Ep003: #GoodAncestor EbonyJanice Moore

In this episode, I speak with womanist scholar and activist EbonyJanice Moore.

EbonyJanice Moore is a Hip Hop Womanist, scholar and activist doing community-organizing work, most specifically around black women’s body ownership as a justice issue. She is the founder of Black Girl Mixtape, a multi-platform lecture series created to center and celebrate the intellectual authority of black women. She founded BGM Institute, an online school offering classes that center POC - doing the work of decolonizing education and offering coaching and consulting that is decolonizing authority.

Her research interests include issues pertaining to blackness, woman-ness, and spirituality - most specifically black women's use of spirit, conjure, and/or the supernatural as a tool to impact social justice, and the pluralism of Black Christianity and the interconnectedness of the Southern Black Christian experience with Indigenous African religions and African Spirituality.

EbonyJanice has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Political Science, and a Master of Arts in Social Change with a concentration in Spiritual Leadership, Womanist Theology, and Racial Justice. She is the host of the Black Girl Mixtape Podcast, Rap Theology Podcast, and has a webseries called #PreachEb.

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Ep002: #GoodAncestor Austin Channing Brown

In this episode, I speak with author Austin Channing Brown.

Austin Channing Brown is a leading new voice on racial justice, and author of I’M STILL HERE: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Austin is committed to exploring the intersections of racial justice, faith and black womanhood. Her workshops are one of a kind, infused with justice, pop culture, humor, and truth-telling.

Her first book released in May 2018, shot to the top 20 of Amazon's bestsellers list. For months it has continued to sit in the top 20 in “Christian Social Issues” and “Memoirs of Social Activists”. IM STILL HERE has received acclaim from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and a host of other reviewers. Even Chelsea Clinton and Brene Brown have tweeted about this memoir. IM STILL HERE has been featured in Religion News Service, On Being, The Chicago Trib, Shondaland, Popsugar, Relevant, BitchMedia, WNYC and more. Austin is excited to unpack the themes of IM STILL HERE with her passionate readers. Her writing can also be found in Sojourners Magazine, Relevant Magazine, and other places around the web.

Austin attended North Park University where she earned a degree in business management. She also has a masters degree in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI. Since earning her masters, Austin has worked with nonprofits, churches, and universities for the advancement of racial justice and reconciliation.

Austin lives in Grand Rapids, MI with her husband, son and very spoiled puppy (who made an appearance on the podcast!).

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Ashley Story
Ep001: #GoodAncestor Rachel Cargle

In this episode, I speak with social justice activist & writer, Rachel Cargle.

Rachel Cargle is an activist, writer, and lecturer. Her activist and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Her social media platforms boast a community of almost 180k people where Rachel guides conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world.

Rachel is also a dynamic entrepreneur. Her organization The Loveland Group houses a family of companies that are dedicated to lifelong culture, opportunity, and learning.

Rachel is currently living in NYC and attending Columbia University where she is studying anthropology and women's studies.

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Ashley Story