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GOOD (YVES)NING

GOOD (YVES)NING

By Yves Batoba

Faith. Unity. Growth. Action.
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Let's Talk About Afro-Latinos with Patty Lora
Let's Talk About Afro-Latinos with Patty Lora
Afro-Latinos do not get a lot of mention in American culture unless you are in specific sectors of the country. Patty Lora joined me in this episode as we discussed her family's immigrant story from the Dominican Republic. Patty and I had a chat about colorism, embracing African roots as a Dominican, the importance of education, and being a woman in sports!
27:48
February 18, 2022
The struggles of becoming an Immigrant American with Temitope Akande
The struggles of becoming an Immigrant American with Temitope Akande
This episode with Temitope Akande was LOADED! Tope came from some of the worst parts of Lagos and every single step of his journey to America was a struggle. We spoke about him being an American college student at 16 years old, getting into one of the best schools in the country, the tensions between natural born Africans and African-Americans feeling "stuck" as an immigrant, running for office in the future, and a whole lot more!
58:22
January 25, 2022
African American or American African? Zenab Keita
African American or American African? Zenab Keita
In one of my favorite episodes that revolved around identy, Zenab touches on being a "third culture kid," pressures of appearances in African households, struggling with identity, code-switching, and the work that was done to embrace all of who she is.
49:10
January 11, 2022
Faith-Based Entrepreneurship with Reese Whitely
Faith-Based Entrepreneurship with Reese Whitely
Reese is an immigrant from Jamaica who lived in just about every part of Miami and has a vast experience with a wide range of people. In this episode, he talks about how his Jamaican roots are tied to his journey of becoming an Entrepreneurship. As an owner of multiple businesses, Reese's faith in God has played a significant role in how he conducts business.
35:28
January 04, 2022
Antigua & Barbuda to the Ivy League with Dr. Collin Williams
Antigua & Barbuda to the Ivy League with Dr. Collin Williams
Collin is the only person I know and have ever met from Antigua and Barbuda, but everyone who knows Collin definitely knows about the island. In this episode, he shares his story about going from the island to living in New York, earning his Ph.D from an Ivy league institution, and how he became a tourism ambassador and one of the OG's of the black travel movement.
39:21
December 27, 2021
Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer, or Disgrace to the Family with Esé Ighedosa
Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer, or Disgrace to the Family with Esé Ighedosa
President of House of Athlete, Esé Ighedosa, joins Yves on the podcast to share stories of growing up in a household that prioritized African/Nigerian knowledge while living in the United States. She discusses upbringing, career shifts, workplace identity, and a whole lot more!
37:31
December 17, 2021
Growing Up in Nigeria, U.K., and America with Daramola
Growing Up in Nigeria, U.K., and America with Daramola
Daramola is a Miami-based Nigerian-born Dove award-winning music producer & singer/songwriter. He joined the podcast to talk about being an "Immigrant American" with life experiences in Nigeria as well as the United Kingdom. Topics in this episode include native names, musical influence, jollof rice, marriage, family upbringing, unlearning and relearning gender roles, and much more!
34:47
December 10, 2021
216. Young, Black, In Love (ft. Dawn Batoba)
216. Young, Black, In Love (ft. Dawn Batoba)
The one and only, undeniable, phenomenal Dawn Batoba (@dawnbatoba) is on this episode of the podcast! Yes, that’s my wife! We share our story, chat lessons learned in 2 years of marriage, and even her experience marrying into African culture.
36:50
May 24, 2021
215. ARE YOU PEAKING? (ft. Tina Bonner)
215. ARE YOU PEAKING? (ft. Tina Bonner)
Did you know that there is a huge difference between self-development and peak performance? Behavior and mindset modification changes lifestyle and has a 500% increase in productivity, where self-development increases your ability to be productive by 5%. Tina Bonner (@tinabonnerlive on IG) is a peak performance coach that teaches people how to master their potential. She shared some strategies on this episode about staying focused, the importance of environment, time management hacks, and more!
29:26
April 29, 2021
214. DATING IN MIAMI (ft. Keith Thornton)
214. DATING IN MIAMI (ft. Keith Thornton)
Dating in 2021 is a lot different than dating any other year in history. Just like dating in your 30's is way different than dating in your teens. Yves and Keith (@keiththornton17 on IG) discuss all things dating from a man's perspective.
