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Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Deepen your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action. Subscribe today!

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Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Deepen your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action. Subscribe today!

    Episode 06: Hyping Census 2020 with Maria Dautruche: My Family Matters, My Family Counts!

    Episode 06: Hyping Census 2020 with Maria Dautruche: My Family Matters, My Family Counts!

    We’re talking all about the upcoming Census 2020, and the “My Family Matters, My Family Counts" campaign! 
     
    In this episode, Maria Dautruche, Vice President for Foundation Partnerships at the National Urban League joins Hiba, Chevon, and Elana Needle, to talk about her work in fundraising, racial equity, civic engagement, and discusses her role in the reproductive justice field as co-founder of New Voices For Reproductive Justice. 
     
    Maria describes the framework of the “My Family Matters, My Family Counts” campaign, answers questions about families being accurately counted on Census Day, and talks about the impact of the census on communities of color in the next decade.  
     
    We preview “What is Energy Democracy?”, our new video available on YouTube, that uplifts the events of the 2019 Strategic Energy Democracy Convening. Thirty-six energy democracy leaders from across the nation convened to build collective power around the mission of advancing the movement to democratize energy, while placing an important emphasis on the centrality of race to energy issues.
     
    *Producer’s note: In this episode there are references to in-person organizing for Census 2020. In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency, we encourage all organizing to take place by phone or online. Please see our official statement below. 
     
    RACE FORWARD STATEMENT ON THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY, OFFICIAL RESPONSE AND ITS IMPACTS ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
     
    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
    My Family Votes, My Family Counts 
    https://makemyfamilycount.org
     
    Census Website (take the census online) 
    https://my2020census.gov/
     
    What Is Energy Democracy? (Video) 
    https://bit.ly/2IMsGt5
     
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    https://www.wkkf.org/who-we-are/overview
     
    National Urban League
    https://nul.org
     
    New Voices For Reproductive Justice 
    http://www.newvoicespittsburgh.org
     
    Racial Equity Anchor Twitter
    https://twitter.com/REAnchors
     
    Maria Dautruche Twitter 
    https://twitter.com/MariaDautruche
     
    Maria Dautruce Instagram 
    https://twitter.com/MariaDautruche
     
    My Black Counts Instagram 
    https://www.instagram.com/myblackcounts
     
    About Race Forward: 
     
    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
     
    Follow Race Forward on social media
     
    Follow us on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Twitter: 
    www.twitter.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Instagram: 
    www.instagram.com/raceforward
     
    Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainings
    https://www.raceforward.org/trainings
     
    Facing Race 2020:
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui
     

    • 28 min
    Episode 05: Kenrya Rankin, Fighting White Supremacy, and Black Romance Literature

    Episode 05: Kenrya Rankin, Fighting White Supremacy, and Black Romance Literature

    Kenrya Rankin, author, activist, doula, and former senior editorial director of Colorlines, joins Chevon and Hiba to talk about everything from ‘freedom dreaming’ to Black love and sex in books and podcasts.  Kenrya talks about her beginnings in Cleveland and her move to New York, what her book How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide To White Resistance means to her one year later, and her own journey as co-host of The Turn On, a podcast about sex and literary erotica.
     
    We preview a new Mass Freedom FRED Talks conversation between Dawn Harrington, Executive Director at Free Hearts, and Jessica Rodriguez, an immigrant rights activist and Director of the Southside Workers Center. They explore why it’s important to build solidarity across movements to end mass incarceration and mass detention.
     
    In celebration of Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, Hiba and Chevon discuss the late Eva Rutland’s contributions to the romance novel genre, and talk about the importance of uplifting Black romance writing and representation. 
     
