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The Bakari Sellers Podcast

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The Baltimore of ‘We Own This City’ with D. Watkins

Watkins talks about his journey from the streets to the writer’s room, understanding Baltimore through television, and the real-life corruption of the city’s Gun Trace Task Force

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‘Sneakerella’ and Respecting the Bad Boys With John Salley

Salley also discusses his career after basketball and his ventures into veganism and the cannabis industry

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Amanda Edwards on Serving the City of Houston

Bakari talks to Edwards about a career that’s led her to the mayoral race in Houston, the fight for reproductive rights, and why she’s the right candidate for Houston

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Ben Crump and the Argument Against Banning Menthol Cigarettes

Ben joins Bakari to discuss the case surrounding Grand Rapids PD killing an unarmed man named Patrick Lyoya, policy changes taking place in Orlando, and the argument against banning menthol cigarettes

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Humanizing Big Subjects With Tyler Merritt

Tyler also talks about his personal preference in a pastor and the art of writing humor naturally

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Charles Booker and the Fight to Represent Kentucky

Booker joins Bakari to discuss the protection of democracy and running against Rand Paul for a U.S. Senate seat

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PJ Morton’s Musical Inspirations and the Upcoming Album ‘Watch the Sun’

Bakari also talks to PJ about the differences between PJ Morton the member of Maroon 5 and PJ Morton the solo artist

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Greg Bluestein and the Political State of Georgia

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s political reporter comes on to discuss how much credit is owed to Stacey Abrams for Georgia’s impact on the 2020 election, why the peach state is so critical in the 2022 election, and more

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Mark McKinnon and the Circus of American Politics

Mark, cocreator and cohost of Showtime’s ‘The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth,’ also digs into President Biden’s performance thus far and explains what viewers can expect from the seventh season of the hit documentary series

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Stage and Screen With Courtney B. Vance and AMC’s ‘61st Street’

Plus, Courtney breaks down his career that began at Harvard University and the preparation for his Emmy Award–winning portrayal of Johnnie Cochran

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Chris Hollins on Running for Mayor of Houston, Texas

Hollins also discusses why Texas has become ground zero for today’s culture wars and the prospect of following in Mayor Sylvester Turner’s footsteps

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Phyllis Dickerson and the Importance of Local Politics

Dickerson discusses why Black mayors matter to Black citizens, the ways AAMA impacts and assists small-town mayors, and the current state of Black political power

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Wendi Wallace on Upcoming Gubernatorial Races

Wallace, the deputy executive director of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), joins Bakari to discuss the path that led to her current role, break down what the DGA does, and analyze upcoming gubernatorial races throughout the country

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Rep. Ro Khanna on Dignity in a Digital Age

Ro Khanna joins Bakari to discuss the importance of understanding technology, the potential revitalization thanks to the U.S. Innovation and Competition bill, and what Democrats need to do to maintain numbers in the House and Senate

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Social Justice and the NBA With James Cadogan

Cadogan joins Bakari to discuss his path from working in the Obama administration to his current role, the scope of the coalitions mission, and the ongoing conversations around getting Brittney Griner home safely

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Damon Young on Writing for Yourself and Launching a New Podcast

Damon also talks about why his 2019 book, ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,’ hasn’t been banned yet

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Kenneth Kelly on the Importance of Financial Wellness

Kenneth discusses the challenges facing minority-owned banks, his book ‘Prepared Before I Let Go’, and the importance of last will and testaments

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John Avlon and the Values and Virtues of Centrism

Journalist and political commentator John Avlon grades President Biden and discusses his new book, ‘Lincoln and the Fight for Peace’

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Justin Cunningham, From Juilliard to ‘Grand Crew’

Bakari is joined by TV and theater actor Justin Cunningham to discuss his path from Arkansas to Hollywood

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Edwin Hodge on Choosing Roles Wisely and Starring in ‘Good Sam’

Plus, Edwin discusses who he’d put on his Mt. Rushmore of Black acting

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Lee Merritt on Running for Attorney General of Texas

Lee talks about what led him to seek office in the Lone Star state, his idea of actionable police reform, and the plan to close the racial voting gap in Texas

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Black Real Estate and Intergenerational Wealth With Mavis Gragg

Bakari talks to Mavis about her career fighting for Black land ownership, the systemic racism of property law, and actionable tools and steps to take when owning land

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Kyla Pratt on ‘The Proud Family’ Reboot and Growing Up on Camera

Kyla discusses her transition from child to adult actor, working with legends like Eddie Murphy, and the upcoming reboot of ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’

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Working With Cicely Tyson and the Success of ‘Billions’ With Condola Rashad

Condola joins Bakari to discuss challenging herself as an artist, the legendary storytellers she looks up to, and what to expect from Season 6 of ‘Billions’

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St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones on Legislating in 2022 and the Midwest’s Best-Kept Secret

Mayor Jones also discusses the implementation of non–law enforcement agencies to curb violence and managing the politics of the pandemic

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Elie Mystal on the Search for Justice Stephen Breyer’s Replacement

Bakari and Elie also break down the short list of possible replacements

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Chasing History With Carl Bernstein

Bakari talks to Bernstein about the start of the latter’s career during the civil rights movement, the current state of political journalism, and what he wants readers to take away from his new book

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The Best Version of Baltimore With Mayor Brandon Scott

Mayor Scott discusses what outsiders don’t know about Baltimore, reforming policing within the city, and the work toward equitable economic development

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Patrisse Cullors on the State of the BLM Movement and Reforming Prisons

Plus, Bakari and Patrisse discuss the importance of 911 alternatives during a mental health crisis

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Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID-19 Misconceptions and Keeping Schools Safe

Bakari Sellers is joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci to emphasize the importance of vaccinations and boosters and to discuss the coronavirus’s impact on the youngest and most vulnerable of us

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Comprehensive Gun Reform With Shannon Watts

Shannon talks about what led to her founding the nation’s largest grassroots group fighting gun violence, taking on the NRA, and the prospect of reforming gun laws in 2022

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Conversations With the Rev. Al Sharpton and Illustrator Reggie Brown

Reggie discusses his journey from biotechnology to children’s illustration before Rev. Sharpton joins to talk about his relationship with James Brown and the unsung heroes of the social justice movement in America