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Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.

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Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.

    23. Politics, Power, and the Struggle Against Black Precarity

    23. Politics, Power, and the Struggle Against Black Precarity

    On this installment of Under the Blacklight, Kimberlé Crenshaw sits down with Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Barbara Lee, and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to discuss their experiences at the intersection of grassroots activism and electoral politics. Together, they speak about the mothers who raised them, the work they're doing to combat the twin pandemics of COVID and racial inequity, and the dynamic tensions that lie between their progressive values and the political institutions they've chosen to work within. By pulling back the curtain to hear their stories and heed their calls, we all have the opportunity to become better partners, constituents, and torchbearers for those in the struggle.

    With:
    STATE'S ATTY. KIM FOXX - State's Attorney for Cook County, Illinois

    REP. BARBARA LEE - U.S. Representative for California's 13th congressional district
    REP. AYANNA PRESSLEY - U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district

    Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks)
    
Produced and Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine

    Additional support provided by Loulou Batta, Alexandra Moore, Whitney Thomas, and the African American Policy Forum 

    Music by Blue Dot Sessions
    
Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast

    • 1 hr 12 min
    22. COVID, White Power, and the Unseeing of Race Again

    22. COVID, White Power, and the Unseeing of Race Again

    As the vicious spike in COVID’s case count rocks the nation, this installment of “Under the Blacklight” focuses on the off-staging of race after weeks of protests about racial injustice. We ask: What has become of the supposed reckoning with white supremacy since George Floyd’s death? After weeks of uncovering the legacies of racism, are we at the bottom of a Sisyphusian hill again in insisting that race is as newsworthy in the disproportionate deaths of African Americans to COVID as it has been in the weeks of protest over police violence? And why has it been so difficult to connect the two?  

    With:
    BARBARA ARNWINE - President and Founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition; President Emeritus of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
    CAMARA PHYLLIS JONES -  Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard; Senior Fellow, Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine
    JONATHAN METZL - Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, Vanderbilt; Author, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland
    KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR - Assistant professor of African American studies, Princeton University; Author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

    Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks)

    Produced and Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine
    Additional support provided by Awoye Timpo, Emmett O’Malley, Michael Kramer, Gregory Bernstein Alanna Kane, Ricardo Guthrie

    Music by Blue Dot Sessions

    Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast

    • 1 hr 4 min
    21. Under the Blacklight: Telling Stories of State Violence & Public Silence

    21. Under the Blacklight: Telling Stories of State Violence & Public Silence

    On this installment of "Under the Blacklight," the mothers and sisters of the #SayHerName Movement -- Fran Garrett, Rhanda Dormeus, Maria Moore, Sharon Cooper, Gina Best, and Sharon Wilkerson -- join Kimberlé Crenshaw for a very special episode. Through telling the stories of their loved ones, the women weave together the experiences that bring them together in a sisterhood of both sorrow and strength.

    Support the #SayHerName Campaign: aapf.org/supportshn
    Support Say Her Name: The Lives That Should Have Been (Original Play): http://bit.ly/shnplay

    Speakers:
    GINA BEST - Mother of India Kager, killed by Virginia Beach police in 2015
    SHARON COOPER - Sister of Sandra Bland, killed in custody in Waller County TX in 2015
    RHANDA DORMEUS - Mother of Korryn Gaines, killed by Baltimore police in 2016
    FRAN GARRETT - Mother of Michelle Cusseaux, killed by Phoenix police in 2014
    MARIA MOORE - Sister of Kayla Moore, killed by Berkeley police in 2013
    SHARON WILKERSON - Mother of Shelly Frey, killed by Houston police in 2012

    Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks)

    Produced and Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine
    Additional support provided by Jade Allen, Loulou Batta, Ivory Fu, Alexandra Moore, Whitney Thomas, and the African American Policy Forum

    Music by Blue Dot Sessions

    Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast

    • 59 min
    20. India Kager: A Mother's Story of Loss & Erasure

    20. India Kager: A Mother's Story of Loss & Erasure

    On September 5, 2015, India Kager and Angelo Perry drove to Virginia Beach to introduce their 4-month-old baby Roman, to Angelo’s family. Unbeknownst to them, Virginia Beach police were tailing their car and while India, Angelo, and Roman were parked at 7/11, a SWAT team threw a flash bang grenade and opened fire on their car. 4 officers fired over 51 rifle rounds into India’s car, while baby Roman sat in the back seat, killing Angelo and India within seconds. Virginia Beach police Chief Jim Cervera would later say India’s killing was an accident. 

