Speaking of Racism

A podcast celebrating everyday activists who are disrupting, deconstructing, and dismantling racism.

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Feb 28th, 2021 by Speaking Of Racism at 12:11 pm

Tune in to our final reflection for BHM with Myisha T. Hill of Check Your Privilege.

Feb 22nd, 2021 by Speaking Of Racism at 8:19 am

On this week's episode of Speaking of Racism, you'll hear from 5 of our Board Members as they reflect on Black History Month.


Feb 12th, 2021 by Speaking Of Racism at 8:53 am

We are kicking off our Black History Month series with Speaking of Racism owner and co-host, Tina Strawn. Tune in and listen as Tina highlights two people who have impacted her: Alice Walker, and her debate and speech teacher- Electra Kitchin.


Stay tuned for more BHM moments from our board members this month!



Jan 28th, 2021 by Speaking Of Racism at 8:47 pm

Tressie McMillan Cottom joined Tina to talk about her book Thick: And Other Essays (2019), winning the MacArthur Foundation's Genius Grant, Black Sisterhood, and more.

"Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life (UNC). Professor Cottom’s research spans higher education, work, race, class, gender, and digital societies. Lower Ed (2016) is her critically-acclaimed work on for-profit higher education and social inequality and THICK: And Other Essays (2019) was a non-fiction finalist for the National Book Awards. Among many other awards, she is the 2020 recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Sociology for Public Understanding of Sociology career award. She hosts a culture podcast with Roxane Gay, Hear to Slay, and lives in Chapel Hill, NC."


Jan 14th, 2021 by Speaking Of Racism at 8:39 am

On this episode of Speaking of Racism, Tina is joined by Jessica Care Moore to talk about her latest book- We Want Our Bodies Back.

Jessica Care Moore is the CEO of Moore Black Press, Executive Producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven, Jess Care Moore Foundation.  An internationally renowned poet, playwright, performance artist, and producer, she is the 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Moore is the author of The Words Don’t Fit in My MouthThe Alphabet Verses The GhettoGod is Not an AmericanSunlight Through Bullet Holes, and a memoir, Love is Not The Enemy. Her poetry has been heard on stages like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. She has performed on every continent. Jessica Care Moore believes poems belong everywhere and to everyone.

Dec 14th, 2020 by Speaking Of Racism at 8:55 pm

In this week's episode, Tina speaks with Susanna Barkataki about her new book. An Indian yoga practitioner in the Shankaracharya tradition, Susanna Barkataki supports practitioners to lead with equity, diversity, and yogic values while growing thriving practices and businesses with confidence. She is the founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute and runs 200/500 Yoga Teacher Training programs. She is an E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT).

Author of #1 New Release and International Bestseller in Yoga in Nov 2020 Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice. With an Honors degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Education from Cambridge College, Barkataki is a diversity, accessibility, inclusivity, and equity (DAIE) yoga unity educator who created the ground-breaking Honor {Don’t Appropriate} Yoga Summit with over 10,000 participants. Learn more and take her complimentary masterclass to embrace yoga’s roots without appropriation: www.namastemasterclass.com

Dec 3rd, 2020 by Speaking Of Racism at 3:52 pm

"Monique Melton is a highly sought-after anti-racism educator, published author, international speaker, and host of the Shine Brighter Together podcast. She is also the founder of Shine Brighter Together, which is a community dedicated to healthy relationships & diverse unity."


Monique joined Tina to talk about life, joy, and so much more for this week's episode of Speaking of Racism.


Nov 18th, 2020 by Speaking Of Racism at 8:36 am

Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons directs the Center for Healing Racial Trauma, where they provide therapy services to the global majority and consulting services to organizations on anti-racism.


"Dr. Hargons (formerly Crowell) earned her PhD from the University of Georgia in 2015. She directs the RISE^2 Research Team (Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexual Enrichment | Race, Intersectionality, and Social justice Engagement), where they study sex, social justice, and leadership – all with a love ethic. Recent projects have included the Healing Racial Trauma project and studying the sexual narrative of Black students. Her work has been featured in various media, including the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Therapy for Black Girls."

In today's episode, Jen is joined by Kina Reed, creator of The AntiBlackness Reader and Hug Your White Friends to talk about the book, When They Call You A Terrorist, A Black Lives Memoir.

Joquina M. Reed thrives as an educator, researcher, writer, public speaker, and community advocate. Within all her spheres of influence, she attempts to A.C.T. right. She challenges herself to Advocate for self and others, practice critical Compassion, and move through spaces with a transformative Transparency.

Joquina is the creator and curator behind the social media platforms, The AntiBlackness Reader Project, and Hug Your White Friends. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and is a published researcher, conference presenter and public speaker. Her public advocacy is largely inspired by her academic research relating to social power and race and gender identity constructions. 

You can find her work at https://www.joquinareed.com/

Oct 19th, 2020 by Speaking Of Racism at 9:33 pm

As a follow-up to our November 3rd, 2019 episode on Rodney Reed, Tina spoke with Rodrick Reed, the brother of Rodney Reed, to find out how everyone is doing, get a status on the case, and learn about what kind of support they all need as they continue to fight for Rodney's freedom.


To donate and support the family and their fight for Rodney, you can give directly:

CashApp: $freerodneyreed.

Venmo: @reedjusticeinitiative



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