We’re back with another installment in the Unleashed series where we talk all about creative careers and entrepreneurship. Blossom digital network co-founder Diamonde Williamson joins us to talk about taking a leap of faith and starting a content platform for women of color. Diamonde worked as a production assistant for USA, VH1, and OWN television networks before anchoring in Atlanta where she worked at Georgia Tech and started building Blossom. Now, with more than 10,000 subscribers, she is building a media empire that has representation as its foundation.
We’re saying the words left unsaid about defining love, creating connection, and leaning into vulnerability. We’ve invited spoken word poet Harlem’s Own Lyric and her best friend Bridgette DePay to join us for a two-part girl talk episode where we discuss dating and relationships.
Home buyer education expert Tawny Powell joins us for this episode where we’re saying the words left unsaid about the realities of home ownership, how to prepare to purchase a home, and leveraging real estate investment to build wealth in communities of color. Tawny is a team member at Committed To Communities where she helps people with financial readiness for long-term goal-setting. Hear her personal stories of home ownership and real estate investment as well as her three tips for everyone preparing to purchase a home.
We know after you listen to this episode, you’re going to want more Tawny, so we’ve included her links below:
For this episode, we called on writer, poet, spiritual seeker and black women’s advocate, Pam Iverson, to help us examine perceptions of womanhood and tradition, how to form healthy relationships and the journey to being a complete person. Take a listen and share with us how you set boundaries and what loving relationships look like for you.
To kickoff season three, we’re saying the words left unsaid about the culture of shame and judgement that is bred by social media. Over the past 90 days we’ve been told to cancel Kanye West, Childish Gambino, Fabolous, R. Kelly, Bill Cosby, Starbucks, Waffle House, and the list goes on and on. But, what’s with this culture of disposability and cancellation? Why are we expected not to show each other mercy for our public blunders? And, what happens when someone’s bad behavior crosses out boundaries in a way that is not worthy of our continuing to engage with them. Take this journey through shaking shame and judgment with us, while setting healthy boundaries and articulating reconciliation. It’s time to get unjudged.
Resources for getting unjudged
- A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman
- All About Love by bell hooks
- Black Privilege by Charlamagne tha God
- Calling in the One by Katherine Woodward Thomas
- Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
- The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey
Videos and podcasts
- TED Talk – Brene Brown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psN1DORYYV0
- Aja Naomi King at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20p4GG6LzJU
- Iyanla Vanzant on Life Class https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78y3v3lS8x0
“Mercy is like a mirror. I think mercy is what you give to others with the hope that it will come back to you. It’s what you give to people who don’t deserve it. It’s what you give to people who haven’t asked for it. It’s what you give and it will come back.” -Bryan Stevenson
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt
My rights, my wrongs; I write ’til I’m right with God/Wouldn’t you know/We been hurt, been down before/Nigga, when our pride was low/Lookin’ at the world like, “Where do we go?”/Nigga, and we hate po-po/Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho’/Nigga, I’m at the preacher’s door/My knees gettin’ weak, and my gun might blow/But we gon’ be alright/Nigga, we gon’ be alright/Nigga, we gon’ be alright/We gon’ be alright/Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon’ be alright -Kendrick Lamar
The year of our Lord 2017 has been a trying one for many, namely because like the Book of Luke told us would happen, the hearts of men have been unearthed. It seems like every commentator, reporter, and pundit has been peddling existential dread and the energy in the air, even during the holidays, seems heavier and thicker than normal. However, no hater can block a blessing and no bigot can impede upon a purpose. Joy always shows up and achievement is simply a result of trying. So, we decided to do an unranked roundup of 20 awesome unapologetically black achievements of 2017. This is by no means a complete list and we invite you to share more by commenting on this post or via Twitter @unbasicpodcast. Here we go!
- Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture
- Beyonce, Janet, Rihanna, Solange, Zendaya, Yara, and Amandala, just GP
- Seven cities elected their first Black mayors: Cairo, GA, Georgetown, SC, Helena, MT, Milledgeville, GA, St. Paul, MN, and Statesboro, GA
- Two cities elected their first black female mayors– Charlotte, NC and Framingham, MS
- Get Out and Girls Trip were two of the highest grossing movies of the year, both with Black directors.
- Cardi B became the first Black female rapper to have three singles in the Billboard Top 10 at the same time and have a single with no features go triple platinum
- Tiffany Haddish became the first Black woman stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live
- Neil deGrasse Tyson made science cool with his New York Times bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (which has been on the list 34 weeks and counting)
- There were more television shows with African American leads than ever before: Blackish, The Mayor, Scandal, How To Get Away with Murder, Claws, Insecure, Snowfall, Queen Sugar, Greenleaf, and The Carmichael Show
- Rihanna’s make-up line Fenty Beauty shook the cosmetics industry with over $70 million in earned media value in less than six months
- 2Chainz turned the concept of a trap house on its head and created a place of community, cultural exchange. and understanding by painting a home in midtown Atlanta pink and staging it as a “trap house.”
