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Ijeoma Oluo on the State of America’s Racial Reckoning

Crosscut Talks

The author of So You Want to Talk About Race discusses how the conversation around race has evolved since the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in the spring of 2020 fueled a nationwide conversation about race. It drew hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets, elicited commitments from businesses to do better when it comes to equity and sent books that tangled with systemic racism, white supremacy and the experience being Black in America up the bestseller lists.  But two years on, where has all that conversation and commitment led us? And where do we go from here? That is the topic of this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, which features a conversation with author Ijeoma Oluo, whose book So You Want to Talk About Race was central to many of the conversations happening in 2020. In this talk with Seattle Times journalist Naomi Ishisaka, which took place in early May as part of the Crosscut Festival, Oluo offers a clear-eyed appraisal of the state of race in the country right now.  Her assessment may not come as a surprise to anyone who has been tracking the faltering efforts to rethink policing in America, the continued inequities in our health care system or the backlash against educators who acknowledge the role that white supremacy plays in our history and culture. But, in addition to seeing things as they are, Oluo also shares what she believes it would take for them to truly change in a meaningful way. Credits Host: Mark Baumgarten Producer: Sara Bernard Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph


20 Jun 2022

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QUEERY with Cameron Esposito

Writer Ijeoma Oluo sits down with Cameron to discuss loving makeup, the life of her book SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE, and having a queer therapist.


18 Apr 2022

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188. Ruchika Tulshyan with Ijeoma Oluo: How Organizations Can Foster Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Town Hall Seattle Arts & Culture Series

It’s no surprise that fair, equitable, and respectful practices bolster engagement and motivation in the workplace. Being inclusive is, quite simply, the right thing to do. But we’re notoriously bad at it. Why? As Ruchika Tulshyan explained in her new book, Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work, inclusion doesn’t just happen: it takes attention, awareness, and regular practice. It takes real work, and there isn’t a simple 5-step plan for building a suddenly and permanently inclusive organization. But we can make regular progress toward inclusion and diversity, starting now. Tulshyan took us to the specific intersection of gender and racial bias, as experienced by women of color in the workplace. She explained the importance of using leadership privilege for good by exposing bias (women of color have more to lose by speaking up), and why the popular concept of “leaning in” doesn’t work (but dismantling structural bias does). Tulshyan offered best practices that encourage leaders and organizations of all kinds to promote inclusion and diversity. It’s possible, she argued, by creating psychological safety and trust, and through continuous practice. Tulshyan is joined in The Great Hall by author Ijeoma Oluo, who penned the forward for the book, for the launch of Inclusion on Purpose. Ruchika Tulshyan is the founder of Candour, a global inclusion strategy firm. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. As a keynote speaker, Ruchika has addressed audiences at organizations like NASA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and U.S. Congress. Ruchika is on the Thinkers50 Radar list and Hive Learning’s Most Influential D&I Professionals. She is a former business journalist who is now regularly quoted as a media expert in outlets like NPR, The New York Times, and Bloomberg. In addition to Inclusion on Purpose, Ruchika is the author of The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace (2015). Ijeoma Oluo is author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, So You Want to Talk About Race, and Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work on race has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Oluo was named one of the most influential people of 2021 on the TIME 100 list, has been twice named to the Root 100, and earned numerous awards for her work, including the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award. Buy the Book: Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work (Hardcover) from Elliott Bay Books Presented by Town Hall Seattle. This event is sponsored by The Boeing Company.

1hr 21mins

11 Mar 2022

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You’re So Much More Interesting Than This with Ijeoma Oluo

Going Through It

As a teenager, Ijeoma Oluo thought male attention would validate her as a person worth knowing. A late night proclamation from a friend’s older sister snapped her back to reality.


