Footnotes with Jemar Tisby

A Witness Podcast

About the show

News comes at you fast. It’s not just hard to keep up with everything that’s happening, sometimes you don’t know which voices to trust to help you interpret what’s going on. That’s where Footnotes comes in. Jemar curates the week’s current events with a focus on issues related to black communities, justice, and politics. He’ll also offer commentary from a black Christian perspective to help you think through complex issues. Footnotes adds the details you need to be an informed citizen, activist and believer.


  • Notes From South Africa

    December 8th, 2019  |  50 mins 54 secs

    Jemar recaps his experiences in South Africa including reflections about apartheid, colonialism, and some stories both humorous and hair-raising. And he asks, “Has the concept of Christian missions been stolen from Black people?"

  • Announcing The Witness Foundation

    December 3rd, 2019  |  7 mins 15 secs

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  • Jesus Is King

    November 11th, 2019  |  34 mins 16 secs

    In this episode Jemar talks about why Kanye West’s Jesus Is King album has been so controversial, what Mississippi’s election tells us about politics in America today, and why you need to be your full racially and ethnically embodied self to the table.

  • Don't Call it a Lynching

    October 24th, 2019  |  49 mins 28 secs

    Jemar recaps the impeachment inquiry including the most damning testimony yet, he explains why the president’s comments comparing lynching and impeachment are grossly inappropriate, discusses Princeton Seminary’s efforts at reparations, and shares an inspiring story of a high school coach demonstrating disarming love

  • Impeachment, Relevant, and Greta Thunberg

    September 26th, 2019  |  50 mins 33 secs
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    In this episode of Footnotes Jemar dives into the the long awaited impeachment investigation of the president, discusses the courage of climate activist Greta Thunberg, makes it clear that arresting a 6-year old is not okay, and talks about black Christian self-empowerment.

  • Black Athletes, Mascots, and Jerry Falwell

    September 12th, 2019  |  37 mins 49 secs
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    In this episode of Footnotes Jemar goes a bit heavy on the “sportsball” stories but mixed with a heaping dose of justice, he talks about the brilliant expose about Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr., and he questions why white evangelicals waged a concerted effort to mount a primary challenger to Donald Trump.

  • #1619Project, Jay Z, and Popeye's

    August 29th, 2019  |  41 mins 28 secs

    In this episode of Footnotes Jemar talks bout the #1619Project and explains the backlash, he explains why Jay Z’s partnership with the NFL may be problematic, he dissects the absurdity of Trump’s “chosen one” comment, and he throws the cold water of reality on the Chic-Fil-A vs. Popeye’s chicken sandwich debate.

  • Mass Shootings, ICE Raids, and Toni Morrison

    August 15th, 2019  |  42 mins 11 secs
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    This week Jemar talks about the enormous racial rift between black Christians and white evangelicals, the slew of mass shootings we’ve seen in recent weeks, the massive ICE raids in Mississippi that swept up hundreds of immigrant workers, the death of the award-winning writer Toni Morrison and what she teaches us about being black and free.

  • Puerto Rico, Baltimore, Ole Miss, and attacks on Black Women

    August 1st, 2019  |  42 mins 54 secs
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    Jemar talks about the need for more history as people study theology, how Puerto Rican protestors outside their governor, the president’s insults of Elijah Cummings and Baltimore, the pattern of hate toward black women, and racism among a group of students at the University of Mississippi.

  • Eric Garner, Racist Tweets, and an update on the Boarder Crisis

    July 18th, 2019  |  36 mins 48 secs

    Eric Garner, Raciest Tweets, and an update on the Boarder Crisis

  • Democratic Debates, Racial Profiling, and the Crisis at the Border

    July 4th, 2019  |  31 mins 6 secs

    In this episode, Jemar talks about the pitfalls of attending a multiethnic church, more outlandish racial profiling by the police, the first two Democratic debates, the history of busing, and the crisis at the border.

  • Police Brutality, Critical Race Theory, and Joe Biden

    June 20th, 2019  |  32 mins 31 secs

    Happy Juneteenth! This week, Jemar talks about the ludicrous behavior of police officers in Phoenix, AZ, his complaints about the so-called “threat” of Critical Race Theory in evangelicalism, Joe Biden praises the “civility” of a rabid segregationist, and why Juneteenth should be a national holiday.

  • Virginia Beach Shooting, Trump At Church, and alleged sexual exploits of MLK

    June 6th, 2019  |  29 mins 52 secs

    In this episode, Jemar talks about the horrendous Virginia Beach shooting, president Trump’s dubious appearance at a church service, and one historian's quest to expose alleged sexual exploits of Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Abortion Laws, Robert F. Smith, and the Anniversary of the Brown v Board

    May 23rd, 2019  |  28 mins 22 secs

    In this episode Jemar talks about the new wave of laws restricting or almost totally banning abortion, the magnificent gift that black billionaire, Robert F. Smith, gave to Morehouse’s 2019 graduating class, and the anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision and the continuing issue of racial segregation in schools.

  • Rachel Held Evans, Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, and the Price of Prosperity

    May 9th, 2019  |  26 mins 49 secs
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    In this episode, Jemar talks about the tragic death of Rachel Held Evans, new evidence about the deaths Oscar Grant and Sandra Bland, and President Trump gets his highest approval ratings yet.

  • Welcome to Footnotes with Jemar Tisby

    April 25th, 2019  |  20 mins 12 secs

    In the very first official episode of Footnotes your host, Jemar Tisby, gives you the origin story of the podcast. He talks about the meaning of the title, the goals of the podcast, and why he thinks it's long past time to move beyond a Culture Wars kind of commentary on the news. We hope this is the beginning of a long relationship. Subscribe today!