- Jay Z’s album 4:44
- The “Moonlight” music video/Friends spoof that came out as a result of 4:44
- Black women in Alabama saved the Democratic party
- Keisha Lance Bottoms continued the legacy of Black mayors in Atlanta
- NFL players took a knee proving that football has a remarkable impact on public opinion (and Papa John’s Pizza)
- A black investment group purchased a park in Memphis, TN and has vowed to remove the Confederate statues in that park.
- Meghan Markle found her prince
- Dr. Carla Hayden completed her first year as the first woman and the first African American as Librarian of Congress.
- Andrea Jenkins became the first openly trans black woman to be elected to public office, taking her seat on the Minneapolis City Council. YAAASSSS!
“You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.
You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.
And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
is not easily done.”
In the latest episode, Unstuck, we’re saying the words left unsaid about getting unsaid about getting out of a slump in career, familial relationships, friendships, and romantic relationships. We dig into how to set healthy boundaries, letting go of fear and making bold moves to live your best life. Listen and let us know your thoughts on Twitter @unbasicpodcast.
When we started this podcast, we set out with the intention of saying the words left unsaid about the world as we all experience it. As southern millennial artists we rarely heard our perspective in the mainstream, and we recognized that one subject that we haven’t talked about is race. It is one of the first things that comes to many people’s minds when they think of the south, but we needed to figure out a way to talk about it while still being true to our lived experiences. After all, the north is not immune to racism and it is teeming with it, especially when it comes to the socioeconomic conditions that many people of color are forced to live in.
Nonetheless, for this latest episode, we decided to get uncomfortable and say the words left unsaid about race relations in America. Race is threaded into the fabric of everything we do in this country. Ever notice that when you’re reading a news article, if you scroll down to the comments section there are racist comments, no matter what the subject of the article? Ever wonder why every time there’s a national socio-political issue, the subject of colonialism always comes up? We have to be willing to call a thing a thing if we are going to heal the racial hearts of the past, both within communities of color and between communities of color and the
In the episode, we will go deep into talking about our experiences of race from childhood to present, and we will discuss how white people and people of color can have uncomfortable conversations about race. After you listen, be sure to tweet us your thoughts on the best ways to have uncomfortable conversations.
In our latest episode, we’re talking about the little things and all the joy they bring, to quote India Arie. Lately, it seems like everyone is angry and outraged, but today, we are advocating for peace, love, joy, and beauty for beauty’s sake. This is not to say that we are championing tunnel vision, ignorance, and disengaging from the world around you. After all, this is the world to live in and we all share this planet together. But, sometimes, I think we all long for the days before news feeds.
To think that just a decade ago, our phones were simply phones and we were not subjected to 1,000 emotional reactions to every world event, big or small– it seems like the distant past. The wonderful thing about the democratization of communication channels through social media, blogs, podcasts, and video on demand platforms is that it has made our world so much larger. We now know what people who live 10,000 miles away from us are eating for dinner and watching on television. We can stay connected to friends and relatives whose faces we haven’t seen in years, and we can make new connections with people whose existence would have never otherwise occured to us. Our news feeds have made us global citizens.
At the same time, information is coming at us rapidly and vapidly. Everyone’s vying to report it first and everyone is vying to be the first to react, with the hopes of being the voice of the people, with dreams of going viral. But, what that has done to us is put us in a constant state of sorting. We are sorting, hashtagging, listing, and following in order to make sense of the world around us. As we type this blog post, the news has just reported a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, where 50 people have been pronounced dead and others are wounded. Prepare for the incoming of comments about how the world is going to hell, think pieces about gun control, opposing think pieces about how it is more important than ever to preserve our second amendment rights, and the inevitable hashtag #PrayforVegas.
Unfortunately, the more that we sort our information, the more we are trying to sort each other. We’re trying to force each other into categories that we can easily understand and digest, however, living things are more complex than the way they color their worlds. And, sometimes we can feel guilty for wanting to feel joy at all. How can I need a break? How can I be happy when children in ______ are without ______? What can I do to make the world a better place?
The answer is in each one of us. Angry people can start a movement, but they can’t finish one. At some point, we all have to look inward and figure out what makes us happy, what we value, and who we love, and choose that each and every day. So, let’s talk about joy. Tweet us and let us know what brings you joy. Share your images of experiencing joy with us on Instagram. #JoyisWoke
Let the church say Amen! In the latest episode of the podcast we are talking about religion and spirituality. We met at church, grew up in church, and stopped “going to a place called church” in our twenties. In fact, we’re not the only ones, and many traditional religious institutions have seen a decline in young people attending. So, what is the cause of this? Outdated religious doctrines? More ways to stream church? Disbelief? We’re saying the words left unsaid about millennials and religion in the south, gender roles in church in the south, the lessons we learned from going to church, and where we are now in our spiritual practice. Take a listen and be sure to tweet us your thoughts @unbasicpodcast, and share your spiritual journey with us!