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Spring 2019: Session 46 (Bringing Forth New Life with Don Holmes)

Don Holmes, a native of Progress, Mississippi spent six years enlisted in the United States Army after finishing high school. Later graduating from The University of Southern Mississippi wit BA in English (Magna Cum Laude), he'd go on to become a PhD student in English at The University of North Carolina at Chapel focusing on early African American literature--an academic endeavor that would be paid in full. In our short time together, we touch on so many things such as transitioning after...


Spring 2019: Session 45 (Humbling Yourself with LaTayvia Brown)

From being born and raised in the projects of Astoria (Queens, New York) to studying abroad, I had the pleasure of kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with LaTayvia Brown. As an entrepreneur (Owner of Professionally Inspired, LLC), mentor, and leader, LaTayvia truly shined light on the importance of being humble throughout life, keeping faith in God in all things, and being reminded that anything is possible. Join The First-Gen Lounge Family: www.thefirstgenlounge.com/family Track by The Boy:...


Spring 2019: Session 44 (The Journey of Mind with Colby Cornell)

Mental health challenges are real, and we need to talk about them more so we can take steps in the right direction to get the necessary support. I had an opportunity to kick it in #thefirstgenlounge with Colby Cornell who is an Entrepreneur and Mental Health advocate. Colby is a native of Clinton, North Carolina, recent graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and CEO/Founder of Journey of Mind, Inc. (a 501C(3) tax exempt organization that raises awareness for...


Fall 2018: Session 43 (And the Storms Kept Comin' with Dr. Eve Hudson)

Kickin' in #thefirstgenlounge by myself. You know hanging with yourself ain't bad annnnd, I did tell you that I'd be showing up a little more solo dolo. Can we agree that it's been ONE hell of a year? 2018 has been NUTS; however, I learned an awful lot about life and myself. I can go on and on with all that's come to me, but... in the spirit of keeping it simple... Here are nine lessons from 2018 that I want to share with you! Learn More About Dr. Eve: www.evehudsonphd.com/thisisme Join The...


Fall 2018: Session 42 (Nuggets for Life with The FGL Family)

We (first-gen family) have hit over 7.3k downloads. Wow! Can you believe it? So, to celebrate this major milestone, and reflect on the many things that have been shared with us over the past year, here are a few words of wisdom from some of the fam that's been on the show. As we're headed to 2019, and thinking of all the ways we want to continue to grow and show up in the world, let this inspire, empower, and uplift you. Join The First-Gen Lounge Family: www.thefirstgenlounge.com/family...


Fall 2018: Session 41 (Realizing You ARE Exceptional with Andrew Martinez)

Kickin’ it in #TheFirstGenLounge with New York native, Andrew Martinez, who is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, research associate at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, and formerly the Assistant Dean of Students at Cornell University. An empowering conversation where we talk about things that include being raised in a low-ses household, making meaning of new experiences, falling in love with higher education and research,...


Fall 2018: Session 40 (Poverty to Prosperity with Chris Wallace)

Kickin’ it in #thefirstgenlounge with Chris Wallace, a Fayetteville, North Carolina native, inspirational speaker, and lifelong public servant. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and holding a certificate from Duke University, Chris has served a role in Communications with the NFL's Carolina Panthers and been a part of a myriad of service organizations, including the YMCA, the Black Child Development Institute, the National...


Fall 2018: Session 39 (Unsilencing and Undaunting with Dr. Eve Hudson)

I'm kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge solo dolo today. I thought I'd take the time to be transparent with you all about a snag I had recently--lacking confidence, silencing myself, and having to remind myself that I am enough. Learn More About Dr. Eve: www.evehudsonphd.com/thisis me Join The First-Gen Lounge Family: www.thefirstgenlounge.com/family Track by The Boy: https://youtu.be/_CWl6ybtHyE


Fall 2018: Session 38 (Giving Yourself Credit with Donald A. Coleman, Jr.)

Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Donald A. Coleman, Jr. who is a native of Georgia, Higher Education Professional at Kennesaw State University, and graduate of both Georgia State University and Loyola University-Chicago. He's one that you can find leading with laughter and #BankheadBouncingAllOverTheWorld. An empowering about being intentional about your choices, expanding your horizons through travel, and living your best life by being present. Connect with Donald-...


Fall 2018: Session 37 (A Season of Hope with Kenisha Alexander)

Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Kenisha N. Brown-Alexander who is a native Louisville, Kentucky, graduate of the University of Louisville and Nova Southeastern University, Founder of the nonprofit Season of Hope, and Sports Consultant. An encouraging conversation about healing in times of great loss, passion versus purpose, and recognizing your strength. Connect with Kenisha- https://www.seasonofhopeinc.org https://www.instagram.com/kenishanichelle/ Join The First-Gen Lounge Family:...


