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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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!
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.
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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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!
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...
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.
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.
Normally this time of year there’s a lot of talk about fitness, exercise, and dieting and a lot of this talk can get unhealthy pretty fast by encouraging us to have unhealthy relationships with food and our bodies. Someone who has been a good model for me on how to engage fitness while loving the body I’m in is nationally recognized 200-pound curvy fitness professional and pioneer and founder of the Curvy and Cut app, Anowa Adjah. ...
If you watched Sister Act 2 and you remember the scene where Lauryn Hill and another student were singing a duet of His Eye is On the Sparrow, you may remember the other singer in that duet as Tanya Blount. She is now Tanya Trotter and half of rock and roll, country soul duo The War and Treaty and I had so much fun talking all things music with her for this week’s episode! Listen in to hear how Tanya found her voice and to hear her...
This week on #HERwithAmena, I’m discussing some of the best TV of 2020 with writer, theater critic, arts journalist and playwright, Kelundra Smith @anotherpieceofkay. In this clip, Kelundra talks about a TV show she can’t believe she watched this year. Check out the episode wherever you get our podcasts to her about the TV we loved and the TV we loved to hate?
I have never wanted a Christmas onesie as much as I did while talking to singer, author, actress, American Idol finalist, and Christmas enthusiast, Melinda Doolittle! Melinda tells me why there is no judgment for leaving Christmas decorations up all year round and dishes on her favorite Christmas songs and traditions. Grab some hot cocoa, get dressed in your favorite holiday pjs, and join me in our HER living room!
I love gospel music and I’m so happy to talk with gospel great and vocal coach on Netflix show, Voices of Fire, Peggy Britt. Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, Voices of Fire is an inspirational show following the journey of singers and vocal coaches as they form a diverse, gospel choir in Hampton Roads, VA. Listen in as Peggy and I talk about her journey in gospel music and why it’s important to preserve gospel music traditi...
Every poem has a story. In each Behind the Poetry episode I share one of my poems, the real life story behind one of my poems, what it was like performing it for the first time and how I feel about the poem today. This week, I’m sharing my poem Roots & Wings and the very first time I ever performed my own poetry. Listen in to hear how the movie Love Jones and the legacy of my ancestors helped me to write this poem.
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