Raised by strangers in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood, MelindaJoy Mingo’s life journey began with unthinkable challenges that continued into adulthood as she later lost several close family members—including her husband—and eventually found herself living out of her car in a Walmart parking lot.
But along the way, she encountered selfless love in unexpected places that led her to realize her pain had a purpose attached to it—to bridge cultural divides and help people to see one another through the eyes of Jesus. Ultimately, this led to her writing The Colors of Culture, birthed from her own lived experiences that gave her the empathy to see and value those on the margins. Join our conversation with MelindaJoy as she shares about the ways her story has led her and others to share in the beauty of diverse relationships.
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Helen Lee, Producer and Creator
Helen Lee is the associate director of strategic partnerships and initiatives; she has a B.A. from Williams College in bioethics, and M.A. from Wheaton College Graduate School in interdisciplinary studies; and an MBA from Babson College in entrepreneurship. She enjoys reading novels by authors of color, finding spots of natural beauty wherever she can, and listening to podcasts such as Serial, The Rewatchables, Filmspotting, and The Disrupters. You can find Helen on Twitter and Instagram @HelenLeeBooks.
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.