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The Bakari Sellers Podcast

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Kenneth Kelly on the Importance of Financial Wellness

Kenneth discusses the challenges facing minority-owned banks, his book ‘Prepared Before I Let Go’, and the importance of last will and testaments

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John Avlon and the Values and Virtues of Centrism

Journalist and political commentator John Avlon grades President Biden and discusses his new book, ‘Lincoln and the Fight for Peace’

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Justin Cunningham, From Juilliard to ‘Grand Crew’

Bakari is joined by TV and theater actor Justin Cunningham to discuss his path from Arkansas to Hollywood

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Edwin Hodge on Choosing Roles Wisely and Starring in ‘Good Sam’

Plus, Edwin discusses who he’d put on his Mt. Rushmore of Black acting

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Lee Merritt on Running for Attorney General of Texas

Lee talks about what led him to seek office in the Lone Star state, his idea of actionable police reform, and the plan to close the racial voting gap in Texas

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Black Real Estate and Intergenerational Wealth With Mavis Gragg

Bakari talks to Mavis about her career fighting for Black land ownership, the systemic racism of property law, and actionable tools and steps to take when owning land

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Kyla Pratt on ‘The Proud Family’ Reboot and Growing Up on Camera

Kyla discusses her transition from child to adult actor, working with legends like Eddie Murphy, and the upcoming reboot of ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’

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Working With Cicely Tyson and the Success of ‘Billions’ With Condola Rashad

Condola joins Bakari to discuss challenging herself as an artist, the legendary storytellers she looks up to, and what to expect from Season 6 of ‘Billions’

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St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones on Legislating in 2022 and the Midwest’s Best-Kept Secret

Mayor Jones also discusses the implementation of non–law enforcement agencies to curb violence and managing the politics of the pandemic

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Elie Mystal on the Search for Justice Stephen Breyer’s Replacement

Bakari and Elie also break down the short list of possible replacements

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Chasing History With Carl Bernstein

Bakari talks to Bernstein about the start of the latter’s career during the civil rights movement, the current state of political journalism, and what he wants readers to take away from his new book

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The Best Version of Baltimore With Mayor Brandon Scott

Mayor Scott discusses what outsiders don’t know about Baltimore, reforming policing within the city, and the work toward equitable economic development

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Patrisse Cullors on the State of the BLM Movement and Reforming Prisons

Plus, Bakari and Patrisse discuss the importance of 911 alternatives during a mental health crisis

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Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID-19 Misconceptions and Keeping Schools Safe

Bakari Sellers is joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci to emphasize the importance of vaccinations and boosters and to discuss the coronavirus’s impact on the youngest and most vulnerable of us

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Comprehensive Gun Reform With Shannon Watts

Shannon talks about what led to her founding the nation’s largest grassroots group fighting gun violence, taking on the NRA, and the prospect of reforming gun laws in 2022

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Conversations With the Rev. Al Sharpton and Illustrator Reggie Brown

Reggie discusses his journey from biotechnology to children’s illustration before Rev. Sharpton joins to talk about his relationship with James Brown and the unsung heroes of the social justice movement in America

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Bakari and Van Lathan Talk Omicron With Dr. Italo Brown

Discussing COVID-19 variants and vaccine mandates

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The Legacy of Harry Reid and What to Expect in 2022 With Ryan Nobles

Plus, Bakari and Ryan talk about voter anxiety during the pandemic and the perception around the Hill of Kamala Harris’s first year as VP

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‘BMF’ and Authentic Portrayals of Black Fatherhood with Russell Hornsby

Plus, Russell provides insight into his role as Charles Flenory in the hit Starz show ‘BMF’

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Funding HBCUs and the Importance of Minority-Based Scholarship Programs With Lodriguez Murray

Lodriguez also breaks down the support for HBCUs during the Trump administration compared to Joe Biden’s term

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Confronting the Rise of White Nationalism and Vigilantism With Laura Coates

Laura also discusses the importance of reform-oriented prosecutors in the U.S. justice system and the difference between having a seat at the table and being a decision-maker at the table

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Geoff Bennett on Journalism vs. Opinion and Combating Misinformation

Plus, Geoff breaks down which politician gives the best interview, the role misinformation plays in today’s politics, and what it was like covering the Trump administration

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The Art of Local Politics With Mayor Frank Scott

Bakari talks to Mayor Scott about the career path that led him to hold office in Little Rock, having a servant’s heart in the world of politics, and governing during the pandemic

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Michael Bennett on NFL Activism and Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

The Seahawks alum joins Bakari to discuss his post-NFL career

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Deidre DeJear on Why She Wants to Be the Next Governor of Iowa

Plus, how to motivate Democrat voters before the 2022 election cycle

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Jeffrey Toobin on the Kyle Rittenhouse Case and the Dilemma on the Supreme Court

Bakari and Toobin discuss the details of the Rittenhouse case and what kind of verdict to expect, plus the predicament Democrats face with Justice Stephen Breyer

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Soledad O’Brien on the Problems With Political Media, the Coverage of Kamala Harris, and Her Show, ‘Matter of Fact’

Soledad O’Brien joins Bakari to reflect on her career and discuss what she’s currently working on

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Politico’s Maya King on Activism at Howard, the Politics of Crime, and the 2022 Elections

Bakari and Maya King discuss the importance of HBCUs and what to expect in next year’s midterm elections

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Mental Health, Alternative Medicine, and COVID-19 With Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Oden

Dr. Thomas Oden talks about the impact his life experiences have had on the way he practices psychiatry, his use of alternative medicine in his work, and how COVID-19 has impacted mental health

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Michael Eric Dyson on What People Get Wrong About Critical Race Theory

Plus, reacting to Democrats’ loss in Virginia and discussing how the party has to step up for Black voters

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Ricky Williams on Leaving the NFL to Start a Cannabis Company

Ricky also gives his predictions for this football season

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Roy Wood Jr. on Stand-up, His Alabama Roots, and What Makes a Comedian

Roy Wood Jr. talks about how he got started in stand-up, how his Alabama roots have influenced him as a comedian, and the qualities that make a good comedian