My Colorful Nana
“We Got Us Now: Children of Incarcerated Parents.” [Extended]

“We Got Us Now: Children of Incarcerated Parents.” [Extended]

January 4, 2021

Black hair is a story of resilience and the story has continued as a key topic of conversation throughout 2020. Yes, our twist outs, fros and low cuts are taking center stage as a representation of independence and strength. And yet, centuries of race-based hair discrimination has sparked the saying, “Black hair is not just hair.” Why? Founder of We Got Us Now, Ebony Underwood, shares the ways in which mass incarceration continues to be ignored throughout American history and how this topic intersects with the significance of Black hair. Audio Editor: Emma Friedman. Music, Sound Design: Jacob Lowy. Host & Founder: Lauren Stockmon Brown.

 

Post Election Liberation Dreams

Post Election Liberation Dreams

October 28, 2020

Election day is less than one week away. Have you voted? More importantly, what are your plans to move this fight forward after you vote? Katrina Adams leads our conversation on the significance of generational advocacy efforts and change. As a former professional tennis player and immediate past President and CEO of the US Tennis Association, Adams shares her liberation dreams as a Black female athlete thriving in and outside of the arena. Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowy. Host & Founder: Lauren Stockmon Brown.

Sports Activism, Influence & Leverage

Sports Activism, Influence & Leverage

September 16, 2020

As a professional athlete and current Harlem Globetrotters, Maxwell Pearce stands in solidarity as fellow NBA & WNBA players use their platforms to disrupt pro sports in wake of  the Jacob Blake shooting by police. Admirably as an athlete and activist, Pearce finds hope amid the world’s current political climate. Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowy. Host & Founder: Lauren Stockmon Brown

Harlem Globetrotters’ Belief in Sports Activism

Harlem Globetrotters’ Belief in Sports Activism

August 27, 2020

NBA & WNBA Teams strike and disrupt pro sports in wake of the Jacob Blake shooting by police. Begging the question: "What does it mean to be a Black athlete in today’s political climate?" Tune in to our interview with Harlem Globetrotters’ Maxwell Pearce, known as “one of the best dunkers on the planet," discusses his past studying Economics & Finance at Purchase College and his non-profit organization which inspires young athletes to become dynamic leaders on and off of the basketball court. Part II of this episode coming soon... Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowy. Host & Founder: Lauren Stockmon Brown

Vanessa Williams & Identity Politics

Vanessa Williams & Identity Politics

July 24, 2020

American actress and singer, Vanessa Williams joins fellow Horace Greeley High alum and host Lauren Stockmon Brown to discuss the complexity of identity politics. Williams dives into her phenomenal career in the entertainment industry and the ways in which music, theatre and the arts grounded her adolescent and adult life. Williams stars in the 2020 film, "Bad Hair" and touches on her role in this feature while tackling topics on education reform, socioeconomic racism and Black hair.

 

Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowy

History of the “N Word” & Respectability Politics

History of the “N Word” & Respectability Politics

June 17, 2020

Our first Mother-Daughter debut. Founder, Lauren Stockmon Brown hosts a special episode featuring Richard Pryor's daughter and granddaughter, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor and Lilli Stordeur. Famous 1970's comedian Richard Pryor had his own journey around the "N word," and current Smith College Professor, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor explains how her father disavowed his own use of the word.

Dr. Stordeur Pryor shares how studying her father's use of the "N word" is a triangulation of her personal life, research and classroom teaching. An intimate conversation that focuses on "true allyship," "familial ties," "respectability politics," and of course, a Black mother and daughter's relationship to their own hair. Learn how the lack of language that, particularly, Americans face when attempting to describe and teach the "N word" relates to the lack of understanding regarding a Black woman’s relationship to her own hair.

 

Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowy

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Education is Our Modern Civil Rights Movement

Education is Our Modern Civil Rights Movement

May 27, 2020

Chidi Asoluka and founder, Lauren Stockmon Brown question how we can collectively liberate the minds of young people.... Asoluka is currently a Class Dean and English teacher at Horace Mann School in New York City. In 2019, he founded Asoluka Company, an education consulting firm that specializes in building more effective school-community learning partnerships. Asoluka believes that when you unlock human stories, it becomes really hard to "Other" them. For this reason, understanding people's stories is the pathway towards social justice.

 

Music, Sound Design & Editor: Jacob Lowy

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Bending Gender Norms & Finding Creativity

Bending Gender Norms & Finding Creativity

April 28, 2020

Through a conversation on race and hair, Jaysen Henderson-Greenbey and founder, Lauren Stockmon Brown discuss how one's gender expression is a form of creativity, control and strength. Jaysen is a non binary person of color who encourages all people to embrace their weirdness, be authentic and let your community feed you.

Making Believers in Unprecedented Times

Making Believers in Unprecedented Times

March 26, 2020

Lauren Stockmon Brown interviews 2021 NYC mayoral candidate, Dianne Morales. Dianne is an Afro-Latina woman who believes that the best way to change the future is to create it. She is running a campaign to disrupt the status quo and help transform our government. In this episode, we will discuss the complexities of being a woman of color running for office during the outbreak of the novel virus, COVID-19.

Type Casting Black Hair

Type Casting Black Hair

March 26, 2020

Jordan Boatman is an extremely talented actress who has performed at The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Geffen Playhouse, recently appeared on CBS All Access’s The Good Fight and is currently in the play, "Medea" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Jordan will carefully carry us through her hair-care experiences, her views on type-casting and the acting industry as a whole.....TMCNP Season 2 is now a monthly podcast that will air on YouTube, Soundcloud, 89.1 and Apple Podcasts coming soon.

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