Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories

Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories

Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories is a podcast exploring society, culture, and current events through conversation. We aspire to create an open, respectful, and equitable space where guests are free to share their truth and lived experiences. Our core values are rooted in community, connection, and personal development.Stories help us to relate, learn, and grow! We are here to Listen, to Take Notice.

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July 5, 2022 66 min

Tuesday, July 5
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Season 2, Episode 20: Logan Brown

In this episode I speak with musician turned comedian, Logan Brown. We discuss growing up in a small Canadian town, his transition to comedy, and identity as someone with an Irish father and Nigerian mother. I appreciate how open and candid Logan was in our conversation, which we recorded back in February. We do discuss mental health a bit, and sui...

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Tuesday, June 28
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Season 2, Episode 19: Ashley Wynn-Grimes

In this episode we speak with nurse, author, and entrepreneur, Ashley Wynn-Grimes. We discuss her work with her recently launched business, growing up in a military family, and the book that she will be releasing later this year entitled "Stigmatized".  She also shares how death has had a huge impact on her career and how she lives ...

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June 14, 2022 59 min

Tuesday, June 14
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Season 2, Episode 18: N'Kenge

In this episode we talk with Grammy and Emmy-nominated artist, singer, producer, and creator, N’Kenge. Hear about N'Kenge's climb to success from growing up in New York to working in her mother's business while performing on the road to blossoming as a performer while attending graduate school at Julliard. We also discuss a bit about o...

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May 31, 2022 74 min

Tuesday, May 31
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Season 2, Episode 17: Alfred Jackson

It was a joy to connect with Alfred Jackson. He shares about his experience pursuing the performing arts, people who deeply influenced his pursuits, performing on cruise ships, and his own original creations. We also hear about the new album he is set to release on June 17, 2022.

Born and raised in the neighborhood of South Central, Los Angeles, ...

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May 17, 2022 52 min

May 17, 2022
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Season 2, Episode 15: Sha'Leah Nikole

Entertainer and songbird from South Central, Los Angeles, Sha’Leah Nikole grew up surrounded by the arts. After graduating from college, Sha’Leah began songwriting, singing background vocals and sharing the stage with several Grammy Award-winning artists.  Her  single “King Me,” was released Friday, March 4, 2022 and her sophomore EP, Work of ...

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May 2, 2022 63 min

May 3, 2022
Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
S2. E15 Iyabo Mesa Serikali

Iyabo Mesa Serikali and I spent a lovely evening in February discussing her experience growing up with a large family in Kentucky, photography, freelance work, her parent's martial arts studio, her interest in pursuing music journalism, and a move to Georgia on her horizon. We end the conversation discussing the importance of names. 

Iyabo Mesa Serikali i...

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April 19, 2022 41 min

April 19, 2022
Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
Season 2, Episode 14 - Harold Young


A conversation on family, career changes, and supporting youth with Executive Director for The Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Harold Young possesses over 30 years of event, artist, and facility management experience - the majority having been gained in Los Angeles - which you’ll hear a bi...

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April 5, 2022 56 min

April 5, 2022
Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
Season 2, Episode 13 - Michael Fosberg

Michael Fosberg's story is filled with unbelievable stories from his family history. We discuss his journey with identity, finding his biological father later in life and how his experiences have culminated into the work he is currently doing. 

Michael Fosberg has been doing important work through creativity and art. Michael is an author, act...

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March 22, 2022 42 min

March 22, 2022
Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
Marie Lemelle - S2.E12

A conversation with LA-based journalist, author, producer, and publicist Marie Y. Lemelle, in which we discuss the many hats she wears, her journey to her current career, and projects in the works!

Marie Lemelle champions the philosophy of “Transform Your Goals into Greatness” through her transformational branding, marketing and public relations expertise as C...

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March 8, 2022 51 min

Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
Stormi Banks
Website
Instagram

Featuring entrepreneur and CEO, Stormi Banks. We discuss Stormi's process of transitioning from working for a hair salon to owning her own mobile hair salon business and the catalyst for starting her digital financial resource business, Pink Print.

