The Positive Identity Podcast

The Positive Identity Podcast

The Positive Identity Podcast Series, dedicated to celebrating positive race relations by highlighting the good work that people of different racial communities do for each other and the world. We're supporters of the Asian, Black, Hispanic, White Communities and beyond and are here for all people! Because we believe in the power of everyone to uplift, edify and take action to create positive unity.

Episodes

June 22, 2022 78 min

In the days and hours after the Buffalo Massacre, the pre-planned episode with Jeff Keller takes on a much more introspective and serious turn. Keller, bi-racial who lived through history and family strife growing up in America. Ron, dealing with the reality that this is happening and people like him are the target. Stephen, thinking deeply about how we need to radically change what we're doing to push back against this.

Thinkin...

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Stephen and Ron, the partners in justice, are at it again; this time having fun talking to Ken Nwadike, also known as the Free Hugs Guy. Ken Nwadike is a social media viral star and legend in peace activism in the United States. 

Ken talks about how his love for running and the tragedy of the Boston Marathon Bombing led to the Free Hugs movement and how it evolved as racial tensions in America grew. Free Hugs went viral in the digit...

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Stephen and Ron speak to prolific author Dr. Tara Green about self-love, putting community first, and telling stories.


Dr. Tara Green came from rural Louisiana and explains the calling of a writer to put other people first in their stories in order to give them a voice. Writers don’t have to be in the spotlight; they put others in the spotlight through their stories.


One of Dr. Green’s latest works, “Love, Activism, and the Respectab...

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It's a new year, new approach and new way of thinking for 2022.

But it's the past that defines the good we can do. And last year, the final podcast for Ron & Stephen was them talking about what they were thankful for. In an end of the year saw saw record coronavirus cases and feeling like 2021 was a F$^%ing mess, Ron and Stephen spent time trying to ask themselves what was good. What where they thankful for. What made th...

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It's the Tuesday after EDC. 

Stephen had just come back from the weekend of a lifetime. A week that changed how he saw the world and how he saw everyone in it.

Ron of course has been in this world, for a good long 30 years. He knows the score. He knows that look in Stephen's face. He knows what it's like to hit the next level and go to the other side.

Anyone who knows rave culture knows what we're talking about. How no...

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Ron and Stephen drop it the big one on us today. As in drop the fact that EDM culture and rave culture are both things are hugely impactful to race and identity in America.

Ron is a pro at this, raving since the 90s. Stephen is the new kid in town, tearing it up in the post COVID world and about to head to EDC to make memories to last a lifetime.

It's a world of joy, dance and happiness... and in this world Ron and Stephen discus...

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The article has DROPPED!

Here it is. https://www.dailynews.com/2021/09/23/can-positive-storytelling-improve-race-relations-this-la-based-collective-thinks-so/

This is a seminal moment. People are looking at Positive Identity. The Media Machine is online... and Ron and Stephen now have to digest.

"Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things...

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Last week Ron and Stephen were just working away at little ol Positive Identity, hoping they could make a difference in their own small way. Their Outreach Director Ben told them this reporter wanted to speak with them. Thinking it was someone just fishing in the water to see if this was something interesting, Stephen figured he would get Directors Leonora and David in on the call in hopes that they three could give a larger contex...

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While the State of the Union address tales place in January/February, after the "Summer of Love 2021", it's time to see where we're at as a nation.

For Ron & Stephen, the fun and joy of summer now turns to the seriousness and edge of fall. COVID is on a rampage, the Supreme Court is dropping the hammer, Afghanistan is dominating the news and America continues through the uncertainty of this current era.

But there ...

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As we are currently going through global pandemic, we are also simultaneously going through another epidemic: homelessness. But what is our country doing in terms of helping those without homes? What can we individually do to help? Jon Linton, founder of I have a Name and Let's Be Better Humans, has taken matters into his own hands.

Jon shares the various ways he has impacted the homelessness community, spreading hope to those w...

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David Shakelford has a story to tell about injustice. Except that this injustice took place before cameras and the internet were a thing. So how do you bring to life a story, about a military mission and exercise that went wrong, killed many soldiers, many soldiers of color, when there wasn't anything around to record it? For David... it was to recreate this world so people could see it with their own eyes.

For Ron and Stephen, ...

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"Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive stories of people of different races doing good things for each other and the world. Then from there, we become better people and learn more how to make the world better for everyone."

What does it mean to have an identity... and have a morality attached to it? For Ani Zonneveld, this was a question she was asking herself in the Muslim faith. ...

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Alex Lui is releasing a movie,  A Sexplination, and he's doing his media circuit to drive attention for the movie. Ron and Stephen are intrigued by Alex, his Asian American story in the middle of #StopAsianHate, and his story of what sexuality means in today's society. 

It's a charged subject to be sure, but one that must be talked about. How do race and sex intersect, and how do they effect each other. Even further, as ...

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In this episode, Stephen and Ron discuss the imminent release of Step1 for 12 Steps for America.? With the video set to launch, the question arises, how will people react. For Ron, this is a very personal story and journey. He is essentially taking his own life, and the darkness he experienced through addiction, and tackling one of America's most controversial subjects through that lens, race and discrimination.

How will people ...

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"EveryDayAction is a movement/series where we create systems and a knowledge base so people can be empowered to take action in every day of their lives."

In this episode Daela Gibson talks about how to run for political office at the local level. Daela is a former candidate for the Nevada House and she ran her campaign a few years ago. During that process she came to learn about the intricate nature of how to not just learn ...

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One year ago, deep in the heart of the Pandemic, one month after George Floyd and the protests after changed the world, with the 2020 presidential election kicking into gear, Stephen and Ron were laying the foundation for their podcast and speaking to guests for the first time.

After speaking to Gang Interventionist Alfred Lomas, another gang interventionist, Tommie T-Top Rivers, came onto the podcast to speak with Ron and Stephen.

T...

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With the imminent release of a wave of content for Positive Identity, Stephen and Ron reflect on the state of affairs for the world.

How do you remain constructive in the face of a society that is tearing itself apart? How do you find hope in the work we're doing and the people who are trying to make it happen.

There is always a way... but how?

"Positive Identity: It's another week where we tell you inspiring and positive ...

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THE POSITIVE IDENTITY PODCAST SERIES IS BACK!

After a two month break to build up episodes in planning for a major launch of original content, we took a break.

But now we're back! When it comes to telling inspiring stories of people of all races doing good things for each other and America, we couldn't stay away. Today we talk with IamFaith, who is on the hunt to find homes for Queer and Transgender Youth. For Ron this was an...

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Michael Novick has been fighting against racism since the 60s. A living legend, he's the owner of Antiracist.org and has been all over the board when it comes to the pursuit of equality.

As Michael joins Ron & Stephen, his wealth of knowledge and history provide and incredible view into where we are today, and how we can move forward as a society. Even further, Michael shows that it's not enough to be anti-racist, we hav...

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Ever feel like you're trapped in your career, your life and you look at the world and want to make a change?

Ever feel like you're not good enough, the world has been filled with too much dysfunction and that you're too small to do it.

Jonaral Martin once felt like that. But he decided to make a change. To make a change to do something truly good for society.  In this episode we follow Jonaral's journey from unknown a...

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