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By Brennan DuBose
Blackstage is an interview podcast navigating the individual stories and current events that make up Black American culture.
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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 7, 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 5, 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 5, 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 7, 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 9, 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 2, 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