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Good Ancestor Podcast

62 episodes - English - Latest episode: 12 months ago - ★★★★★ - 661 ratings

An interview series with change-makers & culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. Hosted by globally respected speaker, anti-racism educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad.

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Ep062: Join us at our new podcast!

April 07, 2022 10:00 - 53 minutes - 3.44 MB

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Ep061: 2021 End of Year Bonus Episode - Part 2

December 19, 2021 07:00 - 53 minutes - 61.7 MB

I’m thrilled to share our final bonus episode of 2021 Good Ancestor conversations. (You can find our first bonus episode here) As you listen to these wonderful excerpts from Episodes 50 through 59 you will find all the joyful emotions come to surface. What a glorious way to end our podcast listening year with our special guests who have uplifted our spirits and showed how to continue to live the life of a Good Ancestor.

Ep060: 2021 End of Year Bonus Episode - Part 1

December 16, 2021 07:45 - 56 minutes - 65 MB

As we close out this year it is my honor and pleasure to bring you the first of two bonus episodes highlighting our memorable episodes this wonderful year. We wanted to close out this year with a celebration of all of the wonderful guests we've had the pleasure of speaking with this year. Thank you for sharing your time this past year, which as Layla mentioned in the introduction of this episode is the most valuable thing in the world. We are grateful for our Good Ancestor community. Happy...

Ep059: #GoodAncestor Valarie Kaur, author of ‘See No Stranger’

November 18, 2021 07:16 - 1 hour - 109 MB

In this episode, I speak with best-selling author, lawyer, filmmaker, educator, and civil rights leader, Valarie Kaur. Valarie Kaur’s debut book, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love is our Good Ancestor Book Club selection for the month of November 2021. Valarie Kaur is a renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, and celebrated prophetic voice. She leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love a...

Ep058: #GoodAncestor Jasmine Mans, author of ‘Black Girl, Call Home’

November 11, 2021 07:00 - 1 hour - 61.4 MB

In this episode, I speak with Black poet, Jasmine Mans. Jasmine Mans is a poet from Newark, New Jersey. Her recently published book, Black Girl, Call Home (Penguin Random House) has been named one of Oprah’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books and a TIME Magazine Must Read, to name a few; and Jasmine herself named as Essence’s #1 Contemporary Black Poet to Know. Jasmine’s poetry has gone viral many times over on YouTube. She has opened packed shows for Mos Def and Janelle Monae; and performed at ...

Ep057: #GoodAncestor Thérèse Cator on Embodied Black Girl Liberation

October 28, 2021 07:00 - 1 hour - 67.8 MB

In this episode, I speak with embodiment practitioner and leadership coach, Thérèse Cator. Thérèse is a mother, a trauma-informed embodiment practitioner, leadership coach, artist, and founder of Embodied Black Girl, a global community that stands for the embodied liberation of Black women and femmes and women of color everywhere. Embodied Black Girl is devoted to creating a safe space for Black women and femmes and women of color to heal from intergenerational trauma, racialized stress, an...

Ep056: #GoodAncestor Savala Nolan - ‘Don’t Let It Get You Down’

October 14, 2021 01:30 - 1 hour - 86.6 MB

In this episode, I speak with writer, speaker, and lawyer, Savala Nolan. Savala Nolan is a writer, speaker, and lawyer. Her first book, Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender and the Body is our Good Ancestor Book Club selection for the month of October 2021.  Savala is executive director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She and her writing have been featured in Vogue, Time, Harper’s Magazine, The New...

Ep055: #GoodAncestor​​ ​Leesa Renée Hall on the Inner Field Trip®

July 22, 2021 15:47 - 1 hour - 74 MB

In this episode, I speak with the anti-bias facilitator and mental wellness advocate, Leesa Renée Hall. Leesa Renée Hall is an anti-bias facilitator who has helped over 65,000 leaders with quiet, gentle, and highly sensitive personalities go on an Inner Field Trip® to explore their unconscious biases so they protect their energy, stand on the side of justice, and become better ancestors. In 2017, Leesa embarked on a personal journey of writing half a million words over 365 consecutive days...

