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Getting Common with Professor Carliss Chatman provides a refreshing common sense approach to business, law, women's rights, racial justice, and entrepreneurship. Featuring experts in law, business and entrepreneurship, politics and government, and education, Getting Common educates while exposing you to a fresh and new perspective. Listen live every Wednesday at 8 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.


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Getting Common with Professor Carliss Chatman provides a refreshing common sense approach to business, law, women's rights, racial justice, and entrepreneurship. Featuring experts in law, business and entrepreneurship, politics and government, and education, Getting Common educates while exposing you to a fresh and new perspective. Listen live every Wednesday at 8 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.





What happens when 3 native Houstonians get together for a discussion of all things Beyoncé? In this episode Courtney St. Julian and Brendon Bailey join the podcast to discuss what made them fans, the haters and the hive, and why your fave could never.


Who Owns the Body?

Do we own our bodies in the same way that we own our possessions? Does this ownership give us autonomy, or the ability to freely commodify ourselves and our bodies products? How has the Dobbs decision changed the ability for all persons to possess and control their bodies? In this episode Professor Meghan Boone of Wake Forest Law will join us to discuss bodily autonomy and whether it create a market for bodies.


Encore Debt and Income Inequality

The common refrain is that if the poor would simply learn financial responsibility and make smarter choices, then they could work their way out of poverty. This is far from reality, yet when those in poverty fall short and are forced into predatory lending, it is often blamed on their lack of personal responsibility. The same sentiment is present when those who take on student loans, once proclaimed as good debt, to advance themselves and find themselves saddled with lifelong burdens. On...


Xochitl Gonzalez and the Importance of Diverse Voices

Xochitl Gonzalez is novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and executive producer. She is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Olga Dies Dreaming. The novel is groundbreaking in its representation of Puerto Rican history and culture, and also its presentation of a diverse family and its struggles in the face of gentrification and cultural erasure. In this episode we will discuss the importance of diverse voices, her framework for Olga, and the class issues related to quiet.


Is There a Duty to Forgive?

In the wake of many public tragedies, the focus is often on those who are armed and their willingness to forgive the perpetrator. This is also true when confronting systemic and societal harm--the marginalized are expected to forgive, forget, and move forward. It seems this practice is rooted in Christian sensibilities--but is it really? On this episode Rev. Stan Williams and Rev. Rob Lee will explore the narratives that admonish those who are victims of systemic harms to forgive, forget,...


Creating a Pipeline for Black Doctors

The data proves that diverse doctors save lives, but there has not been much progress made at diversifying medicine. However, there are many doing the work it takes to improve the numbers. In this episode, Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP and Chief Health Officer at City Block Health, will provide information on how to get into and get through medical school, details on her non-profit, Tour for Diversity in Medicine (, and her vision for equitable and...


Does the Law Keep our Food Safe and Healthy?

Many of us only think about food safety and our food supply when a foodborne illness is in the headlines. We are often unaware of how various government agencies regulate our food supply or how dietary recommendations are made. For example, how does the government define meat or milk or healthy? How is food inspected when it goes from the farm or the factory to our grocery stores or restaurants? In this episode my guests Emilie Aguirre, Associate Professor of Law at Duke Law, and Tammi...


Supreme Court Preview

Dobbs has brought new focus to the Supreme Court. What impact will the new Term have on our rights? There are many cases receiving attention this Term, including those involving affirmative action and voting rights, but what else should we be paying attention to? This week's guests, Alexandra Klein, Assistant Professor at St. Mary's University School of Law, and Brandon Hasbrouck, Associate Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, will highlight the cases they're focusing on...


Encore #FreetheHair: Professor Wendy Greene on Grooming Codes

Join my guests Professor Wendy Greene, Professor Marissa Jackson Sow, and Rasheedah Thomas of RC Communications as we discuss the movement to #freethehair and the impact of discrimination against Black hair in the classroom and the workplace. Professor Wendy Greene is a trailblazer in the movement to end hair discrimination. Professor Greene fights for the freedom for all to embrace the natural expression of physical appearance in social, political and corporate arenas in order to ensure all...


