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Episode 111: Bloom & Gloom

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss life, recent news, and politics. After catching up (00:30), the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (04:20), including a case of mistaken identity (4:41), a band-aid on a bullet wound (7:40), freak accidents at Mardi Gras (9:17), a forced history lesson (11:35), burger-scented candles (13:05), hidden curriculum in Tulsa (14:49), a mom’s 911 call for milk (15:30), and New Jersey’s response to homegrown terrorism (16:40). They then turn their attention to politics (19:50) and discuss Bernie’s momentum (21:45), the Nevada debate and caucus (23:25), and the potential for a brokered convention and a broken Democratic Party (26:21). They also have a conversation about potential VP picks (30:12), Bloomberg’s debate performance (32:35), the race beyond Super Tuesday (38:50), and wealth among Democratic politicians (41:35). Ty and Daphne wrap up the episode by sharing their thoughts on the Power finale and upcoming spinoffs (47:05), 50 Cent’s For Life (51:08) and their Netflix picks (51:50). 

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Episode 110: Dear Khloe

Over the years, the natural hair movement has encouraged women of African descent to embrace and celebrate their kinky, curly hair. For today’s topic, we explore the stories behind Black women’s crowns of glory by interviewing St. Clair Detrick-Jules, the author of Dear Khloe—a photo-book featuring narratives of Black women who rejected Eurocentric standards of beauty by embracing their natural hair. In addition to discussing the motivation behind Dear Khloe (45:35), we discuss St. Clair’s process for collecting powerful stories of self-acceptance (48:45), what she learned from the narratives (50:20), and her personal hair journey (53:35). We close the interview by discussing ways to practice self-love (58:10), key takeaways from the book (1:02:30), and her upcoming documentary on immigration (1:05:45). 

Other Topics Include:  

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne 

04:35 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

41:05 - Introduction of the Topic 

44:10 - Learn more about St. Clair Detrick-Jules

1:11:45 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the episode

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Episode 109: Dramaturgy

Theatre has always played an important role in the expression of African American culture. However, when discussing this art form, we rarely get a look at the actors behind the stage who help make the production come to life. For today’s episode, we explore the art and practice of dramaturgy by interviewing Dr. Martine Green-Rogers, the President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. In addition to discussing the importance of dramaturgs for helping playwrights to enact their vision (1:06:11), Dr. Green-Rogers provides insight into life behind the scenes by sharing her professional production experiences (1:10:32). We also have a conversation about violence in African American productions (1:16:26), Dr. Green-Roger’s favorite productions (1:29:12), the importance of talk backs for addressing sensitive subjects in plays (1:34:15), and Dr. Green-Roger’s insight into Slave Play and black story telling in theatre (1:44:22). We close the episode by discussing Black playwrights on the rise (1:54:15)

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne 

09:36 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

43:45 - Hittin’ or Trippin’? 

1:00:22 - Introduction of the Topic

1:03:50 - Learn More about Dr. Green-Rogers

1:13:10 - Studying Theatre and How to Become a Dramaturg 

1:19:02 - Myths and Misconceptions about Dramaturgy 

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

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Episode 108: PsychoHairapy

From afros to braids and locs, Black hairstyles have long been an expression of beauty, individuality, and resistance in the Black community. For today’s episode, we also explore the link between Black hair and self-care by interviewing Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka, a therapist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of the District of Columbia. During the episode, we discuss her research and program of practice called "PsychoHairapy," where she uses hair as an entry point for mental health services in beauty salons and barbershops (48:30). We also have a conversation about the significance of hair in the lives of Black women today (54:00) as well as the link between hair and wellness (59:50). Next, we discuss the recent trend of African American students being targeted because of their hair (1:03:55) and ways to combat discrimination against our beautiful coils and curls (1:08:52). We close by discussing race narrative therapy and the healing power of Black hair care spaces (1:13:20). 

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne 

07:15 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

41:30 - Introduction of the Topic

44:30 - Learn More about Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka

57:12 - The LOC method

1:17:00 - PsychoHairapy Training 

1:20:30 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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Episode 107: Bernie & Friends

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and politics. After catching up on life (00:30), the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news, including a case of attending class while Black (3:50), an airport money seizure (6:32), the 2020 retail apocalypse (10:35), the coronavirus (12:50), Kanye West’s latest ridiculousness (16:25), hair discrimination in Texas (18:00), and Terry Crew’s comments about AGT (22:15). They then turn their attention to politics and discuss the explosive Trump recordings (29:20), whether we’re headed for a 2016 repeat (31:45), Joe Rogan’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders (39:00), Hillary Clinton’s latest comments (45:40), and which Democratic candidates have been most effective in their political roles (50:55). The hosts close the episode by discussing the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Flint water lawsuits to move forward (1:04:25) and responding to a listener’s reaction/question about our recent comments on Black identity and interracial relationships (1:05:25).

