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40 Lessons is a podcast about the lessons we've learned about family, career, community and the lessons we are still learning. Host Todd B. Waldo and his guests share their stories, insight and wisdom to encourage listeners to take care of themselves and each other.

40 Lessons is a podcast about the lessons we've learned about family, career, community and the lessons we are still learning. Host Todd B. Waldo and his guests share their stories, insight and wisdom to encourage listeners to take care of themselves and each other.
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40 Lessons is a podcast about the lessons we've learned about family, career, community and the lessons we are still learning. Host Todd B. Waldo and his guests share their stories, insight and wisdom to encourage listeners to take care of themselves and each other.






40 Lessons - Episode 28 - Lessons on manhood, Blackness, family and community with Damon Jiggetts

On this episode, Todd B. Waldo sits down with Damon Jiggetts, Executive Director of Peter Paul Development Center. And they talk about lessons they have learned and are still learning about manhood, Blackness, family and our community. As well as their top five MCs. The mission of Peter Paul Development Center is to support the residents of the East End of Richmond and educate its students, equipping them to serve as positive contributors to their family, community, and society. They exist...


40 Lessons - Episode 26 - Black pride, Panther and the problem with my brown skin

The journey from shame to pride is remembered as Todd B. Waldo looks back over the Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, created by Amy Wentz, Shemicia Bowen and Kelli Lemon ( vablackrestaurantexperience.com ). The interactions that week affirmed a sense of home and place and resonated with the emotions sparked by the film Black Panther. This Black pride is not a dividing line. It creates space for authentic connection with others. Taking the journey to discover your pride and affirm your...


40 Lessons - Episode 25 - Black history lessons keep teaching me and giving me hope

The film by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams “Tell Them We Are Rising” has once again stirred the appreciation I feel when I learn more about the history of Black people in this country. This film focuses on the rich history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the world around them over the last 150 years. Seeing the courage of the men and women who fought to secure the future realized in my life everyday, my hope for a better future for my daughter is reignited. And I am...


40 Lessons - Episode 24 - Learning the lesson to be good so I can be good

As I think about the lessons learned in my almost 43 years and the lessons I’m still learning, the lesson to be good to myself and prioritizing my selfcare and balance so that I have something to give to my family, career and community is still taking root in my life. Listen to all episodes on iTunes, Soundcloud, Google Play and Stitcher at toddbwaldo.com/podcast. Send your feedback, questions and comments to todd@toddbwaldo.com


40 Lessons - Episode 22 - Our Church Hill and RVA Christmas traditions can make our city better

My daughter returns to the 40 Lessons podcast as we talk about our Christmas traditions in Church Hill and Richmond. She joins me in hoping that our stories will encourage listeners to take care of others to help make our city better, during this season and always. Send your podcast guest suggestions and comments to todd@toddbwaldo.com. Listen to all episodes on iTunes, Soundcloud, Google Play and Stitcher: toddbwaldo.com/podcast.


40 Lessons - Episode 21 - The hope of our RVA as we live in Richmond

The the last seven years, the RVA brand has grown to represent the best of what we have to offer here in Richmond. While we live in Richmond and work through the impact of policies and practices from generations ago that still determine quality of life today, we need to have two conversations. One that builds us up and helps to imagine and realize a better version of ourselves. And another that tears down the legacy of injustice as we build a better city. Our “tale of two cities” is deeper...


40 Lessons - Episode 20- A Richmond love weekend, away from hate

After a weekend that included diverse, artist engagements full of love and respect, this episode is a reminder to lean into love and not give hate the attention it seeks. The real problems and the realized impacts of our policies and practices that marginalize people generation after generation require our attention. There is a call to action to serve people and only love and respect can help us respond to that call.


40 Lessons Episode 19 After Charlottesville a good step on the journey for Richmond’s faith leaders

Charlottesville was another clear demonstration of hate that shows us what is wrong with our world. It is important for people of faith, especially my fellow leaders, to recognize the bias and racism in us and change how we apply what we believe and lead our churches. Many faith leaders in Richmond have signed the Richmond pastors statement of unity at www.richmondpastorsstatement.org and this is a good first step. What comes next is an application of what we affirmed by typing a name and...


