What Do I Do Now?
By Samuel Sirmons
This isn't just a podcast, it's an honest & open discussion centered around a single question, "What Do I Do Now?" From life changes in our personal lives to our career paths, we are going to be met with adversity, but how do we navigate through it? Through the various guests, I hope to bring more clarity on how we all can manage, maintain, even grow during these difficult times.
ADAPT ft. Sam Sirmons
We finally made it to the season finale of "What Do I Do Now," or did we? What has gone on? Why the slow down in production? This ain't another.....you know what, just listen and I hope to see you all later on this year. To follow the podcast, add @wdidnpodcast on Instagram & if you would like to be booked as a guest, e-mail your information to firstname.lastname@example.org! I look forward to Season 3!
April 26, 2022
TALENT ft. Curtis Akeem
From the radio to my personal platform I've been laboring into for almost 50 episodes now, I have the privilege of speaking with one of Atlanta's hottest stars, Curtis Akeem. From working with HS bands in the metro (shoutout to Creekside HS), collaborating with the HBCU band culture across the country (shoutout to ESPN), his upcoming endeavors (shoutout to myself for mispronouncing it & Curtis getting me together), & who he is modeling his career after. He already has smash hits, challenges going viral all over social media, but this is only the beginning for a true artist/student of the industry. Most importantly, he understands that he's only as successful as his team that he has surrounding him & does not shy away from their shoutouts. To follow everything that Curtis Akeem and his personas have upcoming, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook.
March 28, 2022
FAMILY ft. Towanda Braxton
This episode is another one of my extended family members getting to share with me about their personal life in very transparent detail. I'm grateful that I've been able to produce for her as a guest host on Ryan Cameron Uncensored & always support each other in our respective endeavors. Towanda Braxton is an example of resiliency and a true warrior of her family & her businesses. In this episode we discuss: her skincare line, her podcast, Braxton Family Values, her relationship with her immediate family, raising her own family, & what insight she would share to those that are blending families. To follow Towanda on Instagram, @itowandabraxton.
March 07, 2022
APOLOGY ft. Sam Sirmons
As I am getting ready to wrap up the second season of WDIDN, I went personal this episode. And I wanted to talk candidly about something I've had on my mind for awhile now, the art of the apology.
March 01, 2022
#NorthOfThe10 ft. Don Benjamin, Tosin Morohunfola, Wesley Armstrong, Terrance J, & Rhyan LaMarr
The days of going to the movies have changed. Not only due to the pandemic, but streaming platforms rule EVERYTHING around us. And there are a lot of creatives that are able to make their own lane in the entertainment industry due to streaming platforms becoming accessible for film makers from all backgrounds. Today, I have the opportunity to speak to the director (LaMarr) & main cast members (Benjamin, Morohunfola, Armstrong, & Jenkins) of the next movie to be released exclusively on BET+, "North Of The 10." In the interview we discuss: the premise of the movie significance of it being on BET+ what the "North Of The 10" means TikTok dancing being merged with martial arts mental health impact of social media From the movie's official press release: Five friends struggling to succeed during the dawn of social media put their talents together to become viral stars and wind up influencing the millennial generation. North of the 10 sees five struggling, but extremely talented, friends grow their own social media empire out of necessity through the reliability of their friendship. Their success is a team effort and each individual entry into their chosen professions in the worlds of modeling, acting, gourmet cooking, dancing and gaming but each profession offers its own hurdles. It's Knocked Up / Superbad for the social media era era - a hangout movie about creative people trying to make it on their own, finding strength in unity, and inviting the world to join them. To follow the cast & director on social media: @terrancej, @tosinmorohunfola, @wuzgood, @donbenjamin, & @rhyanlamarr.
February 08, 2022
BHM ft. Trey Baker
I held on to the new episode to debut on the first day of Black History Month & I had the honor of speaking with White House Senior Advisor for Public Engagement, Trey Baker, about what the Biden Administration is doing to recognize the month. In this episode we discuss: The upcoming Supreme Court nomination that may have it's first black female justice serve on the U.S. highest court What Black History Month means to Mr. Baker being a native of Grenada, MS What the White House is planning to celebrate and commemorate for the month of February You can find all the resources that Mr. Baker talks about on whitehouse.gov.
