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A bi-monthly abolitionist podcast that seeks to reveal the precarity inherent in transracial/national adoption and dream of a new future by centering the voices of Adoptees and Professionals.

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little did u know matthew anthony

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

A bi-monthly abolitionist podcast that seeks to reveal the precarity inherent in transracial/national adoption and dream of a new future by centering the voices of Adoptees and Professionals.

Support the show on Patreon for as little as $5 per month at Patreon/CreativeKindred

    The Dominance of Non-Belonging

    The Dominance of Non-Belonging

    Season 2 we here. 

    matthew shares a song he wrote and recorded in 2017. Produced by Owen Ragland. companion essay otw, keep your eyes peeled for that.

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    • 3 min
    6. MATTHEW ANTHONY on Hiatus

    6. MATTHEW ANTHONY on Hiatus

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    This is the end of Season 1. Thanks for tuning in y'all! We'll be back with Season 2 after i'm less in crisis mode.
    Mixed Media Credit: Alice Walker, Danez Smith, James Baldwin

    • 7 min
    5. DANIEL DRENNAN ELAWAR on The Adoptee Voice (pt. 2)

    5. DANIEL DRENNAN ELAWAR on The Adoptee Voice (pt. 2)

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    Today, Daniel Drennan ElAwar and I are continuing our conversation on The Adoptee Voice.  We talk about what it means to be a bridge as an adoptee, Daniel redefines adoption as “a candy coated band-aide”, we talk about the breakdown of kinship care as a tactic of colonial violence, movement histories that can teach us something today, and at the end Daniel answers Abby’s question about “rematriation”, finding our way back to our mother(land), and what it means to him.

    Resource List: 

    https://danielibnzayd.wordpress.com/2022/06/25/little-did-u-know-part-2/
    Reddit thread : https://teddit.net/r/Adoption/comments/vgqdgk/adoption_focused_media/
    Daniel's writings on Adoption and his blog: https://ecuad.academia.edu/DanielDrennanElAwar danielibnzayd.wordpress.com/
    Ideas of grounding and place: On Extirpation, Rerooting, and Creative Liberation https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/40087/On-Extirpation,-Rerooting,-and-Creative-Liberation
    Abby asked if I could ask Daniel about "rematriation". I do, in part 2 of this episode. Term coined by Steven Newcomb, Executive Director, Indigenous Law Institute. http://ili.nativeweb.org/perspect.html


    Daniel's recommended reading list
    Dorothy Roberts- Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
    Dorothy Roberts- Shattered Bonds: The Color Of Child Welfare
    Dorothy Roberts- Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century
    Kali Akuno- Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi
    Lisa Marie Cacho- Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected (Nation of Nations)
    Orlando Patterson- Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    4. DANIEL DRENNAN ELAWAR on The Adoptee Voice (pt.1)

    4. DANIEL DRENNAN ELAWAR on The Adoptee Voice (pt.1)

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    Guest Bio: Daniel Drennan ElAwar was adopted via Lebanon to the United States at the age of two months. In 2004 he returned sight unseen, and taught graphic design and illustration at various Beirut universities. He continues to work as a special advisor to the Beirut-based children's rights organization Badael/Alternatives on issues of adoption and adoptee return. From January to June, 2016, he was a research fellow at the Asfari Institute of Civil Society and Citizenship, focusing on adoption and citizenship in terms of displacement, dispossession, and disinheritance. As of June 2016, he is in reunion with his family in Greater Syria. He currently works as an associate professor teaching Illustration and Printmaking at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada.



