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The AYG List

The AYG List with April Yvonne Garrett


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Convener, conversationalist, social commentator and action advocate April Yvonne Garrett serves as inspired host to intimate conversations with fascinating people– some at the top of their game, others still climbing– all possessing an uncommon commitment to owning their stories and achieving their visions. In addition to intimate profiles, The AYG List addresses current events by amplifying a diverse array of voices who unpack and contextualize the complexity of the human experience.

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Josh Levin, executive editor of Slate Magazine, wrote a jaw-dropping story at the end of 2013 probing the life of Linda Taylor, the woman who he discovered was the actual ?welfare queen,? the toxic, living-high-on-the-hog... more

On this 2013 Human Rights Day, as we celebrate the life of South African President and Freedom Fighter Nelson Mandela, many have pondered the significance and impact of his legacy. During these exchanges, much has been... more

gratitude: the state of being grateful For my first LIVE, call-in show, I am joined by my friend, writer, activist, professor and pastor Carl Kenney. We look forward to learning about what you are thankful for and what quotes about gratitude quotes... more

Denzel Mitchell, founder of 5 Seeds Farm, is my favorite farmer ever. I chat with him about growing from a small city farm to a multiple plot, urban and suburban farm with a 50-person CSA, the cultural and historical legacies of Black farming... more

What happens when you let go and start saying "YES!"? Where will it take you? There is beauty in spontaneity and in truly living in the here and now. These questions and statement drive Jenny Vanderlinden, a breast cancer survivor... more

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, The AYG List welcomes scholar and activist Monica A. Coleman. Monica's commitment to connecting faith and social justice is evident in all of her endeavors. An ordained elder in the African... more

Doug Shipman is the CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights which seeks to expand our understanding of the impact of the American civil rights movement and connect it to the struggle for global human rights. Doug is... more

Tim Okamura is a contemporary artist whose work investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting that combines a 'realist' approach to the figure with collage, spray paint... more

Sherrilyn Ifill is the 7th President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She is a civil rights attorney, professor of law at the University of Maryland and author of the critically acclaimed book, On the... more

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough is the 7th president of Dillard University, a private historically Black liberal arts college, affiliated with the United Church of Christ in New Orleans, Louisiana. He chats with AYG about their time together as... more