Underground Magnolia Podcast

Underground Magnolia Podcast

Elevated Entertainment focusing on arts, culture, and society from an award-winning journalist.

Episodes

June 3, 2022 25 min

On this episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast, Doctor Bob Lee discusses: 

  • His longstanding career at WBLS, one of the most influential radio stations in the nation and the Black community.
  • Being the President, Founder & CEO of the Make the Grade Foundation (https://makethegrade4u.org/), a non-profit that provides mentoring, tutoring, and aid to students of all ages in the NY tri-state area.
  • Being the  author of several books tha...
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    This episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast features Lorraine Lionheart, a singer and songwriter heating up the global music scene. 

    Hailing from Botswana in Southern Africa and based in the UK, she boasts a sound that fuses traditional African music with contemporary Afropop. The sexy singer already has four independent albums and several singles under her belt that explore a new-ish African beat called amapiano.

    In addition to her...

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    On this episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast,  Cynthia Hardy discusses how to excel in business, especially for Black Women, Women, and People of Color, 

    Cynthia is the CEO and Founder of the Atlanta-based Pivot Global Partners. Her company is a global professional service firm offering, “change design and implementation services to mid-sized and larger organizations." Pivot Global raises a company’s performance, focusing on ...

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    On  this episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast, Melba Moore discusses: 

  • New song, “So In Love,” from her upcoming "Imagine" album, which is slated for release in April 2022.
  • New music on her daughter's independent record label. 
  • Becoming an "Auntie" to younger audiences thanks to DJ's such as D-Nice.
  • Legendary recording and stage career:
  • Released over 20 albums since 1970 and earned several R&B top ten hits...
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    On this episode,  real estate broker Caitlin Coakley breaks down the complicated real estate market that’s been hot for sellers but has put buyers in a tailspin.

    Based in the greater Seattle area, Caitlin is a third-generation realtor with 15 years of experience. She even obtained her real estate license in Washington state while still in high school. This go-getter has since risen through the ranks to found her own real estate comp...

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    This episode features astrological predictions and  insights for the New Year with modern mystic Lani Moran, the founder of Astrocast, who is also a sought-after open format DJ and content creator.

    Astrocast Links:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astro.cast/
    Website: https://www.astrocastofficial.com/

    Contact:
    Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)
    Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (
    https://www.instagram.com/...

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    This episode is a wide-ranging conversation with Dr. LaReesa Ferdinand, a board-certified OB/GYN for close to twenty years and the founder and CEO of The Estrogen Doctor company (based in the Greater Orlando, Florida area).

    We will tackle topics including (in this order):

  • Differences between women over 40 and women under 40. 
  • Helping women live not just longer but fulfilled lives with energy and vitality.
  • Menstruation (What about perio...
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    On this episode, Tommy Miles, the host of the popular OWN network show  "Ready To Love," talks about the new season in D.C. , love connections on the show, dating tips, and  how to make a marriage work. Nephew Tommy also discusses his new venture - a grits company, Just Good Gritz (https://justgoodgritz.com/).

    Contact:
    Underground Magnolia website: (https://www.undergroundmagnolia.com/)
    Instagram: @UMPodcastDV (
    https://ww...

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    This episode highlights Rae Shaw, the director and screenwriter of the upcoming web series Black Kung Fu Chick

    Set in South Los Angeles, the web series is about a young African American girl (played by up-and-coming actress Taylor Polidore), who needs guidance with achieving her goal of becoming a doctor. One of her teacher's (played by Chinese actor Peter Boon Koh) gives her the boost she needs to reach her dreams both profes...

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    This episode highlight's Ella's Eve Cosmetics, an e-commerce makeup brand founded by sisters Melissa Polanco and Lissa Martinez.

    Polanco and Martinez are proud Latinas repping their Dominican heritage in an industry that is offering up more and more beauty brands by Women of Color for Women of Color.

    The host catches up with  Polanco to discuss how the company started, the importance of Latina and WOC owned beauty brands,  th...

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    This third part episode features Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, who served as host of PBS’ History Detectives from 2003-2011. 

    The Professor of Sociology & Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania does a deep dive regarding the complexity of race and identity. He takes DNA tests to task and even goes so far to say that they are a "joke" and are NOT the answer to finding one's roots. 

    Listen now to this lively and contro...

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    "Chasing DNA and Family Roots Part 2," features Rene Worland, a family historian and archivist. 
     
     In more than 20 years of research this small business entrepreneur, living with her husband in the Los Angeles area, traced her family history in the United States and Canada.

    Rene’s ancestors go back to the Jefferson Davis plantations in MS, the Civil War, the Native American Territory of Oklahoma, the Sharecroppers’ Roadside D...

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    This latest episode - Chasing DNA and Family Roots (Part One) - will kickoff a series of shows regarding taking DNA tests and using other methods to find one’s family roots.

    The first guest in this series is Dena Chasten, who is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Delaware African American Historical and Genealogical Society.

    An adoptee, Chasten located her birth parents when she was a teen through a var...

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    On this episode, my husband, Segun Abegunrin, is back reviewing "Namaste Wahala." (Last time, he reviewed "Bob Hearts Abishola,” which was well received. The sitcom airing on CBS, is set in Detroit and is about a white businessman, who falls in love with a Nigerian nurse).
     
    My husband was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. He came to the United States in the early 80s for college. Fast forward to now, he is a principal...

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    Desiréia Valteau,  the  host, writer, and producer of Underground Magnolia Podcast, has a lively discussion with her husband regarding the television show "Bob Hearts Abishola"

    Born and raised in Nigeria, Segun Abegunrin,  a principal at his own architectural, management, and development company in Southern California,  is the perfect person to unpack the CBS comedy.

    Set in Detroit, the show is about a white businessman (B...

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    It’s holiday time! Christmastime! And you know what that means – movies, movies, movies!

    With the pandemic and more stay-at-home orders in place, many of us will be at home roasting chestnuts, with popcorn and hot chocolate, watching these feel-good films.
     
    In this episode, holiday movies featuring people of color are highlighted.

    Gone are the days of the mostly white casts on Lifetime and Hallmark networks.

    After a public outcry ...

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    Today’s podcast features my special guest La’Torria Lemon, a young publicist with her own Houston-Atlanta based Lemon Lime Light public relations firm.?

    She represents celebrities (Beyonce’s BeyGood Foundation), non-profits (United Negro College Fund), faith-based companies, media (Warner Brothers/TNT/OWN), and corporations.?

    One of her most challenging roles was in June 2020 as the official publicist for George Floyd’s memorial and ...

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    The latest episode features Alyson Williams discussing her illustrious recording career, upcoming projects, women rappers, and much more. 

    In the late 80s, the Harlem singer became the first female R&B artist signed to the groundbreaking Def Jam rap label. Alyson’s first album, "Raw," garnered several top 5 singles, including slow jam favorite “Just Call My Name.” The album went on to spend over a year on the Billboard c...

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    The guest for this episode is Dr. Jeanine Hall, a board-certified pediatric emergency medicine doctor in Los Angeles, who discusses being on the frontlines during COVID-19. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, a top black college (HBCU). She went on to medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Hall strongly advocates wearing a mask, social distancing, and handwashing...

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    On this podcast, "I May Destroy You" - a bold comedy/drama starring Black Brits by way of Ghana - is reviewed. The HBO Max series deals with the complex trauma of sexual consent, dating, and friendship. In the Celebrity Throwback segment, check out the 90s retelling of an interview with Iyanla Vanzant – long before the popular "Iyanla: Fix My Life" on the OWN network.

    Iyanla's Links:
    Website: https://iyanla.com/
    T...

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