    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
    Eva Rutland, Browne Popular Culture Library (Thread)
    https://bit.ly/39LlSY6
     
    Entwined Destinies Digital Gallery: Elsie B. Washington, Vivian Stephens, and 40 Years of Black Voices in Romance
    https://digitalgallery.bgsu.edu/exhibits/show/entwineddestinies/introduction
     
    30 Romance Authors of Color You Should Be Reading, Twin Cities Geek 
    http://twincitiesgeek.com/2019/12/30-romance-authors-of-color-you-should-be-reading/
     
    Mass Freedom FRED Talks with Dawn Harrington and Jessica Rodriguez 
    https://www.massfreedom.org/fred_talks/
     
    Kenrya Rankin Website 
    http://www.kenrya.com/
     
    The new and updated Colorlines website 
    https://www.colorlines.com/
     
    How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide To Resistance 
    https://bit.ly/2P2THvU
     
    The Turn On Podcast 
    https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/
     
    About Race Forward: 
     
    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
     
    Follow Race Forward on social media
     
    Follow us on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Twitter: 
    www.twitter.com/raceforward
     
    Follow us on Instagram: 
    www.instagram.com/raceforward
     
    Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainings
    https://www.raceforward.org/trainings
     
    Facing Race 2020:
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui 

    • 38 min
    Episode 04: Angela Glover Blackwell, “Who Do We Think We Are” Colorlines Series, Discussing Lizzo and Body Positivity

    Episode 04: Angela Glover Blackwell, “Who Do We Think We Are” Colorlines Series, Discussing Lizzo and Body Positivity

    Angela Glover Blackwell, founder in residence at Policylink, and host of the new Radical Imagination Podcast, joins Chevon and Hiba to talk about her longtime work as a leading voice in the movement for equity and racial justice. In this conversation, Angela talks about the “racial moment” we are currently living, and challenges us to think radically in creating narratives that will lead to concrete solutions. Drawing on a lifetime of experience as an activist, Angela provides a reframing of “hopelessness” in this moment in the U.S., and inspires us to use the moment as an opportunity for important social change.
     
    We introduce our brand new Colorlines series “Who Do We Think We Are” by Race Forward’s Senior Fellow, Rosana Cruz that is timely in the wake of the recent “American Dirt” book controversy. Hiba sits with Rosana for a conversation about the creation of the series, and their experience interviewing Latinx-identified movement leaders, artists, and cultural innovators about how they define themselves racially.
     
    Hiba and Chevon also discuss the former ‘Biggest Loser’ trainer Jillian Michaels and her recent comments on Lizzo’s body image, Lizzo’s response and self-affirmations, and place Michaels’ comments in the context of systemic racism, anti-blackness, and fatphobia.
     
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    Resources (by order of mention)
     
    “Who Do We Think We Are” Colorlines Series
    http://bit.ly/WhoThinkWeAreCLSeries
     
    PolicyLink
    www.policylink.org
     
    Radical Imagination Podcast
    www.radicalimagination.us
     
    “My Role in a Social Change Ecosystem” by Deepa Iyer
    http://bit.ly/SocialChangeEcosystemIyer
     
    Update on Moms For Housing Campaign
    http://bit.ly/RFMomsForHousingUpdate
     
    Follow Angela Glover Blackwell on Twitter
    www.twitter.com/agb4equity
     
    About Race Forward:
     
    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
     
    Follow Race Forward on social media
     
    Follow us on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/raceforward
    Follow us on Twitter:
    www.twitter.com/raceforward
    Follow us on Instagram:
    www.instagram.com/raceforward
    Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainings
    https://www.raceforward.org/trainings
    Facing Race 2020:
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
    Executive Producers:
    Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 03: Kassandra Frederique Talking about Race and Marijuana, Police Abolition, and Stigma

    Episode 03: Kassandra Frederique Talking about Race and Marijuana, Police Abolition, and Stigma

    Kassandra Frederique, managing director of policy, advocacy and campaigns at Drug Policy Alliance, joins Chevon and Hiba to talk about her work in advancing policy and community solutions to reduce the harms associated with drug use and the carceral system. They also touch on the importance of language as an organizing tool, and provide a framework that demonstrates racial justice work and marijuana policy reform are inextricably linked. 

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    Resources (by order of mention) 

    Drug Policy Alliance 

    www.drugpolicy.org

    Facebook

    www.facebook.com/drugpolicy

    Twitter 

    www.twitter.com/DrugPolicyOrg

    Instagram 

    www.instagram.com/drugpolicyalliance

    Vocal New York 

    www.vocal-ny.org

    Follow Kassandra Frederique on Twitter

    www.twitter.com/Kassandra_Fred

    About Race Forward: 

    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.

