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I Am Necessary

I Am Necessary

By Marcel Johnson
What makes you necessary? The "I Am Necessary" podcast invites listeners to explore that question. Listen as our guests share what makes them necessary. Join our host Marcel Johnson (entrepreneur, former pro-athlete, motivator) as he shares this movement and talks to unique people about thought-provoking topics.
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A Woman's Perspective- My conversation with three strong and supreme women!

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I Am Necessary

Raising Bi-Racial Children In Today's Society
Tune in as Marcel and 3 of his friends (Jerry Evans, Keenan Bosworth and Dr. William Bottomley) have an open and organic conversation about raising bi-racial children and being in bi-relationships in America today. 
May 12, 2021
Surviving Domestic Abuse: Jessy's journey towards strength & freedom
Women experience 4.8 million intimate partner related assaults and rape in America, yearly. Tune in and meet Jessy Correa as she finds her voice to speak out about her experience. Marcel allows Jessy to flow with whatever entered her heart and mind during this session. Jessy opens up about what she endured, her blindness, submissiveness and ultimately finding the strength to stand in her power and leave. From surviving to thriving, guided by her faith. Support this platform by visiting: and clicking the support button. It all makes a difference.
May 6, 2021
Hear My Heart: Preston Cannon's journey with Bipolar Disorder
With awareness comes responsibility. Listen in as Marcel shares his space with his family member to educate us on the Mental Illness known as Bipolar Disorder. These two relatives put it all on the table as Marcel gathers insight from Preston about his fight. The two talk about topics such as; the stigma associated with this Mental Illness / The symptoms / Bouts with mania / The differences between Bipolar 1 and 2 / How the illness affects his day to day life / Treatment / Prejudices / etc. If you or someone you know are in the fight, please tune in and have them tune in as well.
February 21, 2021
Fatherhood: The impact of your curriculum!
In this episode, Marcel and his special guests (Mike Pendergast & Montrey Everett) discuss fatherhood from 3 different perspectives. These gentlemen cover an array of topics from what they learned from their fathers, what we can do to prevent the breakdown of the family from a father's perspective, the consequences of an absent father and a whole lot more. This is an episode that you will most definitely enjoy. Throw your headphones on or get cozy in your car and take a good listen.
January 20, 2021
Michael Knoll’s Addiction Perspective: Planted but not buried in it!
Listen in as Marcel allows Mike to tell the story of his deep addiction journey. This episode is completely raw and un-edited. Mike talks about how it all began with an “innocent” underaged taste of a daiquiri in the land of Madi Gras and progressed to weed, pills, steroids and Cocaine! If you or someone you know, needs to talk about something you’re going through, visit:
January 9, 2021
Happiness Requires Courage
The question is: Do you have the courage to be happy? Let's talk about it.  Also, the service that Marcel offers and made mention to in the beginning of this episode can be found at: 
January 5, 2021
Storytime: A couple of short inspirational stories
Marcel shares two of his favorite inspirational stories. This bonus episode is sponsored by: The Trusting Ear ( - If you need someone to talk to...The Trusting Ear is 'hear' to listen.
December 24, 2020
Keep The Faith!
Bonus clip to help you get through these current times. If you're feeling like you need an objective ear to talk to about anything for any reason, check out: Confidential Ear ( )
December 18, 2020
Excuse me Black Man: May I ask you a question?
In this fun, serious and insightful episode, Marcel and his guests (Brian Randle and Kwame Crooks)…grants you access to their raw and unapologetic responses to questions that some people outside of the Black Culture have secretly wanted to ask a Black Man but have not been able to, for whatever reason. These Black Men have fun with questions such as: Why do Black Men always acknowledge each other with the 'nod'? What is the Black Barbershop experience really like? Why are Black Men so protective over their mothers? Why do Black Men always appear to be angry? What do Black Men prefer to be called...Black, African American, etc? Kick back and enjoy their conversation that will leave you smiling, laughing, enlightened and perplexed.
November 24, 2020
A Tribute To Vallejo Baseball
Take a walk down the memory lane of Vallejo baseball with a few legends: Eric Booker, Marcel, Tony Longmire and Kevin Dean. The guys cover everything from the major influences on their baseball lives to who they hated and loved to hit off of. For Vallejo natives, this is a real treat!
November 10, 2020
The Chiropractic Lifestyle: With Tom Paige, DC
Adjust your mind and volume as Marcel discusses back and neck care with his longtime friend and Chiropractor, Tom Paige. The two discuss topics like: The most common types of back and neck pain /Text neck / Posture / Adjustment cadence / Why your back hurts / Adjusting pregnant women / Toddler spine care / Recognizing a good Chiropractor / Preventative back care / Chiropractic misconceptions/ and much more. 
October 27, 2020
Being Buried vs Being Planted
Bonus episode! Marcel gives a few words of inspiration and ends with the story of the retiring carpenter.
