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Episode 88: Carry on Friends

Conversations on being Black in America often center the experiences of African Americans, who descended from enslaved Africans brought to the US. Rarely are the experiences and perspectives of black immigrants and Caribbean Americans reflected in discussions about race and blackness in America. For today’s episode, we explore the diversity in the diaspora by welcoming Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, host of the Carry On Friends podcast, which aims to elevate the voices of Caribbean Americans. During our conversation, we discuss the history and beauty of the Caribbean (31:00), what it means to be Black, Jamaican, and Caribbean American (39:40), and intra-group differences between Caribbean Americans (45:30). We also discuss Caribbean contributions to Black American culture (48:27), barriers to building community between African Americans and Caribbean Americans (56:07), and cultural transmission across generations (1:02:06). We close by discussing the impact of the current political climate on the experiences of Caribbean immigrants (1:07:25) and Kamala Harris’ Caribbean identity and heritage (1:19:20). 

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne 

04:25 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

21:04 - Introduction of the Topic

24:00 - Learn More about Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown 

27:45 - Learn More about Breadfruit Media 

1:30:42  - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 87: The Dope Black Chick

Black girl magic is more than just a hashtag; it’s also a celebration of the resilience, power, and overall dopeness of black women, who play a vital role in strengthening the black community and nation as a whole. For today’s episode, we discuss what it means to uplift the women who hold it down for the community and country. We are joined by Kimberly ‘Isis’ Thomas, author of  “I Hear That Girl: Life Advice For Every Sister” and host of The Dope Black Chick podcast. During our conversation, we discuss the I Hear that Girl platform (33:12), key takeaways from her book (36:10), the relationship between black women’s empowerment and community empowerment (38:18), and how black women can empower themselves (39:17). We also have a discussion about issues that black women face in the 21st century and how to support the next generation of dope women (42:22), the role of black men in black women’s empowerment (46:47), the need for black men to create empowering spaces for themselves (54:42), and the importance of “Black days” for mental health (1:04:20).

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne 

08:00 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

28:45 - Introduction of the Topic

31:10 - Learn more about Kimberly “Isis” Thomas 

1:01:10 - The Dope Black Chick Podcast 

1:11:17 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 86: Bottom of the Map

For today’s episode, BhD welcomes Christina Lee and Dr. Regina Bradley, hosts of “Bottom of the Map” (BOTM) podcast, to discuss the cultural impact of Southern hip-hop on the music industry and the world. They begin the interview by learning more about Christina Lee, Dr. Bradley, and the BOTM podcast (33:17). They then have a conversation about the history of Southern hip-hop, the significance of Outkast on the growth of the sub-genre (40:37), and Southern hip-hop classics (44:50). Next, the interview focuses on the historical and current role of hip-hop in highlighting social and political issues of our time (47:45) and whether music artists have a duty to publicly address issues impacting the Black community (54:00). They close by discussing JD’s comments about the current state of women in hip-hop (1:03:28), the evolution of hip-hop (1:14:30), and the history of hip-hop and country fusion (1:19:44). 

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne 

03:23 - “Oh Lawd” News 

31:42 - Introduction of the Topic 

1:26:34 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 85: Chicken Beef and Good Police?

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and events. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news—including A$AP Rocky ghosting Trump (4:53), an unexpected surprised at the doctor’s office (7:15), a three month detention over honey (9:12), and staring while black (11:08). They then have a conversation about major environmental issues, such as the growing water crisis in Newark, NJ (13:45) and potential reasons behind the Amazon wildfires (17:26). Next, they give their take on the latest fast food beef (24:00). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to politics and discuss Trump’s latest controversial comments about abolishing birthright citizenship (30:45), how the tariff war might lead to a recession (32:30), Trump’s mental fitness for office (36:02), and whether moderate Republicans will eventually jump ship and try to take over the Democratic Party (39:50). The hosts close by discussing criminal justice news, including the recent law enforcement response to potential mass shootings (42:14), the outcome of the Pantaleo case (44:57), and new police reforms in California and Arizona (47:35). 

 

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Episode 84: From Jay to Z and the Progressives in Between

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news, events, and politics. They begin by catching up on life (00:30) and reacting to “Oh Lawd” news (7:48)—including PA workers being forced to listen to Trump or forfeit pay (8:16), fundraising while black (12:35), a burglary gone wrong (16:50), an unexpected encounter with TSA (20:50), and MLK’s niece defending Trump (23:10). Ty and Daphne then discuss Jay-Z’s controversial decision to partner with the NFL, what it means for his brand, and whether he should be cancelled (26:30). They close by discussing African American skepticism of progressive political messaging around economics, but not race (42:20). 

