We understand that everyone is at different stages when it comes to understanding, internalizing, and speaking out against systemic racism and Black Lives Matter. But it’s important to know that even if a lot of the information coming out these days is new to you, it’s not new. At all.

Or as Rene Syler put it on this week’s episode of Spawned: “Here we are. Again.”

Whether you feel “woke” or “just waking up,” this country is in a major period of growth, and we know it’s hard to keep up. In part because so many activists and thought leaders are revealing new ideas, new analyses, new information about racism every day.

So we’re grateful that Rene, a veteran broadcast journalist, witty author, prolific public speaker and Black mom of two, lent us her time and her voice this week to discuss racism in America — not just what it means to be racist (the definition may surprise you), but what you can do to help make changes, even in small ways that can have big impact.

(Rene’s a busy mom too!  She gets that multi-tasking parents can’t all focus on the news 24/7, let alone head out to protests every weekend.)

We really hope you’ll give us 30 minutes this week. Because as Rene also said, “We’re seeing some things we can no longer ignore.”


Listen to our episode here, right now. And please be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode.

Top image: Maria Oswalt 


Some of Rene’s recommendations

Broadcast journalist, speaker, and author Rene Syler on why we need to speak up about racism in America right now | Spawned Podcast

Read: White Fragility by Robin d’Angelo, which she’s discussing now in her Tough Topics Book Club online

Listen to::  Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast

Follow: @MichaelHarriot on Twitter

Watch:  Just Mercy, streaming everywhere free right now

And of course you can follow Rene at @GoodEnufMother on Twitter,  on Instagram, and on her personal  Facebook page for all the good unfiltered political talk. And humor! Also check out Communicators Academy, where she coaches others to be better public speakers too.


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They’re so good, we’ve even taken to hiding them from our kids! (Because hello, summer.)

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Our Cool Picks of the Week

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell : The Audiobook is fantastic listening

Rene: A tiny portable home projector by Apeman. which even plays Netflix. Perfect for social distancing backyard movie nights. For more ideas, also check out our post on Cool Mom Tech on 4 awesome home projectors

Liz: Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell (total coincidence that Rene brought him up as well!) — in particular the audiobook from Audible or Libro.fm which feels more like a podcast.

Kristen: Our guide to Father’s Day food gifts from Black-owned businesses. You don’t have to be a father to love them either!