Ep054: #GoodAncestor​​ Pragya Agarwal on '(M)otherhood’

July 15, 2021 07:00 - 1 hour - 67.9 MB

In this episode, I speak with author, speaker and behavioural & data scientist, Pragya Agarwal. Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural and data scientist, who has worked as a consultant and speaker for the United Nations, UNESCO, Environment Agency, NHS, UK Police Commissioners, Cabinet Office, and US Defence Services, and various international universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Koblenz, Imperial College and more. Pragya has held a Leverhulme Fellowship and senior academic positio...

Ep053: #GoodAncestors ​Rebecca Walker & Lily Diamond on ‘What's Your Story?’

May 27, 2021 07:00 - 1 hour - 88.1 MB

In this episode, I speak with the co-authors of 'What's your Story? ', Rebecca Walker and Lily Diamond. Rebecca Walker is a bestselling author, editor, and cultural critic who has contributed to the global conversation about race, gender, culture, and power for over two decades. She has spoken at over four hundred universities, conferences, literary festivals, and corporate campuses around the world, and is a co-founder of the Third Wave Fund, an organization that supports women and transg...

Ep052: #GoodAncestor ​Dawnie Walton on 'The Final Revival of Opal & Nev’

May 13, 2021 07:00 - 1 hour - 86.3 MB

In this episode, I speak with Novelist and Journalist, Dawnie Walton. Dawnie Walton was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2018) and holds a journalism degree from Florida A&M University (1997). Formerly an editor at Essence and Entertainment Weekly, she has received fellowships in fiction writing from MacDowell and the Tin House Summer Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband.

Ep051: #GoodAncestor​ Emma Dabiri on the Tangled History of Black Hair Culture

April 22, 2021 07:00 - 1 hour - 93.1 MB

In this episode, I speak with Sunday Times and Irish Times best-selling author, academic, and broadcaster, Emma Dabiri. Emma Dabiri is a teaching fellow in the African department at SOAS, a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths and the author of Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture and What White People Can Do Next. Both books are Sunday Times, Irish Times and Waterstones bestsellers. Emma is a regular presenter on the BBC and a contributor for The Guardian. She has p...

Ep050: #GoodAncestor​ Diego Perez (Yung Pueblo) on Clarity & Connection

April 15, 2021 06:00 - 1 hour - 92.1 MB

In this episode, I speak with the meditator, writer, and speaker, Diego Perez, also known as Yung Pueblo. Diego Perez is the writer behind the pen name Yung Pueblo. The name Yung Pueblo means “young people.” It serves to remind him of his Ecuadorian roots, his experiences in activism, and that the collective of humanity is in the midst of important growth. Diego’s favorite word, liberation, took on a deeper meaning once he started meditating vipassana. Through writing and speaking, he aims...

Ep049: #GoodAncestor​ Dr. Rocío Rosales Meza on Spiritual and Decolonial Healing

March 18, 2021 08:00 - 1 hour - 89 MB

In this episode, I speak with Xicana medicine woman and decolonial healer, Dr. Rocío Rosales Meza. Dr. Rocío Rosales Meza, is a Xicana/Mexicana seer, decolonial healer, speaker, writer, mother, & Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Dr. Rocio’s path is that of a medicine woman, she is not a Licensed Psychologist, as she is not aligned with the colonial field. Dr. Meza’s work is at the intersections of decolonizing, spirituality, and wellness. She walks and works in between the earthly and spiritual ...

Ep048: #GoodAncestor​ Robert Jones, Jr. on The Prophets

March 10, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 83.1 MB

In this episode, I speak with New York Times bestselling author, Robert Jones, Jr. Robert Jones, Jr. is a writer from Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned both his B.F.A. in creative writing and M.F.A. in fiction from Brooklyn College. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Essence, Gawker, and The Grio. He is the creator of the social justice social media community, Son of Baldwin. He is currently working on his second novel. Robert’s instant NYT bestselling book The Prophets is our first ...

Ep047: #GoodAncestor​ Mikaela Loach on Climate Justice & Antiracism

February 24, 2021 18:46 - 1 hour - 86.6 MB

In this episode, I speak with climate justice and antiracism activist, Mikaela Loach. Mikaela Loach is a climate justice activist, the co-host of The Yikes Podcast, writer and a 4th-year medical student based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2020, Forbes, Global Citizen and BBC Woman's Hour named Mikaela one of the most influential women in the UK climate movement. Her work focuses on making the climate movement more inclusive and focusing on the intersections of the climate crisis with oppressi...