    Follow Race Forward on social media

    Follow us on Facebook:

    www.facebook.com/raceforward

    Follow us on Twitter: 

    www.twitter.com/raceforward

    Follow us on Instagram: 

    www.instagram.com/raceforward

    Subscribe to our newsletter: 

    www.raceforward.org/subscribe

    Save The Date for Facing Race 2020:

    http://bit.ly/FR2020-SaveTheDate

    Executive Producers:  Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui

    • 35 min
    Episode 02: The “Joker” and Cancel Culture, and Immigration & an Expanded Lens on the Crisis at the Border with Tsion Gurmu

    Episode 02: The “Joker” and Cancel Culture, and Immigration & an Expanded Lens on the Crisis at the Border with Tsion Gurmu

    In this episode of Momentum, Hiba and Chevon take on ‘cancel culture’ in the comedy world, discussing “Joker” director Todd Phillips recent comments about not being able to make comedy films because of “woke culture”, and Saturday Night Live’s recent hiring and firing of Shane Gillis.

    Race Forward’s Research Associate Yirssi, joins the conversation to talk about her work with “Shattered Families” around the intersection of immigration enforcement and the child welfare system, and gives us insight into the current state of the work and what she saw on her recent trip to Arizona and Mexico.   

    Our featured guest is Tsion Gurmu, Legal Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), who joins the podcast for a conversation on her background as an asylum seeker from Ethiopia, BAJI’s efforts in lifting up black immigrant experiences with narrative projects such as their recent Black Lives At The Border webinar and direct work in Tapachula, Mexico.   

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    Resources (by order of mention)   

    Shattered Families 

    www.raceforward.org/research/reports/shattered-families

    Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project 

    www.firrp.org

    RAICES

    www.raicestexas.org

    Al Otro Lado 

    www.alotrolado.org

    Colorlines Reporting

    www.colorlines.com/series/shattered-families

    BAJI (Black Alliance for Just Immigration)

    www.baji.org

    Black Lives At The Border (report and webinar)

    www.baji.org/resources-webinars-black-lives-at-the-border/

    http://bit.ly/BAJI_Webinar

    Demands from the Assembly of African Migrants in Tapachula

    http://bit.ly/demands-assembly

    National Immigrant Integration Conference  (October 20-22, 2019)

    www.niicnewamericandreams.org/register-2019  

    About Race Forward:

    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.

    Follow Race Forward on social media

    Follow us on Facebook:

    www.facebook.com/raceforward

    Follow us on Twitter:

    www.twitter.com/raceforward

    Follow us on Instagram:

    www.instagram.com/raceforward

    Subscribe to our newsletter: 

    www.raceforward.org/subscribe

    Save The Date for Facing Race 2020:

    http://bit.ly/FR2020-SaveTheDate

    Executive Producers:  Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui 

    • 43 min
    Episode 01: Introduction To Momentum With Chevon and Hiba

    Episode 01: Introduction To Momentum With Chevon and Hiba

    In this very first episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, get to know co-hosts Hiba and Chevon as they record from the new Race Forward offices in midtown Manhattan, sipping on Big Freedia wine!

    Chevon and Hiba discuss how they came to understand and become committed to racial justice work. Chevon talks about learning about systemic racism from an early age, and how it showed up in different ways throughout her life. Hiba talks about her Sudanese Muslim background, her work with the National Urban League, and her work coordinating convenings at Race Forward.

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    About Race Forward:

    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.

    Follow Race Forward on Facebook:

    www.facebook.com/raceforward

    Follow Race Forward on Twitter:

    www.twitter.com/raceforward

    Follow Race Forward on Instagram: 

    www.instagram.com/raceforward

    Subscribe to Race Forward's newsletter: 

    www.raceforward.org/subscribe

    Save The Date for Facing Race 2020:

    http://bit.ly/FR2020-SaveTheDate

    Executive Producers: Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui

    • 24 min

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