THE #POWER28

28 Interviews with 28 young black creators & leaders making history today.

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ALICIA GARZA

Podcast: The TRUTH about #BlackLivesMatter

Alicia Garza (Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter) tells us the real story about how BLM began, clarifies the real mission and purpose, and gives her three top tips for getting involved in the movement in your own way.

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MALCOLM "MJ" HARRIS

Podcast: How To Make More Money

Malcolm “MJ” Harris (featured by Oprah) gives an in your face, tough love interview about how we can actually make more money, regardless of whether you work a full-time job or have your own business idea. He covers the biggest causes of self-sabotage and how our emotions affect our ability to surpass our money threshold. He ends with 3 tangible tips that will empower every listener to start creating more wealth right away.

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Tarell Alvin McCraney

Podcast: Moonlight and Advice for Budding Black Artists

Tarell Alvin McCraney gives us a real behind the scenes look at his road to winning the Academy Award for Moonlight and his best practical pieces of advice for budding black artists with a dream of writing. Should you use art for our own healing? What creates a good drama? What are the first steps to telling your story in an authentic way? What are some of the biggest mistakes storytellers make? Tarell answers all of this and more.

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Darnell L. Moore

Podcast: Breaking the System through Inner Transformation

One of the most respected authors and thought leaders of the generation, Darnell L. Moore, discusses what it really means to do the inner work required to break free from the systems of oppression that have been placed upon us, and that we sometimes unknowingly create and uphold. 

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Shelah Marie

Podcast: Curvy, Curly, Conscious

Shelah Marie, Founder of the Curly, Curvy, Conscious movement gives it to us straight with this “self-help” meets “real talk” interview. She discuss her own journey to self-love, how she created one of the largest online platforms for black women, and what you can do today to start living a more elevated life – from the inside out.

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Christopher Gray

Podcast: How to ACTUALLY Find Investors and Start a Business

Christopher Gray has been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul 100 list, Forbes 30 under 30, and appeared on Shark Tank for his incredible work creating the app Scholly, which connects students to millions of dollars in scholarships. How do you find a mentor? How do you pitch your idea to potential investors to find money? How do you get the most out of networking events? How is the process different for black entrepreneurs? Chris gives us the exact roadmap.

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Wade Davis

Podcast: Sports & Inclusion from a Former NFL Player

Former NFL player Wade Davis takes us behind the curtain of how it was to be a closeted athlete in this intimate interview about his journey toward becoming one of the biggest advocates for inclusion in sports and beyond.  He blew us away with his practical tips for learning how to become more accepting of people we don’t understand. We’re particularly obsessed with his tips to parents who think their kids might be LGBTQIA+, black people who feel like they don’t belong, and those willing to open their minds to new paradigms.

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Mecca Woods

Podcast: Astrology – Myths, Manifesting, and the Movement

Mecca Woods, one of leading black Astrologers, explains the REAL benefits of astrology without all the hocus-pocus and fairy dust. Regardless of whether you’re already obsessed with astrology, just curious, or a bit skeptical of it all – Mecca debunks some most common myths and breaks down exactly how to use astrology as a tool to make better decisions, align with your life purpose, and manifest your goals. She also discusses how the face of astrology has changed since black people reclaimed the tool and how we can continue to use Astrology to engage in activism and social justice movements.

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Yolo Akili Robinson

Podcast: HEALING – Black Emotional & Mental Health 

Yolo Akili Robinson is the Founder and Executive Director of BEAM – the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective. In this interview, he discusses how we can start to reprogram and interrupt the patterns of oppression that block us from living more fulfilling lives. How do we process our emotions, especially the ones we don’t want to face? How do we understand the ways in which our upbringing and life story are affecting us today? Yolo provides practical tools that you can do at home and on your own to deepen your journey toward healing.  

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Nikki Walton (CurlyNikki)

Podcast: MORE than just Hair

Nikki gets practical with us in this “hair therapy session” for those struggling to embrace their naturally curly hair. She shares her experiences, frustrations, and triumphs of being naturally glamorous and how embracing your hair can lead to embracing your SELF. This episode is about much more than just hair, we talk empowerment, entrepreneurship, and about Nikki's incredible new #BeHerNow campaign.

