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Am I Allowed to Like Anything?

Am I Allowed to Like Anything?

By Darian Symoné Harvin
I started ‘Am I Allowed to Like Anything’ because I wanted to create a space for people to feel good about shouting out the stuff in culture they’re into, during a time when it’s easier to riff about the things we hate. I talk to guests about their work, their lives, and how they maintain their optimism in this world. #AIATLA is a capsule podcast. There will be 100 episodes.
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Wellness Realness | Ep. 069 ft. Annya Santana
Founder of the gender fluid skincare brand Menos Mas, Annya Santana, joins me to talk about her wellness journey; growing up as the middle child of a family who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the Bronx, high school days (bullying, acne, acting school), blossoming into who she is today, and repping for her community in the wellness space. +1 SEGMENT [family edition]: Being proud of our brothers Taking a chance and talking to people we used to be too shy to reach out to (and how to approach doing that) Follow Annya on IG! @annyasantana  | @menos.mas!  Follow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darian Big thanks to Red Bull Studios in NYC.
February 18, 2019
Pushing Past The Internet's Expectations Of Us | Ep. 068 ft. Alex Wolf
Writer and digital anthropologist Alex Wolf joins me for her second time on #AIATLA (she first came on three years ago!). Since then, she left the company she started to become an artist. She catches me up on the process of publishing her first book, 'Resonate,' and first short documentary, #ATTN4$, pronounced "attention for sale." The essence of our conversation is how we manage our love/hate relationship with the internet, and maybe, how you can too.  Alex's first episode (wouldn't hurt to listen to both) +1 SEGMENT: - Alan Watts (January 6, 1915 — November 16, 1973) - Beauty YouTuber and image activist Jackie Aina - Summerella and jstlbby a.k.a Amber Wagner Follow Alex on Twitter! @alexwolfco | IG! @alexwolf Follow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darian Big thanks to Anchor Studios in NYC.
January 29, 2019
The (Ongoing) Process Of Becoming A Better Writer | Ep. 067 ft. Jasmine Sanders
After a long break, #AIATLA is back — and writer Jasmine Sanders joins me. She writes for Jezebel and her work appears in the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, Catapult and New York Magazine. Jasmine talks to me about her to desire to continue writing stories that illuminate and broaden how Black people are portrayed in media, how she continues to grow as a writer and the beauty aesthetics she admired while growing up.  +1 SEGMENT: - Late night trips to Sephora  - Tata Harper resurfacing mask - Linen in the summer (both to wear and sleep on) Follow Jasmine on Twitter! @JasMoneyRecords Follow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darian
January 14, 2019
Why Beauty Gets So Deep, So Quickly | Ep. 066 ft. Brooke DeVard
Brooke DeVard, host of the Naked Beauty podcast, joins me! Brooke is a marketing and strategy specialist formerly of Viacom and now Instagram. She’s had an amazing career in media two far, including working in London, where she met her now husband. We talk about her life growing up on the Upper East Side of NYC, married life, our approaches to beauty and if it’s possible to have a soft spot for Soundcloud rappers. +1 SEGMENT: - My House on VICELAND and what the drag scene teaches us about beauty - Soundcloud rappers - SHHHOWERCAP Here's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Follow Brooke on Twitter + IG! @brookedevard | Follow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darian Footnotes:
September 26, 2018
Fashioned Through The Fire And The Foolishness | Ep. 065 ft. Tre'vell Anderson
On this episode, I sat down with Los Angeles Times reporter Tre’vell Anderson to talk about his work covering Black and LGBTQ Hollywood, growing up an military brat, and our current skincare faves. +1 SEGMENT: - Cardi B + Amara Le Negra - My Jade Roller. FIGHT ME. And you can sign up to receive my newsletter on what skincare routine here: Here's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Follow Natalie on Twitter! @trevellanderson | IG! @rayzhon Follow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darian Footnotes:
August 27, 2018
Be A Force | Ep. 064 ft. Natalie James / NJinLA
Natalie James (also known as NJinLA) is a Los Angeles native who I met when I moved to the city. She’s a creative producer & music, travel and food writer. She's a radio host on NTS, DJ and is just getting started in A&R. We talk about her journey through therapy, how she got thrown into DJing, and growing up Mexican American, in a working class family in LA. +1 SEGMENT: — Amanda of @idealblackfemale on IG — Erin Christovale (@erinzulie), Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum & Co-curator of #MadeinLA2018 — City Girls, latest album: PERIOD. — Road trips
July 3, 2018
The #1 Rule: Be Clear | Ep. 063 ft. Symone Sanders
Political strategist Symone Sanders is optimistic because most of the time, she has no choice but to be. She’s the former National Press Secretary of Bernie Sanders, and right now, she’s the youngest commentator on cable TV. We have a frank conversation about the past two years of her life, ageism, lux beaches and her beauty routines. +1 SEGMENT: — Lux beaches and being your full, bougie self The Ritz Carlton Here's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Follow Symone on Twitter + IG! @symonedsanders Follow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darian Footnotes:
June 19, 2018
Music Saved Her Life | Ep. 062 ft. Cherrie
