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Medium in Conversation: The Purpose of Power


Mar 11, 2021 03:50 PM

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Alicia Garza
Principal at Black Futures Lab, Author of “The Purpose of Power” & Co-founder of The Black Lives Matter Global Network
An author, political strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and is a co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. Alicia has become a powerful voice in the media and frequently contributes thoughtful opinion pieces and expert commentary on politics, race and more to outlets such as MSNBC and The New York Times. She has received numerous accolades and recognitions, including being on the cover of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World issue and being named to Bloomberg's 50 and Politico's 50 lists. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.
Vanessa De Luca
Editor-in-Chief of ZORA
Vanessa K. De Luca is a creative leader, driven by finding innovative ways to tell human-centered stories, guide new conversations, and grow brands. She currently serves as Editor In Chief of ZORA Magazine by Medium. This digital-first publication centers the stories of Black women, from culture and politics, to social justice, commentary and personal essays. Before Medium, she served as Editor in Chief of ESSENCE magazine, and was also previously on staff at Glamour and Life magazines. An award-winning journalist and co-author of the bestselling beauty and empowerment book, Tyra Banks Beauty Inside & Out, she has been a featured guest on several national television networks, including NBC's TODAY Show; CBS This Morning; MSNBC's Morning Joe, AM JOY and PoliticsNation; CNN and more. When she is not immersed in storytelling, she loves discovering new foodie destinations, taking fantasy vacations and enjoying the latest films.