Spend Your Privilege (with Brittany Packnett Cunningham) – Episode 37 of Rants & Randomness

My peoples! It’s the first regular episode of Rants and Randomness for the new decade streaming through your headphones!

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On this episode, I’m feeling good about the splashes of color from Hair Love and Parasite winning in an otherwise monochromatic Oscar ceremony. And I’m feeling really good about writing a piece for The New York Times. I rant about how we need to do better when it comes to being aware of disinformation in our news and online and some steps we can take to keep from spreading it. And I’m spotlighting She Did That – the Netflix documentary that I’m featured in. And my first guest of the new decade is the amazing Brittany Packnett Cunningham. She’s dropping some serious gems in this episode, so download the transcript so you can write these quotes down.

Feel Good

If you want to feel good in your spirit, take 3 minutes and watch Cynthia sing her Oscar-nominated song in front of the entire world. She’s coming for that EGOT. Mark my words. There was overwhelming whiteness on display again at the Oscars, but with Matthew A. Cherry and Hair Love and Bong Joon-Ho winning all the awards he was up for with Parasite, I’m feeling good about where we’re heading.

I’m also feeling good about having the opportunity to write a piece for The New York Times. I was invited to join with some brilliant people to contribute to a special section commemorating the 60th anniversary of Nigeria and 16 other African countries gaining independence from their colonizers. Click here to read it.

My Rant

Years ago, I wrote a piece on my blog called 5 Things To Do To Avoid Passing On Fake News On Social Media. It is not more relevant than it is right now. Disinformation is rampant in this election year, and we’ve got to be aware so we can do better. I’m ranting about how we can be more careful about how we take in and then share information on these interwebs.

My Randomness

This week I’m spotlighting a documentary that’s on Netflix called She Did That. The cool thing is I’m in it! I’m featured with features Lisa Price. Melissa R. Butler and Tonya Rapley founder of My Fab Finance. It’s been screened around the country for the last couple of years, but it was just picked up by Netflix, so be sure to watch it!

My Guest: Brittany Packnett Cunningham

My guest for Episode 37 is my girl Brittany Packnett Cunningham. This is a long-overdue conversation and we talk everything from social justice to newlywed life to keeping your boundaries as a form of self-care.

Brittany Packnett Cunningham is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice, cited by the President Barack Obama as a leader whose voice is going to be making a difference for years to come. Brittany was recently named as a contributor for both NBC News and MSNBC, and is an unapologetic educator, organizer, and writer. Her book, We Are Like Those Who Dream is coming out early next year, 2021.

Brittany was a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, was active in the Ferguson uprising, and is co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence. She’s also the co-host of the four-time Webby Award-winning Pod Save The People, and founded love and power, a hub created to inspire, empower, and outfit everyday people to seismically shift society. Brittany’s popular 2019 TED Talk has garnered nearly three million views, and it’s only been out for five months. She is the realest of real deals.

Brittany is brilliant. She was dropping gems of wisdom left and right in this interview. Like this quote:

You need to listen and read the transcript and then do that again. Get inspired. Spend your privilege well. Follow Brittany all over these interwebs at @MsPackyetti.

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