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Episode 179: Black Lives in France w/ Dr. Jean Beaman

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Jean Beaman—an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, whose ethnographic research focuses on race, racism, international migration, and state-sponsored violence. They begin the episode by discussing Dr. Beaman’s motivation for becoming a sociologist and how sociology can help us make sense of the world (28:15). Next, they discuss her research on state-sponsored violence (34:00) and teaching about race in the higher education context (38:14). They also have a conversation about her book (41:25), Citizen Outsider, and how state-sponsored violence and activism differ in the United States and France (47:38). They close the interview by discussing her experience as a Black American woman navigating France (54:40), how gender shapes both activism and representation in political movements (57:00), and global anti-Blackness amid COVID-19 (1:02:10). 

Other Topics Include 

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

06:05 - “Oh Lawd” News 

24:20 - Introduction of the Topic

27:55 - Learn more about Dr. Jean Beaman 

1:13:40 - Tyrell and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 178: Black Women in Politics w/ Dr. Nadia Brown

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Nadia Brown, an incoming professor in the Department of Government and director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at Georgetown University. During the episode, they discuss her book, Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making (33:40), and the implications of her theory on representational identity for legislative decision-making (40:00). They also have a conversation about the outcome of Black women’s political engagement (46:28) and pressing social issues among Black women (52:00). They close the episode by discussing Dr. Brown’s recent book, Sister Style: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites. Specifically, they explore her motivation for writing the book (59:30), the political ramifications of Black women’s physical appearance (1:06:50), how Black women manage perceptions (1:09:50), and generational differences related to political attitudes and appearance (1:11:20). 

Other Topics Include 

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

06:18 - “Oh Lawd” News 

21:10 - Introduction of the Topic

24:00 - Learn more about Dr. Nadia Brown 

1:15:22 - The Importance of Centering Black Women in Politics 

1:18:40 Tyrell and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 177: The Black Thought Exchange

For this week’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne discuss the latest news and events. The hosts begin by catching up on life (00:30) and sharing “Oh Lawd” news (4:46). The hosts then introduce their Clubhouse club—The Black Thought Exchange (19:20) and share a recent conversation about UNC’s decision to deny Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure (22:35). During the conversation, they also discuss how politics are shaping higher education (29:32), approaches to teaching about race in the current climate (32:50), whether tenure offers protection (36:30), how racial identity shapes their instructional practice (43:30), and how gender and gender presentation impact their experiences (49:00). They close the conversation by discussing what it means to be authentic (58:40)as well as their thoughts on the Joe Budden podcast controversy (1:24:15). 

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Episode 176: Life after prison for women w/ Dr. Geniece Crawford Monde

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Geniece Crawford-Mondé, an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Wingate University, whose research explores how criminally involved women manage their roles as mothers and caretakers. They begin the interview by learning more about Dr. Crawford-Mondé’s background as a sociologist (33:40) and her research agenda related to formerly incarcerated mothers (41:44). They also discuss how race shapes women’s post incarceration experiences (53:10) and her upcoming book project (1:04:45). They close the interview by having a conversation about her research on social media representations of aging Black women (1:04:02), how social media frames the experiences of Black women (1:15:40), and the importance of researchers de-centering themselves in research with people from marginalized backgrounds (1:19:50). 

Other Topics Include

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

5:17 - BhD “Oh Lawd” 

31:15 - Introduction of Topic 

1:24:58 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 175: Black Estate Planning w/ Ifeoma ‘Iffy’ Ibekwe

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Iffy Ibekwe, the founder and principal attorney at Ibekwe Law, PLLC. During the episode, they have a conversation about the Black-White wealth gap and the importance of estate planning for Black intergenerational wealth building (41:25). Iffy also shares myths and misconceptions related to estate planning (47:11), ways that everyday people can leave a legacy for the next generation (52:50), the costs associated with estate planning (58:10), how to build a financial dream team (1:00:15), and how to be a savvy consumer of financial advice (1:04:55). Next, Iffy provides insight into special estate planning considerations for single parents vs. married couples (1:09:00), elder planning (1:15:10), and single people without children (1:18:34). They close the episode by discussing the importance of trust funds for Black children (1:28:40). 

