Konda Mason's Brown Rice Hour quilts a fabric of connection between Land, Race, Money, Culture & Spirit that engages with the most inspiring and cutting-edge thought leaders today, pointing toward our collective healing and liberation.
Civil rights attorney Fania Davis shares a conversation with Konda Mason around how we can heal the deepest of wounds with the loving power of restorative justice.
Fania Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is an author, educator, restorative justice practitioner and a long-time social justice activist and civil rights trial attorney with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation.
Studying with indigenous healers, particularly in Africa, catalyzed Fania’s search for a healing justice, ultimately leading her to goal of bringing restorative justice to Oakland, California. Founding Director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth, her numerous honors include the Ubuntu award for service to humanity, the Dennis Maloney Award for excellence in Youth Restorative Justice, the Tikkun award, the Ella Baker Jo Baker Award, the Bioneers’ Changemaker Award.
Jakada Imani and Konda explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice in relation to the ongoing movement for racial justice.
Jakada Imani is a spiritually rooted coach and trainer with 30 years’ experience working for racial, social and economic justice. He is the Chair of the Board of OneLife Institute, which serves at the intersection of spirituality and social action. Over the last three decades, Jakada has worked for organizations and or supported movements working on campaigning to close youth prisons, fight for workers’ rights, tenant organizing and green jobs. In 2013 he received a ChangeMaker Fellowship from Pacific School of Religion, where he served for two years leading The Ignite Institute, a center for spiritual and social transformation. Current Rev. Jakada serves as the Board President of Greenpeace U.S. You can find more information about Jakada at OneLife Institute and LinkedIn
Elisabeth Keller joins Konda Mason for a conversation about the intersection of land, race, money, and spirit, which is the story of America itself.
Elisabeth Keller is the President of Inglewood Farm in Alexandria, Louisiana. Inglewood is on land that was once a cotton plantation and has its farming roots in the slaveholding economy. As President of Inglewood, Elisabeth is committed to a path of healing and repair on the farm. This began with the transition 8 years ago to organic and regenerative farming practices. Along with the work of healing the land, Elisabeth has committed to the deeper, more difficult work of healing through racial equity and reparations. This commitment lies at the heart of the partnership she has made with Konda Mason and Jubilee Justice. Read more about Elisabeth and her work at Inglewood Farm.
Cultural strategist Anasa Troutman joins Konda Mason for a conversation around intentional communities, white supremacy, and what freedom really looks like.
As CEO & Founder of The BIG We, Anasa Troutman works to build and execute strategies for artists and organizations that are aligned with her vision of a loving world and her belief in creativity as a pathway to personal, community, and global transformation. Best known for her work as the strategic advisor and executive producer for her longtime friend - Grammy-winning singer and songwriter India Arie. Anasa recently stepped into leadership as the first Executive Director of the historic Clayborn Temple in Memphis. Learn more about Anasa and her work at anasatroutman.com.
Strategist, designer, writer, & system-nudger, Micah Daigle, joins Konda to explore reimagining our systems around what makes us come alive.
Micah is a designer and movement builder working to redesign our world to work for everyone. He started his career advocating against the racist war on drugs as the executive director of Students For a Sensible Drug Policy, before shifting from working against the existing system, to creating better systems. As a designer, he’s worked on software tools like Asana and Hackpad, helping millions of people collaborate. As a campaigner, Micah crowdfund projects like Impact Hub Oakland, and as a strategist, he’s helped dozens of founder teams clarify their purpose, story and voice. Micah is part of an emerging movement to redesign the foundations of our society, such as the economy or government, and is currently focused on forming land based collectives to experiment with new and ancient ways of living together. For more info, visit micahdaigle.com
Neuroscientist, Dr. Sará King joins Konda to discuss embodying liberation through overcoming prejudice, the connection between mental health and systemic racism, and the science behind how social justice is synonymous with wellbeing.
Dr. Sará Yafah King is a UCLA-trained neuroscientist, political and learning scientist, social-entrepreneur, public speaker, and yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor. She has over 20 years of experience as a research scientist, and specializes in the study of the relationship between mindfulness, complementary alternative medicine, and social justice. She is the scientific consultant for Peace in Schools, a dharma teacher with Presence Collective, a Post Doctoral Fellow in Neurology, and the founder of MindHeart Consulting, a scientific consultancy offering up seminars, research and development, and trauma healing circles based on the framework she developed called the 'Science of Social Justice' - a way of both studying (researching), teaching (facilitating), and healing individuals and communities from the dis-ease of othering and systemic oppression. For more on Sará's offerings, please visit mindheartconsulting.com and follow her at @mindheartcollective.
VoyageLA Magazine recently put out a timely and insightful article showcasing Dr. Sará King and her ongoing work on The Science of Social Justice.
In this Brown Rice Hour, Konda Mason and Charles Eisenstein discuss the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
Financial disruptor Jessica Norwood talks with Konda Mason about her practice of friends and family capital, and how to bring the concept of right relationship into the world of finance.
Jessica Norwood is the Founder of the Runway Project, which uses entrepreneurship as a strategy to close the wealth gap in African American communities by providing pre-seed, friends and family capital, or what Jessica calls "Believe in You Money," to fund people of color-led companies. Jessica is a financial activist and social entrepreneur who speaks worldwide on the intersection of culture and investing, emerging leadership, community investing and African American wealth creation. Learn more about her at jessicanorwood.com.
Konda Mason invites Nwamaka Agbo to the Brown Rice Hour for conservation around the concept of Restorative Economics, the pros and cons of philanthropy, and much more.
Nwamaka Agbo is the CEO of the Kataly Foundation. With a background in community organizing, electoral campaigns, policy and advocacy work on racial, social and environmental justice issues, she is deeply committed to supporting projects that build resilient, healthy and self-determined communities rooted in shared prosperity. Prior to joining Kataly, Nwamaka built an independent consulting practice guided by her framework on Restorative Economics. Learn more about Nwamaka and Restorative Economics at nwamakaagbo.com.
Peace educator, Dr. David Ragland, joins Konda Mason for deep truth-telling, exploring the heart-level spiritual change needed for true reparations and transformation of a racist system.
David Ragland, PhD, is the co-founder and co-director of the Truth Telling Project and director of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign. An educator, thought-leader, human rights, racial justice, and anti-war advocate; Georgetown University's Advocacy Lab included his research as part of the most important research on advocacy in the past 40 years. Dr. Ragland was recently inducted into the MLK Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College, and has served as the Sr. Bayard Rustin Fellow at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and as a Board Member for the Peace and Justice Studies Association.