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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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    • 4.9, 90 Ratings

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 09: Superheroes and Representation in the Comic Book Universe

    Episode 09: Superheroes and Representation in the Comic Book Universe

    We’re in the full swing of summer, and Chevon and Hiba are diving into a conversation about representation in the superhero universe and the comic book world! 
     
    DC Comics authors Gene Luen Yang and Minh Le join our hosts to talk about their projects “Superman Smashes The Klan” and “Green Lantern Legacy” and how their art and stories fit into the broader context around diversity and inclusion in superhero narratives. The conversation explores the origins of some of our modern superheroes, the influence of the events of WWII and the Civil Rights movement, and why comics are as important as ever to young readers of color. 
     
    Next time on our season finale, we’ll be shouting out some of our fans that have left us reviews –– stay tuned, same Momentum time, same Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast!
     
    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
    Wes Moore Talks Fighting Poverty, Budget Priority, Systemic Change + His New Book (via The Breakfast Club Power 105.1) 
    https://bit.ly/38BdomY
     
     
    Gene Luen Yang
     
    Official Website
    https://geneyang.com/
     
    Twitter 
    https://twitter.com/geneluenyang
     
    Gene Luen Yang: Comics Belong in the Classroom (via Ted Talks) 
    https://www.ted.com/talks/gene_luen_yang_comics_belong_in_the_classroom
     
    Superman Smashes The Klan (via DC Comics) 
    https://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/superman-smashes-the-klan-periodical-2019/superman-smashes-the-klan
     
     
    Minh Le
     
    Official Website 
    http://minhlebooks.com/
     
    Twitter 
    https://twitter.com/bottomshelfbks
     
    Green Lantern Legacy (via DC Comics) 
    https://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/green-lantern-legacy
     
     
    March (series) by US Congressman John Lewis
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/1MA/march
     
    Thich Nhat Hanh: The Monk Who Taught The World Mindfulness Awaits the End of This Life (via Time Magazine)
    https://time.com/5511729/monk-mindfulness-art-of-dying/
     
    The Shadow Hero 
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18465601-the-shadow-hero
     
    The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew
    http://artofcharliechan.com/
     
    Captain America Truth: Red, White & Black
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/670341.Truth
     
     
    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  
    www.raceforward.org/trainings
     
    Facing Race 2020 (more information coming soon)
    www.facingrace.raceforward.org
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui

    • 39 min
    Episode 08: Honoring Juneteenth, and a Conversation with Race Forward’s President, Glenn Harris

    Episode 08: Honoring Juneteenth, and a Conversation with Race Forward’s President, Glenn Harris

    Glenn Harris, President of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines, joins Hiba and Chevon for a timely conversation on “the moment” our nation is facing, and the disproportionate impacts COVID-19 has had on communities of color. Race Forward responded swiftly to the crisis, and they discuss the work being undertaken within the racial justice movement to safeguard our democracy in another tumultuous election year. 
     
    We also include audio from last week’s Building a Movement: A Virtual Town Hall with Minneapolis Organizers, a powerful online event where we heard directly from long-time activists building a movement to end police violence and systemic racism in our communities.
     
    In recognition of Juneteeth, Chevon and Hiba discuss their personal efforts to learn and engage with the spirit of the holiday, and talk about the recent landmark Supreme Court Title VII ruling, which prohibits employment discrimination against LGBTQ people.
     
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    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
    The Time For Reparations Is Now [Op-Ed] by Yirssi Bergman, Shweta Moorthy, and Juell Stewart (via Colorlines)
    www.colorlines.com/articles/time-reparations-now-op-ed
     
    SCOTUS Says: The 1964 Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ+ People, Too (via Colorlines) 
    www.colorlines.com/articles/scotus-says-1964-civil-rights-act-protects-lgbtq-people-too
     
    Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on Ending “Qualified Immunity”
    www.twitter.com/RepPressley/status/1272575869400371200?s=20
     
    Laverne Cox on the SCOTUS Title VII Ruling Prohibiting LGBTQ Employment Discrimination
    www.twitter.com/AlexPattyy/status/1272567736707801091?s=20
     
    Building a Movement: A Virtual Town Hall with Minneapolis Organizers (hosted by Race Forward)
    www.facebook.com/RaceForward/videos/209147303485329
     
    Angela Davis Talks 'Orange is the New Black,' Prison Abolition (via Colorlines)
    www.colorlines.com/articles/angela-davis-talks-orange-new-black-prison-abolition
     
    Glenn Harris, President of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines
    www.raceforward.org/about/staff/glenn-harris
     
    “What is systemic racism? Here's what it means and how you can help dismantle it” (via USA Today)
    https://bit.ly/3eoxUcJ
     
    Glenn Harris and James Haslam: A New Social Contract (via Partners For Dignity And Rights)
    https://bit.ly/2Ymb0xd
     
