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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.

    26. Black Girls Speak: Creating Community in the Summer of COVID

    26. Black Girls Speak: Creating Community in the Summer of COVID

    On this episode, Kimberlé Crenshaw is joined by Dina Wright Joseph, director of AAPF’s Young Scholars Program, a leadership pilot program designed to develop a new generation of intersectional researchers and to build community. Featuring the voices of 12 Black women from universities around the country, this episode explores the profound impact that COVID-19 has had on young Black women and their communities, and AAPF’s efforts to build a virtual community to address it.

    Featuring Dina Wright Joseph and members of AAPF’s Young Scholars Program (Full bios & more information: aapf.org/ysp)

    Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
    
Produced and Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine
    This episode was co-produced by Alexandra Moore & Whitney Thomas
    Additional support provided by the African American Policy Forum 

    Music by Blue Dot Sessions

    • 48 min
    25. From the Base to the Face of the Party: Kamala Harris, Black Women & Misogynoir in the Election

    25. From the Base to the Face of the Party: Kamala Harris, Black Women & Misogynoir in the Election

    On this episode, six leading politicians, cultural critics, and political activists come together to discuss politics, Kamala Harris' historic vice presidential candidacy, and the intersection of racism and sexism in the 2020 election.

    With:
    BARBARA ARNWINE - President and Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition
    DONNA BRAZILE - Veteran Democratic political strategist
    STATE'S ATTY. KIM FOXX - State's Attorney for Cook County, Illinois
    
REP. MAXINE WATERS - U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district
    KIRSTEN WEST SAVALI - Executive Producer, Essence Magazine

    Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks)

    Produced by Julia Sharpe-Levine

    Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine and Sarah Ventre

    Additional support provided by the African American Policy Forum
    Music by Blue Dot Sessions
    
Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast

    • 1 hr 15 min
    24. Storytelling While Black and Female: Conjuring Beautiful Experiments in Past and Future Worlds

    24. Storytelling While Black and Female: Conjuring Beautiful Experiments in Past and Future Worlds

    On this episode, Kimberlé Crenshaw is joined by the revolutionary and genre-defying writers N.K Jemisin and Saidiya Hartman, whose work demands a radical reimagination of our present by archiving and writing the violence of the past into imaginations of a limitless future. By inserting Black women into narrative spaces that they have largely been written out of, these women illustrate first hand how we can resist narrative erasure and become the authors of our own stories.

    With:


    SAIDIYA HARTMAN - Professor and scholar of African American literature and history, Columbia University; Author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments; 2019 MacArthur Fellow


    N.K. JEMISIN - Science fiction and fantasy writer; Author of the Broken Earth series, the Inheritance Trilogy, and the Dreamblood Duology; Winner of 3 Hugo Awards

    Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks)
    
Produced and Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine
    
Additional support provided by the African American Policy Forum 

    Music by Blue Dot Sessions

    Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast

    • 1 hr 6 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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454 Ratings

454 Ratings

susiebrie ,

Amazing resource! Amazing

I’m a White millennial who is learning everyday how to be a better ally and activist and this podcast plays a big role in my activism. I’ve learned so much by using an intersectional lens in my daily life and will continue to do so. Kimberlé and her guests are full of knowledge, I’m thankful for this podcast. We’re never done improving!

momis annoyed ,

Every podcast better than the last.

Ep. 25. So I inspiring. I hope, as Rep. Waters said that this group goes on the road or at least reconvenes again before Election Day. Such great insights.

katyaseattle ,

Powerful podcast!

Dr. Crenshaw’s podcast is vital for learning, thinking deeply, and taking action. I am grateful. Thank you!

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