40 episodes

Tania is a black woman who grew up in an all white suburb and grew up to be an actress, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant and pop culture enthusiast. She opines on race, culture & the culture of race and has guests who are experts, armchair experts, part of the problem and more importantly part of the solution.

Tania's Take race, culture and the culture of race Tania Richard

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 21 Ratings

Tania is a black woman who grew up in an all white suburb and grew up to be an actress, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant and pop culture enthusiast. She opines on race, culture & the culture of race and has guests who are experts, armchair experts, part of the problem and more importantly part of the solution.

    How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi pros and cons: Re-release

    How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi pros and cons: Re-release

    Tania talks the pros and cons of the book "How to be an antiracist" by Dr. Ibram X Kendi with guest Karla Thomas: a black, gay, immigrant, parent and fellow antiracist activist. Whether you have read the book or not there is something for you here. With the intention of offering more perspectives and challenging some ideas that are problematic Tania and Karla delve into ideas that could be weaponized and discuss what they think about Kendi's thesis that "black people can be racist"(10:38) while also talking gun powder, labradoodles, "cleaning up the mess you made" and more. And at 38:54 Tania addresses a point about trauma that felt personal and relates it to the murders of Botham Jean and Joshua Brown. (Tania apologize for mispronouncing Mr. Jean's first name)***During the intro Tania teases an announcement but the episode ended in a direction she didn't expect so she will make the announcement online.*** 
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    • 49 min
    White male violence: Re-release

    White male violence: Re-release

    In this episode Tania asks white men to show up in the fight towards anti-racism with actionable items they can employ right away. She zeroes in on the violence of white male hatred and entitlement and asks her listeners to consider how the message fed to white men in this culture is a lie of the mind and how that lie is integral to sustaining patriarchy and supremacy. Tania gives a call to action that includes self reflection, creating an anti racism manifesto, mentoring young white men and inspring colleagues, friends and family to reject the lie too. All this is guided by the life and death of Toni Morrison whose words are a part of this episode and whose message inspired Tania to complete it. This episode is for anyone who wants to be anti-racist and part of solving this American crisis.
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    • 36 min
    The difference between a racist, a white supremacist, racism and upholding white supremacy: Re-release

    The difference between a racist, a white supremacist, racism and upholding white supremacy: Re-release

    Tania breaks down the differences between a racist, a white supremacist, racism and upholding white supremacy. In this re-release which was originally titled "Of course he's a racist more importantly he's a white supremacist" Tania uses examples ranging from LBJ to Joe Biden, exposes her bias and prejudice and challenges her listeners to examine their own.
     
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    • 36 min
    Lili-Anne Brown or How to be a Bad Ass Boss

    Lili-Anne Brown or How to be a Bad Ass Boss

    No pandemic will keep Tania from a Zoom podcast recording with dear friend, awesome director and all around bad-ass Lili-Anne Brown. (Tania never officially introduces Lil in the episode so keep reading) Tania and Lil have known each other forever and recently (and finally) got to work together at The Goodman Theatre in School Girls; or The African Mean Girls Play (Tania acted/Lil directed) Find out how these women are dealing with everyone's "new normal", how they're dealing with the jolt of having the show suspended 3 days before opening night, how Lil sees her self in the reflection of her friends, what it's like to "be a boss" and run a rehearsal room, why Lil doesn't want to be a unicorn, the grief of losing both their parents, bingeworthy shows, making space for other black women and more. It's Lil's birthday the day this episode posts. This glimpse of her fabulousness is a great way to celebrate her born day. 
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    • 41 min
    Teaching Trauma; the impact of Black Lives Matter at school week

    Teaching Trauma; the impact of Black Lives Matter at school week

    Tania vents about her kids' school district decision to participate in the national Black Lives Matter at school week February 3-7. Find out why Tania can't wait for the week to be over, why her kid is totally stressed out and how regardless of whether the movement itself has good intentions the curriculum and the delivery of the curriculum can cause more harm than good. Tania talks about when she tried to opt her child out for the half hour the lessons were taught she learned that the district school board had determined that the only way a parent could opt their child out was to keep them out of school for the week. (21:51)This information has made Tania feel some kind of way and she is on a mission to "get the week gone" for good. Tania examines this issue on a micro level as a mom and as someone who had to endure the "slavery chapter" as the only black kid in her grade school (4:19) She also examines the issue on a macro level as a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant who recommends using the 5 w's when determining how to discuss traumatic events related to marginalized groups. And she shares various resources that will guide educators and school districts in properly implementing anti-racist education. Whether you are a parent, an educator a tax paying community member or somebody who likes to listen to some good old fashion venting with sound solutions to boot this episode is for you. 
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    • 39 min
    Top 10 favorite movies of all time and 2019 picks

    Top 10 favorite movies of all time and 2019 picks

    Tania talks with actress and writer Penelope Walker (Work in Progress) to talk about their top 10 favorite movies of all time (in no certain order because Tania forgot to ask Penelope to keep that in mind) You'll hear about the movies that shaped their lives from childhood to adulthood and they give shout outs to their 2019 faves. (53:46) As members of the Screen Actors Guild they talk about the nominating process for the SAG awards and #sagawardssowhite (which has clearly been stolen from #oscarsowhite) Plus Tania spills the beans on what she does as an act of rebellion.(3:57) Is their list of favorites all black films? Why does JoBeth Williams' name pop up 3 times? Should Al Pacino have beat Denzel Washington for Scent of a Woman? (The answer is no.) Is Morpheus from The Matrix a magical negro? (45:45) Blue pill? Or red pill? Which would you choose? Get a peek at Tania and Penelope's love of movies and Tania's penchant for fun trivia. In dark times joy is an act of rebellion. 
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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Courtney-roo ,

Must listen!

I enjoy all of Tania’s work that I’ve seen and heard. I’ve learned so much in just a few episodes of her podcast, and through her series- “A minute on racism”

cozzolini ,

Like listening in on an interesting chat at the next table

A friend recommended this podcast, and I am so glad she did. The relaxed pace put me in the right mindspace to receive and absorb the ideas and reflections that come out of these conversations. I’m white and often ignorant or at least under-informed about some of the more insidious aspects of racism. I appreciate the generosity and directness of sharing these conversations with the world. Thank you!

Cara Gilmore ,

Awesome podcast!!!!

This podcast is an essential for anyone looking for guidance in their ant racist work. Tania delivers a plethora of relevant information and action steps.

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