State of Black America

National Urban League

State of Black America elevates and discusses persistent policy, social and civil rights issues affecting Black Americans and communities of color.

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The State of Black America, co-hosted by National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial and Joi Chaney, Executive Director of the National Urban League’s Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy of the National Urban League, is aimed at elevating and discussing persistent policy, social and civil rights issues affecting African Americans and communities of color.   Marc Morial: Twitter: marcmorial Instagram: marcmorial   Joi Chaney: Twitter: @joitweets Instagram: @joigrams

Aug 8

4 min 3 sec

On this episode, we are joined by Dr. Andre Perry, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. As one of the contributing authors of the National Urban League’s State of Black America report, Dr. Perry discusses the economic disparities in the Black community due to COVID, its impact on housing and potential solutions to alleviate these issues and help the Black community build generational wealth. The host of this episode is Joi Chaney, Executive Director of the National Urban League’s Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy of the National Urban League.   Joi Chaney: Twitter: @joitweets Instagram: @joigrams   Dr. Andre Perry on social media: Twitter: @andreperryedu Instagram: @andreperryedu

Aug 8

38 min 34 sec

On this episode, we are joined by Democratic Texas State Representatives Jarvis Johnson and Sheryl Cole. Representatives Cole and Johnson were among the other Democrats in the State legislature who staged a national walk out to avoid voting on an anti-democratic and anti-voter legislation as part of the national pushback on voting rights across the country. They discuss the voter suppression bill in detail, the threat of arrest by Governor Abbott and how those on the ground can help mobilize around this issue.   Discussed in this episode: HR 3Texas House bill For the People Act John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act Voter Suppression Voting Rights National Urban League’s State of Black America Report: https://soba.iamempowered.com/   Follow our guests on social media: Rep. Jarvis Johnson: Twitter: @Jarvisjohnsontx Instagram: @Repjarvisjohnson   Rep. Sheryl Cole: Twitter: @sherylcole1 Instagram: @sherylfortexas   Follow the Washington Bureau for updates on future episodes: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @nulpolicy Join the National Urban League's movement by texting PROTECTOURVOTE (all one word) to 52886.

Aug 11

38 min 59 sec

On this episode, our host Joi Chaney interviews Congresswoman Nikema Williams, who represents Georgia’s 5th district. She is the successor to the late Congressman John Lewis and joins us to discuss the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, COVID-19 and her policy priorities.   Follow Congresswoman Nikema Williams on social media: Instagram,Twitter and Facebook: @repnikema   Follow Joi Chaney:   Twitter: @joitweets Instagram: @joigrams   Follow the National Urban League Washington Bureau:   Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @nulpolicy   The State of Black America podcast is the relaunched podcast of For the Movement. To find past episodes of for the movement, click here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/for-the-movement/id1345148843   https://open.spotify.com/show/1QQUhFUddChkMEYxQniJmj?si=9dzQRLEOQSOA4ROci1Ixfw&dl_branch=1  

Aug 26

39 min 17 sec

On this episode, Joi Chaney speaks with Judy Reese Morse, President and CEO of the Urban League of Louisiana and Portia Espy, President and CEO of the Mississippi Urban League. They discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, the effects of climate change and relief efforts taking place along the east coast. For information on the National Urban League relief efforts, visit our website at www. nul.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @NULpolicy  For information on how to donate to relief efforts in Louisiana, visit the Urban League of Louisiana's website at www.urbanleaguela.org. For information on where to donate to relief efforts in Mississippi, visit the Mississippi Urban League website at www.msul.org.

Sep 8

37 min 33 sec

On this episode, Joi sits down with Natalie Cofield, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the U.S. Small Business Administration. They discuss the Biden-Harris Administration’s resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, the unique experiences and challenges facing women and minority owned small businesses, and the opportunities that exist post pandemic. For more information, visit their website at www.sba.gov. To keep up with the Washington Bureau, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @nulpolicy. To keep up with the Washington Bureau, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @nulpolicy

Sep 23

32 min 49 sec

This week, our host Joi Chaney sits down with Nana Gyamfi, Executive Director for BAJI, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. They discuss the Haitian migrant crisis, American asylum policy, and what the Biden-Harris Administration's must to protect black immigrants. For updates on BAJI's initiatives, visit their website at www.baji.org As always, for updates on the policy priorities of the National Urban League, visit our website at www.nul.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NULpolicy

Oct 6

40 min 59 sec

In this episode, Joi speaks with the Natasha Alford, Vice President of Digital Content and Sr. Correspondent for theGrio digital network. Natasha, who identifies as Afro-Latina, discusses the complexities of Latinx identity and the importance of claiming your heritage, her journey to motherhood and being a 'boy-mom', her career path to theGrio and more! To learn more about Natasha Alford, visit her website at www.natashaalford.com Follow her on all her social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @natashasalford To watch her documentary, "Afro-Latinx Revolution: Puerto Rico", click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uM83LNZmWs Make sure to follow the Washington Bureau on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NULpolicy for an update on all your policy needs

Oct 20

37 min 17 sec

This week, Joi sits down with Cameka Smith, Founder of the BOSS (Bringing Out Successful Sisters) Network, an online community of professional and entrepreneurial women who support each other through digital content, programs, and event-based networking. Cameka discusses the creation of BOSS, her motivation and purpose behind her work, and the importance of giving women of color who are aspiring entrepreneurs a community of their own. For updates on Cameka and all the work she does at the BOSS Network, visit her website at https://www.thebossnetwork.org. Follow her on social media: Facebook: https://www.thebossnetwork.org Twitter: @TheBOSSNetwork Instagram: @thebossnetwork For updates on all the things National Urban League: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @NULPolicy

Nov 3

46 min 32 sec

This week, Joi sits down with President, CEO and Co-founder of Higher Heights for America, Glynda Carr. Glynda shares how the importance of having Black women run for office, the creation of Higher Heights, and how we can mobilize other communities to increase voter turnout. To learn more about Higher Heights, visit their website here: http://www.higherheightsleadershipfund.org To keep up to date with Higher Heights and Glynda Carr, follow both pages on twitter at: @glyndacarr and @higherheights. To keep up with the National Urban League's Washington Bureau, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @NULpolicy 

Nov 17

40 min 51 sec