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The Deep End is an exploration of liberation, healing, hope, joy, and wholeness. What does it mean to be free? What are people of color doing to heal themselves and the world? Join co-hosts Reagan Jackson and Anastacia Renee for a series of in-depth interviews. Hear from incredible people from all walks of life about their journeys, what they are doing to thrive and how they are contribution to broader movements of empowerment and liberation. About Us:Reagan Jackson is a writer, artist, international educator, prayer practitioner, and seeker of truth. She is currently a Program Manager for Young Women Empowered and a columnist for the Seattle Globalist. Anastacia Renee is Seattle’s Civic Poet. She is a queer writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator.

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The Deep End is an exploration of liberation, healing, hope, joy, and wholeness. What does it mean to be free? What are people of color doing to heal themselves and the world? Join co-hosts Reagan Jackson and Anastacia Renee for a series of in-depth interviews. Hear from incredible people from all walks of life about their journeys, what they are doing to thrive and how they are contribution to broader movements of empowerment and liberation. About Us:Reagan Jackson is a writer, artist, international educator, prayer practitioner, and seeker of truth. She is currently a Program Manager for Young Women Empowered and a columnist for the Seattle Globalist. Anastacia Renee is Seattle’s Civic Poet. She is a queer writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator.

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What a gift to Seattle, women and people of color everywhere. Thank you. This is not exactly the appropriate way to send you this info, but I wanted to connect you both to my friend, Tracy Deonn Walker, who is visiting Seattle next month. She is an author releasing a fantasy fiction novel next month and is finally living her dream writing. I hope you can check her out and her essay in our stories, our voices. I think it is called Black Girl Becoming. I’m a bad publicist for her, we are soccer buddies way back from NC. I love her and I love your podcast. Thanks y’all for the message you share.

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By meachy98112 - Feb 21 2020
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What a gift to Seattle, women and people of color everywhere. Thank you. This is not exactly the appropriate way to send you this info, but I wanted to connect you both to my friend, Tracy Deonn Walker, who is visiting Seattle next month. She is an author releasing a fantasy fiction novel next month and is finally living her dream writing. I hope you can check her out and her essay in our stories, our voices. I think it is called Black Girl Becoming. I’m a bad publicist for her, we are soccer buddies way back from NC. I love her and I love your podcast. Thanks y’all for the message you share.
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The Deep End Friends Podcast

Latest release on May 10, 2020

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The Deep End is an exploration of liberation, healing, hope, joy, and wholeness. What does it mean to be free? What are people of color doing to heal themselves and the world? Join co-hosts Reagan Jackson and Anastacia Renee for a series of in-depth interviews. Hear from incredible people from all walks of life about their journeys, what they are doing to thrive and how they are contribution to broader movements of empowerment and liberation. About Us:Reagan Jackson is a writer, artist, international educator, prayer practitioner, and seeker of truth. She is currently a Program Manager for Young Women Empowered and a columnist for the Seattle Globalist. Anastacia Renee is Seattle’s Civic Poet. She is a queer writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator.

Rank #1: Episode 8: Bettina Judd

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Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern California, Bettina Judd is an interdisciplinary writer, artist and performer. She is an alumna of Spelman College and the University of Maryland and is currently Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at the University of Washington. Most recently, her collection of poems titled Patient. won the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Book Prize and was published in November of 2014.

Feb 19 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #2: Episode 2: Quenton Baker

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Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is anti-blackness and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, The James Franco Review, and Cura. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of the 2016 James W. Ray Venture Project award and the 2018 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust. He is the author of This Glittering Republic (Willow Books, 2016).

Mar 10 2019

56mins

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Rank #3: Episode 6: Naa Akua

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Naa Akua, Citizen University, Poet-in-Residence, is a queer poet, emcee, and actor. They are, poetry teacher at The Northwest School and WITS writer-in-residence at Franklin High School. Intentionality, love, and encouragement is the focus of Akua’s work that can be found in tracks like “The Elements” or “Till It All Goes Away” from their mixtape Odd(s) Balance (on SoundCloud.com). Recently, Naa Akua was a cast member of Book-it Repertory Theater’s adaptation of T. Geronimo Johnson’s “Welcome to Braggsville”. Naa is currently a cast member for Theater Schmeater’s production of “Welcome to Arroyo’s” and in a original boilesque ballet called “Tailfeathers”. Naa Akua’s one person show, Akwaba ran at part of Gay City’s Mosaic program and Earth Pearl Collectives, Sovereign Queer Black Womyn Festival. When Akua is not writing and performing they are facilitating Sound Healing sessions which focus on breathing, being in the body and meditation.

