Good Ancestor Podcast

Good Ancestor Podcast Podcast

An interview series with change-makers & culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. Hosted by globally respected speaker, anti-racism educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad.

Ep022: #GoodAncestor Aja Barber on Sustainable Fashion
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 spaces for deep learning and inquiry into the ways that systems of power affect our buying habits....

Ep021: #GoodAncestor Blair Imani on Making Our Way Home
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 History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream (2020). She is also the official ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values, ...

Ep020: #GoodAncestors Michelle Johnson & Kerri Kelly on Race and Resilience
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 integration. She has been leading anti-racism trainings for 22 years. Michelle has experience working to dismantle systems of oppression inside corporations, mid-si...


Ep019: #GoodAncestor Mona Haydar on Music, Spirituality & the Power of Music
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 attention and extensive press. The project was featured on the series "The Secret Life of Muslims" and remains the most-watched episode of the series. As an MA student, ...

Ep018: #GoodAncestor Jennifer Arnise on Healing the Black Mother Wound
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....

Ep017: #GoodAncestor Jasmin Kaur on Healing and Reclaiming Identity
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 toured across North America, the UK and Australia to connect with youth through the power of artistic expression.One of The Tempest’s 40 Women to Watch in 2019, her wo...


Ep016: #GoodAncestor Celine Semaan on Fashion Activism
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 concepts and systems into approachable stories that resonate with a wide audience. Celine’s work in sustainability has made her a recognized expert; her non-profit ...

Ep015: #GoodAncestor Rebekah Borucki on Managing the Motherload
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 and effectively to hundreds of thousands of individuals online and in exclusive workshops and public events. Rebekah’s mission is to make mental-health support ...

Ep014: #GoodAncestor The Conscious Kid on Parenting Through a Critical Race Lens
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 researching Black graduate experiences at UC San Diego. Ramon has created, developed and supported student-driven, culturally-relevant curriculum and programs for...


Ep013: #GoodAncestor Leah Vernon on Living Unashamed
In this episode, I speak with best selling author, educator, and motivational speaker, Leah Vernon.Leah V is an international Hijabi social media influencer, award-winning author of new memoir: Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim, motivational speaker, educator, and content creator. Her content has garnered over a million views combined, and she has been featured in hundreds of media platforms from The New York Times to Buzzfeed. This Detroit-native was inspired to start blogging in 2013 because there...

Ep012: #GoodAncestor No White Saviors on Saying ‘No’ to White Saviorism
In this episode I speak with Olivia Alaso and Kelsey Nielsen, two members of the advocacy campaign No White Saviors.Olivia and Kelsey are both trained social workers who have worked in the field for years. Olivia is born and raised in Uganda, Kelsey has spent around 5 years in-country working in various capacities. No White Saviors very much started as a joint outlet to see many of the harmful aspects of white saviorism in Uganda exposed. Coming from two very different experiences with a common goal, Olivia...

Ep011: #GoodAncestor Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility
In this episode, I speak with best selling author, activist, and speaker, Robin DiAngelo.Dr. DiAngelo is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. In addition, she holds two Honorary Doctorates. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books, including What Does it Mean...


Ep010: Season 1 Bonus Episode - Leesa Renee Hall Interviews Layla Saad
In this season 1 bonus episode author, storyteller, social historian, playwright, and creative word artist Leesa Renee Hall interviews me!This conversation between me and one my dearest friends is raw, uncut and real. I hope you enjoy it!About Leesa Renee Hall:Leesa Renee Hall is an author, facilitator, social historian, and creative word artist. After writing half a million words over 365 consecutive days, Leesa helps highly sensitive introverted leaders (HSIL for short) use the art of self-inquiry to ques...

