Black Women Are Winning the Podcast Game

May 15th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Blog, Featured, My Two Cents

Black Women Are Winning the Podcast Game

Originally written for  From Angie Martinez to Wendy Williams, Black women were a consistent voice on the hip-hop and R&B stations I listened to growing up. But when I began wanting more talk, and less music, Brian Lehrer and Ira Glass (White male hosts that I enjoy) were waiting for me at the “front door” […]

Third Rail Eps 18: Live Show!

March 6th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Podcast

Third Rail Eps 18: Live Show!

In this month’s episode Third Rail celebrated its one-year anniversary with our very first Live Show recording! We discussed some of our favorite things: our favorite shows over the past year, our favorite organizing coalition, our favorite landlords and… our favorite white person! Guests Hosts: Third Rail Team Aaron Freeman, Co-Host and Engineer, This Week in […]

Third Rail Eps 15: National issues felt locally

December 5th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Podcast

Third Rail Eps 15: National issues felt locally

In this episode of Third Rail we break down two conversations happening nationally and on a local level. First, by examining the mid-term elections and how the results will affect Central Brooklynites. Then in the wake of the resurfacing of rape accusations against Bill Cosby– we question if we should be indicting the “art” along with […]

Third Rail Eps 14: Revolutionary Birth

November 7th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Podcast

Third Rail Eps 14: Revolutionary Birth

In “Revolutionary Birth” we discuss motherhood and womanhood in movement spaces with two mothers living in Central Brooklyn. And we share books that have shaped us politically. Guests Rae Gomes, Mother, Writer, & Activist Shatia Strother, Community Organizer, FUREE Segments 1. Motherhood, Womanhood & Movements: For women, deciding to be an activist means fighting a struggle […]

The End of NPR’s Blackest Show

May 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

The End of NPR's Blackest Show

Originally written for Believe it or not, I was actually listening to Michel Martin, NPR’s Tell Me More (TMM) host and Marilyn Geewax, NPR’s Senior Business Editor tell me why 3 million young people, like myself, are missing from the housing market when I got a text telling me NPR was canceling TMM, their daily news show created to appeal primarily […]

Civil Rights Era 2.0

June 26th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

Civil Rights Era 2.0

Civically… there is a lot going on in this moment. Starting on Monday the Supreme Court has ruled on affirmative action, the Voting Rights Act, and same-sex marriage. And on top of all that, my online world erupted last night as Sen. Wendy Davis and her army of protesters blocked Anti-Abortion Legislation In Texas. AND as if all that wasn’t […]

Sh*t Being Said… On YouTube

January 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

Sh*t Being Said... On YouTube

In the last week I must have watched at least 20 different sketch comedy skits on YouTube under the new-age mantra: Sh*t (Insert Demographic/Group Here) Say. Of course some are funnier than others, but my favorite one so far has got to be: Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls The vlogger who created this video, Franchesca Ramsey, was […]

VICE Traveled to Liberia…

October 30th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents, Videos

VICE Traveled to Liberia... just brought a very disturbing documentary to my attention, Vice Travel Guide to LIberia. As part of their on-going “Vice Travel” series, VICE took their cameras and money to Monrovia, and made an hour-long film. Vickie Remoe, SwitSalone: If you ever wanted to get an impression of what some white middle class American men may find interesting about Africa then this […]

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    My new essay explores how Beyonce’s feminist stance in pop culture helped frame my own feminist awakening:

    “I am in my 30s and was emboldened by Beyonce’s feminist stance on that stage, and can’t help but believe that that image will be equally as powerful to young people who witness that moment, whose first engagement with feminism will be that moment. Maybe, just maybe, Beyonce will serve as the bridgebetween pop culture and feminists like bell and Barbara and Audre, maybe some young woman bobbing her head to ‘Blow’ or ‘Partition’ or ‘Flawless’ will do so while reading Ain’t I A Woman? or Homegirls or Sister Outsider.”

    —FROM my new essay: My Feminist Awakening & the Influence of Beyonce’s Pop Culture Declaration