Apr 07 2019

1hr

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Rank #4: Episode 2: Haji Basim

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Join the Deep End for a magical mystery tour with Haji Basim. Haji is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who created a new genre of positive acoustic music titled Urban Folk. He is also the founder and guide instructor of Holistic Method Music. 

Nov 05 2017

36mins

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Rank #5: Episode 17: Ijeoma Oluo

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Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller.  She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets. 

Oct 26 2018

55mins

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Rank #6: Episode 8: Ersula Ore

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Dr. Ersula J. Ore is the Lincoln Professor of Ethics in The School of Social Transformation and Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies, and Rhetoric at Arizona State University. Her work as a race critical rhetorician maps the suasive strategies of aggrieved communities as they operate within a post-emancipation historical context. In Lynching: Violence, Rhetoric & American Identity (University Press of Mississippi, 2019), Ore examines lynching as a rhetorical strategy and material practice interwoven with the formation of America’s national identity and with the nation’s need to continually renew that identity. Specifically, the book draws connections between the rhetorics and material practices of lynching in the past and the forms these rhetorics and practices assume in the present with the hope of helping readers understand, interpret, and even critique present-day situations involving racial violence.

Dr. Ore’s most recent publications broadly explore the correlations between race, power and academic space and give particular attention to the rhetorical strategies Black and non-Black rhetors of color use when navigating social space. Publications exploring these issues include “‘PushBack’: A Pedagogy of Care,” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture (2017), “Whiteness as Racialized Space: Obama and the Rhetorical Constraints of Phenotypical Blackness” in Kris Ratcliffe’s Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education (2017), and “They Call Me ‘Dr. Ore’,” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society Special Issue: Race, Rhetoric and the State (2015).

Dr. Ore is a 2013 Institute for Humanities Research Fellow at Arizona State University and a 2011 Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award Recipient. Later this month she will receive ASU’s College of Global Health Graduate Mentorship Award from for her work and investment in graduate students.

Apr 21 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #7: Episode 21: Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard (cameo of Dr. Stanlie James)

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Born and raised in Queens, NY, Eric Darnell Pritchard is an award-winning writer, cultural critic, and an Associate Professor of English at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. A self-described "Black queer feminist alchemist," he writes and teaches about literacy and rhetoric and their intersections with fashion, beauty, popular culture, identity, and power. He is author of Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), winner of three book awards, and editor of “Sartorial Politics, Intersectionality, and Queer Worldmaking,” a special issue of QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking (Michigan State University Press, 2017).His writings have been published in multiple venues including the International Journal of Fashion StudiesHarvard Educational ReviewVisual AnthropologyLiteracy in Composition StudiesPublic BooksEbony.comARTFORUM, and The Funambulist: Clothing Politics Issue 1 and Issue 2. Eric’s work and service within the communities he loves and is sustained by has also been honored. Most recently, he received the 2018 Esteem Award for National Service to the LGBTQ Community at the 11th Annual Esteem Awards in Chicago, Illinois. 

Nov 10 2019

54mins

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Rank #8: Episode 3: Jessica Rycheal

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Jessica Rycheal is a Multi-disciplinary Storyteller, Photographer, and Creative Director from Macon, Georgia. Her work embraces vulnerability as an act of resistance, as she weaves themes of healing, resilience, and self-preservation across a loom of visual arts and spoken word. She has been featured in the Northwest African American Museum, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, NPR, Seattle Times, and City Arts Magazine.

Jan 19 2020

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Rank #9: Episode 13: Nikkita Oliver

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Nikkita is a Seattle-based writer, teaching artist, attorney, and organizer. Her writing has been published in the South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, the Establishment, Last Real Indians, The Seattle Weekly, and the Stranger. Oliver holds a J.D. and Masters of Education from the University of Washington. She is also the case manager for Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration, and has worked for arts organizations such as Writers in the Schools and Arts Corp.

Nikkita is one of the Seattle Mets 2018 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle, and the recipient of the 2018 UW Women’s Center Woman of Courage Award, 2018 UW Evan’s School of Public Policy NOW (Network of Womxn) Award, 2017 City Arts Artists of the Year, Gender Justice Power Award (2017), Seattle King County NAACP President’s Leadership Award (2017), Columbia Legal Services Imagine Justice Visionary of the Year (2017), the University of Washington Women’s Law Caucus Outstanding Achievement as a Young Lawyer Award (2017), the Seattle Office of Civil Rights Artist Human Rights Leader Award (2015), and the 2014 Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Champion. She has opened for Cornel West and Chuck D of Public Enemy and performed on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert. She is also the first political candidate of the Seattle Peoples Party; running for Mayor of Seattle in 2017 where she finished in 3rd (of 21 of candidates).

