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DG Speaks: Thoughts + Talks

DG Speaks: Thoughts + Talks

By Diane Griffin Forbes

I'll be bringing to you bi-weekly conversations highlighting diverse voices in pop culture, wellness, food, tech, travel and, entrepreneurship.
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Discussing Diversity in the Automotive Trades at SEMA 2021 with MotorTrend's KJ Jones
Discussing Diversity in the Automotive Trades at SEMA 2021 with MotorTrend's KJ Jones
KJ joked "Jackie Robinson, Barack Obama, you name it, I'm him in this game." As a boy growing up in New York City, KJ says he was always drawn to cars but it was a passion that others often felt shouldn't belong to a Black boy. Cars were a "white thing." As the Editor of Diesel Power Magazine, KJ has risen to be a highly respected voice in the automotive industry. However, he is still one of few people of color found in a position of power or authority in this space. Let’s revisit this conversation as we prepare for SEMA Show 2022.
16:18
September 20, 2022
Interview with “18½" Director, Dan Mirvish
Interview with “18½" Director, Dan Mirvish
I had a great time talking with Director, Dan Mirvish about this brilliant film. "18½" puts a wild spin on one woman’s journey to get the only recording of the 18 1/2-minute gap in the #Nixon tape to the press. It’s both deep and hilarious and we had a great time chatting about it.  18 1/2 (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) by Luis Guerra & Dan Mirvish https://amzn.to/3lh9PtB Synopsis: The film "18½" humorously crafts its own narrative into the notorious gap in Nixon’s Watergate scandal. Taking place in 1974, "18½" is about a fictional White House transcriber finds the only copy of the infamous 18½-minute gap in Nixon's Watergate tapes but her attempts to leak it to the press run afoul of hippies, swingers and nefarious forces. "18½" hits theaters on May 27, 2022! 🎯
26:57
May 17, 2022
Spotlight on Black Female Entrepreneurs with Seasoned By Mea CEO, Jameal Jones
Spotlight on Black Female Entrepreneurs with Seasoned By Mea CEO, Jameal Jones
Jameal Jones is the owner of Seasoned by Mea. She produces seasonings that are all natural and contain reduced levels of salt. Based out of Atlanta, a big part of her focus is getting the majority of her inputs from other Black owned businesses and hiring to keep dollars circulating within the Black community.
17:07
April 12, 2022
How Long Line of Ladies is Reframing the Discussion Around Menstrual Equity
How Long Line of Ladies is Reframing the Discussion Around Menstrual Equity
I had a great time chatting with Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome about their spectacular film. Follow DGSpeaks.com for my film review, coming soon. “LONG LINE OF LADIES” AT 2022 #SXSW FILM FESTIVAL Stigma-breaking documentary short by Academy Award-winning director Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome celebrates normalization of open conversations about menstruation Directed by: Rayka Zehtabchi & Shaandiin Tome Produced by: Garrett Schiff, Pimm Tripp-Allen, Rayka Zehtabchi, Sam Davis and Dana Kurth Synopsis: A girl and her community prepare for her Ihuk, the once-dormant coming of age ceremony of the Karuk tribe of Northern California.
25:43
March 29, 2022
Black Marriage, Does it Matter?
Black Marriage, Does it Matter?
At the time of the 2020 Census, only 30% of African Americans were married compared to 48% of all Americans. Also, 50% of African Americans had never been married compared to 34% of all Americans, with 48% of black women having never been married. Black women are also the least likely of all women to get married. So does this matter and why? Is marriage important to the Black community? If it is, how can people seek to have strong, healthy relationships and marriages? In this episode, I‘m speaking with Marriage Counselor Adinah Johnson, author of “Butterfly Blue: The Pain of Infertility & The Power of Forgiveness” and co-host of Nik and Adinah on YouTube. ……. Resources: Nik and Adinah on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCL3mPpMURtMSliKRVUmdVqQ Get your copy of Butterfly Blue: The Pain of Infertility & The Power of Forgiveness at https://amzn.to/3ikBLM2.
24:54
September 28, 2021
The Role of the African Mythos in Black Comics
The Role of the African Mythos in Black Comics
How can Black comic creators use storytelling to reshape the narrative for Black people? “Meet Is'nana is the son of Anansi the Spider, West African & Caribbean God of Stories, as they work together to stop dark creatures, meet Black gods & folklore figures while trying not to drive each other crazy!” In this episode I’ll be speaking with Greg Anderson Elysée, Comic Book Writer and Creator of Is'nana the Were-Spider about his quest to learn more about the ancient stories of African cultures, and using the power of Black mythology and folklore to instill a sense of cultural pride for Black people today. Get your copy now: https://amzn.to/3EDxM6E
15:29
September 21, 2021
Examining “Five Tiger” and Black Women’s Silent Pain
Examining “Five Tiger” and Black Women’s Silent Pain
“Women hold the knife on the sharp side!” In this episode, I’ll be speaking with “Five Tiger” Writer and Director, Nomawonga Khumalo, about her film and it’s Black feminist themes which highlight the culture of silence, religious exploitation, sex work, femicide, and many other poignant topics.
20:35
September 14, 2021