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Episode 106: All White & All Spice

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and politics. After catching up on life (00:30), the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (7:10), including a Walmart layaway scheme (7:35), a professor making it rain with grant money (10:35), a woman’s dangerous test of faith (12:00), a new development in male birth control (14:00), and a pilot’s shocking airport behavior (16:05). They then turn their attention to the latest Democratic debate. They begin by discussing the lack of diversity on the debate stage (18:50), whether or not Steyer entered the race too late (21:35), the remaining candidates’ engagement with racial issues (24:45), and the business of running for office (28:05). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to the Warren and Sanders controversy and discuss how identity shapes electoral politics (30:50). The hosts also have a conversation about whether they prefer “perfection” or growth in a political candidate (36:45), the “Never Warren” hashtag (42:35), and the tendency for some people to become emotionally invested in political candidates (46:02). The hosts close the episode by discussing Black political attitudes (53:35), Biden’s popularity among Black voters (56:11), whether the upcoming caucuses represent the Black voice (1:03:30), Hillary Clinton’s political missteps (1:08:45) and important points to consider when choosing between candidates (1:12:10). 

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Episode 105: Loni Love or Loni Hatin?

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss life, recent news, and politics. After catching up (00:30), the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (03:34), including a mass layoff over Christmas break (4:05), the increase in emergency room visits following the legalization of cannabis in Illinois (6:29), and a bizarre North Korea political crime (8:06). They then discuss recent pop culture debates about love, marriage, and cheating. Specifically, they have a conversation about Mike Tyson’s comments on interracial dating (10:04), Loni Love’s remarks about cheating among Black men (21:45), the data related to race and faithfulness in relationships (28:25), the factors behind racial differences in marriage rates (33:30), and how gender roles shape marriage satisfaction and divorce (41:34). Ty and Daphne then switch gears by discussing health and the best and worst diets of 2020 (49:42). Next, the hosts have a conversation about the British royal family drama (56:00) as well as Meghan Markle’s self-identification and the role of race in her treatment in the British press (58:30). Ty and Daphne wrap up the episode by sharing their thoughts on millennials’ limited upward mobility (1:04:30), the latest developments related to the Democratic primary (1:10:15), and tensions between the US and Iran following Trump’s decision to authorize Soleimani’s killing (1:15:32). 

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Episode 104: Environmental Injustice

Climate change was a major topic of discussion during the December 2019 Democratic debate. Given its importance to public policy and its impact on the Black community, Ty and Daphne decided to dedicate an episode to addressing questions and misconceptions about climate change and global warming. The host begin the episode by defining climate change and how it differs from global warming (3:20). They then discuss factors that have contributed to global warming over time (5:00) and the potentially dangerous effects of climate change (10:50). Ty and Daphne then have a conversation about how climate change impacts disadvantaged communities and contributes to environmental racism and injustice (22:35) as well as the potential health implications of climate related disasters (33:40). They then turn their attention to how money shapes the politics of climate policy (36:20), where various Democratic candidates stand on different solutions to climate change (40:05), and key provisions of the Green New Deal (48:45). They close by discussing what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint (53:05) as well as how those changes can save you money (1:00:40). 

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Episode 103: New Year/No Walls

Immigration is the subject of major debate in the United States. Given the ongoing myths surrounding the topic, Ty and Daphne decided to tackle questions, concerns, and misconceptions about immigration in the United States. The hosts begin by reflecting on the start of the new decade (00:30) and sharing their 2020 resolutions (2:05). They then dive into the topic and discuss the history of race and immigration in the United States (7:19), the role of the U.S. government in shaping the current “immigration crisis” (16:33), and the U.S immigration quota system (24:07). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) (27:40). In addition to providing insight into NAFTA’s provisions, they also discuss the policy’s effectiveness (31:40), its impact on Mexico’s economy (33:40), and how it affected the environment (38:20). The hosts also discuss the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), its potential impact on each country involved (39:20), and Pharma provisions within the policy (48:57). The hosts close by discussing myths and misconceptions about immigration and the economy (50:18), how the broken immigration system makes it difficult for immigrants to “do it the right way” (57:35), and the relationship between immigration and crime (1:03:19).  

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Episode 102: Tis The Season

For the Christmas Day episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and politics. After catching up on life (00:30), the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (03:30), including a California teacher’s desire to “bring back slavery” (4:00), the U.S. government listing Wakanda as a trade partner (5:30), the truth about GOP voter suppression (6:45), the recent Facebook data leak (8:30), an eight-year-old Youtube millionaire (10:50), a teen girl staging her own kidnapping (14:28), and Kim Kardashian’s latest magazine cover (18:00). They then turn their attention to the latest Democratic debate (24:54). The hosts begin by discussing their overall impressions of the smaller Democratic field (25:25). Ty and Daphne then have a conversation about the latest attacks on Pete Buttigieg (26:47), Joe Biden’s performance (30:05), Yang and the lack of diversity among the remaining Democratic candidates (31:27), and Bernie Sander’s reluctance to discuss race (33:00). Remaining on the topic of politics, the hosts spend time discussing the impeachment (38:10) and Nancy Pelosi’s rationale for not sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate (40:40). Ty and Daphne close by discussing the New York Time’s investigation into smartphone tracking (44:15) as well as a recent report on the decline in college enrollment (50:25). 

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