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Host Kayla Stokes explores the lives and stories of all the Black women she wants to know more about. By exploring the past and present, she hopes to imagine our future.

Host Kayla Stokes explores the lives and stories of all the Black women she wants to know more about. By exploring the past and present, she hopes to imagine our future.

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United States

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Host Kayla Stokes explores the lives and stories of all the Black women she wants to know more about. By exploring the past and present, she hopes to imagine our future.

Language:

English


Episodes

39 - Happy Birthday, Bias Bender!

8/6/2021
It's been one year of Bias Bender! Can you believe it? I'm still pinching myself... Join me as we reflect on the hopes and dreams of the past year of Bias Bender. I can't thank you enough for listening along with me this past year. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Cover art by Michelle Li. (https://michellejli.com/) Original music by Adam Westerman. (Font Leroy Spotify Page) This podcast is supported in part by a 4Culture Arc Artist Fellowship.

Duration:00:24:23

38 - MacNolia Cox and The National Spelling Bee

7/23/2021
Hi everyone! I'm back! Yay! This week's episode is about MacNolia Cox and her spelling bee career. I so enjoyed getting to learn more about her story and giving her the honor she earned early on in her life. I hope you enjoy listening! I'd love to hear what you think of this episode. Please feel free to reach out to the podcast email at biasbender@gmail.com. Or if social media is more your speed, you can find the podcast on instagram and facebook both @biasbender. Cover art by Michelle...

Duration:00:14:47

37 - Hattie McDaniel and Playing the Role

6/11/2021
This week we are talking about Hattie McDaniel and her famous, complicated acting career. If you have any thoughts about this episode or the podcast in general, I'm all ears. You can reach me at the podcast email, biasbender@gmail.com, or on instagram or facebook, which are both @biasbender. I'm always curious to hear what your thoughts are! Please feel free to rate, review and subscribe this podcast wherever you are listening! Cover art by Michelle Li....

Duration:00:22:36

36 - Eliza Ann Gardner And Knowing What's Right

6/4/2021
This week we are chatting about what it means to retell history. In doing so, we'll cover the story of Eliza Ann Gardner, a community leader and activist from Boston! I would love to know what you think about this week's episode. Please feel free to reach out via the podcast email, biasbender@gmail.com, or through instagram and facebook which are both @biasbender. I really do appreciate your thoughts! If you are enjoying the podcast a few ways to help are to subscribe, rate, review and...

Duration:00:15:13

35 - Naquasia Pollard and Her Journey from Incarceration to Mentorship

5/21/2021
Welcome to a very special episode of Bias Bender! This episode was created in partnership with Broadway Advocacy Coalition (https://www.bwayadvocacycoalition.org/) as a part of my Artivism Fellowship with them! We are joined by Naquasia Pollard, an activist and mentor who was previously incarcerated for 15 years to talk about her experiences. This one is a real gift, ya'll! Naquasia is the Executive Director of Pure Legacee (https://www.purelegacee.org/), an organization that aims to mentor...

Duration:00:28:36

34 - Christia Adair and Securing Our Vote

5/14/2021
This week we are talking about the life and work of Christia Adair. She was a powerhouse who is responsible for a lot of progress, including securing a particular, very important part of our election system. Her story is not one to miss! Voting Resources: https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page https://www.vote.org/ Cover art by Michelle Li. (https://michellejli.com/) Original music by Adam Westerman. (Font Leroy Spotify Page)

Duration:00:19:14

33 - Dale Garnes and All The Goodness A Mom Can Give ft. My Mom!

5/7/2021
Hi everyone! This week we are taking the time to chat with my mom, Dale Garnes! Buckle up for some good wholesome fun as we chat about what motherhood has meant to her, and how her career fits into all the wonderful things she does. If you enjoy this episode, please let me know! You can reach out via the podcast email which is biasbender@gmail.com, or you can find Bias Bender on instagram or facebook by searching @biasbender. If you are really enjoying the show please feel free to rate,...

Duration:00:33:39

32 - Oseola McCarty and Paying It Forward

4/30/2021
This week we are talking about the incredible Oseola McCarty! If you are enjoying this podcast, please let me know! You can reach out via the podcast email which is biasbender@gmail.com, or you can find the podcast on instagram and facebook @biasbender. And if you'd really like to support the podcast, feel free to rate, review, subscribe, follow, and tell a friend! Original music by Adam Westerman. (Font Leroy Spotify Page) Cover art by Michelle Li. (https://michellejli.com/) This...

Duration:00:14:41

31 - Marie Van Brittan Brown and Feeling Safe

4/23/2021
I'm back with another episode! This week we are talking about what it means to feel safe, and what measures we go to to create the bubble of safety. The story we are focusing on is the story of Marie Van Brittan Brown and her security based invention. I'm so excited to be back and sharing new episodes with you again. If you ever want to get in contact with me please feel free to reach out! You can connect with me through the podcast email which is biasbender@gmail.com, or via instagram or...

Duration:00:13:58

30 - Grace Lee Boggs and Showing Up For Each Other ft. Michelle Li

3/26/2021
This week we are talking about the life and work of Dr. Grace Lee Boggs. She was an Asian American woman who really put in the work for not only her Asian community, but also for her local Black community. We are also joined by Michelle Li, the wonderful artist who designed our cover art, to chat about her experience navigating her relationship to race. Please check her out on instagram (@michellejxli) or on her website, michellejli.com! Cover art by Michelle Li....

