014 | The College Savvy Coach

February 26, 2016
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What college should you send your son or daughter to? Is there only one "good" school for him or her? I've been following Sia "The College Savvy Coach" Knight on Twitter and I like her style. She was cool enough to spend time with me to talk about college options and we even enjoyed a little role play about picking colleges.

013 | Halima’s Philanthropic Field Trip

January 19, 2016
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In July 2015, Halima took a trip to Michigan to visit the Kresge Foundation as part of her research for her Ph.D. She was so impressed that shared the lessons learned on her "Write to Bear Alms" radio show on Radio Azad. 

This WTBA segment is a philanthropy wonderland. Halima covers Kresge's history and mission, the intentional approach to how their office spaces are constructed, and even the composition of their great staff. Most importantly, Halima's biggest lesson from her philanthropic field trip to Kresge is the more intentional the giving, the more impact our gifts can have.

012 | Outtakes with the Beals

January 16, 2016
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OK, so our interview with Eric and Maleka Beal of Better Choices actually went over an hour. Here are two great outtakes where we compare stories of how our relationships started off on bad feet. Also, Halima and I reveal our pet names.

011 | Hal’s Fire

January 16, 2016
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One of the big reasons I am an "award-winning" radio veteran is the radio show "Sunday Journal" which is produced and hosted by Hal Clark. I had the privilege of working by his side on the show for several years. What I didn't know was Hal had a real desire to be an author and playwright. Hal had already transformed "Sunday Journal" into an award-winning show and now he can those words can precede playwright. Enjoy this conversation about how he made his dreams of becoming an author and playwright come true.

010 | Giving Cancer a Workout

January 16, 2016
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In April 2015, Halima interviewed Lorenita Lucas on her "Write to Bear Alms" radio show about virtual giving. Lorenita had begun a Go Fund Me campaign to help pay her medical bills as she fought breast cancer. Lorenita, who had been self-employed as a health and wellness coach, was kind of enough to publicly share her story and gratitude for those who have helped her give cancer a real workout.
By the way, we are elated to report that Lorenita is doing much better (as of January 2016). She found out in December 2015 that the cancer is not measurable in her body! She is still in need of a assistance, however. Please consider making a gift to support one of the most beautiful personalities you will ever encounter.

009 | The Beals Are Back

January 16, 2016
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Halima and I have this cool idea to interview couples who inspire us. The first couple we called on were Eric and Maleka Beal who appeared on episode 003. This is a fun and engaging conversation about how their relationship fuels their business and how they keep their bond strong.

008 | Causes That Will Impact Society

December 30, 2015
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Halima talks about the causes that she is keeping her eyes on to impact the upcoming decade based on a piece from the Huffington Post. Find out why she has her eyes on these society-changing causes.
  • How the state of the communities affect mental health and wellness
  • Family violence including domestic abuse and human trafficking
  • Increased domestic violence awareness and education for men and boys
  • Access to quality food
  • The connection between food and mental health
  • Addressing opportunities to assist families of the special needs community 
  • Shifting how we think about education and outcomes including teaching social responsibility, social justice and advocacy, and the arts
  • Justice and equity in media
  • Economic empowerment for marginalized communities

007 | The Likable Arel Moodie

December 30, 2015
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I had to get this brother on my podcast! Years ago, when I was a speaker trainer for Monster's Making It Count programs years ago, I had the privilege of working with a young man who told me he would become "America's best young speaker." Since then, I have watched Arel Moodie change lives through his presentations and podcast.

Arel is a speaker, entrepreneur, best-selling author, College Success Program founder, and host of "The Art of Likability" which is a highly rated podcast on iTunes.

006 | Understanding Black Philanthropy

December 27, 2015
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What is the difference between "black" philanthropy and any other kind of philanthropy? Halima has a great conversation with two colleagues about the historical context and cultural nuances of philanthropy in the African American community. The conversation also covers trends in black philanthropy including giving at HBCUs. Halima and her guests also take time to educate African Americans who wish to increase their giving by talking about the importance of giving with a vision.
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Vincent Bayyan and Darryl Lester join the conversation. Vince is a development professional with more than 25 years' experience and he is the interim director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Vince is also a diversity recruitment specialist and workshop facilitator. Darryl is a social entrepreneur community philanthropist. He is the founder of HindSight Consulting and the Community Investment Network.

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005 | Meet Actor Lance Nichols

December 27, 2015
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Here's a throwback interview that will always be near and dear to me. In 2010, I interviewed actor and theater coach Lance E. Nichols during my days on WYLD-FM's award-winning "Sunday Journal". Lance is a fellow New Orleans native who appeared in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Treme", "Fantastic Four" (2015), and "House of Cards" among many other works; and we had more fun than two people with microphones should be allowed to have.