We Need More

We Need More

By Jeanelle and David
We Need More is a podcast driven to provide more positive representation in our community by interviewing professionals and business owners. Our audience is geared towards future entrepreneurs of all ages - specifically in the African American community.

Our guests provide background on their profession or business, their inspiration, peaks and pits of their journey and the legacy they want to leave behind.
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Destinee Swindell and Duclas Charles - Founders of Strivers' Row
Strivers’ Row celebrates doers - those among us who are pursuing their passions, putting their talents to use and in turn, establishing new standards. Each quarter a cohort is featured, making the masses aware of their work and motivations, and providing information for how to support their success. Strivers are young, Black creatives, professionals and entrepreneurs of diverse areas of expertise, experiences and perspectives. Strivers' Row is a community. There is great promise for lasting professional partnerships and friendships to be cultivated among those who are invited to join. A number of private events are hosted for Strivers along with opportunities to represent the community at public events. www.striversrow.co
42:47
August 15, 2019
Jasmine Jones - Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cherry Blossom Intimates
EVERY WOMAN DESERVES TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL Jasmine Jones is changing what post-mastectomy shopping looks and feels like, creating beautiful lingerie shopping experiences for all women, and using innovation and inclusion to be impactful across the globe. Inspired by her grandmother’s battle with breast cancer, Jasmine joined Dr. Hampton to create a unique experience for women regardless of their bra size or the stage of their breast cancer journey. Jasmine was crowned Miss District of Columbia USA in 2016. She now serves as Vice President of the Young Professional Council of Breast Care for Washington and as Founder of the Global Literacy Initiative. More on Jasmine Jones jasminerjones.com Support Cherry Blossom Intimates cherryblossomintimates.com
41:57
August 8, 2019
Lauryn Fanguen - Challenges of Black Immigration
Lauryn Fanguen - Shares with We Need More about the challenges of being a black immigrant in America. 
30:10
August 1, 2019
Kaine Hampton - Entertainment Lawyer
Kaine Hampton is an Entertainment Law attorney; he served as Counsel with the Global Entertainment division of Viacom Networks, servicing MTV, VH1, BET, and Logo Networks. In this role, Kaine works to execute agreements for on-air and off-air productions across the Viacom Media Network channels and platforms, specializing in large-scale live music events, scripted, and unscripted programming, including shows such as MTV Video Music Awards and BET Awards. Prior to this role, Kaine served as a Business Analyst with Music World Entertainment, in which he worked closely with the legal department and production teams on digital content exploitation projects for artists such as Beyonce, Chaka Khan, and Johnny Cash. In, At the Crossroads: The Intersection of Synchronization Licensing and Musician Advocacy, Kaine discusses some of the challenges songwriters and licensees face under the Copyright Act. Further, In City University of Hong Kong’s Journal of Law, Technology and Public Policy, Hampton discusses the challenges and advantages that social media has presented for employers, article entitled, Trending Topic: An Effective Analysis to Determine Employer Ownership of Social Media Accounts. He is a member of the ABA IP Law –Young Lawyers Action Group and National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications.
45:50
July 25, 2019
Anika Hobbs - Owner and Lead Curator of Nubian Hueman & The Black Love Experience
CURATE.  CREATE.  CELEBRATE.  Nubian Hueman is a catalyst for culture, community, and the development of the creative economy by connecting the consumer to independent artists from across the world.  Bringing popular culture, and fair-trade to a modern brand experience by serving as a means to promote collective interaction, community development, and global responsibility through a fresh and artistic platform.  Nubian Hueman is  a social enterprise that specializes in sourcing and curating unique goods, fashion, and art by designers representing the global Diaspora.  They break the myth that artists cannot live through their creative abilities which drives us to change the narrative of design around the world.  Anika Hobbs has partnered with close to 400 artists and designers, from 6 different continents, and over 25 countries.  Nubian Hueman is the only digital and brick-and-mortar with 99% of it's products made and purchased by people of color. Essentially they are the link that binds creative sustainability and international commerce. Follow on Instagram- @nubianhueman nubianhueman.com WASHINGTON DC 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington DC 20020 (202) 394-3386 BALTIMORE MD 211 W. Read Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 Opening Summer 2019
46:34
July 11, 2019
John Ledbetter - Founder & CEO of Sunchase Media
Sunchase media is short-form video production company located in Washington DC. Sunchase Media uses video to tell the stories of people, of companies, of products. Whatever your story is, they want to tell it. From the moment of an idea’s conception to the very final color correction before screening. You provide the inspiration, and they'll provide the creative direction and a full production staff to make your project happen. Follow on instagram @SunchaseMedia sunchasemedia.com
37:27
July 4, 2019
J'Vonn Forbes - Owner of 548 Construction, Real Estate Investor & Developer
