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Sep 21, 2020

Monique DeBose is one of the most multi-talented people I know in the world. She is an award-winning leading vocal improvisationalist whose song, Rally Call, garnered more than 100,000 views on YouTube within a week from its release. Meanwhile, her one-woman play, Mulatto Math: Summing Up the Race Equation in America, has won the 2018 Encore! Producers’ Award. Monique is a passionate playwright and ‘artivist’ whose work is driven by her mission to help people see from “black” and “white” to full color.


Monique joins me today to discuss her vision and mission of standing up for racial justice. She shares her experience of growing up with mixed heritage and describes the experience that prompted her to speak her truth. She underscores the value of asking for help and support and explains why parents need to cultivate social awareness in their children. She also discusses the ideas that drove her to write Rally Call and Mulatto Math and highlights how working on one’s healing journey can help others start their own.


“Until we are willing to own all the parts of ourselves, we will never have authentic expression and freedom - both as individuals and as a society.” - Monique DeBose


This week on Rebel Souls:

  • Rebelling for all people to have a seat at the table
  • Growing up as a mixed-race person and owning your voice in the mix of cultures
  • The power of our bodies, the importance of speaking your truth, and how Monique became outspoken about racial justice and equality
  • How withholding emotions and stress can impact our bodies
  • Doing the work, educating yourself and others, and how to #JoinTheRallyCall
  • Art and music as medicine for the soul in the time of racial injustice and quarantine
  • Monique’s hope and vision for her song Rally Call
  • Writing her one-woman play, Mulatto Math, and standing in community to share vulnerability
  • The most challenging and fun characters Monique played in Mulatto Math
  • Particular questions and themes that come up in Monique’s talkback sessions
  • How a personal healing journey can help other people start theirs
  • Why August 28th is an important day in American history



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