When I came across Somali-Swedish R&B singer Cherrie's breakout song 163 För Evigt, I needed to find a way to have her on my podcast. We talk about being a Black girl growing up in Finland and Sweden, how she and other artists in Sweden are putting R&B and rap on their music charts, and her upcoming album, which features two songs in English. +1 SEGMENT: — The Swedish creative collective Trans94 — City High (including a "What Would You Do?" rendition... featuring Cherrie + Darian) Here's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Follow Cherrie on Twitter! @Chxrrie | IG! @chvrrie Follow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG! @darian Footnotes:
May 7, 2018
#AIATLA LIVE at SXSW: The Glory Of Velour Suits | 061 ft. Sama'an Ashrawi
Live from SXSW in Austin, I interview film director and writer Sama'an Ashrawi about life growing up in Texas as a first generation Palestinian-American, working with some of Hip Hop’s legends, and the glory of velour suits. Follow Sama'an on Twitter! @SamaanAshrawi| IG! @sam3an Follow Darian on Twitter! @dariansymone | IG: @darian Here's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: #AIATLA on iTunes: +1 SEGMENT: — Being comfortable with your Milly Rock — The glory of velour suits. — Passover, filmed on stage at the Steppenwolf in Chicago, film directed by Spike Lee, stage directed Danya Taymor, and written by Antoinette Nwandu. Footnotes:
March 30, 2018
We Are Figuring It All Out, HBU? | Ep. 060 ft. Lakin Starling
Writer Lakin Starling joins me to talk about life growing in the neo-soul capital, some of her proudest work at The FADER and the sacred space she's creating during her own interviews. And! We talk about what we're using on our faces these days, (because #skincare) before I found out about The Ordinary founder's problematic and exhausting behavior: +1 SEGMENT: — Imani - psychic, card reader, astrologist in LA. IG: @thehoodhealer. She does tree readings at Simply Wholesome on Tuesdays! Newsletters! Shout out to: — Olivia Craighead from The FADER — Elamin + BuzzFeed News Curation team with newsletter Here's how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA: Follow Lakin on Twitter: @lakinimani | IG: @_lakinimani Follow Darian on Twitter @dariansymone | IG: @darian Footnotes:
March 7, 2018
Bully Me Off Twitter, I'm Begging You! | Ep 059 ft. Ira Madison III
Culture writer Ira Madison III blesses the show. He's at the Daily Beasts and hosts his own podcast, Keep It. We talk about the soaps he grew up watching, and dig into our favorite people, television and songs of 2017. Follow Ira on IG: @kingirairaira | Twitter: @ira Follow Darian on IG: @darian | Twitter: @dariansymone Find out how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA! Sudio headphones 15% discount for all #AIATLA listeners! +1 SEGMENT - Former President Barack Obama - Messy Omarosa stories - Soap & Glory lip plumping gloss Sign up for the #AIATLA newsletter! Footnotes:
December 26, 2017
An Energy That's Difficult To Match | Ep. 058 ft. Briana Owens
Founder of Spiked Spin and spin instructor Briana Owens graces the podcast to talk about how her mission goes beyond wanting to help people feel good or empower them, but creating a space for people who are left out of the very experience boutique fitness scene — people of color. We talk about how Spiked Spin is more broadly a lifestyle brand and how hip hop cycling classes are only the beginning, different levels of friendship, and why we are really into this idea of being the best versions of ourselves than anything else. Find out how you can contribute to the making of #AIATLA! Sudio headphones 15% discount! +1 SEGMENT Mom + Entrepreneur Mel White | The Dissect podcast (highly recommend!) Footnotes: Follow Darian on IG: @darian | Twitter: @dariansymone Follow Briana on Twitter + IG: @spikedspin |
November 27, 2017
#AIATLA LIVE at Well-Read Black Girl Festival ft. Bernice McFadden + Numa Perrier | Ep. 057
Author Bernice McFadden, whose novel "Book of Harlan" was recently optioned as a film and filmmaker Numa Perrier, who is working on a film and book based on her life titled "Jezebel" join me at Well-Read Black Girl's first festival in Brooklyn! We talk about why it seems more Black novels are being turned into films and how social media is keeping this Hollywood "moment" we're in around longer. We also touch on being a part of the creative process of a film based off your book, and why it can be okay to not have total control. Follow Darian on IG: @darian | Twitter: @dariansymone Bernice on Twitter: @queenazsa Numa on Twitter: @missnuma + @missnuma Footnotes: Newsletter:
October 16, 2017
The Life of an Afro-Digital Immigrant | Episode 056 ft. André Singleton
Artist and teacher André Singleton is in the studio! He’s the co-founder of Very Black — a project founded in unapologetic Black love and solidarity — and we talk about his life as an Afro-digital immigrant, his journey battling cancer, trips to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and what it means to be “very black." Follow André on IG: @theveryblackproject | Twitter: @vryblk Follow Darian on IG: @darian | Twitter: @dariansymone +1 SEGMENT The Bay Area The Pocket app as an archiving tool @AllRightsAintReserved on Instagram Footnotes:
October 3, 2017
#AIATLA LIVE: The Intersection Of Politics And Culture | Ep. 055 ft. Sopan Deb
New York Times culture writer Sopan Deb joins me to talk about the intersection of politics and culture, covering Donald Trump on the campaign trial and how his stand up comedy fits (or doesn't) into his work as a journalist. +1 SEGMENT For right now being the best time for theatre, in a long time Jessica Williams and her new movie 'The Incredible Jessica James' on Netflix More #AIATLA episodes: Newsletter:
August 9, 2017
The Highs and Lows of Being a Black Creative | Episode 054 ft. Melissa Kimble
