041 | Stick to What You Know

February 14, 2018

It's one of the most uttered responses to entertainers and athletes who express their thoughts about politics and social issues--"stick to what you know." While we may be justified in saying that when someone gives an uninformed opinion, there are those times that the "stick to what you know" directive is off base.

Justin Guarini of "American Idol" fame had something (great) to say about being told to stick to his craft:


This edition of the podcast was also inspired by my conversation with David Grubb on episode 40 about the identity and value of athletes. I have some follow-up thoughts about Colin Kaepernick and the University of Missouri football team. What is behind telling these folks (and people like them) to "stick what they know?" Do they really lack the intelligence to grasp political and social issues?

Colin Kaepernick Photo: People.com

040 | Who Are We to Judge? Understanding Athletes in Moments of Infamy

January 20, 2018

After watching my New Orleans Saints go down in a crushing defeat against the Minnesota Vikings, I found myself thinking about one person--Marcus Williams, the rookie infamously known for missing the tackle that sealed the victory for the Vikes. I was so frustrated about fans' reaction to Williams that I wrote about it on my Facebook page. We, as fans, are quick to criticize athletes in their moments of infamy and when their opinions about social issues are counter to ours, but most of us have no idea who these people are.

David Grubb has seen professional athletes at their high points and definitely at their low points. He is a sports writer who has gotten to know college and pro athletes outside of their arenas, and he shares his experiences in those encounters. We chat about Grubb's perspective on athletes' identity and value behind the mistakes and their stances on social issues.

039 | Identity and Value

January 14, 2018

It's a new direction for the podcast! The Eddie Francis Podcast Show wants to empower you more by focusing on identity and value. I thought of this when I realized that August of 2017 was the 20th anniversary of Tom Peters' pivotal career article "The Brand Called You". That piece launched the great practice of personal branding but many of us have focused on the external elements of building personal brands. To me, personal branding is more about identity and value.

Going forward, we are dedicating this podcast to how people articulate who they are (identity) and their worth to the people around them (value). Consider this episode an invitation to let me and Halima know what uplifts your identity and value. Whether it is an interview, a commentary or Halima's "Write to Bear Alms" segment, tell us what would energize, enlighten and encourage you!

In the meantime, check out these past podcast episodes where identity and value were themes: 

004 | Mental Health Benefits of Giving

006 | Understanding Black Philanthropy

008 | Causes That Will Impact Society

011 | Hal's Fire

020 | Iesha Is Qualified, Too

025 | When I Was a Hater

031 | 'ReLaunch' with Joel Boggess

036 | Impact of a Philanthropic Identity, Part I

037 | Impact of a Philanthropic Identity, Part 2

038 | Write on, Sara, Write On

Closing music: "Let's Go Get 'Em" by Rebirth Brass Band | Album, "Rebirth of New Orleans" | Basin Street Records, 2011

038 | Write On, Sara, Write On

September 30, 2017

Sara Taney Humphreys felt the urge to write...so she did. That led her to becoming an award-winning novelist who is known for her paranormal romance and urban fantasy series of books including the Amoveo Legend novels which have been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award. Not only that, she has enjoyed time as a speaker and professional actress whose television credits include "A&E Biography", "Guiding Light", "Another World", "As the World Turns", and "Rescue Me".

A very cool friend, Sara took the time to talk about how she finally got her ideas out of her head and onto paper. She gives great insights not only for budding writers but anyone who has that dream waiting to be unleashed.

037 | The Impact of a Philanthropic Identity, Part 2

August 23, 2017


In part two of this Black Philanthropy Month edition of the podcast, Halima covers a lot of ground in only 29 minutes. She talks about how to establish a philanthropic identity, why you should educate yourself on a cause (instead of giving blindly), and even what happens when a donor feels their philanthropic identity has been betrayed. Just add li'l sum'n, sum'n, she even comments about giving and church.

Black Philanthropy Month 2016 Episodes

26 | Whose Donation Is It, Anyway? Part 1 (breaking down Michael Jordan's debated $1M donation)

27 | Whose Donation Is It, Anyway? Part 2

036 | The Impact of a Philanthropic Identity, Part 1

August 1, 2017


We are upon yet another Black Philanthropy Month so that can only mean it's time for Halima to do her thang! Over the past year, I have thought carefully about my identity and value, and part of that has been establishing my identity as a giver. Having learned from this careful thought, I asked Halima to offer insights about having a philanthropic identity.

She has some good stuff! Halima gave insight about what it means to have a philanthropic identity, how anyone can have said identity, and the impact of clearly understanding your philanthropic identity to the people who surround you. There is also a very cool portion of the conversation dedicated to understanding the difference between philanthropy as power and philanthropy as influence.

Black Philanthropy Month 2016 Episodes

26 | Whose Donation Is It, Anyway? Part 1 (breaking down Michael Jordan's debated $1M donation)

27 | Whose Donation Is It, Anyway? Part 2

035 | Making Self-Care Your Priority

July 10, 2017

Leslie Brown, who joined us for episodes 2 and 4, returns to the podcast. This time, our resident mental health professional takes on a topic about which she is very passionate--self-care. Leslie helps kick off the new sound of the Eddie Francis Podcast Show which now focuses more on the impact of identity and value. The counseling professional talks about what self-care is, what threatens self-care, a prominent figure's self-care victory, and the importance of balance in our lives.

034 | The Criswells Take on Pittsburgh

March 25, 2017

Black Greek Success

Roland and Bethany Criswell share "Coleman Love." The bond between Omega Psi Phi fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta sorority is named for Prof. Frank Coleman, an Omega founder who married, Edna Brown Coleman, one of the founders of Delta. Not only are they life partners but the Criswells are founders of the Coston Criswell Group.

Because I celebrate the role that Black Greek life has played in my life, I invited the Criswells to join me to talk about how their organizations are part of their success journey.

033 | Move Forward, Black America

January 24, 2017

There is no getting around the negative mood of America these days and I am really concerned about my folks--Black America. This edition of the podcast is an appeal to my fellow African Americans to think carefully about how we publicly engage one another in the age of Trump.

032 | Forgiveness After Genocide

December 20, 2016

In 2011, I was fortunate enough to win an award from the Press Club of New Orleans because of an amazing woman. I had the privilege of interviewing Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza who talked about hiding for 91 days in a cramped bathroom with seven other women to avoid being murdered. It's an interview that I will treasure the rest of my days because of Immaculee's grace in describing what was easily the biggest nightmare of her life. 

This powerful interview, which won Best Radio Entertainment Feature, was recorded when I was the co-producer of the award-winning "Sunday Journal" radio show on WYLD-FM in New Orleans. At the time, Immaculee was preparing to visit the city for a retreat to deliver her message about the power of forgiveness. Enjoy.