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The Brown Girls Guide to Politics

The Brown Girls Guide to Politics Podcast is all about amplifying the voices of women who are too often forgotten in most media coverage. This year was a record year for women of color running for -- and being elected to -- office. In the BGG to Politics blog, A’shanti Gholar created  a space for women of color to learn about the current state of women in politics, to support others breaking into the political sphere, and to celebrate incredible people changing the course of the country. Gholar founded the blog last year and Wonder Media Network is thrilled to extend her platform to audio.

 

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Stacey Abrams: “This is about our future.”

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this very first episode, Host A’shanti Gholar speaks with powerhouse Stacey Abrams. They talk about voter suppression, collective aspiration, and what’s next.


The Brown Girls Guide is produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, and Tori Taylor. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.

 

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Aimee Allison: “We can lift each other up.”

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this episode, Host A’shanti Gholar talks to Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color. They talk about multiculturalism, sister circles, and feeling called to serve.

The Brown Girls Guide is produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, and Tori Taylor. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.


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Deb Haaland: “It’s a community effort.”

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this episode, Host A’shanti Gholar talks to Deb Haaland, U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s 1st district. They talk about addiction, the promise of hard work, and standing up to discrimination.

The Brown Girls Guide is produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, and Tori Taylor. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.


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Kiah Morris: "That is the strength we carry."

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this episode, Host A’shanti Gholar talks to Kiah Morris, a former state representative of Vermont. They talk about the reality of public scrutiny, the urgency of change, and the strength we all carry.

The Brown Girls Guide is produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, and Tori Taylor. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.


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She the People Roundtable: “Treat us like swing voters”

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this episode, Host A’shanti Gholar talks to Amanda Renteria, chair of Emerge America; Na’ilah Amaru, advocacy and policy strategist; Amber Goodwin, executive director of the Community Justice Action Fund; and Vanessa Cardenas, senior director of national outreach at EMILY’s List. They talk about what went down at the first ever She the People Forum -- which candidates won, who lost, and who surprised the audience.

This episode of The Brown Girls Guide was produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, Tori Taylor, and Priyanka Mantha. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.


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Madalene Mielke: “You’re investing in the next generation.”

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this episode, Host A’shanti Gholar talks to Madalene Mielke, CEO and President of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. They talk about growing up in a multicultural community, inclusive sisterhood in politics, and learning from mentors that are different than us.

This episode of The Brown Girls Guide was produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, Tori Taylor, and Priyanka Mantha. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.


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Jess Morales Rocketto: “I'm nobody’s token.”

The Brown Girls Guide to Politics Podcast is all about amplifying the voices of women who are too often forgotten in media coverage. Host A’shanti Gholar leads conversations with women changing the face of politics. In the BGG to Politics blog, A’shanti created a space for women of color to learn about the current state of women in politics, to support others breaking into the political sphere, and to celebrate incredible people changing the course of the country. A’shanti founded the blog last year and Wonder Media Network is thrilled to extend her platform to audio.

This episode of The Brown Girls Guide was produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, and Tori Taylor. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.


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Ayanna Pressley: “You can’t poll transformation.”

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this episode, Host A’shanti Gholar talks to Ayanna Pressley, the first woman of color to represent the Massachusetts in Congress. They talk about imposter syndrome, finding confidence in vulnerability, and their mutual love of Senegalese twists.

This episode of The Brown Girls Guide was produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, and Alli Lindenberg. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.


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Ruth Buffalo: “We have a long way to go.”

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this episode, Host A’shanti Gholar talks to Ruth Buffalo, the first Native American Democratic woman elected to the North Dakota Legislature. They talk about running for office in a conservative state, her work around public health and criminal justice, and the horrific rate at which indigenous women are disappearing.

This episode of The Brown Girls Guide was produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, and Alli Lindenberg. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.


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Aditi Hardikar: “I’m going to will it into the universe.”

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this episode, Host A’shanti Gholar talks to Aditi Hardikar, the Manager of the Office of the CEO at the Obama Foundation. They talk about empowering mothers, college activism, and the LGBTQ+ community.

This episode of The Brown Girls Guide was produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, and Alli Lindenberg. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.


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Leslie Herod: “Here’s who I am.”

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this episode, Host A’shanti Gholar talks to Representative Leslie Herod, the first LGBTQ+ person to be elected to state office in Colorado. They talk about starting out in student government, criminal justice reform, and encouraging more LGBTQ+ people to run for office.

This episode of The Brown Girls Guide was produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, and Alli Lindenberg. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.


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Heather Barmore: “We stand on the shoulders of giants.”

Welcome to The Brown Girls Guide to Politics -- the one stop shop for women of color who want to hear and talk about the world of politics. On this episode, Host A’shanti Gholar talks to Heather Barmore, senior advisor for public affairs at Vote Run Lead and senior advisor for digital at NARAL. They talk about Heather’s history as a lobbyist, men as mentors, and the incredible work of helping women run for office.


This episode of The Brown Girls Guide was produced by Jenny Kaplan, Andi Kristins, and Alli Lindenberg. Original music was composed by Elisheba Ittoop.