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This award-winning podcast teaches you how to take your ancestors from names on paper to multidimensional people who lived, breathed, loved, lost, and helped you to be who you are. It also has a #CensusOfHumor. Benefit from my years of experience in folklore, history, genealogy, law, and tools of FamilySearch (owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), Ancestry, Newspapers.com and more. I learn from my many mistakes. I teach from those lessons. I interview others. I discuss c ...
 
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In this episode, I speak with advocate, storyteller, and minimalist, Christine Platt. Christine Platt is a passionate advocate for social justice and policy reform. From serving as an advocate for policy reform to using the power of storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine’s work reflects her practice of living with intention. She holds …
 
In this episode, I speak with yoga practitioner, author and founder, Susanna Barkataki. An Indian yoga practitioner in the Shankaracharya tradition, Susanna Barkataki supports practitioners to lead with equity, diversity and yogic values while growing thriving practices and businesses with confidence. She is the author of the 2020 book Embrace Yoga…
 
Twitter bots attacked my account and I can't get in, so I have a new one - fppppodcast. Yeah, I reported a fascist and BAM! So, THAT happened. Otherwise, I want all of 2021 to be audience participation time. Please join me with your family stories about life on the homefront during World War II. No matter where you're from, I want to hear how your …
 
In this episode, I speak with counseling psychologist and educator, Dr. Mariel Buquè. Dr. Mariel Buquè is an Afro-Dominican counseling psychologist and educator. She provides clinical care and teaches courses at Columbia University and Columbia University Medical Center in the areas of culturally-responsive delivery of mental health care and the de…
 
In this episode, I speak with journalist, author, and academic, Ruby Hamad. In 2018, Ruby Hamad's Guardian article, ‘How White Women Use Strategic Tears to Silence Women of Color’ became a global flashpoint for discussions of white feminism and racism and inspired her debut book, White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color. W…
 
In this episode, I speak with writer, speaker, consultant, and brand strategist, Tayo Rockson. Tayo Rockson is a writer, speaker, consultant, podcaster, professor, and brand strategist who runs UYD Management - a strategic consulting firm that helps organizations incorporate sustainable diversity and inclusion practices. As the son of a diplomat, T…
 
In this episode, I speak with author, screenwriter, and actress, Reema Zaman. Reema Zaman is a Bangladeshi-American author, screenwriter, and actress. She is the author of the memoir I Am Yours and the dystopian novel Paramita. I Am Yours was adopted into the curriculum of several high schools through an innovation grant by the Oregon Department of…
 
This is not an episode so much as an announcement: it's holiday time and that means it's time for taking folklore! But, with the increased need to stay home and separate, and with more people than ever relying on devices and video chat to communicate with family, why not see this as an opportunity to use Zoom.us to not only communicate, but to reco…
 
Yes it's Halloween, but we're not really getting scary with it - maybe a little spoopy, but more misty. And hungry. This episode has stories, a few laughs, a few recipes, and is a tribute to YOU - my audience - for sticking with me since January 2018. Next year, maybe you'll contribute a story or a recipe yourself? In the meantime, listen and enjoy…
 
In this episode, I speak with a freedom worker, author, speaker, poet and youth mentor, Dr. Jaiya John. Dr. Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized freedom worker, author, speaker, poet, and youth mentor. Dr. Jaiya is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global rehumanizing mission that has donated th…
 
Do you have family recipes that pertain to the Autumn, or to Halloween itself? I'd love to read them out in our upcoming Halloween episode, Skelly Rellies! Just send me the name of the person who made the recipe, why it's important to you or your family, and the text of the recipe itself. I'll read it into the episode, with full credit to you and y…
 
In this episode, I speak with anti-racism campaigner, Tedx speaker and writer, Nova Reid. Often described as a force to be reckoned with, Nova Reid is an anti-racism campaigner, Tedx speaker and writer. Nova uses her background in mental health to support people to be the change they want to see in the world by unlearning their racism from the insi…
 
