Nishta J. Mehra is the author of the new book BROWN WHITE BLACK: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion. She is also the proud first-generation daughter of Indian immigrants and a longtime educator. We talked about her book, interracial adoption, gender fluidity, and gendered expectations surrounding hair. Nishta also discussed the need for other communities of color to work against anti-blackness and both the frustration and the freedom of making it up as you go along when navigating intersecting identities.
Adiba Nelson is a writer, author, performer, mom, wife, and occasional rabble-rouser. Adiba spoke about her work to increase inclusivity and representation of children with disabilities to children’s literature and television programming; about her burlesque performances and honest personal essays and how they offer those watching and listening permission to live their truths; and about the need for collective outrage at the societal mistreatment of black women and all women of color so that, together, we can enact cultural change.
Jade Beall is a world-renowned photographer whose projects, including The Beautiful Body Project and The Bodies of Mothers, have transformed perceptions of beauty. We talked about perceptions of the bodies of women, mothers, and elders; the need for body liberation; and the healing power of photography.