POWER NOT PITY
By Bri M.
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Welcome to POWER NOT PITY, where we explore the lives of disabled people of color everywhere! Through storytelling, commentary and analysis, the podcast aims to amplify the lived experiences and perspectives of disabled people. We’ll delve into all sorts of topics from education to entertainment, even sex... and we'll break down race, gender and dismantle ableism. And then we'll ask: “What’s your disabled power?”
||ExplicitInfinite Lives feat. Eman Rimawi||Eman Rimawi is a double amputee with an aggressive form of lupus. She is Black, Palestinian and a disability rights organizer with the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Listen in as we talk about her journey through 12 years of her condition, Bl||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding That Rhythm feat. Amali Maxine Philipps||Amali Maxine Phillips is a kid with a lot of POWER! Want to see how I know? Listen in as Amali describes her life with CP and how poetry fuels her creativity. At once a published poet, she is also a DJ. We discuss her poetry, her inspirations, her writ||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat If? feat. Rivers Solomon||What if we could imagine an accessible world? In this episode, Rivers Solomon, author of an Unkindness of Ghosts, discusses what an accessible future could look like. Listen in as we talk about afrofuturism and disability, their diabetes and the strengt||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Tiny Tim Meets the Magical Negro feat. Kristen Lopez||Kristin has been a freelance film critic for almost a decade. She predominantly writes for Awards Circuit, and is in charge of both their classic film and book columns. She is also the owner and operator of the premiere classic film site, Journeys in Cl||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs God Inaccessible? feat. Zaynab Shahar||In this first episode of POWER NOT PITY, we ask Zaynab Shahar, “Is God Inaccessible?”, and uncover the relationship between religion and disability. Zaynab was formerly a CrossCurrents Research Fellow at Auburn Seminary and is currently a doctoral c||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Bri is an incredible voice and advocate. Bri’s podcasts are phenomenal and I am so grateful to have access to hear these incredible stories, dreams and visions. These conversations are important and overdue. Thank you Bri for your art, labor and patience.
Each episode of Power Not Pity breaks the mold of how disabled people are usually portrayed. As an able-bodied person I've learned so much about what it’s like to live with a disability (and, particular, as a disabled person of color) in an ableist world, but the impact does not stop there because each guest always has so much more to share. I have come away from this podcast not only wanting to be more conscious of the issue of accessibility, but also questioning the way I internalize the demands of a capitalist society in ways that hurt my own body. Furthermore, as I am a writer, the podcast has inspired me to write characters with disabilities that are real, flawed people in themselves—not vessels, not tools, for the moral journeys of “normal” people.