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Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Hear the Race Forward team give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Deepen your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action. Subscribe today!
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Welcome to Season Five of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast! On the season premiere of Momentum, we had the privilege of being joined by Secretary Julián Castro, the newly appointed CEO of the Latino Community Foundation. In this conversation hosted by Cathy Albisa, Race Forward’s Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change, Cathy and Secret…
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On the season finale of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Everette Thompson-Francois, Race Forward’s Vice President of Movement and Capacity Building is joined by Sulma Arias, Executive Director of People’s Action for an illuminating and invigorating conversation inspired by the Organizing Revival project launched one year ago. As Executive Directo…
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On this bonus episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Ryan Curren, Director of Housing, Land, and Development work at Race Forward talks to us about 5 Things You Need to Know About Fair Housing Month in 2024 and the work Race Forward is doing to ensure everyone has safe, affordable, stable housing. The episode includes remarks from Ms. Karen H…
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To support our work, make your $24 donation for 2024 by texting RFPOD to 44-321, that’s R F P O D to 44-321. This month as we celebrate the worldwide contributions of Black Americans and those of African descent, Race Forward and Americans For The Arts launched a national annual “Cultural Week of Action on Race and Democracy”, scheduled to take pla…
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Historically, from slavery to present day, efforts to create black economic advancement have been stunted continuously either through violence, such as the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, or through systemic barriers and policies responsible for creating and maintaining the racial wealth gap. In August of last year, Edward Blum, the president of The Amer…
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On this bonus episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, adrienne maree brown, author of the critically acclaimed book Emergent Strategy spoke with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity’s Director of Innovative Practice Cecelia Olusola Tribbl as a part of the network’s 2023 membership meeting. In this conversation, adrienne and Olusola talk …
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This episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, recognizes Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month and International Podcast Day. Hendel Leiva, Manager of Podcasts and Audio Initiatives interviews the co-founders of BIPOC Podcast Creators Tangia Al-awaji Estrada and Maribel Quezada-Smith. In this conversation, Tangia and Maribel share their stories of how…
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On this episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Faron McLurkin interviews CEO of Liberated Capital Edgar Villanueva, author of the best selling book “Decolonizing Wealth.” They discuss the ongoing activism for reparations at the intersection of the racial justice movement and the philanthropic s…
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On this episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Julie Nelson, Senior Vice President of Programs at Race Forward and john a. powell, Director, Othering and Belonging Institute, come together in a conversation inspired by the recent essay they co-authored, “Advancing Just, Multiracial Democracy.” Throughout the conversation, they explore the rol…
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On this episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Obery Hendricks, Ph.D., one of the most influential Black biblical scholars writing today, and Race Forward’s Chief of Staff Charlene Sinclair, Ph.D., who herself fashions strategies that embrace a liberationist approach to faith and spirituality for racial and economic justice, discuss the immed…
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Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast –– recorded at The White House! On this landmark episode of Momentum Chiraag Bains, (now former) Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council for Racial Justice and Equity joins Race Forward’s Cathy Albisa and Carlton Eley to talk about the historic racial justice work activel…
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On this episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Marsha Guthrie, Deputy Director of Race Forward’s Government Alliance on Race and Equity’s Network Strategies, and Dr. Maria Cole, co-founder of Common Purpose, come together to share their experiences organizing in Florida for free and honest public education. We begin with a powerful testimony …
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*This episode opens with a statement from Race Forward Executive Vice President Eric Ward on the killing of Tyre Nichols by Memphis police officers It's a new season for Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast and we’re starting off in a big way with Race Forward President Glenn Harris, newly appointed Executive Vice President Eric Ward, and Senior Vice P…
