59 episodes

It’s easy to say you believe in social justice, but engaging in honest conversations about race can be deeply uncomfortable, vulnerable, messy, and complex. Join co-hosts Courthney Russell (social entrepreneur, activist and doctor) and Emily Braucher (keynote speaker and mom) as they take on the kind of interracial dialogue needed to disrupt the current social order and create equity.

Humanize Courthney Russell Jr and Emily Braucher

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

It’s easy to say you believe in social justice, but engaging in honest conversations about race can be deeply uncomfortable, vulnerable, messy, and complex. Join co-hosts Courthney Russell (social entrepreneur, activist and doctor) and Emily Braucher (keynote speaker and mom) as they take on the kind of interracial dialogue needed to disrupt the current social order and create equity.

    The Wisdom of Community w/Imran Rehman

    The Wisdom of Community w/Imran Rehman

    How do we create dialogue when there are such huge power differences in the room? How do we make sure we have different voices at the table and still work together?  Today we sit down with Imran Rehman, CEO of Kokoro, a web based company striving to effect change by building better environments for teams to thrive in.  Imran reaches to his childhood in London’s East End and his upbringing of many communities joining together to inform his work.
     
    We’re Exploring
     
    The aspect of Imran’s childhood that helped form who he is now Recognizing what is the other side of praise and how it is detrimental to progress Using language of encouragement and learning to ask questions in place of praise What education really is The differences between a challenge, a problem, and a crisis, and how belonging is the key to all three Imran’s simple starting point for psychological safety in the workplace  The importance of community and holding space Why temporal comparison is best way to help humans grow and improve The “Great Man Theory” and why we need to turn away from individual greatness


    Learn more about Imran Rehman:  https://bekokoro.com/, https://www.linkedin.com/in/imranrehman/, https://twitter.com/ImsRehman, 
    https://www.instagram.com/bekokoronow/ 
     
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    • 56 min
    Defining Hope [A Deeper Dive]

    Defining Hope [A Deeper Dive]

    We know the important place The 1619 Project takes in DEI work. Nikole Hannah-Jones’ speech at a prominent elite school was canceled, but her message is definitely not. Join us as we break down our previous episode with Nikole and talk about the importance of using our platforms to enact change. We are digging deep into how we can use our past to change our future, what hope really means, and what it looks like to act.
     
    We’re exploring:
     
    Why Nikole is prioritizing access to her platform for some The importance of learning to sit with others’ uncomfortable emotions How feeling shame can be overwhelming but still be healing The ways that trauma can be passed from generation to generation, and what we need to do to heal Balancing a love of our country with the shame of its past What DEI work and parenting have in common Understanding the harm of inaction and what action really looks like  
    And so much more!
     
    Learn more about Nikole Hannah-Jones: https://nikolehannahjones.com/about/
     
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    • 36 min
    When Schools Fear ‘Noise’: Learning From the Controversial Speech Cancellation at Middlesex School w/ Nikole Hannah-Jones

    When Schools Fear ‘Noise’: Learning From the Controversial Speech Cancellation at Middlesex School w/ Nikole Hannah-Jones

    How do we distinguish between sadness and remorse and individual guilt? How do we teach the youth that you can feel shame for something your country did, without feeling responsible? We have all heard about the controversy surrounding Nikole Hannah-Jones and The 1619 Project. Now you can hear directly from Nikole herself. As an award winning investigative reporter for the New York Times and a Pulitzer Prize winner, she has a lot to bring to the table. Join us as we sit down together and discuss The 1619 Project, the social construct of racism in our country, and pushing boundaries.
     
    We’re exploring:
    Nikole’s theory on shoe culture in Black communities and why it matters Learning to study culture from the inside, as well as the outside, to really understand where we are coming from What it means when we say race is a social construct The theory that Blackness was created to define whiteness and how it doesn’t exist in a place where no one is white Nikole’s experience of being disinvited from speaking at Middlesex School and how that has created the “noise” they were afraid her visit would create How we can all work together to dismantle the system, so that we ALL can rise What “hope” means and how it relates to action, and why both are important  
    And so much more!
     