J'Vonn Forbes shares his story growing up in Philadelphia, graduating from the campus of Morehouse College and launching non-profits to better serve communities across the nation. This episode, we focus on the story behind the development of one Forbes' many companies, 548 Construction. Follow J'Vonn Forbes on Instagram @iamjforbes
50:06
June 27, 2019
Ronald Draper - Owner of the RD Showroom, Art Educator & Activist
Ronald Alexander Draper is a visual artist born and raised in Harlem, New York. The NAACP and Urban League award-winning artist and Art Educator also serves as the Director of Contemporary Arts and Culture at Harlem Hospital Center, creating displays for individual spaces across the 200,000 square-foot campus. Draper, who specializes in custom-tailored artwork for both residential and commericial spaces, uses a multitude of artistic materials and extremely deliberate decision-making to create one of a kind art experiences. Draper moves beyond traditional thinking, creating new combinations with materials, pushing his artistic messaging to new heights and allowing his work to be a dynamic presence for the space in which it lives. His multi-sensory artistic style teases the senses. His artwork will please your sense of sight and appeal to your sense of self. Draper owns and operates the RD Showroom in the Port Morris section of the South Bronx. As the first Black-Artist-owned gallery in the Bronx, Draper is working to add to the narrative around the idea of an artist being in control of their own destiny. Follow on Instagram @RonaldDraper_Art https://www.ronalddraperart.com
53:35
June 20, 2019
Rondel Holder - Founder & Creative Director of Soul Society 101
What Is Soul Society 101? The premiere travel, food and culture blog curated for Young Black Professionals. Soul Society 101 queues suggestions on travel destinations, social and adventure-seeking activities, restaurant, bar and nightlife suggestions, and food and cocktail recipes – from the cool perspective of a Young Black Professional who is social and eager to experience the world! The Mission: To alleviate the fear and frustration of traveling, of not being able to find reviews that match your POV. To encourage people to live life to the max and experience different cultures and expand their minds. At root, Creator of Soul Society 101, Rondel Holder, hopes that the blog will improve the quality of lifestyle within Black communities by developing a platform that both entertains and informs our people, with our particular interests, in our own voice. Through travel, we embrace cultures which destroys ignorance. Through food we build relationships and communion, which fosters peace and understanding. Follow on Instagram @KingRontheDon https://www.soulsociety101.com/
50:25
June 13, 2019
Ashley Rouse - Founder & CEO of Trade Street Jam Co.
Trade St. Jam Co. is a chef, woman and minority-owned business that started in a tiny apartment in North Carolina on Trade Street. Our passion for all things food grew into something more: a company built on the foundation of culinary innovation. We strive to share our 10+ years of culinary knowledge in the form of a small batch jar that can be used in cocktails, salad dressings, BBQ sauces, marinades, pan sauces & more. Cooking should be fun and reflective of the person at hand, but what it shouldn't be, is complicated. Website: https://www.tradestjamco.com Instagram: @tradestjamco
41:00
June 6, 2019
Marjuan Canady - Canady Foundations of the Arts
Marjuan Canady, a native Washingtonian with Trinidadian/African American roots, is an award winning entrepreneur, writer, performer, director, educator and producer for both film and the stage. Marjuan is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and holds a B.A. in Theatre/African American Studies from Fordham University and her M.A. in Art Politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has been highlighted in international publications such as, The Washington Post, The Trinidad Gaurdian, Blavity, Black Enterprise and Huffington Post. Marjuan is CEO of her multimedia production company, Sepia Works. She is CEO/Author/Co-Creator of the children's media brand Callaloo and is founder of Canady Foundation for the Arts. https://www.marjuancanady.com
1:08:49
April 4, 2019
Brandi McAlister - Pray The Impossible
Brandi J-E McAlister, MS is a New Jersey native. She obtained her BA in Mass Communications from Virginia State University. Later she completed her MS in integrated Marketing Communication from Manhattan College. Brandi is a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Brandi coins herself the Spiritual Friendvisor (A friend who gives advice based off of gold wisdom). She offers advice, provides encouragement, and gives hope through her weekly conversational testimonies on the Pray The Impossible devotional site. She is the author of Real Talk, A Conversation From My Heart to Yours, A 30 Day Devotional. This book features conversations that inspires and uplift the readers faith based off of real life experiences.  Traveling, spending time with loved ones, and dancing is what she enjoys most about life. Her motto in life is Live, Love, Laugh and give God all the glory. https://www.praytheimpossible.com
44:07
March 28, 2019
Jerron Hawkins - President Obama Mentee & Reach Foundation
Howard University student Jerron Hawkins was recently honored during the Obama Foundation’s first national My Brother’s Keeper Rising! conference by being granted the opportunity to share his social justice story on President Barack Obama’s Instagram account. Hawkins, a political science and economics double major, has been associated with the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance since its inception, in 2014. My Brother’s Keeper was launched by President Obama as a call to action to close opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color. Since then, Jerron has started his own non-profit: Reach Foundation - establishing a productive and uplifting culture for collegiate minorities.
