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Good Ancestor Podcast

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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Ep009: #GoodAncestor Glennon Doyle

In this episode I speak with best selling author, activist, and speaker, Glennon DoyleGlennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller LOVE WARRIOR, a 2016 Oprah’s Book Club selection, as well as the New York Times Bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. She is the founder and president of Together Rising, a nonprofit organization that has raised $15.5 Million for women, families, and children in crisis. Glennon is an activist, speaker, and thought leader who believes that a Love Warrior's journey is to rush toward her pain and allow her pain to become her power. She lives in Florida with her wife and three children. Follow @glennondoyle to experience Glennon's hilarious and unapologetic writing about parenting, mental health, addiction, recovery social justice, faith, and connection.

1hr 15mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Ep011: #GoodAncestor Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility

In this episode, I speak with best selling author, activist, and speaker, Robin DiAngelo.Dr. DiAngelo is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. In addition, she holds two Honorary Doctorates. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books, including What Does it Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.

1hr 21mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Ep012: #GoodAncestor No White Saviors on Saying ‘No’ to White Saviorism

In this episode I speak with Olivia Alaso and Kelsey Nielsen, two members of the advocacy campaign No White Saviors.Olivia and Kelsey are both trained social workers who have worked in the field for years. Olivia is born and raised in Uganda, Kelsey has spent around 5 years in-country working in various capacities. No White Saviors very much started as a joint outlet to see many of the harmful aspects of white saviorism in Uganda exposed. Coming from two very different experiences with a common goal, Olivia and Kelsey work together to confront the issues surrounding global racism and white supremacy.

1hr 11mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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

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 curriculum and programs for various Universities, High Schools districts, Schools and nonprofits across California, Washington and Washington D.C. Currently, his research supports UC San Diego and San Diego Unified in the development and implementation of a district wide ethnic studies curriculum. Ramon has presented his research at conferences including Stanford's Race Inequality Language (RILE) conference and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference.


16 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Ep008: #GoodAncestor Latham Thomas

In this episode, I speak with author, birth doula and leader, Latham Thomas.After giving birth to her son Fulano in 2003, Latham Thomas set out on a mission to help women reclaim birth. A graduate of Columbia University & The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Latham is a maternity lifestyle maven, world renown wellness leader and master birth doula on the vanguard of transforming the wellness movement. Named one of Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul 100, Latham is bridging the gap between optimal wellness, spiritual growth, and radical self care and is the go-to-guru for modern holistic lifestyle for women. She authored the bestselling book titled, “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to a Fabulous and Abundant Pregnancy”, foreword by Dr. Christiane Northrup in 2012 and most recently published bestseller OWN YOUR GLOW: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within. Latham serves on the TUFTS University Nutrition Council and is also a member of the Well + Good Council where she provides expertise in women's wellness, pregnancy and self-care. In March of 2018, Latham released the meditation audio program, BEDITATIONS: Guided Meditations and Rituals for Rest and Renewal. She teaches at universities and teaching hospitals around the country, helping to improve the pateint labor and delivery experience.

1hr 19mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Ep010: Season 1 Bonus Episode - Leesa Renee Hall Interviews Layla Saad

In this season 1 bonus episode author, storyteller, social historian, playwright, and creative word artist Leesa Renee Hall interviews me!This conversation between me and one my dearest friends is raw, uncut and real. I hope you enjoy it!About Leesa Renee Hall:Leesa Renee Hall is an author, facilitator, social historian, and creative word artist. After writing half a million words over 365 consecutive days, Leesa helps highly sensitive introverted leaders (HSIL for short) use the art of self-inquiry to question their unconscious biases so they create truly inclusive communities, companies, and corporations. Leesa is on the Advisory Committee for Awarepreneurs, and her tips have been featured in American Express OPEN, Globe & Mail, and Inc. Magazine, along with television, radio, and podcast appearances. Find out more about Leesa at www.leesareneehall.com.

1hr 15mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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Ep004: #GoodAncestor Dr. Frantonia Pollins

In this episode, I speak with wealth and success coach, Dr. Frantonia Pollins.Dr. Frantonia Pollins, affectionately known as The First Lady of Empowerment, is the founder & CEO of The First Lady Lifestyle & Leadership Academy, an exclusive membership movement which offers the ultimate in business mentoring and life coaching services designed to empower 1,000,000 women worldwide to conquer their fears about money & wealth; inspire them to discover their own uniquely Divine & powerful purpose on the planet and guide them as they create successful businesses that will transform the world and leave a multi-generational legacy of wealth.As a wealth & success coach to thousands of women around the world, Frantonia’s goal is to be your personal guide on your journey from being a woman burdened by D.E.B.T. to that of one who is TRULY living a life of Wealth, Freedom & Purpose.

1hr 29mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #7

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Ep013: #GoodAncestor Leah Vernon on Living Unashamed

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 2013 because there wasn't enough inclusion in the media. Her goals are to continue to spread style and self-love to underrepresented groups and to spark a fashion revolution.