Melissa Kimble is the founder of #blkcreatives, a platform known for their explosive Twitter chats that helps young, Black creatives work through their goals, insecurities and wins. I talk to Melissa about her upbringing, big moments of growth for #blkcreatives, her time at Ebony magazine and what she’s focusing on right now. +1 SEGMENT Drew of Chicago's clothing Summer BBQs Brown Girls Web Series (That HBO is now developing) Follow Melissa on Twitter & IG: @Melissa_Kimble | - Follow Darian on IG: @darian | Twitter: @dariansymone Footnotes:
July 6, 2017
2 Sagittarius's Walk Into A Bar | Ep. 053 ft. Yaya Mazurkevich Nuñez
This week, Yaya Mazurkevich Nuñez joins me. We talk about the drastic life changes that came with moving to the Bronx after a life in the Dominican Republic, her days in NYC’s nightlife and working the door at clubs downtown, her job now as an experiential producer at the agency Translation, how she feels about people, and why she’s taking back her hours in the salon. +1 SEGMENT - “I’ve been going through a big journey of self acceptance and taking back my time.” - Service and giving back; shout out to Beauty For Freedom and the Precious Dreams Foundation Follow Yaya on Twitter & IG: @ogyayaa Follow Darian on IG: @darian | Twitter: @dariansymone RSVP to #AIATLA's first live show on Thursday, June 29th: Footnotes:
June 20, 2017
Having Plenty | Ep. 052 ft. Chenoa Maxwell
This week Transformation Expert and Self Love Specialist Chenoa Maxwell joins me. Chenoa discusses her transition from both acting (she's well know for her leading role in "Hav Plenty" and in "Girlfriends"!) and photography, growing up at an early age, and why she continues to defy people's expectations of her. **I want to flag that we talk about suicide and abuse in this episode for anyone who has a hard time listening to these subjects. +1 SEGMENT The 8 App Naomi Campbell's Instagram LIVE sessions Footnotes: Follow Chenoa on IG + Twitter: @chenoamaxwell | Follow Darian on IG: @darian | Twitter: @dariansymone
May 29, 2017
TFW The Internet Revives A Good Moment | Ep. 051 ft. Yohana Desta
Vanity Fair Hollywood Writer Yohana Desta joins me! I reached out to Yohana after wanting to know more about her work as a writer in NYC covering Hollywood. We talk about the films she’s seen recently that really hit a nerve with her, her music writing aspirations and how nice it feels when the internet revives good moments. Twitter: @yohanadesta | IG: @ydesta +1 SEGMENT Joe Biden’s college campaign against sexual assault That 2014 picture of Rihanna + Lupita Nyong'o and how the internet can revive a moment Footnotes:
May 17, 2017
Where Curiosity Will Lead You | Ep. 050 ft. Nicole Blades
Novelist, journalist and co-host of the podcast “Hey, Sis” Nicole Blades is here with me! Nicole and I talk about some of the cultural moments she remembers when coming up in the media industry. She’s getting ready to release her next book, 'Have You Met Nora?’ — the story of a woman who is mixed race but passes as white — so I ask her about her writing process and how she chooses the stories she wants to tackle. We also talk about 'Big Little Lies' and telling adult women stories (no spoilers!). Twitter: @NicoleBlades | IG: @nicole_blades +1 SEGMENT Whatever Happened To Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins HBO's Big Little Lies Chance The Rapper Footnotes:
May 9, 2017
Not The Bubbly Capitalist You Were Hoping For | Ep. 049 ft. Myles Johnson
Writer, editor, author and critic Myles Johnson joins me to talk about his work, his recent move to NYC + why it was time, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN’ and what winning looks like, for him. +1 SEGMENT Myles: Seamless Darian: Instacart Both of us: TIME Footnotes: Twitter + IG: @hausmuva
April 24, 2017
A Tribute to Patron Saint Maxine Waters | Ep. 048 ft. Hunter Harris
This week, writer and Associate Editor at Vulture/NYMag Hunter Harris joins me! If that names sound familiar, it's because Hunter was the first #AIATLA guest! She comes back to update us on what she's working on. We talk a lot about movies and why it is the lens at which she critiques our culture. We also talk about Congresswoman (and Auntie) Maxine Waters and her "second coming." +1 SEGMENT Sharon Stone's spoken word to Maxine Waters #MaskoffChallenge/#BlackGirlSymphony Footnotes: Twitter: @hunteryharris | IG: @hunterh
April 10, 2017
Booked, Busy, #Blessed | Ep. 047 ft. Kéla Walker
6 x Emmy nominated TV host & producer, and style authority Kéla Walker joins me. I’ve known Kéla since I was in college, and on this episode, we talk about how we got to know each other, mentorship and what it takes for a mentor/mentee relationship to work, plus what is actually catching Kéla's attention in culture right now. Sign up for #AIATLA's newsletter and put yourself in the running to win a curated box of products either Darian or a guest has mentioned in a +1 segment: +1 SEGMENT: Ratchet reality TV Netflix's 'The Chef's Table' Footnotes: IG & Twitter: @KelaWalker
April 4, 2017
Making Her Ancestors (And Beyoncé) Proud | Ep. 046 ft. Yvette Noel-Schure
So. About two years ago I interviewed Yvette Noel-Schure who is Beyoncé’s publicist (and has formerly repped Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, and Prince) for a project I never released. This week, I decided to release the interview on #AIATLA because so much of what Yvette talks about is still relevant today and she drops so many amazing gems. Full disclosure: I interned for Yvette at one point in my life during college. We talk about her upbringing in Grenada, moving to Brooklyn at 14-years-old and her days with Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey. Footnotes: IG: @yvettenoelschure | No +1 this week, but back with it next week! Remember to rate and subscribe to #AIATLA on iTunes if you’re loving the show!
