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Episode 193: Belly of the Beast w/ Da‘Shaun L. Harrison

For today’s episode, BhD welcomes Da’Shaun Harrison, a Black trans writer, abolitionist, and community organizer in Atlanta, GA. In addition to being the Managing Editor of Wear Your Voice Magazine, Da’Shaun also recently published their debut title, Belly of the Beast, which tackles the relationship between anti-fatness and anti-blackness. The conversation explores writing as a tool for change (24:30), the concept of abolition (26:50), and the importance of moving beyond the gender binary (30:30). Additionally, they discuss Da’Shaun’s motivation for writing Belly of the Beast   (35:15), the problematic ways that we define health  (41:50), the implications of anti-fatness (51:25), and issues with the body positive movement (56:32). 

Other Topics: 

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

05:00 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

19:45 - Introduction of the Topic 

22:52 - Learn More about Da’Shaun Harrison

1:11:00 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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Episode 192: Professional Community Engagement w/ Dr. Castel Sweet

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Castel Sweet, an embedded sociologist and community engagement professional. During the conversation, they explore her motivation for pursuing a non-traditional academic career (40:30) as well as her research on how hip-hop artists engage with their communities (43:05). They also discuss the importance of bridging the gap between academic institutions and the communities in which they are embedded (56:00), her day-to-day work as a community engagement professional (1:05:21), and her recent article on community engaged learning (1:17:35). 

Other Topics: 

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

11:45 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News  

36:00  - Introduction of the Topic 

38:26 - Learn More about Dr.  Sweet 

50:40 - The Kanye, Drake, and Andre 3000 Controversy 

1:28:08 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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Episode 191: ACEs & Education w/ Dr. Torie Williams

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Torie Williams, an educator of 19 years and expert on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). During the conversation, they discuss the impact of the pandemic on children (33:40), the various types of adverse experiences affecting children (36:18), and the implications of/approaches to addressing ACEs (39:47). They also have a conversation about how ACEs uniquely impact the lives of children of color (43:50). They close the episode by discussing how Dr. Williams navigated her own adverse childhood experiences (50:20). 

Other Topics: 

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

09:06 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

27:09 - Introduction of the Topic 

29:20 - Learn More about Dr. Torie Williams 

59:40 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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Episode 190: Delta Lambda Taliban

Tyrell and Daphne discuss the latest news and events following their BhD summer break. The hosts begin by catching up on life (02:08) and sharing “Oh Lawd” news (10:48 ). They also discuss COVID-19 updates (21:30), U.S withdrawal from Afghanistan (42:55), and politics (51:40). 

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Episode 189: The Gang’s All Queer w/ Dr. Vanessa Panfil

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Vanessa Panfil, an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. They begin the episode by learning more about Dr. Panfil and her path to becoming a criminologist, ethnographer, and advocate. They also have a conversation about the field of queer criminology (08:30) as well as how her identity shaped the process of researching her book,The Gang’s all Queer (13:00). Next, they discuss the importance of framing cultural messages about LGBTQ people (24:27), myths and misconceptions related to growing up queer in disadvantaged communities (29:10), how gay and queer gang members navigate their identities and sexuality (35:35), and other takeaways from the book (45:10). They close the episode by discussing the implications of her book being developed into a HBO series by Jaboukie Young-White and Issa Rae as well as what’s on the horizon for Dr. Panfil and queer criminology (55:15).  

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

03:50 - Learn more about Dr. Vanessa Panfil

1:01:05 -  Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 188: National African American Gun Association w/ Founder, Philip Smith

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Philip Smith, the founder and President of the National African American Gun Association. During the episode, they discuss his motivation for establishing NAAGA and the mission of the organization (4:18). They also have a conversation related to general myths and misconceptions about gun ownership (14:45), the unique experience of Black gun owners (21:05), and how the Philando Castile killing demonstrates the extra burden placed on Black gun owners (27:57). Next, they discuss Philip Smith’s perspective on gun control efforts and legislation (34:00) and what it means to design “common sense” gun laws (47:35). They close the episode by highlighting important considerations for those interested in becoming gun owners as well as what it looks like to be a member of NAAGA (1:00:27). 

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

03:44 - Learn more about Philip Smith, founder and president of NAAGA

1:06:10 -  Ty and Daphne reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 187: Critical Race Theory w/ Dr. Daren Graves

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Daren Graves, an Associate Professor of Education and Social Work at Simmons University and Adjunct Lecturer of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. They begin the episode by learning more about Dr. Graves and his path to pursuing a career in academia (3:35). They also discuss the political controversy surrounding critical race theory—including myths, misconceptions, and major tenets (22:15)—as well as the recent decision to institutionalize Juneteenth as a federal holiday (34:00). They close the episode by having a conversation about his recent book, Schooling for Critical Consciousness (37:45), and his work as the co-Chair of the AERA Hip Hop Theories, Praxis & Pedagogies Special Interest Group (49:35). 

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

08:05 - The power of educational advocacy 

53:00 -  Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 186: Otherbrothering w/ Dr. Jamel Miller

For today's episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Jamel Miller, a professional school counselor and adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University. In addition to exploring his academic and professional journey (4:05), they discuss Dr. Miller's anti-deficit approach to researching Black males (12:50), his recent research on "otherbrothering" and Black Greek Letter Organizations (16:10), and the recent debate on CRT in the classroom (23:20). They also have a lengthy conversation about how the pandemic has impacted students of color in K12 schools and on college campuses (28:45) and how to best serve students 42:30).

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Episode 185: Podcasting101

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne answer your questions about starting and sustaining a podcast. They begin by discussing their own experiences with podcasting and what it means to podcast with a purpose (2:17). The hosts also have a conversation about the importance of allowing your podcast to evolve (11:00), building systems to help sustain your podcast (17:11), and investing in your show (21:55). Tyrell and Daphne also share their favorite podcasting equipment and software (24:30), potential challenges with starting a podcast (29:40), and advice on how to avoid burnout (36:45). They close the episode by discussing how to build a loyal following (40:22) and final considerations when starting a podcast (43:55).  

Episode 184: Investing 101 w/ Dshawn Thomas

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome D’Shawn Thomas, a structural engineer, corporate functions professional, and investor. They begin the episode by learning more about D’Shawn’s background and journey to becoming an investor (3:00). They then discuss advice and resources for beginning investors (11:05) as well as mistakes to avoid when investing (24:45). Next, they have a conversation about various types of real estate investing as well as the challenges associated with investing in real estate (30:45). They close the episode by discussing additional resources for starting your investing journey (47:45).

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