CALL & RESPONSE: Playing Your Part & Rolling With The Movement

Today’s discussion will covePlayingng your part and rolling with the movement. Featuring special guests, Deepa Iyer (Writer, Lawyer & Racial Justice Advocate. Creator of Social Change Ecosystem Map & “Solidarity Is This” Podcast), Janelle James (Comedian & Writer, “Black Monday” on Showtime), and Hanif Abdurraqib (Poet & Editor of “GEN” Mag on Medium)


  • Deepa Iyer explains what the “Social Change Ecosystem Map” is & what role each of us can play in disrupting racism and social systems
  • Janelle James talks about writing for the show “Black Monday”
  • Janelle James talks how frustrating it is for the Black community to have to waste time dealing with racism when
  • Janelle James explains that having multiple passions outside of her career and comedy has kept her sane and energized during the pandemic.
  • Young people are more politically active, but getting them to vote is key (Janelle James)
  • Hanif Abdurraqib talks about the significance of protest music and how it connects people and the cause
  • Why Black people are hesitant to “re-open the country” after quarantine because it means going back to discrimination, racial profiling, and being hunted (Hanif Abdurraqib)
  • Hanif Abdurraqib discusses the creative and diComse work he’s cultivating as an editor of GEN magazine on Medium
  • The importance of Black creators being encouraged/employed to create all types of content & not just being asked to create content about racial equality and Black History education (Hanif Abdurraqib)
  • Hanif Abdurraqib discusses the strength of vulnerability and how his upbringing taught him how to be vulnerable in his writing



CLIP: Janelle James explains how frustrating it is to lose precious time to dealing with racism

Hanif Abdurraqib talks about the significance of protest music and the protest chant

These are powerful ways to disrupt social systems beyond protesting, with Deepa Iyer


Deepa Iyer

Writer, Lawyer, Racial Justice Advocate & Creator of Social Change Ecosystem Map & “Solidarity Is This” Podcast

Twitter: @dviyer

Instagram: @deepaviyer

Janelle James • Comedian & Writer, “Black Monday” on Showtime

Twitter: @janellejcomic

Instagram: @janellejamescomedy

Hanif Abdurraqib (Poet & Editor of “GEN” Mag on Medium)

Facebook : @hanifabdurraqib

Twitter: @NifMuhammad

Instagram: @nifmuhammad


Call & Response is a new show designed to respond to the changes and activism of our time. Each day, Baron and Mike will invite their favorite Black creators — activists, comedians, musicians, actors, visual artists, and more — to riff on current events, discuss the present momentum, and speak about their woHTTPd stWWWgles.

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