Ep009: #GoodAncestor Glennon Doyle
In this episode I speak with best selling author, activist, and speaker, Glennon DoyleGlennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller LOVE WARRIOR, a 2016 Oprah’s Book Club selection, as well as the New York Times Bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. She is the founder and president of Together Rising, a nonprofit organization that has raised $15.5 Million for women, families, and children in crisis. Glennon is an activist, speaker, and thought leader who believes that a Love Warrior's journey is t...

Ep008: #GoodAncestor Latham Thomas
In this episode, I speak with author, birth doula and leader, Latham Thomas.After giving birth to her son Fulano in 2003, Latham Thomas set out on a mission to help women reclaim birth. A graduate of Columbia University & The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Latham is a maternity lifestyle maven, world renown wellness leader and master birth doula on the vanguard of transforming the wellness movement. Named one of Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul 100, Latham is bridging the gap between optimal wellness, spiri...


Ep007: #GoodAncestor Sassy Latte
In this episode I speak with political creative, Sassy Latte. Sassy Latte incorporates their love of makeup and fashion into their social justice work by juxtaposing hyper feminine, glamorized, and provocative photos with thought-provoking, political captions to encourage discussions regarding intersectional feminism and body politics. In other words, Sassy believes that the worlds of intellect, politics, and fashion/makeup can co-exist and empower one another....

Ep006: #GoodAncestor Lachrista Greco
In this episode, I speak with writer, curator, and speaker, Lachrista Greco.Lachrista Greco is the creator of Guerrilla Feminism and The Guerrilla Feminist. She is a writer, speaker, curator, and maker. Lachrista is a cis, white woman who writes and speaks about feminism, digital activism, sexual violence, learning disabilities, sexual health, and more. She has an M.A. in Women's & Gender Studies, and is currently pursuing a second Master's Degree in Library and Information Science....

Ep005: #GoodAncestor Jamia Wilson
In this episode, I speak with author, and director of the Feminist Press, Jamia WilsonJamia Wilson has contributed to The New York Times, Rookie, Refinery 29, Glamour, Elle, The Today Show, CNN, BBC, and more. She is the author of Young, Gifted, and Black and wrote the oral history in Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World. She co-authored Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Advocacy, and Activism for All. The former Women, Action, and the Media Executive Director, T...


Ep004: #GoodAncestor Dr. Frantonia Pollins
In this episode, I speak with wealth and success coach, Dr. Frantonia Pollins.Dr. Frantonia Pollins, affectionately known as The First Lady of Empowerment, is the founder & CEO of The First Lady Lifestyle & Leadership Academy, an exclusive membership movement which offers the ultimate in business mentoring and life coaching services designed to empower 1,000,000 women worldwide to conquer their fears about money & wealth; inspire them to discover their own uniquely Divine & powerful purpose on the planet an...

Ep003: #GoodAncestor EbonyJanice Moore
In this episode, I speak with womanist scholar and activist EbonyJanice Moore.EbonyJanice Moore is a Hip Hop Womanist, scholar and activist doing community-organizing work, most specifically around black women’s body ownership as a justice issue. She is the founder of Black Girl Mixtape, a multi-platform lecture series created to center and celebrate the intellectual authority of black women. She founded BGM Institute, an online school offering classes that center POC - doing the work of decolonizing educat...

Ep002: #GoodAncestor Austin Channing Brown
In this episode, I speak with author Austin Channing Brown.Austin Channing Brown is a leading new voice on racial justice, and author of I’M STILL HERE: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Austin is committed to exploring the intersections of racial justice, faith and black womanhood. Her workshops are one of a kind, infused with justice, pop culture, humor, and truth-telling. Whether she is being interviewed, lecturing, or leading a workshop, Austin is sure to elicit a full range of emotions as sh...


Ep001: #GoodAncestor Rachel Cargle
In this episode, I speak with social justice activist & writer, Rachel Cargle.Rachel Cargle is an activist, writer, and lecturer. Her activist and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Her social media platforms boast a community of almost 180k people where Rachel guides conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world.Rachel is also a dynamic entrepr...