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Global Take with Black Professionals in International Affairs

Global Take with Black Professionals in International Affairs

By Black Professionals in International Affairs
Welcome to Global Take with Black Professionals in International Affairs. Join us as we engage with black ambassadors, diplomats, business executives, creatives, and academics while exploring their views on pressing global issues.

Our guest speakers will share their perspectives on how global issues affect Black communities both at home and abroad. We will also discuss the growing Blaxit Movement and why Black Americans are choosing to travel outside the US for peace and prosperity abroad. Join the discussion with Global Take!
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Global Take Season 1: International Issues from a Black Perspective

Global Take with Black Professionals in International Affairs

Climate Change and its effects on Black Caribbean Communities with Dr. April Baptiste
Climate change is real and politicians can no longer dismiss it as a myth or fake news. Droughts are becoming the norm in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hurricanes and storms are slowly eroding the world's best beaches. Black communities worldwide are the most vulnerable to poor water and sanitation, and pollution, living in the most deplorable living conditions. In this episode of Global Take, Alexanderia Haidara talks with Dr. April Baptiste about the effects of climate change, and how global policies affect Black Caribbean communities. We discuss the effects of environmental racism on black communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Her research centers on the effects of climate change in Caribbean fishers communities, particularly among black Jamaicans. Recently many countries signed the Paris Agreement, which seeks to guide the treatment of climate change by limiting the rise of the global temperature below 2 ̊ Celsius.  Do these international treaties target marginalized black communities in the Caribbean and Latin America? How effective are these treaties when it comes to combating climate change? What about China and its growing influence in the Caribbean? Tune in to Global Take. Bio: Dr. April Baptiste is a professor of environmental studies and Africana and Latin American studies at Colgate University. She loved climbing guava trees with her five siblings as a child, collecting fruits in her backyard, and playing with her mother’s animals as if they were pets. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Baptiste grew up embraced by greenery, faith, and a mother who prioritized hard work and education for her children. She earned her B.S and M.Sc from the University of West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad in 2002 and 2004 respectively. She earned her Ph.D. from State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2008. Her research focuses on the intersection of environmental psychological variables and environmental justice issues within the Caribbean region.  Dr. Baptiste’s research projects have examined the relationship between environmental attitudes and concerns toward oil and gas drilling in Trinidad and the relationship between environmental justice and the siting of aluminum smelters. She has been featured on NPR and other international media outlets. Podcast Team Alexanderia Haidara, Host and Podcast Producer Cheryle Galloway-Podcast Op-Ed Writer Sidney Walters-Podcast Social Media Coordinator Follow Black Professionals in International Affairs at, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram.
April 24, 2022
Ukraine Crisis: Why Black America Should Care and the African Immigrant Crisis at the Border with Nola Haynes
Just as we were starting to see an end to a global pandemic, Russia invades Ukraine and the world goes into crisis mode. The refugee crisis is growing at the Ukraine/Poland border. Beautiful, picturesque Ukrainian cities have now turned into ruins. Russia is threatening to cut oil supplies in Europe. Gas prices are rising past $4.15 per gallon in the United States. In this episode, Alexanderia Haidara, host of Global Take Podcast, talks with a foreign policy expert, Nola Haynes, and former Peace Corp Volunteer to Ukraine, Violet Esipila. They dive deep into the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the black community both in America and abroad.  As NATO, the European Union, and the United States scramble to de-escalate tensions in the region and end the war, what role will Africa play in the new global world order?   The U.S. Congress shored up 1.5 trillion for defense and non-defense discretionary spending and roughly 12 billion to help Ukraine respond to Russia’s invasion, yet critical criminal justice, and civil rights legislation remain in limbo. The outpour of African immigrants fighting to leave Ukraine but were discriminated against at the Polish/Ukraine border struck a nerve with Black America. Join our discussion online with Global Take! Bio:  Nola Haynes is an academic, policy writer, and advocate. Nola’s interests center on emerging threats, WMD in space, strategic competition, and intersectionality. Most recently, Nola was named one of the top 50 leaders in national security and foreign affairs by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Diversity in National Security (DINSN). She is the director of the West Coast chapter of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and sits on several boards including, the Women’s Caucus for the International Studies Association communications team (WCIS), Foreign Policy board for American Political Science Association (APSA) and ISA West. She is a member of the Black Professional in International Affairs (BPIA) communications team along with being an alumnus of the WestExec Advisors mentoring program. She has been featured on MSNBC Show with Tiffany Cross and the Grio to name a few. Violet Esipila is a Disaster Recovery Specialist at U.S. Small Business Administration. She’s responsible for responding to a variety of clients’ inquiries, ranging from routine to complex, and providing detailed information to the public regarding President’s Federal Declared Disaster Programs. She is an Outreach Volunteer Chair for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of NJ and Communications Committee for Black Professionals in International Affairs. She previously served in Peace Corps Ukraine as a Community Development and PEPFAR Response Volunteer. She holds a BA in Sociology from WPUNJ and MPS in Human Resources and Employment Relations from PSU. She speaks Swahili and English. Podcast Team Alexanderia Haidara, Host and Podcast Producer Cheryle Galloway-Podcast Op-Ed Writer Sidney Walters-Podcast Social Media Coordinator Follow Black Professionals in International Affairs at, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram. 