Ep046: #GoodAncestor​ Angela Saini on Investigating the Return of Race Science

February 17, 2021 17:53 - 1 hour - 81.9 MB

In this episode, I speak with award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster, Angela Saini. Angela presents science programmes on the BBC, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, The Sunday Times, National Geographic and Wired. Her latest book, Superior: the Return of Race Science, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and named a book of the year by The Telegraph, Nature and Financial Times. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, has been translated...

Ep045: #GoodAncestor Sinikiwe Dhliwayo on Rooting BIPOC in Their Wellbeing

February 11, 2021 05:19 - 1 hour - 90.8 MB

In this episode, I speak with creative, entrepreneur, educator, and speaker, Sinikiwe Dhliwayo. Sinikiwe Dhliwayo is steadfast in her belief that Blackness and humanity are inextricably linked. She is driven daily by a deep desire to change the narrative of what it looks like and feels like to be well. Whether making yoga and meditation accessible to those who need the practice most or telling stories of marginalized folks through elevated photo and video, Sinikiwe is dedicated to creatin...

Ep044: #GoodAncestor Nels Abbey on Race and Satire

February 03, 2021 17:53 - 1 hour - 88.4 MB

In this episode, I speak with British-Nigerian media executive, writer, and satirist, Nels Abbey. Nels Abbey is a British-Nigerian media executive, writer, and satirist. Prior to any of the above he was a senior banker in the financial district of London. He is a former BBC executive, a Clore Fellow, a Penguin Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and sits on the boards of various companies. His writing work has been published in every major quality British newspaper and many m...

Ep043: #GoodAncestor Kiley Reid on Race, Class, and the Power of Fiction

January 28, 2021 06:00 - 1 hour - 80.7 MB

In this episode, I speak with American novelist, Kiley Reid. An Arizona native, Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her New York Times-bestselling debut novel, SUCH A FUN AGE, is currently in development by Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Sight Unseen Pictures. The novel was longlisted for The 2020 Booker Prize and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award, t...

Ep042: #GoodAncestor Christine Platt on Storytelling, Social Change & Afrominimalism

January 21, 2021 07:30 - 1 hour - 97.3 MB

In this episode, I speak with advocate, storyteller, and minimalist, Christine Platt. Christine Platt is a passionate advocate for social justice and policy reform. From serving as an advocate for policy reform to using the power of storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine’s work reflects her practice of living with intention. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies, M.A. in African-American Studies, and a J.D. in General Law. Christine has written over two dozen literary works for...

Ep041: #GoodAncestor Susanna Barkataki on Embracing Yoga's Roots

January 14, 2021 07:52 - 1 hour - 72.8 MB

In this episode, I speak with yoga practitioner, author and founder, Susanna Barkataki. 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 author of the 2020 book Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice, for people who want to teach or learn yoga and are unsure about integrating their values...

Ep040: #GoodAncestor Dr. Mariel Buquè on Breaking the Chains of Intergenerational Trauma

December 13, 2020 08:16 - 1 hour - 84.4 MB

In this episode, I speak with counseling psychologist and educator, Dr. Mariel Buquè. Dr. Mariel Buquè is an Afro-Dominican counseling psychologist and educator. She provides clinical care and teaches courses at Columbia University and Columbia University Medical Center in the areas of culturally-responsive delivery of mental health care and the decolonization of eurocentric therapeutic practices. Her clinical work focuses on healing the wounds of intergenerational trauma for Black, Indigen...

Ep039: #GoodAncestor Ruby Hamad on How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color

December 10, 2020 06:37 - 1 hour - 90.8 MB

In this episode, I speak with journalist, author, and academic, Ruby Hamad. In 2018, Ruby Hamad's Guardian article, ‘How White Women Use Strategic Tears to Silence Women of Color’ became a global flashpoint for discussions of white feminism and racism and inspired her debut book, White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color. White Tears/Brown Scars has received critical acclaim in Australia and overseas where it has just been published in the US, Canada and the UK. Ru...

Ep038: #GoodAncestor Tayo Rockson on Using Your Difference to Make a Difference

December 03, 2020 07:30 - 1 hour - 90.5 MB

In this episode, I speak with writer, speaker, consultant, and brand strategist, Tayo Rockson. Tayo Rockson is a writer, speaker, consultant, podcaster, professor, and brand strategist who runs UYD Management - a strategic consulting firm that helps organizations incorporate sustainable diversity and inclusion practices. As the son of a diplomat, Tayo grew up understanding the nuances of multicultural diversity while living on 4 continents. He has leveraged his experiences to establish him...

