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!
Blaxit Stories: Can Black Americans really call America home? Marlon Weir tells us to Blaxit to Africa.
36:28George 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.
Senior Advisor Irvin Hicks Jr.; The Future of Africa Relations and The Thursday Luncheon Group
35:24Join 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.
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Gina Abercombrie-Winstanley: Diversity and the Need for a Cultural Shift in the U.S. Department of State
38:27Join 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.
Blaxit Stories: Is America’s Public Education System Causing Black Educators To Blaxit and Leave America.
37:21In 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.
Ambassador Sylvia Stanfield: U.S.-China Foreign Policy and the Importance of BPIA
34:14President 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.
Global Take Season 1: International Issues from a Black Perspective
2:44The BPIA presents Global Take, a foreign relations podcast educating you on international affairs from a black perspective.