Duration:00:46:23

29 - Jackie "Moms" Mabley and Laughing At It All

3/19/2021
This week's episode is about the hilarious Jackie "Moms" Mabley! We're talking about her comedic career, the "chiltin's circuit," and much more! If you ever want to reach out to the podcast you can do so by sending an email to biasbender@gmail.com, or by sending a DM to the Bias Bender instagram or Facebook page (@biasbender). If you are enjoying the podcast the easiest ways to support it are by subscribing, rating, reviewing and telling a friend about the show! Cover art by Michelle Li....

Duration:00:17:54

28 - Dr. Jane Ellen McAllister and Passing the Teaching Baton ft. Kiara Butler

3/12/2021
This week we are talking about the life of Dr. Jane Ellen McAllister, the first Black woman to earn a PhD in Education in the US. We are also joined by the soon to be Dr. Kiara Butler, the CEO of Diversity talks, to chat about her student-led organization. Here's where you can find Kiara and Diversity Talks: instagram: @diversitytalks & @reallyfemale diversitytalkspd.com facebook.com/diversitytalkspd/ Cover Art by Michelle Li. (https://michellejli.com/) Original Music by Adam...

Duration:00:32:34

27 - Eliza Carpenter and Taking Life By the Reins

3/5/2021
This week's episode is about Eliza Carpenter and her life out in the wild west! Here's where you can reach out with any and all thoughts about the podcast: Email: biasbender@gmail.com Instagram: @biasbender Facebook: facebook.com/biasbender If you want to support the podcast, please feel free to rate, review, and send the link to your favorite episode to a friend! Cover Art by Michelle Li. (https://michellejli.com/) Original Music by Adam Westerman. (Font Leroy Spotify Page)

Duration:00:12:10

26 - Shirley Prendergast and Illuminating Mentorship ft. Jasmine Lesane

2/26/2021
This week we are joined by the lovely Jasmine Lesane to talk about all things lighting design and to honor the story of Shirley Prendergast, a truly game changing lighting designer! Here's where you can find Jasmine! https://www.jasminelesane.com/ instagram: @jasminelesane In this episode I mention the movie The River Niger. If you'd like to watch on YouTube, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clRo50Ir6q0 Please let me know what you think of this week's episode! You can...

Duration:00:36:15

25 - Ida B. Wells-Barnett and the Formation of the NAACP

2/12/2021
This week we are talking about the incredible Ida B. Wells-Barnett and her historic journalistic work. Today marks 112 years of the NAACP, and since Ida was involved in the formation, now seemed like a great time to chat about her life and work! As always, please let me know what you think of this episode. You can reach out via email at biasbender@gmail.com, or through the podcast instagram or facebook (@biasbender). If you're really enjoying the show feel free to rate, review, subscribe...

Duration:00:16:09

24 - Bridget "Biddy" Mason and Building Opportunity

2/5/2021
This week's episode is about Bridget "Biddy" Mason, a real estate entrepreneur, nurse, and midwife! As always, I'd love to hear what you think about this episode. Please feel free to email the podcast at biasbender@gmail.com, or reach out via the podcast facebook or instagram pages (@biasbender). And if you're really enjoying what you hear and you want to support the show, be sure to rate, review, subscribe and tell a friend or two! Cover art by Michelle Li....

Duration:00:15:40

23 - Thyra J. Edwards and Caring For Others ft. Brittney Cobb

1/29/2021
This week I am so thrilled so share the story of Thyra J. Edwards, a social worker who took her advocacy work across the globe. We are also joined by Brittney Cobb, a licensed clinical social worker who is working hard to break down mental health stigmas in her own community. You can find Brittney at her awesome instagram @ablacktherapist or through her mental health consulting platform, https://www.bewellmentalhealth.org/. I so enjoyed our conversation, and I think you will too! Please...

Duration:00:35:13

22 - Charlotta Bass and Her Presidential Pursuits

1/22/2021
This week was a big week. Let's talk about it and also shed light on the story of Charlotta Bass and her historic political career. If you are enjoying this podcast, please feel free to rate, review, subscribe and tell a friend or two or three! You can always let me know what you think via email (biasbender@gmail.com) or through social media on instagram or facebook (@biasbender). Cover art by Michelle Li. (https://michellejli.com/) Original Music by Adam Westerman. (Font Leroy Spotify...

Duration:00:18:29

21 - Coretta Scott King and All The Things I Should Have Known By Now

1/15/2021
This week we are talking about the life and legacy of Coretta Scott King. As Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up, I thought it was definitely time I learn more about Coretta and her own dedication to equality. If you enjoy this or any episode of Bias Bender, please feel free to rate, review, subscribe and tell a friend! I'm also always happy to hear what you think. You can email me at biasbender@gmail.com, or reach out through the podcast instagram and facebook which are both...

Duration:00:16:25

20 - Zelda Wynn Valdes and Traffic Stopping Fashion ft. Olivia Anthony

1/8/2021
This week we are talking about the life and career of a woman who created so many iconic looks. Her name is Zelda Wynn Valdes, and I think you're going to want to know about all the cool things she did to make Black women feel their best! We are also joined by the lovely Olivia Anthony (@liv4olivia)! She is a fashion designer and CEO of her very own streetwear brand, LIV Streetwear. I loved getting to hear more about her journey so far, and I think you're going to enjoy how she is carving...

Duration:00:26:57