February 01, 2022
BAKING ft. Ava-Leigh
I have never been more honored to do what I do than what I was able to accomplish last month. The fact is that there are children that like to be in the kitchen, then there are children that possess a gift in the kitchen. The Food Network has truly found a gem in Atlanta, GA by the name of Ava-Leigh. Now, I will say I carry a heavy bias with her because I have known her since she was born, but even if I didn't, her star power is undeniable and you will be able to hear Ava-Leigh discuss her appearance on "Kids Baking Championship" which airs on Food Network & Discovery+. To follow Ava-Leigh, you can follow her on Instagram, @ava.leigh_bakes! More episodes coming for What Do I Do Now?
January 24, 2022
SPECULATE ft. Sam Sirmons
I ain't think I was gonna be back bringing my mess to the platform, but this is exactly why I do it. In this situation I discuss, I had to ask myself, "What Do I Do Now?" Am I gonna let folks get harassed again? Am I going to acknowledge someone hiding behind a phone/tablet/keyboard? Well, I think I give a pretty decent response on this late Wednesday night. I also mention a lot of my favorite people in this episode. I wanted to keep it entertaining as possible. See ya'll on Monday with another amazing episode of "What Do I Do Now?"
January 20, 2022
VARIANT ft. Dr. Cameron Webb
Because this passion project came from the COVID-19 pandemic, I feel like it is my responsibility to keep the listeners across 37 states and 13 countries outside the U.S. up to date with not just numbers, but people that have the insight of the best access to this crisis as possible. With this responsibility I've taken upon myself, I have been able to speak with several members of the current White House Administration. This episode features Senior Policy Advisor for Equity & COVID-19 Response team member, Dr. Cameron Webb. Dr. Webb is a JD/MD, proud husband to Leigh, proud father to Avery & Lennox, and a sports fan who after this interview was taped tried to tell me that the state of Georgia needs to let up on the championship winning. After all the sports curses that have been over this part of the South, we are going to keep applying pressure. I mean, we still haven't figured out parades. So, maybe the follow up will be more sports related. But, in this episode we discuss: "Deltacron"/"Flurona" cases The Biden Administration updates on at-home testing Vaccination for children The importance of the booster shot If you want to follow Dr. Webb on Twitter, you can follow him here. Stay tuned for more from the What Do I Do Now podcast.
January 17, 2022
#TheFollowUp w/ Tondaleya Carter
A first for this season, I circled back to an amazing guest for a recap in their episode. Today's episode features Tondaleya Carter, commercial realtor & my expert on everything that has to deal with housing. I had a scenario that came up and I wanted to get her insight. Make sure you lookout for the next episode on Monday!
January 11, 2022
JSU ft. Thomas K. Hudson
Today is a surprise episode and it couldn't be more timely. Following last week's episode with the President of Morehouse, I stayed in the HBCU category talking with another leader of an institution in Jackson, Mississippi. In the last week, tickets went on sale for the Celebration Bowl at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta between the Jackson State Tigers and the South Carolina State Bulldogs, meeting up to settle who is the King of the Black College Football gridiron. But, in the last 24 hours, Jackson State University has garnered a lot of attention with a top ranked high school recruit, Travis Hunter, de-committing from Florida State and will be headed to JSU this upcoming fall. Coach Prime, Deion Sanders, told the world that he was going to shock the world on National Signing Day & he delivered on that promise. I was able to talk with the President of Jackson State University, Mr. Thomas K. Hudson to discuss: JSU's Recruitment Fair today at Drew High School in Riverdale, GA JSU's Alumni Mixer on Friday JSU's 1st Celebration Bowl, which recently announced it was sold out JSU's online degree programs Partnership with Morris Brown College in Atlanta A financial literacy program, a first at any HBCU The rise of their athletic program this year & what it means for the university Why an undecided student should consider JSU for their education
December 16, 2021
MOREHOUSE ft. Dr. David A. Thomas
Another Monday brings another incredible guest. I am a very proud graduate of Ball State University, but I was able to get to speak with one of the most recognizable institutions among Historically Black Colleges & Universities, the 12th President of Morehouse College, Dr. David A. Thomas. This past week, almost every Historically Black College & University President and Chancellor signed a letter to both Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding the funding needed and required to continue to be beacons of hope into the world. But, they consistently have not been getting the financial support that other colleges and universities get from both state and federal government. With the Build Back Better Plan, HBCU’s will have $10 billion invested into them, and locally, Dr. Thomas & I discussed the plan's benefit, what it would look like for its institution, and with the headlines that Howard University have had recently, the relationship that Morehouse administration has with its own student body. To follow everything that has to do with Morehouse College, please visit morehouse.edu or follow them on social media, @Morehouse.