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Deon T. Jones

Podcast: How to ACTUALLY Become a Leader of the Millennial Generation

After working in the Obama White House, Deon Jones moved to LA and has become one of the leading millennial creators contributing to a wide variety of projects, including being part of the digital media team at the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), working with Jesse Williams to launch new cultural apps, and helping with a film project about the life of Olympian Tommie Smith with conceptual artist Glenn Kaino. Deon shares the lessons he has learned from being mentored by some of the greatest leaders of our time. He gives us an inside look at spaces black people rarely have access to and we discuss what it ACTUALLY takes to become a leader in the millennial generation. How do you break through to find your personal greatness? How do you empower yourself to move beyond social conditioning? Deon lets us in on the secrets to his success in this inspiring interview.

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Shaun Ross

Podcast: Being Unique and Unapologetically Authentic

Shaun Ross was the first male albino professional supermodel. He has graced the cover of every major magazine you can think of, but his success didn’t come to him in the way you might think. In this interview, Shaun talks about the importance of owning your authenticity, standing in your truth, and being unapologetically YOU. He also gives us a rare peek at what’s coming up as he embarks on the journey of his first album of music.

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Aaryn Lang

Podcast: The Power & Liberation of Black Trans Women

Aaryn Lang is an Activist, TV Show Host, and Organizer who has spent years working toward the power and liberation of Black trans women. In this interview, Aaryn gives us an inside perspective on how we can all expand the narrative of what justice looks like for black trans people in this country.

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Darnell Lamont Walker

Podcast: Traveling Cheap – How to Leave the Country even when you Think you can’t Afford It

Darnell Lamont Walker is the Founder of Passport Required, an organization that helps people take trips out of the country who wouldn’t typically be able to afford travel. He debunks the main myths that stop black people from traveling, gives his top tips for flying on the cheap, and tells you exactly how to get started on planning your next (or first!) trip abroad without breaking the bank.

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Daraiha Greene

Podcast: Diversifying the Face of Tech

Daraiha Greene is the Head of Multicultural Engagement on the Computer Science in Media Team at Google, and she is on a mission to rebrand and diversify the face of tech. If we are creating technology for a diverse world, shouldn’t we have diverse perspectives behind the scenes? In this interview, Daraiha opens our eyes to the lucrative and abundant job opportunities in the technology industry and discusses how you can start to get yourself (and your kids!) involved in tech.

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Rush Davis

Podcast: Making Music that Matters

Rush Davis is an Artist and Songwriter who was signed dirctly by the President of BMG and has worked with big names in music from Kelly Rowland to J.R. Rotem. In this interview Rush gives us a rare, behind the curtains look at the music industry and talks through the process of making music that leaves a mark on our culture. How do we create music for the movement of marginalized communities? How do we use music for our own healing? And how does our own healing serve the greater whole? This interview will teach musicians everywhere how to step up their game with creating music that matters in a cultural climate that’s craving authenticity and truth.  

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Sarah Springer

Podcast: Black Representation in Media

Sarah Springer is a Creative Director at RYOT and the Co-Founder of Advocates for Inclusion in Media (AIM). In this interview she discusses the reality of black representation in media and gives specific tips on how black creators and consumers can harness their buying power to advance the movement. How can we hold the newsrooms accountable? How can we become the decision makers in the media industry? How can we tell more stories that matter? This interview is empowering for media consumers and content creators alike. 

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Ben Cory Jones

Podcast: In the Writers’ Room - How the Best Black Stories are Told 

Ben Cory Jones is a Writer & Producer on Insecure (HBO) and Co-Produced Step Sisters (Netflix). He gives us a personal walk-through his journey from moving to LA with a dream to write, to participating in the creation of some of the most celebrated black-focused content of our time. Ben keeps it real with us and discusses his struggles, successes, and the things he wished he had known when he was getting started. If you’re a budding artist looking to finally catch that big break, you definitely want to hear this inspiring story.

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Koya Webb

Podcast: Black, Vegan, and Healthy - How to Stick with It!

Koya Webb is one of the leading black vegan, yoga, and wellness experts in the world. How do you eat healthy on a budget? What foods are ACTUALLY good for you (this might surprise you!)? And how does your health and mindfulness practice affect your ability to break through systemic oppression so that you can manifest your dreams and desires? This interview will tell you everything you need to know to get healthy and stick to it long term!