March 27, 2017
On The Right Side of History | Ep. 045 ft. Lisa Lucas
Executive Director of the National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas stops by the show to talk about life growing up and the sort of work she was doing that led to her current role. We also talk about the ebbs of flows of reading and how books can serve as timestamps in your life. +1 SEGMENT: - Moonlight & Barry Jenkins Footnotes: Follow Lisa on Twitter: @likaluca
March 12, 2017
LEMONADE Gave Us More Than Any Grammy Could | Ep. 044 ft. Jasmyn Lawson
Culture Editor at GIPHY Jasmyn Lawson joins me to talk about some of the history making projects she's working on for Black History Month (and beyond.) Plus, Beyoncé and why LEMONADE gave us more than any Grammy could. +1 SEGMENT: - BET - The motivation + relaxation that comes with working out Footnotes: Follow Jasmyn! @JasmynBeKnownin OkayPlayer feature:
February 28, 2017
Editor-in-Cool | Ep. 043 ft. Dodai Stewart
Dodai Stewart joins me! She's the Editor-In-Chief of and formerly of Jezebel, where she served as Deputy Editor — and was also one of the first hires at the publication. Dodai talks to me about growing up in NYC, the inclusivity of teen culture and our
February 10, 2017
Skincare Status | Ep. 042 ft. Ashley Weatherford
Ashley Weatherford is the Associate Beauty Editor over at NY Mag's The Cut, and if you’ve been following her work you know she expertly writes about the intersection of makeup, skincare, culture, women of color, hair and celebrities. We talk very intensely about skincare, the science behind skincare and our daily routines. We also have a separate conversation about who we are performing for and what that exactly means to us. +1 SEGMENT - Viola Davis and her amazing speech at the 2016 Critic's Choice Award. "Atlanta" (“It’s quiet but smart”) and "Fleabag" Footnotes: Twitter: @sincerelyash
January 24, 2017
Who Are You Performing For? | Ep. 041 ft. Brittany Luse
Brittany Luse is the co-host and co-producer of the For Colored Nerds podcast with Eric Eddings and a host and producer at Gimlet Media, a podcast network. Brittany and I exchange survival tips for this ridiculous world we live in, talk about how we are consuming media after the election, and skincare regimes because duh. +1 SEGMENT: - Snapchat lurking skills and following Black women who have really intense lifestyle brands. Announcements! - #AIATLA is back to weekly episodes - An ask from Darian: Rate #AIATLA on iTunes - Always know that you can reach out to me/talk to me/ say hello/send me compliments or critiques to Footnotes: Follow Brittany on IG + Twitter at @bmluse
January 16, 2017
If I Ruled The World (2016 Edition) | Ep. 040 ft. Darian
What sense does it make to have a podcast about liking things and not do a year-end wrap up?! I talk about all of my favorite + most meaningful personal and cultural moments of 2016. Footnotes: Follow me on IG: @darian
December 29, 2016
Our Time, Our Values, Our World | Ep. 039 ft Gia Peppers
Entertainment journalist and on-air host Gia Peppers joins me. We're kind of on this career journey/figuring life out journey together. We talk about her work so far (NBA, Complex, Essence and lots of red carpet work), the entertainment industry and how she is making her dreams a reality. +1 SEGMENT: - Frank Ocean's Blond/Blonde and the personal growth so apparent through the album. Footnotes: Follow Gia on twitter and IG at @giapeppers
November 23, 2016
Tanzina Vega's New York City | Ep. 036
I head over to CNN's NYC newsroom to meet up with CNNMoney Digital Correspondent Tanzina Vega. We talk about Netflix's 'The Get Down,' Tanzina's upbringing and life in NYC, and all of the feelings about diversity in media. +1 SEGMENT: - The Get Down. Black and Brown success that has been on the rise. Summer. Footnotes: Follow Tanzina on Twitter: @tanzinavega
November 23, 2016
"I'll Tell You How Free I Am" | Ep. 037 ft Carri Twigg
Carri Twigg is a public engagement strategist. Lately she’s been working with media companies to show them how to engage with young people in ways that are authentic during a time when race, political and social justice are now a part of the American media diet. Before this she worked at the White House. We talk about what's at stake in this years presidential election. +1 SEGMENT: - AfroPunk - Twigg's Bindery Footnotes: Follow Carri on Twitter: @carribelinda | IG: @carritwigg
November 23, 2016
Context Is King, and So Is Ms. Tina | Ep. 036 ft Jason Parham
Writer and editor Jason Parham joins me. He's currently a Senior Editor at THE FADER and formerly of Gawker. We discover his Wikipedia page, talk about existing on the Internet, his literary magazine SPOOK and the times we met Ms. Tina Lawson. +1 SEGMENT: - Catching the feels for Instagram Stories. Mint Aero Bubbles. - Ms. Tina Lawson's Instagram Footnotes: Follow Jason on Twitter: @nonlinearnotes
