ActivismRaceSolution Sessions

afropunk solution sessions ep. 5: the talk

July 4, 2018

You probably already know what we mean when we say “The Talk.” It’s that conversation we all have about how to stay safe during encounters with police. Let’s be real–we shouldn’t have to have The Talk in order to not get killed during routine traffic stops. But the sad reality is that we still need to know how to protect ourselves. But who gets The Talk? And how does it differ when you’re queer, trans, gender non conforming or a woman? On the fifth episode of AFROPUNK SOLUTION SESSIONS we hear from Andrea Ritchie, an  attorney and organizer who is also author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color; and from Miss Lawrence, LGBTQ activist, actor and singer.

We get into it:

  • How we stay safe during encounters with police
  • How we make sure Black women, queer folks, trans folks, and gender non conforming folks are included on The Talk.
  • Why we should be rethinking the role policing plays in America


  • Give youth the tools necessary for their survival
  • Imagine a world without police
  • Listen to Black women. Listen to Black trans women. Listen to Black queer folks. Listen to Black non binary folks. Listen to Black sex workers.
  • Show up for us, ALL OF US
  • Educate yourself about the cases Audrey Smith and Koryn Gaines.
  • Learn more about Andrea Ritchie’s work


Andrea J. Ritchie


Andrea J. Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color.


Miss Lawrence

Personality + Social Advocate

Miss Lawrence first rose to fame as the hairstylist on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta. His celebrity has since afforded him the opportunity to support causes in which he believes, especially those related to eradicating homophobia and promoting a positive view of the LGBTQ community as it relates to Black lives.