All tagged activism

Athletes As Activists: With Liz Loza, Celeste Bell, Scout Bassett, and Dr. Jen Welter

One of my favorite parts of the United State Of Women Summit was attending the Athletes As Activists panel. It was organized by Dr. Kimberly Clay who created Play Like A Girl. It’s a wonderful organization that supports girls in both sports and STEM. Dr. Clay and I quickly bonded over our love for Mississippi since she’s from Batesville, and I went to Ole Miss a few miles down the road. The panel was informative, heartwarming, and filled me with determination to keep sports as a part of my daughter’s life where I had let them go in my own. Liz Loza of Yahoo Fantasy Sports (and previous Enthusiasm Enthusiast guest on Feminism And Football) was a wonderful moderator.

Dining For Women: With Beth Ellen Holimon & Nancy Stern

It started as a way to celebrate one woman’s birthday by supporting a charity. From that idea, Dining For Women blossomed into a non-profit organization with thousands of members nationwide.

Local chapters of friends get together to eat and learn about the needs of women and girls in international communities.

For member, Nancy Stern, it became much more. I spoke with her and President Beth Ellen Holimon about their experiences with DFW.

Micro Activism: With Joey Slamon

Joey Slamon is a lot of things. She’s a tv writer and producer (Arrested Development, Those Who Can’t, I’m Sorry). She’s a co-creator of the wildly successful live show Public School.

She’s the queen of Halloween. She’s one of my best friends. She’s a Syrian-American.

The recent Muslim ban and general climate toward refugees has both terrified and activated her. We got together to discuss our experiences at the Women’s March in L.A., what we’re doing to make good on the promises we made that day, and how we handle the stress of the current administration in VERY different ways.

White Nonsense Roundup: With Terri Kempton

Twenty years later, there’s still so much to learn about racism and how to be a not just a non-racist, but an anti-racist. To learn more about how to combat online racism, I spoke with Terri Kempton of White Nonsense Roundup. Terri, her bestie Layla Tromble, and their WNR community are putting out racist fires all over the internet. Also, if you’d like to hear Nina Turner’s speech Terri references in her moment of enthusiasm, go here.

Trans Visibility: With D’Jamel Young

In a decade, how does one go from being a teenager with little to no options for the future to being an invited guest of the White House? This is the story of D’Jamel Young. He’s a trans activist, model, and actor. He’s also a former military intelligence officer for the Army. As someone who’s learned from his mistakes and open about his experiences, he shares how he got to this place in his life which he describes as his best yet.