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JLove Calderon is a social entrepreneur, activist, author, coach, creator, producer and director of TV and Film. Storytelling and justice are at the heart of her work and this conversation is so moving, I highly recommend listening when you can be fully present and take some notes. I loved this woman’s heart so much and her gentle and clear way of talking through hard topics.

She explained the historical movement of colorblindness and shared her personal journey as an activist for 20+ years, some hard truths she’s had to face along the way and the many valuable lessons she learned from her time in gangs and the hip hop industry.

Her big truth was that most of her life decisions were based on unhealed trauma and limiting beliefs.

From there we discussed how to:
-Navigate racism, spiritual bypass and privilege
-Educate without shaming, and
-Unpack your privilege without dulling your light

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About JLove Calderón:

JLove is a social entrepreneur, activist, author, coach and a creator, producer and director of TV and Film. Storytelling and justice is at the heart of her work.

Her short films, ASIA-ONE: Expect The Unexpected, and From Gangs to Gardens, have garnered an audience of over 18 million viewers. She co-produced 11:55, a feature film by Ben Snyder and Ari Issler. JLove has co-created, executive produced and directed five TV pilots including The Message featuring Joey Bada$$, The Sound of Revolution, Breaking Bias with Grammy Award winning J.Ivy, and received distribution for her TV Series We The People with REVOLT and The Sound of Revolution received distribution from Seed & Spark. She produced and directed two music videos, The Universal Blueprint by 7TRiiiBES and Keeps Me Up by Beat Boxing champion of the world, Kaila Mullady.

JLove is the author of That White Girl (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, 2007), which has been optioned for film. She has also co-edited four books: We Got Issues! A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life with Rha Goddess (New World Library, 2006); Conscious Women Rock the Page! Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change, with Marcella Runell Hall, E-Fierce, and Black Artemis (Sister Outsider Publishing, 2008); a contributor in Who’s Your Mama, The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers, edited by Yvonne Bynoe (Soft Skull, 2009) Love, Race, and Liberation: ‘Til the White Day is Done with Marcella Runell Hall (Love-N-Liberation Press, 2010); and Occupying Privilege (Love-N-Liberation Press, 2012), winner in the social change category of the National Indie Excellence Awards; and a contributor in UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship edited by Kersha Smith & Marcella Runell Hall (Peter Lang, 2018).

JLove is a strong voice in the fight for racial justice, and is a member of the SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) National Leadership Team, SURJ Connectors Co-Founder and Creative Director, as well as COO of the Black Girl Animators Collective. @jlovecalderon

What You’ll Hear:
6:34 On education without shaming
17:18 Navigating racism, spiritual bypass, and privilege
24:16 JLove’s journey and work in the world + moving forward in being more affective within social justice
39:07 On working on unpacking white privilege
44:31 Dulling your own light as a result of working on your own privilege
53:30 The historical movement of colorblindness

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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