    Learn more about Nikole Hannah-Jones:  https://nikolehannahjones.com/about/
     
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    Cover art by: Kevin Soltau (Middlesex ‘97)
    Production by Kim Difillippo

    • 49 min
    Roe vs Wade in 2022

    Roe vs Wade in 2022

    TW: Abortion
     
    What is freedom? It’s the 4th of July, and while we are grateful for our veterans who fought for our country's freedoms, we are finding it hard to celebrate when not all of us are truly free. On Friday, June 24, the Supreme court overturned Roe vs Wade and our hearts are HEAVY. Historically those with means have always been able to get safe abortions and always will, so while this ruling affects all of us, it disproportionately affects Black and Brown people living in poverty.   Today we’re examining some of the implications of this ruling and its connections to history together. 
     
    We’re exploring:
     
    The “simpler times” theory and how it is all about control of others How Emily is struggling balancing her admiration for Ruth Bader Ginsberg with frustration What will happen when white women take a stand, and what issues will it highlight that we have ignored Getting uncomfortable in activism - it is not a spectator sport How the act of controlling someone else's body dehumanizes us The ways “leaving it to the states to decide” echos slavery and why it is the federal governments job to protect our rights Our continued fight for a country where we can all have freedom  
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    • 24 min
    Reparations And New Beginnings [A Deeper Dive]

    Reparations And New Beginnings [A Deeper Dive]

    90% of the profits from Idelette’s book, Recovering Racists, is going to different communities of color that have been oppressed and discriminated against. And she's doing a beautiful job of just asking where this money should go. This question got us on the topic of reparation and how it’s synonymous with money in most people's minds. Join us as we break down our previous episode with Idelette, dive deep into using ONLY money as a form of reparation, touch on how we live in a culture where everything is so offensive and why we, as a society, being more worried about correct labeling than the actual work being done has got to change.
     
    We’re exploring:
    The event Courthney went to on Juneteenth this year What we hope the Juneteenth celebration will represent for freedom going forward Why excess money without a cause is a dangerous thing Emily’s position as a white woman doing this work and a top question on her mind Why addressing education, healthcare, voting and political power should be seen as a form of reparation The drive behind Humanize and making sure that we are in the right position to be used as a solution How using ONLY money as a form of reparation is very dangerous Writing a letter to OUR ancestors, and the top questions we have for them And so much more!   
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    • 39 min
    Reclaiming Our Humanity w/ Idelette McVicker

    Reclaiming Our Humanity w/ Idelette McVicker

    After being set up to live with privilege in South Africa, unsure of the world she was grown up in, our guest and author of the book Recovering Racists, Idelette McVicker, speaks to us about feeling like her soul was forgotten once she discovered the truth. She shares what it was like to live in the Apartheid, how it was created to separate people based on the color of their skin, the journey from where she was born to and the difference she is making because of it.
     
    We’re exploring:
    What Apartheid South Africa looked like How the title Recovering Racists came to be while searching for the meaning in this world What opened Idelette’s eyes to a missing part of her soul  How a journey with her father to Germany connected the story in her own heart  Writing a letter to your ancestors and the TOP questions to ask And so much more!   
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    Mentioned in the show:
     
    @unitedstreettours
    No future without forgiveness- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
     
    Idelette’s Work:
     
    Website: http://www.idelette.com
     
    INSTAGRAM: http://www/instagram.com/idelettemcvicker
     
    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/idelettemcvicker
     
    TWITTER: http://www/twitter.com/idelette
     
    FOUNDER: https://shelovesmagazine.com/ and http://www.dangerouswomen.org
     
    PODCAST: Liberating Faith, a SheLoves podcast : https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/liberating-faith/id1614493806 

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Dannu Virgo Summer ,

So needed!

I have been listening since day one thanks to my friend Courtney, and have thoroughly enjoyed, been challenged by, and been reminded of hope through the Humanize Podcast. I recommend it often and it’s one of the pods that helps add depth to my weeks!

Mountain Sarah ,

Necessary

Courthney, Emily, and their amazing guests share so much knowledge and self-reflection every episode. The vulnerability that they bring helps encourage me to learn more, look deeper, face hard truths, and act with more courage. The conversational style brings listeners in. I love that they’ve identified power, culture, and ego as the things that get in the way of conversations about race. Thanks for your courageous, insightful work.

Travlnjue ,

Courageous Conversations

THANK YOU! The courageous conversations between Emily and Courthney Russell Jr. have ignited many questions in me. I have been learning, listening, and reading more about dismantling white supremacy and I feel that conversations like these can truly change our system of oppression. Your podcast holds lived examples of racism up to the light. You have given us the opportunity to examine and learn from your shared vulnerability. How generous of you both! I follow many thought leaders and activists and the rawness of your podcast has elevated it to the top of my listening list. Thank you!

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