April 04, 2022
Africa and the Covid Economy: A Discussion with Economist Fanta Traore, CEO and co-founder of the Sadie Collective
In this episode of Global Take, guest host, Faye Steele, sits down with internationally-recognized economist,  Fanta Traore. She is the co-founder and the current CEO of The Sadie Collective.   The organization aims to retain and recruit Black female economists.   Ms. Traore discusses the challenges of rebuilding African economies during the COVID-19 pandemic. She explains the influence of former colonial empires in African economies, particularly in devaluating local currencies and controlling central banks. African entrepreneurs operating in the informal market struggle to trade and gain full access to the global economy. What role do Black women economists play in evaluating African economies? Learn about these issues and more on this episode of Global Take. Bio: Fanta Traore is an economist and entrepreneur pursuing dual degrees at Yale University at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs (MPP) and at the School of Management (MBA). She leverages data and research to solve her team’s most pressing challenges through analysis, storytelling, and program design with a knack for implementation. She enjoys using data to strengthen the case for economic and social justice for people who have infinite potential but are limited by the circumstances that inefficient policy has afforded them.  Fanta hails from Howard University and has extensive experience in the social innovation ecosystem.  She advised the Biden Transition Team on the Federal Reserve and is a sought out thought leader on shaping the future of work for youth and women.  
March 07, 2022
American Democracy and the Black American Film Industry: A Discussion with Juanita Ingram, Producer and Creator of The Expat International Ingrams Featured on Amazon Prime
In this episode, Alexanderia Haidara, host of Global Take has a thoughtful discussion with Juanita Ingram.   She is an award-winning attorney, television producer, filmmaker, and actress. Mrs. Ingram is the hit producer of her new reality TV show, The Expat International Ingrams, featured on Amazon Prime.   The show is a reality documentary series that sheds light on Mrs. Ingram’s journey from corporate attorney to stay-at-home wife while living and traveling with her children in another country.  The show follows her life abroad and how her family adapts to living in a new culture while dealing with everyday challenges.  Juanita discusses how Black American films affect how black people throughout the African diaspora are treated abroad.  We explore how the black film industry plays a role in influencing US foreign policy and promoting American democracy abroad.  Do the images of Black Americans on television shows and movies affect how Asians view and treat black people in their own countries? Join our discussion online with Global Take! Bio: Juanita, the President, Founder, and Executive Producer of PURPOSE Productions, is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Tennessee State University. Juanita received her MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Memphis. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Links Incorporated Circle City Chapter, and the American Bar Association. Not to forget she is a loving wife and mother of two, currently residing in the United States of America.
February 12, 2022
Haiti: Patrice Lawrence discusses U.S. inhumane treatment of Haitian migrants at U.S.-Mexico Border and Black Lives Matter influence on U.S. immigration policy.
On September 19, 2021,  the world watched in shock as images flew across the airwaves showing the inhuman treatment of Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border.  Headlines across the globe were brutal:  “Grim echoes of history in images of Haitians at U.S.-Mexico Border” from London’s BBC to “Biden faces harsh criticism for expelling Haitian asylum seeker” by Al-Jazeera in Qatar.  The horrifying images of the US Border Patrol galloping on their horses while whipping black Haitian immigrants into submission revive emotions of slavery.  Some argue that the Biden administration is only continuing a long history of exclusionary policy against Haitian asylum seekers. In this episode, Alexanderia Haidara interviews Patrice Lawrence, Executive Director of Undocublack, an organization leading the fight to help address the Haitian migrant crisis and provide justice for black immigrants in America.  Given the aftermath of the George Floyd cases, should Black America, descendants of American slaves, care about the Haitian crisis? How do we bridge the gap between mainstream Black America and the black immigrant community? Find out more on Global Take. Bio: Patrice Lawrence is Executive Director of UndocuBlack Network (UBN). She leads the work of those who are Black, currently or formerly undocumented across the diaspora and are steadily leading the charge on what they need by making their demands clear on a local and national level. UndocuBlack™️ has ushered in victories for TPS and Liberian DED communities, fought for DACA and now involving the legalization fight for all 11 million undocumented people, public health, mental wellness, and spearheaded powerful media narratives centering Black undocumented people while fighting the criminalization of our lives through unjust deportation and detention.
