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The Coolest Show presented by Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100% comes out every Friday. Subscribe today! Season 2 of The Coolest Show features discussions with some of the most inspiring people on the planet. Host Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. brings his charismatic and loving self to each conversation, and creates a space where guests speak from their souls. While full of expertise on climate justice, racial justice, and politics, the heart of The Coolest Show is getting to know people who are changing ...
 
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Lead is a neurotoxin that has been intentionally used to inflict genocide upon Black people, ranging from family homes to the prison industrial complex. The effects of environmental justice are intergenerational so we must work to create policy for change and to hold agencies accountable. Michelle T. Mabson is a Healthy Communities staff scientist …
 
Social media has become a vehicle for activism. With climate celebrity culture on the rise, one begins to question whether people are using movements to gain a following or genuinely educating the masses. Lauren Ritchie is an intersectional climate activist and the founder of @itsecogal. We caught up with her to discuss climate change in the Carrib…
 
Women Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have consistently had A+ scorecards in environmental and climate policy. They have been champions for decades, yet are not uplifted by the movement like they should be. Rep. Barbara Lee is the U.S. Representative for California’s 13th Congressional District. We caught up with her to discuss holding me…
 
Everything is intersectional and interdisciplinary. Systems of injustice work in tandem, and we must work together so we do not recreate or internalize them. Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. We caught up with him to discuss multi-issued cau…
 
Abolition is tearing down systems that do harm and reimagining the world we want to live in. Violence comes from a lack of resources, and supplying oppressive systems with more resources is an ineffective response. Destiny Harris is a Black queer organizer, artist, abolitionist, and poet from the West Side of Chicago. We caught up with her to discu…
 
In order for us to survive and thrive, we must transition to a green economy where there is opportunity for not only jobs but ownership. Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country. Kristal Hansley is the first Black woman in the U.S. to own a community solar company, as the founder and CEO of WeSolar Inc. We caught up…
 
Protect the Arctic is a special 3 part series on The Coolest Show. We are covering the urgency to preserve the Arctic Refuge from the Trump administration’s efforts to expand oil and gas development. Their plan is to lease 1.6 million acres on the Coastal Plains of the Arctic Refuge before the end of the year, and the plan must be stopped. . This e…
 
Protect the Arctic is a special 3 part series on The Coolest Show. We are covering the urgency to preserve the Arctic Refuge from the Trump administration’s efforts to expand oil and gas development. Their plan is to lease 1.6 million acres on the Coastal Plains of the Arctic Refuge before the end of the year, and the plan must be stopped.. This ep…
 
Protect the Arctic is a special 3 part series on The Coolest Show. We are covering the urgency to preserve the Arctic Refuge from the Trump administration’s efforts to expand oil and gas development. Their plan is to lease 1.6 million acres on the Coastal Plains of the Arctic Refuge before the end of the year, and the plan must be stopped. This epi…
 
The Environmental Justice for All Act holds the government and industry accountable to the people and gives communities the right to redress. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) and Rep. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. We caught up with them to discuss the gutting of the EPA, voting for …
 
As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are actively grieving those we have lost to COVID-19. The legacy of resilience is present in today’s generation, as they refuse to sweep issues like the aftermath of Katrina under the rug. Mia X is a best selling author, professor of music, and known as the Mother of Southern Gangsta R…
 
COVID is changing life as we know it and it’s showing us how unequal crises are. Antonique Smith is a Grammy nominated singer, actress, artivist, climate champion, and has been a co-host on The Coolest Show. On this special episode, she and Rev Yearwood catch up to discuss being an artist and artivist in 2020, staying creative during the pandemic, …
 
“Now is the moment to make a significant shift. Now is the moment to root in love and justice. Now is the moment to create economies that actually work for everyone.” Rahwa Ghirmatzion is the Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo. We caught up with her to discuss collective responsibility, community ownership, and the rich history of Buffalo, New York…
 
Climate is not just a planet problem, it’s a people problem. This is the time to shift power within the climate movement towards people driven just solutions. Gina McCarthy is the President and CEO of NRDC and former EPA Administrator under President Obama. We caught up with her to what she has learned from past movements, what an intergenerational…
 
Comedy is often used to critique the status quo, disrupt harmful dominant narratives, and invite needed hope and optimism into challenging issues. Using comedy in activism can help people digest the serious and often overwhelming topic of the climate crisis. Caty Borum Chattoo is the executive director of the Center for Media & Social Impact. We ca…
 
It is time to get on track. The fossil fuel industry has received billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds, while communities of color see increased poisoning and vulnerability to the pandemic. We must continue to mobilize and build coalitions, as there is strength in numbers. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán is U.S. Congresswoman for California’s 44…
 
