Feminist Narratives


Episode 1

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Welcome back to to Feminist Voices! We’re kicking off season two with an interview with three hip hop feminists – Dr. Kaila Story, Dr. Treva Lindsey, and Dr. Brittney Cooper.

Dr. Kaila Story is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. She holds the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She also co-hosts a weekly radio show called “Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life” on WFPL.

Dr. Treva Lindsey is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Her first book is Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington D.C. She has published in numerous academic journals and contributed to forums as Al Jazeera, BET and Cosmopolitan.

Dr. Brittney Cooper is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is co-founder of the popular Crunk Feminist Collective blog, and her forthcoming book is entitled Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. Her cultural commentary has been widely featured in forums as NPR, PBS, and TED.com.

Holy (Reprise) – Jamila Woods
Blk Girl Soldier – Jamila Woods

Bios from the Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts


Episode 1

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Our inaugural interview with artist A-lan Holt focusing on the importance of healing practices and creation during these troubling times.

Her biography, from the Institute for Diversity in the Arts website:

A-lan Holt is a dramatist and mother, who imagines and manifests entire worlds on stage for close intimate audiences. The landscapes of her written work root themselves in themes of loneliness, love, and utopian desires. A-lan is the youngest writer to be awarded a two-year residency at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City. Her plays and performances have been presented around the US and internationally in Kampala, Uganda (National Theatre of Uganda). Plays include The Bottom (developed starring Lupita N’yongo) and 8ball (Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Playwriting Award, George Fredrickson Prize at Stanford). In 2015, A-lan readies her first collection of poetry: Essences, published by The Perch Chicago, and her first short film: Inamorata, produced by True MVMNT film house. A-lan is a 2011 Stanford Graduate (IDA/CSRE). Please find her online at a-lan.me.


Feminine Energy – Willow Smith
Soundtrack to a Crackhouse – Tyler Brooks
Green & Gold – Lianne La Havas

Episode 2

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Our second episode of Feminist Voices, featuring Bay Area artist and poet Evelyn Anderson.

Evelyn Anderson

Feminine Energy – Willow Smith
6 8 – Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Unspoken Words – The Soil

Episode 3

Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/fem-voices/feminist-voices-episode-3

Here is our third episode of Feminist Voices, featuring the “Three Unicorns,” Michelle McGhee, Lindsey Redd, and Alona King. All three women are computer engineers exploring careers in tech and have their own podcast called “Three Unicorns” where they speak in-depth about the struggles and successes of being a woman in computer science. In this episode we combine the two podcasts and speak to them about their experience.

Before listening, we encourage you to listen to their newest episode first, for context: Three-unicorns – Ep-4-you-know-what-would-change-my-worldspecial-code2040-episode. Enjoy!

Feminine Energy – Willow Smith
Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill

Official Three Unicorns Logo

Episode 4

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This is our fourth episode of Feminist Voices featuring educator, scholar, and coach Dr. Jeanine Staples. She shares her thoughts on toxic lover identities and the way we express our fractured selves in relationships.

Jeanine likes to mediate way before dawn, work out like a soldier, and shop alone. She prefers rum to wine, jeans to skirts, and likes her heels sky high (except when she’s wearing cowboy boots). Every year she asks her stylist to cornrow and bead her hair in homage to Patrice Rushen and Stevie Wonder (if you know of these artists and understand why demonstrating embodied respect for them is important, you two can probably be friends). She believes in ghosts, fairies, and hobbits (for real). Musically, she vibes to old school everything (hip hop, R&B, jazz, rock, and classical) and especially digs Hildegard von Bingen. She trusts children a little bit more than adults, respects teens for their fearlessness, admires elders for their tenacity, and occasionally prefers the company of dogs to people. Jeanine’s really getting into interior design and has a penchant for acquiring east coast real estate. She is also a survivor of multiple terrors in love.