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Tracee Ellis Ross: I Don’t Think I’m Funny, I’m Silly and Sewn to Joy and Light

Tracee Ellis Ross: I Don’t Think I’m Funny, I’m Silly and Sewn to Joy and Light

November 5, 2020

Tracee Ellis Ross joins Tricia Rose and Cornel West on The Tight Rope for a deep dialogue about her experiences as a Black actress and the daughter of Diana Ross.

Between a lot of laughter, Ms. Ross shares the sources of her inspirations as an entertainer and as the CEO and Founder of PATTERN, a haircare brand she created “for the curly, coily and tight-textured masses.”

The three also discuss the importance and implications of joy and rest within marginalized groups, particularly Black communities.

Ms. Ross can currently be seen starring in Season 6 of ABC’s Emmy, SAG, NAACP, Critics Choice, Golden Globe-nominated and Peabody-winning comedy series Black-ish. She recently signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Signature under her production company, Joy Mill Entertainment.

Insight from this episode:
● Discussion of different forms of Black futurism.
● Perspective on the entertainment industry’s relationship with Black beauty.
● Perspective on the politics of Black joy.
● Acknowledgment of the artistry of comedy.

Quotes from the show:
● “Hearing each other's voices and developing a collective vocabulary, that's an important part of creating an alternative consciousness to the madness that we're facing.” –Tricia Rose The Tight Rope
● “As I started to embrace my own hair, like I could probably Chronicle my journey of self acceptance through my journey with my hair. As I started to meet my hair, greet my hair except my hair and on some really strange days love my hair. I started to understand who I was and also connect myself to a larger legacy of what my hair was a part of.” –Tracee Ellis Ross The Tight Rope
● “Our identity doesn't have to be designed in relation to trying to get out of the trauma, and out of that supremacy and all of that. Instead, if you were to imagine oneself, one's blackness, one's beauty, one sense of home from that space, what do you become, what liberation is, is available to you?” –Tracee Ellis Ross The Tight Rope
● “That's part of how I guide myself through my work is that it's not really about creating something that I want you to see a certain way, but that I want you to feel a certain way.” –Tracee Ellis Ross The Tight Rope
● “[Comics] have this over-sensitivity to other people's pain. And therefore, they they choose to be wounded healers and bruised uplifters to others.” –Cornel West The Tight Rope
● “Me being alive fully, freely, all of that is resistance; and particularly the self care, and the ability to rest: to rest your heart, to rest your soul, to rest your body, to give your body the honor that it deserves, to listen to your body.” –Tracee Ellis Ross The Tight Rope
● “In this world that we have with social media and all that your brain never gets a chance to wander. It never gets a chance to ponder things, or to just be, and those to me, are the spaces where change actually occurs.” –Tracee Ellis Ross The Tight Rope
● “The young people say all the time, ‘stay woke, stay woke.’ I say you’re going to suffer from insomnia. You can’t just stay “woke” all the time, you want to stay fortified. You stay fortified so you know when to rest you know how to get your armor in place, you know how to recast yourself so you know how to be the kind of love warrior and spiritual soldier that you need with love and justice at the center of it.” –Cornel West The Tight Rope

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Don’t Let Trump Steal This Election: Kshama Sawant and Connie Rice

Don’t Let Trump Steal This Election: Kshama Sawant and Connie Rice

November 4, 2020

Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant, a member of Socialist Alternative, and leading civil rights lawyer Connie Rice are organizing protests and sharpening their legal strategies, just in case President Donald Trump tries to steal this election rather than peacefully transferring power to former Vice President Joe Biden.

They joined Tricia Rose and Cornel West for the final hour of our live #Election2020 Watch Party, produced in cooperation with The Real News Network.

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Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara and Highlander Center’s Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara and Highlander Center’s Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

November 4, 2020

Socialism became a wedge issue on the campaign trail and may have helped President Donald Trump win Florida. But those who call themselves socialists will keep fighting, including Jacobin Magazine editor Bhaskar Sunkara and Highlander Center co-executive director Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson. They joined Cornel West and Tricia Rose during their live #Election2020 Watch Party in cooperation with The Real News Network.

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Dr. Eddie Glaude: Millions of Americans Don’t Give a Damn about Democracy

Dr. Eddie Glaude: Millions of Americans Don’t Give a Damn about Democracy

November 4, 2020

Dr. Eddie Glaude reflects on the deep split in the fabric of American politics as part of our #Election2020 Watch Party with Cornel West and Tricia Rose, in cooperation with The Real News Network. 

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Father Pfleger and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: A Creative Prayer for #Election2020

Father Pfleger and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: A Creative Prayer for #Election2020

November 4, 2020

Tricia Rose and Cornel West started and ended their #Election2020 Watch Party with some spiritual and creative food. Father Michael Pfleger from the southside of Chicago and musician Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah set the mood for an emotional election night. Produced in cooperation with The Real News Network.

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Marianne Williamson: Democratic Presidential Candidate Manifests a Better Universe

Marianne Williamson: Democratic Presidential Candidate Manifests a Better Universe

November 4, 2020

Marianne Williamson, acclaimed author and 2020 Democratic candidate for president, joined Cornel West and Tricia Rose on election night to mourn the lack of a landslide and visualize a stronger position for progressives in America's fractured political landscape. Produced in cooperation with The Real News Network.

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Michael Moore: Turn Pre-Election Anxiety into Action and Hold Biden Accountable

Michael Moore: Turn Pre-Election Anxiety into Action and Hold Biden Accountable

November 2, 2020

Filmmaker Michael Moore wanted his last conversation before election to be on The Tight Rope - and we were happy to welcome him back as our first returning guest. The Flint, Michigan native teams up with Cornel West and Tricia Rose to strategize the best way to get the proverbial ball all the way past the goal line. Hike!

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Faith-Based and Pro-Choice: Black and Catholic Voters Shift Towards Reproductive Justice

Faith-Based and Pro-Choice: Black and Catholic Voters Shift Towards Reproductive Justice

November 1, 2020

Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, explains to her mentors Tricia Rose and Cornel West why more faith-based Black and Catholic are supporting reproductive freedom at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court is moving in the other direction, in this special pre-election edition of The Tight Rope.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar: What We Are Seeking to Do Has Never Been Done Before

Rep. Ilhan Omar: What We Are Seeking to Do Has Never Been Done Before

October 30, 2020

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the groundbreaking Somali-American activist from Minnesota, lays out her #PeopleFirst plan to transform American society and how the progressive movement will do if Democrats win back the Senate and the White House. Plus, Tricia Rose and Cornel West discuss the tale of two cities - Tulsa 1921 and Minneapolis 2020 - in this week's Office Hours session.

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Office Hours: The Obama Generation is Discontented with Democracy

Office Hours: The Obama Generation is Discontented with Democracy

October 27, 2020

The generation of folks who cast their first-ever vote for Barack Obama, also known as millennials, are feeling down about democracy, according to a new global study by the University of Cambridge. Tricia Rose and Cornel West reflect on the reasons for their discontent and why much of it is noble and justified, in this special Office Hours session.

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