7 Mar 2022

Most Popular

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HMCH18: Roe v. Wade; Liz Cheney’s Leadership; Transphobe Dave Chappelle; Fucker Carlson’s “Patriot Purge”; Rick Perlstein, Chronicler of Conservative America; Ijeoma Oluo, Antiracist writer; Senator Joe Manchin

Henry Mark’s Comedy Hour

In this episode we look a the coming 2022 midterm elections, Congressperson Liz Cheney's courage, the impending reversal of Roe vs. Wade,  Dave Chappelle's transphobic idiocy, Tucker Carlson’s conspiracy-laden “Patriot Purge" doc, writer Rick Perlstein's chronicles of conservative America, antiracist writer Ijeoma Oluo and Biden's bill-killing senator Joe Manchin. And, I'm on Facebook. Just go to Facebook.com and look for me there. Also, you can email me at henrygmark@gmail.com. Your comments are welcome!WARNING: This episode discusses transphobia, or prejudice toward trans people. If this is upsetting, please do not listen to this episode or skip past that section.Content Warning (CW): This podcast is intended for listeners 18 or older. It talks about racial violence, civil rights struggles, injustice, antiracism and violence toward women using strong language and is uncensored. If this is upsetting or triggering for you, please stop, scroll ahead in the episode, or avoid listening to the episode entirely. Thank you.


2 Jan 2022

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153. Sonora Jha with Ijeoma Oluo: Motherhood, Masculinity, and How to Raise a Feminist Son

Town Hall Seattle Arts & Culture Series

The message that the patriarchy and toxic masculinity negatively impacts men and boys as well as women has gotten louder in recent years. But what does that understanding mean for mothers who want to raise feminist sons? Seattle University journalism professor Sonora Jha joined us to offer her own thoughts about this complex and important question. In a deeply personal conversation with bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo, Jha shared her journey to raise a feminist son as a single immigrant woman of color in America. A story of struggling, failing, and eventually succeeding, she offers much-needed insight and actionable advice, pulled from her book How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family. Jha and Oluo discussed everything from teaching consent to counteracting problematic messages from the media, family, and the culture at large, arguing that we have big work to do when it comes to our boys. Jha presented wide-ranging research, showing us all how to be better feminists and better teachers of the next generation of men. Don’t miss this crucial conversation that will resonate with feminists who hope to change the world, one kind boy at a time. Sonora Jha, PhD, is an essayist, novelist, researcher, and a professor of journalism at Seattle University. She is the author of the novel Foreign, and her op-eds and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, The Establishment, DAME, and in several anthologies. She grew up in Mumbai and has been Chief of Metropolitan Bureau for the Times of India and contributing editor for East magazine in Singapore. She teaches fiction and essay writing for Hugo House, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, and Seattle Public Library. Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and the recently-released Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work on race has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among many others. Buy the Book: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9781632173645 Presented by Town Hall Seattle. To become a member or make a donation click here. 


6 May 2021

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The DR & the DJ

Episode 3 opens with an experience Amy had growing up in the Mormon church, what that inspired and why and how she ultimately left as a young adult.  In parenting this week, we get John and Amy’s view on the balance of domestic and “work” duties and how that will influence their kid’s empathetic perspective.   This week’s guest is New York Times best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo (So You Want To Talk About Race). John, Amy and Ijeoma discuss what it was like to write and release her newest book, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy Of White Male America, during the pandemic and how she adjusted her home life to get the work done. Ijeoma gives us her perspective on Seattle’s response to the BLM movement and how the focus on uprisings rather than historical activism is misguided. They discuss how lack of accountability and societal connection plays a role in on going white supremacy and the collective responsibilities of white society in working towards ending systemic racism. Ijeoma also tells us why she’s looking forward to the spring and what her other writing interests are outside of anti-racism. Amy teaches John the meaning of “Epigenetics” and the impact of stress on our DNA. In Weekday Wine, John and Amy sip Topo Chico sparkling mineral water and discuss the ritual of having a drink and what Amy calls the “Pandemic Creep”. This weeks featured music is by Gabriel Teodros, from his newest record What We Leave Behind. As always, John and Amy remind us that We’re Not Alone.The DR & the DJMusic by Gabriel Teodros, Palm Frauds, Chris Duryee and Joe Plummer. Theme music by Michael Lerner. Explore more podcasts at Ruinous Media.