Jul 15 2018

53mins

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Rank #10: Episode 3: Jade Solomon Curtis

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Jade Solomon Curtis,  born in Texas, is a choreographer, dance artist and founder of Solo Magic, a non-profit arts initiative collaborating with innovative artists to create socially relevant multi-disciplined performances highlighting dance; “Activism is the Muse".

A celebrated soloist of Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater for four seasons, Curtis is also the subject of an Emmy Award winning short film, Jade Solomon Curtis directed by, Ralph Bevins. 2017 began with Curtis being awarded SeattleDance’s first “Dance Crush Award” for Performance/Choreography in the riveting workshop of “Black Like Me”.  

Curtis received her BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the University of South Carolina, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Artist Trust and 4Culture. Curtis is currently the Director of the Arts Program for the Pan African Center for Empowerment (PACE) and is an artist-in-residence at Velocity Dance Center.

Nov 12 2017

51mins

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Rank #11: Episode 20: Dr. David Glisch-Sanchez

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David Luis Glisch-Sánchez is an award winning teacher and Assistant Professor of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York. His work as a scholar and teacher focuses broadly in the areas of the sociology of emotions, Latinx studies, women of color feminisms, queer of color critique, and public policy and the law. He is also founder of Soul Support Life Coaching, which is a coaching practice he created to help individuals, groups, and organizations live and operate more intentionally on the principles of Love, Courage, Equity, Fairness, and Balance. Lastly, he is a proud Latinx geek who stans Guinan from Star Trek: TNG, Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Storm from the X-men, and anything that deals with witches and the supernatural!

Nov 03 2019

48mins

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Rank #12: Episode 11: Dr. Deniece Dortch

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Dr. Deniece Dortch is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Higher Education Administration at George Washington University in Washington DC.Her research and teaching grapples with systemic oppression across multiple axes. She is especially interested in how psychological violence and fear is experienced, manifested and reproduced in the academy. Her most recent projects explore intra-racial relationships, racial agency and their effects on persistence in higher education.

Dr. Dortch was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Utah where she created the African American Doctoral Scholar’s Initiative, a comprehensive mentoring program focused on graduate student socialization into the academy. 

Jul 01 2018

53mins

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Rank #13: Episode 21: Dr. Maxine Mimms

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Maxine Mimms was born on March 4, 1928, in Newport News, Virginia, to Isabella DeBerry Buie and Benson Ebenezer Buie. Influenced by her grandparents' love for Marcus Garvey and educational lectures by Howard Thurman and other black leaders at nearby Hampton University, Mimms attended Booker T. Washington School and graduated from Huntington High School with highest honors in 1946. She earned her B.A. degree from Virginia Union University in 1950. In the early 1950s, Mimms served as a social worker in Detroit, Michigan. There, she was married and would eventually earn her Ph.D. in educational administration from Union Graduate School.

Accompanying her husband to Seattle, Washington, in 1953, Mimms taught at Leschi Elementary School, where Jimi Hendrix was a student. In 1961, Mimms taught in Washington’s Kirkland Public Schools until working for the Seattle Public School Administration in 1964. In 1969, Mimms served as the assistant to the director of the Women’s Bureau in the United States Department of Labor. In 1972, Mimms returned to the education field, working as a faculty member at Evergreen State College. At Evergreen State College, Mimms focused on developing an educational program that would serve place-bound working adult students. Her focus on serving the educational needs of urban, African American adult learners combined with an interest in teaching inner-city adults, led to the founding principles of the Tacoma Campus. Mimms eventually became the first Director of the Tacoma Campus, where she used her position to help satisfy the African American community’s demand for adult education programs.

In our season Finale, Dr. Mimms talks about her live, love, work, and perspective on freedom at the age of 89 years young. 