Ep037: #GoodAncestor Reema Zaman on Speaking as a Revolution

November 26, 2020 07:00 - 1 hour - 92.3 MB

In this episode, I speak with author, screenwriter, and actress, Reema Zaman. Reema Zaman is a Bangladeshi-American author, screenwriter, and actress. She is the author of the memoir I Am Yours and the dystopian novel Paramita. I Am Yours was adopted into the curriculum of several high schools through an innovation grant by the Oregon Department of Education, and is currently in development to become a movie. Reema's essays have been published in Vogue, The Guardian, Salon, and other majo...

Ep036: #GoodAncestor Dr. Jaiya John on Freedom Work

October 29, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 97.8 MB

In this episode, I speak with a freedom worker, author, speaker, poet and youth mentor, Dr. Jaiya John. Dr. Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized freedom worker, author, speaker, poet, and youth mentor. Dr. Jaiya is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global rehumanizing mission that has donated thousands of Dr. Jaiya’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth. Dr. Jaiya writes, narrates,...

Ep035: #GoodAncestor Nova Reid on Anti-Racism and Courageous Courage

October 22, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 71.8 MB

In this episode, I speak with anti-racism campaigner, Tedx speaker and writer, Nova Reid. Often described as a force to be reckoned with, Nova Reid is an anti-racism campaigner, Tedx speaker and writer. Nova uses her background in mental health to support people to be the change they want to see in the world by unlearning their racism from the inside out.

Ep034: #GoodAncestor Yasmine Cheyenne on the Practice of Self-Healing

October 15, 2020 09:57 - 1 hour - 100 MB

In this episode, I speak with writer, speaker and spiritual teacher , Yasmine Cheyenne. Yasmine Cheyenne is a writer and spiritual teacher who helps people create their self-healing practices. Through speaking, her workbooks and courses, she helps her students navigate the sometimes tougher parts of self-healing work and integrate it into all areas of their lives.

Ep033: #GoodAncestor Sonya Renee Taylor on Radical Self Love

October 08, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 72.6 MB

In this episode, I speak with artist, author, activist, and transformational leader, Sonya Renee Taylor. Sonya Renee Taylor is a National and International award-winning writer and performer, best-selling author of two books The Body is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love and Celebrate Your Body and Its Changes Too, and founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology (TBINAA), an international digital media and education company committed to radical self-love ...

Ep032: #GoodAncestor Dr. Maytha Alhassen on Engaged Wit/h/ness

October 01, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 107 MB

In this episode, I speak with historian, journalist, poet, organizer, and mending practitioner, Dr. Maytha Alhassen. Dr. Maytha Alhassen primarily sees her labor as that of a freedom doula and an engaged wit/h/ness reviving the traditions of the feral femme. She is a historian, journalist, poet, organizer and mending practitioner. As a journalist, she worked as an on air host on Al Jazeera and The Young Turks, also field reporting for such outlets as CNN, Huffington Post, Mic, Boston Review...

Ep031:#GoodAncestor Jessamyn Stanley on Yoga for All Bodies

September 24, 2020 11:16 - 1 hour - 85.5 MB

In this episode, I speak with award-winning yoga instructor, author and advocate, Jessamyn Stanley. Regarded as a leading voice on intersectional identity and 21st-century yoga, Jessamyn has won many awards for her social influence and unique approach to wellness. With an articulate message of representation and visibility, Jessamyn also speaks across the country, advocating for body acceptance, female empowerment as well as African American and LGBTQ inclusion. Jessamyn has been featured ...

Ep030:#GoodAncestor Tiffany Jewell on Anti-Bias Anti-Racist Education

July 23, 2020 12:49 - 1 hour - 98.9 MB

In this episode, I speak with #1 New York Times bestselling anti-racist educator and consultant, Tiffany Jewell. Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, antiracist educator and consultant, and mama. She is in her 15th year as a Montessori educator and nearing two decades of work in schools with young folks, families, and educators. Tiffany loves to bake bread, build LEGOS with her 8yo and 4yo, and loves watching British detective shows. She spends a lot of time dreaming up how she can di...