    In this episode of Intersectionality Matters!host Kimberlé Crenshaw speaks with India Kager’s mother, Gina Best, about her memories of India, a “beautiful, soft-spoken poet.” She describes the anguish of never hearing from the police except to receive a bill for the destruction of the car her daughter was murdered in. While she waited for a call that would never come, officers pulled her daughter’s body out of the car and left it on the cold ground overnight. As India’s family desperately sought out information on his whereabouts, police handed India’s baby, Roman, over to foster parents.

    Learn More About & Support the #SayHerName Movement: aapf.org/supportshn

    Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

    Produced by Julia Sharpe-Levine

    Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine and Rebecca Scheckman 

    Additional support provided by the African American Policy Forum: Shermena M. Nelson, Emmett O’Malley, Michael Kramer, Awoye Timpo, Gregory Bernstein, Alanna Kane,
 Vineeta Singh

    Music by Blue Dot Sessions


    Graphics by Julia Sharpe-Levine


    Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast

    • 43 min
    19. Under the Blacklight: The Fire This Time

    19. Under the Blacklight: The Fire This Time

    Alicia Garza, Robin D.G. Kelley, Devon Carbado, Maria Moore, and special guest AG Keith Ellison join Kimberlé Crenshaw for an emergency episode of “Under the Blacklight”, the 10th in the series, to address this historic moment of social and political mobilization ignited by George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police just two weeks ago.

    Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks)

    Produced by Julia Sharpe-Levine
    Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine and Sarah Ventre

    Additional support provided by Awoye Timpo, Shermena M. Nelson, Emmett O’Malley, Michael Kramer, Gregory Bernstein, Alanna Kane

    Music by Blue Dot Sessions

    Graphics by Julia Sharpe-Levine

    Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast
    Full bios: aapf.org/ep10-utb

    • 1 hr 8 min
    18. Under the Blacklight: Narrating the Nightmare & (Re)Imagining the Possible

    18. Under the Blacklight: Narrating the Nightmare & (Re)Imagining the Possible

    Kiese Laymon, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Arundhati Roy join Kimberlé Crenshaw for the 9th installment of "Under the Blacklight." Together, they mine the complexities of narrative construction amid disaster, and shine the blacklight on the stories and counter-stories that shape the future and make meaning of the past.

    Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks)
    
Produced and Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine

    Additional support provided by Awoye Timpo, Emmett O’Malley, Michael Kramer, Gregory Bernstein Alanna Kane

    Music by Blue Dot Sessions


    Graphics by Julia Sharpe-Levine
    Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast

    Bios available here: aapf.org/ep9-utb

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
409 Ratings

409 Ratings

Millertxu ,

3rd time I’ve ever reviewed a podcast

Ok, only one episode in: panel discussion with Rep B. Lee, Rep. A. Presley, State’s Attorney K. Foxx. Wow. I’ve heard of Crenshaw forever and never knew she had a podcast. Thank you, Layla F. Saad for listing this in your “further resources” at end of your book. SO worthwhile. Gonna binge listen now. :-)

k3fo ,

Mind opening and heart expanding

Vital listening today and always! Informative, analytical peeling away of the superficial narrative we’ve accepted on race and life in America for all different people for too long. And a plain good listen!

k.hooper ,

Excellent

I appreciate the careful listening and thoughtful questions done by the host, Ms. Crenshaw. She is excellent. This is a critical podcast for our times.

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