Dec 02 2018

36mins

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Rank #14: Episode 1: Nacala Ayele

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Nacala Ayele is the creator and owner of “FLY! Culinary Tours” where she has traveled to Ghana, Kenya, Guatemala, Jamaica, Trinidad, and The Bahamas to gather recipes, meet culinary historians, and gather stories of Black people of the African diaspora through food.  She is enamored with the richness of Black foodways; from the creativity of African pre-colonial dishes enjoyed and dishes created in slavery, to the ingenuity used to craft meals using cultural food products brought from Europe. The history of Black folks can be found in the cultural, social, and economic practices relating to the production and consumption of food.  She sees how the African diaspora combined indigenous foods from the lands where Africans departed and where they arrived while crossing and surviving the middle passage. Her work is a collection of these food ways woven into interactive experiences. She has catered Y-WE catering lunches to teach youth about history and food preparation; collaborated with Afrodisiac Erotic Poetry with the “Agabayun ( or miracle) Berry Experience;” helped test recipes for Festal 20th Anniversary Commemorative Cookbook; assisted with food-pop-up fundraisers for Music Never Sleeps

Mar 03 2019

53mins

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Rank #15: Episode 16: Esmy Jimenez

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Esmy Jimenez. Born in Mexico but raised in rural Washington, Esmy Jimenez is a multimedia journalist and writer. After attending USC in Los Angeles, she moved to Seattle where she was a 2016 apprentice for The Seattle Globalist. Esmy’s work has appeared in High Country News, the Washington Post’s The Lily, National Native News, and NPR. She is additionally a Maynard Fellow and Next Gen Radio alum. When she’s not running around, you can usually find her talking about eating or eating while talking.

Jul 21 2019

57mins

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Rank #16: Episode 10: Sharon Chang

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S H A R O N  H. C H A N G is an award-winning Author Photographer Activist with a lens on racism, social justice and the Asian American diaspora. She is author of the critically acclaimed academic book Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children In a Post-Racial World and her newly released memoir, Hapa Tales and Other Lies: A Mixed Race Memoir About the Hawai’i I Never Knew. Her writing has also appeared in BuzzFeed, ThinkProgress, Racism Review, Hyphen Magazine, ParentMap Magazine, South Seattle Emerald, The Seattle Globalist, AAPI Voices and International Examiner. Sharon was named 2015 Social Justice Commentator of the Year by The Seattle Globalist and 2016 Favorite Local API Author / Writer by International Examiner readers. She is currently working her third book looking at Asian American women, gender, and race, to be co-authored with preeminent sociologist Joe R. Feagin.

May 05 2019

57mins

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Rank #17: Season 2 Finale! Episode 22: Virgie Tovar live from Seattle Town Hall

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Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. In 2018 she was named one of the 50 most influential feminists by Bitch Magazine. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture. In 2012, Tovar edited the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion and in 2018 The Feminist Press published her manifesto, You Have the Right to Remain Fat, which was placed on the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer List. Her new book, FLAWLESS: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color, comes out in Spring 2020 from New Harbinger. She holds a Master's degree in Sexuality Studies with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. She is a contributor for Forbes and was awarded the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, BBC, MTV, Al Jazeera and NPR. She lives in San Francisco.

Nov 17 2019

1hr 32mins

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Rank #18: Season 3 Premier: Azure Savage

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AZURE SAVAGE is a black trans man in his senior year of high school. He wrote You Failed Us as a response to the racial injustice within the education system. After releasing the book, Savage has started to pursue speaking opportunities, workshops, and meeting directly with people working in Seattle Public Schools. He is working towards creating more understanding of the harm caused to students of color in order to inform actions taken by the district. Aside from book-related opportunities, Savage also has a strong voice at his high school around sexual assault education. All of his interests come from personal experience which creates an endless source of fuel.

Jan 05 2020

46mins

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Rank #19: Episode 8: Natasha Ria El-Scari

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Natasha Ria El-Scari is a writer, Cave Canem fellow, and educator for over a decade. Her poetry, academic papers, and personal essays have been published in anthologies, literary, online journals and even as decor in a restaurant in London. She has opened for and introduced many great writers, singers and activists, and has been featured at a host of universities and venues nationwide. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Natasha has a BA from Jackson State University and a MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Natasha’s Black Feminist approach is reflected in her writing, poetry and performance pieces. She is the author of  Screaming Times (Spartan Press), The Only Other (Main Street Rag) and Mama Sutra: Love and Lovemaking Advice to My Son! She has 3 spoken word CDs, and one DVD. Natasha brings the fire! She is a mother of two awesome children And when she isn’t ghostwriting or managing social media for small businesses she owns and runs the El-Scari Harvey Art Gallery, Black Space Black Art and her Airbnb. Once asked in an interview what makes her unique she replied, “…most people lie to themselves, but I like to reveal myself.” For details and booking: www.natasharia.com 

Feb 23 2020

55mins

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Rank #20: Episode 4: Tommy Pico

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Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of the gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcasts Food 4 Thot and Scream, Queen! and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.

Jan 26 2020

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Episode 17: B.J. Star

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BJ STAR (they/them) is an experience designer, facilitator, and consultant invested in transformational learning, building powerful teams, and transitioning to a life-affirming society. BJ began as a trainer with Generation Waking Up and The Work That Reconnects, and has grown several organizations that strengthen Black, POC, womxn, and youth leadership throughout the country.

