Listen Up: Learning How to be a “Good Ancestor” on Layla F. Saad’s Podcast

“Good ancestors are a bridge” – Layla F. Saad

good ancestor | layla f. saad | recommendation

A few of us here in the Girls Are Awesome office are *major* podcast geeks, and especially with lockdowns and working from home, we’ve been putting a lot of miles on our headphones! There’s so much amazing content out there, and for folks who are interested in and committed to learning more about antiracism work, the experiences and knowledge of Black, brown and Indigenous peoples, and how we can be part of the solution – podcasts are a fantastic go-to to get educated!

good ancestor | layla f. saad | recommendation

One of the pods that’s consistently in the queue around here is author and educator Layla F. Saad’s “Good Ancestor Podcast”. It’s not like the New York Times best-selling author of Me and White Supremacy needed to give us more, but she did! And “Good Ancestor Podcast” is rightly considered a gift for those of us determined to become “good ancestors” ourselves. Each episode is filled with the deeper nuances, the vocabulary and the framing for us to better hold space and progress as we do the daily work of antiracism – both within ourselves and in our communities.

Layla started recording the podcast in January 2019 and is 39 episodes in, which means there’s plenty to choose from (and binge!) over the holiday break, for those who will have some free time.

Image: Layla F. Saad – IG: @laylafsaad

“Good Ancestor Podcast is an audio and video series where I interview today’s living good ancestors who are leading national and international change. I interview predominantly Black and brown authors, speakers, teachers, artists, creators, activists, healers and thinkers. Change-makers and culture-shapers who are creating a legacy of healing and liberation for those who are here now, and those who will come after we are gone.”
– Layla F. Saad –

Layla and her guests cover a variety of different topics in their conversations, including the following:

  • Radical self-love – with artist, author and activist Sonya Renee Taylor (Ep. 33)
  • Women’s empowerment and abundance – with wealth and success coach Dr. Frantonia Pollins (Ep. 4)
  • Intersectional feminism and body politics – with political creative Sassy Latte (Ep. 7)
  • The practice of self-healing – with writer, speaker and spiritual teacher Yasmine Cheyenne (Ep. 34)
  • Music and spirituality – with rapper, chaplain and poet Mona Haydar (Ep. 19)
  • White feminism – with journalist, author and academic Ruby Hamad (Ep. 39)
  • Being a one-woman global village – with performer and writer Sarah Jones (Ep. 25)
  • Sustainable fashion – with writer, stylist and consultant Aja Barber (Ep. 22)
  • Guerrilla feminism – with writer, academic and speaker Lachrista Greco (Ep. 6)
  • Living unashamed – with author, educator and motivational speaker Leah Vernon (Ep. 13)

All of these episodes are available wherever you get your podcasts, as well as in video format on Layla’s YouTube channel – and trust us, don’t limit yourself to just what’s highlighted here. The whole catalogue is a lovingly-curated, transformative space that’s certainly opened a number of powerful conversations for us. We hope you’ll have the same experience as you get into it!

Engage with the “Good Ancestor Podcast” and Layla’s universe through her Instagram, website, courses, and YouTube channel. You can also support her work here, or by grabbing your copy of the life-changing best-seller “Me and White Supremacy“.

Here’s the first episode of the “Good Ancestor Podcast” to kick you off: an interview with activist, writer and lecturer Rachel Cargle:


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