October 12, 2020
Late Night Chat With (3) Incredible SAHMs
Have you ever wondered about the life of a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM)? Listen in as Marcel explores with Julie Lesko, Chelsie Wollschlager and Mary Molly Campbell. They cover topics such as: Finding Fulfillment/ Socializing Children / Input Towards Family Finances / Feelings of Resentment and much, much more!
October 3, 2020
Dialogue: Four 'Brothers' And A Platform
Once again, Marcel allows you to eavesdrop on his enlightening conversation with three of his friends that he’s met along his journey through life ( Carlos Morris, Kwame Crooks and Eric Booker). These four Black Men talk about and share their experiences and opinions on an array of relevant topics. Ranging from the intercultural and out of culture use of the “N” word, breaking down myths pertaining to Black Men, fatherhood, firearms, when should men cry and so on.
September 14, 2020
Meet Sickle Cell Anemia's Toughest Opponent: Tyra Watkins
What do you know about Sickle Cell Anemia? Well, with this being...National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Marcel gets an education from his 21 year old niece about Sickle Cell and the lifelong battles that she and other Sickle Cell Warriors are facing, right now.
September 5, 2020
Coffee With Kina: A retired Department of Corrections Officer
Listen in as Marcel speaks with his childhood friend that has recently retired from the California Department of Corrections. They talk about the life and times of an officer behind the gates. They explore everything from violence, systematic issues, mental health, training, mindset, misconceptions and a whole lot more. Cozy up with your headphones or earbuds or enjoy this conversation as you travel along in your car.
August 8, 2020
A Woman's Perspective- My conversation with three strong and supreme women!
Put on your headphones or earbuds and eavesdrop on Marcel's conversation with Dahlak Aderob, Brooke Blacksher and Laura they discuss topics such as: What makes a good man / The sacrifices of a single mother / Cultural differences between women / Gender wage gaps / Discrimination / Sexual harassment / The Declaration of Independence verbiage / Abortion / much more!
August 2, 2020
Behind The Walls Of My Mind: Gifting you a peak into my thought journal
Marcel keeps a weekly 'Thought Journal' of insights that jump into his mind, daily. He captures those thoughts inside of his journal. That's where the foundation of his inspirational videos are born. This clip takes you back into that realm as he shares the current accumulations of his thoughts for this week in this bonus podcast. 
July 30, 2020
The Man Behind The TeeWhy Ent Brand (The journey of Tyrone Taylor)
Eaves drop in on this incredible conversation between Tyrone and Marcel as they discuss and reminisce about: How TeeWhy came to be / Tyrone journey which included an 8 year stint in prison / Their tight circle of childhood friends/ Advice on coping with quarantine / Police harassment/ The influence of E40 and B-Legit / How missing a funeral changed Tyrone’s life and helped him come to grips with non-drug related addiction/ The love and admiration of true friends / And a whole lot more!
July 25, 2020
Yoga Instructor -Kathryn ‘Kedsie’ Johnson: The truth about Yoga
Take a few deep breaths and enjoy Marcel’s Q&A with his wife as they break down all things Yoga. Explaining the (8) limbs / Helping the novice to understand the basics / Myths and misconceptions/ The different types of Yoga practices/ How to stay on your mat / What makes a good studio for you / Impacts and benefits of Yoga / Much more
July 22, 2020
CEO Of Taylor Made Sleep Services (Robert Taylor): You may be literally...snoring yourself to death!
Whatever you do...don't sleep on this episode. If you snore or know someone who snores, please tune in. With this episode, Marcel asks Robert all about Sleep Apnea. They cover the causes, how to recognize the symptoms, the dangers of going untreated, how Robert's company can help you and much more. 
July 18, 2020
Puff Puff Pass: Cannabis Growing 101 With Shelby & Devin Proud (Owners of Proud Family Farms)
Roll one up and listen in as Marcel and his wife (Kathryn 'Keds' Johnson) have a conversation with the owners of Proud Family Farms. In this down to earth casual chat, they explore the ins and outs of cannabis farming. They also hit on topics about how long does weed stay potent, the time-energy and effort it takes to be a successful grower and much more. Shelby and Devin are close personal friends of Marcel and we hope you enjoy this trip.
July 15, 2020
1993 MLB Pennant Winner- Tony Longmire (The biggest off - field game of his life )
Find a quiet place to tune in and listen as Marcel and Tony dive into:  How he got started in the game/ How much he hated to lose / The personal vendetta that showcased his talent/ Tony talking about a trip to a local bar that changed his young life / Tony sharing his early battles with addiction/ Marcel and Tony paying homage to Fay Thompson/ Racism he experienced in the MLB/ What it felt like to be in the World Series/ His current day to day fight with MS / What got him into coaching youth
July 11, 2020
Josiah Turner: Blurred 2020 Vision (America through the lens of an 18-yr-old young man)
In this episode, Marcel chats with 18-year-old; Josiah Turner as they talk about what it’s like to navigate through America in the year 2020. Josiah shares his thoughts on the current climate, heading to Western New Mexico University to play basketball with only taking a virtual tour of the campus…and not the customary…in-person tour. He expresses how fortunate he is to have the parents that he does. Josiah and Marcel exchange experiences with getting pulled over by the police. He also shares with us his challenges, outlook on the future, his role models and what makes him necessary.
