‘The very serious function of racism, is distraction,’ Toni Morrison said. ‘It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.’  Celebrated writer Brit Bennett (The Mothers), acclaimed essayist Durga Chew-Bose (Too Much and Not the Mood) and Teen Vogue editor, Elaine Welteroth, talk to Yassmin Abdel-Magied about the distractions they face, and the act of prioritising difference, self-care, and using exclusivity of narrative as a form of weaponry.

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate with a background in mechanical engineering. One of the 2020 LinkedIn Changemakers, Yassmin is a globally sought-after advisor on issues of social justice, focused on race, gender and faith. She has travelled to 24 countries delivering keynotes on inclusive leadership, tackling unconscious bias and achieving substantive change. Yassmin's internationally acclaimed TED talk, 'What does my headscarf mean to you', has been viewed over two million times and was chosen as one of TED's top ten ideas of 2015. Her social and current affairs commentary has appeared in TIME, The Guardian and Teen Vogue as well as a regular on the BBC, Aljazeera, TRT and Monocle 24. Yassmin has published a memoir and two fiction novels and has a number of screenwriting projects in development. Her latest book is Talking About a Revolution.