1hr 31mins

26 Mar 2021

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#116 Lee Litumbe, Jendella Benson and Ijeoma Oluo on Changing Your Mindset

Wanna Be

Welcome back to Wanna Be- the podcast takes you from where you are now to where you wanna be in 30 minutes or less.Thank you so much for taking the time to be here! I’ Imriel Morgan Founder of Content is Queen a podcast agency and club for ambitious podcasters with phenomenal taste, high expectations and a desire to sound as good as I do now.Wanna Be’s focus is to help you take consistent action to build a successful life and career in the creative and entertainment industry.In this episode, we’re bringing you 3 Phenomenal human beings who I respect and adore and today they’ll help you:Understand why you need to prioritise restFeel more at peace with yourselfBreak out of your obsessive thinkingBuckle up as it’ll go faster than you think!I want to introduce you to Lee Litumbe who is an incredible content creator, travel photographer and blogger. Lee celebrates Africa through her content and travel photography and effortlessly brings out the inescapable natural beauty of the continent. You’ll see for yourself.The focus of this interview is to look within and challenge our thoughts and decisions. To take control of our lives and move forward with intention and purpose. Lee is warm, vulnerable and endearing. You’re definitely in safe hands here. Let’s go.I was a fan of Lee’s before and I’m a stan now! If you’d like to travel with ease and style or better still you want to escape your current reality I highly recommend following Lee on Instagram @SpiritedPursuit everything she posts is stunning. She also has a fantastic number of content creator resources on her website spiritedpursuit.comBefore we wrap up the show, I want to bring back one of my favourite women, the bestselling author and writer Ijeoma Oluo who shares the 7 magic words that help her break obsessive thought cycles and she also shares her thoughts on how we can create a more just world. Over to you Ijeoma...Don’t mind me, we’ll come back to Lee’s in credible story in a few minutes. Before that I want to introduce you to someone I know and admire online who’d like to share their areas of improvement, inspiration and motivation with you. I’ll let her introduce herself...What a great way to reframe mentorship! For more wisdom and gems like this follow Jendella and Black Ballad on Twitter and Instagram @Jendella and @BlackBallad. Where you’ll also find details on where to pre-order her book Hope and Glory. Now back to our dazzling guest, Lee.That’s a wrap, thank you so much for listening to the end. I hope this half an hour has been a calming and joyful part of your day.I’d like to encourage you to think about one person who needs a little joy and calm and share this episode with them right now! If you want extended interviews, screenshot and share this episode to your Instagram stories and tag @contentisqueenhq.Until next time…. ByeeeeCreditsThis is a Content is Queen ProductionHosted by me Imriel MorganEdited by Amber Miller and Joseph PerrySound Design by Amber MillerMusic and sound FX’s are from Epidemic Sound See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


17 Mar 2021

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Season 1: Episode 20 - Ijeoma Oluo: When ignorance harms.

consideranew (+ Season 2 cohost, Dr. Jane Shore of School of Thought)

"So You Want to Talk about Race" by Ijeoma Oluo (2018) (http://bit.ly/3aZiqLW) "When somebody asks you to ‘check your privilege’ they are asking you to pause and consider how the advantages you’ve had in life are contributing to your opinions and actions, and how the lack of disadvantages in certain areas is keeping you from fully understanding the struggles others are facing and may in fact be contributing to those struggles. It is a big ask, to check your privilege. It is hard and often painful, but it’s not nearly as painful as living with the pain caused by the unexamined privilege of others" (p. 63). References: Ijeoma Oluo (https://twitter.com/IjeomaOluo) Dr. Dena Simmons (https://twitter.com/DenaSimmons) "How students of color confront impostor syndrome" - Dena Simmons TED Talk (http://bit.ly/3acA6nU) LiberatED (https://linktr.ee/liberated_sel) #HipHopEd (https://twitter.com/TheRealHipHopEd) Jane Elliott (https://youtu.be/1mcCLm_LwpE) Michael Lipset of PassTell Stories (http://www.michaellipset.com/) Connect: Twitter (https://twitter.com/mjcraw) Website (https://www.mjcraw.com) Music from Digi G'Alessio CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 (https://bit.ly/2IyV71i)


12 Feb 2021

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Author Ijeoma Oluo's 'Mediocre' Dissects White Male Power in America

KQED's Forum

What happens to a society that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power? That's the question author Ijeoma Oluo poses in her new book, "Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America." A follow-up to her bestselling book "So You Want to Talk About Race," Oluo continues her examination of race in America with a wide-ranging cultural history of white male identity and power that she argues has devastating consequences on women, people of color and white men themselves. We talk to Oluo about the book and what’s needed to dismantle the constructs that perpetuate white male supremacy.


27 Jan 2021