As the pandemic continues, so are the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks. With weakened restrictions on monitoring air pollution, we have no idea how bad it really is. Heather McTeer Toney is the National Field Director of Moms Clean Air Force, former mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, and former Regional Administrator for the EPA under …
 
Young climate activists carry the weight of the world on their shoulders in a world that is ever presenting new crises and challenges. How do they cope? How do they thrive? . Jamie Margolin is the co-founder of This Is Zero Hour and author of Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It. We caught up with her to discuss 21st century activism, colon…
 
Words are powerful and even revolutionary. rt and culture connects our experiences and uplifts.. As an acclaimed poet, author, executive producer of Black Women Rock!, and CEO of Moore Black Press, jessica Care Moore represents the nexus of hip hop, activism, and storytelling. We caught up with her to discuss the power of poetry, knowing Black hist…
 
How do we create a world where sustainability values of social cohesion, environmental consciousness, inter-generational equity, and economic health are the drivers of decision-making and business practices? This is the vision of global citizen Marilyn Waite, who leads the climate and clean energy finance portfolio at the Hewlett Foundation. We cau…
 
Systemic racism and structural inequity is deeply rooted in the history of America. But it’s not history – it’s reality for Indigenous people and people of color in 2020. As an Ingigenous leader and freedom fighter, Tara Houska is on the frontlines, using her skills as a lawyer and organizer against the machines of injustice. We caught up with her …
 
While we are being killed by police and vigilante violence, we are also dying a death of a thousand cuts by pollution in our lungs. Corporations poison our air and water, violate our rules and laws hundreds of times over. But we are up against a three strikes and you’re out justice system. One out of every three Black boys born today can expect to …
 
Advocating for what is right has been a journey, and Dr. Adrienne Hollis sits down with Rev to remind us that now is not the time to fear while facing the challenges ahead. Dr. Hollis is the Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She recounts what influenced her to study law and science and the impact of t…
 
In a period of powerful uprising for racial justice, we armor ourselves with love.. The living legend Dr. Mildred McClain joins The Coolest Show this week and shares why love is her leading force, how we can draw inspiration from those who came before us, and the necessity of communities of color taking the lead. Dr. Mildred McClain co-founded and …
 
The movement for Black lives and climate justice are about the right to breathe. It is vital to understand that. Once you have listened to Tamika Mallory and Rev Yearwood in the previous episode, listen to this conversation with Emerald Snipes Garner. Her father was Eric Garner, who was choked and killed by NYPD in 2014. His last words, which were …
 
And like that, everything changed. Since last episode, we are in a new paradigm, one that solidifies the fact that the movements to end systemic racism and to stop the climate crisis are one in the same. Climate justice is racial justice. National leader Tamika Mallory, co-founder of the Women’s March and Until Freedom, joins Rev Yearwood to discus…
 
This week we go to “communiversity” in the deep south. Dr. Beverly Wright, environmental justice pioneer and movement matriarch, joins The Coolest Show to share her infinite wisdom on how we create equitable climate solutions and her perspective on how COVID-19 has impacted New Orleans worse than Hurricane Katrina. In addition to being a scholar, a…
 
Returning from a brief hiatus due to COVID-19, Season 2 of The Coolest Show on Climate Change is back with weekly episodes. We could not return with a more insightful interview than this week’s conversation with Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s, oldest Latino community-based organization. UPROSE is an intergenerational…
 
Regina Hall, award-winning actress and producer, joins Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100% Show to discuss her commitment to ‘Mama Earth’, clean energy’s role in addressing the racial wealth gap, and divestment from fossil fuels and investment in just and healthy solutions. Her empowering conversation with Think 100% cohost Antonique Smith also explores the…
 
In this episode, we come to you live from Orlando for an inspiring conversation about local solutions at the 2019 National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA). Brandi Williams, Hip Hop Caucus’ Charlotte, NC Leadership Committee Coordinator guest hosts. She chats with City of Orlando Sustainability Director, Chris Castro, and Florida activ…
 
Women, people of color, and young people are leading the climate movement. Three leaders join The Coolest Show live at the 4th National Adaptation Forum in Madison, Wisconsin. They discuss how they’re working at the intersections of the climate crisis and building stronger communities through local action and just-solutions. Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr…
 
In this episode, we come to you live from Brooklyn at the Confluence Philanthropy Annual Practitioner’s Gathering with legendary journalist and co-founder/host of Democracy Now, Amy Goodman, highly recognized New York based poet/Hip-Hop artist and incarcerated youth activist, Messiah Ramkissoon, and Executive Director of Wallace Global Fund, Dr. El…
 