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In this episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Julissa Arce, a nationally recognized author, speaker, and social justice advocate, joins Momentum Co-host Chevon to discuss her journey from being undocumented and working at Goldman’s Sack to sharing her story with thousands of people through her writing. Julissa shares with us the various nuan…
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In this episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Nancy Wang Yuen, sociologist and expert on race and racism in Hollywood, joins Momentum Co-host Chevon for a conversation about the turmoils the Asian-American community experienced during and after the pandemic, the xenophobia she faces as a woman of color in academia, and the challenges she enc…
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In this episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Gauge co-founder Joshua DuBois joins Chevon and Hiba for a conversation about his time as White House Executive Director of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, how Gauge is connecting community leaders and brands on their racial justice initiatives, and his ongoing work on ra…
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In the midst of the continued fallout from Dave Chapelle’s transphobic jokes from his Netflix comedy special, Hiba and our guest co-host Dennis are here to break it all down – and have the important conversation around narrative, free speech, and the link to potential hate speech/ actions. Social justice leader and media critic Dr. John Paul Higgs …
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On this bonus episode of Momentum, Hiba and guest co-host Dennis preview Race Forward’s 40th Anniversary Celebration – our upcoming virtual gala celebrating 40 years of catalyzing the racial justice movement! Listen in as our hosts talk about the early days of Race Forward, the important changemaking moments that have shaped the organization, and t…
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On the Season 3 premiere of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Western States Center Executive Director and Race Forward Senior Fellow Eric Ward joins us to ground and center us, and you, our listeners, in our racial justice work! Update: Hiba is back from sabbatical, and now Chevon is taking her well-deserved time off, and in the meantime, Dennis i…
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On this bonus episode of Momentum, Hiba –– our Conferences and Convenings Manager, is joined by youth leader Gianna Ramirez from Generation Justice to talk about everything #RaceAnd: Our Present, Our Future, Race Forward’s first intergenerational event of its kind taking place on Saturday, September 25th. Gianna and Hiba talk about the host committ…
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On the season finale, writer, comedian, podcaster, activist, and Emmy Award-nominated host Baratunde Thurston brings us to the home stretch while providing all the laughs! Baratunde joins Chevon and Dennis to talk about his early career having worked at the intersections of standup, tech, and activism as a Black man, and how those experiences have …
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Producer’s Note* The following episode was recorded the week of April 14, and just earlier this week, we received the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial. Race Forward has released a statement on our website titled “Derek Chauvin Found Guilty; But Our Work Is Not Done: Race Forward Calls For Urgency In Reimagining Public Safety That Values Black and…
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On this episode of Momentum, Chevon is joined by Dennis Chin, Race Forward’s Director of Strategic Initiatives for an important conversation around the recent/ ongoing anti-Asian attacks happening across the nation. To root the conversation, Dennis shares his background in racial justice work, his experience recently having been targeted and accost…
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On this episode of Momentum, Debra Gore-Mann, President and CEO of The Greenlining Institute joins Chevon for an energizing conversation on Greenlining’s “The Solution to Redlining” work! Debra talks about becoming the first woman to hold the leadership position of The Greenlining Institute in the organization’s 26-year history, and tells the stori…
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A historic election in Georgia. The insurrection at the U.S Capitol. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hiba and Chevon return to kick off the second half of Season 2 by addressing everything that happened in the month of January and talking about the work moving forward under a new pr…
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In this special mid-season finale, Chevon and Hiba bring you highlights from the “Culture In the Time of the Uprisings” plenary from Facing Race: A National Virtual Conference, featuring WNBPA Vice President Layshia Clarendon, IllumiNative Executive Director Crystal Echo Hawk, and United We Dream Co-founder Cristina Jiminez. "All periods require a …
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In the aftermath of a nail-biting 2020 Presidential Election, Hiba and Chevon host their first (virtual) live show joined by our Facing Race audience! (recorded via the Hopin platform) Chevon and Hiba lift up the wins driven by Black women and BIPOC communities that were seen and felt across the nation and were instrumental to President-elect Biden…
