Speak Clearly: Alicia Garza Has Definitely Mastered The Art

Alicia Garza

When I am in my car and not turning up on Megan Thee Stallion or getting centered with Willow and Jahnavi, I am usually tuned into a podcast.

This week I took in a few really good podcast episodes. The Skimm’d from the Couch episode with Alicia Garza was by far my favorite.

In my line of work…it helps me to…see where there are possibilities for connection and relationship that you would think are unlikely.  One of the things that is so important about building movements, which is the process of putting more power into the hands of more people, is that you have to build the kinds of alliances that are unexpected, right?

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To understand why it was my favorite, I must share one of my biggest fears with you—being unable to articulate a thought clearly. I know some of you will find that a little strange 🙂 but I honestly replay conversations in my head to see if I did an adequate job explaining what I am thinking.

We have, to some extent, become a headline/catchphrase society making it easy to throw around phrases with little else.

We repeat catchphrases but get stumped if we are asked to explain our thought process further. In a society where our ability to improve rests upon our ability to have meaningful dialogue, we must be able to fully and clearly articulate our thoughts.

I’ve digressed 🙂

Alicia Garza is fluid in her thoughts from beginning to end. She doesn’t hide behind catchphrases or large words. She clearly and concisely explains her views in a way that everyone can understand. I am sure being an activist since the age of 12 has something to do with that. Alicia Garza is an author and civil rights activist who is the Principal at Black Futures Lab & Co-creator #BlackLivesMatter.

Tune in and check out this episode of Skimm’d from the Couch and tell me if you agree!

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Much Love,


Published by Tonza D. Ruffin

Perfectly Imperfect but VERY PROUD WOMAN, MOM, LAWYER, and AUTHOR, but most importantly...LIFE LOVER! I laugh loud, I work hard, I play hard, I am adventurous, I am curious, I am driven, I have moments of deep insecurity, I am loving, I am vulnerable, I am explosive (not one of my finer qualities), I dance around my house alone, I am an awful perfectionist which makes my insecurity worse, I sing out loud in my car without any concern for whose watching, I have trust issues, I do not live through my children, I no longer try to force my children into the mold that I created so that I could feel validated as a mother, I am a risk-taker, I am guarded in my personal life, I am kind, I am grateful. I am so excited about the rest of my life!

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