019 | It’s All Love for Binta Brown

April 9, 2016
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Binta Brown is a flat-out talent. She is a corporate lawyer, start-up advisor, human rights advocate, musician, and now music executive. Halima talks to Binta about her view of philanthropy and why it is an important part of her life. 

The interview gets really interesting when Binta talks about why she left Corporate America to launch Big Mouth Records. Not just any label, Big Mouth seeks to give its artists true ownership of their music and experience; and she lays that out during the conversation.

Binta earned her undergrad degree from Barnard College and her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law. She is a Truman National Security Fellow, a former Pipeline Fellow; and she has been recognized as one of the Root's "100 Most Influential African-Americans". She was also named one of Fortune's, JET's, and Crain's New York "40 Under 40" lists. Ever the philanthropist, she sits on the boards of Barnard College, 2U, Human Rights First, the New York City Parks Foundation, and the American Theatre Wing.

And, oh, if you're ever in NYC, try to catch her playing bass with a band during a night out on the town.
 
Photo courtesy of www.americanswiss.org

018 | How the Fresh Prince Helped Brittany Get a Job

April 5, 2016
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Within minutes of a creative LinkedIn post, Brittany King got the calls she had been looking for and soon became a senior recruiter for a worldwide recruitment firm. Download this episode to find out how the "Fresh Prince" played a major role in her landing the job. Also, take in some great advice on how you can be creative on the job search while making yourself more desirable to your next potential employer.

017 | Charitable Giving, the Career That Gives Back

March 19, 2016
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What is a career in fundraising like? What's it all about? Halima had a special guest talk about this on her "Write to Bear Alms" radio show. Victor Korelstein (CFRE) visited to talk about how he became a charitable giving professional and what it's like working for a large non-profit agency. He even gives tips and suggest reading for anyone who is seriously considering a career in fundraising.

016 | Groovin’ with DJ Soul Sister

March 19, 2016
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It's a throwback with two kinds of crate digging going. First, we dig into the crates to pull out one of my favorite throwback interviews from "Sunday Journal". As part of my NOLA 3.0 segment, I interviewed one of New Orleans' most beloved celebrities, DJ Soul Sister. Second, we find out how she became a "rare groove" crate digger.

 
Not only is she known for her "Right On Situation Parties" but Soul Sister is known for rocking crowds everywhere from the (New Orleans) Jazz Fest to stages across the nation with her mix of hard-to-find funk music. Enjoy this convo from 2011. One more thing. If you're a Go-Go fan, you'll love the rare groove at the end of this one.

015 | Why Halima Isn’t a ‘Make It Rain’ Fundraiser

March 14, 2016
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Halima is not the fundraiser who would "make it rain" for your non-profit and she has no problem with that. A seasoned and successful charitable giving professional, Halima shares her thoughts about what's really going on when organizations and agencies specifically hunt for fundraisers who can turn around quick donations. 

In talking about the importance of planning, sustainability, and responsibly courting donors, Halima also shares thoughts about how struggling non-profits can boost their fundraising while continuing to operate from day to day.

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.
 
 
December 2017:  Friends, we recently learned that Lorenita is no longer with us. However, we will keep this episode up to honor her memory and to inspire others. Blessings.