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The Spin is a weekly one hour podcast featuring women of color talking policy, social justice, race, sex, gender, power, love. It's a pioneering podcast led by award winning international journalist ESTHER ARMAH. We air in the US, Ghana, London. The Spin rostrum mixes the brilliance of activists, organizers, academics, journalists and artists to create engaging, dynamic, powerful podcasts. This is a global production team led by Esther Armah. It combines and includes Starr FM radio in Ghana, ...
 
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On this episode, Kimberlé Crenshaw is joined by Dina Wright Joseph, director of AAPF’s Young Scholars Program, a leadership pilot program designed to develop a new generation of intersectional researchers and to build community. Featuring the voices of 12 Black women from universities around the country, this episode explores the profound impact th…
 
On this episode, six leading politicians, cultural critics, and political activists come together to discuss politics, Kamala Harris' historic vice presidential candidacy, and the intersection of racism and sexism in the 2020 election. With:BARBARA ARNWINE - President and Founder, Transformative Justice CoalitionDONNA BRAZILE - Veteran Democratic p…
 
On this episode, Kimberlé Crenshaw is joined by the revolutionary and genre-defying writers N.K Jemisin and Saidiya Hartman, whose work demands a radical reimagination of our present by archiving and writing the violence of the past into imaginations of a limitless future. By inserting Black women into narrative spaces that they have largely been w…
 
On this installment of Under the Blacklight, Kimberlé Crenshaw sits down with Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Barbara Lee, and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to discuss their experiences at the intersection of grassroots activism and electoral politics. Together, they speak about the mothers who raised them, the work they're doing to combat the twin pandemic…
 
As the vicious spike in COVID’s case count rocks the nation, this installment of “Under the Blacklight” focuses on the off-staging of race after weeks of protests about racial injustice. We ask: What has become of the supposed reckoning with white supremacy since George Floyd’s death? After weeks of uncovering the legacies of racism, are we at the …
 
On this installment of "Under the Blacklight," the mothers and sisters of the #SayHerName Movement -- Fran Garrett, Rhanda Dormeus, Maria Moore, Sharon Cooper, Gina Best, and Sharon Wilkerson -- join Kimberlé Crenshaw for a very special episode. Through telling the stories of their loved ones, the women weave together the experiences that bring the…
 
On September 5, 2015, India Kager and Angelo Perry drove to Virginia Beach to introduce their 4-month-old baby Roman, to Angelo’s family. Unbeknownst to them, Virginia Beach police were tailing their car and while India, Angelo, and Roman were parked at 7/11, a SWAT team threw a flash bang grenade and opened fire on their car. 4 officers fired over…
 
Alicia Garza, Robin D.G. Kelley, Devon Carbado, Maria Moore, and special guest AG Keith Ellison join Kimberlé Crenshaw for an emergency episode of “Under the Blacklight”, the 10th in the series, to address this historic moment of social and political mobilization ignited by George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police just two weeks ago.…
 
Kiese Laymon, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Arundhati Roy join Kimberlé Crenshaw for the 9th installment of "Under the Blacklight." Together, they mine the complexities of narrative construction amid disaster, and shine the blacklight on the stories and counter-stories that shape the future and make meaning of the past. Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandy…
 
On Pt 8 of “Under The Blacklight,” LaTosha Brown, Anoa Changa, Crystal Feimster, Talitha LeFlouria and Emery Wright join together to discuss vote suppression, state violence, vigilantism, and fatal public health experiments in the state of Georgia. With:LATOSHA BROWN — Award-winning organizer, political strategist, jazz singer; Co-Founder of the Bl…
 
On Episode Seven of “Under The Blacklight,” Carol Anderson, Alex DiBranco, Joseph Lowndes, Mab Segrest, Dorian Warren, and Jason Wilson unpack the central role that ideological Whiteness continues to play in the US response to COVID-19, including ongoing efforts -- on the part of individuals and institutions alike -- to unlock the lockdown. With: C…
 
