About Black Womyn Speak

Black Womyn Speak is an online community for black feminists to discourse without the distractions that continuously try to diminish our existence.

We strive to bring you hard hitting, honest, and insightful commentary through our podcast, blog, and other online platforms.

About the Founders and Co-Hosts

Bie Aweh


Bie Aweh is a University of California, Berkeley Staff Member and Social Justice Educator.

On campus, Bie serves as a Resident Director, the Advisor of the African American Residential Theme Program, and an advocate for Cal’s African/African American community. She completed her Masters of Education in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies, with a minor in Race, Culture and Power, from the University of New Hampshire.

She has served as a facilitator for intergroup dialogue courses on topics such as race, class, gender, and religion. She is passionate about identity development, liberation, creating inclusive communities, and healing.


Sarah Bessem Bate


Sarah Bessem Bate is a young professional in investments and marketing.

She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Women’s Studies and Political Science. In 2011, she received her Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Management and in 2013, she graduated with a M.S. in Management both from the University of Maryland University College. A year later, she graduated with her MBA from the University of Maryland University College.

Despite the fact she is not engaged in social justice professionally, Bessem has a track record of social justice commitment particularly in the areas of racial justice and feminism. At the University of New Hampshire, she served as Director of the Diversity Support Coalition, President of the Black Student Union, and a member of Womyn’s Union (a feminist organization). Along with a few of her peers, she founded and established the first Black Family Weekend at UNH after she was inspired by the event of the same name at Boston College. Bessem, along with members of the Womyn’s Union, also hosted an Anti-Pornography Conference at UNH. Bessem is also a strong advocate and ally of the LGBTQ+ community.

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