Underground Magnolia Podcast

Underground Magnolia Podcast

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October 19, 2020 49 min

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/
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Known as the "trauma psychiatrist," Houston based board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Alauna Curry will join me on today's podcast. With Covid-19 affecting African American and Hispanic communities more than other groups, Dr. Alauna will help us center our thoughts and minds so that we can make it through the pandemic and more. Also, hear her conversation about “mask rage” with conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbau...

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This podcast features Cheryl L. Bedford, whose name should be in the dictionary next to Hollywood Diversity and Inclusion.

Bedford is a longtime outspoken Hollywood producer, who has always advocated for fairness. Best known as a producer of the still talked about 2011 “Dark Girls” documentary on colorism, her fearless, passionate voice has started the proactive organization Women of Color Unite. The group - f...

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In part 2 of my interview with Dr. Corey Hartman, a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Birmingham, Alabama, we discuss how derms address more than just skin issues. Derms can be seen for concerns about nails, hair, and much more. We also talk about when to see a dermatologist, skin cancer in the black community, and the epidemic rates of black women losing their hair. Plus, how to really know if a "protective hairstyle...

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In this episode, get ready for Part 1 of a two part episode with Dr. Corey Hartman. I used to babysit the now board certified dermatologist while he was a young boy living down the street from me in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Hartman, who is African American, has his own practice (Skin Wellness Dermatology - https://skinwellness.com/) in Birmingham, Alabama and discusses his medical school journey as the only black person in his p...

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This episode features an interview with Seattle-area's Daizha Brown, who has been donning natural hair for six years. To take care of her beautiful tresses, the 24-year-old created DaiByDai Hydrating Hair Buttercream, a handmade healthy hair treatment that moisturizes, mends split ends, adds shine, promotes growth and strong hair. It contains whipped shea butter, Jamaican black castor oil and rosemary oil. For more information ...

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This is Part 2 of Underground Magnolia's host Desiréia Valteau's millennial daughter (Simone) and friends decompressing  "Insecure"-Season 4, the popular HBO series created by and starring Issa Rae.

Simone (African American) along with Amanda (her bestie & Mexican American) and Daniel (a trusted colleague, pal & African American) rep the best and brightest in today’s black and Latino young people.

The college ...

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Underground Magnolia's host Desiréia Valteau's millennial daughter (Simone) and friends decompress "Insecure"-Season 4, the popular HBO series created by and starring Issa Rae.

Simone (African American) along with Amanda (her bestie & Mexican American) and Daniel (a trusted colleague, pal & African American) rep the best and brightest in today’s black and Latino young people.

The college grads - living in Los...

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Today’s episode is about "Gone With The Wind's" very quick return to HBO Max after a two-week removal and how they are putting it in context with companion content. June is Black Music Month - Happy Black Music Month! Celebrate it with the film recommendation "The Five Heartbeats." Directed and starring Robert Townsend, the film chronicles the rise and fall of an all-male singing group reminiscent of The Dells, ...

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We’ve got a few things to talk about - HBO Max’s decision to remove the film "Gone With the Wind" temporarily and who may have prompted that decision. It’s also Pride Month and hear about the "Major!" documentary (https://www.missmajorfilm.com/), based on the life of transgender elder Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. In my Encounter With a Celebrity (Icon) segment, listen to a story about my meeting with Rosa Parks and als...

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June 19, 2020 4 min

It's Juneteenth! Celebrating freedom from slavery!

Music:
"Jazz Addict’s Intro" by Cosimo Fogg
(https://soundcloud.com/cosimo-fogg)

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In this episode, a continuation of serving up content to help with these trying times such as documentaries you should watch: 

·        "Before the West Coast: A Sports Civil Rights Story" (released 2016) -  about the integration of Louisiana's all-white high school football league in 1967 by St. Augustine (New Orleans). Website: http://beforethewestcoast.com/

·        "Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed" (...

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This episode talks about the investigation into Gabrielle Union’s claims against "America's Got Talent" (AGT). Also, find out about the upcoming "Dark Girls 2" documentary, a follow-up to the 2011 "Dark Girls" film about  non-fictional stories of the pain often associated with being a dark skinned black woman.

Speaking of films, check out writer/filmmaker Tananarive Due's short film about the pandemi...

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This special podcast (Monday, June 1, 2020) looks at the protests and unrest over the past week in the United States. The actions stem from the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white officer in Minneapolis.

The podcast delves into the meaning and underlying causes of the protest and unrest, which go beyond Floyd's death. Quotes (see podcast Twitter) from black leaders are presented for reflection while son...

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This episode uses Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to discuss Asians in American film and TV.  A Review of Awkwafina's new Comedy Central scripted show, and in the segment Interview With A Celebrity, a recollection of meeting Joan Chen in the year 2000 about a film from the "Bend It Like Beckham" director.

For more on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, go here.

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Discussion on mental health resources during COVID-19 such as apps and how to find a therapist. Race specific resources listed for Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latin Americans, and African Americans (see links below). Additionally, Hulu series “High Fidelity,” starring Zoe Kravitiz, is reviewed. New segment, Interview With A Celebrity, flashes back to interview with Little Richard back in the 90s.

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This is the first episode of the revamped podcast. This first edition gives COVID-19 resources for those in front of and behind the scenes in film and television. Resources for music professionals also included. Additionally, there are two new segments: reviews (first up is "Little Fires Everywhere") and "Encounter With A Celebrity” (Smokey Robinson). Please check it out. Meanwhile, here's the list of resources:

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