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Living for We

The Living For We logo features the faces of different Black women combined into one. Award logos show the podcast's honors.
Lauren Green
Ideastream Public Media

In 2020, cityLAB of Pittsburgh released a study that ranked Cleveland dead last in terms of livability for Black women. On Living For We, we talk to Cleveland's Black women about their experiences at work, at school, in the doctor's office, and in community with each other in an attempt to answer the question... is Cleveland really as bad as they say it is for Black women?

Ideastream Public Media has teamed up with Evergreen Podcasts to produce Living for We, a brand new podcast series.

This groundbreaking podcast is part of the Connecting the Dots between Race and Health project and addresses livability metrics and recent findings surrounding the health and wellness challenges faced by Black women in Northeast Ohio.

Award-winning podcast

Living for We has received the following honors:

  • Regional Murrow Award: Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Webby People's Voice: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Davey Awards: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Gold), Series (Gold), Society & Culture (Silver)
  • W3 Awards: Cause Awareness (Gold)

Connecting the Dots with Listeners

More Information on Episodes
  1. Coming Soon: Living For We

The podcast takes its inspiration from that Pittsburgh study and from the “Project Noir” survey, which was published by Bethany Studenic and Chinenye Nkemere. The survey captures the feedback of over 450 Black women within the Cleveland area providing accounts of frustration, isolation, marginalization, and discrimination, within the workplace, healthcare facilities, and the education sector.

“I’m so proud that we are sharing the unfiltered voices and perspectives of Black women in Cleveland from their lived experiences," says Host Marlene Harris-Taylor.

“We have some well-known guests, including Samaria Rice – the mother of Tamir Rice, and Ayesha Bell Hardaway – Case Western Reserve professor and interim monitor overseeing Cleveland police reform. There are also many other women, from all walks of life, who share their unique experiences about the education, health, and business sectors in Cleveland and what Black women must do to navigate these spaces.”

For more information, visit the Living for We show page.