Other Topics Include

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

5:00 - BhD “Oh Lawd” 

32:30- Introduction of Topic 

35:30 - Learn More about Iffy’s Background 

1:24:30 - Etiquette Around Discussing Estate Plans 

1:32:58 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 174: March Like A Mother w/ Latoya Gayle

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Latoya Gayle, a social entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of founding, leading, and scaling work in the non-profit industry. During the episode, they discuss Latoya Gayle’s background as an organizer and social entrepreneur (29:30), barriers to and strategies for building movements for change (31:55), and advice for others interested in creating non-profit ventures (40:00). They also have a conversation about her organization, March Like a Mother  (46:45), how she balances motherhood and entrepreneurship (50:55), the current state of schooling in the United States (54:10), and various ways that parents can advocate for their children (59:45). They close the interview by discussing her latest venture, Liberation Lab, a civic innovation lab aimed at solving persistent problems by empowering the Black community and families (1:05:55). 

Other Topics Include

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

6:25 - BhD “Oh Lawd” 

25:30- Introduction of Topic 

1:14:22 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 173: Accountability, Not Justice

For this week’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne discuss the latest news and events. The hosts begin by catching up on life (00:30) and sharing “Oh Lawd” news (7:40). The hosts then turn their attention to the Derek Chauvin trial/verdict (15:00), the Ma’kiah Bryant shooting (23:24), and other recent incidents with police (33:33 - 47:15). They close the episode by discussing politics, including the Anti-Asian American Hate Crime Bill (47:30), Biden’s proposed tax increase on the wealthy (52:50), anti-protest legislation (55:00), recent efforts to address homelessness in Los Angeles (56:21), and Caitlyn Jenner’s decision to run for governor of California (59:50). 

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Episode 172: Equality Archive.Com w/ Dr. Shelly Eversley

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Shelly Eversley, an Associate Professor of English at Baruch College, The City University of New York. In addition to discussing her background and interest in literature, feminism, and black studies (29:00), they also explore her work on racial authenticity and practicing Blackness (36:36). Next, they have a conversation about pressing issues related to equity and inclusion within higher education (42:15) and how institutions can support scholars of color (50:05). They close the interview by discussing her motivation for founding EqualityArchive.com (1:00:00), a multimodal encyclopedia of the history of sex and gender equality in the United States. 

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

6:40 - BhD “Oh Lawd” 

26:45- Introduction of Topic 

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Episode 171: Ezra Coffee Co. w/ Jessica Taylor

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Jessica Taylor, a diversity and inclusion consultant, an entrepreneur, and the founder of Ezra Coffee Company. During the conversation, they discuss Jessica’s motivation for establishing an ethically-sourced coffee company that fuses bold flavors with rich history (34:40), the story behind her favorite blends (39:40), and what customers can expect from the brand (46:05). They also have a conversation about the challenges she faced on her entrepreneurial journey (48:45) and her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs (54:40). They close the interview by discussing how Jessica balances her role as an entrepreneur and DEI leader (58:30), her take on the growing interest in DEI work (1:04:20), and advice for people interested in entering the DEI field (1:10:00).

Other Topics Include

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

7:26 - BhD “Oh Lawd” 

28:35- Introduction of Topic 

30:55 - Learn more about Jessica Taylor 

1:18:00- Tyrell and Daphne reflect on the interview 

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Episode 170: Being Black in Medicine w/ Dr. Russell Ledet

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Russell Ledet, an MD-MBA candidate at Tulane University who also earned his Ph.D. in molecular oncology at New York University. During the conversation, they discuss his journey to becoming double Dr. Ledet (25:42 ), myths and misconceptions about being Black in medicine (32:40), and what it means to be true to yourself in professional settings (38:32). They also have a conversation about Dr. Ledet’s motivation for founding 15 White Coats and his effort to increase access to medical education (42:37). Moreover, they discuss  barriers to medical education (48:27) and strategies for addressing diversity in medicine (53:17). They close the episode by discussing the documentary, Black Men in White Coats (1:00:07), sources of Black mistrust related to the medical community (1:02:07), the positive implications of increasing cultural diversity in medicine (1:07:55), and the COVID-19 vaccine (1:15:17). 

Other Topics Include

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

7:55 - BhD “Oh Lawd” 

24:37 - Introduction of Topic 

1:22:32 - Words of Encouragement from Dr. Ledet

1:25:14 - Tyrell and Daphne reflect on the interview 

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