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Strange Fruit: “Politini on theGrio” Hosts Aisha & Danielle Moodie-Mills

Laura Ellis


  To say Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills are busy would be like Jaison calling Michael Sams okay-looking. They're the founders of a a policy initiative called Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality (FIRE), have been named a "power couple to watch" by Black Enterprise and Politico, and were the first lesbian wedding ever profiled by Essence.Lucky for us all, they didn't stop there: They also host a talk show called Politini, which was recently picked up by theGrio. They joined us this week to tell us more about this latest venture, their background, and how they became such visible, powerful advocates.Here's their latest epsiode. Congratulations, friends! We'll be watching!  In our Juicy Fruit segment, we covered Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's veto of a bill that would've allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ citizens, and former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent's inspiring blog post in which she came out as queer. Trent said coming out publicly was necessary for her because it's not an identity people can see when meeting her: I would find it rather odd if a man walked up to me and expected me to agree that I should be paid less than my male counterparts. I would be baffled if a white person walked up to me and expected me to agree to use a different water fountain than my white counterparts. I would be baffled with these approaches because it should be seemingly easy for one to look at me and see that I am woman, just as it is also pretty obvious that I am black. But sometimes, I forget to put the "QUEER" stamp on my forehead on my way out the door in the mornings. So, on the mornings that I forget my stamp, I have realized that there is really no way for people to know that I disagree with their views or, even moreso, to know that they are talking about me, unless I actually open my mouth and say it. And Jai also filled us in on a story that left us momentarily speechless: A pastor in Kenya is asking (female) members of his congregation to forgo wearing underwear while attending services, in order to be closer to God.

Laura is LPM's Director of Podcasts & Special Projects. Email Laura at lellis@lpm.org.