In this episode, I speak with journalist, author, and academic, Ruby Hamad.
In 2018, Ruby Hamad’s Guardian article, ‘How White Women Use Strategic Tears to Silence Women of Color’ became a global flashpoint for discussions of white feminism and racism and inspired her debut book, White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color. White Tears/Brown Scars has received critical acclaim in Australia and overseas where it has just been published in the US, Canada and the UK.
Ruby was a long-time columnist for former Fairfax Media’s feminist flagship Daily Life and her writing has also featured in The New York Times, Prospect Magazine, The New Arab, and more.
The sixth of seventh children of Lebanese-Syrian parents who fled to Australia at the height of the Lebanese Civil War, Ruby now splits her time between Sydney and New York. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in media studies at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia.
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Layla F. Saad is a New York Times bestselling author, anti-racism educator, international speaker, and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change.
She is the author of the ground-breaking Me and White Supremacy (2020), an anti-racism education workbook that was initially offered for free in an Instagram challenge and in a self-published digital workbook in 2018 (downloaded by 100,000 people in the space of six months). Me and White Supremacy debuted on the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists. It is also an Amazon, Wall Street Journal, Indie, and Pacific Northwest bestseller.
Layla is an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in Middle East. Layla has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Her work is driven by her powerful desire to become a good ancestor; to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone.
Layla has been featured in ELLE, PAPER, BBC News, BBC Radio 4, PBS, Glamour UK, MarieClaire UK, Cosmopolitan UK, Refinery29 UK, The Irish Times, Stylist, goop, NowThis News, Jezebel, Psychology Today, Forbes and many more. Her work has been brought into homes, educational institutions and workplaces around the world that are seeking to create personal and collective change. Layla lives in Doha, Qatar with her husband, Sam, and two children, Maya and Mohamed.
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