Today they are an independent facilitator at BJSTAR Consulting and a member of the Wildfire Project. BJ currently supports organizations such as Young Women’s Leadership, Healing Justice Podcast, Color of Change, 350.org, SustainUS, National Bail Out, OPAL Environmental Justice, and Amazon Employees for Climate Justice. 

10 years of facilitation, 18 years of praxis, and 35 years inside a queer/trans black body have elicited keen sight, grounded presence, and a tendency toward blessed unrest.

May 10 2020

55mins

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Episode 16: Paulina Lopez

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Originally from Ecuador, Paulina has made Seattle her home over the past 15 years and has been with DRCC/TAG for eight years. Paulina has over 25 years of experience working with issues of civil rights, social justice, equity, education, and diversity. She has and continues to demonstrate commitment and engagement in the community through the advocacy of multiple important civic policies including access to a safe, clean environment for families in the area.

Paulina created and co-led our Duwamish Valley Youth Corps Program and worked as a Community Engagement Director, advocating for community members to participate in the complex cleanup process and to have a voice. She has served as an expert on the City of Seattle’s Equity and Environment Agenda, Port of Seattle’s Near Port EJ Project, Equity Cabinet of the King County Land Conservation, and on Public Health Seattle and King County’s Health Impact Assessment, among others. Paulina is passionate about community engagement and advocacy for human rights issues especially for underrepresented communities and the issues that affect them.

Apr 26 2020

59mins

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Episode 15: Susan Balbas

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Susan Balbas is the co-founder and executive director of Na’ah Illahee Fund (Mother Earth in the Chinook language), a Seattle-based nonprofit organization with a mission to support and promote the leadership of Indigenous womxn in the ongoing regeneration of Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Teaching. Her career has been within nonprofit and business management, and she has served on multiple boards and committees locally and nationally. Susan is active within climate, environmental and social justice movements as well as in philanthropy.

Apr 19 2020

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Episode 14: Brenetta Ward

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Brenetta Ward is a Seattle-based fiber artist and third generation quilter. Her work has been exhibited at the National Afro-American Museum; Textile Center: A National Center for Fiber Art; Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery; Tacoma Art Museum; Northwest African American Museum and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Selected pieces have been published in Spirits of the Cloth and included in public and private collections. As a fiber artist, she believes quilts have the power to nurture our spiritual needs for creativity, beauty and comfort.

Apr 12 2020

49mins

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Episode 13: Dre Say and Jacqueline Wu from the CID

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Dre Say is really beyond their ancestor’s wildest dreams. They are a member of the CID [Chinatown/International District] Coalition and also a member of Got Green. Dre’s primary interests are engaging people disconnected from politics and organizing, and fighting against displacement in South Seattle.

Jacqueline Wu is a second-generation Chinese-Filipino American, who was born and raised in Los Angeles. She moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington for undergraduate where she majored in American Ethnic Studies and History (Honors). During undergraduate, Jacqueline interned with OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocate Greater Seattle Chapter (formerly known as Organization of Chinese Americans) and now serves as a board member. Jacqueline returned to UW and received a Master of Public of Administration. Jacqueline works for the City of Seattle and is a member of the Chinatown-International District.