Join us Weds 5/6 for the next live episode in our “Under the Blacklight” series - a conversation on how whiteness is being mobilized to “re-open America,” with Carol Anderson, Alex DiBranco, Joe Lowndes, Mab Segrest , Dorian Warren, and Jason Wilson. RSVP: bit.ly/AAPFcovid7~~~On Episode Six of “Under The Blacklight,” Josie Duffy Rice, Nina A. Kohn,…
 
On Episode Five of “Under The Blacklight,” David Blight, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, William Darity Jr., Ibram X. Kendi, and Kate Manne navigate the historical contours of the pandemic, and the pre-existing inequalities that shape its impact. Building on last week’s interrogation of “disaster white supremacy”, this week's conversation explores how inter…
 
On Episode Four of “Under The Blacklight: The Intersectional Failures that COVID Lays Bare,” Paul Butler (Professor of Law, Georgetown; Author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men), Bree Newsome Bass (Community organizer & artist), Barbara Arnwine (Founder and Director, Transformative Justice Coalition), Kehinde Andrews (Professor, Birmingham City Univ…
 
In the third episode in our new series, “Under the Blacklight: The Intersectional Vulnerabilities that COVID Lays Bare” (originally aired over Zoom April 8th), six incredible change-makers — Rosa Clemente (organizer and journalist; President and Founder of Know Thyself Productions), Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes (Executive Director, Ashé Cultural Arts C…
 
In the second episode in our new conversation series, “Under the Blacklight: The Intersectional Vulnerabilities that COVID Lays Bare” (originally aired over Zoom April 1st), five incredible change-makers join host Kimberlé Crenshaw for a conversation about building collective resistance and power in the time of COVID-19. Saru Jayaraman and Mily Tre…
 
On this episode of Intersectionality Matters, Kimberle Crenshaw is joined by two timely voices -- Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, and J.R. Fleming, Executive Director of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign -- to discuss how ageism, and its varying intersections with race, class, ability, and gender, is mate…
 
The past several weeks have prompted unprecedented levels of turmoil and unpredictability due to rising alarm over COVID-19. While American society has taken precautionary measures to counter the spread of the virus, those most vulnerable to societal neglect remain most impacted. Coronavirus did not create the stark social, financial, and political…
 
There's a natural boom among women of African descent. Kinky, curly and coily hairstyles have joined cornrows, locks and twists as just a few of the looks that Black women, girls and femmes are rocking confidently and unapologetically. This Black hair renaissance is reshaping what we see in fashion magazines, on television, in classrooms, and even …
 
December 14th, 2019 marks the fifth anniversary of the Say Her Name campaign, a movement founded to raise awareness of the names and stories of Black women, girls and femmes killed by police, and to provide support to the families affected. The campaign has produced a groundbreaking report expanding the conversation on police violence so that it fo…
 
In this episode, Kimberlé chops it up with Dorothy Roberts, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a leading scholar in race, gender, bioethics, and the law. In a conversation that merges intersectional inquiry with The 1619 Project, which interrogates America’s history of slavery in order to understand racial disparities in 2019, Crensh…
 
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the wrenching demonstration against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar and refuge for queer and trans people in Lower Manhattan. The courageous act of resistance that took place over the course of several days in 1969 is widely perceived as the catalyst to the modern LGBTQ+ libe…
 
You’ve probably heard the phrase “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”--the misguided notion that love eliminates the need for apology. In politics, the love that mutes apologies is often same-party affinity--as in, “we know we’re on the same side” so accountability is unnecessary. Yet it’s more likely that the contrary is true: love as wel…
 
#reImaginingAFRICA: EDUCATION. Meet this Ghanaian woman changing one school, creating a model for a nation, lighting a fire for teachers & issuing a call to action for change in the classrooms of a Continent.Host: Esther ArmahGuest: Dr. Mary Ashun, Principal GIS & Board Member, AISA.Sound Editor: David McKeever Distributor: Loretta Rucker, AAPRC…
 
#reImaginingAFRICA: LEADERSHIP. Too many folks think leadership in Africa is: Politician. V8. Air-conditioned office. Boss. Big Man. Oga. Think again. Listen to these two leadership game-changersHost: Esther ArmahGuests: Taaka Awori - Busara Africa and Lucy Quist - The Bold New NormalSound Editor: David McKeever Distributor: Loretta Rucker AAPRC…
 
