Black and brown women have not been allowed to exist in the world as the fullest expressions of who we are and who we can be. Violence, deprivation, and oppression have ruptured our connections with our bodies, our spirits, and each other. But healing and liberation are possible. We feel this possibility when we’re together - just us.
Through the eyes of Black and brown queer women, Seen explores how we choose to live at the intersection of personal healing and collective liberation work. Nic and Lala co-create space where healing becomes possible. Where we see ourselves through our own eyes. Where we learn what freedom feels like. Where we look inward for our paths forward.
All My Friends Are Kings
As the world celebrates Pride month, Nic and Lala trace the evolution of Pride from a radical liberation movement to what often feels like a depoliticized corporate party, and call for Two-Spirit, queer and trans BIPOC to regain our rightful place as leaders of Pride movements. Song of the week: Crazy Classic Life by Janelle Monae
Where Do We Go From Here?
In this episode, Nic and Lala reflect and mourn the ongoing genocide of Indigenous peoples, grieving the enormous loss of life following the recovery of 215 childrens’ bodies in Kamloops, and offer actionable ways that all settlers can work towards accountability for our complicity. Song of the week: Where Do We Go From Here by Solange
They All Yell Holla
If all our faves are problematic, can they still be our faves? In this episode, Nic and Lala discuss the ethics of loving problematic art, humanizing artists, and the responsibilities of the audience. Song of the week: Moment of Clarity by Jay-Z
I Was Here
Our impact on the world around us can often feel intangible. While we know our lives are more than our labour or careers, the notion of legacy often gets boiled down to fame, popularity or being “known” for something--but what else is possible? In this episode, Nic and Lala offer their ideas on relationships and values as forms of legacy, and how the small ripples of our actions can cause massive waves of care for generations to come. Song of the week: I Was Here by Beyonce.
When occupying positions of authority, women and non-binary folks of colour are often said to experience imposter syndrome. But when our qualifications, skills, and expertise are constantly questioned, is it really that simple? In this episode, Lala and Nic use an anti-oppressive framework to discuss the contradictions of claiming authority and ceding power when we have so little to begin with. Song of the week: Boss Bitch by Doja Cat
So Much Hurt
In this episode, Nic shares some of her initial learnings on transformative justice, what it offers our movements, and how it has begun to resonate, challenge, and spark new reflections on addressing harm, achieving accountability, and holding onto our humanity. Song of the week: Oh Maker by Janelle Monáe
Incredibly important message
Deep gratitude for these words from Nic. White people need to hear this so many times to help us find an understanding of what really needs to be done. Thank you for producing this so we can keep moving.
Straight, white, cis woman here. I wondered if I should even listen to this because it’s not “for me.” But it is, because I need your voices. I need your perspectives. I can’t get enough of your conscious beliefs and the way you make space for your self and others. Thankful to have landed here.
Brilliant and Moreish
Nic and Lala are incredibly easy to listen to. Funny but very real, every episode has taught me something new or helped me think about things in my life in a way I hadn’t before. I love learning from them and I’ve been so happy they are doing this. Super empowering and it feels amazing to relate to so much of what they’re talking about. Thanks ladies and never stop !