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Nick Jones Jr. /// The Marines to Hollywood /// E046

Nick Jones Jr. /// The Marines to Hollywood /// E046

June 20, 2019

Nick is a multi-hyphenated African-American military veteran. He writes both dramatic character-driven sci-fi/action and is also a fantastic comedy writer who staffed on the final season of Hulu’s CASUAL. Nick was accepted into the highly esteemed Sundance Episodic Lab for his pilot, JONESIN. Nick wrote and directed the award winning short film, COLD CHOICES, starring Neil Brown Jr. After which he was the military advisor for Shia LaBeouf and Gary Oldman in the psychological thriller, MAN DOWN. Nick recently signed a feature deal with Paramount. He was later served as showrunner for the upcoming Japanese-anime Netflix series, YASUKE, based on the first black samurai, starring Lakeith Stanfield. Nick moved to Los Angeles after his final tour in the Marine Corps, during which he served our country for over a decade with honors.  

 

‘‘I never expected to be here. I always knew this journey was improbable. I’ve never been on a journey that wasn’t.” Barack Obama

 

Topics we cover///

  • As a black Marine, we discuss his opinion on Colin Kaepernick and what it means to fight for freedom
  • His family history in the military and what drew him to the Marines
    • Some of his experience in the marines and how he approached it
  • Growing up in Alabama
  • When you know it's profiling even if it disguised as otherwise
  • Transitioning from the active duty to a career and how supportive people were
    • How he stayed plugged in.
  • The personal impact Obama had on him and the couple weeks he spent with him
  • His experience as a writer in Hollywood and his process to write stories
  • His project for Netflix, Yasuke

 

References:

  • Nick Jones Jr.
  • Bill Duke
  • Museum in Montgomery and lynching exhibit
  • Definition of Swole
  • Obama's Show on Netflix
  • YASUKE
  • Flying Lotus
  • 3 Below
  • Phil Hay Episode

 

 

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Music:

 

Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Guest theme: Mauerspechte (the light) ditto ditto by ASHWAN (c) copyright 2014 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/ashwan/48192

Allie Lucchetti /// It’s OK to have Anxiety /// E045

Allie Lucchetti /// It’s OK to have Anxiety /// E045

June 6, 2019

Allie Lucchetti is the founder of AllRootsWellness, a healthy lifestyle blog that started as a safe space to share her journey of managing anxiety disorder through healthy living and 360 wellness. From healthified recipes and superfoods to mindfulness, movement and mind-hacking, Allie shares her honest approach to staying sane in today’s busy world.

 

 

Allie Lucchetti "When you say no to something you're actually saying yes to yourself "

 

Topics we cover///

  • Impact of words such as No and Should on managing mental health and her anxiety
  • Having Anxiety at a young age and what that experience was like for her
  • The way we process differently even if we experience the same thing
  • How Anxiety manifests for her and ultimately how she manages it
  • Coming off Anxiety medication and all the ways she manages with exercise, meditation, and nutrition

 

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Music:

 

Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Guest theme: Kalte Ohren (septahelix remix) by septahelix (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/septahelix/59527 Ft: starfrosch

Thomas C. Knox /// Confidence, Courage, and Communication /// E044

Thomas C. Knox /// Confidence, Courage, and Communication /// E044

May 23, 2019

Thomas Knox is a native New Yorker.  He comes from a unique family and spent time in the foster system.  He's a fascinating young man that knows who he is and where he's going.  He created Date While You Wait and Be Great Bow Ties.

 Date While You Wait is literally Thomas sat down with a table and two folding chairs, and a sign that said "Date While You Wait". Specifically, while New Yorker’s were waiting for the subway in Manhattan.

Be Great Bowties  goal is to embody greatness, inspire, connect and empower those around us to harness their inner potential by allowing them to express the best aspects of themselves in a unique, seamless and stylish manner.

Topics we cover///

  • Date while you wait, history and what it is

    • His experience with it as a black man

    • The journey of the business and future ideas

  • What led to his desire to start something like Date While You Wait

  • The family dynamics he grew up in

    • Growing up in the foster care system

    • His dad being a black militant

    • His mom struggling with drugs

  • The dynamics of his dad and how impactful he has been on Thomas

  • How he thinks that leads him to do the things he does especially as a Black man

 

References:

 

 Credits:

 Music:

 Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Guest theme: Mr Sun by Robbero (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Robbero/59416

Tina McGuff /// Anorexia is a Shit Disease /// E043

Tina McGuff /// Anorexia is a Shit Disease /// E043

May 9, 2019

Tina McGuff is the critically acclaimed author of "Seconds to Snap", it is a memoir of the journey she went through as a teenager and early twenties with anorexia, complex mental illness to full recovery and a very healthy happy life.

