Podcast #14

Happy Memorial Day and welcome to the May Podcast!  We’re covering a number of topics, from the history of Memorial Day to Lemonade, social entrepreneurship and gentrification.  The running theme for this podcast centers on community.

Memorial Day recognizes the sacrifices of our fallen service members who fight daily to maintain the security and freedoms experienced in out national community.

In Lemonade, yes, THAT Lemonade, Beyonce speaks to a community of women who have gone through the ups and downs of relational drama and encourages them to embark upon the journey of healing and wholeness after the hurt.

And speaking of healing after the hurt, after being stung by bees, Little Ms. Mikaila of “Me and the Bees” fame decided to create her own business selling lemonade to bring awareness to the importance of honeybees.  She’s impacting the environmental community with her passion.

Finally, as we witness the ongoing demographic shifts and changes across the U.S. we also can’t help but notice the change in the cultural landscape of many historically black and brown communities. The gentrification of one community results in a displacement and muted experiences of people whose voices are worth hearing. So what do we do? And how do we ensure better alternatives?


Acasia’s New Business Venture – check out my site (http://AcasiaOlson.arbonne.com) and enjoy the countless benefits of Arbonne International’s health, beauty and wellness products.



Podcast #13

Happy April.  On this podcast, we talk about pursuing our purpose, passion and dreams.  We pay homage to Prince and Harriet Tubman, and we wax poetic about the journey ahead.


Honorable mentions:

The currency of change: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/it-matters-whos-on-the-money-and-harriet-tubman-fits-the-bill/2016/04/21/c819ef58-07f5-11e6-a12f-ea5aed7958dc_story.html

RIP Prince: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36106778

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/20/europe/queen-elizabeth-90/

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World –  http://www.amazon.com/Originals-How-Non-Conformists-Move-World/dp/0525429565?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_4&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Podcast #10 – Bill Cosby and ’em

Welcome to 2016 faithful listeners!  In this podcast, Elise and Acasia recap Holiday Season 2015 and delve into Bill Cosby, the community’s response to rape and rape allegations, and healthy recovery for victims and perpetrators alike.   We have our thinking caps on and hope you do too!

(Dis)Honorable Mentions:

R. Kelly – http://www.villagevoice.com/music/read-the-stomach-churning-sexual-assault-accusations-against-r-kelly-in-full-6637412

Podcast #9 _ Transitions

We’re baaaacccckkkkk….with a new podcast.

Tis the season of change and transitions.  On this episode Obehi, Acasia and Elise give you an update on their lives, highlight a few interesting things going on in this strange world, and speak words of wisdom to our past and future selves.


Honorable Mentions:

Obehi’s Fellowship – https://www.tcg.org/grants/fox/fox_recipients.cfm

Acasia’s Instagram Account – @Rhymeswith_Acasia

Campaign Mapping (politics) – http://www.campaignmapping.com

Slate Article on Writers of color – http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2015/10/diversity_in_the_tv_writers_room_writers_and_showrunners_of_color_lag_far.single.html

we exist, and then some.

by Obehi Janice

Last night, I witnessed a legacy being drawn in the sand and pillars falling down.

viola and uzo and regina give me hope. ‘nuf said.

no, there’s more. there’s always more.

would you believe it? viola’s powerful, life-giving speech last night caused some white “well-meaning” haters to shout out claims that “all actresses live matter” (ahem, nancy lee grahn, go in a corner and wear this dunce hat.)

here’s the text from viola’s speech (snatched from Newsweek’s twitter account):


Of course you’re angry, nancy lee grahn and co. Why should I, a Black actress, speak life into my own existence? Why should I who was carefully created by God himself stake a claim in a space, in an arena that has historically asked me to bow down to white supremacy? Why are you angry, Nancy? Are you angry that I exist? Are you angry that the natural evolution of representation in media is putting a dent in your notions of superiority?

I gotta stop giving breath to Nancy.

What *viola did that last, what **uzo shared last night, and what ***regina gave me with her smile last night are enough for me to keep pushing.

I exist, and then some.

We exist, and then some.

*Viola Davis was the first Black woman in the history of the Emmys to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Salute.

**Uzo Aduba won her consecutive Emmy for the same role but in a different category (she’s the second person in the history of the award to do so!)

***The Emmys finally recognized Regina King for being the Queen Actress that she is. Last night’s award was her first nomination and her first win. Yep!