17 episodes

The My Colorful Nana Project is a collected group of Generous Thinkers. We invite all people to consider and celebrate their definitions of the words "beauty," "femininity", and blackness through a discussion of hair. This is a project that allows individuals to define identity on their own terms. Find out more about our Generous Thinkers and multimedia content by checking out our website: https://mycolorfulnana.wixsite.com/tmncp

My Colorful Nana My Colorful Nana Project

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

The My Colorful Nana Project is a collected group of Generous Thinkers. We invite all people to consider and celebrate their definitions of the words "beauty," "femininity", and blackness through a discussion of hair. This is a project that allows individuals to define identity on their own terms. Find out more about our Generous Thinkers and multimedia content by checking out our website: https://mycolorfulnana.wixsite.com/tmncp

    Sports Activism, Influence & Leverage

    Sports Activism, Influence & Leverage

    As a professional athlete and current Harlem Globetrotters, Maxwell Pearce stands in solidarity as fellow NBA & WNBA players use their platforms to disrupt pro sports in wake of  the Jacob Blake shooting by police. Admirably as an athlete and activist, Pearce finds hope amid the world’s current political climate. Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowy. Host & Founder: Lauren Stockmon Brown

    • 36 min
    Harlem Globetrotters' Belief in Sports Activism

    Harlem Globetrotters' Belief in Sports Activism

    NBA & WNBA Teams strike and disrupt pro sports in wake of the Jacob Blake shooting by police. Begging the question: "What does it mean to be a Black athlete in today’s political climate?" Tune in to our interview with Harlem Globetrotters’ Maxwell Pearce, known as “one of the best dunkers on the planet," discusses his past studying Economics & Finance at Purchase College and his non-profit organization which inspires young athletes to become dynamic leaders on and off of the basketball court. Part II of this episode coming soon... Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowy. Host & Founder: Lauren Stockmon Brown

    • 33 min
    Vanessa Williams & Identity Politics

    Vanessa Williams & Identity Politics

    American actress and singer, Vanessa Williams joins fellow Horace Greeley High alum and host Lauren Stockmon Brown to discuss the complexity of identity politics. Williams dives into her phenomenal career in the entertainment industry and the ways in which music, theatre and the arts grounded her adolescent and adult life. Williams stars in the 2020 film, "Bad Hair" and touches on her role in this feature while tackling topics on education reform, socioeconomic racism and Black hair. Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowy

    • 31 min
    History of the "N Word" & Respectability Politics

    History of the "N Word" & Respectability Politics

    Our first Mother-Daughter debut. Founder, Lauren Stockmon Brown hosts a special episode featuring Richard Pryor's daughter and granddaughter, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor and Lilli Stordeur. Famous 1970's comedian Richard Pryor had his own journey around the "N word," and current Smith College Professor, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor explains how her father disavowed his own use of the word.Dr. Stordeur Pryor shares how studying her father's use of the "N word" is a triangulation of her personal life, research and classroom teaching. An intimate conversation that focuses on "true allyship," "familial ties," "respectability politics," and of course, a Black mother and daughter's relationship to their own hair. Learn how the lack of language that, particularly, Americans face when attempting to describe and teach the "N word" relates to the lack of understanding regarding a Black woman’s relationship to her own hair. Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowyhttps://linktr.ee/Mycolorfulnana

    • 32 min
    Education is Our Modern Civil Rights Movement

    Education is Our Modern Civil Rights Movement

    Chidi Asoluka and founder, Lauren Stockmon Brown question how we can collectively liberate the minds of young people.... Asoluka is currently a Class Dean and English teacher at Horace Mann School in New York City. In 2019, he founded Asoluka Company, an education consulting firm that specializes in building more effective school-community learning partnerships. Asoluka believes that when you unlock human stories, it becomes really hard to "Other" them. For this reason, understanding people's stories is the pathway towards social justice. Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowyhttps://mycolorfulnana.com/

    • 31 min
    Bending Gender Norms & Finding Creativity

    Bending Gender Norms & Finding Creativity

    Through a conversation on race and hair, Jaysen Henderson-Greenbey and founder, Lauren Stockmon Brown discuss how one's gender expression is a form of creativity, control and strength. Jaysen is a non binary person of color who encourages all people to embrace their weirdness, be authentic and let your community feed you.

    • 25 min

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