November 23, 2016
The Insane, Motivating Life of Elise Peterson | Ft. 035
I stop by artist, teacher, writer Elise Peterson's crib in Brooklyn to talk about growing up in the suburbs (for better or worse), her days at Howard University, sex work, and of course, her writing and art. +1 SEGMENT: - Shout out to Elise’s girlfriend, her plus one for everything. - The importance of having body love and being kind to your body. Footnotes: Follow Elise on Twitter: @currently_elise | IG: @eliserpeterson
November 23, 2016
Food Over Everything | Ep. 034 ft Mayukh Sen
Mayukh Sen writes about the intersection of food culture, race and heritage for Food52. He joins me to talk about his writing, his old gig at This, M.I.A., and HBO's 'The Night Of.' +1 SEGMENT: - to Nicole Scherzinger and her 2011 single 'Right there' - Monica Ahanonu, who is an artist and After Effects/2D Compositor at DreamWorks Animation Follow Mayukh on Twitter @senatormayukh Footnotes:
November 23, 2016
This is How You Invest in Yourself | Ep. 033 ft Devi Dev
I give Devi Dev a call at 93.7 The Beat, where she's Music Director and a host at the Houston station. We talk about the biz, her new business, Karma Bliss, and how everything she's doing right now, for her, is about finding ways to empower (and inspire) people. +1 SEGMENT - 'Birth of a Nation' and Solange's “A Seat At the Table” - How music helps people heal. Follow Devi Dev on Twitter | IG @devibrown Footnotes:
November 23, 2016
Brittany Sky Is In Her Lane | Ep. 032
Brittany Sky joins me! Brittany is a DJ, influencer and creative who went from wanting to be a lawyer to launching a career that lets her travel the world for a living. We talk about music, her college days and what we're using on our faces. Follow Brittany Sky on Twitter & IG : @brittanysky Footnotes:
November 23, 2016
The Life Of a Local News Reporter | Ep. 031 ft Megan Mitchell
Recording from Cincinnati, Ohio I meet up with journalist and TV reporter Megan Mitchell. We talk about her current gig as morning anchor at Cinci’s WLWT, storytelling, and some of the people and communities she’s covered so far. +1 SEGMENT: - Vegetarianism. Adulting. - Bloop by Aminatou Sow and Jenna Wortham. Footnotes:
November 23, 2016
From The Medical Field to Beyoncé's Dressing Room | Ep. 030 ft. Raquel Smith
Celebrity stylist Raquel Smith has been working with Beyoncé for the past 10 years. We talk about growing up in Georgia, tour life, making jewelry inspired by her father and motivational speaking. +1 SEGMENT: - Her styling career - Healthier paths toward life balance Find Raquel on Instagram: @raq1010 Footnotes:
August 1, 2016
Sold On the Vision | Ep. 029 ft. Terron Moore
Teen Vogue's Social Media Director Terron Moore joins me! We talk about what it takes to run a social platform for young women and men (aka THE TEENS), representation, growing up black in white spaces, and Harry Potter. Things we like: - The messages in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, now that we're older - Nick Jonas Find Terron on Twitter @terr Footnotes:
July 13, 2016
The Risks Angela Flournoy Took | Ep. 028
I talk to novelist Angela Flournoy about her debut book, The Turner House, which has received wide recognition and accolades. Angela herself was nominated for a National Book Award and The Turner House was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. We talk about her book, the wide spectrum of the millennial experience and what she is reading. +1 SEGMENT: - Yaa Gyasi's "Homegoing: A novel" Footnotes: Find Angela on Twitter @angelaflournoy |
June 19, 2016
Blac Chyna's Revenge | Ep. 027 ft. Sylvia Obell
I talk to BuzzFeed's pop culture writer Sylvia Obell about her career so far in journalism, her upbringing, and her recent, explosive piece on Blac Chyna. 'How Blac Chyna Beat the Kardashians at Their Own Game' — by @SylviaObell: Things we like: - Chance the Rapper's 'Coloring Book' - A new appreciation for Rihanna's ANTI Footnotes: Sylvia is on Twitter @SylviaObell
May 31, 2016
The Cultural Tax | Ep. 026 ft. Eve Ewing
Scholar, writer, artist and teacher Dr. Eve Ewing joins me to talk about her hometown of Chicago, growing up around art, the significance of nick names in Black communities, and the importance of the intentional, pervasive dialogue around education inequality. +1 SEGMENT: - Writer Hanif Abdurraqib | @NifMuhammad You can find Eve online @eveewing | Footnotes: Special thank you to: Shay Myrick Producer Jay "KEYZBABY" Foye
May 23, 2016
Drinking Beyoncé's Lemonade | Ep. 025 ft. Taj Rani Chrisp, Bené Viera, Clover Hope