December 07, 2021
MANHOOD ft. Kevin Thornton
Welcome back to the podcast after the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday shopping deals already being shipped out. So, I gotta deliver like Amazon Prime, right? In this Monday's episode features the first guest that requested to appear on the platform. For the Cyber Monday edition of "What Do I Do Now?" Kevin Thornton shares what caused him to transition to becoming a Wellness Architect, Holistic Health Coach, & Life Coach. We also discuss who he targets mostly, what his routine first thing in the morning that keeps him on point, as well as what led him to become an author. And in true Cyber Monday fashion, he's got a special deal for my listening audience. And, special shoutout to Kaylyn Gyden who recently received her Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy. And to my OG that continues to inspire dialogue on the platform as well as on the Atlanta airwaves, Ryan Cameron. Please make sure you check out their respective episodes: COUNSELING & HEALTH. To reach Mr. Thornton, please check out his website, kevinlthorntonconsulting.com, and his social media profiles: Twitter: @MrKevinThornton & Instagram: @thewellnessarchitect.
November 29, 2021
WORK ft. Brad King
The new episodes continue to roll in! This one was actually a second attempt from earlier this season & due to conflicting schedules/availability, it was a task trying to reschedule. But the time that has passed made it into a great discussion & one that is more than timely. Brad King was and will forever be the teacher in college that changed my life, hands down. And I'm his most successful failed student to date. Don't worry, we explain it how great of a student I was, but just wouldn't get the assignments turned in. Brad currently is a writer, editor, & podcaster and can be reached on Twitter (@thebradking) and his website, thebradking.com. This nearly 56 minute long conversation covers: the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, our government, Black Lives Matter movement, black women & how they are always right, hybrid learning, "Education Redefined", the label of "creatives", ownership within the music industry, & more!
November 22, 2021
CONVERSATION ft. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy
It's another episode that features a special guest of the current White House Administration. And, initially this interview occurred in October, but due to scheduling, it was pushed back until now. But, this is an episode that gives a real conversation to the pandemic, vaccinations for younger children. I have encountered several different opinions and views of parents that are both pro-vax & anti-vax. And, instead of persuading anyone, I want to get experts to share information that is not just a strong opinion from a media personality, but a viable and credible source. Dr. Vivek Murthy is the 19th & 21st Surgeon General, serving under the Obama Administration before returning as the Biden Administration's highest ranking doctor. In this episode, I was able to ask him about the CDC's approval of the vaccine for children as well as his own conversation he's had to have with his own children about the vaccine. To follow Dr. Murthy on social media, you can follow/tweet him at @Surgeon_General on Twitter or visit the website, surgeongeneral.gov. And if you have any ideas or would like to be an upcoming guest on the podcast, please feel free to contact me at @therealsix5 on all platforms or check out my Linktree.
November 15, 2021
SYNDICATION ft. Incognito
The podcast is BACK and with a very special guest that I truly admire in the radio broadcasting industry. From the Reach Media night show mogul, I bring to you its latest syndicated star, Incognito. He's a radio veteran with nearly 2 decades of experience with a journey still being paved, but is actively leaving his stamp on the industry. From Georgia, Ohio, and several markets inbetween, he is the latest trendsetter in urban radio, being able to be in the company of Steve Harvey, Rickey Smiley, & Tom Joyner. The beginning of his career, like the number of this episode, was at age 16. The next chapters of his life is just as bright as the red ON-AIR light outside the studios he broadcasts from Atlanta. If you want to follow Incognito on social media, make sure you check out @datboyinc & the hashtag #PostedOnTheCorner. His syndicated night show "Posted On The Corner" is heard in these Reach Media markets: Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, & Richmond.
November 09, 2021
REALTY ft. Tondaleya Carter
This is an episode that I was excited to record because it's an area I know next to nothing about, realty. It's not a typo, that's the business of being a realtor. Home ownership and even business ownership is preached heavily, but what does it all mean? I'm grateful that this episode's guest, Tondaleya Carter, is able to share her personal journey as a commercial realtor that spans years of experience. We discuss how the housing market in Atlanta looks like, what someone should do before looking for a home or future home for a business, and what foreclosure really looks like in 2021! You can follow Tondaleya on social media at: @commercialrealtortc on Instagram.
