Nehal Tenany and Annika Sharma are the powerhouses behind their podcast, The Woke Desi.
The Woke Desi
"The Woke Desi is a podcast created by and for brown women (and men!). The Woke Desi delves into topics whispered about behind closed doors within brown communities. Topics vary in range from light-hearted social issues like dating and marriage in the desi community with personal stories from the hosts themselves to heavier topics like infertility, LGBTQ community, and abuse told with guests in a story-telling and educational format."
Nehal and Annika only met twice IRL before starting the podcast. Check out their Instagram post from September 23rd to read their story.
âSystem Failure (ft. Ryan Budhu)
"Systemic inequity impacts distinct parts of our community differently, and [Ryan's brother who died in police custody] Raviâs story is just one facet of a larger narrative. To understand this larger story, South Asians should strive to understand this nationâs history and how our current legal system can perpetuate inequality. In doing so, there will be a greater recognition that the road to equal treatment for all, particularly for communities of color and those suffering in poverty, is intertwined with justice for Black lives."
Did Gabrielle Really Try to Sell One of Clay Aiken's Water Bottles?
Yes. Yes she did. A little backstory: Gabrielle starred as Anita at Olgunquit Playhouse in West Side Story, a month after Clay Aiken starred as the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!
In this episode, Annika reflected on talking to her relatives about politics. She said "we see how much you struggled and we're going to speak for you, and we're going to speak for ourselves. We're gonna make this better for this next generation coming through."
We continue to encourage our WAFFam to make sure you and your loved ones are registered to vote. If you aren't sure if you're registered or need help figuring out how you are going to vote, you can check out How To Vote and When We All Vote for more guidance and information. How many people will you encourage to register to vote?
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Karen David is an actress, singer, songwriter, and producer.
Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia
To buy your own copy of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, you can click here to check out this article from O, The Oprah Magazine that lists 125 Black-owned bookstores across the United States from which you can purchase it.
September 23: Tea with Karen (and Pallavi & Gabrielle!)
Watch Karen, Pallavi, and Gabrielle have a chat on Tea with Karen over on Karen's instagram (@karendavidofficial)!
On this week's episode, Pallavi talked about her experience with sexual assault. If this is a sensitive or triggering topic for you, please listen to this week's episode/read this blogpost with caution.
Poorna Jagannathan is an American actress and producer of Indian descent. She initiated and produced Nirbhaya, YaÃ«l Farber's award-winning play.
Read YaÃ«l Farber's recollection of her journey from Iindia to the London stage for Nirbhaya here.
Check out YaÃ«l's website here!
Danny's Everything but the Scores Podcast (featuring Gabrielle as a guest!)
Matthew's She Does Standup Too? Podcast
Password the Cat!
Are You In a Bromance?
Click here to check out InsideHook's study on the scientific study on what "bromance" really means.
Our friend Danny uses the Joe Biden website to phone bank and encourage those who are eligible to vote to do so. Click here to figure out how to take action.
Emma and Matteo's Podcast: Inside The Closet
Emma and Gabrielle On Set of The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Emma Willmann (Beth) and Gabrielle Ruiz (Valencia).
Emma Willmann's Podcast: Emma's Bunker
Check out Gabrielle's guest appearance on Emma's podcast!
Best Friends Podcast
Check out Emma and Matteo's guest appearances on Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata's podcast, Best Friends!
Big Foot Collector's Club
Check out Gabrielle's episode of the Bigfood Collectors Club podcast and see for yourself where you fall on the "are ghosts real?" debate.
"That's What Friends are For"