27 episodes

join niki franco (venus roots), a community organizer, writer, and facilitator of spaces for collective study, as she leans into conversations of radical truth-telling with artists, theorists, and organizers living in a world of rigid binaries and multiple truths. she navigates the urgency of solidarity, ancestral preservation, and dismantling systems of oppression that inform and deform our lives.


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Getting to the Root of it with Venus Roots niki franco

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 80 Ratings

join niki franco (venus roots), a community organizer, writer, and facilitator of spaces for collective study, as she leans into conversations of radical truth-telling with artists, theorists, and organizers living in a world of rigid binaries and multiple truths. she navigates the urgency of solidarity, ancestral preservation, and dismantling systems of oppression that inform and deform our lives.


@venusroots
www.venusroots.com

    Returning to Self and One's Art, with Melissa Denizard (MELLY)

    Returning to Self and One's Art, with Melissa Denizard (MELLY)

    In this episode, Niki interviews musician and political educator, MELLY. The two discuss the political characteristics of creating art and cultural production, as well as navigating vulnerable life changes imposed by immigration, heartbreak, and pandemic isolation.

    Melissa Denizard is a political educator, writer, documentarian, and burgeoning pop star. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to teach political education rooted in pop culture, history, and contemporary politics. Melissa's work has been recognized by Natalie Portman, Odley Jean, Refinery29, XoNecole, and Brut Media.

    • 53 min
    Indigenous Resistance As An Antidote to Climate Crisis, with Nick Estes

    Indigenous Resistance As An Antidote to Climate Crisis, with Nick Estes

    In this episode, Niki interviews Nick Estes, Indigenous scholar, writer, and co-founder of The Red Nation. The two reflect on 2021's Jan 6th insurrection and some notable political differences between the political economy of the US vs socialist economies in the Global South. They also offer some critiques on the new Netflix sensation, Don't Look Up, while centering the need for Indigenous resistance as an antidote to the climate crisis.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Hands Off Cuba, with Manolo De Los Santos

    Hands Off Cuba, with Manolo De Los Santos

    In this episode, Niki interviews Manolo De Los Santos, a Caribbean popular educator and the two discuss the November 15th protests in Cuba, what narratives we should be mindful of in hopes of supporting the lives of Cuban people on the island, and the dangers of advocating for US intervention.

    Manolo is the co-executive director of The People's Forum in NYC.

    • 44 min
    Haiti, Cuba, and Lessons of Caribbean Resistance, with Claudia De La Cruz

    Haiti, Cuba, and Lessons of Caribbean Resistance, with Claudia De La Cruz

    In this episode, Niki interviews Claudia De La Cruz, Co-Executive Director of The People's Forum. The two discuss the recent events in Haiti, Cuba, and other political crises in the region and what this means for oppressed people globally. They also discuss the continuous historical patterns of what happens in moments like this, and the ways in which US media works in insidious ways to confuse and distract everyday people and ultimately serve elite interests.

    • 52 min
    Politicizing Journalism, with Clarissa Brooks

    Politicizing Journalism, with Clarissa Brooks

    In this episode, Niki interviews Clarissa Brooks, an abolitionist movement journalist and organizer. The two discuss the dangers of status quo "objectivity" in journalism and media, and look alternatively, to grassroots examples of Black investigative journalists who hold political commitments and relationships with the communities they write about. They also discuss the attention economy and its impact on which stories are prioritized and centered.

    • 58 min
    2nd Year Anniversary Special, with Mimi Zhu

    2nd Year Anniversary Special, with Mimi Zhu

    In this celebratory episode, Niki rings in the second anniversary of the podcast by getting into conversation with fellow gemini Mimi Zhu, writer and author of the forthcoming Book, Be Not Afraid of Love. The two discuss the realities that become more possible through storytelling for communities of color, the co-opting necessitated by corporate campaigns such as Stop Asian Hate and Pride, and the ways in which grief, loss, and migrant narratives all create openings for transformation and abolitionist values.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Jadejojo ,

an enlightening experience

to be brief, this podcast is an amazing opportunity to expand perspective, to ground yourself in the perspectives that seek to support historically marginalized and oppressed communities. it asks some important questions and doesn't impose answers and for that, it is one of my favs!!

mariana peñaloza ,

a must listen for all

Niki’s timing is impeccable and brilliant. Each episodes ushers us into the important and pressing conversations we need to have with ourselves and with each other in community. Tracing the organizing and intellectual traditions of our elders, Niki unmoors the realities of our present and asks us to imagine more for ourselves. I can’t think of a better podcast to listen to. It brings me joy, laughter, wisdom while also guiding me into a reflective moment after each episode. Truly amazing.

clarissa brooks ,

A cultural reset

This podcast keeps me clear and honest about our collective dreams of liberation. So grateful to see content like this existing in the world!

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