24:43
April 05, 2021
213. MICRO EMPIRES (ft. Jennifer Grimson)
213. MICRO EMPIRES (ft. Jennifer Grimson)
Jennifer was a single mother who lost everything...twice.  The second time, she rebuilt by creating small “empires” for financial independence.  She created over $1.4m in income producing investments with nothing more than a W2 and grit.  In 2020, Jennifer created the Micro Empires Podcast to share her story and to pull back the curtain on the path to financial independence. SOCIALS: website: www.micro-empires.com linkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-grimson-7265bb8/ facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicroEmpiresPodcast Instagram: @microempires Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jives3_jennifer
33:29
March 22, 2021
212. IDENTITY RESTORATION (ft. Desmond Roland)
212. IDENTITY RESTORATION (ft. Desmond Roland)
Identity foreclosure is something a lot of athletes have to come to face with at some point. Desmond (@D_Ro26) joins the podcast to discuss his football journey, losing his mother to cancer, falling into drug addiction, and finding restoration during a global pandemic.
30:15
February 19, 2021
211. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR MIND (ft. Clay Frost)
211. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR MIND (ft. Clay Frost)
The mind is a weapon! Clay Frost (@clay.frost) helps elite athletes level up to make their minds their greatest weapon so they can be at their best every time they perform. In this episode, we chat about how anyone can train their mind.
20:38
February 09, 2021
210. PASSPORT PRIVILEGE (ft. Elliott Jeffcoat)
210. PASSPORT PRIVILEGE (ft. Elliott Jeffcoat)
Elliott Jeffcoat (@elliottgullah) is back to continue the conversation on global traveling. This time he tells stories about his experiences in Europe as a black man, American privilege, and international exposure.
26:17
February 02, 2021
209. CULTURE SHOCK (ft. Elliott Jeffcoat)
209. CULTURE SHOCK (ft. Elliott Jeffcoat)
Going from the deep country south to a college town can be pretty shocking. The one and only Elliott Jeffcoat (@elliottgullah on IG) tells hilarious stories about Gullah Geechee culture in the U.S., his experience with race, learning different languages, and the different sides of American culture.
25:52
January 26, 2021
208. FINANCIAL FOOTWORK (ft. Hillary Seiler)
208. FINANCIAL FOOTWORK (ft. Hillary Seiler)
I have witnessed Hillary work with players, coaches, and NFL staff alike. She is the best financial coach that I've ever met. Her company, Financial Footwork (@financialfootwork), teaches people to train their money like an athlete trains for a sport. In this episode, she gave away some free game for those looking to set money goals in 2021.
27:56
January 14, 2021
207. POW-HER-FUL (Part 2, ft. Crystal Foster)
207. POW-HER-FUL (Part 2, ft. Crystal Foster)
In the second part of our conversation, Crystal Foster (@iamcrysfoster) really talks about the strength that is found in her faith, especially as it pertains to raising a son as a single mother.
17:43
January 04, 2021
206. POW-HER-FUL (Part 1, ft. Crystal Foster)
206. POW-HER-FUL (Part 1, ft. Crystal Foster)
Crystal Foster (@iamcrysfoster on IG) is a firefighter, bodybuilder, mother, and all around powerful woman that thrives in spaces that many consider to be "male dominated." She joins the podcast to discuss her approach as a leader.
19:59
December 31, 2020
205. TOO BLACK FOR THE BUILDING (ft. Martinez Anderson)
205. TOO BLACK FOR THE BUILDING (ft. Martinez Anderson)
Martinez Anderson (_theunapologeticone) and I talk about embracing your blackness as a Christian and in society. We also touch on his book, Too Black for the Building, as it depicts the experience of black male students in a white school system. 
26:12
December 24, 2020
204. DREAM CHASING (ft. Anthony Hill)
204. DREAM CHASING (ft. Anthony Hill)
Gratitude is a secret weapon. Anthony Hill (@anthilll) discusses his path to Hollywood and believing in himself through the grind. Now as a regular on Grey's Anatomy, and having starred in multiple shows, commercials, and movies, he is truly the "man in the arena" as he hits his stride in the entertainment and show business industry. #KansasCity #OklahomaState #GreysAnatomy
15:32
December 19, 2020
203. 75 HARD IS.... HARD (ft. Donte Harris)
203. 75 HARD IS.... HARD (ft. Donte Harris)
Donte and I just recently completed the 75 Hard transformative mental toughness program, created by Andy Frisella. 75 straight days of sticking to a diet, doing two 45-minute workouts (one outdoors), drinking one gallon of water, reading ten pages of a non-fiction book, and taking a progress pic. It was tough, but we made it! Here is our experience with it. #RealAF #75Hard #MFCEOProject #PersonalDevelopment
16:43
December 16, 2020
202. DEBT FREE JOURNEY (ft. Justin Southwell)
202. DEBT FREE JOURNEY (ft. Justin Southwell)
Justin and his wife were able to get out of debt less than two years after getting married. Here is how they did it.