1:01:29
March 18, 2019
Music & Passion with Eric Hall
Eric was exposed to music at an early age. Blessed with a musical family, his Mother a singer and pianist, his father a trumpet player, and his older brother on the trombone, it was only right that he followed suit. Being exposed to artist such as Stevie Wonder, Take 6, Earth Wind and Fire, and Grover Washington Jr. Eric decided to pick up the Flute and Saxophone. Aside from touring and performing for artist, Eric also produces. In 2012 he produced a song for Madonna off her MDNA Album. Since then Eric has produced for the R&B superstar group Bell Biv Devoe, New Kids On The Block and Hip Hop artist Rick Ross. Eric just finished doing the film score for a brand new series called “Black Lady Goddess”. He also started his own company called Natural High Productions.
53:48
March 14, 2019
Philip Garner - Garner's Garden
Philip Garner started Garner’s Garden in 2012 with one thing in mind – make affordable, 100% natural skin care products. Garner’s Garden had humble beginnings, first being available at local farmer's markets and at local events. Since then, the company has experienced tremendous growth, and has been featured in national publications, including The Huffington Post and PYNKMagazine. Philip is committed to helping people live healthier lifestyles by creating products that are handmade and are made with high-quality ingredients. garnersgarden.com
36:34
March 7, 2019
Tamra Sease - Queendom Come
Tamra Sease is an unfiltered author and craver of Christ. She prides herself in evolving into a versatile essayist, freely writing on various topics from the depths of her heart. Tamra lives to empower women to own God’s truth and practically apply principles of scripture in order to propel God’s daughters toward their purpose.  A graduate of Hampton University and McDaniel College, Tamra is the proud daughter of Tillman and Madeline Sease and eldest sibling of Jacqueline Octavia and Brandon Tillman of Bowie, MD.
1:10:25
February 28, 2019
DJ Economix - A Conversation on Music & Coffee
DJ Economix is a creator of the moment. Hailing from West Philadelphia, he discovered a passion for music at an early age. It wasn't until he finished school with an undergrad and graduate degree in Economics that he realized his passion was much more than a hobby. Thus creating the name Economix. Economix currently displays his talents in New York City, Philadelphia and the Washington DC (DMV) area. He specializes in various genres of music. Including hip-hop, r&b, top 40, reggae to name a few. He has performed at a variety of events (clubs, private events and weddings). Economix wants everybody to leave one of his parties or events with a lasting memory of the music. His goal in his own words is to "kill the party" and make sure the crowd, the venue, and his clients enjoy every moment of the event. He prides himself in his attention to detail through his music selection and the awareness of his surroundings.
56:00
February 21, 2019
Mahalia Jessup - C'est Belle Events
C’est Belle Events is a premier event planning and design group that specializes in curating timeless celebrations with expert level attention to detail. Bringing together top professionals in the industry to flawlessly execute any celebrations while making it uniquely your own. The approach is being creative and professional to bring life to an unforgettable experiences for each clients. Dream.Plan.Design.Love.Party www.cestbelleevents.com
1:05:23
February 14, 2019
Sean Williams - The Dad Gang
Sean Williams is changing the way that Black Father's are viewed. The founder of The Dad Gang showcases active black fathers who aim to defy the misleading negative stereotypes that surround it. "We’re here to show the world that black fathers do exist and take an active role in raising our children." His goal is to encourage, support, share tips and experiences that can help fathers from all walks of life become better #DadGoals #TheDadGang everyday.  Let’s change the narrative.
42:20
February 7, 2019
Shaquana Robotham - BrideHive & The Brand Label
The Brand Label is a fashion line created for women in search of who they are today and who they are destined to become through their unique sense of style and creativity. Inspired and designed by two women, Shaq & Nola sought to create garments that would allow women to express themselves while remaining true to who they are. We want our clothing to exude all the things we aspire for women; authenticity, self-confidence and individuality. As women, we should not be defined by society or social media popularity. We should be defined and empowered by our brand. That’s what makes us fascinating, that’s the real you. The woman wearing our garment will tell a story, her story, about who she is and what her brand represents and that’s the most important story we could ever tell. Motto: Let your brand be defined by your story… Let your style be defined by your creativity… Let your life be defined by your legacy…. Forever embrace being you… ~The BRAND
56:42
January 26, 2019