Apr 05 2020

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Episode 12: Loretta Ross

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Loretta J. Ross is a Visiting Professor of Practice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University teaching "Reproductive Justice Theory and Practice" and "Race and Culture in the U.S." for the 2018-2019 academic year. Previously, she was a Visiting Professor at Hampshire College in Women's Studies  for the 2017-2018 academic year teaching "White Supremacy in the Age of Trump." She was a co-founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012, a network founded in 1997 of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement. She is one of the creators of the term "Reproductive Justice" coined by African American women in 1994 that has transformed reproductive politics in the U.S.    She is a nationally-recognized trainer on using the transformative power of Reproductive Justice to build a Human Rights movement that includes everyone.  Ms. Ross is an expert on women’s issues, hate groups, racism and intolerance, human rights, and violence against women. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this affects social change and service delivery in all movements.      Ross has appeared on CNN, BET, "Lead Story," "Good Morning America," "The Donahue Show," "Democracy Now," "Oprah Winfrey Radio Network," and "The Charlie Rose Show. She is a member of the Women's Media Center's Progressive Women's Voices. More information is available on the Makers: Women Who Make America video at  http://www.makers.com/loretta-ross.     Ms. Ross was National Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history with more than one million participants. As part of a nearly five-decade history in social justice activism, between 1996-2004, she was the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia. Before that, she was the Program Research Director at the Center for Democratic Renewal/National Anti-Klan Network where she led projects researching hate groups, and working against all forms of bigotry with universities, schools, and community groups. She launched the Women of Color Program for the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the 1980s, and led delegations of women of color to many international conferences on women's issues and human rights. She was one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center in the 1970s, launching her career by pioneering work on violence against women.   She is a co-author of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, written with Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, and Elena Gutiérrez, and published by South End Press in 2004 (awarded the Myers Outstanding Book Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights), and author of “The Color of Choice” chapter in Incite! Women of Color Against Violence published in 2006. She has also written extensively on the history of African American women and reproductive justice activism. Among her latest books are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction co-authored with Rickie Solinger and published by the University of California Press in 2017. She was the lead editor of Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice and Critique, co-edited by Lynn Roberts, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples, and Pamela Bridgewater-Toure published by Feminist Press also in 2017. Her forthcoming book is entitled Calling In the Calling Out Culture to be published in 2019.   Loretta is a rape survivor, was forced to raise a child born of incest, and she is also a survivor of sterilization abuse. She is a model of how to survive and thrive despite the traumas that disproportionately affect low-income women of color. She serves as a consultant for Smith College, collecting oral histories of feminists of color for the Sophia Smith Collection which also contains her personal archives (see https://www.smith.edu/library/libs/ssc/pwv/pwv-ross.html).  She is a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.    She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University and a second honorary doctorate degree awarded from Smith College in 2013.    AWARDS (partial)  American Humanist Association, Humanist Heroine Award, 1998  DePaul University Cultural Center Diversity Award, 2001  Georgia Committee on Family Violence, Gender Justice Award, 2002  SisterLove Women’s HIV/AIDS Resource Project Award, South Africa, 2002  National Center for Human Rights Education, First Mother of Human Rights Education Award, 2004  Feminist Women’s Health Center, Stand Up for Choice Award, 2005  NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia, Blazing Arrow Award, 2006  Federation of Haitian Women, Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Marie Claire Heureuse Leadership Award, 2007  Family Planning Associates, Champion of Reproductive Justice Award, 2007  United States Social Forum, Building Movements Award, 2007  Women’s Medical Fund of Philadelphia, Rosie Jimenez Award, 2007  Sisters of Color United for Education, Denver, CO, 2008  Women of Color Resource Center, Sister Fire Award, 2008  Black Women’s Health Imperative, Community Health Activist Award, 2008  Delta Sigma Theta, Pinnacle Leadership Award, 2008  International Black Women’s Congress, Oni Award, 2010  Women Helping Women, Revolutionary Award, 2011, Foundation for Black Women's Wellness Legacy Award 2015, National Women's Health Network Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women's Health 2015. Woodhull Sexual Freedom Network, Vicky Award 2017.

Mar 29 2020

49mins

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Episode 11: Dr. Carl Livingston

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Carl Livingston is the lead professor in the Political Science Department at Seattle Central College (SCC). A graduate of Notre Dame Law School, he has been an adjunct Business Law professor at Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and at South Seattle College. He was chair of the panel appointed by the Seattle City Council that reported on the inadequate preparations of the 1999 WTO Ministerial Conference in Seattle. Carl is the author of a scholarly article entitled “Affirmative Action on Trial: The Retraction of Affirmative Action and the Case for its Retention” published by the Howard Law Journal published, and spoke against the passage of I-200 throughout western Washington. He wrote Shoestrings & Bootstraps: A Development Plan for Black America and held development conferences even at SCC. He is working on the manuscript, Outing the Southern Strategy. He pastors Kingdom Christian Center. Carl has delivered the Martin Luther King keynote speeches for the cities of Moses Lake, Federal Way, and for the Seattle Colleges.

Mar 22 2020

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Episode 10: Maritess Zurbano

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Maritess Zurbano is the only Filipino-American magician in history. She performs and lectures on magic around the world. Her prose has won awards and grants including a Hedgebrook Residency. Her performances, plays, and prose details how she became a Las Vegas magician in a male-dominated field. These works have been produced in NYC theater festivals and across the country. Her books are currently being shopped to publishers, and opinion pieces at  Ms. Magazine and The Seattle Times. Her play, "Make Maritess Zurbano Disappear" runs March 8-10 in Seattle. She's also working on a YA novel and her second memoir

Mar 15 2020

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Episode 9: Patricia Valentine Jones