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Episode 83: White Kid Bright

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and events. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (3:30)—including an open house gone wrong (4:00), a “disappointing” plantation tour (7:20), Izzy Azalea’s comments on cultural appropriation (10:35), Joe Biden’s controversial remarks (14:08), and the NCAA’s “Rich Paul Rule” (17:18). They then have a conversation about a shooting scare at Walmart (23:15), the corporate and political response to recent mass shootings (25:31), gun control in the United States (29:05), and the relationship between racial resentment and gun policy preferences (32:20). They close the episode by discussing immigration. Specifically, they have a conversation about the Mississippi ICE raids (38:00), ICE’s shocking response to the backlash (40:30), the militarization of ICE (41:30), the lack of accountability for Mississippi business owners (42:40), an unfortunate ending to a deportation (46:52), and how the fear of ICE is impacting Latino immigrant communities (52:36).

 

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Episode 82: All Up In The Kool-Aid

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and the second Democratic debate. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (9:30)—including the Lollapalooza stampede (10:00), updates to the Equifax settlement (12:00), an unusual string of burglaries in NY (13:50), Reagan’s racist comments (15:40), and a school-yard dodgeball arrest (19:40). Ty and Daphne then discuss the rise in domestic terrorism and mass shootings in the Trump era (24:00). The hosts then have a  conversation about politics and the second Democratic debate. In addition to sharing their overall impressions and discussing key debate highlights (35:50), they discuss how racial dynamics are shaping interactions between candidates (37:50), Biden’s presidential run (39:40), attacks on Obama’s record (41:25), what candidates can realistically accomplish in the first term (44:45), Biden’s continued lead in the polls (47:49), and the tactics candidates use to avoid answering tough questions (51:41). Ty and Daphne close by fact-checking debate claims, including Gillibrand’s statements about Biden’s 1981 op-ed (57:42) and Tulsi Gabbard’s attack on Kamala Harris’ criminal justice record (1:02:27).  

 

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Episode 81: Debate 2 Pregame Report

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent events, news, and politics. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (3:00)—including how anti-immigration efforts are impacting US citizens (3:28), police misconduct at an HBCU (9:00), a 66-year-old public official’s Tupac obsession (12:41), continued anti-black hiring discrimination in the US (15:20), the Equifax data breach settlement (18:45), and zombie chicken (22:00). After discussing Meek Mill’s overturned conviction (25:45) and updates to A$AP Rocky’s case (25:54), Ty and Daphne turn their attention to politics. First, they discuss key takeaways from the Mueller hearings (28:30), past and future issues with election interference (31:42), and the partisan fight over election security (37:24). They then have a conversation about the lineup and key issues for the second Democratic primary debate (39:05). Specifically, they discuss Warren’s recent legislation on student loan forgiveness (40:30), Bernie’s ’Medicare for All’ versus Biden’s ‘Public Option’ proposals (41:58), and Kamala Harris’ black higher education and entrepreneurship agenda (50:00). They close by discussing what to expect from Biden, Harris, and Booker during the second debate (57:45) and who qualifies for the fall debate stage* (1:01:20).

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Episode 80: From A$AP to Xenophobia

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent events, entertainment news, and politics. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (4:31), including controversial comments by a University of Pennsylvania Professor (4:57), methanol poisoning in Costa Rica (10:05), the “storm Area 51” raid (17:30), the Russian FaceApp (21:53), ‘Slave Play’ (25:19), and a Making the Band comeback (27:52). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to entertainment news and discuss Eddie Murphy’s $70 million Netflix deal (32:30), Disney Plus and the future of online streaming (34:40), The Lion King and Beyonce’s new album (39:01), and ASAP Rocky’s controversial comments and imprisonment in Sweden (42:00). They then have a conversation about politics. Specifically, they discuss Donald Trump's offensive comments and chants about 'The Squad' (51:15), the stages of genocide and the seriousness of the current political moment (56:40), and details about the second Democratic primary debates (1:06:00).  

 

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Episode 79: New Deals and Old Tricks

Today’s episode focuses on the history of U.S. social policy and its role in exacerbating black-white economic inequality. The goal of this episode is to counter the political narrative that “a rising tide lifts all boats” and highlight the importance of targeted social policy in the 21st century. After briefly catching up (00:30), Ty and Daphne begin by discussing the broken promises and unfilled potential of the Reconstruction era (9:15). They then have a conversation about the Great Depression and the racial impact and legacy of New Deal legislation (15:55), including the Agricultural Adjustment Act (18:05) and the National Housing Act (21:45). Ty and Daphne also discuss the GI Bill and the government’s role in establishing the white-middle class following WWII (27:45). The host then turn their attention to the Great Recession and its impact on African American neighborhoods and families (41:00) and the potential student loan crisis (1:02:20). They close by discussing recent policy proposals and the importance of race-specific legislation in the future (1:08:34).