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James Baldwin-Studs Terkel Interview (1961). James Baldwin: A Letter from the South. Reading an essay from James Baldwin’s 1961 book, Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son. From “Black History” Month” to “Black Futures Month.” Discussing this question: What is the evolution of “Black History Month?” Michele’s “Thought of the Day.” Michele Wilson shares how director Raoul Peck’s documentary film, “I Am Not Your Negro,” left a profound effect on her soul and psyche, as she...

Duration: 01:49:17


Sharing the story of where my parents were when they heard the news of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968. Using their story as a backdrop to underscore the importance of receiving your family’s oral tradition: asking the questions, memorializing the history, knowing your family’s story, and respecting the struggles they have overcome and the successes they have enjoyed. Discussing the White House press conference where 45 asked White House reporter April Ryan...

Duration: 01:46:58

#WomensMarch on Washington

In our season 8 premiere, we explore all sides of the #WomensMarch on Washington, a global event convened on January 21, 2017. From white male patriarchy to white female privilege, we dialogue on the role women of color played in convening the march and finalizing its written platform. Co-host Michele Wilson interviews Rev. Jennifer Bailey (Faith Matters Network), who speaks on why she participated in the #WomensMarch, and what it took to actually get her up and out on the Nashville...

Duration: 01:58:34

Winter Solstice II - "What did I learn this year?"

How is culture created? How do we create culture? Tracing the history of so-called “pagans” back to the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia, which gives to us today the many modern traditions of the Christian Christmas celebration. Also discussing the ancient pagan origins of Saturday (Saturn Day). Tracing the pagan roots of spirituality back to the ancient Lemurians, the Atlanteans, the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans. Also exploring Norse mythology and the sacred origins of our...

Duration: 02:05:52

The Other Side of Thanksgiving

Tracing the “traditional his-tory” of the 1621 (first) Thanksgiving celebration between the Wampanoag and the Mayflower Compact survivors, from the perspective of the European colonizers of these United States of America. Talking about the European mindset of the Mayflower Compact settlers and the consciousness of a colonizing people who would grab land that wasn’t theirs to possess and eventually massacre many of the indigenous people encountered in the New World that became these United...

Duration: 02:09:48

Toxic Masculinity: Breaking the Soul Ties

RWB Talks. Racism, Religion, the KKK, and the Silent Majority. Reeling from what for many was the surprise election of “45” to the presidency of the United States, we are discussing the reality of white nationalism now being at the center of American politics. Recorded just days after the 2016 election of our new president, we are also examining the role race, religion, the KKK, and what Nixon coined “the silent majority” played in the election of “45.” Toxic Masculinity #BoysDontCry....

Duration: 02:22:43

Pre-School to Prison Pipeline: Breaking the Soul Ties II

RWB Talks. The Execution of Ray Jasper. Examining the prison-industrial complex through the abolitionist writings of Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau’s work “Civil Disobedience.” Also, telling the crime and punishment story of former death row inmate Ray Jasper, who was executed by the state of Texas in 2014. Ray Jasper’s Letters from Death Row. Examining two letters written (to by death row inmate Ray Jasper, who was executed by the state of Texas in 2014. In those...

Duration: 02:08:52

Nobody Knows My Name (For the Brothers Who Ain't Here)

Throwing it back to 1961 and taking a second look at how civil rights activists, artists, and writers disturbed the peace for good. Also, using James Baldwin’s book, Nobody Knows My Name, as a backdrop, I am remembering some of “the brothers who ain’t here.” “For the brother who ain’t here.” His name was Andre. Remembering a childhood friend, a boy from the old neighborhood, who never grew up to see his 30th birthday. Reflecting on the fun times we shared together, and what kind of man he...

Duration: 02:02:27

The Evolution of You III: Involution. Evolution. Ascension.

Involution. Evolution. Ascension. Amplifying on Jeremiah 1 and sharing on our cosmic origins before we were formed in the human womb, our journey of spirit through this earthly experience, and our soul’s eventual rise from this blue planet. As Above, So Below. Amplifying on Jeremiah 29:11-14, we are sharing on the Divine (heavenly) thoughts, plans and assignments that were intentionally encoded into our soul-space – to be discovered, developed and walked out in our everyday (earthly)...

Duration: 02:04:18

How to Fashion Your Own Brand of Success

A Woman’s Worth (The Divine Feminine). Using FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s October 13, 2016 speech in Manchester, NH as a backdrop, we deep-dive into the spiritual power and purpose of the divine feminine principle, exploring womb energy, the balancing of masculine and feminine innergies, and mastering the abilities of the left and right hemispheres of the human brain. Michele’s “Thought of the Day.” (The “Brand” Called You). Michele breaks down how to create your personal brand from an...

