Under the Blacklight




Though the COVID -19 pandemic did not create the stark social, financial, and political inequalities that define life for many Americans, it has made them more strikingly visible than any moment in recent history. Moderated by Kimberlé Crenshaw, AAPF’s “Under The Blacklight” series seeks to interrupt the narratives, political decisions, and histories that serve as the conditions of possibility for COVID-19’s destruction.

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From the Base to the Face of the Democratic Party: And Still We Fight

On January 21st — following the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — Kimberlé Crenshaw will be joined by Barbara Arnwine, Joia Crear Perry, Kim Foxx, and Kirsten West Savali to assess the current state of Black women in the United States and analyze the contemporary political landscape. Together, they will theorize and strategize about what it means to center Black women in our political agenda and what comes next in an era of profound discord.

From rallying Black voters, to demanding that the Democratic Party open its eyes to systemic inequality, to the history-making election of Kamala Harris, Black women have been the standard-bearers in the fight against the misogynoir that defined Donald Trump’s calamitous presidency. Long the wheels of the Democratic bus, Black women are finally getting near the driver’s seat.

Next stop? To ensure that a Black women’s agenda is the roadmap for this next political era. Join us.

This Week's Panelists:

Barbara R. Arnwine is president & founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Currently, she also serves as Co-Chair and Facilitator of the National Commission for Voter Justice, the Millennial Votes Matters Convenings and the Voting Rights Alliance.

She was the head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from February 1989 until June 2015 and holds the honorific title of President Emeritus. She also created the legendary Voting Rights “Map of Shame” in 2011, which exposed the new modern wave of voter suppression in the states. Her groundbreaking civil rights and human rights advocacy has been honored with many prestigious awards. She is the radio host of Igniting Change and is a regular presence in the national media, and is often quoted in the press.

Joia Crear Perry is the founder and president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative and a thought leader around racism as a root cause of health inequities, speaker, trainer, advocate, policy expert, and fighter for justice. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Birthing Project, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Jefferson Community Healthcare Center, and as the director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department where she was responsible for four facilities that provided health care for the homeless, pediatric, WIC, and gynecologic services within the New Orleans clinical service area.

A proud recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Healthcare Hero’s award and the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard University Global Visionary Award for Commitment to Advancing Women’s Health, Joia is most known for her work to remove Race as a risk factor for illness like premature birth and replacing it with Racism. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Principal at Health Equity Cypher, and on the Board of Trustees for the National Medical Association and the New Orleans African American Museum.

State Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim took office on December 1, 2016, with a vision for transforming the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office into a fairer, more forward-thinking agency focused on rebuilding the public trust, promoting transparency, and being proactive in making all communities safe.

As Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim has undertaken substantial criminal justice reforms focused on public safety and equity. Additionally, Kim is the first and only prosecutor in the country to make felony case-level data available to the public. The open data portal provides unprecedented access and transparency into the work of a prosecutor’s office. Her goal is to make Cook County the most transparent prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for 12 years and was also a guardian ad litem, where she worked as an attorney advocating for children navigating the child welfare system. Prior to being elected State’s Attorney, Kim served as Chief of Staff for the Cook County Board President, where she was the lead architect of the county’s criminal justice reform agenda to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Kirsten West Savali is Senior Director, Content: iOne Digital, formerly the executive producer at ESSENCE Magazine, most recently serving as the magazine’s senior editor of News & Politics. As both a writer and cultural critic, her commentary explores the intersections of race, social justice, feminism, and politics.

She is the recipient of the Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence which honors exemplary reporting on Black life in America and an NABJ Award for Journalistic Excellence. She was also named to EBONY Magazine's 'Power 100’ List, and was awarded a John Jay College of Criminal Justice/Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship for her work focusing on criminal justice.

Past Events

Episode 21

Featuring Carol Anderson, David Blight, Anoa Changa, Joe Lowndes

Episode 20

Featuring Carol Anderson, Rachel Godsil, Laura Gomez, Charles Lawrence, Janai Nelson, Lisa Rice

Episode 19

Featuring Alicia Garza, Eddie Glaude Jr., Janine Jackson, Rep. Barbara Lee, Kate Manne, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Kirsten West Savali, Emery Wright

Episode 18

Featuring Wade Davis, Luke Charles Harris, Kiese Laymon, Marlon Peterson, Alvin Starks

Episode 17

Featuring Barbara Arnwine, Alicia Garza, Rep. Barbara Lee, Kirsten West Savali

Episode 16

Featuring Devon Carbado, Erwin Chemerinsky, Suzanne Goldberg, Cheryl Harris, Sherrilyn Ifill, Melissa Murray

Episode 15

Featuring N.K. Jemisin, Saidiya Hartman

Episode 14

Featuring Rep. Alyanna Pressley, Rep. Barbara Lee, State's Attorney Kim Foxx


Episode 13

Featuring Rep. Barbara Lee, Barbara Arnwine, Donna Brazile, Kirsten West Savali, State's Attorney Kim Foxx

Episode 12

Featuring Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor,Camara Phyillis Jones, Barbara Arnwine, Jonathan Metzl

Episode 11

Featuring Fran Garrett, Rhanda Dormeus, Maria Moore, Sharon Cooper, Gina Best, Sharon Wilkerson

Episode 10

Featuring Keith Ellison, Alicia Garza, Devon Carbado, Robin D.G. Kelley, Maria Moore

Episode 9

Featuring Arundhati Roy, Kiese Laymon, Viet Thanh Nguyen

Episode 8

Featuring LaTosha Brown, Anoa J. Changa, Emery Wright, Crystal Feimster, Talitha LeFlouria

Episode 7

Featuring Carol Anderson, Alex DiBranco, Joe Lowndes, Jason Wilson, Mab Segrest, Dorian Warren

Episode 6

Featuring Josie Duffy Rice, Nina A. Kohn, Marc Lamont Hill, Rebecca Nagle, Ravi Ragbir, Alyosxa Tudor

Episode 5

Featuring David Blight, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, William Darity Jr., Ibram X. Kendi, Kate Manne

Episode 4

Featuring Kehinde Andrews, Barbara Arnwine, Paul Butler, Jonathan Metzl, Bree Newsome

Episode 3

Featuring Rosa Clemente, Asali Ecclesiastes, Dallas Goldtooth, Daniel HoSang, Mari Matsuda, Rinku Sen

Episode 2

Featuring Dara Baldwin, Janine Jackson, Saru Jayaraman, Naomi Klein, Mily Trevino-Sauceda

Episode 1

Featuring Eve Ensler, Laura Flanders, Eddie Glaude Jr., Ai-jen Poo Dorothy Roberts, Alvin Starks

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