October 12, 2021
For the season 1 finale, Rita sits down with artist, writer, filmmaker, and activist, Talamieka Brice. A native of Kilmichael and Duck Hill, Mississippi, Brice talks about what it was like growing up fighting racism and discrimination in rural Mississippi, her journey as a writer and artist, how she fights against her imposter syndrome in new spaces, the process of making the Obama mural at the elementary school in Jackson, and the joys and anxieties of being a mother to a Black boy in this moment. Rita and Talamieka talk about the importance of HBCUs and how they were both shaped by attending one.
Talamieka gives a preview of her new documentary film, "5: A Mother's Journey," which has won awards at film festivals around the world. Learn more about the Women's Foundation of Mississippi by visiting www.womensfoundationms.org, more about Rita Brent by visiting www.ritabrent.co, and more about Talamieka Brice by visiting www.talamieka.com.
August 4, 2021
Rita sits down with Jackson native and Mississippi treasure, Teneia Sanders. A songwriter, recording artist, and musician, Sanders talks about her journey from North Jackson to an award-winning international touring musician and performer. Rita and Teneia talk about being millennials in the workforce, the creative lifestyle, feminism and race, and equal pay in the music industry. Sanders' defiant voice doesn't fit into one genre, and she explains how her career has been about breaking down boxes and reaching across multiple sounds. Teneia is also an outspoken activist and advocate and discusses how she uses her platform to advance social justice causes.
July 22, 2021
Rita sits down with Jackson native Dr. Nashlie Sephus, a world-renowned computer engineer and artificial intelligence expert, to discuss her pathway into the Tech world and how she became one of the country's foremost experts on race and bias within artificial intelligence. Dr. Sephus explains how she fights biases built into the tech products we all use everyday.
At Amazon, Nashlie and her team focus on fairness and mitigating those biases while developing the latest AI. Also hear how Nashlie and her non-profit organization, the Bean Path, are investing in Mississippi's tech professionals and wellness through her Jackson Tech District, a $25M startup project under development along Gallatin St. in Jackson. The 14-acre tech hub is going to feature commercial offices, training spaces, housing, food and leisure, and entertainment options. Nashlie encourages more young women and people of color to get involved in technology and STEM.
Learn more about Nashlie and the Bean Path by visiting www.thebeanpath.org.
Learn more about the Women's Foundation of Mississippi at womensfoundationms.org and about Raised in the 'Sipp host Rita Brent at www.ritabrent.com.
July 2, 2021
Rita sits down with community activist, childcare advocate, and Jackson native, Cassandra Welchlin, leader of the Mississippi Black Women's Roundtable, to talk about being raised by her mother and grandmother and how that influenced her work and decision to fight for affordable childcare for working people.
Learn how Cassandra grew up going to work with her mother in a building that sits across from the same state capitol where she now goes to battle fighting for other working women!
Welchlin provides updates on the ongoing fight to pass an Equal Pay law in Mississippi, the only state without one on the books, and offers resources for working women and those seeking childcare and other assistance.
June 18, 2021
Rita sits down for a history lesson with Pamela Junior, native Jacksonian and Director of the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson which includes the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History. Hear how Pamela grew up in West Jackson and had to leave it briefly to find her voice, about her time as a Park Ranger in Maryland and Vicksburg, and how she became involved in historical and museum work.
Pamela breaks down some information about both Juneteenth and May 8, 1865, also known as 8 of May Day. Hear how Pamela and the Two Mississippi Museums do "Black History 365."
June 4, 2021
Rita interviews another Mother of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, the trailblazing Dr. Flonzie Brown Wright. Dr. Brown Wright was the first Black woman elected to public office in Mississippi, pre- or post-Reconstruction, when she won the race to become an Elections Commissioner in Madison County in 1968. Flonzie shares experiences from her childhood, how she was protected by her mother and father, her roots in the Church, and how she became an outspoken activist.
"When Medgar was assassinated, something changed in my soul," she said of her 1963 foray into organizing and advocacy in Biloxi, MS. She was recruited by MS Freedom Democratic Party co-founder Annie Devine to run for office. She became an Election Commissioner in Madison County and helped register thousands of African American voters. Rita and Flonzie discuss her book, "Looking Back to Move Ahead," and how she persevered through years of hurdles to make a real difference.
May 18, 2021
We kick off our Mothers of the Civil Rights Era series as Rita Brent is joined by Ms. Gloria Dickerson, the daughter of civil rights activist and icon Mae Bertha Carter. In 1965, Mae Bertha integrated the previously all-white district by sending her 13 children to the public Sunflower County schools. Mae Bertha and her entire family endured years of threats, taunts, teasing, and violence in response to their enrolling in the public schools. After fights on the bus, a drive-by shooting into their home, and having their local grocer deny them food, Mae Bertha still refused to remove her children from the schools. Gloria describes how her mother's love and resilience inspired not just an entire family, but the whole community, to keep on going.
Presently, Gloria Dickerson owns and operates We2Gether Creating Change, a nonprofit in Drew, MS, serving as a change agent in the transformation of poor and low income communities from perceived places of poverty, low skills, and despair to places of prosperity, abundant skills, and hope.
April 30, 2021
Rita Brent is joined by Dr. Nakeitra Burse, founder and owner of Six Dimensions, a woman-owned, minority-owned, public health research, development and practice agency focused on health equity and social justice, to talk about Black Maternal Health. We explore the history of Black maternal health and highlight some of the black-lead organizations and initiatives improving maternal health policies and outcomes in Mississippi.