Ep029:#GoodAncestor Nicole Cardoza on the Reclamation of Wellness

July 16, 2020 12:32 - 1 hour - 71.8 MB

In this episode, I speak with a social entrepreneur, investor and speaker, Nicole Cardoza. Nicole is the founder and Executive Director of Yoga Foster, a national nonprofit that empowers educators with yoga and mindfulness resources for the classroom. She's also the founder of Reclamation Ventures, a fund that invests in high-potential, underestimated entrepreneurs making wellness more accessible in their communities. She teaches accessible and friendly yoga classes that blend movement and ...

Ep028: #GoodAncestor Candice Brathwaite on Being a Black British Mother

July 07, 2020 14:12 - 1 hour - 91.1 MB

In this episode, I speak with author, influencer, and founder of Make Motherhood Diverse, Candice Brathwaite. Candice Brathwaite is a mother of two, an influencer, and the founder of UK based initiative; Make Motherhood Diverse, which seeks to challenge the usually singular narrative of motherhood. She is the author of the 2020 Sunday Times Bestseller I Am Not Your Baby Mother, a thought-provoking, urgent and inspirational guide to life as a Black mother.

Ep027: #GoodAncestor Junauda Petrus-Nasah on The Stars and The Blackness Between Them

July 02, 2020 05:27 - 1 hour - 85.2 MB

In this episode, I speak with writer, pleasure activist, filmmaker and performance artist, Junauda Petrus-Nasah. Junauda Petrus-Nasah is a writer, pleasure activist, filmmaker and performance artist of Black-Caribbean descent, born on Dakota land. Her work centers around wildness, queerness, Black-diasporic-futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, shimmer and liberation. She is the co-founder with Erin Sharkey of Free Black Dirt, an experimental arts production company. She is the writer an...

Ep026: #GoodAncestor Monique Melton on Unity Over Comfort

June 25, 2020 16:34 - 1 hour - 104 MB

In this episode, I speak with author, speaker and anti-racism educator, Monique Melton. Monique Melton is an anti-racism educator, published author, international speaker, coach and host of the Shine Brighter Together podcast. She is also the founder of Shine Brighter Together, a community dedicated to healthy relationships & diverse unity. Monique travels the world speaking at conferences and events on topics related to anti-racism, personal growth, diversity, and relationships. She has b...

Ep025: #GoodAncestor Sarah Jones on Being a One-Woman Global Village

June 18, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 86.9 MB

In this episode, I speak with award-winning performer and writer , Sarah Jones. Called a "master of the genre" by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® Award-winning performer and writer known for her multi-character, one-person shows (Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and her current, critically-acclaimed show Sell/Buy/Date). Renowned as “a one-woman global village”, Sarah has given multiple main-stage TED Talks garnering millions of vie...

Ep024:#GoodAncestor Justin Michael Williams on Staying Woke

June 11, 2020 17:40 - 1 hour - 82.3 MB

In this episode, I speak with author, transformational speaker, and top 20 recording artist, Justin Michael Williams. From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window, to sharing the stage with Deepak Chopra, Justin Michael Williams knows the power of healing to overcome. He is an author, top 20 recording artist, and transformational speaker who is using music and meditation to wake up the world. When he was younger, Justin always wanted to be a singer, but a lifetime of be...

Ep023: #GoodAncestor Kimberly Seals Allers on Birth Without Bias

June 04, 2020 22:00 - 48 minutes - 55.9 MB

In this episode, I speak with award-winning journalist, author and an internationally-recognized speaker, strategist and advocate for maternal and infant health, Kimberly Seals Allers. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is a leading voice on the socio-cultural and racial complexities of birth, breastfeeding and motherhood. She is the director of the Maternal and Child Health Communication Collective, a national consortium of over 80 organizations work...

Ep022: #GoodAncestor Aja Barber on Sustainable Fashion

March 26, 2020 17:34 - 1 hour - 83 MB

In this episode, I speak with writer, stylist and consultant, Aja Barber. Aja Barber is a writer, stylist, consultant and speaker whose work focuses on the intersections of feminism, colonialism and race in regards to our clothing and how we choose to consume. Aja is a prolific writer and micro-blogger on Patreon and Instagram, where she creates spaces for deep learning and inquiry into the ways that systems of power affect our buying habits.