Host, Antonique Smith is joined by Actor and Activist, Kendrick Sampson to discuss the importance of “artivism”, how artists are using their platforms for activism, and the need to confront issues gridlocking justice and the climate crisis, including race, politics, and money. The post S2 Ep 3: Artivism w/ Kendrick Sampson appeared first on Hip Hop…
 
In this episode, we take time to listen to Zero Hour’s Jamie Margolin, and Future Coalition’s Executive Director, Katie Eder, discussing the September 20th Global Climate Strike and why we need to act now on climate in order to create the necessary framework for real change to occur. Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. hosts. The post S2 Ep 2: When the World …
 
On this episode, we record in front of a live audience at Netroots Nation. We are joined by Vic Barrett of Our Children’s Trust, the incredible youth climate group that is suing the federal government over damages caused by climate change. We discuss what it is like being young and powerful in this movement and what it means to be suing your govern…
 
Jay Inslee, who recently announced that he’s running for President, joins The Coolest Show to discuss why addressing climate change with equity and justice should be the top priority of our elected leaders. He sits down to breakdown how he, as the governor of Washington state, has put communities of color at the forefront of climate solutions and t…
 
In this documentary style episode, we cover the first hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives on Climate Change in 10 years. It was held on February 6th, by the Natural Resources Committee. Our very own Rev. Yearwood testified and his message was challenged by a frontman for the fossil fuel industry, Derrick Hollie of Reaching America, who tra…
 
In part two of our special “State of the Climate Movement” series, we are joined by a group of prominent activists and experts to continue the conversation on lack of diversity in mainstream environmental NGOs and Foundations. Guests give testimonials on what it’s like to be a person of color at an environmental organization and discuss solutions t…
 
In part one of our special “State of the Climate Movement” series, we are joined by Green 2.0’s Whitney Tome and Erika West to discuss their new eye-opening report that traditional environmental non-profit organizations and foundations are actually becoming less racially and ethnically diverse. Their decline in diversity is not good for our collect…
 
In this documentary style episode, we hear from a Member of the Omaha Tribe and Human Rights Activist, Nathan Phillips, who dives into what the Indigenous People’s Movement is about, what our climate movement can do to follow the knowledge, wisdom and expertise of Indigenous people’s across this country and the world, and the crossroads the Catholi…
 
How do we get our elected leaders to take necessary action on climate change? How can we organize to help make it happen? We are joined by leaders from one of the most successful regional climate organizations in the United States, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, to learn the blueprint for climate action and what it took to get D.C. to pass …
 
Since the ousting of corrupt former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Andrew Wheeler has been busy on behalf of polluters, rolling back public health and environmental safeguards, including basic protections to clean air and water. In this episode we host an incredibly important and timely dialogue about Trump’s dangerous …
 
Environmental racism is playing out in Union Hill, a predominately African-American community in rural Virginia founded by freed slaves. One of the largest monopoly utilities in the country and corporate donors in Virginia politics is helping run a campaign of disinformation in order to build a massive polluting gas compressor station in the heart …
 
We are joined by the President of Imani Energy, Jeffrey Richardson, to discuss entrepreneurship, his company’s social-mission driven business model, and what it takes for our leaders and movement to facilitate the growth of a clean energy economy. Our “In the Movement” segment features the latest in the push for a Green New Deal on Capitol Hill, up…
 
There is momentum building throughout the country for our leaders on Capitol Hill to take necessary action to address climate change and economic inequality through the creation of a “Green New Deal”. Hip Hop Caucus is all in, standing in solidarity for a better future for all. In this episode, we welcome guests from Sunrise Movement: Co-Founder & …
 
Flint still doesn’t have clean water. And did you know that thousands of communities across the United States have higher-levels of lead in their water than Flint? With the Trump Administration and many state governments taking active steps to weaken rules that protect our drinking water, it is more important than ever that people stay engaged. In …
 
Description: All across the country a new generation of pro environmental leaders have been voted into office. A “Green Wave” of women, people of color and young leaders are taking office, shaking things up and moving the nation toward solutions that are focused on integrating equity into our fight to address the impacts of climate change and envir…
 
One week out from election day 2018, we are joined by leading experts to cover everything you need to know about protecting voting rights, strengthening our democracy, and why you should be a #ClimateVoter. Guests include Executive Director of Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, Kristen Clarke, and Director of Special Litigation & Advocac…
 
We are joined by two relentless advocates fighting injustice, driving community-led solutions, and empowering the disenfranchised — Kerene Tayloe and Kelly Miller. As someone facing homelessness, Kelly gave us an incredible perspective on unreported impacts from climate change and shared how her perseverance as an advocate is helping create policy …
 
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