July 5, 2020
Rest & Reload Your Mind
A bonus episode in which Marcel reveals and shares his late night conversation with himself. A conversation that allowed him to awaken with a sense of rejuvenation.
July 4, 2020
Serving It Up Raw With Executive Chef Keenan Bosworth: Recipe for change!
Listen in as the former owner and Executive Chef of the Pig & Pickle restaurant and Marcel walk through this menu: What happened with the Pig & Pickle  /  Where Keenan learned about cooking  /  He shares his early days "go to" dish  /  What it takes to open and run your own restaurant  /  Keenan explains what went behind "Cannafeast"  /  The controversial picture of Keenan that surfaced at a Trump rally  /  The two men slip into a conversation about Black Lives Matter /  The gentleman also share how their past trauma with racism and police brutality has begun to surface recently /  Raising mixed  children in 2020
June 28, 2020
The Doctor Will See You Now: Questions & answers with Dr. William Bottomly
Listen in and gain insight into some of the things that you may have been wondering about the Medical Profession. Dr. Bottomly takes the time to answer a few questions for us, such as: What does the training and education for becoming a doctor consist of / What makes one doctor better than others / Things to consider when looking for a doctor / How doctors choose a doctor / What it's like when friends and family ask for help / How doctors are incentivized / One question that you should always ask a doctor...and much more!
June 24, 2020
LGBTQ: Beyond The Letters With Karine (A Thriving - Japanese - Lesbian - Married - Mother of 3 Boys)
In this episode, Karine and I discuss: **How she met her lovely wife  **When she knew she was gay  **What it was like to "come out" to her family  **How her lifestyle is perceived within the Japanese Culture  **Getting married in Arizona  **The joys of being a mother  **How she responds to difficult questions about raising boys  **Her determination to break the cycle  **Racism and discrimination
June 20, 2020
35 Years In Law Enforcement (Behind the badge with Metal of Valor recipient - Gary Clark)
In this episode, Gary and Marcel dive into:  What got him started in Law Enforcement / The definition of a "Bad Cop" / The "Code of Silence" within the force / Gary walks us through the event in which he was awarded with the Metal of Valor / Law Enforcement's desperation and frustration with finding qualified candidates / Advice for future candidates / The challenges of being a Black Officer / Gary shares his thoughts regarding de-funding Law Enforcement and lots more.
June 16, 2020
Khalid Elahi: How A "Hood Virus" and San Quentin Prison Changed His Life
Listen in as Marcel and Khalid have a conversation about the unspoken "Hood Virus" that infects inner city children on a daily basis. Khalid also talks about the impacts of unprotected social relationships. Marcel listens as his guest walks him through the first four steps into San Quentin State Prison. The two men share what it was like to grow up in their families, their mutual respect for their fathers and for one another. Khalid reveals what it means for him to be a: Master Motivator.
June 11, 2020
The Motivation Gas Station (Fuel Up on This)
Make the time to listen - as Marcel gives you a motivational nugget to get you through...whatever you're going through.
June 9, 2020
A Conversation About Our Culture with CEO: LaMarr Blackmon
Listen in as Marcel and LaMarr, the CEO of B.E.  Advertising and Promotions have an in depth conversation about politics, finance and economics within the Black Culture. These gentleman discuss what it looks like, feels like and actually is be black in America in 2020. They also cover:  *The concept of being a CEO  *The importance of obtaining a trade vs degree   *The impact of the Welfare system on the black family   *Marcel shares his experiences with law enforcement and racism while in college at the University of Nebraska  *The subtle hypnosis with Hip-Hop Music   *Solutions for Law Enforcement accountability   *LaMarr spends time weighing in on the role of the Black Church, throughout history.*
June 6, 2020
Black Life Shattered
In this episode, Marcel shares his experience with law enforcement as a black man. He also expresses his pain, disappointment and anger with what is happening to black men in America at the hands of the assassins with badges. He has advice for non blacks, shares clips from Trevor Noah and Minister Louis Farrakhan.  Marcel also expresses his concerns with raising another black man in today's America.
June 2, 2020
Losing to Win- (Joe Mullins shares his story of addiction and recovery)
In this episode, Marcel facilitates a conversation with Joe in which they touch upon: Joe's former vices Recovery and second chances Advice for families of addicts Re-gaining control Coping with recovery during a pandemic How creating a schedule and or routine can keep you focused Action vs words What keeps him locked in  The impact of and on family during his journey What makes him necessary
June 1, 2020
Watch Your Step
In this bonus introductory episode, Marcel touches on: Thoughts about upcoming guests You are always being watched The need to watch your step Directing the movie about your life Being mindful as a parent An alcoholic attorney Showing support by subscribing
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