18 episodes

The Relay is a podcast exploring the complexity of establishing justice-centered relationships and communities in modern times.

The Relay Milieu Media Group

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

The Relay is a podcast exploring the complexity of establishing justice-centered relationships and communities in modern times.

    Queerness: An Identity and a Politic (Part 2)

    Queerness: An Identity and a Politic (Part 2)

    The term “Queer” is often used as a broad umbrella term for the LGBTQIA+ community. But the term not only describes sexual and gender identities, it is also a politic, a way of being and operating in the world. In this episode we continue our discussion about queerness as both a form of identity and a particular politic that aims to defy the limits of prescribed norms and structures in favor of more expansive ways of being in relation and in community with one another. We examine how these ways of being not only have implications for those who identify as queer, but also for how we all conceive of what’s possible in the way of justice and community-building. Roundtable guests for this conversation include once again Jude Feng, Dr. Jessica Davenport, and Janae Ariel.

    • 48 min
    Queerness: An Identity and a Politic (Part 1)

    Queerness: An Identity and a Politic (Part 1)

    The term “Queer” is often used as a broad umbrella term for the LGBTQIA+ community. But the term not only describes sexual and gender identities, it is also a politic, a way of being and operating in the world. In this episode we’ll discuss queerness as both a form of identity and a particular politic that aims to defy the limits of prescribed norms and structures in favor of more expansive ways of being in relation and in community with one another. We’ll examine how these ways of being not only have implications for those who identify as queer, but also for how we all conceive of what’s possible in the way of justice and community-building. Roundtable guests for this conversation include Jude Feng, Dr. Jessica Davenport, and Janae Ariel.

    • 43 min
    That Sounds About White (Part 2)

    That Sounds About White (Part 2)

    “Whiteness” is a term often used in discussions about race. And yet it is not so much a reference to white people, but rather to a set of behaviors, privileges and ways of being that are common to--yet often take for granted by--white people. In this episode, Secunda and Luke are joined once again by Dr. Rachel Schneider and the Rev. Dr. Matt Russell to continue their discussion of whiteness, it’s relationship to white supremacy, and how justice-minded white folks are seeking to disrupt and undo it’s already and always insidious and violent trajectory.

    • 1 hr
    That Sounds About White (Part 1)

    That Sounds About White (Part 1)

    “Whiteness” is a term often used in discussions about race. And yet it is not so much a reference to white people, but rather to a set of behaviors, privileges and ways of being that are common to--yet often take for granted by--white people. In this episode, Secunda and Luke are joined by Dr. Rachel Schneider and the Rev. Dr. Matt Russell to discuss whiteness, it’s relationship to white supremacy, and how justice-minded white folks are seeking to disrupt and undo it’s already and always insidious and violent trajectory.

    • 52 min
    The Black Future (Part 2)

    The Black Future (Part 2)

    In 2018, Pittsburgh artist Alisha Wormsley created and posted what many considered to be a “controversial” billboard in the East Liberty neighborhood of the city. The billboard contained a single sentence that read: “There are black people in the future.” The simple statement was a profound one; in the context of a gentrifying neighborhood where black residents were being rapidly displaced, the billboard critiqued community planning strategies that expunge and erase black communities. But more than a critique, the billboard was also indicative of a particular artistic practice, mode of study and social engagement that has come to be known as “Afrofuturism.” In this episode, Secunda continues her conversation with De'Anna Daniels, Jaison Oliver, and Dr. Jessica Davenport aboutrism and its creative and cultural possibilities for community-building.

    • 1 hr
    The Black Future (Part 1)

    The Black Future (Part 1)

    In 2018, Pittsburgh artist Alisha Wormsley created and posted what many considered to be a “controversial” billboard in the East Liberty neighborhood of the city. The billboard contained a single sentence that read: “There are black people in the future.” The simple statement was a profound one; in the context of a gentrifying neighborhood where black residents were being rapidly displaced, the billboard critiqued community planning strategies that expunge and erase black communities. But more than a critique, the billboard was also indicative of a particular artistic practice, mode of study and social engagement that has come to be known as “Afrofuturism.” In this episode, Secunda is joined by De'Anna Daniels, Jaison Oliver, and Dr. Jessica Davenport to explore Afrofuturism and its creative and cultural possibilities for community-building.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

ETobes ,

Thank you

Thank you for the grace extended to offer these critical intimate discussions to be shared with those who need to hear these discussions. Many people need to hear these podcasts because they don’t yet have authentic friendships with people who don’t look like them, but they are seeking to build those relationships.

You are providing important information while modeling behavior that others can use to create new friendships.

We are all interconnected, like it or not, so the ability to communicate with those living in shared spaces is essential to the health and well-being of our community cluster. If you cannot yet communicate, find a community translator.

#c2bk 🐝✌🏼

Juan Carlos Huertas Sanchez ,

A Must Listen and Re-listen

Conversations about justice, anti-racism, white supremacy, anti-racism, faith, and community requires humility, nuance, honesty, raw yet appropriate vulnerability, and laughter. Secunda Joseph and Luke Brawner make a sacred space where healing conversations take place, where raw stories are shared, and where all of us are invited (compelled?) to live into a more just world.

I am thankful that this space exists, as a religious leader, as a Latinx human, as a hopeful dreamer, justice seeker, and believer that only in “la lucha” (the struggle) can we find life again.

Txtedfish ,

Half the time I hear an episode start... I hit stop

I do this because this is an amazing podcast. It deserves my complete attention. I’m sitting at work with a backlog of planet money or JJHO and when they run out my backlog of The Relay starts. That is when I hit stop, because I want to hear every word. I want to hear every intonation. I don’t want to miss any of the subtly of the conversation. I don’t want to miss it because it is one of the most important conversations that needs to had in America today. Secunda Joseph and Luke Brawner let us all be a part of this open, transparent, and some times very difficult discussion. Thank you both.

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