors.
    Listen as the two discuss the programming that Black Women in Motion offers, including its Love Offering Fund to help those experiencing insecurity due to Covid-19, as well as the Black Peer Education Network and Black Youth Employment Assistance Program. Monica also shares how the Black community will always be her priority and the center of her work, the lessons she has learned from the global pandemic, and the consensus that as Black women they should not run themselves ragged in the name of social justice.
    To learn more about Monica and Black Women in Motion visit blackwomeninmotion.org
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    • 46 min
    Alphonso David | President of Human Rights Campaign | Strength Inherent in Our Differences

    Alphonso David | President of Human Rights Campaign | Strength Inherent in Our Differences

    This week’s guest teaches us that it is our differences that make us stronger. Meet Alphonso B. David, an accomplished and nationally recognized LGBTQ2S+ civil rights lawyer and advocate, and the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Mr. David is the first civil rights lawyer and the first person of colour to serve as president of HRC in the organization’s nearly 40-year history. He has served at the forefront of the movement for LGBTQ2S+ equality for more than a decade and has worked at both the state and national levels.
    In this episode, the two discuss his approach to leadership, an approach based on spirit instead of ego, as well as the skills and tools he brings to his role as HRC's first civil rights lawyer as President. He shares his upbringing in the U.S. and Liberia and the effect it had on his view of the value of democracy and the purpose of life. Mr. David also speaks about his experience being a leader in a historically white space and how making a real change means putting ourselves in the shoes of others, while using our history to inform and learn from our current experience. To learn more visit, www.hrc.org.
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    • 32 min
    Theodore R. Johnson | Public Policy Scholar & Military Veteran | The Power in "I Am"

    Theodore R. Johnson | Public Policy Scholar & Military Veteran | The Power in "I Am"

    This week on the podcast, host Mungi Ngomane is joined by Theodore R. Johnson III. Theodore is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, where he undertakes research on race, politics, and American identity. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, he was a National Fellow at New America and a Commander in the United States Navy, serving for twenty years in a variety of positions, including as a White House Fellow in the first Obama administration and as speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His work on race relations has appeared in prominent national publications across the political spectrum, such as the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the National Review.
    In this conversation, Mungi and Theodore touch on his time in the military, the challenges the military faces and the paradox of the Black American experience. Theodore also speaks about his book, When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America, which outlines a path toward multiracial national solidarity to finally overcome the existential threat of racism in the United States. He shares honestly where he is in his life's purpose and explains the concept of the power in "I am" instead of "my name is."
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    Carole Stone CBE | Author and Freelance Radio & TV Broadcaster | From This I've Learned

    Carole Stone CBE | Author and Freelance Radio & TV Broadcaster | From This I've Learned

    This week, host Mungi Ngomane is joined by Carole Stone CBE. Carole is a British Author and Freelance Radio and Television Broadcaster, who spent 27 years at the BBC, starting her career as a newsroom secretary and eventually becoming the producer of Radio 4‘s flagship discussion programme, 'Any Questions?' In 2018, Stone established The Carole Stone Foundation to support her belief that connecting people, exchanging ideas, and building friendships around the world is essential to creating a more equitable society.
    In this episode, Mungi and Carole discuss why networking is so important, and Carole speaks about her journey through grief following the death of her husband, Richard Lindley, in late 2019. The two discuss the causes close to Carole's heart, including eliminating domestic violence and mental health awareness. With both of these causes, Carole highlights the importance of people sharing their stories. She is a true champion for kindness, and like Mungi, is inspired by her mother!
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Nontnoz ,

Gives me hope for humanity

So grateful to hear the guests so far talking about what they are doing to make the world a better place. It gives me hope that there are people with positions of power and influence who believe they are called to live Ubuntu.
Great interviews.

nbzt! ,

inspired beyond!

inspiring, refreshing and timely. subscribed and excited for future episodes!!

Ceyreviews ,

Excellent & Crucial for 2020 and beyond

I read Mungi Ngomane’s book Everyday Ubuntu in awe and am so happy her podcast is here. After listening to the first episode with Cuppy, I am a lifelong fan and know many women and young people who are already eager for the next episode. This podcast is brilliant and a must-listen in 2020. Thank you for making it!

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