Be an Advocate (with Kim Foxx) – Episode 38 of Rants & Randomness

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On this episode, I’m feeling good about Jalaiah Harmon, the original Renegade dancer getting credit that she’s due. I rant about how we don’t need to be like the young folk and be on every single social media platform. I know the FOMO is real, but it’s not necessary. And I’m spotlighting my love for Martinelli’s apple juice. Random. I know. And my guest today is Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. She’s doing amazing work here in Chicago, and I’m wanting her to be known by more people so you can support her in Chicago or if you aren’t in Chicago, support other good local candidates who are stepping up and leading out.

Feel Good

I love it when people get credit for their work, so even though I’m officially a young/old auntie and have no idea how to do this dance, I was so glad to see Jalaiah Harmon starting to get props for creating the Renegade dance. (If you don’t know what the Renegade is, you’re just old like me and you’re clearly not on TikTok. Here’s a roundup of what it looks like.)

My Rant

I’m ranting at you this week if you’re feeling even a tiny bit of FOMO about not knowing what the Renegade is or that you’re missing out on something by not being on TikTok, you need to let that go. If you’re feeling guilty about not being on a particular platform, ask yourself, “Are the people I want to reach on there? Is my audience there?” If the answer is no, then go forth and socialize on your social network of choice. (Or just come join us on LuvvNation, where all the best people on the internet gather.)

My Randomness

I’m truly the most random. My spotlight this week is my favorite apple juice – Martinelli’s. Not sponsored, just loved. Water is boring, and I’m trying to drink less soda, so I’ve landed here with Martinelli’s and I’m loving it.

My Guest: Kim Foxx

My guest for Episode 38 is Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. I’ve been really looking forward to having her on the show. Raised in the projects in Chicago and homeless for part of her time in high school, Kim went to college and law school with an early vision of how she could help people like herself if she became a lawyer, and she fights for those people in her current role.

Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African-American woman to lead the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. It’s the second-largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim took office on December 1st, 2016, with a vision for transforming the Cook County State’s office into a fair, more forward-thinking organization focused on rebuilding the public trust, promoting transparency, and being proactive in making all communities safe.

Kim is currently up for re-election, and I wanted to have on the podcast to not only talk about what she’s done as a leader in the city of Chicago but to shine a spotlight and talk about what all of us can do to elevate and amplify great leaders, especially Black women leaders, in our cities and communities across the country.

We have a wide-ranging conversation – talking about her experiences growing up in the projects, why she decided to become a lawyer and the amazing things she’s been able to do as the second most powerful prosecutor in the country.

This is such an important episode. Please listen, and please share far and wide. If you’re in Chicago, make sure you get out and help others get out and vote for Kim, and if you’re not, support like-minded candidates in your local elections and donate to those who are making a difference in their local area. We have to support good people in office, or the dumpster fire will continue to grow.

Go to Kim’s website at KimFoxx.com and follow her on Instagram at @kim_foxx, and on Twitter at @KimFoxxforSA

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