1968 was an incredulous year: Pierre Elliot Trudeau becomes Prime Minister, the Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia to end the “Prague Spring” of political liberalization, and thousands of refugees flee to Canada. It was during this same year that the United States was reeling from the overwhelming loss of its young men in Vietnam while grieving over the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., and Bobby Kennedy.
In today’s show, in a fashion inspired in part by New York Times article: 50 Years Later, It Feels Familiar: How America Fractured in 1968, we pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the messy year of ’68 as it correlates to present day.
And later in the show, I’m joined by special guest Bevin Branlandingham – as we talk about body ownership, self-care, and health for the new year. Throw those useless resolutions out the window! It’s time to look at everything differently :)
This Week’s Guest: Bevan Brandlandingham
Bevin’s is a story about so many things: it’s about career-change, it’s about becoming aware of our media practices (what we consume in the media) – but also about self-care, self-awareness – as well as awareness and respect for others. She started out as a practicing lawyer – who walked away from that career to try and change the world around her in a whole new way!
Bevin goes by the stage name, Queer Fat Femme. She is a writer, performer, and cultural producer who believes that all bodies are good bodies and works to make the world safe for people to love themselves. An award-winning emcee and event producer, Bevin’s monthly body-positive dance party was named one of the reasons New York City is the Best City in the World by Time Out New York.
She moved to Los Angeles in 2016 and is excited to be part of an upstart community that turns the stereotype of thin-obsessed Hollywood on its head. Bevin was voted top entrepreneur in 2011 and a “Woman We Love” in 2014 by Go Magazine. She blogs at queerfatfemme.com and teaches dance aerobics, and offers body liberation coaching – one on one and through workshops.
Interested in experiencing Bevin’s Fat Kid Dance Party Aerobics? If you can’t see her in person, click here to learn more about her videos!