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By Brennan DuBose
Blackstage is an interview podcast navigating the individual stories and current events that make up Black culture.
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Marcus Stanback
Marcus Stanback, founder of Daily Growth Yoga, talks us through the journey of yoga, wellness, entrepreneurship, vulnerability and impacting the youth.
May 13, 2022
Dr. Ruth and Dr. Mary-Andrée
Dr. Ruth and Dr. Mary Andrée unpack all things sex, body image, and health education.
May 06, 2022
Adriano Espaillat
US Congressman Adriano Espaillat joins the podcast to discuss his journey, politics, race, and the next generation of leaders.
April 22, 2022
Khalil Kain
Actor Khalil Kain joins the podcast to discuss his 30+ career, the 30th anniversary of Juice, and his friend, Tupac.
April 15, 2022
Owners: The Series
For episode 6 of Blackstage we partnered with Moorelight Studios to bring to the platform “Owners,” an original series and official selection of American Black Film Festival. “Owners” follows Terence, a 30-something who is tired of feeling the constraints of being a minority in the workplace. He decides to start his own company to become an owner, but his decision to do so erupts his life into chaos. Creator, Writer, Executive Producer: DeAngelo Moore Director: Leonex Director of Photography: Gerard Pickett
April 08, 2022
7 years after their original conversation, Dr’s Ian P Levy, Emily Bailin Wells, Edmund Adjapong, and Brian Mooney join a virtual round table to discuss HipHopEd, Race, and Healing.
April 01, 2022
Astrologer, model, mother, and entrepreneur, Dossé-Via, discusses heritage, love, and ScorpioMystique.
March 25, 2022
Jason Reynolds
New York Times bestselling author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds, shares his story into how he became the top American author of our time.
March 18, 2022
Lilly Workneh
Award-winning journalist, speaker and strategist, Lilly Workneh, shares her journey in creating meaningful and mission-driven media.
March 11, 2022
Jonathan Jackson
Creative visionary, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur, Jonathan Jackson, shares his journey to co-founding media company, Blavity.
March 04, 2022
Felecia Hatcher
CEO of Black Ambition, Felecia Hatcher, discusses the importance of investing in Black led organizations and companies.
December 10, 2021
Kadidja Dosso
Kadidja Dosso, founder and CEO of Dosso Beauty, and Black Ambition HBCU Prize Winner on the power of Black women entrepreneurs and building legacy.
December 03, 2021
Rashiid Coleman and Vincent Cobb II
Co-founder’s of Summer House Institute, Rashiid Coleman & Vincent Cobb II, share the secrets of how to build and maintain a successful partnership as entrepreneurs.
November 26, 2021
Reuben Ogbonna
Reuben Ogbonna, co-founder and Executive Director of the Marcy Lab School shares his leadership journey and his views on the future of the American education system.
November 19, 2021
A. Walton Smith
A. Walton Smith, founder and CEO of Black Woman Owned discusses the importance of investing in Black women, their businesses, and their futures.
November 12, 2021
Travis Mason
From flying cars to bitcoin mining, 776 Operating Partner Travis Mason shares his journey in technology and policy.
November 05, 2021
Jelani Anglin and Gabe Leader Rose
Founders, Jelani Anglin & Gabe Leader Rose, share how they built Good Call - a 24/7 hotline (833-3-GOODCALL) that anyone can call if they or a loved one get arrested.
October 22, 2021
Sherrell Dorsey
Sherrell Dorsey, founder and CEO of The Plug discusses Black innovation, Black owned media, and how consistency is key to any start up.
October 15, 2021
Davon Johnson
Davon Johnson, architect and production designer, discusses setting the vision, knowing your history and following your dreams.
October 08, 2021
Jerelyn Rodriguez
Jerelyn Rodriguez, Co-Founder & CEO of The Knowledge House, shares how her South Bronx-based nonprofit is committed to building a diverse pipeline of tech talent by investing in communities.
October 01, 2021
Brittany Young
Founder of B360, Brittany Young shares how growing up in Baltimore inspired her to build an organization where young adults acquire life skills to secure educational and career opportunities and change the negative perceptions of dirt bike riding while doing it.
September 24, 2021
Archie Clay III and Tajh Crutch
Founders of WearBrims, Archie Clay III and Tajh Crutch share their story starting from humble beginnings to building a business that became the first Black-owned luxury hat brand to be sold in Nordstrom stores.
September 17, 2021
Cheryl Dorsey
Cheryl Dorsey, a trailblazer in the social entrepreneurship movement, and the president of Echoing Green, shares her journey.
June 11, 2021
Devin Allen
American photographer, photojournalist, and activist based in Baltimore, Devin Allen, shares how he turned his pain into his passion.