Entrepreneurship Series: Dawn Dickson

This episode of our Entrepreneurship Series will feature Dawn Dickson, a serial entrepreneur and inventor with over 20 years of experience in technology and business development. She has founded six successful cash flow positive companies since 2001, including Flat Out of Heels (2011) and PopCom (2017) and has successfully exited one company (Lifestyle Cafe, 2021). Dawn is the first female founder globally to raise over $1M secure token offering under a Reg CF of the JOBS Act. She is...


Encore: What's in a Name?

In the summer of 2021, the Trustees of Washington and Lee University voted to retain name of the institution. Throughout the previous year, many Confederate monuments were removed, and the names of other institutions throughout Virginia and the rest of the south were changed. In addition, an overwhelming majority of the faculty voted in support of a name change, and various groups of students circulated petitions and engaged in protest of the name. On this episode, my guests Rev. Robert W....


The Law of Cryptocurrency and NFTs

Many believe that investing in cryptocurrency is a guaranteed road to wealth, and we hear about the NFTs that make people millions. But, what does the law have to say about it? Is the trading in a regulated market? Is it treated like securities, currency, or commodities under the law? What happens when a token is lost or an NFT is stolen? On this episode, Professor Carla Reyes will highlight the basics of the law behind cryptocurrency and NFTs.


Why Black Teachers Matter

There is a lot of data on how race and income impact educational performance, and about how teacher identity and quality influences those gaps. For Black students, having just one Black teacher in early education lowers the high school dropout rate by 50%, and having two Black teachers lowers the rate by 75%. Yet, only 7% of teachers identify as Black--but the percentage of Black students is double that. Also, notably, many Black students report never having a Black teacher. In this episode...


Race, Racism, and Corporate Law

Business law was foundational to facilitating chattel slavery of African individuals, starting at the Portuguese port of Lagos. Consequently, the Transatlantic Slave Trade revolutionized business law. Yet, few business law scholars address the historic significance, or the present-day legacy of Black captivity embedded into contemporary business law and practice. This episode examines racism as an organizing function of business law by exploring capital formation, risk of loss, and corporate...


Not so Golden Handcuffs: The Problem with Stock Options

Stock options are considered a perk of working for corporations, especially startups that achieve unicorn status. Employees often take lower compensation in the short term for the potential of one day receiving shares in the next Google or Amazon. But, often, it is difficult for employees to assess the true value of these stock options, and the shareholders' rights plans signed by employees typically require them to waive inspection rights as a condition of receiving the compensation. In...


The Status of Abortion Rights in Michigan

The Dobbs decision has combined with a pre-Roe abortion ban and dueling court orders to cause chaos about the right to choose in the state of Michigan. Because many surrounding states have complete or partial abortion bans, the confusion has created a ripple effect. Some pregnant persons crossed state lines to receive care in Michigan only to be turned away, then later told they could receive care. Others simply believe that they cannot receive abortion care in Michigan. On this episode,...


Encore Appreciation or Appropriation: Black Culture as Popular Culture

Many viral Tik Tok dance trends, the most popular memes, and viral tweets have Black creators--but often that is not who profits. Outside of social media, many Black cultural trends are co-opted and transformed without acknowledgment of the original source. At what point does an appreciation for a culture turn into appropriation? Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, author of THICK: And Other Essays, and 2020 MacArthur Fellow, and...


Encore What’s Behind the Disparities in Black Women’s Health?

Black women have infant and maternal mortality rates that are exponentially worse than women of other races, and are more likely to suffer from diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Studies have proven that when Black women engage with the health care system their complaints are disregarded and their pain is ignored, resulting in adverse outcomes. Are there other causes? Are there viable solutions? On this episode, Dr. Richard Jones, Board-Certified Obstetrician Gynecologist,...


The Future of Marriage Equality

Dobbs has brought all rights based on Roe, including marriage equality, into question. In this episode, Dr. Marie-Amélie George, Associate Professor of Law at Wake Forest University will discuss her forthcoming book, Becoming Equal: American Law and the Rise of the Gay Family, LGBTQ+ rights found in Lawrence v. Texas and Obergerfell, and the impact that the Dobbs decision could have on marriage equality.


Decoding the Corporate Law Alphabet Soup: M&A and SPACs

Elon Musk and Twitter, WeWork, and Donald Trump have all brought some complex corporate law to the news, including mergers and acquisitions, known as M&A, and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies known as SPACs. In this episode corporate law experts Will Moon, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, and Andrew Jennings, Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School will help to decode these terms while providing commentary on current events.