9 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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Ep006: #GoodAncestor Lachrista Greco

In this episode, I speak with writer, curator, and speaker, Lachrista Greco.Lachrista Greco is the creator of Guerrilla Feminism and The Guerrilla Feminist. She is a writer, speaker, curator, and maker. Lachrista is a cis, white woman who writes and speaks about feminism, digital activism, sexual violence, learning disabilities, sexual health, and more. She has an M.A. in Women's & Gender Studies, and is currently pursuing a second Master's Degree in Library and Information Science.

1hr 17mins

6 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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Ep005: #GoodAncestor Jamia Wilson

In this episode, I speak with author, and director of the Feminist Press, Jamia WilsonJamia Wilson has contributed to The New York Times, Rookie, Refinery 29, Glamour, Elle, The Today Show, CNN, BBC, and more. She is the author of Young, Gifted, and Black and wrote the oral history in Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World. She co-authored Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Advocacy, and Activism for All. The former Women, Action, and the Media Executive Director, TED Prize Storyteller, Planned Parenthood Federation of America youth organizer, and former Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center. Her most recent book for youth is Step Into Your Power: 23 lessons on how to live your best life which will be released on March 5, 2019.

1hr 17mins

27 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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Ep007: #GoodAncestor Sassy Latte

In this episode I speak with political creative, Sassy Latte. Sassy Latte incorporates their love of makeup and fashion into their social justice work by juxtaposing hyper feminine, glamorized, and provocative photos with thought-provoking, political captions to encourage discussions regarding intersectional feminism and body politics. In other words, Sassy believes that the worlds of intellect, politics, and fashion/makeup can co-exist and empower one another.

1hr 15mins

13 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Ep015: #GoodAncestor Rebekah Borucki on Managing the Motherload

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-health support and stress-management tools accessible to all. For more information, visit www.MotherloadBook.com.

1hr 18mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Ep016: #GoodAncestor Celine Semaan on Fashion Activism

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 expert; her non-profit education initiative Study Hall, incubated at MIT Media Lab, is now an official partner of the United Nations and holds an annual summit at the UN headquarters in New York. As a writer her work has been published in New York Magazine The Cut, Elle USA, and Vogue as well as studied in universities; as a designer she has been recognized and exhibited in museums around the world. She lives and works in New York, leading research on Regenerative Aesthetics within her company Slow Factory.


29 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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Ep003: #GoodAncestor EbonyJanice Moore

In this episode, I speak with womanist scholar and activist EbonyJanice Moore.EbonyJanice Moore is a Hip Hop Womanist, scholar and activist doing community-organizing work, most specifically around black women’s body ownership as a justice issue. She is the founder of Black Girl Mixtape, a multi-platform lecture series created to center and celebrate the intellectual authority of black women. She founded BGM Institute, an online school offering classes that center POC - doing the work of decolonizing education and offering coaching and consulting that is decolonizing authority.Her research interests include issues pertaining to blackness, woman-ness, and spirituality - most specifically black women's use of spirit, conjure, and/or the supernatural as a tool to impact social justice, and the pluralism of Black Christianity and the interconnectedness of the Southern Black Christian experience with Indigenous African religions and African Spirituality.EbonyJanice has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Political Science, and a Master of Arts in Social Change with a concentration in Spiritual Leadership, Womanist Theology, and Racial Justice. She is the host of the Black Girl Mixtape Podcast, Rap Theology Podcast, and has a webseries called #PreachEb.

1hr 21mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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Ep022: #GoodAncestor Aja Barber on Sustainable Fashion

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.

1hr 12mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Ep021: #GoodAncestor Blair Imani on Making Our Way Home

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 Progressive Values, one of the oldest progressive Muslim organizations to support the LGBTQ+ community. Blair has been featured in Essence, Out Magazine, THEM, Broadly, and more.

1hr 25mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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

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 corporations, mid-size organizations and small non-profits including Google, Lululemon, the ACLU-WA and many more. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit and heart, much of her work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their life. Michelle explores how privilege, power and oppression affects the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energy body.Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for the wellbeing for all. Kerri is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public and private sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders, policy makers and corporate executives including William Morris Entertainment, Congressman Tim Ryan, Lululemon, Marianne Williamson, People's Action Group and more.

1hr 13mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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

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 an MA student, she worked as a chaplain at NYU and studied post colonial theology. 

1hr 17mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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

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.

1hr 7mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Ep017: #GoodAncestor Jasmin Kaur on Healing and Reclaiming Identity

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 Watch in 2019, her work has been celebrated at the American Music Awards by musical icon Jennifer Lopez and shared by celebrity activists, including Tessa Mae Thompson, Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevigne and Sophia Bush. She has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar India, Huffington Post, The Indy 100, KaurLife Magazine, Sikh Formations Journal and other publications. ​

1hr 7mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #20