There are many perspectives in What I Hear When You Say. Click a link to explore the voices featured from each topic.

 

FeminismWhat Are You?  Model Minority
Cultural AppropriationWhite PrideGentrification  
When Did You Become Gay?WelfareRace Card
Code Words  

 

 

Feminism

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Phoebe Robinson, Comedian, Writer & Actress

  • co-creator and co-star of 2 Dope Queens

  • author of NYT Best Seller You Can't Touch My Hair

  • Vulture.com, Essence, and Esquire have named one of the top comedians

  • has appeared on Late Night w/ Seth MeyersLast Call with Carson Daly, Conan, and Broad City

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Jasmine Rivera, Filmmaker

  • director of award-winning short Nain Rouge 

  • 2014 Film/Theatre Kresge Fellow

  • writer, director and producer American Prophet

  • member of Film Fatales Detroit

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  • author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists

  • founding editrix of Slutist, a sex positive feminist website

  • lecturer at The New School

 

 

Cultural Appropriation

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Franchesca Ramsey, Comedian & YouTube Personality

  • host of MTV News web serires Decoded

  • former writer and contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central

  • featured on MTV, The New York Times, NPR, Ebony Magazine and The BBC

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Jamin Warren, Video Game Artist & Developer

  • co-founder and chief executive at Kill Screen, digital media company focusing on video games and culture

  • former culture reporter for WSJ 

  • advisor to MoMA's Dept. of Architecture & Design Department

  • speaker at SXSW, NYFF, XOXO

  • hosted PBS webseries Game/Show

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Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Designer

  • co-founder of "Phat Farm"

  • PF-Flyers Brand Historian

  • founder of Alphanumeric and Fiberops Brand

 
 

When Did You Become Gay?

 

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Kristin Russo, Writer, Speaker, Educator & Consultant

  • CEO and Editor-in-Chief of LGBTQ organizations Everyone Is Gay and My Kid Is Gay

  • author of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids

  • host and producer of First Person, a video series on gender and sexuality from PBS Digital and WNET

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Moya Bailey, Scholar, Writer, & Activist

  • lecturer at Northeastern University

  • founder of Quirky Black Girls 

  • works with Octavia E. Butler at Legacy Network

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Tyler Ford, Speaker & Writer

  • listed in Dazed's 100 visionary talents shaping youth culture in 2016

  • designs "My Friend Tyler" clothing line

  • works with Miley Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation 

  • contributor to MTV and Rookie Magazine

 
 

Code Words

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Hari Kondabolu, Comedian 

  • creator and star of full-length documentary The Problem with Apu

  • NYT has called him "one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today"

  • created standup album Waiting for 2042

  • NYU's APA Institute's "Artist in Residence" 2014-15

  • standup on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham and John Oliver's New York Standup Show

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Pedro NogueraProfessor & Author 

  • distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA 

  • author of The Trouble With Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education

  • commentor for CNN, MSNBC, NPR

  • featured on C-SPAN.org, This American Life

  • has written for NYT, The Nation, Washington Post

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Bayeté Ross Smith, Artist 

  • educator at NYU, Parson, and The New School 

  • exhibited with the San Francisco Arts Commision, the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1 

  • showcased at Sundace Film Festival for Along The Way and Question Bridge 

 

 

What Are You?

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Kate Rigg, Actor, Comedian & Writer

  • recurring actor on Law and Order and Family Guy

  • has attended Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, the Toyota Comedy Festival and The Marshalls Women in Comedy Festival

  • co-creator and executive producer of the reality competition "Dance Your A** Off"

  • activist and inspirational speaker for under-represented youth, women's rights mixed race and Asian American causes

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Ann Morning, Professor

  • Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU

  • member of U.S. Census Committee 

  • popularized concept of trans-racial identity in Dolezal/NAACP controversy

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Soledad O'Brien, Journalist, Documentarian & Executive Producer

  • anchor and producer for NBC, CNN, HBO

  • founder of Starfish Media Group 

  • NABJ's Journalist of the Year

  • awarded multiple Emmy, Peabody, and Alfred I. duPont awards

 

 

White Pride

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Jes Tom, Comedian

  • has performed in all five boroughs of New York City and a number of colleges

  • has collaborated with rapper Awkwafina, punk band PWR BTTM and spoken word duo DarkMatter

  • created solo show FRESH OFF THE BANANA BOAT which sold out at Dixon Place's HOT! Festival

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Whitney Dow, Filmmaker

  • creator of The Whiteness Project

  • his film Two Towns of Jasper won numerous awards including a Peabody Award, duPont Award, and an Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award

  • exhibited at The Met, MoMA, Smithsonian

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Daryl Davis, Activistist & Musician

  • Chuck Berry's go-to pianist

  • published author on race

  • appeared on Letterman Show, GMA, CNN for his efforts to improve race relations with members of the Maryland Ku Klux Klan

 

Welfare

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Jordan Temple, Comedian

  • writer and star of MTV'S Decoded

  • stand-up set The Meltdown at the NerdMelt Showroom

  • featured on podcast for Cave Comedy Radio 

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  • Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School 

  • co-founder of African-American Policy Forum 

  • coined the terms Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality 

  • featured in NYT, Huffington Post, Washington Post

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Tracie McMillan, Journalist 

  • author of New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table

  • James Beard Award-winning journalist

  • written for NYT, Slate, Washington Post 

 

 

Model Minority

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Helen Hong, Comedian

  • performed stand-up comedy on Last Call with Carson Daly, The Arsenio Hall Show, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious

  • plays Janet Fung in the Coen Brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis

  • played roles on Parks and Recreation, Bones, Pretty Little Liars, New Girl, and Inside Amy Schumer

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Pearl Park, Filmmaker

  • produced award-winning documentary Can 

  • invitee of community gatherings on Asian American mental health sponsored by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI)

  • executive board member of Asian American Women Media Makers

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Christopher Punongbayan, Activist

  • recognitions from Ford, Strauss, & Gerbode Foundations for his work with Asian American Advancing Justice

  • serves on Community Advisory Panel of KQED

  • served as Vice-Chair of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission

 

 

Gentrification

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Shukree Tilghman, Filmmaker

  • well-known for his work on 94 Feet, More Than a Month and The March@50

  • activist who questions Black History Month and aims to expose African-American history

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Kelly Anderson, Filmmaker

  • director of Brooklyn Film Festival's Audience Award, My Brooklyn

  • Emmy-nominated

  • works shown at Sundance, Tribeca and on PBS

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Desiree Cooper, Journalist & Author

  • Pulizter-Nominated

  • Kresge Fellow 

  • work included in Best African American Fiction 2010

 

 

Race Card

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Hadiyah Robinson, Comedian & Writer

  • has appeared on Nightly Show, Gotham Comedy Live, Comic View, One Mic Stand and Celebrities Undercover

  • featured in NYT, O Magazine, Black Enterprise, Time Out NY and Brooklyn Magazine

  • involved with the New York Comedy Fesitval, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Hoboken Comedy Festival, SoCal Comedy Festival and American Black Film Festival Comedy Contest

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Derald Wing Sue, Psychologist

  • Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University 

  • published micoagressions scholar, including such works as Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

  • co-founder of AAPA (Asian American Psychological Association)

  • served on Clinton's Advisory Board on Race

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Kiyun Kim, Visual Artist

  • creator of photo project Racial Microaggressions

  • featured in Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed