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Badass Black Girl [the Vlog] Ep. 14 S5
On this episode of Badass Black Girl, M.J. speaks with Michelle Duster, author, speaker, and public historian, about her new book, Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells. M.J. asks what it means to be descended from legendary Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Ida B. Wells. They discuss how Michelle came to write the book, and where her confidence comes from. They talk about Michelle’s childhood and how her city informed her career and who she is today. They discuss people and characters from books that inspired her. M.J. asks Michelle what the reaction to her new book has been so far and what it was like to publish it during the pandemic. Michelle talks about her research and what she has discovered that surprised her. She also gives some insight into her research process. Michelle Duster is an author, speaker, professor, public historian, and champion of racial and gender equity. She has written, edited and/or contributed to sixteen books. Her most recent is Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells. She also co-wrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream. She has co-edited Impact: Personal Portraits of Activism, Shifts: An Anthology of Women's Growth Through Change, and Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls. Her many awards include the 2019 Multi-Generational Activist Award from the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from Dartmouth College. Find out more about Michelle Duster on her website.
Badass Black Girl [the Vlog] Ep. 12 S5
On this episode of Badass Black Girl, M.J. speaks with writer, activist, and storyteller Mia Birdsong, author of the book How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community. They discuss her book and the ideas of individualism vs. interdependence, the trope of the strong Black woman, the need for meaningful connections, and how people react to her when she talks about it. M.J. asks Mia what we can do on a daily basis to help reclaim family, friendship, and community. Mia talks about the ideas of freedom and accountability, and sustaining and tending to relationships. M.J. also asks what educators can do to make sure that children understand interconnectedness. They discuss her journey to becoming a writer and an activist and her parent’s role in her upbringing. Mia shares tips on how to become an activist, and explains that we all authentically belong to the earth no matter who we are. Mia Birdsong is an activist, facilitator and storyteller. She is author of the book How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community. A Senior Fellow of the Economic Security Project, she was also an inaugural Ascend Fellow of both The Aspen Institute and New America California. She was founding Co-Director of Family Story and Vice President of UpTogether (formerly Family Independence Initiative). Mia speaks widely at conferences and gatherings across the country. She lives with her loved ones on the occupied land of the Chochenyo Ohlone people (a.k.a. Oakland, CA). Read more about her work here.
Badass Black Girl [the Vlog] - Ep. 10 S5
On this episode of Badass Black Girl, M.J. talks with Lynell George, a journalist, essayist, and researcher, about her new book A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler. They start by discussing her journey to becoming a writer. Lynell shares her favorite Octavia Butler anecdote and why she chose Butler’s life to write about. M.J. asks why creativity is important. She also asks Lynell what about Butler’s life surprised her when she was researching the book. Lynell shares how she finds time to work on her passion projects, given the demands and challenges of being a journalist. They discuss how the location she grew up in influenced her professional choices and what she discovered about herself while writing the book about Butler. You can learn more about Lynell on her website. Lynell George is an award-winning journalist and essayist. She is the author of three books of nonfiction including No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels and the Los Angeles Times bestseller, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame. She is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly. Her writing has appeared in various collections, including Speculative Los Angeles, Writing Los Angeles, and Another City: Writing from Los Angeles. Her liner notes for Otis Redding's "Live at The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings" won a 2017 GRAMMY award. Her latest book, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, is a finalist for a 2021 Hugo Award in the Related Work category.
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Set in South Florida, Badass Black Girl (the vlog) is the uplifting vlog every Black woman needs to find comfort in the miracle within her own skin and conquer the world. It celebrates the beauty, strength, and vibrancy of Black women. Moving in a counter-current to the constant barrage of toxic media messages that degrade, dehumanize, and belittle Black women and girls, Badass Black Girl (the vlog) showcases successful leaders, their achievements, struggles and sisterhood. We’ve been through it all: dating, sex, marriage, divorce, children—all while building careers in the maelstrom surrounding us. We invite our viewers to fulfill their dreams for a badass future of their own design by learning how we got through it all. Join the provocative, unflinching, maybe uncomfortable, but definitely inspiring conversations focused on Blackness and womanhood.