 In her own words///

"I have been in great physical and mental health now for many years and feel I’m in a confident position to be of huge value and show happiness, recovery, self-awareness and emotional intelligence is completely possible.

 My years of lived in experience as well as working alongside psychologists, eating disorder, mental health charities and supporting families through the hell of these very complex illnesses has given me a huge amount of insight and practical information I bring to the people I'm engaging with. 

 A regular guest and contributor on National TV, Radio and Newspapers. therefore, starting those important conversations with people across the world in schools, universities, private hospitals and workplaces.

 

Topics we cover///

  • Stigma around Mental Illness and her mission to break it down

  • The difference between mental Illness and mental Health

  • Growing up in Scotland and South Africa

  • Her parent's situation that lead to her living in poverty and how hard it was growing up

  • Her life surviving anorexia for many years as a teenage and how it manifested for her

  • How Psychosis manifested in her during this struggle and how she nearly committed suicide multiple times

  • Becoming a pilot as a positive focus after getting healthy

  • How the perfectionism of Anorexia led to how she parented, lived and managed everything for the longest time

 

References:

Kimberly Fe’Lix /// Professional Mother “Shame” /// E042

Kimberly Fe’Lix /// Professional Mother “Shame” /// E042

April 25, 2019

 Kimberly Fe’Lix, called Fe’Lix by her friends, is a wellness advocate with a passion for education and accessibility. Before creating her blog, Fe'Lix, Inside & Out, Fe'Lix worked within the health + wellness space both in traditional health care settings and within the non-profit board room setting. With a passion for advocacy, Fe'Lix has experience with both grassroots organizing and as a macro-scale strategist. 

 After stepping back from her career to focus on her family, Fe'Lix started her blog; which is a one-stop-shop for all things wellness, Both Inside & Out;  as a way to create a space where she could help people navigate the journey to a healthier lifestyle.  Whether talking about the science behind ingredients, clean beauty, or nutrition and supplements, one thing that remains at the center is motherhood. Fe'Lix, speaks regularly on self-care,  diversity, the importance of representation, and the delicate nature of raising mixed race, multi-cultural children in today's world.

Kimberly Fe'Lix "Moms, I'm giving you permission to take care of yourself first and then take care of your children.  For non-moms if you're any type of care taker of other human beings whether they belong to you or not, you gotta take care of yourself.  Fill your cup with healthy nutritious things."

Topics we cover///

  • Lack of Diverse representation in Health and Wellness
  • Accessibility of Wellness
  • International food comparison
  • Her growing up with a highly accomplished Mom
  • Preventative Health
  • Being a Military kid and having a very successful Mother in the military
  • Her identity struggle as a very successful professional and now being a stay at home Mom ultimately balancing the emotional struggle in this decision
  • Male/Female cultural expectations
  • Her experience growing interracial and how unaware she was
  • How her boys are mixed race but white presenting and what that means

 

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Music:

 

Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Guest theme: In the clouds by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/59123 Ft: Javolenus

Rachel Gorham /// Always Persevere and Follow your Dreams  /// E041

Rachel Gorham /// Always Persevere and Follow your Dreams /// E041

April 11, 2019

Rachel Gorham is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with 6 years of clinical experience. She is double board certified and holds national certifications as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and in Advanced Genetics Nursing. Her specialty is in women’s health, gynecological oncology, cancer risk assessment, hereditary cancer syndromes, cancer genetics, managing and developing high-risk breast centers, and cancer prevention.

 She has provided her expertise on two national position statements for NPWH which include Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment and Males with Breast Conditions: The Role of WHNPs Specializing in Breast Care. She recently contributed to Women’s Health in Primary Care: An Integrated Approach 1e, “Breast Health” chapter. Rachel is a National Key Note Speaker for Merck and Myriad Genetics.

Tristan /// Live Your Life Bravely  /// E040

Tristan /// Live Your Life Bravely /// E040

March 28, 2019

Live Your Life Bravely

Tristan’s entire life journey is a testament to trusting the voices in her head, especially when they didn’t make sense” to others. From going to four colleges in four years, to winning a job at Teen People Magazine off the radio, to convincing publishers she could pen a super-fun dating book as a non-writer, to ditching a wildly successful, albeit soul sucking career in pursuit of service, to coming out with her highly controversial #metoo story, and so much more in the lands of love, life and career, Tristan, to the core of her being, believes that to live life wholeheartedly, we have to dare to answer the call of our own wild. This is the foundation for her passion in helping women connect to their inner voice and project it out… loudly!