    Democracy May Not Exist, But We'll Miss It When It's Gone, Astra Taylor (via Goodreads) 
    https://bit.ly/2V0VXXy
     
    Race Forward’s Statement On Disproportionate COVID-19 Cases And Deaths In Black and Latinx Communities: It’s Time To Lead With Racial Equity
    https://bit.ly/2NfI6Z1
     
    We Vote We Count Report
    wevotewecount.org/report-we-vote-we-count
     
    “Authoritarian State or Inclusive Democracy? 21 Things We Can Do Right Now” by Eric Ward (via Southern Poverty Law Center)
    https://bit.ly/37Pq8q3
     
    Movement For Black Lives: Policy Platforms 
    m4bl.org/policy-platforms
     
     
    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 (more trainings added!)
    www.raceforward.org/trainings
     
    Facing Race 2020 (more information coming soon)
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org/
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui

    • 41 min
    Episode 07: BLACK LIVES MATTER

    Episode 07: BLACK LIVES MATTER

    After a two month hiatus, Chevon and Hiba are back!
     
    In this hour long conversation, our hosts address the events of the past few months, from the coronavirus pandemic to the recent Black lives lost to police violence that have sparked a movement— and the resulting rebellion happening across the nation. 
     
    In this truth-to-power episode, honest discussions are had on allyship, the insidious ways white supremacy shows up in our everyday lives, and ways to continue pushing back against systemic racism. 
     
    Below you’ll find links to everything covered in the episode, including articles, podcasts, mental health resources, and more.
     
    In our next episode, Race Forward’s President Glenn Harris will be joining Hiba and Chevon for a discussion on the current moment and looking ahead to the future of racial justice work and building a just democracy — stay through to the end to hear a special message from Glenn.
     
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    Resources (by order of mention) 
     
    “Momentum” in roundup lists
     
    #BlackoutTuesday Resources
    https://bit.ly/376o4JT
     
    Educate Yourself: 13 Podcast Episodes About Black Life in America to Download Right Now
    https://bit.ly/2Y759u9
     
    Anti-Racism Resources for White People
    bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
     
    Asian Boss Girl: Resources For Allyship 
    https://bit.ly/3eW5F4V
     
     
    Episode Resources
     
    “My Role in a Social Change Ecosystem” by Deepa Iyer
    http://bit.ly/SocialChangeEcosystemIyer
     
    Eater: Mutual Aid Groups Band Together to Feed Communities Through Crisis
    https://bit.ly/2XEOSxv
     
    Mapping Police Violence 
    www.mappingpoliceviolence.org
     
    Colorlines Reporting 
    www.colorlines.com
     
    “The Unmattering of Black Lives” by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
    https://newrepublic.com/article/157769/unmattering-black-lives
     
    Race Forward’s Race Reporting Guide 
    www.raceforward.org/reporting-guide
     
    Drop the I-Word
    www.raceforward.org/practice/tools/drop-i-word
     
    Public Health Experts Weigh In on COVID-19 Risks at Protests
    https://www.colorlines.com/articles/public-health-experts-weigh-covid-19-risks-protests
     
    Unsung: The Series
    https://bit.ly/2zaaetn
     
     
    Mental Health Resources 
     
    Open Path Collective
    www.openpathcollective.org
     
    Therapy For Black Girls
    www.therapyforblackgirls.com
     
    The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema
    https://apple.co/30hcD0q
     
    Dive in Well 
    www.diveinwell.com
     
    HealHaus
    www.healhaus.com
     
    Inclusive Therapists
    www.inclusivetherapists.com
     
    Ethel’s Club
    www.ethelsclub.com
     
    The Nap Ministry (resources) 
    https://linktr.ee/thenapministry
     
     
    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 (more information coming soon)
    https://facingrace.raceforward.org
     
    Subscribe to our newsletter:
    www.raceforward.org/subscribe
     
    Music Credit: 
    HaTom - Asleep 
     
     
    Executive Producers: 
    Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Momentum Returns June 9th!

    Momentum Returns June 9th!

    We'll be back next week!

    Thank you all for the love and support for our podcast, stay safe, and from all of us at Race Forward, sending light your way.

    • 27 sec
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

CCTIV ,

Thoughtful and unique

A personalized podcast about race. Love the various topics, guests, and perspective. As a white male, I am looking for fresh perspective on race and social justice. I’ve learned a lot so far and appreciate the hosts’ authentic voice/tone.

jbing512 ,

Essential listening for this moment!

Thank you Hiba and Chevon! My org is sharing Momentum in our list of essential resources for anti-racism learning and action.

1st cor1313 ,

Thank you

I have just started listening as part of my long overdue self education. I hear you .... thank you for your honesty, your directness and your grace.
blessings

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