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James Bland

Podcast: Pave Your Own Way (for Artists, Entrepreneurs, and Filmmakers)

James Bland is the Creator, Show Runner, and Star of GIANTS the Series. In this honest and inspiring interview, he walks us through his personal journey to becoming a full-time artist and entrepreneur. Then James breaks down the process of starting a project of your own. Learn exactly how James did it so you can start your journey today.

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Preston Smiles

Podcast: Step Up Your Life, Activate Your Purpose 

Next-Generation Thought Leader, Author, Speaker, and Coach Preston Smiles gives us an awe-inspiring, yet practical interview that will help you amplify your life and activate your purpose. He covers the root causes that hold many of us back from finding fulfillment in our work and relationships, and gives tangible tips to shift the narrative now! In 30-minutes, Preston will transform your entire way of thinking.

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Adaku Utah

Podcast: Healing Justice - Reclaiming the Language of Your Body

Adaku Utah is a healer, educator, and the co-founder of Harriet's Apothecary, a collective that’s committed to co-creating accessible, affordable, liberatory, all-body loving, all-gender honoring, community healing spaces that deepen the healing genius of our people. In this powerful interview, she breaks down specific practices and rituals black people can use to heal, and debunks some of the myths you may have heard about alternative healing practices. She teaches us to reclaim the language of our bodies and gives specific tips that you can do at home to begin your healing journey. 

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Jeremy Erwin

Podcast: Becoming a Successful Black Entertainer 

Jeremy Erwin is an LA-based entertainer, and is also the Creator & Producer of The Soul Spot, one of Hollywood’s biggest live soul music events. In this interview, Jeremy gives tangible tips not only to people looking to create an entertainment platform of their own, but also to artists looking to get booked at events in their own area. Learn what it takes to become a successful entertainer from one of the leading black event organizers in LA.

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Kendrick Daye

Podcast: Use Art to Tell Your Story

Kendrick Daye is a Mixed-Media Artist and Art Director who isn’t afraid to use his own personal experiences to create art that represents our people. Hear Kendrick’s inspiring story and learn how you can tell your story through and by ‘creating the art you want to see.’

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Apuje Kalu

Podcast: Enhance Your Personal Style – Working from the Outside-In

Apuje Kalu is a Fashion Stylist & Creative Director who has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Apuje tells us his story of transitioning from working in industrial engineering to becoming one of the most well-respected black fashion stylists in the industry. He gives tangible tips to everyone at home so you can enhance your personal aesthetic and start to take more pride in your style. Why does style even matter? Apuje breaks down why it's about much more than “just clothes.”

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Juel D. Lane

Podcast: Find Your Voice Through Dance

Juel D. Lane was asked by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Choreograph for Ailey II. He talks about how he used dance to find his voice in a world where black voices are so often suppressed. Juel gives his 3 tips for budding dancers and creatives to making meaningful art, especially in the world of instant social media gratification. His inspiring story will show you that anything is possible as long as you stay TRUE to you!

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Morgan Pitts

Podcast: #BlackGirlsWhoBlog – Joining the Movement

Thinking about starting a blog? Just looking for great content? Want to find more black voices online? This interview with Morgan Pitts will tell you everything you need to know. Morgan has created the virtual movement #BlackGirlsWhoBlog, a platform and resource for black girl bloggers around the world.

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Tarana Burke

Podcast: #MeToo Movement and What’s Next?

We’ve all heard about the hashtag #MeToo, but did you know this movement started 12 years ago by Tarana Burke? Tarana was named Time Person of the Year for 2017 and is known for being the first to use the phrase “Me Too” to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society. Tarana discusses where it all began and what’s next for the movement in this inspiring interview.

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Justin Michael Williams

Justin Michael Williams is an iTunes top 20 recording artist, inspirational entertainer, and the Founder of Motivation for Black People.

As a child, growing up in a poor neighborhood amongst violence and abuse, the heroes who inspired Justin were often people who he had never met. With the #POWER28, he hopes to introduce you to 28 people you may not know. In sharing their stories, his goal is to help others wake up to their own life’s purpose, step into their greatness, and know that black people can do anything.

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