December 30, 2021
Vaccine Equity and the Race to End the Pandemic with Dr. Aboubacar Kampo, Director of Health Programme at UNICEF
As we approach the end of 2021, the world is still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is tired of wearing masks, quarantining, and social distancing. However, the sad reality is just 55% of the world population have received their first dose of vaccine. This is mostly concentrated in richer nations including most of the United States, Europe, and parts of Asia. In many parts of Africa, barely 15% of the population is vaccinated as they battle with their 3rd and 4th wave of infections. Vaccine equity is crucial towards winning the war to end the pandemic. If one country is fully vaccinated while the rest of the world struggles to get one dose, we are exposing ourselves to more variants to develop. In this episode, we will talk with Dr. Aboubacar Kampo, Director of Health Programs at UNICEF Headquarters. Dr. Kampo stresses the need for greater vaccine equity, ending the pandemic, and strengthening public health systems in Africa and Asia.
December 04, 2021
The U.S. military pulled out of Afghanistan. Now What? A discussion on the humanitarian impact with Christopher Nyamandi, Country Director for Save the Children
On August 30, 2021, the U.S. military completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of fighting against terrorism. President Biden defended his decision to end the war by stating that the U.S. must learn from its mistakes and not become involved in nation-building in a post-9/11 world. While Washington debates whether or not President Biden should have pulled the plug, a humanitarian crisis is brewing on the ground. The Taliban, who the U.S. ousted from power shortly after 9/11, now control nearly all of Afghanistan. Girls struggle to continue their education, while authorities discourage women from working outside the home. The Afghan people are fleeing their country by the thousands, causing a refugee crisis at the border. In this episode, we talk with Christopher Nyamandi, Country Director for Save the Children in Afghanistan, to understand the humanitarian impact on the ground and the future of women and children’s rights under the new Taliban government.
November 27, 2021
Charles Carithers and the Future of U.S. National Security
In this episode we talk to Mr. Charles Carithers about the future of U.S. national security in the aftermath of George Floydd racial protests. Mr. Carithers discusses how his role at the  Department of Defense, U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, and now, a Principal at Cornerstone Government Affairs has shaped U.S. national security policy. He reflected that his career on the Hill was intellectually stimulating and inspiring. As a Morehouse College graduate at the nation’s most prestigious Historically Black College and University, Mr. Carithers discussed the confidence he gained at his college and how his mentors asked him how he was going to change and impact the world. Throughout his career, Mr Carithers has seen many gaps in the recruitment of Black Americans in this sector and he aims to change it. He further discusses how the lack of cultural diversity in the national security policy arena is a detriment to our democracy and political stability. He argues we need diversity of thought and culture in order to keep our world safe and secure. If we continue to have our national security policy led by the same group of individuals who come from the same culture and thought, then we will continue to see global problems escalate, such as immigration, climate change, and now the global pandemic.
November 06, 2021
Blaxit Stories: Living the Single, Childfree Life Abroad
In this episode, we talk to author, educator, and entrepreneur, Keturah Kendrick, as she discusses her new book: No Thanks: Black, Single and Living in The Martyr Free Zone. Keturah takes us on an international journey as she discusses the challenges and joys of traveling and living abroad as a single, black, and childless woman. We dive deep as we discuss how her lifestyle choice was perceived around the world. Her book, No Thanks, chronicles the challenges and reflections of a single Black woman, with no children, and considering the world as her home. The essays, sharp and witty, have brought the issue of singlehood to the forefront in the Black community. The essays also reveal the bewildering ways in which Keturah got tagged by others: in Africa she was a "crazy American woman," in Asia, she was "too much altogether," and in the US, not considered the ideal and "good Black woman." In No Thanks, Keturah emerged as a free woman, living unapologetically, challenging the readers’ conceptions of what it means to be enough for oneself and others. She also reveals the rich experiences of women who are single by choice.
