31 episodes

A space for People of Color to be known and seen, and guidance for those who are in the pursuit of justice.

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The Roll Down therolldownpodcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 65 Ratings

A space for People of Color to be known and seen, and guidance for those who are in the pursuit of justice.

Follow us!: instagram.com/therolldownpodcast

Chasing Justice Podcast Network

    Season 2 Finale

    Season 2 Finale

    This season launched in January 2023 and is wrapping up in 2024, something that our hosts did not anticipate. In this finale, Alethea and Matthew reflect on what it took to get this season launched and highlight each of the episodes and what they appreciated about them. They express their joy and gratitude in what was accomplished in the midst of more unexpected life circumstances which caused the season to take a year and a half to complete, and they give a brief vision for what the upcoming season will be focused on. 



    Hosts: Alethea Lamberson & Matthew Melendrez
     
    Engineer: Katie Nguyen Palomares
     
    Designer: Cameron Stingley
     
    Follow us on IG: @therolldownpodcast 

    The Roll Down podcast is part of the Chasing Justice Podcast Network. To find out more, visit chasingjustice.com.

    • 38 min
    Book Interview: “A Heart on Fire” w/ Danielle Coke Balfour

    Book Interview: “A Heart on Fire” w/ Danielle Coke Balfour

    We have our first returning guest, Danielle Coke Balfour, back to discuss her first book, “A Heart on Fire: 100 Meditations on Loving Your Neighbors Well”, which was released in October 2023. We talk with Danielle about what sparked her desire to write (and illustrate!) the book, and how she landed on her “ten pillars of a life of good work”. We also highlight one of the meditations in the “Justice” section that resonated with us and directly connects to the foundation of The Roll Down. We hope you enjoy this fun and inspiring conversation with one of our favorite guests!
     
    Danielle Coke Balfour is a graphic designer turned artist, advocate, speaker, and entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Oh Happy Dani, an illustration-based educational platform that uses artwork and resources to make complex ideas surrounding racial justice more accessible for the everyday advocate. Danielle works to inspire her community of over half a million people across social media to do good daily, right where they are. She’s also the author of “A Heart on Fire: 100 Meditations on Loving Your Neighbors Well.” Whether working with brands like Target and Adobe, speaking in front of audiences, or running her business, Danielle hopes to inspire others to embody their values and live a life of sustainable activism by using what they have to impact the world around them.
     
    Additional Resources:
    Book website: https://book.ohhappydani.com
     
    Bookshop link (supports indie bookstores with every purchase!): https://bookshop.org/p/books/a-heart-on-fire-100-meditations-on-loving-your-neighbors-well-danielle-coke-balfour/19795761?ean=9781524881221
     
    Danielle’s weekly newsletter: ​​https://ohhappydani.com/advocate
     
    Hosts: Alethea Lamberson & Matthew Meledrez
     
    Engineer: Katie Nguyen Palomares
     
    Designer: Cameron Stingley
     
    Follow us on IG: @therolldownpodcast 

    The Roll Down podcast is part of the Chasing Justice Podcast Network. To find out more, visit chasingjustice.com.

    • 38 min
    The Lenses Institute and Beyond: Our Time to Heal from Religious Trauma and Workplace/Spiritual Abuse

    The Lenses Institute and Beyond: Our Time to Heal from Religious Trauma and Workplace/Spiritual Abuse

    This episode is a continuation from the previous episode where we discussed the lead up to, and the closing of, all Lenses offerings in the U.S. in July 2021. In this episode, Alethea and Matthew share more about their experiences in the organization outside of what happened with Lenses, and they’ll explore the impact of these events and practices they utilized to heal. Though their story is specific to the Cru ministry, anyone who has endured religious trauma and/or workplace abuse may benefit from the practical elements they offer.  



    Additional Resources:
    The Roll Down, Season 1 episodes: “Empathy, Containment and Validation” and “Community & Self-care in the Fight for Justice”



    Hosts: Alethea Lamberson & Matthew Meledrez
     
    Engineer: Katie Nguyen Palomares
     
    Designer: Cameron Stingley
     
    Follow us on IG: @therolldownpodcast 
     
    The Roll Down podcast is part of the Chasing Justice Podcast Network. To find out more, visit chasingjustice.com.
     

