HER With Amena Brown

HER With Amena Brown

Spoken word poet, performer, and host Amena Brown, brings hilarious storytelling, soulful conversation and insightful interviews with women of color. HER with Amena Brown invites you into a living room where you can hear new perspectives, listen to poetic readings of things you never thought could be poetic, and celebrate Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian women who because of their contributions to the world and their community are deserving of a crown. Join Amena as she reminds you to access joy, affect change and be inspired.

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June 15, 2021 30 min

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This week I’m in our HER living room with vocalist, musical consultant, professional voice coach, and founder of Fruition Organized Music, Ametria Dock. In this episode recorded in the Before Times, Ametria shares the tough lessons she learned as a solo artist in the music industry and how those lessons propelled the trajectory of her current career. Ametria also shares what she’s learned as a business founder and gives a mini mast...

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This week we are gathering in the living room to talk about natural hair. I began my natural hair journey 12 years ago and I wrote “Letter to My Hair” as a result. Tune in to this episode to hear about what made me do the Big Chop, how I learned to rock my TWA, and how this poem became a part of the story of how I became a poetic partner with PATTERN beauty. 


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May 25, 2021 52 min

Have you ever been to therapy? Have you thought about going but your nerves got the best of you? In this week’s episode I’m telling y’all about the first time I went to therapy, what prompted me to seek therapy and what I learned from the process. I’m also sharing tips for where to start if you’ve never been to therapy but would like to begin. 


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May 18, 2021 50 min

It’s my birthday week so in celebration of that I’m telling y’all the story of my journey to 40 and what this new decade is teaching me. WHICH BASICALLY MEANS I AM TELLING Y’ALL MY BUSINESS. If you wanna hear about how dating mishaps in my 20s, health challenges in my mid 30s, and a big career shift in my late 30s, all prepared me for the new journey of my 40s, check out this episode!


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Theresa Davis is an educator, poetry slam champion, @artsxchangeatl literary events director AND one of my favorite poets so I’m excited to share our conversation from the Before Times about her creative process in writing and performing poetry as well as how she believes poetry can be a powerful tool in processing grief. Check out the episode to hear Theresa’s tips on writing and helpful ways to walk alongside someone who is g...

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I have lived in the South most of my life. The food, the soil, the music, the accents, the air here is home to me. Southern hip hop gave me language for so much of what I experienced so I am excited to chat with Dr. Regina Bradley, a southern hip hop scholar and author of Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip Hop South. Listen in as Dr. Regina and I talk about Outkast, quintessential Southern hip hop songs, and why southern hi...

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I love gathering with y’all each week in our HER Living Room and this week we are gathering around the table for a conversation on food and Arab culture with award-winning Palestinian author and writer Reem Kassis. I only wish we could have eaten the food Reem features in her latest book, The Arabesque Table! Listen in as Reem talks with me about the finding home and the power of preserving and discovering culture through food. Mak...

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This week’s episode is full of some much needed Black girl joy as I talk with author and award winning, Webby nominated writer Bunmi Laditan. We talked about Black girl hair, her favorite Beyoncé songs, how she keeps it REAL with her kids, and more of her favorite things. You can follow Bunmi on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @honesttoddler and you can check out her website Bunmiladitan.com.  Make sure you grab a copy of he...

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March 30, 2021 46 min

There are a few times in my life where I don’t know how to act. In this episode, I’m taking you through a couple of these stories. If you want to know about the time I commandeered a limo to get India.Arie vegan food, why I yelled “YOU’RE MY COUSIN” at Brene Brown and why I considered becoming a groupie after meeting Common, then check out this episode for all of the celebri-tea. 


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March 23, 2021 52 min

Yes I wrote a poem inspired by Judy Blume’s book Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret? Yes I auditioned for America’s Next Top Model and that also inspired this poem. And yes I actually met Judy Blume and got to perform my poem “Margaret” for her in the Before Times. AND YES I AM STILL FREAKED OUT ABOUT IT. Listen in to this episode to hear me tell y’all all the things! 


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This week I am in our HER living room with singer/songwriter MILCK and we are talking about everything from snacks to the proper way to eat a Subway sandwich to how to get in tune to your own inner voice. MILCK and I both wrote essays in the Hungry Hearts anthology edited by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. Listen in as we talk about the writing process and why traveling heat can be a really good thing. 


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Rea Ann Silva went from entertainment industry makeup artist to creating a makeup and skin product that revolutionized the beauty industry. As CEO, creator and founder of BeautyBlender, Rea Ann Silva is sharing a few of her favorite things with us this week. Rea Ann is dropping gems on the resources that helped her business journey as well as the music that keeps her motivated and the food that reminds her most of home. 


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March 2, 2021 48 min

This week I am talking and laughing with standup comedian, writer, actor and one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch for 2020, Jenny Yang! Jenny shares how she discovered comedy and how she uses her funny to fight for justice through social media and video games. 


You can find more info on Jenny at her website www.JennyYang.tv or on Twitter and Instagram @jennyyangtv! 


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February 23, 2021 42 min

If you want to know how Sam Cooke, my dad, The Fugees and the Red Hot Chili Peppers helped me write a poem, then you are gonna dig this episode. I’m taking you behind the poetry of my poem Key of G and in the process I’m talking you through a lot of music I LOVE. 


In this episode I share some information about the Hungry Hearts anthology featuring my essay “Period Playlist.” The book is OUT NOW. Get your copy here: http://penguinran...

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February 16, 2021 41 min

This week we are in the HER living room talking about a few of my favorite things...which was mostly me talking about food. LOL I share with you my favorite food cities, my mojo city, necessary pizza toppings and who wins the Pizza Battle between NYC and Chicago. 


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February 9, 2021 55 min


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February 2, 2021 66 min


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January 26, 2021 60 min


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January 19, 2021 59 min

This is one of my most vulnerable episodes to date. I’m giving you a Behind the Poetry look at my poem “Here Breathing” as I tell you the really difficult time in my life that inspired me to write the poem. I talk about what it means to survive hard things, how therapy helped me heal, why it’s important to remember we are still here and why I’m glad you are here too. 


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