October 25, 2021
VACCINATION ft. Dr. Bechara Choucair
This podcast was birthed out of the pandemic over 12 months ago and now it's addressing the pandemic from one of the trusted medical doctors of the Biden Administration. This episode features Dr. Bechara Choucair, the White House COVID-19 Vaccinations Coordinator and focuses on coordinating the timely, safe, and equitable delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations for the U.S. population, in close partnership with relevant federal departments and agencies, as well as state and local authorities. In this episode, I address the information as well as misinformation regarding the vaccine, the booster shots, Dr. Fauci's advice for children this upcoming Halloween "trick-or-treat" season, as well as how the testing of the vaccine has been done thus far. You can follow Dr. Choucair on Twitter: @choucair & @bchoucair46.
October 18, 2021
OMF ft. Domani & Rexx Life Raj
One of the largest festivals in the Southeast is OMF, also known as ONE Musicfest. For 2 nights, the industry's best and brightest ascend into Atlanta and give you memories and experiences that you never forget. This past weekend was a moment for me because I was able to be a personality for this epic event and I was fortunate enough to interview two rising stars in the rap game. From the ATL and heir to the throne of the "King Of The South," Domani was able to steal a quick moment with me to promote his latest project. And from the West Coast and currently on the road with Russ, Rexx Life Raj. Both artists have a promising career ahead of them and I look forward to seeing them continue to blaze their own lanes. You can follow them on their socials: @domani & @rexxliferaj.
October 11, 2021
ANNIVERSARY ft. Gump
I can't believe it's been one year since I started this passion project. And when I set out with this project, I didn't know if anyone would listen. You have the hope that it resonates, but to have taken this to as many places as its reached, I'm still in awe, but still as hungry as I was a year ago. Please enjoy this episode that features the very first guest on the podcast, Gump, as she recaps her account of being the inaugural guest as well as an update of her own.
September 28, 2021
PREMIERE ft. Nick Cannon
This is a special episode because it will be 1 day shy of the first year of me starting this journey. September 21st, 2020 was my introduction with this platform. I didn't imagine it turning into what it has, in it's second season that has global appeal. And as I turn the page into the next year of this passion project entitled "What Do I Do Now?," I had the privilege of getting to interview a giant in the media industry about to start on his latest TV project, Nick Cannon. The new daytime TV show host premieres nationwide is Monday, September 27th. Make sure you are following him on social media, @nickcannon.
September 20, 2021
COUNSELING ft. Kaylyn Gyden
After the HIATUS episode, getting ready to approach the midway mark of the season, & personal revelation of my personal journey with seeking professional help, I went "back to the well" to continue a talk about mental health. It's clear that Ball State University made and gave me so many talented and remarkable friends, associates, and peers; this episode is not an exception to that rule. So, I reached back to talk with a black woman that will be entering the mental health atmosphere, soon to be Purdue Graduate, a bestfriend of mine, a woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated - Beta Phi chapter, Kaylyn Gyden. In this episode, we dive into the topic of the black community's relationship with mental health, what she will be specializing in as a therapist, the idea/principle around "ghosting", and the dreaded "i" word that nobody as an adult really actually enjoys to deal with, insurance. I learned a lot just in this short amount of time & I know you will too. You can find, follow, and communicate with Kaylyn on Instagram, @kaylyn.elizabeth. or on Facebook, Kaylyn Elizabeth!
August 31, 2021
HIATUS ft. Sam Sirmons
Another unscheduled break deserves to be explained, right? I want to first apologize for my delay in episodes, but in this episode, I don't need to ask questions. I'm going to answer them. What happened this month in particular? I genuinely hope I'm understood. And if I'm not, that's ok. But, I hope to get at least one person to listen to this episode in particular and find the nudge you need to make a change in your routine. I'm going to do my absolute best to bring you a great rest of this season and projects to come. To the Patton, Johnson, & Sirmons' family, I hope you appreciate my love letter to you all through this level of transparency. I pray that you all are finding peace in your respective journeys through bereavement. And to find out more information about Cerebral, you can check out getcerebral.com for a free mental assessment today.
August 23, 2021
IMPROVEMENT ft. Jarrett Milton
One universal goal in life is to be better than the day before. In the very simplest of terms, improvement. And in this episode, Jarrett Milton shares just how he went on his journey, starting from last year. We tackle what things were conceptualized through a heated discussion, passions he's picked back up, & what his future holds moving forward. To reach/contact Jarrett, follow him on Instagram, @jarrettisnotimpressed & to support his company, visit thebetterblackman.com & follow them on social media, @betterblackman.
