Stories from a Black Mermaid

Updated: May 29, 2020

In Season 3, Episode 1 of the Femtourage Podcast, talks to Danni Washington (a Black Mermaid) who is the first African American woman/woman of color to host her own American science television series. We talk about how her parents cultivated and nurtured her interest in marine science, the relationship between Black people and the ocean, and how a trip to South Africa changed her life… then how a different trip to South Africa changed mine lol

Currently, Danni is featured as a correspondent on a weekly nationally syndicated CBS series called Mission Unstoppable with host Miranda Cosgrove who is also co-Executive Producer alongside fellow actor Geena Davis. Danni has also hosted other STEM shows including Science the $#!* Out Of It for Facebook Watch, Xploration Nature Knows Best on FOX, Untamed Science for Pearson Publishing and Ocean GEMS. In 2017, Danni was selected as one of the 10 young rising innovators who was profiled in CA Technologies #STEM10 initiative alongside artist Jaden Smith and other rising stars in the field. Danni also served as the 2018 spokesperson of the nation’s largest celebration of STEM at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Marine Science & Biology. She is also the co-founder of the Big Blue & You, a scuba diver, the co-creator of Sea Youth Rise Up, an inspirational speaker, and a passionate advocate for ocean and planet conservation.

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