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The Bakari Sellers Podcast

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Cody Keenan and Speechwriting for Barack Obama

Cody also discusses reliving 10 pivotal days in the Obama presidency and predicting the Trump backlash

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Rural Governance and Legalizing Cannabis With Nakita Hemingway

The candidate for Georgia agricultural commissioner joins to discuss her state

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Cheri Beasley and Inspiring Voters of North Carolina

Beasley discusses reproductive rights and criminal justice reform, her messaging to young voters, and the game plan for inspiring Black voter turnout in the state

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‘The Color of Care’ With Dr. Carmen Green

Bakari is joined by the dean of the CUNY School of Medicine at CCNY, Dr. Carmen Green, to discuss racial disparities in health and medicine

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‘Queen Sugar’ and Responsibility in Accepting Roles With Omar Dorsey

Actor Omar Dorsey joins Bakari to discuss his role as Hollywood in ‘Queen Sugar,’ the potential legacy of the hit show, and the acting roles he has on the horizon

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‘Katrina Babies’ With Edward Buckles

Director Edward Buckles joins the show to talk about the resiliency of the community impacted by Hurricane Katrina and what to expect next from his already promising career

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‘America Made Me a Black Man’ With Boyah Farah

Farah discusses moving to the U.S. to escape war, how racism can be a bonding experience for the diaspora, and how writing ‘America Made Me a Black Man’ changed his self-identity

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Winning the Fiscal Future With Sec. Marty Walsh

U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh joins Bakari to discuss Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, the state of the job market and inflation, and what the Department of Labor is doing to increase equity for the Black community

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Walking in Joy With Jenifer Lewis

Lewis discusses thriving in the entertainment industry for decades, writing ‘Walking in My Joy’ to spread laughter, and self-reflection and self-care during a pandemic

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‘Relative Justice’ With Judge Rhonda Wills

Judge Wills joins Bakari to discuss inspiring young Black girls to practice law, the legal disputes between family members that have been featured, and the help people receive after appearing on the show

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A Cancel Culture Discussion With Wesley Donehue

Wesley joins Bakari to discuss the work of his campaign agency, Push Digital, his new book ‘Under Fire: 13 Rules for Surviving Cancel Culture,’ and navigating life after being "cancelled" himself

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Gary Chambers and an Authentic Campaign for Congress

Chambers also talks about his plan to utilize power for cannabis reform in Congress and about messaging the recent Democratic victories to voters

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Discussing Monkeypox With Dr. Italo Brown and Dr. Ulysses Burley

Dr. Brown and Dr. Burley also discuss the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Breaking Down HBCU Funding With Lodriguez Murray

Bakari and Lodriguez grade the Biden administration’s support of HBCUs, discuss the UNCF public policy and government affairs report, and break down the CHIPS and Science Act

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The Georgia and Florida Elections With Fredrick Hicks

Bakari and Fredrick discuss Stacey Abrams’s outreach to Black men and the outlook of Raphael Warnock vs. Herschel Walker, and give a preview of the races taking place in Florida

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William Jackson Harper and the Therapy of Acting

William Jackson Harper discusses the impact and popularity of his role in HBO’s ‘Love Life,’ his new role as Noah in Peacock’s ‘The Resort,’ and who he’d put on his Mt. Rushmore of acting

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Antjuan Seawright and the Power of the Collective Black Vote

Bakari is joined by political strategist and founder of Blueprint Strategy Antjuan Seawright to discuss election enthusiasm in the Black community, and more

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Grant Hill and a Life in Basketball

Bakari Sellers is joined by NBA Hall of Famer Grant Hill to discuss the inspiration behind writing his new book, unpack the hate for Duke basketball, and describe what it was like competing with MJ, Kobe, and LeBron

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‘Any Given Tuesday’ With Lis Smith

The strategist and author comes on to discuss the current state of Democratic politics, the post–Roe v. Wade landscape, a behind-the-scenes look at politics found in her new book, ‘Any Given Tuesday,’ and the potential blowback of speaking candidly about political figures in her life

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Bashir Salahuddin and the Comedy of Black Chicago

Bashir discusses his journey from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, defining the many aspects of comedy, and his starring role in the summer blockbuster ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

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‘P-Valley’ and Accurate Representation With Dan J. Johnson

Bakari Sellers is joined by actor Dan J. Johnson to discuss his role in the hit Starz show ‘P-Valley’

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Kadeem Hardison, From Hillman College to the Moon

Kadeem talks about his iconic role in ‘A Different World,’ the hope of his new sci-fi show ‘Moonhaven,’ and what we can expect from him in the future

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Danielle Holley-Walker and the State of the Supreme Court

Bakari is joined by dean of the Howard University School of Law, Danielle Holley-Walker, to discuss the swearing in of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and more

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The Black Excellence of ‘The Chi’ With Jason Weaver

Bakari talks to Jason about a career that stretches from ‘Brewster Place’ to ‘The Chi’ and what to expect from Season 5 of the hit Showtime show

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The Economics of Black America With David Clunie

Bakari Sellers is joined by executive director of the Black Economic Alliance David Clunie to discuss energizing the Black electorate in upcoming elections

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Terrance Woodbury and Taking the Pulse of the Public

Terrance discusses his career in public opinion, Black voters possibly feeling "buyer’s remorse" with the Biden administration, and the potential impact of the Supreme Court leak

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Chris Jones and the Plan to Govern Arkansas

Bakari talks to Chris about the governor’s role in school safety and the plan to speak to and get the votes of former Donald Trump supporters

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Faith and Democracy With Justin Giboney

Bakari Sellers is joined by lawyer, minister and cofounder of the AND Campaign Justin Giboney to discuss the mission of the faith-based organization, doing the hard work of democracy, and more

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Michael Griffie and the Race to Represent Michigan’s 13th District

Griffie joins Bakari to discuss the path from principal to running for Michigan’s 13th district, his plan for constituent services if elected, and the political outlook of the state’s upcoming gubernatorial race

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Food Insecurity in the Deep South With Noel Didla

Mississippi Food Policy Council cochair Noel Didla joins Bakari to discuss her journey from Southeastern India to teaching at an HBCU, food insecurity in the Deep South, and signs of progressive promise in the region

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The Humanity of George Floyd With Robert Samuels and Tolu Olorunnipa

Robert and Tolu join Bakari to discuss ‘His Name Is George Floyd,’ the humanity of the man who’s death sparked a movement, and the ways he was failed by various systems

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From Polls to Votes With Tom Bonier

TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier joins Bakari to unpack some of the criticism aimed at pollsters since 2016