Black Beat

Black Beat

By Flossin Media
Led by Flossin Media’s CEO & Editor in Chief John Washington, Black Beat takes his unapologetically Black approach to each discussion for a deep dive into the core issues that have historically divided us all.  Our featured conversers will include local, regional and national Black news-makers representing views from the hood, to the boardroom and beyond in order to disrupt the traditional “white noise” and bougie rhetoric.  Episodes will also feature other Flossin Media/ Magazine writers who are well stoked by the fire their leader has ignited.  
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Paul Knauls Sr. and Jr.
On this episode of Black Beat we pay our respects to father and son entrepreneurs Paul Knauls Sr. and Paul Knauls Jr., the owners and operators of the iconic Geneva’s Shear Perfection Barbershop and Salon located in the Soul of Portland. The conversation is one of reflection, shared gems of wisdom, and bits of laughter as they culminate up to their decision to close up shop after 30 years in business in the midst of the now Covid-19 reality. No need to shed tears for this duo however, their hearts are full from the life of service to the community they loved and who loved them right back. Welcome to Black Beat podcast where we will share the hard hitting conversations we have with Black and other news-makers of color. Apathy is a disease of the spirit, diminishing all manner of belief in one’s self and ability. For too long it has run rampant in Black and other communities of color, fueled by the constant drip of inequitable distribution of wealth creation opportunities and the systemic invalidation of our presence. This has created serious fragmentation. It took a special set of circumstances to create this condition and it will take a special set of circumstances to remove this blight of spirit. Led by Flossin Media’s CEO & Editor in Chief John Washington, Black Beat takes his unapologetically Black approach to each discussion for a deep dive into the core issues that have historically divided us all. Our featured conversers will include local, regional and national Black news-makers representing views from the hood, to the boardroom and beyond in order to disrupt the traditional “white noise” and bougie rhetoric.  Episodes will also feature other Flossin Media/ Magazine writers who are well stoked by the fire their leader has ignited.  Always inspirational, educational and motivational, Black Beat will empower listeners to solution oriented action and reinforce the perceptions of capability, significance and influence that lives within us all and grows exponentially if nurtured. Follow the podcast at anchor.fm/blackbeat Watch on Youtube. Learn more at www.flossinmedia.com Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn | Facebook
53:17
May 26, 2020
Representative Akasha Lawrence Spence
Representative Akasha Lawrence Spence joins John Washington and Fawn Aberson for a conversation on the Black Beat Podcast.  Oregon House Representative Akasha Lawrence Spence (D) of District #36 serves Portland’s West Side. This includes the Downtown, SW Waterfront and Chinatown areas as well as parts of the NW & SW Hills and Multnomah Village. She was appointed by Multnomah County Commissioners to replace former state Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, who resigned in December of 2019 to run for Oregon secretary of state in the 2020 election.  Representative Lawrence Spence will hold this position until January of 2021, choosing not to run in the general election. In the Legislature, she strive to create a new level of transparency, engagement, and accountability in the public sphere, centering the voices of the underrepresented and marginalized, a platform she championed during her tenure on The City of Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission. A transplant from Brooklyn, NY where she worked for Senator Chuck Schumer and a variety of other political campaigns, she became unfulfilled with bipartisan politics and decided to pursue architecture and design instead, and relocated to Portland, Oregon. She is the Founder & Principal Designer of Fifth Element and the founder and President of Melanated a women/femme of color (WFOC) organization, over 250 members strong, based on 3 pillars - civic engagement, financial empowerment, and community stewardship. Everything she focuses on is around economic justice, believing that you can’t have environmental or social justice without it. She joins our host, John Washington, in a conversation that is intellectually empowering and, as always, unapologetically Black in nature. They cover subjects that range from the fear of Black males; the economics of Covid-19; why Black people need to own more buildings; and how politics is in EVERYTHING.  Welcome to Black Beat podcast where we will share the hard hitting conversations we have with Black and other news-makers of color. Led by Flossin Media’s CEO & Editor in Chief John Washington, Black Beat takes his unapologetically Black approach to each discussion for a deep dive into the core issues that have historically divided us all. Our featured conversers will include local, regional and national Black news-makers representing views from the hood, to the boardroom and beyond in order to disrupt the traditional “white noise” and bougie rhetoric.  Episodes will also feature other Flossin Media/ Magazine writers who are well stoked by the fire their leader has ignited.  Always inspirational, educational and motivational, Black Beat will empower listeners to solution oriented action and reinforce the perceptions of capability, significance and influence that lives within us all and grows exponentially if nurtured. Follow the podcast at anchor.fm/blackbeat Watch on YouTube. Learn more at www.flossinmedia.com Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn | Facebook
1:12:10
May 7, 2020
Precious Edmonds from We Count Oregon
A conversation with John Washington and Precious Edmonds from We Count Oregon. Welcome to Black Beat podcast where we will share the hard hitting conversations we have with Black and other news-makers of color. Apathy is a disease of the spirit, diminishing all manner of belief in one’s self and ability. For too long it has run rampant in Black and other communities of color, fueled by the constant drip of inequitable distribution of wealth creation opportunities and the systemic invalidation of our presence. This has created serious fragmentation. It took a special set of circumstances to create this condition and it will take a special set of circumstances to remove this blight of spirit. Led by Flossin Media’s CEO & Editor in Chief John Washington, Black Beat takes his unapologetically Black approach to each discussion for a deep dive into the core issues that have historically divided us all. Our featured conversers will include local, regional and national Black news-makers representing views from the hood, to the boardroom and beyond in order to disrupt the traditional “white noise” and bougie rhetoric.  Episodes will also feature other Flossin Media/ Magazine writers who are well stoked by the fire their leader has ignited.  Always inspirational, educational and motivational, Black Beat will empower listeners to solution oriented action and reinforce the perceptions of capability, significance and influence that lives within us all and grows exponentially if nurtured. Follow the podcast at anchor.fm/blackbeat Watch on YouTube. Learn more at www.flossinmedia.com Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn | Facebook
29:29
April 17, 2020
John Washington, Mims Rouse, and E.D. Mondaine
A conversation with John Washington and Community leaders. The conversation will be recorded as the first episode of the Black Beat. John is joined by Mims Rouse - Founder, African American-XY Program LLC- and E.D. Mondaine - President of the Portland NAACP Chapter. Welcome to Black Beat podcast where we will share the hard hitting conversations we have with Black and other news-makers of color. Apathy is a disease of the spirit, diminishing all manner of belief in one’s self and ability. For too long it has run rampant in Black and other communities of color, fueled by the constant drip of inequitable distribution of wealth creation opportunities and the systemic invalidation of our presence. This has created serious fragmentation. It took a special set of circumstances to create this condition and it will take a special set of circumstances to remove this blight of spirit. Led by Flossin Media’s CEO & Editor in Chief John Washington, Black Beat takes his unapologetically Black approach to each discussion for a deep dive into the core issues that have historically divided us all. Our featured conversers will include local, regional and national Black news-makers representing views from the hood, to the boardroom and beyond in order to disrupt the traditional “white noise” and bougie rhetoric.  Episodes will also feature other Flossin Media/ Magazine writers who are well stoked by the fire their leader has ignited.  Always inspirational, educational and motivational, Black Beat will empower listeners to solution oriented action and reinforce the perceptions of capability, significance and influence that lives within us all and grows exponentially if nurtured. Follow the podcast at anchor.fm/blackbeat Watch on Youtube. Learn more at www.flossinmedia.com Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn | Facebook
43:49
April 17, 2020