This podcast, produced by Charles Andrews and inspired by the bestselling book, "Life Is Not Complicated, You Are: Turning Your Biggest Disappointments Into Your Greatest Blessings", is a platform designed to discuss relevant issues and controversial ideas that are prevalent in today’s society. The in-depth interviews are conducted by best-selling author Carlos Wallace.
Taylor Reynolds moved around. A lot. The self-proclaimed Military brat spent so much time shuffling from base to base, it was hard to settle in, make friends, much less find her identity. She grew up full of questions and searching for answers. Taylor graduated from Texas Southern University with a degree in Psychology. Her choice of school was not an arbitrary one. After living a life where she never had a say in where she lived or where she would end up next, Taylor hand-picked the Historically Black University to acquire something her parents were unable to give her.
Find out what compelled the Productivity Management Engineer to embark on a journey of self-discovery at one of the country’s leading HBCU’S on this episode of the “Life Is Not Complicated, You Are: Strong Opinions Podcast".
Devonte Hill is a man that is mature beyond his 26-years. A staunch champion of civil and social rights, Devonte has parlayed his knowledge of local politics and experience in television news into the role Harris County District Clerk Community Liaison. Like most millennials in this critically acclaimed series, Devonte, a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University credits education, drive, and respect for family values for his achievements so far. He also admits, there is a lot more to accomplish before he will call himself a “success story.” Devonte gets candid on this episode of the “Life Is Not Complicated, You Are: Strong Opinions Podcast".
For the Jack Sisters, this is not just a popular song title, it’s a way of life. Zoe, 21, has set her sights on a flourishing career as a singer. Alex, 28, is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of successful business deals. Both sisters are a product of elite Texas colleges. Alex graduated from University of Houston, and Zoe is attending Texas Southern University. The combination of ambition, hard work, a strong education, and an unbreakable bond between the sisters has all but assured they are on the path to success. But, as with all journeys, there will be challenges. They discuss the pros and cons of being the Jack Sisters on this episode of the “Life Is Not Complicated, You Are: Strong Opinions Podcast".
Whether she’s running her own business in the Lone Star or setting up office hours on the island of Jamaica, Anna Kay Parker knows exactly what she wants and she stops at nothing to get it. The Texas Southern University graduate became an established independent consultant and career coach before the age of thirty. Today, she has a thriving practice, a powerful network, and her eyes on a top spot in the C-Suite. The future CEO tells us how she’s making it all happen on her terms, on this episode of the “Life Is Not Complicated, You Are: Strong Opinions Podcast".
Alexandra Necolettos is a 22 year-old millennial from South Florida. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Communications from Penn State University. The passionate young lady volunteered on for both Democratic President candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
JaCoy Bering a native East Texan now living in Houston, Texas. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Masters in Theological Studies, both from Texas Southern University. Bering, a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan has grown to appreciate local Houston sports organizations. We discuss his career, women in sports reporting as well as his opinion on politics, religion and balancing life.
Jaswin John (23) a millennial Singaporean immigrant and recent graduate from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree. She shares her story of the struggle of coming to a foreign country to pursue her education, effects of social media and future goals.
Ashley Smith (25) is a native New Yorker, Brooklyn College Graduate, EMT and the only daughter of well known television anchor, Liz Faublas. How does she handle the pressure? By respecting the cultural values of her Haitian background and applying the survival skills she was forced to develop growing up in one of the biggest cities in the United States.
Brittny Taplin is a 27 year-old millennial mother. She’s an essential piece component to the Sol-Poetry organization and the host of the “Consciously Tapped In – The Podcast”. The multi-faceted Houston native tells host Carlos Wallace how she navigates the challenges of being a young single mother, finding “ME” time and how the current political conflicts is a turn off to some millennials.
Yasir Ahmed is a 21 year-old millennial born of immigrant parents. He is in his third year of St. John's University elite Pharmacy School. The first generation Bengali-American tells guest host Liz Faublas how he navigates the challenges of being a young practicing Muslim, masters an unforgiving academic curriculum and views a political landscape that leaves the future of immigrants uncertain.
Some people applaud my no nonsense approach to life. Others say my methods are “extreme”. Where I’m headed and how I get there is between me and my God. So, if you don’t know where I’m going, how can you suggest I’m taking things too far? ― Carlos Wallace
When you know who you are, what you stand for and that all your intentions are forthright, it will not matter what anyone labels you. You walk taller, you act with assurance, you speak with certainty, you carry yourself with dignity, you convey honesty and you embrace all this with humility. Classify that attitude however you like. I know what it really is: giving honor to God by being a reflection of His goodness. Never be ashamed to wear that label proudly. ― Carlos Wallace, "Life Is Not Complicated-You Are: Turning Your Biggest Disappointments Into Your Greatest Blessings"
From the moment I could even understand what “respect” was I knew it was not a choice but the ONLY option. ― Carlos Wallace, "Life Is Not Complicated-You Are: Turning Your Biggest Disappointments Into Your Greatest Blessings"
Class. You either have it, or you don't. It's not determined by how you dress, your level of education or your social standing. It's conveyed in how you carry yourself and treat others. Some folks go to great lengths to "prove" they make the grade. Ultimately, people with class are outstanding without trying too hard to stand out. - Carlos Wallace "Life Is Not Complicated-You Are: Turning Your Biggest Disappointments Into Your Greatest Blessings"
Your car's scheduled maintenance is a priority, but you can't visit your kids every day. You brag about how much you earn, and ignore your child, who you owe the most. Neglecting your kids is unacceptable! You hold their fragile life in your hands. Your deadbeat drama could make for an unhappy ending. - Carlos Wallace "Life Is Not Complicated, You Are"
Nothing in life is promised. Each day is a valuable opportunity to play an important role in this world. Treat each moment like it's the performance of a lifetime; approach every day like it's your first, respect it as if you've invested years, appreciate it like it's your last. - Carlos Wallace
Ultimately, it’s about determining what matters most to you; what’s important; what it will take to achieve your intended goal. And once you’ve identified these key components to growth, shed the excess; do away with the unnecessary. - Carlos Wallace (The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity)
You should always be your greatest motivator. Never leave that power in someone else’s hands. Once you learn to love the person you are, there are no limits to the person you can become. - Carlos Wallace (Life Is Not Complicated, You Are)
Allyson and Trae discuss share Navy insight.
Your life is not so complicated. God has already written the script, casted the key players. It is when we try to re-write the plot that we encounter unnecessary drama. Accept the role God has chosen you to play. Faith in his direction will assure an Oscar worthy performance!