July 26, 2021
PARENTHOOD ft. Zeb Bartolome
Before recording this episode, I had not realized that my guest hadn't talked to any media outlet for any interview regarding the subject matter. This will be the first time publicly that it’s being discussed and I let my guest share their story as they feel comfortable. Zeb Bartolome is the proud father to his son, Zayn. Back in April 2020, both of their worlds changed. In this episode, I discuss what happened to IMPD Officer Breann Leath, how Zeb is coping with the life change, what questions Zayn has already asked, and what the future looks like for them both.
July 19, 2021
PREGNANCY ft. Morgan Brown
This podcast was conceived during the pandemic, but what about actually conceiving during the pandemic? What would that look like? I have the honor and privilege to speak with a new mom in Morgan Brown. In this episode, she details how she found out she was expecting, what the process was like for her as an expectant mother, what changes were in store for her career in engineering looked like, and what all of this meant to her every step of the way. She gets personal with me discussing in detail her personal journey, so prepare for an in depth discussion that will have you learning the ins and outs of bringing a child into this world. This story will give you a newfound sense of faith & make you re-analyze the boundaries that you may set or possibly need to reinforce in your personal life. Mrs. Brown is another phenomenal black woman who has the platform to share her experience in the world & truly grateful she shared those experiences with this podcast. To reach Morgan, you can follow her on Twitter, @simplymorgs_ and on Instagram, @simplymorg_. Please continue to stream, share, and subscribe to the podcast as we continue to have open dialogue about our world from various perspectives.
July 12, 2021
ENTREPRENEURSHIP ft. Ty Gray
Starting a new month on the podcast & this episode is one that will leave you possibly reaching out to the guest for a job. Literally. I know the way the world changed put a lot of people into a self-employed status, but there were plenty of people that were in business for themselves, this guest being one of them. One that I knew growing up in Kokomo, Indiana was Ty Gray. From a printing business as a teenager to 2 successful brands built from the ground up with a very humble beginning, he's got a story that will keep your attention every step of the way. This episode also features a question from a listener posed earlier in the year. So, if you have something you would like addressed, please contact me via my social media profiles: @therealsix5 - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter To reach out to Ty for mentorship or possible licensing, please reach him at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. He is also available on Facebook at T.Y. Gray as well as LinkedIn, search Tyrone Gray.
July 05, 2021
ENGAGEMENT ft. Stephanie Pigues
This month, getting four phenomenal black women has been a true joy and pleasure. All of which are not only dominant in their respective lanes, but able to pull up the next person to continue a legacy of excellence. In this episode, I speak with a woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, a fellow Ball State alum, & current Director of Public Engagement for the Governor's office in North Carolina, Mrs. Stephanie Pigues. In the episode, you will hear her unique story of being a first generation American, the values that have shaped her into the woman she is, if she has any political ambitions after fulfilling her current position, and what's it been for her as a newlywed navigating through the pandemic. And due to the nature of her position, I had to ask about the Voting Rights Act that is currently in Congress being held up. To reach out to Stephanie, you can find here on Instagram: @stephsaidit.
June 28, 2021
COMMUNICATION ft. Alia Blackburn
The series of black woman for this month continues with a phenomenal television anchor by way of Indianapolis, IN. She's a proud wife, aunt, & woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and she is Alia Blackburn. But wait, she's actually Alia Edwards now because she married the love of her life, Aaron Edwards. Don't worry, I make sure you figure out how to address her by the end of the episode. But, I know her from my college years and I wanted to have a great discussion behind how she started in news, how she was able to land her first professional job after Ball State, finding love, and what her marriage looks like in real time. And, of course, we had to talk Juneteenth! This episode is full of wisdom from one of the most incredible black women I have ever had the privilege of knowing. The title isn't just the degree we both received from Ball State, it's how she's making it happen every single day! Follow Alia on social media at these respective sites: Alia Blackburn on Facebook, @aliabontv on Twitter, @aliablackburnnews on Instagram. To watch her every weekday morning, visit fox59.com or cbs4indy.com!
June 21, 2021
SKILLED ft. Nelia Span
For this episode, I had reached out to one of, if not the most talented hair stylists that I knew. Beyond grateful when she accepted the invitation to talk about her journey. Nelia Span is someone I met during undergrad at Ball State and when we both left from Muncie, we began forging our own respective lanes. But, a lot of people may not know is that she was physically present when I decided to take radio serious with the assistance from DJ B-Rad (Bradley Bardwell). So from catching up on life to actually learning things about her that I had only seen on social media, we discuss in details about: her transition to Dallas, TX, the sacrifices it took to get where she's at now, her celebrity clientele which includes current MIP from the NY Knicks Julius Randle, how she's willing to share the game via her educational courses you can take, as well as being an author, all the while being a full-time mother. You can find her work, courses, and book online at braidsbymsnelly.com and on Instagram, @braids_by_msnelly. This is the 2nd episode of the month that will be highlighted by black women. Why? Because black women just get it done. Enjoy this episode & I'll be back next Monday with another amazing black woman.
