Kimberly Handy-Jones, affectionately known as “Mama Handy,” is a pillar in the fight for justice among mothers whose children have been killed by police. For five years she has held an annual banquet summoning mothers from all across the country to gather and honor their children. Her inspiration for creating this community of grieving mothers is rooted in her own grief: in 2017 her own son, Cordale Handy, was fatally shot by Saint Paul Police Officers Mikko Norman and Nathaniel Younce.
We close out season one of The Mothers Podcast with episode ten featuring a woman who helped make it all happen. As part of our larger video documentary project, Handy-Jones played an instrumental role in allowing Unicorn Riot the access and ability to hear dozens of mothers’ stories during the weekend of her events.
Listen/watch Episode 10 with captioning below:
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The Mothers Podcast is a 10-episode series that puts a spotlight on mothers from across the U.S. whose children have been killed by police violence. Becoming members of a club that NO ONE would wish to join, these mothers’ stories go beyond the headlines of each case, dissecting the pain, aftermath and the struggle for accountability for the killing of their child. This exploration unveils mothers supporting mothers to overcome grief and create change within their communities all across the country.
The Mothers Podcast features the work of Unicorn Riot interviews going back to 2018 and is a precursor to Unicorn Riot’s upcoming full-length documentary film, ‘The Mothers.’
After releasing the first episode on Mothers Day 2022 and the next eight Sundays, episode 10 dropped Thursday, July 7, 2022.
The podcast series is hosted by independent journalist Georgia Fort and Niko Georgiades of Unicorn Riot. Each episode is edited and mixed by DJ Skizz who provides original music along with original songs by MC Longshot and recorded and engineered by Malcolm Wells, along with editing and producing by Tarik Thornton (Different Worlds Music Group).
Part of the funding for this podcast is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.