Please Say Black

Please Say Black

Please Say Black is a podcast dedicated to uplifting conversations with folx across the African Diaspora. It is a creative extension of The AntiBlackness Reader platform. The podcast mirrors the goals of ABR (Anti-Blackness Reader) in amplifying Black truth and knowledge, centering Black stories and exposing anti-Blackness. Our host, Joquina Reed is deeply committed to valuing the lived experiences of people deeply impacted by colonialism, xenophobia, racism and anti-Blackness.

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July 4, 2022 54 min

Dr. Felicia Bell joins me for the latest episode of Please Say Black. During this episode, Dr. Bell and I reflect on the significance of enslaved labor throughout the United States.  Dr. Bell’s research and testimony before the United States Congress has been significant in establishing a historical record that reveals the tremendous material offering given to this country by the formally enslaved, Together, we hold space to share ...

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast because racial terrorism is real and its debilitating. On May 14, 2022, a mass shooting occurred in Buffalo, New York, at a Tops Friendly Markets store, a supermarket in the Kingsley neighborhood on the eastern side of the city. Ten people were killed, and three others were injured; 11 of the victims were black. The shooter livestreamed the attack on Twitch. The shooter left behind a m...

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My good friend Tommy Allgood joins me for the latest episode of Please Say Black. During this episode, he and I discuss Black Joy. Tommy shares an expansive understanding of  Black joy. Together, we hold space to discuss the tensions that communally exist that may prohibit joy in light of our traumas. Tommy helps our listeners understand the power of somatic practice in gaining access to more joy within an anti-Black world and viol...

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Celebrated Queer Artist, Techie, and Anti-racism Educator, Nandi Kayy joins me for the latest episode of Please Say Black. During this episode, Nandi and I inspire to celebrate and amplify Twerk Culture as an antidote to Respectability Politics. Nandi complicates our current interpretations of Black solidarity as they offer insights into labor and sex work. Together, we acknowledge the significance of embodying Queer politics. Duri...

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My good sis Courtney Napier joins me for the latest episode of Please Say Black. During this episode, Courtney and I travail together reflecting upon the old adage, often credited to our dear ancestor Zora Neale Hurston, “All Skinfolk Ain’t Kinfolk.” Together, we hold space to share our feelings with the expression and unpack the ways we have embodied it. As we unravel this important communal conversation we realize that proximity ...

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Andre Henry joins host Joquina Reed for the latest episode of Please Say Black.  Andre shares the latest tea from his new book, All The White Friends I Couldn't Keep. Andre is an uncompromisingly powerful author, singer and songwriter. Listen to this robust conversation about the significance of embodying  anti-racism practices in our closest relationships. Additionally, hold space with them as the two bare witness to the real ...

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Dr.Christena Cleveland joins me for the premiere episode of Please Say Black. Dr. Cleveland expands upon her latest book, God is a Black Woman.  Dr. Cleveland shares the significance of self-compassion in Black Liberation and communal healing. Together, we hold space to name the sacredness of Blackness. During this episode, Christina mentions the significance of Palestian theology and I also talk about  Claudette Colvin. To find ou...

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Welcome to the Premier Season of Please Say Black!

Please Say Black is a podcast dedicated to uplifting conversations with folx across the African Diaspora.  It is a creative  extension of The AntiBlackness Reader platform. The podcast mirrors the goals of ABR in amplifying Black truth and knowledge, centering Black stories and exposing anti-Blackness. Our host, Joquina Reed is deeply committed to valuing the lived experiences of p...

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