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Patricia Valentine Jones was born and raised in Chowchilla, California. She moved to Sacramento in 1960, married and had two daughters.  As a young person she sang in a 125 voice community choir.  The Voices of Inspiration traveled to Seattle to sing at the worlds fair in 1962.  Little did she know she would move to Seattle in 1982 to marry and live.  She began her work career as a Cosmetologist in California and continued her profession in Seattle at a couple salons around town.  Patricia worked as a house cleaner with “Extra Hands” to learn her way around Seattle.  She then returned to Beauty college to become an Instructor of Cosmetology. Patricia taught at two private Beauty schools before being hired at Seattle Central Community College, where she retired from in 2010.  Since retirement she developed a Self Love Connection program, she is now a Grief Recovery Specialist, a Reiki Master and sings with “The Sound of the NorthWest”.  After being single for 29 years she is now happily married and does Airbnb two rooms in her home.

Mar 08 2020

47mins

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Episode 8: Natasha Ria El-Scari

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Natasha Ria El-Scari is a writer, Cave Canem fellow, and educator for over a decade. Her poetry, academic papers, and personal essays have been published in anthologies, literary, online journals and even as decor in a restaurant in London. She has opened for and introduced many great writers, singers and activists, and has been featured at a host of universities and venues nationwide. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Natasha has a BA from Jackson State University and a MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Natasha’s Black Feminist approach is reflected in her writing, poetry and performance pieces. She is the author of  Screaming Times (Spartan Press), The Only Other (Main Street Rag) and Mama Sutra: Love and Lovemaking Advice to My Son! She has 3 spoken word CDs, and one DVD. Natasha brings the fire! She is a mother of two awesome children And when she isn’t ghostwriting or managing social media for small businesses she owns and runs the El-Scari Harvey Art Gallery, Black Space Black Art and her Airbnb. Once asked in an interview what makes her unique she replied, “…most people lie to themselves, but I like to reveal myself.” For details and booking: www.natasharia.com 

Feb 23 2020

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Episode 7: Lashanna Williams

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Lashanna (she/her) is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Washington’s own Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts. During a massage, her goal is always a flowing conversation between her hands and your tissue. "My touch is not a pointed deep touch, yet we access deep tissues without you leaving in pain. Causing pain  is counter-intuitive to how I want to walk this life. "  

Lashanna practices from an in home studio that creates an environment that bathes you with light energy. The grounds are lush with herb and vegetable gardens, chickens and love.  Access to healthcare and deathcare are lens at which she engages in when caring for humans. 

As Board President of A Sacred Passing, Lashanna joins in community collaboration, creating engaging and productive death and dying educational opportunities for community and professionals.  While instructing massage students or doulas, she is able to impress the importance of  trust and honoring autonomy.   

Feb 16 2020

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Episode 6: Omitosin Fayemi

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There are times when just one healing practice or modality won’t achieve the balance and healing that some need. Omitosin, The Spiritual Curator, brings many gifts, spiritual tools and workshops to help her clients with their personal transformation…Her collection of healing tools is vast and she supports clients on their path with loving kindness and non judgement. Using intuitive Ifa readings, reiki, chakra balancing, ritual, coaching, as well as crystals, and other tools, Omi assists clients in getting an understanding of their own energy and healing.

Her intuitive and mediumship gifts help them “see the unseen”, as well as gain confidence and confirmation of their own gifts.

Omitosin is a graduate of the Innervisions Institute for Spiritual Development (IVISD), where she studied Spiritual Life Development and is also an initiated senior priest in the West African indigenous tradition of Ifa (Meaning the wisdom of nature). She practices and is in leadership through the Obafemi Institute for the Divine Study of Ifa (OIDSI), based in Houston Texas. She was initiated into the priesthood in Ode Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria in 2010.

Omi’s diverse background allows her to provide clients with a wealth of wide-ranging resources. Her compassionate, full-hearted love of people, love of self and love of LOVE creates an atmosphere in which her clients can truly flourish. Her down to earth, practical, solution-driven nature and deeply intuitive insights combine to support people in loving themselves, embracing their visions and bringing them to life! Ase!

Feb 09 2020

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Episode 5: Riz Rollins

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writer and dj riz rollins (just 'riz' to his friends) has been a presence in the seattle music landscape where he hosts a variety and electronica show on 90.3 fm for almost thirty years. a stalwart in both the club and event scene, he has played alongside a diverse roster of artists that includes nirvana and james brown, die antwoord and funkadelic, amon tobin and osunlade. proficient with a plethora of styles that include disco, hip hop, house, world, r&b,ambient, jazz and gospel he regrets that he won't be slugging his vinyl on this trip, but maybe he'll invite you over for tea and rekkid playing hopefully soon.

