Editor’s Note: Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills co-author ELIXHER Magazine’s “10 Things That Have Us Talking” column. Purchase the summer issue here for $4.99.
Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills are young rising stars on Capitol Hill where they labor together in their love for politics and pop culture. Their latest endeavor is Politini, a radio show on blis.fm that airs live every Thursday from 8 pm to 9 pm. In a conversational, cocktail style format the show breaks down Beltway banter to explain what’s behind the latest headlines and the policies shaping the nation. The power couple, who both serve as executive producers and co-hosts, tackles a wide range of hot topics impacting society in general and African American communities in particular from the hypersexualization of young girls to the end of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) to the murder trial of George Zimmerman.
What are people chatting about? What is top of mind? What do people need more information about? That is where Politini comes into play, says Aisha, 35, a democratic strategist with over a decade of experience in politics and policy as well as an advisor at the Center for American Progress.
“With the kind of work that we do being entrenched in politics and living in Washington, DC, we saw a need for a space where people who are not caught up in the Beltway banter, can have an opportunity to talk about the issues that our policymakers are deciding on in the context of their own lives. People often feel disjointed from the everyday conversations that are taking place on Capitol Hill.”
Married in 2010, the Moodie-Mills have made numerous headlines as political advocates that helped bring marriage equality to DC in 2009 and were among the first same-sex couples to receive a marriage license in the district. The dynamic duo also launched FIRE (Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality), a policy initiative at the Center for American Progress, which works to eliminate the social, economic, and health disparities experienced by LGBT people of color.
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