Stormi Banks is known as the Gen-Z CEO. CEO of PinkPrint. A financial resource created to help Gen-Z and Millennial b...

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February 22, 2022 49 min

Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
Guest: David Skato

In conversation with LA-based filmmaker, David Skato as we discuss his childhood, creative process, projects, dreams, and inspirations. David is the owner of David Skato Productions which is based in Burbank CA. David directed his first feature, Gutta Story, a crime drama, in 2010 which went on to be a local cult film. Since, he has produced, written, and directed 5 features wi...

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Take Notice Talks: Term 'Marginalized' with Mo Bell - Special Episode

In this episode we bring you another Take Notice Talks, where myself and the Take Notice crew discuss different topics and ideas that come up behind the scenes in the creation of Take Notice. The topic for this episode is the term marginalized, which I discuss with Take Notice social media content creator, Mo Bell. Thes...

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January 25, 2022 43 min

Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
J.R. Rhodes (Part 2) Season 2, Episode 8

Seattle musician and creator J.R. Rhodes discusses current musical projects, her creative process, and influences in her life, including her Grandmother who ran Rhodes Grocery back when MLK Way in Seattle was still Empire Way.

J.R. Rhodes is dreamer who enjoys creating. In high school, she created a chocolate chip cookie recipe, then baked and sold them we...

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January 11, 2022 46 min

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J.R. Rhodes
Lori Goldston
Fred Milke, Jr.
Paul Bloomer (artist)
Wesleyan University
Johnny Sangster
Hans Teuber

In part 1 of 2 episodes with J.R. Rhodes we discuss living in Seattle, family, grief, and J.R.'s career and relationship with music. J.R. is a dreamer who enjoys creating. One aspect of J.R.’s creation is creating music. J.R. works from home mostly, in a simple music and songwriting studio. 

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Jane Elliott

We are trying something new as part of our second season. Special episodes focused on questions and topics that pop up behind the scenes discussed in conversation with either my co-producer and husband, Darius Heggins or our social media manager, Mo Bell. These episodes are not meant to tell anyone how to think or feel, but to share our conversations in the hopes that it might inspire listeners to further anal...

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November 30, 2021 57 min

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Instagram: @transforthought
Patreon
Website
OhHeyCoach Podcast
HOME Appalachia

My guest on this episode is Mo Bell, the newest member of the Take Notice team who has already made such an impact on the growth of our podcast. I was happy to have the opportunity to interview Mo for the podcast as a way to not only introduce them to you all but to hear more about their journey. We discussed growing up in Kentucky, family,...

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November 16, 2021 57 min

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Duwamish River Clean Up Coalition

In this episode Sarneshea Evans and I discuss her experience growing up as an only child, studying archeology, and working in public spaces. Sarneshea is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Seattle in 2017. Sarneshea loves many things including good food, good music, and even greater company.  She spends most of her time connecting people to parks and public spaces, and co-creat...

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November 2, 2021 48 min

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Noir Lux Candle Co
Black Coffee NW

In this episode, I speak with Noir Lux Candle founder, Colina Bruce about growing up in Seattle's Central District, family, entrepreneurship, and her work at Seattle University. In addition to creating a line of beautiful handcrafted candles, Colina has worked in the education sector for over 15 years. It has been her life's work to advance equity and excellence for ALL scholars a...

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October 19, 2021 52 min

In this episode Marian Harrison describes what it was like growing up in rural Arlington, Washington, the change in the community as the economy shifted throughout the decades, the work she did for local government, and family. 

Born in Everett, Washington 1931, Marian Harrison is a Mother of 7, grandmother of 11.

Marian was an employee of the Arlington School District for 22 years, a member of Public School Employees of Washington, ...

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October 5, 2021 49 min

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Look, Listen + Learn
Instagram: @looklistenlearntv and FB: Look, Listen and Learn TV
Watch Look, Listen + Learn on Youtube

Our first episode of the season is with the Creator + Executive Producer of the children's television show Look Listen and Learn, Val Thomas-Matson. Val and I had a fantastic conversation on her surroundings growing up, family, and the creation of Look, Listen and Learn. 

Val is a comm...

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