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Healing Through Humor and Cultivating Media Literacy with Clarkisha Kent

podcast December 31, 1969

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It’s a new month, so we have a new theme—Book Club! For the next few weeks you can look forward to conversations with amazing authors from the Balanced Book Club.

Today I'm joined by Clarkisha Kent to celebrate the launch of her new book Fat Off, Fat On: a Big Bitch Manifesto. Clarkisha is a Nigerian-American writer, culture critic, former columnist and author. She is also the creator of the Kent Test, an immediate litmus test designed to evaluate the quality of representation that exists for Black women and women of color in film and other media.

Together we discuss her new book, how she handled writing such a vulnerable story, the ways humor can support our healing, and why media literacy is a critical skill.

We Also Talk About…

  • The value of the public library
  • The dynamic nature of being human
  • How no one knows what they’re doing with their life
  • The many flavors of exploitation
  • The effectiveness of getting mad sometimes
  • The necessity of being critical of the media you’re consuming



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