May 7, 2021

Real talk from Yvonne Orji, plus new speakers at 21 For ’21

If laughter is the best medicine, then this week’s episode of UNDISTRACTED is the drug we all need. Brittany Packnett Cunningham sat down with actress Yvonne Orji to talk about, among other things, the comedian’s new advice guide, Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me Into the Life of My Dreams.

Orji, who received an Emmy nomination last year for her role as Issa Rae’s best friend Molly on HBO’s “Insecure,” recently starred in her debut HBO comedy special “Momma, I Made It!” The Nigerian-American actress is also at work on an upcoming autobiographical comedy series, “First Gen,” produced by Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo.

Packnett Cunningham and Orji covered a lot of ground, including faith, the resistance of Black joy, her “homie” Jesus, and, of course, Molly and Issa’s friendship.

Orji also shared her desire “to make the Bible something that’s accessible in 2021”: “I’m not ignorant to why people are like, ‘I’m good on church’ or ‘I’m good on religion’—because humans run religious organizations, and humans have tricked off religion in the worst way. And even God is like…I don’t need your help. Please stop trying to help me—’cause you’re getting it wrong.”

You won’t want to miss their conversation…and if you need a little taste of what’s ahead next season on “Insecure,” yeah, we’ve got you covered.

Listen on Apple Podcasts,  SpotifyStitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.

Sign up now for our free virtual gathering

We have news! We’ve just announced even more visionary leaders who’ll be joining the conversation at 21 For ’21: Visions For a Feminist Future, our upcoming free virtual gathering. Here are the latest voices you’ll be hearing from at the event:

  • Hafsat Abiola, President, Women in Africa Initiative
  • Rapper and entertainer Regan Aliyah
  • Writer Roxane Gay
  • Creator and activist Ilana Glazer
  • Maria Hinojosa, President and Founder, Futuro Media
  • Advocate for the incarcerated Andrea James
  • Writer and activist Sabah Khodir
  • Sonal Shah, President, The Asian American Foundation

You can see the whole list of confirmed speakers and stay up to date on everything ahead at and on Instagram.

Watch films, listen to conversations, and join the discussion about building a better, freer, more just world.

21 For ’21 programming starts May 13, leading up to our May 18 gathering.

This free virtual event is open to everyone.


21 For ’21 is a project of The Meteor, and is presented by CHIME FOR CHANGE, Gucci’s global campaign for gender equality.