Special Edition | A Historic Conversation with Diane Nash

“Freedom, by definition, is people realizing that they are their own leaders.”– Diane Nash  On this special episode, we're walking and talking with Diane Nash, one of the most influential activists of any generation – co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and organizer of the Freedom Rides.  This historic conversation commences on the […]

Tulsa Race Massacre | Special Edition

Monday, May 31st will make the 100th anniversary of one of the worst incidents of mass racial violence in the history of this country, the Tulsa Race Massacre. Over the course of two days, more than 100 residents of one of the most thriving and prosperous Black neighborhoods in the country were massacred by a […]

Special Edition: National Healing Walk + Talk

“Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion.” – bell hooks If you are like us, you are sitting with a deep ache in your heart. Just as we’d begun to shake off some of the weariness that we’ve held while watching the verdict come down in the […]

Cosmonauts | Day 21 | Mae Jemison

On September 12, 1992, Mae Jemison, became the first Black woman to fly into space. This Black woman genius, who can trace her family roots back to the plantations of Talladega County, Alabama, flew 190 hours, 30 minutes, 23 seconds, and orbited the earth 127 times. Listed among the items that she carried with her […]

Cosmonauts | Day 20 | Queen Nzinga

On the very spot where the transatlantic slave trade began, in modern-day Angola, the most epic fight for liberation in our history was waged between the entire Portuguese Empire and one Black woman. Standing toe-to-toe. Them and her. Queen Nzinga. Say her name. We are the #daughters of Queen Nzinga Mbande. Queen of the Ambundu […]

Cosmonauts | Day 19 | Annetta M. Lane & Harriet Taylor

Today we tell the story of The United Order of Tents. A secret society of Black women that has operated for more than 100 years, providing shelter and services to people who were unable to care for themselves. It’s the story of Black women’s survival and resilience throughout time. When we look back to our […]

Cosmonauts | Day 18 | Mahalia Jackson

In 1965, Harry Belafonte said that Mahalia Jackson was “the single most powerful Black woman in the United States.” She could channel God’s power, transform a room, soften the hardest hearts, move the masses, and light fire to the faithful. That’s power. We are the #daughtersof Mahalia Jackson …and her voice rang louder than bullets […]

Cosmonauts | Day 17 | Alice Walker

Alice Walker reached all the way back to bring forward the story that would forever change us in her seminal novel, The Color Purple. With her words, she gave voice and texture to the pain of Black women, tenderly explored the depths of it at every level, and then proudly walked us through a field […]

Cosmonauts | Day 16 | Katherine Dunham

Dunham. The single word conjures connection. Katherine Dunham revolutionized dance in America. Her life was an undulating umbilical cord back to our Motherland. With a Ph.D. in anthropology, she studied sacred traditional dance techniques and offered Black people a technical way to exercise the trauma of separation from our spiritual inheritance. She was ancient and […]

Cosmonauts | Day 15 | Diana Ross

When you’ve got it. You’ve got it. And Dianna Ross has always had it, has always known she’s had it and has always known how to use it. The literal definition of Icon.  A Black woman who has dared to ask the universe for what she wants and clearly stands in expectation of receiving it. […]