Bias Bender

Bias Bender

Host Kayla Stokes explores the lives and stories of all the Black women she wants to know more about. By exploring the past and present, she hopes to imagine our future.

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August 6, 2021 24 min

It's been one year of Bias Bender! Can you believe it? I'm still pinching myself... Join me as we reflect on the hopes and dreams of the past year of Bias Bender.

I can't thank you enough for listening along with me this past year. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Cover art by Michelle Li. (https://michellejli.com/)
Original music by Adam Westerman. (Font Leroy Spotify Page)

This podcast is supported in part by a 4Culture...

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Hi everyone! I'm back! Yay!

This week's episode is about MacNolia Cox and her spelling bee career. I so enjoyed getting to learn more about her story and giving her the honor she earned early on in her life.  I hope you enjoy listening!

I'd love to hear what you think of this episode. Please feel free to reach out to the podcast email at biasbender@gmail.com. Or if social media is more your speed, you can find the pod...

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This week we are talking about Hattie McDaniel and her famous, complicated acting career.

If you have any thoughts about this episode or the podcast in general, I'm all ears. You can reach me at the podcast email, biasbender@gmail.com, or on instagram or facebook, which are both @biasbender. I'm always curious to hear what your thoughts are!

Please feel free to rate, review and subscribe this podcast wherever you are...

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This week we are chatting about what it means to retell history. In doing so, we'll cover the story of Eliza Ann Gardner, a community leader and activist from Boston!

I would love to know what you think about this week's episode. Please feel free to reach out via the podcast email, biasbender@gmail.com, or through instagram and facebook which are both @biasbender. I really do appreciate your thoughts!

If you are enjoy...

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Welcome to a very special episode of Bias Bender! This episode was created in partnership with Broadway Advocacy Coalition (https://www.bwayadvocacycoalition.org/) as a part of my Artivism Fellowship with them!

We are joined by Naquasia Pollard, an activist and mentor who was previously incarcerated for 15 years to talk about her experiences. This one is a real gift, ya'll! Naquasia is the Executive Director of Pure Legacee (htt...

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This week we are talking about the life and work of Christia Adair. She was a powerhouse who is responsible for a lot of progress, including securing a particular, very important part of our election system. Her story is not one to miss!

Voting Resources:

https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page

https://www.vote.org/

Cover art by Michelle Li. (https://michellejli.com/)
Original music by Adam Westerman. (Font Leroy Spotify Page)


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Hi everyone! This week we are taking the time to chat with my mom, Dale Garnes! Buckle up for some good wholesome fun as we chat about what motherhood has meant to her, and how her career fits into all the wonderful things she does.

If you enjoy this episode, please let me know! You can reach out via the podcast email which is biasbender@gmail.com, or you can find Bias Bender on instagram or facebook by searching @biasbende...

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This week we are talking about the incredible Oseola McCarty!

If you are enjoying this podcast, please let me know! You can reach out via the podcast email which is biasbender@gmail.com, or you can find the podcast on instagram and facebook @biasbender. And if you'd really like to support the podcast, feel free to rate, review, subscribe, follow, and tell a friend!

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I'm back with another episode! This week we are talking about what it means to feel safe, and what measures we go to to create the bubble of safety. The story we are focusing on is the story of Marie Van Brittan Brown and her security based invention.

I'm so excited to be back and sharing new episodes with you again. If you ever want to get in contact with me please feel free to reach out! You can connect with me through th...

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This week we are talking about the life and work of Dr. Grace Lee Boggs. She was an Asian American woman who really put in the work for not only her Asian community, but also for her local Black community.

We are also joined by Michelle Li, the wonderful artist who designed our cover art, to chat about her experience navigating her relationship to race. Please check her out on instagram (@michellejxli) or on her website, michel...

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This week's episode is about the hilarious Jackie "Moms" Mabley! We're talking about her comedic career, the "chiltin's circuit," and much more!

If you ever want to reach out to the podcast you can do so by sending an email to biasbender@gmail.com, or by sending a DM to the Bias Bender instagram or Facebook page (@biasbender). If you are enjoying the podcast the easiest ways to support it are by ...

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This week we are talking about the life of Dr. Jane Ellen McAllister, the first Black woman to earn a PhD in Education in the US. We are also joined by the soon to be Dr. Kiara Butler, the CEO of Diversity talks, to chat about her student-led organization.

Here's where you can find Kiara and Diversity Talks:
instagram: @diversitytalks & @reallyfemale
diversitytalkspd.com
facebook.com/diversitytalkspd/

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This week's episode is about Eliza Carpenter and her life out in the wild west!

Here's where you can reach out with any and all thoughts about the podcast:
Email: biasbender@gmail.com
Instagram: @biasbender
Facebook: facebook.com/biasbender

If you want to support the podcast, please feel free to rate, review, and send the link to your favorite episode to a friend!

Cover Art by Michelle Li. (https://michellejli.com/)
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This week we are joined by the lovely Jasmine Lesane to talk about all things lighting design and to honor the story of Shirley Prendergast, a truly game changing lighting designer! 

Here's where you can find Jasmine!
https://www.jasminelesane.com/
instagram: @jasminelesane

In this episode I mention the movie The River Niger. If you'd like to watch on YouTube, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clRo50...

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This week we are talking about the incredible Ida B. Wells-Barnett and her historic journalistic work. Today marks 112 years of the NAACP, and since Ida was involved in the formation, now seemed like a great time to chat about her life and work!

As always, please let me know what you think of this episode. You can reach out via email at biasbender@gmail.com, or through the podcast instagram or facebook (@biasbender). If you&...

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This week's episode is about Bridget "Biddy" Mason, a real estate entrepreneur, nurse, and midwife!

As always, I'd love to hear what you think about this episode. Please feel free to email the podcast at biasbender@gmail.com, or reach out via the podcast facebook or instagram pages (@biasbender). And if you're really enjoying what you hear and you want to support the show, be sure to rate, review, subscr...

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This week I am so thrilled so share the story of Thyra J. Edwards, a social worker who took her advocacy work across the globe.

We are also joined by Brittney Cobb, a licensed clinical social worker who is working hard to break down mental health stigmas in her own community. You can find Brittney at her awesome instagram @ablacktherapist or through her mental health consulting platform, https://www.bewellmentalhealth.org/. I s...

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This week was a big week. Let's talk about it and also shed light on the story of Charlotta Bass and her historic political career.

If you are enjoying this podcast, please feel free to rate, review, subscribe and tell a friend or two or three! You can always let me know what you think via email (biasbender@gmail.com) or through social media on instagram or facebook (@biasbender).

Cover art by Michelle Li. (https://miche...

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This week we are talking about the life and legacy of Coretta Scott King. As Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up, I thought it was definitely time I learn more about Coretta and her own dedication to equality.

If you enjoy this or any episode of Bias Bender, please feel free to rate, review, subscribe and tell a friend! I'm also always happy to hear what you think. You can email me at biasbender@gmail.com, or reach out ...

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This week we are talking about the life and career of a woman who created so many iconic looks. Her name is Zelda Wynn Valdes, and I think you're going to want to know about all the cool things she did to make Black women feel their best!

We are also joined by the lovely Olivia Anthony (@liv4olivia)! She is a fashion designer and CEO of her very own streetwear brand, LIV Streetwear. I loved getting to hear more about her jou...

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