Tania’s Take race, culture and the culture of race
Questions about race answered, Steppenwolf ensemble member Celeste Cooper and how to be an inclusive leader ep 10

Questions about race answered, Steppenwolf ensemble member Celeste Cooper and how to be an inclusive leader ep 10

April 30, 2019

Tania shares why she almost didn't make it to episode 10 of Tania's Take, she answers questions about race and also shares why she is shutting down the Ask Tania's Take voicemail. She speaks with Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Celeste Cooper a black actress who shares her take on belonging, manifesting your destiny and the impact of a leader who is creates an inclusive environment. **Celeste's interview (35:20) has a low hum in the background but if you turn your headphones down or listen without it goes away. 

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Keynote on race, culture and the culture of race: Tania’s Take Live in Omaha Ep 9

Keynote on race, culture and the culture of race: Tania’s Take Live in Omaha Ep 9

April 17, 2019

Episode 9 is Tania's Take live in Omaha as the keynote presentation for Human Resources Association of the Midlands Diversity & Inclusion luncheon along with some talk about manifesting and living one's purpose. Tania speaks with Terry Rogers-Womack a fearless Black woman who was a military brat in grade school and ended up going to an all White high school in Wisconsin. Oh yes, Terry has got stories. Tania also leads interactive exercises and answers audience questions revealing raw truths, hard facts and action steps with her usual humor. Thank you to Steven Guttierez-Sager, the HRAM Diversity Committee and the sponsors (One Source The Background Check Company, iSolved HCM, Valmont Industries, Inc.. Toast Inc., HomeInstead Remedy Intelligent Staffing, Union Pacific Railroad, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska) who sponsored her appearance. Tania's Take Live is available to come to your organization to help navigate conversations about race, culture and the culture of race. Contact Tania at richardtania3@gmail.com.

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Family secrets, interracial marriage and raising biracial kids Ep 8

Family secrets, interracial marriage and raising biracial kids Ep 8

April 4, 2019

In this segment of "Sister Says" Tania and her sister Gina explore bombshell family secrets, their elusive and powerful Mother and Father, whether marrying White men was a coincidence or pre-destined, raising bi-racial kids and helping them claim their identity, racist nursery rhymes and what determines a family's culture. 

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A Black woman, A White man: On sharing power, owning shame and honoring the difficult Ep 7

A Black woman, A White man: On sharing power, owning shame and honoring the difficult Ep 7

March 26, 2019

In this segment of The Color Purple Chronicles Tania finds parallels between Alice Walker and Steven Spielberg's relationship and her relationship with the co-host of her former podcast Race Bait. She explores the dynamics between Black women and White men, what White people need to do if they want authentic relationships with people of color and speaks truths she has never shared about why her podcast Race Bait ended. With topics ranging from giving away one's power to shame spirals and "honoring the difficult" Tania shares how Alice Walker's relationship with Steven Spielberg led her to recognize the gift of someone showing you a future reflection of who you are striving to be. 

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White flight of allyship, ebb and flow of activism and another update on hate speech at a family waterpark

White flight of allyship, ebb and flow of activism and another update on hate speech at a family waterpark

March 19, 2019

Tania gives examples of a "different kind" of white flight where people give up before the miracle happens in the fight for equity and inclusion. She has positive news to share about listeners emails and calls to the waterpark that allowed hate speech. And she talks about the ebb and flow of activism as well as the need for creating accountability. Mini-episode.

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Tony nominee Felicia Fields on The Color Purple, life lessons and how to live a stress free life

Tony nominee Felicia Fields on The Color Purple, life lessons and how to live a stress free life

March 11, 2019

In the first installment of The Color Purple Chronicles Tania speaks with her friend Felicia Fields who was Tony nominated for her portrayal of Sophia in the original production. Felicia talks about her experiences with Alice Walker and Oprah Winfrey the serendipity in being cast in the role. She talks about revisiting the role of Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (currently running), her lupus diagnosis and how and why she doesn't get stressed. Find out why as a performer Felicia only enters theaters through the front and why she believes "God serves no wine before it's time". Felicia shares her testimony and her belief that no one can take anything from her. Finally find out how she answers when Tania asks Felicia to adopt her. 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom runs until March 17th. You can purchase tickets here

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Transracial Adoption, Intro to The Color Purple Chronicles and update on hate speech at family waterpark Ep 5

Transracial Adoption, Intro to The Color Purple Chronicles and update on hate speech at family waterpark Ep 5

March 5, 2019

Tania introduces a new ongoing segment called "The Color Purple Chronicles" where she'll explore the Pulitzer Prize winning book, Oscar nominated movie and Tony nominated musical as well as it's author Alice Walker to illuminate a broader perspective on authorship, identity, ancestry, success, failure, spirituality and more. Tania talks to her friend Beth Wheeler a White woman who is the Mother of two young black boys, an activist and Diversity and Inclusion Consultant. She provides resources, personal perspective, advice and guidance for people considering transracial adoption or who are already on the journey and want to provide an inclusive environment for their children. Finally Tania shares an update on the incident of hate speech at Blue Harbor Resort, the impact of your emails and calls and a new call to action. 

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Hate speech at a family waterpark and Hey girl heyyy with actress Sydney Charles Ep 4

Hate speech at a family waterpark and Hey girl heyyy with actress Sydney Charles Ep 4

February 19, 2019

Tania has a call to action for listeners related to her experience with her family at Blue Harbor Resort over President's Day Weekend. A father at the park in attendance with his family had giant White Power and Swastika tattoos across his chest. When Tania and her husband requested that the manger ask the man to put on a t-shirt or leave the water park for spreading hate speech the manager refused to do it, threatened to kick out Tania's family and proceeded to make all the wrong decisions when it comes to leadership in a racially charged situation. 

On a lighter note Tania talks to Chicago actress Sydney Charles (starring as Nina Simone at Northlight Theatre) in Hey, girl heyyy. Tania met with Sydney between her matinee and evening performance so there's sexy ambient sound from the Panera Bread where they ate lunch. 

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Liam Neeson Black History Month challenge Bonus

Liam Neeson Black History Month challenge Bonus

February 6, 2019

In this bonus episode Tania talks about the impact of Liam Neeson's racist statements, the myth of the White savior and the history of white male rage against Black men as well as Trayvon Martin who would have been 24 years old on Tuesday. And she has a challenge for allies during Black History Month.

New episode drops Thursday 2/7 

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James Harris’ take on racism at Tania’s high school Ep 3

James Harris’ take on racism at Tania’s high school Ep 3

February 5, 2019

Tania talks to James; a guy she went to high school with and hasn't spoken to in 36 years. They talk about what it was like for him to be one of a few Black students in an all White school and Tania gains perspective she always wanted and still more questions.

The chance for Tania and future guests to have a do-over and revisit conversations, interactions and relationships they wish they had handled differently will be a recurring segment called "shoulda coulda woulda". Sometimes going back is necessary to move forward.

If you have a "shoulda coulda woulda" share it on the Tania's Take FB page or private message her and you can be on the show!