After hip hop icon Dr. Dre brutally assaulted trailblazing emcee and television personality Dee Barnes in 1991, his career continued to skyrocket while she was effectively blacklisted from the entertainment industry. Nearly three decades later, Dre, who has allegedly assaulted several other women in addition to Dee, continues to enjoy a celebrated …
 
#reImaginingAFRICA: PHILANTHROPY. Discussion series throughout May featuring visionary leadership from African women in Ghana in honour of Africa Day on May 25th. Think Africa? Think Charity? No. Think Creative Economics. Think Game Changer & Narrative Shifter. Think Anatu Ben-Lawal Host: Esther Armah, The Spin & Director EAA Media ProductionsGuest…
 
#reImaginingAFRICA: discussion series throughout May on visionary leadership from African women in Ghana in honour of Africa Day on May 25th. When they ask: where are the visionary leaders of tech in Ghana? Tell them. Right Here.Host: Esther ArmahGuests: Ethel Cofie and Akosua AnnobilSound Editor: David Mckeever Distributor: Loretta Rucker AAPRC…
 
R. Kelly’s serial abuse of Black women and girls has been one of the entertainment industry’s worst-kept secrets for the entirety of the 21st century. In the mid 90s, Kelly was romantically linked with and even briefly married to 15-year-old singer Aaliyah, for whom he wrote and produced the incriminatory hit “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.” An ex…
 
On August 1, 2016, Baltimore County police arrived at the Randallstown, Maryland apartment of 23-year-old Korryn Gaines to serve a warrant alleging that she had failed to appear in court. Gaines, who had miscarried twins as a consequence of improper treatment while being held in connection with a traffic stop, had received paperwork for the stop th…
 
We're pleased to bring you a new podcast from AAPF and Kimberlé Crenshaw, Intersectionality Matters! Featuring on the ground interviews with some of the world's most innovative activists, artists, and scholars, each episode will explore a different topic through an intersectional lens, ranging from the Supreme Court to grassroots activism in Brazil…
 
The Spin presents LIVING LEGACY in honour of #AfricanWomanDayHost: Esther ArmahGuest: Nana Amoako Anin - Bliss Yoga & Touch A LifeGuest: Maame Adjei - Girl Going Places & An African City#AfricanWomanDay: named in 1962 after the first Pan African Woman's Congress in Dar Es Salaam.By Esther Armah
 
The Spin presents LIVING LEGACY in honour of #AfricanWomanDayHost: Esther ArmahGuest: Kathleen Addy - Natnl Commission for Civic Education#AfricanWomanDay: named in 1962 after the first Pan African Woman's Congress in Dar Es Salaam. The Spin brings you 'Living Legacy' discussions featuring Daughters of the Black Star Nation, Ghana…
 
The Spin presents LIVING LEGACY in honour of #AfricanWomanDayHost: Esther ArmahGuest: Nana Akosua Hanson - Drama Queens & Let's Talk Consent#AfricanWomanDay: named in 1962 after the first Pan African Woman's Congress in Dar Es Salaam. The Spin brings you 'Living Legacy' discussions featuring Daughters of the Black Star Nation, Ghana: #reimagining s…
 
THE SPIN: #reImaginingRESISTANCE in the era of mass incarcerationMARISSA ALEXANDER - intimate partner violence, self defence, jail, finally free BRESHA MEADOWS - Black girl shoots dead abusive dad, charged w/ murder AMERICA=INCARCERATION NATION - Black men & boys 13th to 2017Host: Esther ArmahGuests: Marissa Alexander, Asha Bandele, Liza Jessie Pet…
 
THE SPIN presents #reImaginingRESISTANCE in the era of US No. 45What must RESISTANCE look like in this era of fascism,? Black women scholars, activists, artists, journalists in US & Ghana speakWOMEN's VOICES on TRUMPeting UNTRUTHS - Protest, People, PowerVETTING NATIONS US & GHANA - And the vetting process begins.....Host. Esther Armah Guests: Dr T…
 
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