Duration: 02:42:17

How to Look Back on Where You Have Been

Donald Trump and the Unapologetic Acting Out of Wealthy White Male Privilege. Sharing on how the Republican Party created Donald Trump: they birthed him and now they have to burp him. Reading the “Energy” in Your Life. Life experience is a series of energetic happenings all around you, all the time. Your awareness of this energy, and your ability to “read” this energy, and make wise decisions from this energy, is a major spiritual key to manifesting a life you love. Dante’s “Word of the...

Duration: 02:16:20

Upleveling Your Mind

Tracing the ancient Kemetic wisdom of DHWTY-Djehuty-Tehuti-Thoth-Hermes-Mercury to the natural laws and spiritual principles found in the Kybalion, focusing on the concept of Mentalism. From ancient Egyptian “Thoth” to our English word “thought” – words, just like people, have a history. Taking a second look at the words we use every single day – that have a hidden history (and spiritual power) that is unfamiliar to many people. Michele uses the Charlotte protests (arising from the Keith...

Duration: 02:15:05

Third-Eye Consciousness

We are exploring the science and the spirit of the pineal gland, which gives vision of Divine things to those who have spiritually “awakened.” Dante teaches on the Mind of Christ. Mai Maiesha shares her “waking up” story. And I share with her how she influenced my spiritual awakening. Dante, Mai and I discuss spiritual “downloads” from Divine Mind, and how it takes time to integrate and normalize esoteric information so that you can live life with your feet on the ground in the real-world...

Duration: 01:56:14

The Revolution is Televised. And Live-Streamed.

Recorded just a few days after the executions of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we are processing the pain, grief, anger and outrage at the deaths of those brothers at the hands of police. I begin by sharing the story of 1973 New Orleans sniper Mark James Robert Essex, comparing his killing spree to that of the 2016 Dallas sniper Micah Xavier Johnson, who executed five police officers in cold blood during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) peaceful protest. We shout-out the current...

Duration: 03:35:44

"Am I Ready Right Now or Do I Need to Percolate More?"

Each morning, we rise and grind. We are working hard for the money. And even harder and longer and stronger – for the dream! We feel the passion. We see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. We know that pot of gold – and the keys to “the good life” – are waiting for us on the other end of all this struggle and pain and lack and crisis and challenge. And sometimes, in a moment of complete weariness and absolute exasperation and utter disappointment, we ask ourselves: “Am I ready...

Duration: 02:54:49

Dream Again II

As children, we dream. And as adults, sometimes we see our dreams come true. And sometimes we don’t. The question is: do we continue dreaming? Or do we pack up our dreams and stuff them so far down into our soul that we never see, feel or experience their magic manifested in the reality of our lifetime? And by dreaming, we are not referring to the “fantasies” observed in the sleep state. Your dreams do include those night-time visions, but are not limited to them. There is a conscious...

Duration: 03:27:35

(Consciously) Creating a Year You Love

For a lack of vision, the people perish. So how, exactly, do you craft an empowering vision statement for the life you want while still experiencing the life you currently have? We’ll show you how. Many of us can commit our thoughts to paper, but are we using “words of power” that actually manifest the big dreams we desire? We’ll give you some examples. Have you been taught the sacred secrets of “I Am” statements? We’ll reveal them, as I coach one of my co-hosts, in real time, on how to...

Duration: 03:37:29

(Consciously) Creating a Life You Love

I open our season seven premiere show with “I Am a Survivor: Part Two,” detailing some of the hardships I experienced over the past year, that caused me to take a year-long hiatus from producing the podcast. Joined by my co-hosts – Michele Wilson, Dante Bonner, Dwayne V. Wiggins, Jr. and Mai Maiesha Rashad – we then segue into the aftermath of the sudden passing of the musical genius Prince, who ascended two days earlier. We follow this up with Michele Wilson’s “Thought of the Day” (“It...

Duration: 03:47:51

Passages II: The Turbulent Thirties

I open this show talking about my then 4-year sober anniversary: clean from drugs and sober from alcohol. We then move into “The Passage to the Turbulent Thirties,” a chapter from Gail Sheehy’s book, “Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life.” For my part, I read a few original song lyrics I wrote in my thirties, which point to my consciousness in that decade of my life. Michele remembers her “Two Germans and a Black Girl” tour across America. And Dante talks about breaking out of a...

Duration: 02:36:41

Passages III: The Flourishing Forties

We begin this conversation discussing Yom Kippur – the day of atonement in the Jewish spiritual tradition – where you fast all day and reflect upon your sins (errors, misdeeds, mistakes and missteps) of the past year. Atonement. At-one-ment: at one with the Divine, at one with Self, at one with who you were in days past. We then move into “Women’s Life Patterns,” as written about in Gail Sheehy’s book, “Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life.” These archetypes include: the Caregiver,...

Duration: 02:53:36

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