Fall 2018: Session 36 (Leveling Up Your Life with Annetta Thomas-Paige)

Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Annetta Thomas-Paige who is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mental Health Therapist, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Licensed Certified Counselor. An encouraging conversation about helping others grow, taking care of yourself, and living authentically. Get Social with Me: www.instagram.com/evehudsonphd www.linkedin.com/in/evehudsonphd Join The First-Gen Lounge Family: www.thefirstgenlounge.com/family


Fall 2018: Session 35 (No Growth in the Comfort Zone with Zach Jacobs)

Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Zach Jacobs who is a native of Stauton, VA and a graduating senior at Virginia Tech studying Agribusiness Management with a minor in National Security and Foreign Affairs. An energizing conversation about having a strong work ethic, staying grounded with faith and family, and being patient in transition. Join The First-Gen Lounge Family: www.thefirstgenlounge.com/family


Fall 2018: Session 34 (Building Your Own Table with Shawntel Okonkwo)

Kickin' in #thefirstgenlounge with Shawntel Okonkwo who is a PhD Candidate in Molecular Biology and Gene Regulation at UCLA. She is also the Founder and creative director of wokeSTEM, a creative and afro-futuristic organization that intersects social justice and STEM, while uniquely centering people of color. An empowering conversation about taking adversity head on, fearlessly pursuing goals, being WOKE, and creating your own opportunities. Connect with Shawntel:...


Fall 2018: Session 33 (Putting Yourself Out There with Gino Cordone)

Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Gino Cordone who is Mechanical Engineer, Musician, and Entrepreneur from Connecticut. An honest conversation about making strategic decisions, taking chances on yourself, learning from failure, and being grateful. Connect with Gino- https://www.instagram.com/ginocordone/ https://www.instagram.com/pleasantpodcasts/ https://pleasantpodcasts.com Connect with Me (Dr. Eve): www.facebook.com/evehudsonphd www.instagram.com/evehudsonphd...


Fall 2018: Session 32 (Setting Your Own Tone with Nia Newsome)

Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Nia Newsome who is Pan-Afrikan, Author, Poet, Blogger, and Childcare Provider. A motivating conversation about stepping up and being a leader, challenging yourself, and setting the tone for your life. Connect with Nia- www.Instagram.com/afatherslove Connect with Dr. Eve- www.Instagram.com/EveHudsonPhD www.LinkedIn.com/In/EveHudsonPhD www.evehudsonphd.com


Fall 2018: Session 31 (Embracing and Empowering Yourself with Ivy Felicia)

Kickin' it in #thefirstgenlounge with Ivy Felicia who is a motivational speaker, a body image expert, a certified holistic wellness coach with over 5 years of acclaimed service. An empowering conversation about facing barriers as a first-gen, making meaning of one's experiences, fat acceptance and body diversity. Connect with Ivy- MeMyBodyAndLove.com Instagram.com/IAmIvyFelicia Twitter.com/IAmIvyFelicia Connect with Dr. Eve- www.Instagram.com/EveHudsonPhD www.LinkedIn.com/In/EveHudsonPhD...


Summer 2018: Session 30 (Going for What You Want with Brandy Varnado)

Session 30: #UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with #California native Brandy Varnado who is a author, teacher, and entrepreneur. An insightful conversation about self-care, finding support in your network, navigating the workforce and entrepreneurship. Join The First-Gen Lounge Family: www.thefirstgenlounge.com/family


Summer 2018: Session 29 (Plus Size Magic with Ellise Smith)

Session 29: #UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with Detroit native Ellise Smith who is a current #PhD Scholar and Creator of Fatness Fiction. A fun and real conversation about pushing through the struggle, education as elevation, and being fat. Connect with Ellise- www.fatnessfiction.com www.trapscholar.com Connect with Dr. Eve- www.Instagram.com/EveHudsonPhD www.LinkedIn.com/In/EveHudsonPhD www.evehudsonphd.com Track Produced by The Boy: https://www.beatstars.com/theboy


Summer 2018: Session 28 (Bringing Light to Darkness with T-Kea Blackman)

Session 28: #UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with T-Kea Blackman who is mental health advocate, speaker, writer, and podcast host. A raw conversation about lifelong challenges with mental health, attempting suicide, and the necessity of seeking support. Notice: In the event that this episode creates emotional distress, discontinue listening immediately. If this show should trigger a need for mental health support, contact your mental health professional as soon as possible. If you do not...


Summer 2018: Session 27 (Make No Excuses with Ravenne Aponte)

Session 27: #UpliftingFirstGens on #ThePUPodcast with #Miami native Ravenne Aponte who is a Registered Nurse currently working in a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. A joyful conversation about strategizing to achieve your goals, being resourceful, and seeing the world. Connect with Ravenne- www.instagram.com/r.noiree Connect with Dr. Eve- www.Instagram.com/EveHudsonPhD www.LinkedIn.com/In/EveHudsonPhD www.evehudsonphd.com