40 Lessons - Episode 18 - Demonstrate love to counter hate and racism

I have been experiencing racism since I was 5 years old and for the last 37 years those initial experiences have impacted my life in deep and profound of ways. Today I reflect on those experiences and what happened in Charlottesville Saturday August 12. And hope we are all motivated to examine ourselves, grow in love and demonstrate that love in our community.


40 Lessons - Episode Fun - July 4th fireworks better seen and not heard??

A special guest returns to test our new 40 Lessons Behringer studio setup and talk about July 4th fireworks


40 Lessons - Episode 17 - Better than doing a TEDx talk for TEDxRVA

For the last 5 years I’ve been a part of TEDxRVA. I went from a chair in the audience at the Power Plant on the canal to backstage running production at the Carpenter Theater. Now I have the best seat in the house! In this episode, I share some special moments and the impact of TEDxRVA on my life Here are the talks featured in this episode: A Moment in Time: A Police Sergeant's Observation | Sgt. Carol Adams | TEDxRVAWomen 2016 https://youtu.be/c6mFG9WqIGo STEM and the Arts | Dr. Makola...


40 Lessons - Episode 16 - Creating a cadence of connection that will serve the city

How do we come together as leaders across our areas of influence to help the city through the incremental change that will ultimately transform Richmond? Let’s find a way to come together more often and inspire action!


40 Lessons - Episode 15 - Lynching is an outrage important for us to see

Our journey creating reconciled community must include exploration of our history. Some of that history is hard and difficult to understand. But we can’t run from the truth. Truth is required for us to secure a better future. I appreciate Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren at Field Studio creating the documentary film An Outrage ( www.an-outrage.com ). It can help people understand our pain, anger and fear as we deal with present violence reminding us of past atrocities.


40 Lessons - Episode 14 - Mourning the loss of two teenagers but trying not losing hope

In the midst of grief and heartbreak, we mourn the loss of two teenagers Mikkaisha and Taliek killed this past week in Mosby Court. Parents should never have to bury their children, especially when it is because of senseless violence like this. I'm trying not to lose hope that our neighborhood and city can be better. And resolve to continue doing something to try and make that happen. We can’t be silent. If you saw something, say something. Call Crime Stoppers at 804.780.1000 or got to...


40 Lessons - Episode 13 - Five of our family friendly RVA favorites

A special guest returns to the podcast to talk about some of our favorite things to do in RVA. We talk about enjoying parks, museums, the James River and food as a family. So many things we get to enjoy together that are, as my guest says, “so cool!”


40 Lessons - Episode 12 - Journey from awareness to burden for action

This weekend started with Angela Davis at the Afrikana Film Festival Evening with an Icon and ended with the five year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder. Significant bookends as I reflect on my journey and how I have to maintain my conviction for service and action in my community.


40 Lessons - Episode 11 - Forgiving hate and racism to pursue equality and reconciliation

Becoming an advocate for equality, diversity and reconciliation required forgives and healing from the racist painful seasons in my life.


40 Lessons - Episode 10 - Trying to understand the “why” and opportunity a rupture brings

I ruptured by Achilles tendon and that is being repaired with surgery Wednesday. Since I am home everyday and not walking, I’m trying to understand the “why” and the opportunity for this season. What do you do when something like this happens and it disrupts even the simplest tasks in your life?


40 Lessons - Episode 9 Bonus - Remembering Daddy in the poem Twenty Years

Remembering my relationship with my Daddy in the poem Twenty Years. It is the first poem I wrote about him, twenty years after he passed away. It is included in my book Poetry: The Todd B. Waldo Collection, Vol. 1 available on toddbwaldo.com


40 Lessons - Episode 9 - Forgiveness and understanding freed me to love better

Remembering my relationship with my Daddy, feeling abandoned before he died and being a grown man missing his Daddy. And the power of forgiveness and how it frees us to receive something good and wonderful in our lives.


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