Black Oxygen

Black Oxygen

Angela Russell is a Black woman who loves Wisconsin. But sometimes, with so few Black people in the state, she needs a little extra dose of Black Oxygen. A place where she can breathe, connect, and restore by hearing and listening to Black folks in this shared journey of life.... Show More

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March 1, 2021 62 min

Rudy Bankston, Founder and President of I Am We Consulting, is learning the answer to his own question of “what does it mean to live authentically in your own skin?” In this episode of Black Oxygen, Rudy shares his story of journey of self-love as a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline and the role of grace in his continued journey toward freedom.  We cover so many topics in this conversation including restorative justice, the...

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February 22, 2021 40 min

2021 has made quite the entrance. I don’t know about you, but I’m already feeling wiped out and we haven’t even made it through the 1st quarter of the year. This week on Black Oxygen I’m practicing what I preach - we are taking a pause and rebroadcasting an episode on rest. This weeks episode features a conversation with Alia Stevenson, Chief Programs Officer for The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, on health, rest, and share...

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For all of February, Black Lens, of Milwaukee Film, is offering films and events that amplify and honor the Black voice. This week’s episode of Black Oxygen features a panel conversation on Black Love and a Black Women’s worth that was held as a part of the Black Lens February programming.  This panel features: Winter Dunn, the Director and Producer of the film Junebug Sabrina Madison, the Founder and Executive Director of the Pro...
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February 8, 2021 60 min

In this episode of Black Oxygen, Dr. Eric Wilcots, a Black astronomer and Dean of UW-Madison’s College of Letters and Sciences says, “2020 taught us some remarkably important things and if we are wise we will listen to them.” We cover so much in our conversation, including the difference between astronomy and astrology, self-love, the concept and meaning of time (both geologic and astronomical). Regarding time, Dr. Wilcots reminds ...

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February 1, 2021 66 min

Will you accept the invitation to become whole? In this episode of Black Oxygen, Dr. Angela Rose Black, founder of Mindfulness for the People, discusses her journey towards wholeness. Our conversation covers a lot including her journey to Wisconsin, boundaries, and the challenge of white-led media. She said, “white led media strips the dignity of Black folks.” The conversation was moving and beautiful.

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January 25, 2021 38 min

When asked about his sense of belonging as a Black man in Wausau, Wisconsin, Alex says, “my sense of belonging comes from within.” This episode of Black Oxygen features Alex B. Grant, a photographer and videographer based in central Wisconsin. We cover a variety of topics during our conversation including his journey from Racine to Wausau, survivors guilt, and being open to love after heartbreak. He closes our conversation by remin...

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January 18, 2021 68 min


In this conversation, Dr. Sagashus Levingston, Founder and Executive Director of Infamous Mothers, says, “Black women give me the strength to show up in America.” Dr. Levingston came to Madison, WI for graduate school to become a professor - but ended up not only getting her doctorate but creating Infamous Mothers. This episode of Black Oxygen covers a number of topics including Black motherhood, self-love, and the abusive nature ...

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January 11, 2021 76 min

“We can be stunned by what we saw, but we should not be surprised,” says Angela Lang of BLOC about last week’s insurrection at the US Capitol. In this season 2 premiere of Black Oxygen, our conversation centers covers a lot of topics including democracy, lessons learned from the Georgia runoffs, and the importance of self-love for Black folks during a time of deep revolution.

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January 4, 2021 5 min

This episode of Black Oxygen is brief. In this episode, our host, Angela Russell, provides an overview of the topics we’ll be covering in season 2. Season 2 of Black Oxygen is going to be focused all on love. We all know the often cited headline that WI is the worst state in the nation to be Black ... and yet Angela, a Black woman, that loves Wisconsin. She doesn’t think that Wisconsin needs to be a place of unrequited love for Bla...

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December 28, 2020 54 min

The tables are turned on this episode of Black Oxygen. On December 23, Ali Muldrow interviewed Angela Russell - the creator and host of Black Oxygen - for WORT’s live recording of A Public Affair. This Black Oxygen episode features this live recording. Ali and Angela cover many topics including the genesis story of Black Oxygen, what it means for Black leaders to be fully human, reflections and learnings from the podcast, and so mu...