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With one week to go until the 2020 Presidential Election, Hiba and Chevon bring you an election season-themed episode for you to listen to as you make plans to vote [before, or on] Tuesday November 3rd! In this episode, Chevon and Hiba are joined by Nicole Porter, Director of Advocacy for The Sentencing Project, who talks about the newly-released r…
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[Producer’s Note]: This episode was originally recorded September 24th. After a couple of heavy weeks filled with collective loss and grief, Chevon and Hiba open Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast working through the powerful and difficult emotions generated by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s refusal to prosecute the Breonna Taylor case, a…
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For our season premiere, Chevon and Hiba link up with Blk Pod Collective’s Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Ona Oghogho, and Membership Director Sheunopa Mugobogobo to talk about the growing Black podcasting landscape and the importance of building community and showing solidarity in podcasting. In the conversation Ona and Shenuopa talk about thei…
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In this bonus episode of Momentum, Chevon talks to Hiba (who is also Race Forward’s Conference and Convenings Manager) about everything you need to know about Facing Race: A National Virtual Conference taking place November 10 - 12, 2020! Facing Race is the space for racial justice movement making and is the largest multiracial, intergenerational g…
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In our season finale, Demos President K. Sabeel Rahman joins Hiba and Chevon for an exciting conversation addressing racial and economic inequities to boldly fight for the future of American democracy. Sabeel shares his experiences growing up as a first generation Muslim Bangladeshi-American to becoming an Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law…
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We’re in the full swing of summer, and Chevon and Hiba are diving into a conversation about representation in the superhero universe and the comic book world! DC Comics authors Gene Luen Yang and Minh Le join our hosts to talk about their projects “Superman Smashes The Klan” and “Green Lantern Legacy” and how their art and stories fit into the broa…
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Glenn Harris, President of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines, joins Hiba and Chevon for a timely conversation on “the moment” our nation is facing, and the disproportionate impacts COVID-19 has had on communities of color. Race Forward responded swiftly to the crisis, and they discuss the work being undertaken within the racial justice movem…
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After a two month hiatus, Chevon and Hiba are back! In this hour long conversation, our hosts address the events of the past few months, from the coronavirus pandemic to the recent Black lives lost to police violence that have sparked a movement— and the resulting rebellion happening across the nation. In this truth-to-power episode, honest discuss…
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We’re talking all about the upcoming Census 2020, and the “My Family Matters, My Family Counts" campaign! In this episode, Maria Dautruche, Vice President for Foundation Partnerships at the National Urban League joins Hiba, Chevon, and Elana Needle, to talk about her work in fundraising, racial equity, civic engagement, and discusses her role in th…
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Kenrya Rankin, author, activist, doula, and former senior editorial director of Colorlines, joins Chevon and Hiba to talk about everything from ‘freedom dreaming’ to Black love and sex in books and podcasts. Kenrya talks about her beginnings in Cleveland and her move to New York, what her book How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide To White Re…
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Angela Glover Blackwell, founder in residence at Policylink, and host of the new Radical Imagination Podcast, joins Chevon and Hiba to talk about her longtime work as a leading voice in the movement for equity and racial justice. In this conversation, Angela talks about the “racial moment” we are currently living, and challenges us to think radical…
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Kassandra Frederique, managing director of policy, advocacy and campaigns at Drug Policy Alliance, joins Chevon and Hiba to talk about her work in advancing policy and community solutions to reduce the harms associated with drug use and the carceral system. They also touch on the importance of language as an organizing tool, and provide a framework…
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In this episode of Momentum, Hiba and Chevon take on ‘cancel culture’ in the comedy world, discussing “Joker” director Todd Phillips recent comments about not being able to make comedy films because of “woke culture”, and Saturday Night Live’s recent hiring and firing of Shane Gillis. Race Forward’s Research Associate Yirssi, joins the conversation…
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In this very first episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, get to know co-hosts Hiba and Chevon as they record from the new Race Forward offices in midtown Manhattan, sipping on Big Freedia wine! Chevon and Hiba discuss how they came to understand and become committed to racial justice work. Chevon talks about learning about systemic racism fr…
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