Assaulted after Tahrir Square, Egyptian feminist and journalist Mona Eltahawy comes to us from Cairo with a call for revolution. That call is not merely for liberation for women in the Middle East—though Eltahaway articulates that—but for all people who are silenced, imprisoned, or shamed. Chinaka Hodge—spoken word poet, screenwriter, and more—embodies speaking truth to power. Witness an amazing conversation between two women of color who are not afraid to say what they think.
Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian American freelance journalist and commentator, and the author of "Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution." Her essays and op-eds on Egypt, the Islamic world, and women’s rights have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the Miami Herald, and other publications. Newsweek magazine named Eltahawy one of its "150 Fearless Women of 2012," and Arabian Business named her one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women. She has appeared as a guest commentator on MSNBC, BBC, CNN, PBS, Al-Jazeera, NPR, and dozens of other television and radio networks. She is extremely active on Twitter, with over 230K followers.
Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright, and screenwriter from Oakland, CA. For over a decade she has worked in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts non-profit. During her tenure there, Chinaka served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population as a teaching artist and poet mentor. When not educating or writing for the page, Chinaka rocks mics as a founding member of a collaborative hip hop ensemble, The Getback. Her poems, editorials, interviews, and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, The Believer, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry. Her new title, just out from City Lights Books, is "Dated Emcees."