We Run This: A Midweek Meditation on Women in Media

Midweek Meditations is a weekly column written by Julia-Elise Childs where she rounds up her favorite happenings in fashion, art, culture, and beyond. We figure that despite living fast, we should probably catch our breath every now and again.

It has come to my attention this past week that at least one individual in this world believes there aren’t woke women of color creating platforms for change. While it would be ignorant to assume that this one dude’s opinion speaks for a large majority of people, I’m not going to take any chances.

Maybe you haven’t been turned on to some of the women who are out here speaking up, creating art, and building spaces for other young men and women of color. That’s okay. That just means you’re going to learn today. This week, I’m meditating on a few women in the media industry who contribute invaluable work to pop culture.

Phoebe Robinson

Author of You Can’t Touch My Hair, host of Sooo Many White Guys podcast and co-host of 2 Dope Queens podcast, Phoebe Robinson is easily one of the funniest women in media right now. She creates platforms for women to share their stories – as the aptly titled Sooo Many White Guys podcast suggests, she got sick of hearing about so many white creative guys, so she created space for women to share their stories.

Franchesca Ramsey


Franchesca gives a weekly lesson in race, culture, and history in MTV’s ‘Decoded.’ She breaks things down easily – like why Kylie Jenner’s cornrows are offensive, three black female stereotypes that have got to go, how voter ID laws explain structural racism and more.

Janet Mock

Janet Mock is a transgender rights activist, host of MSNBC’s So Popular!, and author of the New York Times best seller Redefining RealnessIntelligent, strong, and unabashedly brave, Mock works to ensure we live in a world where we treat trans people of acceptance, compassion, and love. Check out her latest work, The Trans List, on HBO.

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