Some writers write because they want to stay popular or current with the latest trends; A. D. Thomason writes from a prophetic burden and a message of hope and empathy for those who are struggling with their black identity. He has seen too many people who continue to carry pain and anguish from surviving as a black man or woman in our country, and he wants for them to experience freedom from these mental and physical burdens and stresses. And he has borne those burdens himself, from surviving as a black boy in the streets of Detroit to experiencing rejection due to the color of his skin. He tells all these stories and more, including performing several of his spoken-word poems, in this wide-ranging and compelling conversation.
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Maila Kim, Co-Host
Maila is a marketing manager at IVP; she holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Christian Formation & Ministry with a concentration in Bible & Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. She enjoys photography, growing and caring for her plants, and listening to podcasts such as This American Life, Invisibilia, and Unlocking Us. Follow Maila on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Ed Gilbreath, Co-Host
Formerly an editor at IVP, Ed is currently an executive leader at Christianity Today; he earned his bachelor’s in communication arts from Judson University and a master’s in philosophy of history from Olivet Nazarene University. He is also the author of two IVP books: Reconciliation Blues and Birmingham Revolution. Ed loves listening to an eclectic mix of music, reading narrative nonfiction books on American history and pop culture, and taking long walks while listening to podcasts such as NPR’s How I Built This, The Daily, Pass the Mic, and CT’s Quick to Listen. Follow Ed on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.