Three guests join me to talk about their experiences with Beyoncé's latest project, the visual album LEMONADE. Bené Viera - @beneviera - is a journalist and writer who covers pop culture, gender and race. Clover Hope - @clovito - is a Senior Writer at Jezebel who covers and critiques pop culture. Taj Rani - @tajrani - is a Content Producer at Essence Magazine, digital editor and on-camera personality. Special thank you to: Shay Myrick Jimmy Fontanez of Visionary Media Studio Raven Varona Taryn Finley Footnotes: Music by: Producer Jay "KEYZBABY" Foye
May 2, 2016
We Can't Short Change People | Ep. 024 ft. Brandon "Jinx" Jenkins
On this week's episode, I have Brandon "Jinx" Jenkins of Complex News on the show with me. We take stock of self, and everything we have been loving — The FADER's artists features, Blink 182, Grime in the UK, and keeping it 100. +1 SEGMENT: - Ultimate respect for Angie Martinez - You can find Jinx on Twitter & IG @jersey_jinx Footnotes:
April 15, 2016
Reminder: There's Power In Vulnerability | Ep. 023 ft. Ericka Pittman
I talk to Ericka Pittman, who is currently serving as the VP of Combs Enterprises Chairman's Office. We talk about her early days working on marketing and media, money and her new book coming out, "What Mommy Never Told You". +1 SEGMENT - United Airways - Yo Gotti's latest album, "The Art of Hustle" Footnotes: Find Ericka on Twitter & IG: @ErickaMPittman Follow Darian on IG: @darian | Twitter: @dariansymone
April 4, 2016
Food Is The New Hip-Hop! Everyone Has An Opinion. | Ep. 022 ft. Nicole Taylor
Southern food and Soul food continue to evolve though the hands of Black cooks, chefs and those a part of food culture. I talk to Nicole Taylor, author of 'The Up South Cookbook'. Nicole is an amazing cook, a podcast host and food culturist. We discuss food as the new Hip-Hop, Rock and the new radio — all of us are talking about food more than ever. +1 SEGMENT: - K. Michelle’s latest - More Issues Than Vogue - The Art of Organized Noise documentary - The Sporkful podcast - The Black podcast community Footnotes: Nicole's Twitter & IG: @foodculturist | Podcast: Hot Grease on Heritage Radio Network Book: The Up South Cookbook /
March 29, 2016
Rethinking New York Fashion Week | Ep. 021 ft. JJ Maxwell
JJ Maxwell is an accomplished creative and art director who has worked on both the agency and media side of the crazy fashion world. We talk about what he's working on now, and this week, we've got high- and low-brow +1's. +1 SEGMENT: - Bitch Sesh podcast - Savannah, Georgia - @refinery29 Footnotes: You can find JJ Maxwell on Instagram @jj2theMAXwell
March 22, 2016
Saada Ahmed Wants You To Focus On Her Heart | Ep. 020
For the 20th episode of #AIATLA, I talk to Saada Ahmed who is the Co-Founder of one of NYC’s biggest Everyday People. We talk about how the party has evolved over time, our travels through Kenya, Ethiopia, Bali & Bangkok, plus running; and how we came to like it. Things we like: - Namaskar Health & Wellness store in Brooklyn - Haremesque Candles | Footnotes: You can find Saada on Instagram @Saada__
March 15, 2016
The Black Millennial Impact | Ep. 019 ft. Donovan Ramsey
Donovan Ramsey is a writer and journalist from Columbus, Ohio. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed and Gawker. He is a Fellow at the public policy organization Demos Action. We talk about what it's like to be a young, Black writer living in NYC, the 2016 Presidential race and what we are the Beyoncés of. +1 SEGMENT: - HBCU's - Priyanka Chopra You can find Donovan on Twitter @iDXR Footnotes: Music by @ITSKEYZBABY
March 7, 2016
What It's Like to Follow Your Own Advice | Ep. 018 ft. Alex Wolf
Alex Wolf is the founder of #BOSSBABE, "a lifestyle brand teach ambitious millennial business-minded women how to take full personal responsibility over their lives and put their happiness first." It's huge. We talked about Spice Girls, Brooklyn, entrepreneurship and peace of mind. +1 SEGMENT: - Having boundaries - Peach app - The organic-ness of Snapchat and how it helps you to realize how cool your life is Alex on Twitter: @bossbabealex | Footnotes: Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
February 9, 2016
We Have No Chill, and That's OK! | Ep. 017 ft. Ella Cerón
For today’s episode, I brought on Ella Céron, one of the funniest people I follow on Twitter. Ella is the Digital Entertainment Editor at Teen Vogue. We talk about what having no chill means for us, Kanye West, Amandla Sternberg and our shared love for Oreos. +1 SEGMENT: - Having no chill - Trap Karaoke You can find Ella on Twitter @ellaceron Footnotes: Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
January 31, 2016
Buffalo Is Still Home | Ep. 016 ft. Simone Webb
