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Here at The Root we’ve always loved, praised, and centered Black literature in the broader conversation. Each week hosts Danielle Belton and Maiysha Kai sit down with an author we love to talk about their work, what inspires them, and what they hope to contribute to the culture at large. Guests so far include Nikole Hannah Jones, Brittney Cooper, Ijeoma Oluo, Morgan Jerkins, and Claudia Rankine.
 
Amplify Voices is launching its flagship podcast, Amplify Voices: Conversations from the Heart, as a way to share the humanity of extraordinary people standing up for what they believe in. Each episode is a heartfelt conversation between Pete Carroll, Audrey Cavenecia, and one of their guests, who include nationally-renowned thought leaders and changemakers. But these are not journalistic or celebrity interviews; they’re meaningful, vulnerable exchanges that bring out the raw and real parts ...
 
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This week we're speaking with the ever-inspiring Alicia Garza. Alicia is an activist who is perhaps best known for co-creating the Black Lives Matter movement alongside Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. She’s also a principal at the Black Futures Lab, and the strategy and partnerships director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Alicia's bo…
 
Femi Akinde is a Principal Program Manager for Azure Global at Microsoft and a co-founder of Reskill Americans, a nonprofit that provides historically underrepresented racial minorities with tuition-free software development training and mentorship. Femi is also a successful tech entrepreneur, having received a TED Global Fellowship in 2011 for est…
 
This week we have the brilliant Jill Louise Busby (aka jillisblack) on to talk about her debut collection of essays, Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity. Listen to hear Jill talk about the experience of being a prominent voice on social media, the social scripts we give to non-Black people and how that impacts us, and the varied ways in which we disc…
 
Jamie Winship, a former Metro DC police officer, spent more than 25 years in the Muslim world, teaching people to listen to God and live in his kingdom. Jamie and his wife Donna speak around the US and across the entire world spreading their message. They act together as catalysts to help people find their identity given by God and live a life of l…
 
Possibilities Over Problems is the latest podcast from Amplify Voices and is leading the way in highlighting the unique perspectives and accomplishments of young personalities that aren’t typically amplified in the media. Sean Goode, the executive director of the transformative non-profit organization, ‘CHOOSE 180,’ facilitates intriguing discussio…
 
This week we're sitting down with the lovely and multi-talented Gabrielle Union to talk about her latest memoir, You Got Anything Stronger? which is a follow-up to her 2017 New York Times bestselling memoir, We're Going to Need More Wine. Listen to hear Gabrielle talk about the intense experiences that inspired the book, the heavy realizations she'…
 
Mitch Landrieu is a politician, attorney, author, nonprofit leader and staunch advocate for racial equity. He served as the 61st mayor of New Orleans from 2010 to 2018 and as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010. As mayor, he helped tackle some of the toughest problems his city faced; he developed lasting criminal justice reforms, cre…
 
Hello, It's Lit listeners! We've been on a bit of a hiatus but we are returning next week with some brand new episodes. Thanks for sticking with us, and we can't wait to bring you some new conversations with some amazing writers next week! RECAST: This week we have the legendary, award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni joining us on It's Lit. Nikki is th…
 
Sir Mix-a-Lot is a rapper, songwriter, and record producer from Seattle, Washington, best known for his 1992 smash hit, “Baby Got Back.” He’s had two platinum records and a Grammy award, among other accolades, and he’s done a lot over the years to give back to his hometown community. This year, in particular, Mix has been a real lifesaver for Washi…
 
This week we're talking with award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, Jason Reynolds. Best known as a prolific YA writer, Jason is the author of numerous books including Ghost, Long Way Down, Look Both Ways, and As Brave As You, and he is also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Jason's latest book is an ada…
 
Trymaine D. Lee is an award-winning journalist who has focused on racial justice and the Black American experience for most of his career. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and then moved on to report for the New York Times and the Huffington Post, always with a str…
 
A renaissance is upon us, and it’s moving us into a modern era with a new definition of what it means to lead and how we can work together for a common good while still maintaining an abundance of opportunity and success. We no longer blindly follow and praise robotic leadership! This era demands competent, emotionally intelligent, human leaders wh…
 
Resmaa Menakem, healer, author, master coach, and trauma specialist, is hosting a new podcast series that mixes humor with serious trending topics. It is a series of thought-provoking discussions with thought leaders in race and culture, artists, athletes, comedians on how our history has played a role in the current state of our world. Guerrilla M…
 
This week on It's Lit we're joined by author, academic, “crunk feminist” and 2017 Root 100 honoree Brittney Cooper, author of the New York Times bestseller Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. Listen to hear Brittney talk about Black women's political power, the importance of emphasizing Black feminism, and why she will always …
 