In this episode, I speak with writer, speaker and spiritual teacher , Yasmine Cheyenne. Yasmine Cheyenne is a writer and spiritual teacher who helps people create their self-healing practices. Through speaking, her workbooks and courses, she helps her students navigate the sometimes tougher parts of self-healing work and integrate it into all areas…
 
In this episode, I speak with artist, author, activist, and transformational leader, Sonya Renee Taylor. Sonya Renee Taylor is a National and International award-winning writer and performer, best-selling author of two books The Body is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love and Celebrate Your Body and Its Changes Too, and founder and Radic…
 
In this episode, I speak with historian, journalist, poet, organizer, and mending practitioner, Dr. Maytha Alhassen. Dr. Maytha Alhassen primarily sees her labor as that of a freedom doula and an engaged wit/h/ness reviving the traditions of the feral femme. She is a historian, journalist, poet, organizer and mending practitioner. As a journalist, …
 
In this episode, I speak with award-winning yoga instructor, author and advocate, Jessamyn Stanley. Regarded as a leading voice on intersectional identity and 21st-century yoga, Jessamyn has won many awards for her social influence and unique approach to wellness. With an articulate message of representation and visibility, Jessamyn also speaks acr…
 
This episode is super-sized, because the topic is that important: racism in genealogy and the new AncestryDNA policy that will eliminate all matches below 8cM for all users. I mention the multiple hacks and security breaches on genealogy and DNA websites within the past week, too. But more than anything, this episode allows my cousin, Brian Sheffey…
 
In this episode, I speak with #1 New York Times bestselling anti-racist educator and consultant, Tiffany Jewell. Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, antiracist educator and consultant, and mama. She is in her 15th year as a Montessori educator and nearing two decades of work in schools with young folks, families, and educators. Tiffany loves…
 
In this episode, I speak with a social entrepreneur, investor and speaker, Nicole Cardoza. Nicole is the founder and Executive Director of Yoga Foster, a national nonprofit that empowers educators with yoga and mindfulness resources for the classroom. She's also the founder of Reclamation Ventures, a fund that invests in high-potential, underestima…
 
In this episode, I speak with author, influencer, and founder of Make Motherhood Diverse, Candice Brathwaite. Candice Brathwaite is a mother of two, an influencer, and the founder of UK based initiative; Make Motherhood Diverse, which seeks to challenge the usually singular narrative of motherhood. She is the author of the 2020 Sunday Times Bestsel…
 
This is the soundtrack of the YouTube video I released on June 10th, combined with some further explanations and discourse in reference to Reparational Genealogy. It contains challenges to White American genealogists to use social media platforms to start to publicize the facts about their slaveholding ancestors. For those White American genealogis…
 
In this episode, I speak with writer, pleasure activist, filmmaker and performance artist, Junauda Petrus-Nasah. Junauda Petrus-Nasah is a writer, pleasure activist, filmmaker and performance artist of Black-Caribbean descent, born on Dakota land. Her work centers around wildness, queerness, Black-diasporic-futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, s…
 
In this episode, I speak with author, speaker and anti-racism educator, Monique Melton. Monique Melton is an anti-racism educator, published author, international speaker, coach and host of the Shine Brighter Together podcast. She is also the founder of Shine Brighter Together, a community dedicated to healthy relationships & diverse unity. Monique…
 
In this episode, I speak with award-winning performer and writer , Sarah Jones. Called a "master of the genre" by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® Award-winning performer and writer known for her multi-character, one-person shows (Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and her current, critically-…
 
In this episode, I speak with author, transformational speaker, and top 20 recording artist, Justin Michael Williams. From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window, to sharing the stage with Deepak Chopra, Justin Michael Williams knows the power of healing to overcome. He is an author, top 20 recording artist, and transformationa…
 
In this episode, I speak with award-winning journalist, author and an internationally-recognized speaker, strategist and advocate for maternal and infant health, Kimberly Seals Allers. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is a leading voice on the socio-cultural and racial complexities of birth, breastfeeding a…
 