24:18
December 14, 2020
SZN 2 Intro
SZN 2 Intro
Thank you for all of the love and support in season 1 of the Good (Yves)ning podcast. Can't wait to keep growing in season 2! This season, we have interviews. We're talking sports, race, culture, church, dream chasing, finances, and so much more. Catch a vibe.
01:44
December 12, 2020
201. SURVIVING 2020 (ft. Perry Watson)
201. SURVIVING 2020 (ft. Perry Watson)
The year 2020 has been a whirlwind. Between the pandemic, race relations, the election, the economy, and everything we experienced individually. Perry Watson (follow him at @pwat_) joined me to talk about the challenges he faced this year and how he overcame them. At the end, he gave some tips for heading into the new year. Enjoy.
28:45
December 12, 2020
110. BEFORE THE MILLIONS | Money Lessons
110. BEFORE THE MILLIONS | Money Lessons
Financial literacy isn't stressed enough as we are growing up. Whether we are talking about good debt versus bad debt, credit, investing, being a millionaire or anything else involving money – let’s get comfortable talking finances.
09:20
September 24, 2020
109. 24 HOURS | Spending Time vs Spending Money
109. 24 HOURS | Spending Time vs Spending Money
Since the pandemic hit, have your time management skills gotten all out of wack? Screen time on your phone getting disturbing? This might help.
09:29
September 14, 2020
108. ACTIVISM | Substance Over Symbolism
108. ACTIVISM | Substance Over Symbolism
Let's get another layer deeper when it comes to the issues. Social justice is at the forefront of the agenda right now. Often times, getting to the root will solves issues better than any symbolic gesture.
07:17
August 27, 2020
107. MENTAL HEALTH | The Gym For Your Brain
107. MENTAL HEALTH | The Gym For Your Brain
As Marshawn Lynch said, "take care of yo' mentals." There’s a negative stigma around mental health, especially amongst men, amongst people of faith, and in the black community. It’s okay to not be okay; just don’t stay that way.
08:03
August 18, 2020
106. ELECTION YEAR | The Politicized Life
106. ELECTION YEAR | The Politicized Life
Is there room for nuance in politics? Whether you support Donald Trump & Mike Pence, or Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, be careful during an election year and try your best to take a bipartisan approach rather than driving your identity with a party. Take advantage of your freedom to democracy.
07:57
August 17, 2020
105. BLACK CHRISTIANS | Wrestling with Faith
105. BLACK CHRISTIANS | Wrestling with Faith
Is Christianity only for a certain race of people? Have black people been tricked or manipulated to believe in Jesus Christ as their lord and savior? Yves talks about that here with some historical research and context.
09:53
August 04, 2020
104. COACHES | Sports Parallel Life
104. COACHES | Sports Parallel Life
Sports are a microcosm of life. Great coaches are the ones that make it make sense. In this episode, I talk about some of the lessons I learned from my high school coaches (Coach Kevin Atkinson and Coach Byron Bundy), my college coach (coach Mike Gundy) at Oklahoma State University, and a couple of NFL coaches I was around at the Miami Dolphins (Adam Gase and Brian Flores).
05:58
July 30, 2020
103. SUPPORT WOMEN | Shut Down the Good Ole Boys Club
103. SUPPORT WOMEN | Shut Down the Good Ole Boys Club
Support women in sports. Support women in all industries. The Washington Post article about the 15 sexual harassment accusations within one NFL football team led to this podcast episode. As men, we have to dismantle the good ole boys club.
07:23
July 28, 2020
102. STORIES | "I Can Relate"
102. STORIES | "I Can Relate"
We are all more similar than we are different. When we can open up and talk about our scars, it leads to a strength in unity. Brene Brown's book, Daring Greatly, does a tremendous job outlining the power of vulnerability.
06:31
July 23, 2020
101. Career Shift | Lost Job During COVID-19
101. Career Shift | Lost Job During COVID-19
My wife, Dawn, and I encountered a huge transition during the COVID-19 pandemic. I lost my job and then she became unemployed. By faith, and with grace, we powered through and are looking at the world differently. Our experience has allowed 2020 to be one of the most important years of our lives.
07:11
July 21, 2020