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Lenses Institute: Our Story to Tell

    The Lenses Institute: Our Story to Tell

    On July 29, 2021, The Lenses Executive Team released a statement which announced that all Lenses offerings in the U.S. would be shut down effective immediately. From that day until now, there have been various things said about why Lenses closed, and much of what has been said is not remotely true. As the three year mark is coming up this summer, Alethea and Matthew felt it was time to let people know what really happened. And though this episode is specific to one organization, those who have endured workplace and/or spiritual abuse may resonate with the themes from these experiences. 



    Hosts: Alethea Lamberson & Matthew Meledrez
     
    Engineer: Katie Nguyen Palomares
     
    Designer: Cameron Stingley
     
    Admin Assistant: Alexandra Suarez
     
    Follow us on IG: @therolldownpodcast 

    The Roll Down podcast is part of the Chasing Justice Podcast Network. To find out more, visit chasingjustice.com.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    State of Our Country: Activism and Self-Care

    State of Our Country: Activism and Self-Care

    This is part two of a two part episode where we discuss the state of our country as of April 2023. We acknowledge that we barely scratched the surface in our last episode due to the sheer amount of obscene things in the news each week and the lack of hours in a single day to process it all. Today's episode will focus more on practical ideas of how to engage at the local level and how to continue practicing self-care in the midst of our fight for justice. We hope that this will be an encouragement to you who are listening and wrestling with these very same realities, questions, and feelings right alongside us.
     
    Linked Resources: 
    www.house.gov 
     
    Hosts: Alethea Lamberson & Matthew Meledrez
     
    Engineer: Katie Nguyen Palomares
     
    Designer: Cameron Stingley
     
    Admin Assistant: Alexandra Suarez
     
    Follow us on IG: @therolldownpodcast 
     
    The Roll Down podcast is part of the Chasing Justice Podcast Network. To find out more, visit chasingjustice.com.
     

    • 49 min
    State of our Country: Where do we begin?

    State of our Country: Where do we begin?

    This is part one of a two part episode where we discuss the state of our country as of April 2023. We will cover some of the various atrocities that have taken place during the last two years, some of the ignorant policies being implemented and some of the connections we have made to other historical events. From book bans and attacks on the LGBTQ+ community to mass shootings and immigration, there is so much that can be said. As you listen, know that some of these events can be retraumatizing so please go at your own pace and care for yourself in the midst of this never-ending stream of foolery.
     
    Linked Resources: 
    https://www.hmd.org.uk/learn-about-the-holocaust-and-genocides/what-is-genocide/the-ten-stages-of-genocide/
     
    Hosts: Alethea Lamberson & Matthew Meledrez
     
    Engineer: Katie Nguyen Palomares
     
    Designer: Cameron Stingley
     
    Admin Assistant: Alexandra Suarez
     
    Follow us on IG: @therolldownpodcast 
     
    The Roll Down podcast is part of the Chasing Justice Podcast Network. To find out more, visit chasingjustice.com.
     

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Skittlelicious13 ,

Life-giving!

This podcast has been so life giving and encouraging! It has been a breathe of fresh air to me in a difficult season of grief & fighting for racial justice. Grateful for your work, as a woman of color I have felt so seen through it.

poom22 ,

Breathe of fresh air

The Liberating Women Series was amazing. I’ve never felt so seen and valued in all my 20+ years in ministry.

carlyjraymond ,

Thought Provoking

Every time I listen to this podcast I prepare myself to dive deep. Thank you Alethea, Matthew, and team for giving us the opportunity to learn, re-think, process, and listen.
The series on liberating women is wrecking me. From Emma sharing how she trusts the Lord with how she is uniquely designed to Lisa Sharon Harper re-writing the biblical story of Tamar to Kyle Howard defining and reshaping Christ-like masculinity.
Thank you! I have shared this with many and will continue to share it!

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