Content warning for descriptions of police brutality and acts of violence against the Black community.
Environmental justice advocate and anti-police brutality activist Olka Baldeh joins Nadia Imafidon for a conversation on the Essie Justice Group, Black women with incarcerated loved ones taking on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration, what defunding the police really means, and where those resources could go to keep our communities safe that have nothing to do with the police (see her article on Essence.com). She also speaks to her struggle with body dysmorphia and recent learnings of weight retention linked to chronic stress and its impact on marginalized communities who have to endure a world that continually attacks us.
Olka is a storyteller, poet, yoga teacher, and nomad in the lineage of the Fulani griots. She has been an activist for nearly a decade, and currently serves as the Communications Manager for Essie Justice Group, a California-based nonprofit that serves women with incarcerated loved ones.
Olka is the founder of the Black Moon Podcast, where she explores and interrogates the topic of Black death and holds space for collective healing that remediates the harm being done to our psyches from watching Black people die.