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December 21, 2020 52 min

In her book Eloquent Rage, Dr. Brittney Cooper says, “how it feels to be a Black woman ... our victories belong everyone even though we do all of the work.”
In this episode of Black Oxygen, Lilliann Paine, the Chief of Staff for the City of Milwaukee Health Department, talks about the work it took for racism to be named as a public health crisis by the Wisconsin Public Health Association and in the City of Milwaukee. In pointing to...

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December 14, 2020 67 min

Genia Stevens, the founder and Director of Rock County Jumpstart and Marketing Strategist at Belwah Media, is this week’s featured guest on the Black Oxygen Podcast. In this episode, we cover a lot including discussing the wide variety of Black-owned businesses in Rock County, WI; our shared love for our alma mater - Beloit College; and the challenges of maintaining of emotional well-being in 2020. At the end of the episode Genia r...

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December 7, 2020 73 min

In reimagining a new normal, Gabe Doyle wants Black folks to see themselves as belonging in Wisconsin. This episode of Black Oxygen features Gabe Doyle - Director of Community Impact at United Way, former counselor, and former Project Coordinator of Project Ujima. This episode covers SO much including vicarious trauma, what it means to have a sense of belonging as bi-racial Black man when you have two white parents, the love he has...

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November 30, 2020 56 min

Raised in Milwaukee, Sabrina Madison, aka Heymiss Progress, moved to Madison with what she calls “big rose colored glasses.” In this episode of Black Oxygen, the Founder of the Progress Center for Black Women, candidly discusses the systemic challenges facing Black folks in Madison. She states, “this is a city that has very low standards for Black folks.” Progress also talks about the optics of success in Madison, how to get involv...

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November 23, 2020 49 min

In one of his poems, Paul Laurence Dunbar said, “we wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes.”

In this episode of Black Oxygen, Cedric Johnson, Community Services Manager at MGE, talks about his reckoning and the process of removing his mask to survive and thrive in Madison, Wi. The conversation is rich and covers many topics current energy challenges of many Madison families, the process of learni...

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November 16, 2020 36 min

This week the Black Oxygen podcast features Ashley Saunders-Madden, Inclusion & Talent Strategy Manager at Exact Sciences. In this episode we talk about the importance of representation of Black folk in the sciences, the power of networking and mentoring and finding a network in Madison. In addition, we were joined by a special guest, Ashley’s daughter, midway through the interview. Throughout our conversation Ashley demonstrat...

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November 9, 2020 33 min

This episode of Black Oxygen featuring Rob Franklin, a Madison based hip-hop and spoken word artist, centers around the topic of Black life in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Similar to other episodes of Black Oxygen, we cover a variety of topics including surviving as a Black man in Madison, creating an inclusive downtown, and homelessness. Stay tuned until the end where Rob offers a quick reflection via spoken word on the election o...

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November 2, 2020 64 min

This week’s election marks an intense inflection point in our nation’s history. No matter the outcome of the election, we are all feeling a bit on edge and ungrounded. Collectively, we’ve lost our breath. In this week’s episode of Black Oxygen, LaCouir Yancey tells us to, “sit the bleep down and find your quiet space.” Owner of Y-Massage Bodywork and Natural Fitness, LaCouir is a massage therapist, personal trainer, musician, urban...

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October 26, 2020 61 min

This Black Oxygen episode featuring Denise Thomas, President and Owner of the Effective Communication Coach, is SO RICH. We cover many topics including being a single Black woman, dating, knowing your worth, what survival means for Black women, and so much more. She ends our conversation by reminding us all that, “you are not losing control. Your why and your purpose will never change. You just have to reinvent your how.”

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The week’s episode of Black Oxygen features the Black Oxygen Panel conversation that was held at the 2020 Wisconsin Leadership Summit. This panel included several guests from previous Black Oxygen episodes including Opal Tomashevaka, Angela Lang, Ranell Washington and Everett Mitchell. 

In this episode, Rev. Mitchell says, “sometimes it is the screaming that allows for the healing.” During this conversation we chatted about so man...

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