The world is upside down, and even those of us who work from home are a bit, shall we say, off. I know that I am having trouble with concentrating. Are you? Today is an off-the-cuff episode. I'm discussing my solutions for the problem of being distracted and worried while needing to stay involved with my volunteer and personal genealogical work. I'…
 
In this episode, I speak with writer, stylist and consultant, Aja Barber. Aja Barber is a writer, stylist, consultant and speaker whose work focuses on the intersections of feminism, colonialism and race in regards to our clothing and how we choose to consume. Aja is a prolific writer and micro-blogger on Patreon and Instagram, where she creates sp…
 
Are your kids bored with homeschooling yet? How about some good, old-fashioned Home Ec! Were you required to take Home Economics in order to graduate? I may be dating myself, but I was. We had to learn how to cook, and one of the best lessons was making candy. My mom had it even better - she grew up in a household where making candy was a part of t…
 
Well, the landscape has changed a lot since my last episode! I hope that you are well, healthy and stocked and sheltering safely, not worrying about your kin. Today I have some comfort food recipes from my mother and grandmother. We're starting with an apple cake with cream cheese frosting (because on sick days, we can start with dessert), and then…
 
In this episode, I speak with author, mental health advocate and historian, Blair Imani. Blair Imani is a writer, mental health advocate, and historian living at the intersections of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity. In addition to being a public speaker, Blair is the author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting Histo…
 
In this episode, I speak with social change activists and co-founders of Race and Resilience, Michelle Johnson and Kerri Kelly. Michelle Cassandra Johnson is an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. She approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and i…
 
This episode is both a video and the soundtrack of that video. Normally, my videos are for Patreon subscribers only, but I thought that this quick little how-to about verifying qualifying patriots for the Daughters of the American Revolution, cleaning up their profiles in Ancestry, and using pixlr.com to make each one a unique profile photo would b…
 
Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American rapper, chaplain, poet, and MA in Christian Ethics. Billboard Magazine named Mona's breakout hit "Hijabi" one of 2017's best protest songs and one of the top feminist anthems of all time. Her "Ask A Muslim" project, created in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, garnered international attenti…
 
In this episode, I speak with author, Healer and Transformational Coach, Jennifer Arnise. Jennifer Arnise is an author, Healer and Transformational Coach who is dedicated to helping Black women heal their deepest emotional pain so they can experience more joy, pleasure and purpose in their life. She lives in Atlanta with her son and their dog Bella…
 
In this episode, I speak with writer, illustrator and spoken Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator and poet living on unceded Sto:lo territory. Her writing, which explores themes of feminism, womanhood, social justice and love, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. As a spoken word artist and creative writing facilitator, she has toure…
 
Join me in welcoming Katie Andrews Potter as the newest Root-level supporter on Patreon. She's getting a logo shot glass in May! You can join her with monthly support for all of my work at patreon.com/ancestorsalive. Back in October, I had a chat with my dad. I took a few stories from him as we discussed the differences between our childhoods. He g…
 
I took a little hiatus so I could get some research done for clients, but I'm back and ready to rock! Let's have a little check in on my new paid services, a few things I think are noteworthy in this new year, and some actions we can all take to hold FamilySearch, Facebook and Ancestry accountable for some unexplained service issues. Time to get LO…
 
In this episode, I speak with designer, advocate, writer and founder of Slow Factory and The Library Study Hall, Celine Semaan. Celine Semaan is a modern ambassador of cultures, fostering communication across industry, policy, academia and the broader citizen population. Her research focuses on circular design & communication, translating complex c…
 
In this episode, I speak with best selling author, educator, and motivational speaker, Rebekah Borucki. Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BEXLIFE® and the BLISSED IN® wellness movement, is a mother of five, TV host, meditation and yoga guide, and birth doula. She has taught meditation as a profound act of self-care that can be executed effortlessly…
 
In this episode I speak with Ramon Stephens, Executive Director at The Conscious Kid. Ramon Stephens is a PhD student at the University of California, San Diego and Executive Director at the Conscious Kid. His research focuses on recruitment, retention, resilience and student voice for Black students and marginalized student groups, he is currently…
 
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