This week I'm in Buffalo, NY, my hometown, for the holidays. I interview entrepreneur and stylist Simone Webb who I've known since I was 16-years-old. Even back then, she was brilliant. We talk about the balance of using social media to promote your work, and also, Buffalo — and how the city has changed. +1 SEGMENT: - Tomorrow Looks Brighter newsletter Find Simone on the web @simonealexis__ | @AcidCupcakess | Footnotes: Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
December 29, 2015
Buffalo Is Still Home | Ep. 016 ft. Simone Webb
This week I'm in Buffalo, NY, my hometown, for the holidays. I interview entrepreneur and stylist Simone Webb who I've known since I was 16-years-old. Even back then, she was brilliant. We talk about the balance of using social media to promote your work, and also, Buffalo — and how the city has changed. +1 SEGMENT: - Tomorrow Looks Brighter newsletter Find Simone on the web @simonealexis__ | @AcidCupcakess | Footnotes: Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
December 29, 2015
A Concept: Using Fashion To Empower Women | Ep. 015 ft. Tai Beauchamp
Tai Beauchamp is a former Beauty Editor at Seventeen, O Magazine and media veteran who is now running The Tai Life. She uses fashion to empower women. We talk about working in media, interviewing Oprah, freezing your eggs, our favorite places to explore and travel. +1 SEGMENT: - Meditation - Rita Hazan Salon Find Tai online @taibeau | Footnotes: Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
December 23, 2015
In Education? The Stakes Have Always Been High. | Ep. 014 ft. Nadia Lopez
I took the train to Brownsville, Brooklyn to visit Mott Hall Bridges Academy and interview Founder and Principle Nadia Lopez. Many became familiar with the school through an interview one of her students, Vidal, did with with Brandon of Humans of New York. We talk about her personal journey, and her global mission. +1 SEGMENT: - Softball - Being a nerd - Basketball (Knicks!) Nadia is on Twitter @TheLopezEffect Footnotes: Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
December 13, 2015
Yung Media, New Rules | Ep. 013 ft. Tasbeeh Herwees
Recording from Los Angeles, I stop by the GOOD Magazine office to talk with staff writer Tasbeeh Herwees about the highs and lows of being a journalist of color. +1 SEGMENT: - iZombie tv series - LA's Mohawk Bend Find Tasbeeh on Twitter @THerwees | Footnotes: Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
November 11, 2015
It's Time To Call Ann Friedman | Ep. 012
Recording from Los Angeles, I talk to journalist Ann Friedman. We discuss Mike Erskine's "The Middle Ages Millennials, you literally cannot call yourselves adults until you take this pledge", and Ann's op-ed response. Both appear in the LA times. Then, we talk more directly about things we like. +1 SEGMENT: - Snarky newsletters - Singer/songwriter Seinabo Sey Find Ann on Twitter: @annfriedman | Footnotes: Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
November 1, 2015
A Real Branding Muse | Ep. 011 ft. Emmelie De La Cruz
Emmelie De La Cruz is a social media strategist and founder of The Branding Muse. She's is someone who has found cool ways to teach people how to make money doing what they’re good, and finding jobs they like. Things we like: - Monetizing your mind - #dontcrydontbeg podcast - Periscope Emmelie on Twitter: @EmmelieDeLaCruz | Footnotes: Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
October 19, 2015
The Process Of Self Selection | Ep. 010 ft. Danyel Smith
Danyel Smith is a journalist, music critic, novelist and editor from California. She’s interviewed music's most influential artists and covered Hip Hop before it was an acceptable, mainstream genre of music. She’s widely known for her position as former Editor-in-Chief of VIBE. Danyel’s current project is HRDCVR, a culture magazine made by a diverse team for a diverse world. She cofounded the magazine with her husband, Elliott Wilson. We got to know each other through HRDCVR. She’s currently teaching at Syracuse University in New York City, and working on her third book, “She Is Every Woman", a history of black women in pop music. Footnotes: +1 SEGMENT: - Amtrak - Space to think Danyel on Twitter & IG: @danamo | Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
October 5, 2015
Remove Yourself, and Remove Your Ego | Ep. 009 ft. Casey Gerald
Casey Gerald is the co-founder and CEO of MBA’s Across America — an organization that gets MBA candidates out of the classroom and working with entrepreneurs in cities and towns across the country. You’ll quickly learn that he is so much more than his title. +1 SEGMENT: - Leadership - Removing yourself, and your ego - Scaling impact instead of scaling organizations - Kanye West & JAY Z nostalgia - KITH’s cereal bar - Sickamore’s “Let’s Make American Dope Again” hat Footnotes: Find Casey online @caseygerald | Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
