We are a community podcast. Below is a list of our contributors- one-timers as well as regulars. Read a bit about them and check out their projects and platforms.
Noah hails from Chicago, IL. He is a man with many twists and turns in life. He’s a follower of Christ, a husband, a talk show radio host at Real Talk Radio and a proponent for the justice and fair treatment of his people.
Cedric is a native of Ann Arbor MI who moved to Charlotte NC to begin a career in pastoral ministry. He has served as a youth pastor, a pastor of justice, and he owns a coffee roasting business. He is the co-host of the podcast, Token Confessions where he and Sanchez Fair share stories of life as men of color living in predominantly white spaces.
Dexter Pearce is a mixed brother trying to survive in a black and white world. Lacking the credentials to consider himself a true activist, he settles for practicing law and tackling racism on the side and occasionally finding time to blog. You can check out his blog at faithraceandjustice.com.
Chakita is the founder of United Street Tours, a speaker, and a consultant with a passion for creating and promoting growth mindsets. United Street Tours is a walking tour company based in Nashville, TN that specializes in black history. The tours put an unconventional spin on city tours, featuring buried stories that were left out of the storyline.
Jen Kinney is a writer and anti-trafficking activist who has dedicated her life to anti-racism work. She is the host of Speaking of Racism, and she is committed to deconstructing racism on all levels, starting within herself.
Charles A. Johnson III has been a radio talk show host since 2005. His program, “Straight Talk With Charles Johnson,” has been broadcast on several radio stations in Memphis and the Mid-South over that span. He has been a political insider on Fox 13 News in Memphis, Tennessee. He currently works as a counselor and teacher for non-profit organizations in Adult Education with incarcerated populations and in treatment facilities with at risk youth. He has long been an advocate for Civil Rights, criminal justice reform, and for pro-life causes. A long time Republican, his current political affiliation is Independent of both political parties. He enjoys spending time with his family and lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife and three children.
Michael W. Thomas
Michael Thomas spent the majority of his career in the tech field, and upon sabbatical, decided to pursue photography and discovered his passion.
“Capturing images has provided me the expressive voice of what could be understood as my soul. There is a lot of beauty in the world and equal parts of the ugly. My intent is to capture images of my emotions to share and to spread awareness with an empathetic perspective.”
Aside from photography, Michael is passionate about history. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Marietta Museum of History and teaches classes on African American History. To check out his work, click here
Calvin Moore is the host of Leading Questions. Always the inquisitive, skeptical member of his family, Calvin has consistently pushed the boundaries of accepted conventions in his search for truth and understanding. With the rise of new media, he noticed the degradation of dialogue between disparate viewpoints, which led to the creation of this program.
Calvin earned his Bachelor of Science in History Education at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He is currently working towards his second Master’s degree from Biola University in La Mirada, California. Calvin resides in Detroit, Michigan with his wife, Jennifer.
Brigette Jones is a 27 year old graduate of Tennessee State University and native of Memphis, TN. She is currently the Director of African American Studies at the Belle Meade Plantation Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Brigette’s focuses are historic and contemporary race relations in the United States and the history of chattel enslavement in America.
Myisha T is a mental health activist, speaker, and entrepreneur passionate about mental wellness and empowerment for women.
In 2018, Myisha became curious about white women and privilege after ending a relationship with a co-worker that negatively impacted her mental health. This led her to identify her own internalized oppression and racism. Not interested in throw-away culture, she decided to seek out safe ways that white folks are showing up for BIWoC.
Tina Strawn has been a fitness professional for the past 14 years where she held several local, regional and corporate titles and has taught hundreds of people each week in the gym setting as a yoga teacher, cycle and group fitness instructor. But in 2018, Tina found herself at the intersection of her social and racial justice activism and her fitness teaching, so she created Satya Yoga Trips, where she leads 3 day anti-racism yoga trips to the lynching memorial and the legacy museum in Montgomery, Alabama, where participants use the philosophy and the practice of yoga as tools to dismantle racism.
Tina is an anti-racism advocate, as both a student and a facilitator. Having recently relocated with her wife from Atlanta to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Tina now focuses on her anti-racism work full time, which includes the anti-racism/yoga trips to Montgomery, as well as speaking engagements, leading private events and soon she will be launching a series of anti-racism workshops and online webinars.
John has diligently and faithfully worked toward racial reconciliation for almost 30 years. He is passionate about training groups who seek to increase their awareness around biblical multicultural and racial reconciliation, and brings years of experience and expertise in facilitating and training to this work.
John uses facilitating dialogue and interactive exercises as a core element in all of his workshops. These workshops are designed to introduce participants to the deceptive and destructive effects of racism in our lives and the body of Christ, and present opportunities to learn and experience the work of racial reconciliation within a biblical framework. John is a graduate of UC Berkeley and USC Law School.
John has been practicing law for over 20 years, has mediated and facilitated sessions for individuals and small groups in the area of alternative dispute and conflict resolution, and is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Life Pacific College teaching on Race, Reconciliation, and Ministry.
Perry Clemons (He/His) is an African-American third grade teacher from Harlem, N.Y. He has created a board game called Inequality-opoly: The Board Game of Structural Racism and Sexism in America. Inequality-opoly is a custom property trading game that transforms recent national studies into a perspective-taking experience. In this game like, in the real world, certain players based on their perceived identity enjoy privileges while others face obstacles to building wealth.
The mission of Inequality-opoly is to spread awareness and advance discourse about the effects of Structural Racism and Sexism in America. The objective of Inequality-opoly is to battle with or benefit from Structural Racism and/or Sexism to become the wealthiest player and partnership by buying, renting, developing property, and (most importantly) making deals. Whichever player or partnership has the most wealth at the end of the game wins.
The idea for Inequality-opoly came when Perry attended diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings. During these trainings, Perry noticed the difficulties the facilitators faced in demonstrating the effect of racial and gender discrimination in a way that is engaging and personalized to all the people in the room. As an educator for over a decade, he knows the best way to teach or reinforce something is to make it a game. He thought that gamifying diversity training would make for deeper understanding and richer discussions. After 3 years of research, development, and playtesting, Inequality-opoly is now for sale thanks to a successful kickstarter and indiegogo campaign at www.inequalityopoly.com
Tayo Rockson is a writer, speaker, consultant, and media personality who runs UYD Management – a strategic leadership and consulting firm that helps organizations incorporate sustainable diversity and inclusion practices. As someone who has lived on 4 continents, he is an authority in communicating effectively across cultures. In addition to that, he’s been named a “Top 40 Millennial Influencer” by New Theory magazine. He hosts the popular As Told By Nomads podcast and his book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world.
Lettie Shumate is a historian, a racial and social justice activist and advocate, an educator, and a public speaker. She is the host of her podcast, titled “Sincerely, Lettie”, where she educates about history and bridges the past to the present, she discusses racial and social issues, and she doesn’t hold back the truth with hard topics and tough conversations.
She received her master’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2015 where she focused on American history, specifically black history, race studies, black power, civil rights, and more.
After working in the corporate world while also teaching history at Cape Fear Community College, she decided to go back to school and is currently getting another master’s degree, this time in Conflict Management & Resolution. Not only is breaking down history one of her passions, but she has learned that she wants to take her skills further and lead antiracism work, facilitate conversations in antiracism workshops and programs, and continue to inform others about the bigger picture issues that must be confronted to dismantle white supremacy culture in America.
Lettie is on the Board of Directors for both the Bellamy Mansion and the YWCA in Wilmington, NC, and she is a co-facilitator for the New Hanover County Community Remembrance Project through the Equal Justice Initiative.