November 06, 2021
Blaxit Stories: Can Black Americans really call America home? Marlon Weir tells us to Blaxit to Africa.
George Floyd’s brutal murder became a catalyst for the global Black Lives Matter movement. Despite all the social unrest, many Black immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean still view Americans as the beacon of hope for economic prosperity. Meanwhile, Black Americans are exiting and moving abroad. Today we talk with Marlon Weir aka “The Dandy Afrikan to discuss his motivation to live and stay abroad.  Marlon discusses the freedoms he enjoys as a black man living in Africa and why more Black Americans need to escape from the American "plantation" and Blaxit.
May 26, 2021
Senior Advisor Irvin Hicks Jr.; The Future of Africa Relations and The Thursday Luncheon Group
Join us as we speak to Irvin Hicks Junior, a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Advisor Hicks Jr. has had State Department assignments in Nigeria, Brazil, Djibouti, Burundi, New Guinea, and many other locations. Today, we talk about his work as the president of the Thursday Luncheon Group as well as the future of Africa.
May 04, 2021
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Gina Abercombrie-Winstanley: Diversity and the Need for a Cultural Shift in the U.S. Department of State
Join us as we speak with Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a retired ambassador and newly appointed Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in the U.S. State Department. Chief Officer Abercrombie-Winstanley has had an expansive career in the foreign service, spanning from her assignments in the Middle East monitoring democratic elections, to her service as the longest-serving U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Malta. In this episode, we talk about her career journey through the U.S. Department of State, Congress, and the Department of Justice. We also discuss what it means to be the token diversity pick in a field that leaves little room for minorities, and what true inclusion means in the government space.
April 16, 2021
Blaxit Stories: Is America’s Public Education System Causing Black Educators To Blaxit and Leave America.
In our society, the disparity between black and white teachers has reached new heights. Teachers protesting for higher wages, more resources, and better treatment have become commonplace in our country's media. Let's hear from educators Holly Dancy, Shinea Wright, and Arlissa Pinkleton about their journey as professionals who left the United States educational system to pursue a career abroad. In this podcast, we learn about these educator's reasoning for becoming international teachers, the benefits and unique experiences that come with their careers, and the struggles of being black women abroad.
April 06, 2021
Ambassador Sylvia Stanfield: U.S.-China Foreign Policy and the Importance of BPIA
President Biden declared at the Munich Security Conference on February 19, 2021 that “America is Back” and that he was concerned by China’s human rights record and unfair trade practices. However, will the success of U.S. foreign policy in China depend on the Biden Administration’s ability to quickly resolve racial injustice and inequality at home? How urgent is it for the Biden Administration to uproot systematic racism  and white supremacy in order to retake its role as leader of the free world? What role will Black American diplomats play in advancing America’s democratic ideals abroad? Join Alexanderia Haidara, Co-Host of Global Take, as we discuss these pressing global issues with Ambassador Sylvia Gaye Stanfield,  President of Black Professionals in International Affairs. About Ambassador Sylvia Gaye Stanfield Ambassador Sylvia Gaye Stanfield was the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam from 1999-2002 and a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service.  Asia was the focus of much of her 30 plus years with the Foreign Service. Her first overseas assignment was with the then American Embassy in Taipei, Taiwan.  As a political track Chinese language officer, she had postings with the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and the American Institute in Taiwan in Taipei. She served on the State Department’s “China desk” at the time of the normalization of U.S. relations with the People’s Republic of China and later headed the Office of Taiwan Coordination Affairs.  She was Director of Australian and New Zealand Affairs prior to serving as Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand.  She was Diplomat-in-Residence at Florida A&M University and at Spelman College before serving as Senior Advisor for Mentoring Coordination at the Department of State. Along with continuing involvement in mentoring activities, she is the President of Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA) – an organization founded in 1989 to increase African-Americans’ interest and involvement in international affairs, and a member of the Association of Black American Ambassadors executive committee. A native Texan, she earned a B.A. degree in intercultural studies from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio.  While an East West Center grantee, she received a M.A. degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii and continued her studies at the University of Hong Kong School of Oriental Studies and Linguistics.  
March 08, 2021
Global Take Season 1: International Issues from a Black Perspective
The BPIA presents Global Take, a foreign relations podcast educating you on international affairs from a black perspective.
February 20, 2021