June 15, 2021
MOTHERHOOD ft. Barbie Sirmons
Welcome to Season 2 of the "What Do I Do Now?" podcast. I took plenty of time to regroup, schedule guests to bring you more amazing content, and most importantly, more dialogue to spark a better understanding of who we are or will become. This episode was recorded as I celebrated my 32nd birthday with my nephew, Davion, & my mother, Barbie Sirmons. In the conversation we have, you'll learn my "origin story", her beliefs on ultrasounds being completely incorrect, and what she hopes for her oldest son in the future. I hope you enjoy the start of a brand new season & share this podcast with those you love.
June 07, 2021
OWNERSHIP ft. Sam Sirmons
The first season couldn't end after ACCOUNTABILITY. Its only through OWNERSHIP can you fully close prior chapters and move forward. This episode gave me all types of feelings, but I'm proud of the product. To have culminate the end of the first season with my own story is something I didn't originally envision, but it's preparing me for the next chapters of my life. And, I'm being public with this part of my personal life. My ups and downs. My wins and my biggest losses. I hope you take something away from this episode like any other episode I've produced since last September. Another special thank you to Kyree Shockley for moderating and asking the questions that made me look deep inside myself for truth. And, I'm not done with the podcast series. I'll be back in April 2021 kicking off the new season. I can be reached through my social media platforms, @therealsix5.
March 05, 2021
ACCOUNTABILITY ft. Sam Sirmons
It's the end of a season.......or is it? This project has taken me many places personally and I've been able to have conversations with my peers as well as icons in my field. But, with all the streams, feedback, and 10 years of professionally working in radio, I wasn't ready for the places the season finale was going to take me. After taking the nod from Ryan Cameron, I decided to interview myself at the mid-season break top of the year, entitled HALFTIME. And, I knew I would need to pick up where that episode left off. So, the setting starts in 2015 and it continues on. This episode will be moderated by a prior guest, Kyree Shockley, a sister in more ways than I could ever explain and she takes me down memory lane with several stops along the way from a perspective I never had. There's been plenty of discussions over the course of our friendship, but never one as raw as this one.
March 02, 2021
BEST OF WHAT DO I DO NOW? 2.22.21
This is the episode before the season finale. I can't believe I made 24 episodes for the world. And, in the journey, I was able to talk to amazing people from all walks of life that gave insight on their lives, careers, and so much more. In this compilation, I was able to take moments from earlier episodes with Gump, Cat Polivoda, Ashley Gonzalez, Rashan Ali, Kirsten White, Brad Gray, Brandon Pope, Collins Pettaway, Scooter, & Ryan Cameron. Thank you to ALL of my guests this season & on March 2nd, I will be bringing myself to my podcast in a very intimate way. Stay tuned, take a listen to these moments, & revisit their episodes!
February 23, 2021
#TheFollowUp ft. Collins Pettaway III
In a part two of my interviews with my guests from the #WhatDoIDoNow podcast, #TheFollowUp, I get to catch up with COllins Pettaway III (@cp3_820) about the impeachment proceedings, the Fulton Co. DA starting her case against Trump, renaming of buildings/schools/landmarks in the current climate, & what Black History means to us moving towards the future. Take the time to enrich your personal worth in this episode.
February 16, 2021
HOPE ft. Vincent Quarles
This episode is one that required more time than usual because I hadn't spoken to this person in well over 10 years. But, this person shaped me from a distance throughout time and I am grateful to be able to talk with him about basketball, life, and the journey he has been on since 2012. The beauty in this is that it's still a story being written every day. Please enjoy hearing, understanding, & ultimately learning from Vincent "Scooter" Quarles.
February 09, 2021
HOMETOWN ft. Brandon Wood
In this episode, I get to talk humble beginnings with a former opponent turned teammate on the hardwood into a lifelong brother in Brandon Wood. From AAU tournaments to the NCAA tournament, Wood has always put on a show. But, it's his giveback, especially in Kokomo, Indiana that has left the impact that many will feel from years to come. We dive into a lot of great memories from our younger years into Brandon's current path that has him playing professionally abroad. To reach Brandon on social media, you can follow him at @BrandonWood30 on Twitter & Instagram as well as his foundation on Facebook, facebook.com/thebrandonwoodfoundation.
