Our Voices Matter Podcast

Our Voices Matter Podcast

Our stories have the power to bring us closer together, if only we will listen. Emmy Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, intimate conversations that reveal our common humanity. This show is not about politics; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.


June 29, 2023 31 mins

It’s been inspiring to see our friends in the LGBTQ+ community celebrate and be celebrated during Pride Month.

Though, I must say I long for the day when we don’t need a specific month to acknowledge the humanity of those who are marginalized.

No matter who we love, what our race, how we pray or how we identify, we matter. We are human. We belong.

But until that day, I am grateful for each month that shin...

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I can hear my dad saying it now: “I have to laugh to keep from crying.” As a little girl, I didn’t quite get it.

But now I do. And it’s safe to say, these days, that’s how most of us feel.

Up is down. Fake is real. Fact is fiction. The world has gone mad.

And we’re all choosing sides — scared to death of what this chaos means for our future.

So. How to cope with it all?…

My guest this we...

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“We cannot coexist if we cannot talk to each other — it’s that simple.”

And that complicated. Yet the leaders of BridgeUSA are determined to meet the challenge.

This 7 year-old non-profit is “building a student movement to bring the country together”, led by a dynamic CEO and return guest to Our Voices Matter, Manu Meel.

Lessons Learned
When we first spoke with Manu over a year ago, he was about to em...

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Talking with Jordan Seaberry is like wrapping up in a warm blanket on a frigid, winter night.

You still feel the cold, but the softness enveloping you takes the edge off.

Our chaotic world churns constantly, spewing more mayhem, but somehow, we still have hope.

Jordan and others of his generation give me the sense that ultimately, we’ll be ok.

What is an Artist?

But not without doing the work, and Jordan is among many, spectacular mille...

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People often ask where and how I find guests for Our Voices Matter.

The short answer is, when I run across a story I think will resonate with our audience, I jump on it.

For this episode, I didn’t have to look very far.

Literally across my desk.

No Subject Off Limits
Jodi Rabitoy is my Executive Assistant at Linda Lorelle Media.

As you might imagine, we talk a lot. About pretty much ...

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“When your story is being told, make sure you are the one holding the pen.”

It’s one of Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton’s favorite quotes. And one that has particular resonance in 2023 as powerful, political forces are literally trying to erase parts of American history.

Black history.

But Mouton is holding the pen.

Multi-Genre Literary Artist
A self-described multi-genre literary artist, she is a ma...

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The message comes from Millennial recording artist, Kam Franklin, and her band, The Suffers.

Kam, the Houston band’s lead singer, lives her life leading with love — and the truth, even when it isn’t pretty.

I became a Kam super fan after sitting down with her for the podcast in November of 2020. Her talent, intellect and empathy toward others on full display.

Surviving the Pandemic

Still in full-blown pandemic mode at that time, Kam an...

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When you were 18, what were you concerned about?

If you’re of a certain age, my guess is that the demise of our planet and Artificial Intelligence taking over weren’t at the top of your list.

But for today’s youth, those are real concerns. And it impacts how they think about and prepare for the future.

In Part 2 of our series, Across the Generations, I sit down with a mother and daughter who are grappling in real time with these quest...

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It’s no secret that sometimes we just don’t “get” each other. There’s a disconnect between the generations.

That in itself certainly isn’t new.

But what seems, or at least feels different, is the fragility of the systems on which we depend — and the urgency of figuring out how to save ourselves…from ourselves…

So that a livable world with a thriving society will still be here for Millennials, Gen Z and fu...

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Since we first introduced you to Sipple and its co-founder, Danny Frounfelkner, the Houston-based company has hit next level status. At least from my humble perspective as a customer.

Like many of you, I am participating in Dry January, which necessitated a recent shopping trip to my favorite non-alcoholic bottle shop.

The place was packed. First timers. Regulars. All of us browsing bulging shelves decked out with new offerings, refl...

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I love candles. Especially during the Christmas holidays, which makes this the perfect time to revisit my conversation with The Candle Queen.

Ianthe Mauro is fluent in the language of candles. Whatever the shape or scent, candles are a perfect metaphor for what Ianthe is all about — bringing light and love to our troubled world.

Sound familiar? It’s one of the mantras of this podcast and all of the content I creat...

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Growing up, she was simply my second cousin, Yvonne. Someone I looked forward to seeing on my summer visits to Nashville, Tennessee, my mother’s hometown.

Little did I know she was also a pioneer — a badass Black woman who refused to let the barriers of the day keep her down.

No matter the obstacle, Yvonne “Y.Y.” Clark, started by asking herself: “How do we fix this?” An approach instilled in her by her parents, Dr. Coleman Milton Yo...

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As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the opportunity to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community that is deeply hurting.

The recent Q Club killings in Colorado Springs are the latest example of the searing hate and violence gripping our nation.

Hate toward those considered to be “the other” — simply for existing as who they are.

Those of us who call ourselves allies must do our part. Re-...

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He calls himself a recovering lawyer and politico turned culinary historian, food writer and professional speaker.

Sprinkle in a healthy dose of faith and social justice activism and voilà — a Soul Food Scholar “dropping knowledge like hot biscuits!”

Somehow, Adrian Miller has managed to fashion a successful career intersecting his multitude of talents to the benefit of us all.

From the White House to Netflix

Some of you might recogniz...

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Why An Interracial Couple Emigrated From the U.S.

What’s your definition of “Home”?

Here’s one I found in a random Google search:

“A home is a place of refuge. A person’s most personal belongings are kept in a home and it’s where a person feels safe and accepted. To create a home requires an emotional connection and sense of belonging, not physical things.”

Safe and accepted. A sense of belonging.

Isn’t that what we all want?

It’s certai...

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This week's episode of Our Voices Matter Podcast explores the intersection of two topics making recent headlines: DEI in the workplace and Black women's hair.

Diversity, equity and inclusion -- along with belonging and accessibility -- have remained at the forefront of corporate conversations in the last few years. Especially after the murder of George Floyd.

Last week, headlines screamed about the results of a new study by...

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This is one of my favorite episodes over the five seasons of OurVoices Matter — and it’s the one I turn to when I need a dose of hope. 

When my faith is being tested.

When I want to wrap myself in a warm blanket and just feel good about being alive.

There is so much chaos, anxiety and uncertainty in our world that it can be challenging to see the good.

But it’s there.

And it can be chall...

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I was on vacation recently with a group of friends and, without a doubt, the best memories were created gathered around the table.  

There’s something magical about sharing food and conversation, sitting shoulder to shoulder.  And no one understands that better than this week’s return guest, the founder of Neighbor’s Table.

I first met and interviewed Sarah Harmeyer in the fall of 2019.   

A lot has happe...

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The midterm elections are less than 30 days away.

Before ballots are cast, some already cast doubt about the eventual outcome.

Not to mention growing distrust of our institutions, our systems and our leaders.

Yet, our guest this week remains hopeful about our future.  Why? 

 "Because as long as we have liberals and conservatives saying we need to make sure that we as a country can elect peop...

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My daughter and I walked into Texas' first, non-alcoholic bottle shop to look, learn and buy. 

We walked out having done all that, and feeling appreciative for an unexpected bonus -- a riveting conversation that created an instant bonding with the man behind the bottles. 

He shared a bit about his remarkable story, telling us how quitting alcohol saved his life and disrupted an industry.

I knew ins...

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