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Molly Secours
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Molly Secours is a writer/filmmaker/speaker who has used her artistic talents to effect social change and public policy regarding inequities in health care, education, criminal justice etc.

For over 10 years, Secours’ writings have appeared in mainstream and internet magazines and newspapers and she has appeared on local and national television and radio talk shows including CNN's Paul Zahn Now and is a weekly co-host of "Freestyle" with veteran Nashville Journalist Ron Wynn.

As a Cancer survivor, Secours gives a talk called The Upside Of Cancer and writes about many issues from a healing perspective while drawing the parallels between battling a deadly disease and confronting and disrupting systemic and institutional privilege--a symptom of an imbalanced and unhealthy society.

Through her film company One Woman Show Productions and her documentary films, Secours has earned national recognition in the world of social justice.

Molly has produced videos for Death Penalty Institute and her health care documentary “Faces Of TennCare: Putting A Human Face On Tennessee’s Health Care Failure” is currently being aired on The Documentary Channel. Casting a national spotlight on Tennessee’s health care crisis, the film has been praised by members of the United States Congress including representatives John Conyers, Jesse Jackson Jr. and from Senator Edward Kennedy.

Blog Entries by Molly Secours

Nashville Youth Take to the Streets for Historic MLK March

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 11:11 AM

In 2009 Nashville youth from the Oasis Center took to the streets of historic Jefferson Street Baptist Church to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King and the inauguration of Barack Obama. The youth reveled in interviewing those who actually knew and marched with Dr. King when they were...

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Horsing Around With Gangs: Horse Whisperer Meets Gang Advocate

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 10:43 AM

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At first glance Joe Guy and Ron Johnson are literally worlds apart. Guy is white, grew up in suburban Sydney Australia and Johnson, African American was raised in one of the roughest housing projects in North Memphis. When they...

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When a 'Bad White People Day' Is Just Another Tuesday

(25) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 11:08 AM

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, there was a 17-fold increase in hate crimes directed against Arab Americans from the previous year, and while current national and local headlines suggest that the attacks continue, not all make the news.

Not all hate crimes result in physical injury...

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Think Public Transportation Isn't a Social Justice Issue? Think Again

(15) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 1:55 PM

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Yesterday after circling back to my house three times in a row on my way to a meeting because of a faulty memory, it occurred to me what a luxury and privilege it is to get four blocks from home and turn around to...

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Raceaholics Anonymous: A 12-Step Program Just for the Tea Party ?

(14) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 3:19 PM

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Although the misspelled signs are everywhere, it would take more than a few English professors to articulate the logic behind what seems to be an addictive epidemic of intolerance and discontent raging through the Tea Party movement.

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God Interview II: Sarah Palin Gets Equal Time With God and Explains Tea Party

(39) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 4:07 PM

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After granting an exclusive interview with Katie Couric last week and then being accused of pandering to the liberal media, God accepted an invitation by Rupert Murdoch to give equal time to Fox News. After vigorous arm wrestling and a fierce...

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Katie Couric Interviews God About Ground Zero Mosque

(66) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 12:22 PM

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Perhaps disappointed and bemused with the incessant bickering, backbiting and slandering, God finally agreed to set the record straight about the proposed Ground Zero Mosque in an exclusive interview with Katie Couric.

Due to obvious security concerns--and because God's image or...

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Cancer, Basil Marceaux and Tennessee's "Goober"natorial Spectacle

(9) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 12:34 PM

After the phone rang three times last week with family members snickering about Basil Marceaux and the political race in Tennessee, I sat down to ponder the peculiarity of the gubernatorial spectacle in my state. That some pundits were referring to it as the 'goober'natorial offers a clue...

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The Trouble With "Black Folks"

(84) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 3:42 PM

Unfortunately, many white people aren't conversant (or honest) enough about the roots of racial bias to admit that often when a high-profile black person is accused of illegal activities or just clouded judgment that deep within is a sense of validation, confirmation and for some, even satisfaction. Even if the...

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When Art and Activism Spill Over in Nashville: "Head for the Hills"

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 4:29 PM

It seems the lines of art and activism have always been blurred and just like as a friend of mine says: 'A poem is rarely ever just a poem.'

I remembered those words several weeks ago when Nashville cinematographer Jeff Wyatt Wilson told me Nashvillian...

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Blabbers Remorse, White Entitlement, and General Stanley McChrystal's Ego

(43) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 2:38 PM

We've all done it. Said things we didn't mean or at least shouldn't have said out-loud. Sometimes in the midst of apology we find ourselves saying something like, "I don't know what came over me," as if temporarily possessed. And very often we are--in that the tirade has the effect...

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Rural Youth Need to Be Seen and Heard

(10) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 7:14 PM

Several weeks ago, while chatting with a male friend in my office, an associate's seven-year old adoptive son popped his head through the door to say hello -- as is his custom. Although, more subdued than normal -- perhaps fatigue or a tough day at school -- he extended an...

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Fear and Loathing in Tennessee, Arizona and All Points North and South

(23) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 4:35 PM

Pick a fear, any fear. Just like a card trick, the one selected in your mind will be chosen by a master magician whose expert sleight of hand impinges your ability to see through the illusion.

Are you afraid of dark skinned people whose native language is something other...

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Disposable Children: Nashville Teen Faces Life in Prison

(25) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 6:24 AM

Like most people I am surprised when I receive a letter in the mail the old fashioned way: with a postage stamp, delivered to my front door. It took me a few moments to realize it was from a young person I hadn't seen since 2004 and have thought a...

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Nashville Floods: The Inequities of a Natural Disaster Are usually Man-Made

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 4:18 PM

Whether natural or man-made, disasters have a way of bringing people together. They also have a way of exposing the differences in how we experience a crisis.

As the world knows, last Sunday, Nashville was pummeled by horrendous flood waters that so far have left 18 dead in Tennessee, thousands...

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Nashville: Not Just Flooded with Water; But Civil Rights Memories

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 1:24 PM

Almost every year one of my family members calls and asks me if I remember what this day means and I clumsily shuffle through the mental rolodex for the appropriate occasion -- only to get it wrong. For my brother the celebration of his sobriety is as significant as his...

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White Washing and Dressing Up History: Grooming Southern Belles For The Tea-Party Movement

(14) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 4:45 PM

It seems everything I write these days is from a post-chemo perspective not because I still suffer the effects of the experience, actually quite the opposite. The upside of cancer -- as I like to call it -- is that nothing looks the same as before. As if borrowing eyes...

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Colicky Babies, Tea Party Tantrums & Compassion

(18) Comments | Posted March 28, 2010 | 8:22 PM

I got a call recently from a friend who was at the end of her rope. Her infant was colicky, and although they'd tried everything, their beloved bundle of joy wouldn't stop screaming. Singing, rocking, cajoling, feeding or changing his diaper had no effect. Even strapping him into the kiddie...

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Cancer, John Mayer and "Please Don't Call Me Racist" : Diffusing the R-Bomb

(27) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 12:40 PM

Perhaps the most dreaded words in the English language, the C-word and the R-word, are uttered in hushed tones and in mortal fear of being overheard or attributed to oneself.

It wasn't until recovering from stage IV uterine cancer that I began to notice the parallels between cancer and...

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White People "Passing": John Mayer, Racism and The Arrogance Of Whiteness

(462) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 4:27 PM

Yesterday I was musing about the unconscious arrogance of pretty young women who believe they will enjoy the world of privilege and power afforded to them by beauty -- forever. It seems all it takes is a 40th birthday to notice the expiration date on the 'all access pass.'

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