Episode 17 – Mandisa Thomas – Founder of Black Nonbelievers

Mandisa Thomas is the founder of Black Nonbelievers – a nonprofit that connects Black Americans and their allies who are living free of religion and might otherwise be shunned by family and friends in a caring, friendly, and informative environment. The group now has chapters in 14 major cities across the country. 

Mandisa serves on the board of directors for the American Humanist Association, and has been recognized as the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association’s 2018 Person of the Year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Freethought Heroine for 2019, and the Secular Student Alliance’s 2019 Backbone Award winner.

She talked to John about why she believes Christianity can’t be unlinked from white supremacy, why she took on the role of helping other Black atheists come out of the closet, and the importance of putting people first and keeping the momentum of this moment alive. 

Emmy Nominee Liza Richardson Hard to Believe

Hard to Believe #019 – Emmy Nominee Liza Richardson  Long admired in the television and movie world, Liza Richardson developed a loyal fan following when she served as the music supervisor for The Leftovers, and this year she was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Watchmen. Joey Lewandowski – whose favorite show of all time is The Leftovers – joins John for the first time since our debut episode to talk to Liza about her work, her life, and how she helped make The Leftovers what Joey calls “the best show about religion that’s not about religion” ever. Find Liza on Instagram and Spotify, where she puts together ridiculously great playlists. 
  1. Emmy Nominee Liza Richardson
  2. Greg Garrett – Cultural Theologian – U2, Zombies, and Race
  3. Mandisa Thomas – Founder of Black Nonbelievers
  4. Kevin S. Decker – Pop Culture and Philosophy
  5. The Lovecraftian – H.P. Lovecraft biographer S.T. Joshi

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