But if you are looking for hardcore cred, know that Tristan holds a Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is a licensed psychotherapist (specializing in CBT, Mindfulness, EMDR and narrative therapies) but fancies herself more of a guide since she believes that her clients are the true gurus of their own lives. All that said, her credentials, knowledge and extensive experience getting to the ROOTS of what keep us stuck, definitely come in handy since to truly transform and step into your highest self and brightest light, you gotta heal and release past wounds, effectively. Then… you can be free to identify, explore and create life on your terms.

Prior to becoming a coach/therapist, Tristan was a consumer Trend Forecaster serving in many senior level executive positions at companies including Teen People Magazine, People Magazine, Columbia Records and Creative Artists Agency. Tristan consulted for brands such as Nordstrom, Adidas, Target, Nike, L’Oréal and nearly all of the major motion picture studios and TV networks. She has spoken to thousands on stages globally and has been featured in publications such as Glamour, Cosmo, PopSugar, Brit & Co, Nylon, The Daily Love, Huff Po and Your Tango, as well as on TV/radio such as KTLA and Dr. Drew’s Loveline.

Karyn Kusama /// Race…An American Blind Spot /// E039

Karyn Kusama /// Race…An American Blind Spot /// E039

March 14, 2019

Karyn Kusama is an American film and television director. She made her feature film debut with the 2000 film Girlfight,[2] which she wrote, directed, and produced,[3]. She went on to direct the 2005 sci-fi action film Æon Flux, based on Peter Chung's animated series of the same name, and the 2009 cult horror comedy Jennifer's Body. She has recently worked as a television director.[4] In 2017 she directed a segment in the film XX, an all-female horror anthology. Her latest film is the 2018 crime thriller Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman.

Topics we cover:

  • Family and career balance
  • Family tragedy and how it shaped her life, her career trajectory and focus on what she needed to do
  • The American Blind Spot on Race
  • Her experience growing up as the "Japanese Family" and what a school transition did to her perspective
  • Dynamics of power struggle in groups fighting power
    • How defining demographics keeps the in group divides
  • How words are not necessarily a reflection of our thoughts but our upbringing
  • How we have empathy toward people with whom we disagree
Mel Jones /// Make Better Choices /// E038

Mel Jones /// Make Better Choices /// E038

March 1, 2019

Mel Jones is a multi-talented producer and director. A Howard University graduate, she earned her MFA at the American Film Institute in Producing. Jones worked in development at Participant Media under producer Jonathan King and marketing guru Ricky Strauss. A Project Involve Fellow, Jones assisted veteran producer and LA Film Festival director, Stephanie Allain – a gig which turned into a five-year stint as producer of Diversity Speaks, one of the festival’s signature programs. She served as Associate Producer on Justin Simien’s Sundance hit, Dear White People, as a Producer on Wade and Jesse Allain-Marcus’ French Dirty, Gerard McMurray’s Burning Sands and Clark Johnson’s Juanita a Netflix Original. She made her directorial debut with Leimert Park, an indie episodic that premiered at Sundance 2018. She is President of Production for Homegrown Pictures.

Jantzen C-S /// Prosperity is For Everybody /// E037

Jantzen C-S /// Prosperity is For Everybody /// E037

February 14, 2019

This week get to share a conversation with our guy Jantzen, here’s a bit about him - in his own words:

 I was born born and "half-raised" in Montreal, later moving to the Toronto suburbs as a young teenager.  Was fortunate to have lived in two of the most diverse cities in Canada and in North America having learned from a lot of other cultures.

 My open mindedness and dynamic perspective in life stems from my own anecdotes and also vicariously through the lives of others from around the world. I found myself "tight-rope-walking" the line separating the sides that would have landed me in jail or worse, and the side of prosperity which I continue to live and develop today.

 It's through all of my experiences up until this point that have made me realize many things.  One of which is that the messages which we as a Black community/people have been washing our minds with have a false origin which is  perpetuated through various systemic mediums to keep us boxed in, unaware and blind.  It's by only knowing and loving oneself, as well as our true history, can we work towards a better future for our people and the broader society in which we live as a whole.  (this statement can be applied to anyone in this matter.)

 I've also realized that as loving oneself and having self-pride is important, particularly in the context of race, it's not everything, as there is way more to gain with the love of all people, in the broader scheme that is more important for humanity as a whole.

 It's with all this, a small glimpse of my perspective, that I've founded the WiseMen Collective, to be a person of action, to bring positivity, awareness, education, support and love to our Black people, to have my brothers, sisters and other future members be a part of this journey with me, while making a positive impact within the communities we serve.  

 My aim is for us to have control of our own narrative as a people, through displays of actions that will motivate people to do the same.  

 As we grow, our outreach we will continue to impact the marginalized members of our society including the youth, people with disabilities, the impoverished and others where we can make a difference, through our various  outreach programs.