An illustration of three black women drawn in blue, two of them with raised fists and the third speaking into a megaphone, is set against a pale yellow backdrop. On the left bottom of the image is the logo of Re:Set's podcast, 'Why This Now' and the top right has an orange, curved shape.
Amidst a polarized America, Black women activists talk about their mental health and how they are upending institutional racism. Illustration by (c) Reset Fest Inc, Canada


Episode 2: The Power of Black Women

Three African American activists break down what it means to be Black in a post-Trump America.

On this episode of Why This Now? by Re:Set, we delve into how African-American women have shaped activist moments in the country, particularly Black Lives Matter.

Activist and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Aalayah Eastmond, academic, historian and author Yohuru Williams, and mental health advocate Miana Bryant unpack the role of Black women in activist movements in American history and how they’re shaping the contemporary discourse around the Black Lives Matter movement, generational trauma, the emotional labour that goes into being a Black woman activist, and their hopes from President Joe Biden’s administration. 

Trigger warning: Please note, a portion of this episode has mentions of gun violence. Listener discretion is advised between 28:10 & 28:30. If you or someone you know is experiencing trauma related to gun violence, you can reach out resources here


Host: Aakanksha Tangri 
Writer: Sanjukta Bose & Akanksha Mishra
This is a Maed in India production.
Audio Engineer & Editor: Kartik Kulkarni
Producer: Mae Mariyam Thomas
Assistant Producer:
Husein Haveliwala

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