This podcast is a great follow up to our last podcast which discussed healing justice, as we talk with Johnaé Strong–a black mommy of two: 6 yo Akeim and 2 yo Jari, educator and organizer dedicated to healing and liberation for all black people–about the Black Joy Experience album that was released by BYP100 in summer 2018. This album features a musical collection dedicated to freedom songs and liberation chants that keeps joy at the center of the fight for Black Liberation.
We discuss the origin of Black Youth Project roots in joy and healing, the Black Joy Experience album, the role of caregivers and children in the movement, and how we must be willing to be transformed in service of the work for the sake of liberation. Johnaé is a parent for liberation, involving her children in the fight for liberation such as those held by BYP100. To connect with Johnaé, @johnae_alyse on all social media.
Throughout the podcast you will catch snippets of songs from the affirming “I Love Being Black” to painful “Mama, Mama Can’t You See.” and uplifting “Healing.” Please support the work of BYP by purchasing/downloading the Black Joy Experience on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify,
For a tool/resource on how to use the Black Joy Experience in your parenting and organizing check out this Black Joy Experience guide created by BYP100 to deepen learning about history of chants and freedom songs.