New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast: Slavery’s Global Legacy and the African Diaspora

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 28, 2021

On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a popular, issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication. In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality.

A new episode—15 Minutes of Feminism: Slavery’s Global Legacy and the African Diaspora (with Dr. Amara Enyia)—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

In this episode, Dr. Goodwin is joined by Dr. Amara Enyia to unpack slavery’s global legacy and the international implications for the African diaspora. In August, the United Nations General Assembly moved to create a Permanent Forum on People of African Descent — and there was pushback. But on an international level, the demand for a reckoning with anti-Blackness reverberates around the world. Advocates know learning about the African diaspora, histories of anti-Blackness and the need for reparations is more important than ever. How are these colonial legacies continuing to affect members of the African diaspora today — and how can the international community begin to address these longstanding injustices? Dr. Goodwin and Dr. Enyia will answer these questions and more.

You can find a full transcript of the episode here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“When you have a system in which corporations are driven to higher and higher profits, where they exploit the land, where they exploit natural resources, and where they exploit human capital, human people, for the purposes of profit, it is not sustainable.” —Dr. Amara Enyia

“Black women have been really just so much of a backbone in this work… at the front lines of many of these major fights. Also, when we talk about who has been affected, it’s been largely Black women. I mean, even after we’re talking about Ahmaud Arbery, it was also Breonna Taylor. Before both of them, it was Sandra Bland. It was Korryn Gaines.” —Dr. Amara Enyia

“I feel so optimistic about where we are, mainly because I’ve seen us coming together in ways that I’ve never seen before. And we have tools in this day and age that we didn’t have in the past, that can really connect the diaspora across geography, across language, and even across culture. That’s a powerful thing.” —Dr. Amara Enyia

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine and on She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, for shaping the future.


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