September 21, 2015
This Is How To Be Happy. | Ep. 008 ft. Maritza Alarcón
Maritza Alarcón has been a Dream Director at The Future Project and is the Co-Creator of M.O.V.E., a youth organization that worked to increase college enrollment rates in NYC public high schools. She’s been honored as one of Glamour Magazine's 20 Amazing Young Women. Right now, Maritza is writing a book, "Don't F With My Joy". So we talk about tools to keep yourself that way. Footnotes: +1 SEGMENT: - DREAMS! - Time freedom, location freedom and financial freedom - ClassPass - Soul Cycle Maritza's Twitter & Instagram: @iamhappiestbook | Website: INTRO: Summer in Brooklyn (Quincy Jones Cookin Soul Remix)by JAY-Z ft. Lil Wayne
September 16, 2015
HIPHOP101: Patience & Realness | Ep 007 ft. Soleil
Soleil Grant joins me! Soleil is a Hip-hop DJ and visual artist who works with artists to develop their brand and image. We talk about growth as a DJ, hip-hop (what it was, what is it and what it always will be), REALNESS, patience, how to stay up in uncomfortable settings, and 1,500 second Taz's Angels Snapchat stories. Footnotes: You can find Soleil on Twitter @lilbabyazul +1 SEGMENT: - Social Media - Taz's Angels Snapchat INTRO: -162 DEGREEZ by DJ Soleil/@ayesoleil
September 7, 2015
Voice Your Opinion — But You Better Be Clear. | Ep. 006 ft. Michael Arceneaux
This week's guest is Michael Arceneaux. Michael is a culture writer whose contributed to the New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, Gawker, VH1 and Complex and appeared on MSNBC, NPR and HuffPost Live. We talk about our love for Janet Mock to the importance of popping off on twitter, to Ann Friedman's pie charts to Ebony Magazine and The Weeknd. Footnotes: +1 SEGMENT: - Janet Mock's - - - Trevor Noah - @TheWeeknd You can find Michael on twitter at @youngsinick. Intro song: JUKE BOUNCE - TRAXMAN 2015
August 31, 2015
PEAK Teenage-ness! | Ep. 005 ft. James Harness
This week's guest is James Harness. He’s a Social Media Editor over at BuzzFeed - we met in college and became fast friends. I consider him a student of pop culture. We cover a lot of ground this week: love for the @Buzzfeed's news team, being happy in your job right now, the movie KIDS, peak teenage-ness, NYC in the 70’s/80’s, Lady Gaga (where is she?), pop music, national treasure Laurianne Gibson, applying Nicki Minaj's come-up to everything in life, Hailey Steinfeld, Twitter's @ShadyMusicFacts, Breakfast Club interviews, commencement speeches, and woke white males (#WWM). Footnotes: +1 SEGMENT: - Twitter's @ShadyMusicFacts You can find James on twitter at @JamesHarness. Intro song: Nobody to Love - TREO Remix
August 24, 2015
Print Isn't Dead for Us Yet. | Ep. 04 ft. Danielle Howe
This episode, I talk to my good friend, Danielle Howe, a staff writer at and Editor-in-Chief of The Library. We talk about STASHED, HRDCVR's HRDlist, writing, print mags, going to college in Boston, and Mike, Trayvon & what they've both taught us. Footnotes: +1 SEGMENT: - Tyrese's album Black Rose - The beginning of Tidal You can find Danielle on Twitter at @dhowE_. Intro song is: Janet Jackson - If (Kaytranada Remix)
August 13, 2015
Black + Gravity = BLAVITY | Ep. 002 ft. Morgan DeBaun
I speak to Entrepreneur and Founder of Blavity, Morgan DeBaun, about the making of Blavity, living in San Francisco, loving our 20's, and all the parts of the internet we are actually enjoying. Footnotes: +1 SEGMENT: - Instagram, @blackgirlinom - ClassPass - Beats 1 Radio & Apple Music - Podcasts - Soulection on Soundcloud You can find her on Twitter at @MorganDeBaun. Intro song is: "F*ck the Summer Up" by Leikli47.
August 6, 2015
Who's Going to Archive "The Culture"? Syreeta Gates. | Ep. 003
Culture Curator and founder of the Gates Preserve, Syreeta Gates, and I talk about how much we love exploiting the internet, who really won Drake vs Meek Mill, failure, digital archiving and showing gratitude. Footnotes: You can find her on Twitter at @Syreeta Gates +1 SEMGENT: - Artist and LEGO expert Nathan Sawaya’s Art of the Brick Exhibition - House of Cards' Frank Underwood in seasons 1 & 2 Intro song is: "I Wonder" by Kanye West. #AIATLA is on iTunes:
August 6, 2015
This Deserves a Hennessy Moment. | Ep. 001 ft. Hunter Harris
Writer, college friend, and magical Black girl Hunter Harris joins me for the first ever episode of #AIATLA. We talk about the BET Awards, LA Times announcing they'll hire someone to "cover" Black Twitter, and yes. There's Hennessy involved. +1 SEGMENT: - Boscia's Clear Complexion Blotting Linens - Small elastic headbands to keep edges laid You can find her on Twitter at @HunteryHarris. #AIATLA is on iTunes: Intro song is: Popcaan "Everything Nice"
July 14, 2015