Episode Replay: Dr. Therí A. Pickens

Episode Replay: Dr. Therí A. Pickens

Exploring “Identity, Disability and Superpowers”
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AudioDiaspora Podcast


Christabel Nsiah-Buadi

This conversation reminded me that not everything you see is what you get. Black superheroes, like Sojourner Truth, didn’t become great despite their disabilities. They became great BECAUSE of them. They were shaped by all of whom they were to lead and become legends in their own way.

I urge you to listen to this conversation. It was one of those moments where, as I listened to Dr. Therí drop dimes in the most beautiful, graceful way, I found myself checking my ability bias in the BIGGEST way.

Enjoy her story.

Dr. Therí Alycie Pickens - S2 E3

We're hitting rewind today to a fascinating conversation on AudioDiaspora with Dr. Therí A. Pickens. She's not just a professor at Bates College; she's also the brains behind Inquiry Editing LLC and the author of the thought-provoking book "Black Madness :: Mad Blackness."

Black Madness :: Mad Blackness by Dr. Therí Pickens

During our chat, Dr. Pickens takes us on a journey, exploring the intricate connections between identity, disability, and Blackness. She sheds light on how society often sidelines certain voices, touching on the historical ties between Black labor and perceptions of ability. And let's not forget the eye-opening discussion about the impact of food segregation on health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes.

It's a laid-back yet enlightening episode that challenges us to rethink diversity, wellness, and the narratives we've inherited. So, grab your headphones and join us as we dive deep into the rich tapestry of identity and disability in Black America.

Note: This episode originally aired in Season 2, Episode 3. Unlock more insightful conversations on our website and join the conversation, reshaping narratives.


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Join host Christabel Nsiah-Buadi as she 'passes the mic' to Black creative visionaries worldwide. In this series of relaxed, engaging interviews, hear them reflect on moments that shaped their lives. Then, discover how these experiences inspired them to create art, media, and movements that celebrate their cultures - and shatter old narratives about them.