February 02, 2021
#TheFollowUp ft. Shaheed Dent
After the HERO episode of #WhatDoIDoNow, I was able to catch up with Shaheed Dent (@heed_this) about what life has been life for him after January 3rd of this year, what changes he would like to see, & countless other topics that will renew your faith. It's worth the listen & truly one of the best episodes to date.
January 25, 2021
SERVICE ft. Collins Pettaway III
In this episode, I talk with the proud son of Selma, Alabama A&M, and leader in public service of the South, Collins Pettaway III. Collins has an interesting journey that's filled with life lessons as well as inspiration to pick you up wherever you are at in your personal journey through life. Topics that are covered in this episode include: his alma mater, his pursuit of his career that made way for his current passion, understanding his own path/personal journey, the 2020 Senate Runoff Election, the late John Lewis, his family's legacy of being a servant to the public, and his future plans in politics. You can reach Collins on his personal website, collinsp3.com, follow him on his social media platforms; @cpettaway3 on Facebook & Twitter, @cp3_820 on Instagram. Be on the lookout for his upcoming podcast titled, "The Black Constitution" that can be streamed on multiple platforms at linktr.ee/TheBlackConstitution.
January 18, 2021
HERO ft. Shaheed Dent
On January 3rd, Shaheed Dent was just trying to show a co-worker the city of Atlanta, his home all his life. Little did he know he wouldn't have an ordinary Sunday to start off the year. His viral video has been seen hundreds of thousands of times and has been heralded as the "Hero With The Hugs." Since the video has been released, there are negative stories that have attempted to surface to diminish his good name. Shaheed talks about his act of courage on the latest episode of "What Do I Do Now?" Shaheed can be reached on social media, @heed_this on Instagram and @shaheeddent on Twitter.
January 11, 2021
HALFTIME w/ Sam Sirmons
The podcast took a break. Unannounced. Undisclosed. And it wasn't fair to the listeners. I'm going to share what happened in December 2020 as well as what's to come in 2021. This episode is the mid-season finale for the first season and the first half of my personal journey through life. I give roses to many people that helped along the way & today's episode is dedicated to my grandmother, Carrie Sirmons, who would have celebrated her 87th birthday today.
January 05, 2021
HEALTH ft. Ryan Cameron
This is a special edition episode because I get to talk with someone that I am grateful to work with every weekday afternoon in Atlanta. For #BlackFriday, I get to talk to Georgia Radio Hall Of Famer, 2x Emmy Award winner, only Black in-game announcer for two major sports franchises (Atlanta Hawks & Atlanta Falcons), Ryan Cameron. He's been referenced in several earlier episodes with other guests and he joins me on this episode to talk about his health battle earlier this year, his Ryan Cameron Foundation health fair on Saturday, November 28th, and what made him choose me to be his producer as a board operator. Plenty to dive into and unpack, but make sure you are following him on his social media platforms: @doitfortheryan on Instagram, @ryancameron on Twitter, Ryan Cameron Show on Facebook, & download his free Ryan Cameron app on Google Play or App Store. Please enjoy the latest episode of #WhatDoIDoNow?
November 27, 2020
GIFTS ft. Rashan Ali
To be able to call someone you admire a true friend is a blessing, but when your friend steps up in ways you never knew you needed, during one of the most difficult times, you are forever indebted. Rashan Ali is a powerhouse in so many different areas & has been able to share her gifts locally as well as nationally. In this episode, we discuss her craft developing in several areas of media broadcasting, our bond with Ryan Cameron, being a mother, what Atlanta means to her, & even get to talk about the hometown Atlanta Falcons. You can follow her at @rashanali on all her social media platforms to connect with her.
November 17, 2020
#TheFollowUp w/ Cat Polivoda. 11/8/2020.
This is the live podcast episode with @catpolivoda to continue an incredible conversation about a small business navigating through several changes in her own life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we discussed new innovations she's come up with her business, what it was like to get to the next level as a business owner, and the election that has been called for the President of the United States. Please make sure you check out her shop, @cakeplussize, her podcast, @matteroffatpod, & her journey representing the plus size community, women entrepreneurs, & a champion for all walks of life.