Alicia Garza is a civil rights activist, writer, political strategist, and organizer; she’s principal at Black Futures Lab, an organization that builds independent political power for Black communities; she’s Special Projects Director at National Domestic Workers Alliance, an organization that seeks equity for a profession made up primarily of immi…
 
This week we're speaking with the brilliant Salamishah Tillet to talk about her latest book, In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece, which is a deep dive into the history of Alice Walker’s famous novel, as well as an examination of the cultural response to the book, and the movie and musical that followed. Listen to hea…
 
Dr. Harry Edwards is a renowned sociologist and civil rights activist best known for his focus on the vital connections between race, society, and professional sports. Known as a “giant of sports activism,” and “the father of sports sociology,” Harry has spent the past half-century advocating for the rights of Black athletes and the need for Black …
 
This week we're sitting down with the talented and prolific fiction writer, Tia Williams. Tia is truly a writer in every sense of the word—she’s been a beauty editor for magazines like Elle, Glamour, Essence, and Lucky, and she’s currently the Editorial Director at Estee Lauder. She’s also written five critically lauded novels, including the Africa…
 
Adia Barnes is the award-winning head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Arizona and a former professional basketball player. In college, she played for the University of Arizona Wildcats, where she now coaches; she then went on to play seven seasons in the WNBA, for the Houston Comets, Seattle Storm, Minnesota Lynx, and Sacr…
 
When Heather McGhee isn’t fighting for justice, writing, teaching, and raising her son, she’s daydreaming about biscuits (butter only, please). She tells Alicia and Ai-jen how she got involved with economic policy advocacy, what she learned about the intersection of racism and inequality after the 2008 financial crisis, and how becoming a parent ma…
 
This week we're speaking with artist, music historian, and DJ Adrian Loving about his new book, Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny, Style and Art in 80's Pop Music. Listen to hear Adrian and Maiysha dive into their love of '80s music and Gen X culture, and talk about how we can learn to appreciate some of the iconic artists of the decade—from Prince to Bowie t…
 
Cory Booker is a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, a former Democratic Presidential candidate, a former mayor of Newark, an attorney, and a lifelong fighter for civil rights. He began his political career in 1998 when he was elected to the Municipal Council of Newark, after launching a nonprofit organization to provide legal help to low-income families…
 
This week we're talking with artist and New York Times bestselling author Akwaeke Emezi. Akwaeke has been a rising star in the literary world with popular novels like Freshwater and The Death of Vivek Oji. Now, Akwaeke has published their first memoir called Dear Senthuran, which is an evocative telling of a creative spirit making their way in a hu…
 
Resmaa Menakem is a healer, author, master coach, and trauma specialist. He helps people, communities, and organizations heal from and build resilience around historical and racialized trauma through body-centered psychology. He is the best-selling author of several books, including “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mend…
 
This week we're sitting down with writer and humorist M Shelly Conner about her new novel, Everyman, which is a brilliant work of historical fiction about heritage, identity, and The Great Migration. In addition to her written work, M Shelly is also an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas, and has a Ph.D. in…
 
Anna Malaika Tubbs is an author, advocate, consultant and educator whose groundbreaking new book, "The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation," shows just what intersectionality really means. A longtime activist supporting the rights of women of color, she has a bachelor’s degree in M…
 
Jamie Hodari is CEO and co-founder of Industrious, a workspace company that reimagines the modern office by meeting people where they are. With over a hundred locations across the country, Industrious strives to create flexible, community-oriented spaces that allow people to focus, collaborate, and be their authentic selves. It has the highest sati…
 
This week we're talking with historian Carol Anderson about her latest book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America. Carol is the author of the New York Times bestseller White Rage, as well as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Listen to hear Carol break down the vast disparity in h…
 
Rachel Maddow is a television news host, author, and political commentator best known for her MSNBC primetime program, “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Within weeks of its debut in 2008, she’d more than doubled MSNBC’s audience for her time slot. After Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, her viewership doubled again, and then tripled. In early 202…
 
From the power of moms to the importance of trusting ourselves, Ai-jen and Alicia reflect on the insights that expanded our minds—and our worlds—this season. Thanks to our brilliant guests, we’ve thought more about how engaging and fighting for our communities can be part of everyday life. We’ve gone deep on the idea that care isn’t transactional, …
 
This week we have the brilliant poet, journalist, and author Clint Smith on the show to talk about his latest book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. Listen to hear Clint talk about the original inspiration behind this historical deep dive, his experience of researching the book (which involved going to…
 
Angela Duckworth is a scholar, psychologist, and author best known for the groundbreaking book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, which digs into what really helps people succeed. She’s a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and faculty co-director of both the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative and Whar…
 