Feb 02 2020

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Episode 4: Tommy Pico

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Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of the gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcasts Food 4 Thot and Scream, Queen! and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.

Jan 26 2020

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Episode 3: Jessica Rycheal

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Jessica Rycheal is a Multi-disciplinary Storyteller, Photographer, and Creative Director from Macon, Georgia. Her work embraces vulnerability as an act of resistance, as she weaves themes of healing, resilience, and self-preservation across a loom of visual arts and spoken word. She has been featured in the Northwest African American Museum, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, NPR, Seattle Times, and City Arts Magazine.

Jan 19 2020

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Episode 2: C. Davida Ingram

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C. Davida Ingram is an award-winning artist and civic leader born in Chicago and based in Seattle, Washington. Her artwork, curatorial projects, and writing all discuss race and gender via lens-based media, social practice, performance art, lyrical essay and installation art. Ingram has exhibited at the Frye Art Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Bridge Productions, Intiman Theater, Town Hall in Seattle, Evergreen College and more. Her writing has appeared in Arcade, Ms. Magazine blog, The James Franco Review, and The Stranger.

Jan 12 2020

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Season 3 Premier: Azure Savage

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AZURE SAVAGE is a black trans man in his senior year of high school. He wrote You Failed Us as a response to the racial injustice within the education system. After releasing the book, Savage has started to pursue speaking opportunities, workshops, and meeting directly with people working in Seattle Public Schools. He is working towards creating more understanding of the harm caused to students of color in order to inform actions taken by the district. Aside from book-related opportunities, Savage also has a strong voice at his high school around sexual assault education. All of his interests come from personal experience which creates an endless source of fuel.

Jan 05 2020

46mins

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Season 2 Finale! Episode 22: Virgie Tovar live from Seattle Town Hall

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Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. In 2018 she was named one of the 50 most influential feminists by Bitch Magazine. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture. In 2012, Tovar edited the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion and in 2018 The Feminist Press published her manifesto, You Have the Right to Remain Fat, which was placed on the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer List. Her new book, FLAWLESS: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color, comes out in Spring 2020 from New Harbinger. She holds a Master's degree in Sexuality Studies with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. She is a contributor for Forbes and was awarded the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, BBC, MTV, Al Jazeera and NPR. She lives in San Francisco.

Nov 17 2019

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Episode 21: Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard (cameo of Dr. Stanlie James)

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Born and raised in Queens, NY, Eric Darnell Pritchard is an award-winning writer, cultural critic, and an Associate Professor of English at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. A self-described "Black queer feminist alchemist," he writes and teaches about literacy and rhetoric and their intersections with fashion, beauty, popular culture, identity, and power. He is author of Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), winner of three book awards, and editor of “Sartorial Politics, Intersectionality, and Queer Worldmaking,” a special issue of QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking (Michigan State University Press, 2017).His writings have been published in multiple venues including the International Journal of Fashion StudiesHarvard Educational ReviewVisual AnthropologyLiteracy in Composition StudiesPublic BooksEbony.comARTFORUM, and The Funambulist: Clothing Politics Issue 1 and Issue 2. Eric’s work and service within the communities he loves and is sustained by has also been honored. Most recently, he received the 2018 Esteem Award for National Service to the LGBTQ Community at the 11th Annual Esteem Awards in Chicago, Illinois. 

Nov 10 2019

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Episode 20: Dr. David Glisch-Sanchez

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David Luis Glisch-Sánchez is an award winning teacher and Assistant Professor of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York. His work as a scholar and teacher focuses broadly in the areas of the sociology of emotions, Latinx studies, women of color feminisms, queer of color critique, and public policy and the law. He is also founder of Soul Support Life Coaching, which is a coaching practice he created to help individuals, groups, and organizations live and operate more intentionally on the principles of Love, Courage, Equity, Fairness, and Balance. Lastly, he is a proud Latinx geek who stans Guinan from Star Trek: TNG, Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Storm from the X-men, and anything that deals with witches and the supernatural!

Nov 03 2019

48mins

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By meachy98112 - Feb 21 2020
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What a gift to Seattle, women and people of color everywhere. Thank you. This is not exactly the appropriate way to send you this info, but I wanted to connect you both to my friend, Tracy Deonn Walker, who is visiting Seattle next month. She is an author releasing a fantasy fiction novel next month and is finally living her dream writing. I hope you can check her out and her essay in our stories, our voices. I think it is called Black Girl Becoming. I’m a bad publicist for her, we are soccer buddies way back from NC. I love her and I love your podcast. Thanks y’all for the message you share.