May 21, 2021
Jordan Stockdale
Executive Director of New York City’s Young Men's Initiative, Jordan Stockdale, shares how he found his passion to support and provide positive impact the lives of young people.
May 07, 2021
Ritchie Torres
In 2020 Ritchie Torres became the first gay Afro Latino elected to Congress. As he navigates the the weight of history on his shoulders in the midst of global pandemic he shares his journey from the Bronx to Washington.
April 16, 2021
Ricco Siasoco
Writer, educator, and activist Ricco Villanueva Siasoco joins Blackstage to discuss the history of racism against Asian Americans in the US and how to combat AAPI hate.
March 26, 2021
Moses Ingram
Queen’s Gambit’s breakout actress Moses Ingram shares her journey from West Baltimore to Yale University to Hollywood.
March 19, 2021
Alex Hill
Food blogger and culinary instructor Alex Hill shares her journey into becoming a chef, the lack of diversity in the food industry, and overcoming imposter syndrome.
March 05, 2021
Mayor Brandon Scott
Baltimore’s city’s Mayor Brandon Scott joins the podcast to discuss his family history, his love for the city he serves, and why he always will remain unapologetically himself.
February 26, 2021
Dr. Travis Bristol
University of California, Berkeley’s Dr. Travis Bristol discusses his incredible journey navigating the world of education with empathy as both a student and a change maker.
February 19, 2021
Jamira Burley
Activist and administrator Jamira Burley, the Head of Youth Engagement and Skills at the Global Business Coalition, joins Blackstage to discuss her journey as well as the importance of championing Black women.
February 12, 2021
Natasha S. Alford
The Grio’s Vice President of Digital Content & Senior Correspondent, Natasha S. Alford discusses her journey in discovering her passion, what it means to “meet the moment”, and the state of Black owned media.
February 05, 2021
Dr. Amanda Washington Lockett / Arthur McFarlane III
In a first ever conversation with each other Dr. Amanda Washington Lockett, great-great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington and Arthur McFarlane III, great-great grandson of W.E.B. DuBois discuss building a brighter and better future for Black Americans.
December 21, 2020
Monique Doughty
Monique Doughty aka “Nurse Mo” shares her journey in becoming a global travel nurse turned well-being focused entrepreneur.
December 15, 2020
Jamiles Lartey
The Marshall Project’s Jamiles Lartey discusses his journey in finding his true calling and what to expect in the new era of politics.
November 20, 2020
Marcus Fitts
Founder of District Triathlon, Marcus Fitts discusses his mission to encourage, inspire, support and increase the diversity of participation in triathlon and endurance sports.
October 30, 2020
Lauren E. Banks
Lauren E. Banks, actress and activist, who currently stars on Showtime's crime drama, City On A Hill, discusses her journey to dedicating her life to storytelling and why Breonna Taylor deserves justice.
September 25, 2020
Taryn Finley
Editor of HuffPost Black Voices, Taryn Finley, discusses the power of the Black collective, Howard University, and what it truly means to having a seat at the table.
September 11, 2020
Denzel Whitaker
Actor and Entrepreneur, Denzel Whitaker discusses his acting journey from Great Debaters, Training Day and Black Panther to what it truly takes make it in Hollywood.
August 28, 2020
Dr. Charles H.F. Davis
University of Michigan professor, Dr. Charles H.F. Davis shares his journey of scholarship, activism, and designing Black futures.
August 07, 2020
Imani Ellis
Founder of The Creative Collective NYC and CultureCon conference - Imani Ellis shares her story and her vision to create “brave spaces” for all creatives color.
July 17, 2020
Shemar Woods
A presidential election, a pandemic, and global calls for justice - the sports world is at the intersection of it all. Philadelphia Inquirer’s Director of Digital Sports Shemar Woods discusses what’s next for sports and his journey into sports journalism.
July 09, 2020
Andrew Nguyen
Founder of the O Agency and the Build Your Own Brand Conference, Andrew shares in a candid conversation how he defied life expectations and built a multi-million dollar business.
July 02, 2020
Hope Wiseman / Dr. Tara Conley
At the age of 25, Hope Wiseman became the youngest dispensary owner in the United States. She and professor Tara Conley discuss how the cannabis business must be used for social good.
June 18, 2020
Quincy Ledbetter
Words from the wise - Quincy Ledbetter, filmmaker, musician, photographer, on staying the course in your path.
May 26, 2020
Ronald Draper
Ronald Draper, founder of RD showroom, discusses how became the first Black-Artist to own a showroom in the Bronx.
May 26, 2020
Laolu Senbanjo
Laolu Senbanjo joins Blackstage as our inaugural guest. The Nigerian-born visual artist, musician, activist and human rights attorney shares his journey and the power in storytelling.
May 26, 2020