Through The Disability Visibility Project and other channels, Alice Wong’s work has challenged beliefs about what disability is—and who disabled people are. She explains the far-reaching impact of the disability rights movement, how it has sharpened other avenues of activism, and how the broader progressive movement falls short when it comes to inc…
 
This week we sit down with Kiley Reid, author of Such a Fun Age. Kiley's debut novel took 2020 by storm—not only was it an instant New York Times bestseller, but it was also named Best Book of the Year by outlets like NPR, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, Elle, and the Chicago Tribune. Listen to hear Kiley talk about how she first found …
 
Greg Cunningham is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at U.S. Bank. He’s the first Black leader to serve on the company’s management committee and a dedicated advocate for equity and inclusion; he envisions a world where diversity officers will no longer be necessary. In the meantime, he brings his whole self to the job, an…
 
Van Jones is a TV host, author, attorney, and change maker known for his bridge-building approach to politics ... and his tireless fight for social justice. He’s the host of The Van Jones Show and The Redemption Project on CNN, as well as a frequent CNN political contributor. He’s been fighting for criminal and environmental justice for more than a…
 
Between the pandemic and life, “How to Citizen” host Baratunde Thurston is tired. But he’s also optimistic and motivated about where the world can go—if we get ourselves right. He breaks down his concept of ‘citizen’ as a verb, and why he chooses to citizen by checking on his neighbors and digging into the minutiae of municipal budgets. He also sha…
 
This week we sit down with the very talented Dawnie Walton, whose brilliant debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, has been named one of the most anticipated books of 2021 by Essence, Vogue, O Magazine, Elle, Lit Hub, and The Independent. Listen to hear Dawnie talk about making the career transition from journalism to fiction author, how the…
 
Abby Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup champion, retired soccer player, coach, author, and longtime advocate for equity and inclusion. Glennon Doyle is a best-selling author, activist, speaker, and podcast host. She has written three books, most recently, Untamed, a memoir about falling in love at first sight with soccer l…
 
Comedian, actress, and all-around legend Margaret Cho explains why she’s focused on enlarging the story of American history by delving into anti-Asian violence in season two of her podcast, “The Margaret Cho.” She also gets real about pandemic life, the surprising upsides of virtual Pride celebrations, and how the LGBTQ+ community’s resilience duri…
 
This week we're speaking with award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib. Hanif's previous works have garnered widespread praise, including 2017's Book of the Year They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, and his 2019 New York Times bestseller Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest. Hanif's latest book, A Little D…
 
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a celebrated astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator. He’s been the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City since 1996. He’s the author of 16 books and dozens of essays about the universe and all it contains -- most recently, “Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got…
 
Attorney and Giniw Collective co-founder Tara Houska is on the front lines of activism—literally. A veteran of the Standing Rock resistance, she has spent the past three years with other water protectors in a Northern Minnesota resistance camp, working to stop the massive Line 3 pipeline project. She explains why her philosophy of land defense goes…
 
This week we're talking with Zakiya Dalila Harris, whose debut novel 'The Other Black Girl' is one of the most highly-anticipated books of the summer. The literary thriller is so gripping, in fact, that it's already been optioned for TV by Hulu. Listen to hear Zakiya discuss the inspiration behind the novel and its characters, and what she hopes bo…
 
Peloton instructor Tunde Oyeneyin can motivate anyone, including the thousands of people who follow her workouts. She explains how she learned to grapple with self-doubt and listen to her inner voice in order to manifest her dreams, and why it’s so important to trust the process, wherever it may lead. As she tells it, her late mother Veronica was t…
 
This week we're talking with the immensely talented Deesha Philyaw. In 2020, Deesha published her debut collection of short stories, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Though initially, it took Deesha and her agent several months to find a firm that would publish the book, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies dominated the 2020 literary awards season,…
 
Welcome to Amplify Voices: Conversations from the Heart, a new podcast hosted by Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Chief Content Officer of Amplify Voices, Audrey Cavenecia. Each episode is a heartfelt conversation between Pete, Audrey and a special guest about leadership, caring, inclusivity and celebrating our shared humanity. There ar…
 
Journalist Errin Haines (The 19th*, MSNBC) has been busy covering the 2020 election, frontline workers’ stories, the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on caregivers, and police violence—it was her reporting that made Breonna Taylor’s murder national news. She explains why she’s unlearned the idea that we have to figure everything out on our own, h…
 
This week we're joined by power couple Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade. The talented duo has written their first children's book together called Shady Baby about their youngest daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, and we had the honor of getting to talk to them about it. Listen to hear Gabrielle and Dwyane discuss the process of collaborating on the …
 
There’s some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel (go get those shots if you can, fam) and 2020 elections are done. So, what now? What have we learned, and what do we still need to figure out? Ai-jen and Alicia reflect on the way we came together when everything fell apart, and how America has finally acknowledged that caregiving is essential in…
 
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