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Ep 5: You Go Girl!!–DJ Niena Drake

A full-circle moment is really the headline of DJ Niena Drake’s life, and she bucks all the negative women stereotype.  She sits at the intersection of tech, business and culture, and while she is spinning for some of the biggest celebrities and brands, she is spreading sunshine and pouring into the lives of striving young people. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Podcast: Play in new window…

Ep 4: Great Things Happen When You Just #DoYou with Jarrett Hill

Jarrett Hill was looking for his next career move and a little frustrated with the search when he found himself in a Starbucks, live tweeting the RNC.  But this episode really isn’t about plagairism and FLOTUSes.  It really is about what happens when you are just doing you. It’s also about microaggrssions and white supremacy.  ?. Buckle your seatbelts, and take a listen.  While you are at it,……

Ep 2:  Dawn of The Creators #BlackExcellence

Jaylen Bledsoe, CEO of Bledsoe Global Group became a millionaire by the age of 15. He has been making millions for his client ever since! Talk about #blackexcellence!  And we will.  Find out what Black Single Mom Magic has to do with it! It drops Nov 1. If you are still new to this, listen and subscribe. #theculturesouppodcast Podcast: Play in new window | Download Podcast: Play in…

The Queen of Soul’s Favorite Soprano–Audrey DuBois Harris

Our premier episode features the story of The Queen of Soul’s Favorite Soprano. Aretha loved Puccini as much as she loved church music and soul, and when she discovered Audrey DuBois Harris mixing classical and gospel on a TV show one day, she just had to contact her. Her heart-felt performance at Franklin’s funeral was one last request fulfilled for The Queen’s family, and when you rewatch with……

‘A Seat At Luvvie’s Table’ Was An Opportunity For Black Women To Be Reaffirmed

By Luvvie Ajayi for Huffington Post This piece was originally published on AwesomelyLuvvie.com My resistance coping tactic is to surround myself with Black women. One thing that was re-affirmed to me after November 8 is that if I can’t count on anyone else, I can ALWAYS count on Black women. So since then, I’ve enveloped myself in a blanket woven by the love of sisters. Sisters. From blood…

Editorial: Opera’s Diversity Problem & How to Fix It

By Santosh Venkataraman, Operawire I was lucky enough this past November that a friend of mine had an extra ticket for “Die Walküre” at Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Now I had already seen it opening night and reviewed it for this site.  Of course, the chance to again see Wagner at Lyric with top-notch performers like Christine Goerke and Eric Owens wasn’t something that I was going to…

Racheal Dolezal’s New Controversy: Headlining a Natural Hair Show

By Linda Jones, Daily Beast Rachael Dolezal, the white woman caught masquerading as a black woman who ignited a national debate about race, has kept a relatively low profile since her fall last year. But this weekend she will headline the Naturally Isis Braid-On, Economic Liberty March and Rally in Dallas, Texas. Dolezal was invited by Isis Brantley, a celebrity stylist, natural hair activist, and owner of the…

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