November 09, 2020
EVOLVE ft. Ashley Gonzalez
This episode is one that follows the journey of a Bay Area native & LA resident, Ashley Gonzalez, on how she moved from her anxiety from her occupation to her current triumphs as a social media account manager maven. We cover more than just her rise to the mountain she's conquered, we discuss upbringings, relationships, & the balance you look for between your craft & companionship. You can follow her on social media, @ashleysayshello, if she lets you. Enjoy the latest installment from the WDIDN podcast.
November 02, 2020
SELF-MADE ft. Cat Polivoda
Another Monday brings a new episode of "What Do I Do Now?" In 2020, small business owners are sinking, treading water, or swimming. And the discussion guest I have in this episode has built an ship that is keeping a lot of people, including herself, safe & secure from being fish food. Cat Polivoda has been on the forefront of body positivity, brand building, and inspiring the next generation of women to blaze the next trail with her business, Cake Plus Size Resale (@cakeplussize). In this episode, you'll learn about the beginning stages and growing pains, all the way to the present day operations & her bright future. Cat is also a co-host of her own podcast, "Matter Of Fat" (@matteroffatpod/matteroffatpod.com) & you can follow her at @catpolivoda on all social media.
October 26, 2020
ELEVATE ft. Kirsten White, Kyree Shockley, & Brad Gray
This episode is one that is special because it's the first episode with MULTIPLE guests. From our time in Muncie, Indiana, Kirsten White, Kyree Shockley, Brad Gray, & myself all found our way to Atlanta to change our circumstances. Listen to what our journeys have looked like and where we are headed.
October 19, 2020
#TheFollowUp w/ Brandon Pope. 10/17/2020
This is another installment from the #WhatDoIDoNow podcast with @bpopetv. This is the second & video interview I do with guests titled #TheFollowUp. Talking with Brandon in this episode features Bama/UGA game, the moderators during the political season, ups/downs working in media, & LeBron James' 4th NBA title. You can see Brandon on @thejamtvshow and follow him on social media, @bpopetv. Please check out his episode, PERSEVERE, on my podcast.
October 19, 2020
PERSEVERE ft. Brandon Pope
In this episode, I get to have an incredible dialogue with a former college peer who has turned into an established media journalist/TV personality, Brandon Pope. We tackle his transition from small market to large market, the "imposter syndrome", the learning curve from college into a professional setting, a career defining moment with interviewing Kanye West in Chicago, & even shares a personal Kobe Bryant memory from the 2012 Olympic Games. This is an incredible insight on a strong resume in such a short amount of time. You can follow Brandon every weeknight on The JAM Show on Chicago's CW26 or on his social media, @bpopetv. Enjoy this new episode of "What Do I Do Now?"
October 12, 2020
#TheFollowUp w/ Bre Singleton. 10/11/2020
This is the next installment of #TheFollowUp from my podcast, What Do I Do Now? We talk sports & ALL the headlines this episode including Falcons, Lakers/Heat Game 6, WNBA Finals, Braves/Dodgers NLCS preview, & Hawks/Dream predictions. Def make sure you check out this episode and more! Follow Bre on her social media: @bre_singleton & her non-profit, @freegameprogram!
October 12, 2020
INNOVATE ft. Neima Abdulahi
Another Monday, another episode of "What Do I Do Now?" This episode's special guest is multimedia journalist & personality, Neima Abdulahi. From East Africa to East Atlanta, there's no one in her lane & she explains in deep detail in this episode why that's the case. You can follow her (@neimerdreamer) as well as her podcast (@theappealunfiltered) on Instagram.
October 05, 2020
CROSSOVER ft. Bre Singleton
The podcast continues with a conversation centered around a life choice after college, particularly with going from being a scholar athlete on the court to a professional in the workforce. And the podcast welcomes an award winning & former Point God for the Univ. Of West Georgia, Bre Singleton. You can follow her on social media at @bre_singleton & her new non-profit initiative, @freegameprogram on Twitter. It's the 3rd episode of What Do I Do Now.
September 28, 2020
#TheFollowUp with Gump. 9/25/2020
After hearing the first episode, there were plenty of questions that were left unanswered. This is the Instagram Live interview that will follow each episode, which gives the topic time to unfold in different directions than before. Here is the first edition of “The Follow Up” with Gump.
September 26, 2020
LOVE ft. Gump
This premiere episode dials into love, but not in the sense of finding it. We all have interpretation of it, but why not talk about what's underneath the surface of being a wife & mother's understanding, her thought process, and ultimately where she is present day? This is where I'll start this season. You can follow Gump on her social media at @GumptionRaw on Twitter & visit her website, GumptionRawAndUncut.com. Until next Monday, enjoy this dialogue.
September 21, 2020