Ep021: #GoodAncestor Blair Imani on Making Our Way Home

March 19, 2020 14:09 - 1 hour - 75.8 MB

In this episode, I speak with author, mental health advocate and historian, Blair Imani. Blair Imani is a writer, mental health advocate, and historian living at the intersections of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity. In addition to being a public speaker, Blair is the author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream (2020). She is also the official ambassador of Muslims for Pr...

Ep020: #GoodAncestors Michelle Johnson & Kerri Kelly on Race and Resilience

March 12, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 83.9 MB

In this episode, I speak with social change activists and co-founders of Race and Resilience, Michelle Johnson and Kerri Kelly. Michelle Cassandra Johnson is an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. She approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and integration. She has been leading anti-racism trainings for 22 years. Michelle has experience working to dismantle systems of oppression inside co...

Ep019: #GoodAncestor Mona Haydar on Music, Spirituality & the Power of Music

March 05, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 88.3 MB

Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American rapper, chaplain, poet, and MA in Christian Ethics. Billboard Magazine named Mona's breakout hit "Hijabi" one of 2017's best protest songs and one of the top feminist anthems of all time. Her "Ask A Muslim" project, created in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, garnered international attention and extensive press. The project was featured on the series "The Secret Life of Muslims" and remains the most-watched episode of the series. As...

Ep018: #GoodAncestor Jennifer Arnise on Healing the Black Mother Wound

February 27, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 61.6 MB

In this episode, I speak with author, Healer and Transformational Coach, Jennifer Arnise. Jennifer Arnise is an author, Healer and Transformational Coach who is dedicated to helping Black women heal their deepest emotional pain so they can experience more joy, pleasure and purpose in their life. She lives in Atlanta with her son and their dog Bella.

Ep017: #GoodAncestor Jasmin Kaur on Healing and Reclaiming Identity

February 20, 2020 14:10 - 1 hour - 77.8 MB

In this episode, I speak with writer, illustrator and spoken Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator and poet living on unceded Sto:lo territory. Her writing, which explores themes of feminism, womanhood, social justice and love, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. As a spoken word artist and creative writing facilitator, she has toured across North America, the UK and Australia to connect with youth through the power of artistic expression. One of The Tempest’s 40 Women to Wat...

Ep016: #GoodAncestor Celine Semaan on Fashion Activism

January 29, 2020 19:00 - 56 minutes - 65.2 MB

In this episode, I speak with designer, advocate, writer and founder of Slow Factory and The Library Study Hall, Celine Semaan. Celine Semaan is a modern ambassador of cultures, fostering communication across industry, policy, academia and the broader citizen population. Her research focuses on circular design & communication, translating complex concepts and systems into approachable stories that resonate with a wide audience. Celine’s work in sustainability has made her a recognized exper...

Ep015: #GoodAncestor Rebekah Borucki on Managing the Motherload

January 23, 2020 19:00 - 1 hour - 90.2 MB

In this episode, I speak with best selling author, educator, and motivational speaker, Rebekah Borucki. Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BEXLIFE® and the BLISSED IN® wellness movement, is a mother of five, TV host, meditation and yoga guide, and birth doula. She has taught meditation as a profound act of self-care that can be executed effortlessly and effectively to hundreds of thousands of individuals online and in exclusive workshops and public events. Rebekah’s mission is to make mental...

Ep014: #GoodAncestor The Conscious Kid on Parenting Through a Critical Race Lens

January 16, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 69.6 MB

In this episode I speak with Ramon Stephens, Executive Director at The Conscious Kid. Ramon Stephens is a PhD student at the University of California, San Diego and Executive Director at the Conscious Kid. His research focuses on recruitment, retention, resilience and student voice for Black students and marginalized student groups, he is currently researching Black graduate experiences at UC San Diego. Ramon has created, developed and supported student-driven, culturally-relevant curriculu...

Ep013: #GoodAncestor Leah Vernon on Living Unashamed

January 09, 2020 14:00 - 52 minutes - 59.9 MB

In this episode, I speak with best selling author, educator, and motivational speaker, Leah Vernon. Leah V is an international Hijabi social media influencer, award-winning author of new memoir: Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim, motivational speaker, educator, and content creator. Her content has garnered over a million views combined, and she has been featured in hundreds of media platforms from The New York Times to Buzzfeed. This Detroit-native was inspired to start blogging in ...


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