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 14, 2022 50 min

This week I’m talking with my internet and IRL friend, author and speaker, Kaitlin Curtice! Listen in as Kaitlin and I talk about how a twitter DM led to tea and a friendship and how Kaitlin uses her social media to build community! For more info about Kaitlin Curtice, visit http://kaitlincurtice.com


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This week I’m excited to talk with licensed psychologist, professor, poet, and author of Homecoming: Overcome Fear and Trauma to Reclaim Your Whole Authentic Self. Dr. Thema shares her favorite snacks, how poetry informs her work, tips for those considering therapy and the inspiration behind her new book. For more information about Dr. Thema, visit https://drthema.com

 

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*sings* What about your friends?! But really…what about your internet friends?! This week I’m talking to one of my favorite friends from the internet and IRL, writer, speaker, social worker, activist, and co-host of the Melanated Faith podcast, Faitth Brooks. Listen in as Faitth and I talk about how we connected online and what are the criteria for meeting internet friends. For more information about Faitth Brooks, visit https://ww...

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This week New York Times’ Bestselling author of This Here Flesh, Cole Arthur Riley, is in our HER living room sharing a few of her favorite things! Tune in as Cole and I talk about Philly food, the spirituality of Toni Morrison’s work, favorite cuss words and what spiritual practice looks like for Cole today. To learn more about Cole’s work, visit http://colearthurriley.com

 

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This week I’m answering YOUR questions from social media and we are covering topics from donuts to Beyoncé songs to poetry performance and writing tips. Listen in as I talk about all the things! 

 

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April 19, 2022 29 min

Yep, you read that right! This week I’m talking about UNDERWEAR and why I need coverage for both of my booty cheeks! Listen in for ways to navigate the various categories of underwear and why comfortable underwear is a great thing. 

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This week I’m taking y’all behind the poetry and digging into my poem “Start With Your Roots.” Listen in as I share how Outkast’s album Aquemini and my own southern upbringing inspired this poem.

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This week in an episode from the HER archives, I talked with Potawatomi author and speaker Kaitlin Curtice about her new book Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God. Listen in as Kaitlin shares her journey of decolonization and reconnecting with her identity as an Indigenous woman. To find out more about Kaitlin Curtice, visit https://kaitlincurtice.com/. 


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Check out this episode from the HER archives from the Before Times, where I talk with musician, filmmaker, and emerging theologian SueAnn Shiah. SueAnn shares the journey of making her documentary HuanDao about her return to her parent’s home country Taiwan for a biking pilgrimage. Listen in as we discuss the power of indigenous music and how returning to a familial home can help us to find what has been lost. To check out and supp...

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February 22, 2022 31 min

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February 15, 2022 51 min

I’m digging into my poetry archives AND telling y’all my business! This week we’re going behind the poetry on a break up poem young Mena wrote that I rarely share on stage. So grab your discounted Valentine’s candy and listen in for all the break up shenanigans! 


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February 8, 2022 37 min

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February 1, 2022 48 min

To this day I am still so proud to be an alumna of my alma mater, Spelman College. Listen to this episode to hear what it was like applying for college in the late 1990s, why I chose Spelman, what I originally thought I’d study, and how my time at Spelman informed my journey as a Black woman and a writer. 


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January 18, 2022 42 min

It’s the start of a new year but if you’re anything like me you may not be feeling as productive as you thought you would. In this episode, I’m talking about how to enter the new year mindfully and gently and how to navigate a creative block. Let’s gather in the HER Living Room and discuss reasons you may experience creative block, how to survive creative block, and how to be gentle with yourself in the process. 


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December 14, 2021 78 min

Loved talking with her so much that I brought back writer, theater critic, arts journalist and playwright Kelundra Smith to talk all things TV with me! Listen in as Kelundra and I dish about our favorite documentaries, the tv shows that made us laugh, the dramas that made us think, which Real Housewives franchise is the best, and an ode to the final season of Insecure.


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December 7, 2021 28 min

My grandma is joining the HER Living Room and she is answering YOUR questions! Listen as Grandma shares her thoughts on relationships, her favorite childhood memories and why she believes education is so important. 


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This week I’m taking y’all behind the poetry of my poem God Bless Mom and for the first time ever my mom is joining us as a guest in the HER Living Room! Listen in for how my mom inspired this poem and what she did that inspired me to become a spoken word poet. 


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November 23, 2021 30 min

It’s Thanksgiving week, which for me is usually a cookapalooza. Check out this replay from the HER archives where I tell you about my first time cooking for Thanksgiving and the shenanigans that ensued quickly from there!


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November 9, 2021 43 min

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