    Resource List:


    Daniel's writings on Adoption and his blog:
    https://ecuad.academia.edu/DanielDrennanElAwar
    danielibnzayd.wordpress.com/




    Abby you asked if I could ask Daniel about "rematriation". I do, in part 2 of this episode.
    Term coined by Steven Newcomb, Executive Director, Indigenous Law Institute. http://ili.nativeweb.org/perspect.html




    An open letter to Lebanon, and naming himself for his mother:
    [In Arab culture, one is known as "son of" and one's father's name; here I state I am my mother's son.]
    https://www.academia.edu/39679794/Daniel_Ibn_Bahija_An_Open_Letter_to_Lebanon




    Ideas of grounding and place:
    On Extirpation, Rerooting, and Creative Liberation
    https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/40087/On-Extirpation,-Rerooting,-and-Creative-Liberation



    Daniel's recommended reading list

    Dorothy Roberts- Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

    Dorothy Roberts- Shattered Bonds: The Color Of Child Welfare

    Dorothy Roberts- Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century

    Kali Akuno- Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi

    Lisa Marie Cacho- Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected (Nation of Nations)

    Orlando Patterson- Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study



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    • 1 hr 1 min
    2.TIFFANY HENNESS on Journeying Home

    2.TIFFANY HENNESS on Journeying Home

    On this episode our guest is Tiffany Henness. Our convo is described in the timestamps below.
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    timestamps:
    00:00 - 3:57 Intro  
    3:37 - 14:00 Greetings / adoptee influencer group
    14:01 - 32:06 spectrum of adoption politic perspectives held by adopted persons   
    32:07 - 42:36 growing up racially marooned in Oregon  
    42:37 - 51:15 danger of coming “out of the fog” without support  
    51:16 - 1:18:12 popular narratives of adoption and how we situate ourselves  
    1:18:13 - 1:24:40 Transracial Adoption Paradox: White Shield / White Veil   
    1:24:41 - 1:44:20 Adoption, Christianity, and the fogs of both   
    1:44:21 - 2:00:56 Advent & what is a Christ?   
    2:00:57 - 2:18:48 What is home for displaced/transracially adopted persons in a racist nation?  
    2:18:49 - 2:28:28 Journeying Home: Advent Readings for Adoptees Deconstructing their Faith  
    2:28:29 - end Matthew reads his poem Psalm of the Aware Adoptee


    Resource / Reference list:
    JS LEE: (adoptees as displaced) https://jiasunlee.com/how-to-support-the-person-you-adopted/
    Howard Thurman- Jesus & the Disinherited   
    Reclaiming My Theology: Christianity & Patriarchy: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reclaiming-my-theology/id1516576461?i=1000543492771
    Rebecca Carrol- Surviving the White Gaze
    Danté Stewart- Shoutin’ in the Fire
    Journeying Home: Advent Readings for Adoptees Deconstructing their Faith (won't be sold again until Advent season 2022)

    • 2 hr 32 min
    1.HANNAH JACKSON MATTHEWS on Identity Reclamation

    1.HANNAH JACKSON MATTHEWS on Identity Reclamation

    Hannah and Matthew talk about racial identity formation as transracial adoptees, what it means that Hannah is an Identity Reclamation Coach, the liberating impact of college on Hannah's identities as Black and Woman, as well as our participations in and exits from white supremacist orgs.
    Matthew also shares a poem with us!

    To see a list of the services Hannah provides click here (including adoptee mentorship, Identity Reclamation Coaching, and consultations for adoptive and foster families)
    You can follow Hannah on ig @hannahjacksonmatthews

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    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

juliana ledesma ,

Comforting + empowering conversations

I am comforted + empowered after listening to Matthew & his guests ~ as an transracial and transnational adopted person, Ive found myself shaking my head in agreement so much! The conversations feel like I’m there because ive said or thought or felt so many similar things… thank you for your voices ⚡️ ABOLITION NOW!

C. Coupe ,

Much needed

I don’t have many words but after 3 episodes I can say this podcast is not only affirming but in some ways, soul reviving. I have a huge appreciation for the well asserted adoptee perspective as well as the ways in which this dialogue so accurate articulates is the many facets of adoption.

Kelly (adopted mom) ,

Powerful conversations!

These conversations are so powerful and challenging. It’s imperative for foster and adoptive parents sit and listen to adult adoptees. Matthew does an incredible job navigating complex issues related to adoption and race.

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